The Energy Bars available for our Apex systems are much more than a glorified power strip. In fact, this component of your aquarium controller equipment is far more important than most people realize – and not all systems are created equal! It is obvious that this component is key to controlling things on your aquarium, but what is not so apparent is how it is critical to preventing catastrophe in your aquarium
- Designed for a New Zealand-style 240V power grid.
- Six controllable outlets. All outlets are controlled by high-current mechanical relays rated at 8A.
- Each Energy Bar can consume a total of 10A and has a built-in 10A circuit breaker.
- 4 AquaBus connectors so you will have three free to connect to more modules or Energy Bars
To start with the construction of the unit is made from 16 gauge aluminium which not only makes the unit durable but also long lasting and can take the bumps that life provides. Being around moisture and the possibility of shorting aluminium is the ideal construction and less likely to catch fire or melt like cheaper units can.
There are 6 outlets that are independently controlled and switched from the unit and each handling 8 amps with the unit able to handle a load of 10 amps total.
Soft Start Technology
The soft start technology helps to prolong the life of your equipment. By giving a soft start it means devices like pumps are not given full throttle immediately. Similarly when you start your car you do not start it with the accelerator on full yet with normal power boards the torque of the unit is pushed and tested each time it is switched on.
Power Failure and Detection, Communication Error Protection and pre-programmed fail-safe state
Each Energy Bar outlet can be configured to be either in an off or on state if the power were to fail and then come back on or if there was a communication failure with the Apex base unit. This means that if, for instance, your heater was on when the power went off, you could have it programmed to be off until control was re-established with the Apex base unit. Or, as another example, you could program your main return pump to always be in the on position in case of failure.
This feature is very important as many other controllers on the market may leave the outlet in its last position or possibly default all of the outlets to off or on. This is even true if they simply lose communication with their base unit due to a system failure, software bug, communication issue, lightning strike, etc. Not good. Imagine if you were away from home and a storm took out your Apex – the Energy Bar would just fall back to the Failsafe state you had programmed for such an incident. No worries.
One additional advanced feature is that when you use an additional Energy Bar on a UPS (uninterruptable power supply) you can have key lifesaving devices (low power power heads and bubblers) on there that will automatically go into their Failsafe State once power failure is detected. This can keep your tank alive and healthy for hours on a good UPS until the power comes back online. This will run completely unattended and is ideal to give you peace of mind when you are away from home whether out for the evening or on a two-week cruise!
It is easy to see the importance of this one small feature that differentiates the Neptune Systems Energy Bars from the rest and how once again Neptune Systems is looking out for every possible way for you to avoid catastrophe in your aquarium.
Extra AquaBus Connections
Each Energy Bar has additional connectors so that you can easily expand to other modules. This is very helpful for those that want to use one Apex to control multiple aquariums. The Energy Bar becomes an AquaBus “hub” at any location you choose – allowing you to connect more modules in that area. This is called a “star topology” and is unique to the Apex. Many other controllers require you to daisy chain together every module or they require you to buy a separate “hub” to connect everything together.
Note: Display image is for illustration purposes. The EB6 unit is fitted with New Zealand sockets.