Reptile Thermostats

Microclimate - Ministat 100 Thermostat

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Microclimate - Ministat 300 Thermostat

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Microclimate - 600w B1 Digital Dimming Thermostat

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Microclimate - 600w B2 Digital Pulse Thermostat

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Microclimate - 600w B2ME Day/Night Pulse Thermostat

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Thermostats are devices which control the temperature in a given area by controlling the power output on a given heating element. In the case of reptile thermostats, a probe is used to take temperature readings, this information is then used to limit the power of the heating element in order to achieve and maintain a temperature you set on the thermostat unit. The method used to control the power output of the reptile thermostat varies between different types.

On/Off thermostats are your cheaper basic thermostats, they work simply by turning the heating element on when the temperature drops below a certain threshold, and then off again when it rises above a certain threshold. Over time this means the temperature is maintained fairly steadily. They are best used with heat mats.

Dimmer thermostats work by actually dimming the power output, rather than using the method of simply turning them off. These thermostats are the only ones suitable for use with light bulbs, they are also suitable for more or less any other heating method.

Pulse thermostats are fairly sophisticated and very accurate method of temperature control, these thermostats control the temperature by sending pulses of power to the heating element, and varying the frequency of these pulses to control the temperature to within a very narrow band. Pulse thermostats are the best thermostats to use in conjunction with ceramic/infra red heat emitters, they are also great for use with heat mats.

When positioning the thermostat probe make sure it is in the area where the reptile resides, ie it is measuring the temperature the reptile comes in contact with.
With a terrestrial snake which spends much of its time sat on the floor within its hide, put the probe on the floor inside the hide. For something like an arboreal chameleon, you will need the probe somewhere in the canopy, either measuring the ambient temperature or the temperature of a basking spot. For something like a bearded dragon the thermostat is unlikely to go high enough to control the basking spot, so should be positioned somewhere it can measure and control ambient temperature (somewhere in the middle perhaps. You will need th experiment with the probe to find the best position in the reptile enclosure.
Reptile thermostats are slightly innacurate so you will need to use a themometer as well.

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