Jump Start JumpStart MTPRTC Digital Controller Germination Heat Mat Thermostat
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- The only safety ETL certified thermostat on the market
- Provides constant optimal temperatures for germination/rooting
- Ideal in homebrewing for maintaining desired fermentation temperature, and perfect for temperature control in reptile terrariums and small pet enclosures.
- LED heating indicator light and Digital temperature control
- Controllable range of 68°F - 108°F, Choice of Celsius or Fahrenheit readout (press Up or Down button to change)
- 1 Year Warranty
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Hydrofarm - Tools for growing
Hydrofarm is the nation’s oldest wholesaler and leading manufacturer of hydroponics equipment and high-intensity grow lights.
Our products incorporate only premium quality components, and our professional-grade hydroponics and UL-listed lighting fixtures give you years of dependable service.
Jump Start Heat Mat Thermostat
Providing bottom heat is one of the most effective ways to improve germination and rooting. Our Heat Mat Thermostat ensures that your plants’ roots enjoy consistently ideal temperatures by precisely controlling and maintaining the heat output of the mat in accordance with the temperature you select.
- Water-resistant temperature probe
- Digital temperature control is easy to set and read
- Controls temperature in colder or warmer environments
- Compatible with all Hydrofarm heat mats
- Controllable range from 68 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit
- Fahrenheit or Celsius readout
- Grounded 3-prong receptacle and power plug
- Max current: 8.3A/1000W
Set and Maintain Ideal Rooting Temperatures for Fast Seedling or Cutting Growth
Jump Start Commercial Heat Mats
For larger projects, use the Heat Mat Thermostat to control our mega-sized, heavy-duty modular Commercial Heat Mats. These mats will provide uniform heat for hundreds of seedlings or cuttings. Rugged, waterproof, and durable, with waterproof connectors. Daisy-chain up to four mats together.
Hydrofarm heat mats are also great for heating terrariums and pet enclosures for reptile, rodent, and arachnid keeping. When used with the Jump Start Heat Mat Thermostat, heat mats can be controlled to provide the precise level of warmth your pets require to flourish.
Jump Start Germination Station
Our Germination Station pairs perfectly with the Heat Mat Thermostat. It’s a mini propagation system that comes with everything you need all in one box—watertight base tray, seedling insert, humidity dome, UL-listed heat mat, and rooting additive. Just add seeds and you're good to grow.
"Hydrofarm's Jump Start Heat Mat Thermostat controls the temperature of heat mats by providing constant optimum temperature for plants, seedlings and cuttings. It is ideal for maintaing root zone/rooting temperatures in a tray and dome. Easy plug-in operation with LED indicator light, digital temperature selection, and three-prong ground plug. Controllable range from 68 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Includes temperature probe with 6' cord. Choice of Fahrenheit or Celsius digital readout. Heat mats are not just for gardening anymore! They are very useful for providing consistent, controllable heating for other hobbies including reptile and arachnid keeping (heating for enclosures and terrariums), homebrewing (maintaining of fermentation temperatures), and more. With this thermostat, you can easily expand any heat mat's functionality so that it provides the precise level of warmth your pets and projects require to flourish. The ability to dial in and maintain your preferred temperature means you can rest assured and no longer need to constantly monitor temperature, whether in colder or warmer environments. The Heat Mat Thermostat is the only ETL-certified heat mat thermostat on the market. ETL (Intertek) is a respected inspection laboratory which specializes in product safety testing. ETL certification is proof that a product complies with widely-accepted safety standards. The Jump Start Heat Mat Thermostat is compatible with all heat mats, and is an optional accessory for Hydrofarm Seedling Heat Mats. "
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One thing to keep in mind... The prob measure the temperature for all sides of its surface and takes the average among them. This means if you have it taped down to your tank ground surface (like I do on the tile in the tank) it's averaging the temperature between the head of the surface and the air above it. It will read slightly lower than what it actually is due to this. Keep that in mind when setting the temperature and use a thermometer to be on the safe side.
The price is right and although it seems some people have gotten some duds I ultimately recommend buying it.
The refund process was all right. Instead of being able to ship it back at an Amazon locker, I had to take it to a UPS shop with a free return label provided for me. I'm getting refunded from the vendor so no complaints there.
After returning it, I decided to opt for a replacement in the form of the Herpstat Intro+ (about four times more expensive than the Jump Start), and it has been working great at regulating the temperature on my heat mat. It is unfortunate that the Jump Start did not work, but perhaps it was just a defective unit.
The thermostat was simple to program, and I was able to easily set it up in my snake's enclosure. I set the thermostat for a max temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The digital temperature gauge would stay around the 85-degree mark, sometimes straying as high as 87 degrees. However, when I would check the temperature with a temperature gun, it would read in the 75-degree range - a full 10 degrees lower than programmed. I pulled back the substrate and checked the temperature near the probe, and it was still 10 degrees off. Also, I noticed the Heat Mat light on the thermostat was not on, and I checked multiple times throughout the day. When I unplugged the UTH from the thermostat and directly into the outlet, it worked fine, so it wasn't the heat mat that was the problem. After 2 days of trying to troubleshoot, I returned the thermostat.
