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HumidiKit Product Review

11/4/2014 3:26 PM

In making this product review it was interesting since there isn’t anything to really compare the HumidiKit to. There are automatic humidity kits out there but they are all designed to only work with their own brand of incubators. The HumidiKit is the first Universal Automatic humidity system, meaning you can use it with any incubator regardless of size or brand.

 

Common incubator setups that I’ve seen have a few components that make it “automatic.” There’s the thermostat, which automatically regulates the temperature, and the automatic egg turner which automatically turns your eggs. For the most part you can “set it and forget it,” but what about humidity? Most incubators have a water tray at the bottom. This helps increase the humidity in the incubator, but is almost impossible to keep the humidity at a constant level throughout the incubation period because you have to constantly refill It. This is anything but automatic! When I first saw the HumidiKit in action I was surprised at how automatic this was! The humidity stays within such a tight range!  As I’m typing this we are incubating eggs in a large cabinet incubator and the humidity is staying between 39% and 41%. If you are like me, who wants to set the incubator up and let it do all the work, then the HumidiKit is the only piece you’re missing.

 

The HumidiKit has two main components: the humidifier, which actually pumps the humid air into the incubator and the hygrostat. A hygrostat is just like a thermostat only instead of regulating the temperature a hygrostat regulates humidity. 

 

I was also impressed at how easy the HumidiKit is to install to your incubator. It’s very simple: you just place the remote humidity and temperature probe inside the incubator, fill the bottle with water (distilled water is recommended), then insert the humidity tube into the incubator. Lastly is to plug in the HumidiKit to power and watch it go! It is also very simple to change the set humidity to your desired level .I personally prefer about 40%, whereas the default setting is 45%, and I like 75% for the last 3 days. It only took about 7 minutes to reach my set humidity level in the cabinet.

 

Bottom Line: If you  want a truly automatic incubator then buy the HumidiKit today and let your set up do all the work while also increasing your hatch rate.


Comments | Posted in Egg Incubator Reviews By Steve Boyd

The Little Giant 9300 is completely replacing the previous 9200 model. Little Giant has made a huge upgrade by adding a

 digital control module similar to the GQF Genesis 1588. It reads both temperature and humidity. The temperature sensor sits on top of the eggs while the humidity sensor is towards the ceiling of the incubator. Instead of spending hours, and sometimes even days trying to stabilize the temperature with the little 9200 knob, the 9300 comes pre-set to 99.5 degrees F!

Another distinguishing feature is the way the incubator is heated. There is now a different heating element in the center of the incubator ceiling. It is a heated wire that winds around a hollow square box. The fan fits right inside the heating element box circulating the air upward and outward throughout the incubator. (The Fan kit is sold seperately).

 

 

Pros:

  • Still has the same large viewing windows, same material and shape for the container and two removable vent plugs.
  • Reads both Temp and humidity
  • LCD Digital display
  • Pre-set temp (no more messing with the little knob trying to stabilize the temperature).
  • Large viewing windows
  • Good price point for what you’re getting (Still Air is $49.99 at IncubatorWarehouse.com)

Cons:

  • Lower quality circuitry
  • No fan in base model
  • No Celsius reading, only Fahrenheit

 

Bottom Line: This incubator is a better, more user-friendly model at a good price point. Click here to see the product page.

Comments | Posted in Egg Incubator Reviews By Steve Boyd

We finally decided to do it.  We are now stocking the Brinsea brand of incubators.  We do not carry their full line of products, but we do carry most of their desktop incubators.  Today I will be reviewing the Brinsea Mini Advance.  The Mini series has 3 incubators the Brinsea Mini Eco, Brinsea Mini Advance, and Brinsea Mini Advance EX.  Below is a detailed summary of the difference between the three

brinsea Mini Compariosn Chart

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Here is a picture of the contents of the box (I left a few promotional papers out of the picture)

Brinsea Mini Advance Box Contents

When looking to buy any of the Brinsea products most people notice the price right off.  The price point for the Brinsea incubators is higher than other incubator brands (for similar egg capacity).  This being the case I would expect a higher quality product that stands up to it's premium price.  At first glance the clarity of the dome was a little milkier than I was expecting, however, that being said it is still VERY CLEAR.  The very slight milky look is probably because the plastic dome is so thick.  All the plastic pieces are very thick and durable.  The gear for the turning mechanism had a little play in it, but nothing that would make it perform poorly (I have seen pictures of this motor shaft rusting, but not sure if they have fixed that problem).  

For the price paid for this incubator I would expect some really nice glossy instructions, but they are just printed on regular printer paper, not a big deal, but just surprised me. 

I plugged in the incubator and it started right up.  It is not silent, I share an office and my office partner walked in and said "What is that buzzing noise" so the sound was noticable, but overall quite quiet.  

The menu wasn't extremely intuitive at first.  I consider myself a smart person and I thought I could figure out how to get into the settings part of the incubator controller.  After reading the first couple pages of the manual I realized that you just have to press both the (-) and the (+) buttons at the same time to enter the menu.  From there the menu was pretty easy to navigate.  I just had to refer to the manual to decipher the titles of some of the menu screens (that isn't a big deal because they only have 8 characters on each line of the display)

The incubator was preset to Celsius, after a few minutes of reading the manual I found out how to change it to Fahrenheit.

PERFORMANCE

Overall the Brinsea Mini Advance performed awesome.  It took a little less than 20 minutes to get up to temperature and stabilize.  The incubator seemed to bounce between 99.5 and 99.6 the entire time I was running it.  After a few minutes I realized that when the * appears on the screen it means the heater is ON.  

The first time the turning motor came on it startled me because it beeped 5-6 times and turned the egg disc.  I was happy that I didn't miss the first turn.  The second time the turner went I heard the beeps and thought that might be kind of annoying at 2 AM in my bedroom.  the third time the turner motor turned on the novelty of the beeps had worn off and I was wanting to turn the beeping off.  In all my looking I still haven't figured out how to turn off the beeps when the turner starts.

In reading the manual I read about a power loss feature where if the power goes out a P will appear on the screen notifying you that the unit lost power at some time so you might want to pay extra close attention to see if the eggs are still viable.

The closest that the alarm feature can be set to the set point is 1.8 F.  Overall this is probably close enough, but seems like some might want a tighter range than this.  I've seen this with other thermostats i've evaluated 1.8 F = 1 C so it is a pretty round number if someone is designing something in a country that uses the Celsius scale.

The bottom line is that the Brinsea Mini Advance is a really good incubator and the reviews from people are pretty unanimous that the Brinsea Mini Advance is a great incubator.  It is good to note that if you buy the Brinsea Mini Advance you cannot buy the Brinsea Humidity pump later and add it.  The control module is different for these 2 models.  

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