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    Thread: Fixed my Koi Cafe for less

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      Fixed my Koi Cafe for less

      A strong wind blown up my Koi Café to the pond in the spring. It damaged the digital controller, battery (the positive connector Broken), and few wires and connectors.

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      I found the motor is still functioning. I decided just get some parts and fix it myself. The koi cafe manufacture Sweeney Automatic Feeding System is selling the time controller for $100.00/each (Current is on sale for $75.00/ each) and UB634 battery for $30.00/ each. Quite expensive, isn’t it?

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      http://www.sweeneyfeeders.com/produc...5-event-timer/
      http://www.sweeneyfeeders.com/produc...attery-6-volt/



      I asked my friend (Internet) to find an alternative solution. I found Wildgame Innovations Digital controller. The price is $29.99 + $4.99 Shipping. Total is less than $35.00. Only 1/3 cost of the original equipment. Bought a new rechargable battery from eBay for $14.00 + free shipping.

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      Here is the comparison chart I made. Their functions are very similar and compatible. I bought one for try it out.

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      I bought a bag of new connectors ($2.39/bag) in Home Depot. Here is the unpacked new controller and connectors.

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      First, Setup and test before make cut any connection. It works perfecte.

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      Hook it up

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      Back to the business.

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      Last edited by mao83515; 09-12-2014 at 06:18 PM.

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      So the timer is just a simple on/off switch that drives the motor?

      Another proof that anything koi is marked up 10 times.

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      Quote Originally Posted by abuchi123 View Post
      So the timer is just a simple on/off switch that drives the motor?

      Another proof that anything koi is marked up 10 times.
      Yes, the timer is just a simple on/off switch with duration 1 to 30 seconds.

      Carp is $7.99/lb in market. A 12" (about 1 lb) average quality Koi is about $80.00. That is 10 times.

      In this case, the difference is only three times more.
      Last edited by mao83515; 09-12-2014 at 06:20 PM.

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      Quote Originally Posted by abuchi123 View Post
      So the timer is just a simple on/off switch that drives the motor?

      Another proof that anything koi is marked up 10 times.
      supply & demand...its a market economy
      -Rain

      :I CAN'T BRING THIS SHIP INTO TRTUGA ALL BY ME ONESIES, SAVVY?:

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      Quote Originally Posted by mao83515 View Post
      Yes, the timer is just a simple on/off switch with duration 1 to 30 seconds.

      Carp is $7.99/lb in market. A 12" (about 1 lb) average quality Koi is about $80.00. That is 10 times.

      In this case, the difference is only three times more.
      Fantastic job btw - I am useless when it comes to electronics...
      -Rain

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      nice illustration!

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      Thanks for the info. The digital timer looks like it can be a replacement/upgrade component for my FishMate P7000 which also runs on 6v. It will also upgrade the unit from a 3times/day feeder to a 6times/day feeder.

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      Quote Originally Posted by abuchi123 View Post
      Thanks for the info. The digital timer looks like it can be a replacement/upgrade component for my FishMate P7000 which also runs on 6v. It will also upgrade the unit from a 3times/day feeder to a 6times/day feeder.
      I am sure that will work. Also you can control run time. The FishMate P7000 is very hard to setup. That one is very easy to setup.
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      I have the same problem, my controller is shot. I'll have to put this on my list of things to fix this winter, thanks for posting this!

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      Quote Originally Posted by abuchi123 View Post
      Thanks for the info. The digital timer looks like it can be a replacement/upgrade component for my FishMate P7000 which also runs on 6v. It will also upgrade the unit from a 3times/day feeder to a 6times/day feeder.
      I don't think you have enough room in the fish mate to fit these components.

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      Quote Originally Posted by koisan View Post
      I don't think you have enough room in the fish mate to fit these components.
      I won't need room inside the Fishmate. The timer is weather proof so it can be mounted outside.

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      Bump. Great thread. I hate the fishmate controller so may replace it

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      So I have a 12 volt battery for backup supply for aerator..I may just connect the timer to this and then wire into the fishmate. I like the way the fishmate dispenses but the controller is pretty confusing and limited to 3 feeding

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      Often at the end of hunting season you can pick up parts to complete feeders at huge discounts. Easy to design your own with the parts and fit to a custom decorative container. Also easy to retrofit a directional chute.
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      Quote Originally Posted by kevin32 View Post
      So I have a 12 volt battery for backup supply for aerator..I may just connect the timer to this and then wire into the fishmate. I like the way the fishmate dispenses but the controller is pretty confusing and limited to 3 feeding
      You just don't know how to program it correctly. You need to use the frequent feed function and then you can feed as much food as you want.

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      You can add multiple timers , and even a cheap generic solar charger .
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      From a post a few years ago .
      http://www.koiphen.com/forums/showth...70#post2557670
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      Quote Originally Posted by catfish whiskers View Post
      You can add multiple timers , and even a cheap generic solar charger .
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      From a post a few years ago .
      http://www.koiphen.com/forums/showth...70#post2557670
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      The red wires from the koi cafe don't get connected to anything, correct.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Orlando View Post
      The red wires from the koi cafe don't get connected to anything, correct.
      Correct

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