I believe my unit was faulty and was able to easily return it to Amazon. The money was credited back to my bank card quickly.
I'm spending the extra money to invest in a HerpStat thermostat. While it costs 4-5 times more than the Jump Start, online reviews say it is a very reliable brand, and several models offer emergency safety relay in case of catastrophic failure. The health and well-being of my reptile is important, and unfortunately, the Jump Start didn't work for me.
This thermostat is a perfect accessory to help keep your plants at the proper temperature. Depending on where you set up your seed starting equipment, you may find this thermostat indispensable. Seed heat mats are designed to keep your seed tray about 10-20 degrees above ambient temperature. If you keep yours indoors in a 65-70 degree environment like I do, you might consider getting this thermostat to keep your young plants from getting too hot.
This thermostat is easy to perform the initial set up on, then very easy to make adjustments to if needed. It has an integrated probe for placement into the soil so that a direct reading can be taken and regulated accordingly.
Heat mats and proper lighting are the key to consistent and prolific germination of seeds started in late winter to be ready for springtime planting.
Here's the setup I've used for the past few years:
-Park Seed Park's Double Bio Dome with 80 Jumbo Cells. I actually use 2-18 Jumbo Cell for a total of 36 plants. There are several sizes of the Bio-Dome system. I have the DOUBLE Bio-Dome which allows for two seed starting cells (Purchased from Park Seed)
-Hydrofarm MT10008 20-by-20-Inch Seedling Heat Mat (Purchased from Amazon)
-Hydrofarm FLT24 2-ft/ 4-Tube T5 Commercial System with Bulbs (Purchased from Amazon)
-Hydrofarm MTPRTC Digital Thermostat For Heat Mats (Purchased from Amazon)
-Style Selections 36-in H x 24-in W x 18-in D 3-Tier Steel Freestanding Shelving Unit (Purchased from Lowe's)
The modular, adjustable wire shelving unit gives me the foundation for my indoor winter seed-starting setup. The shelves are adjustable so that I can hang the grow light on the underside of the top shelf, then adjust the middle shelf so that the top of the Bio Dome is about 6-8 inches from the light. This allows for enough room to remove the top of the Bio Dome in the event I need to access the plants for watering, fertilizing, etc. The bottom shelf is great for storing my remaining planting supplies.
The light is almost the same size as the Double Bio-Dome and provides 100% light coverage necessary for young plants to thrive. A few years back, I tried to use a light that was only 2 bulbs and half the size of the one I currently use. You could tell that the young plants would angle toward the light hanging in the middle, and those on the outer edges didn't grow as quickly and tall as those in the middle. Take it from someone who spent $25 - $50 each year over the course of several years trying to find a light that would work well with my seed starting system. I knew about the Hydrofarm light early on, but wasn't too eager to purchase it due to it's higher cost. I wish I would have gotten it first because I would have saved money in the long run considering the poor-performing lights I purchased in years prior to getting the one listed above.
The Park Seed Bio Dome is an extraordinary seed-starting system that allows your plants to grow quite large without root binding problems found in other tray-type seed starting setups. Park uses the styrofoam cell matrix with replaceable organic bio-sponges in which the seeds are planted.
I regulate the temperature of the seed heat mat with the Hydrofarm MTPRTC Digital Thermostat set at between 85-90 degrees. This thermostat has a temperature probe you can insert into one of the organic bio-sponges to obtain a direct soil reading. I route the probe through one of the vent holes in the lid of the Bio-Dome.
In order to capture the most heat from the heat mat, while allowing the thermostat to regulate the temperature of the mat, I first take a folded beach towel and place it on the middle shelving rack. I then set the heat mat on top of the towel, then place the Bio-Dome on top of the heat mat. This allows me to recover most of the heat that would otherwise radiate from the exposed, bottom side of the heat mat.
Watering with the Bio-Dome setup is easy and, depending on how you have the vents adjusted in the lid, performed infrequently at best due to the efficiency of water vapor recovery of the Bio-Dome system.
I typically start tomato and pepper plants in mid-February so that they are ready for planting by the first week of May. You may want to check online for your indoor planting and outdoor transplanting dates depending on your region and climate.
I hope my sharing with you what has worked quite well for me will help you in your seed-starting endeavors!
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Here are my pros
1. Easy to setup
2. Can set the thermostat- fluctuates within 2 degrees, which is good for reptiles, needing a ranged hot spot- a few degrees matters.
3. Probe cord is flatter with no lip on one side, so probe can meet mat directly.
4. Good price.
5. The set button has to be held down for 3 secs to change the temp, it would be hard for small children to fiddle with it and mess up your setting
6. Digital Reader, very convenient, less worry about hot spot temp checking
NONE. I use this only for my 1 reptile, so I do not have any cons yet.
A quick piece of advice, you need to tape the thermometer to the tank, the little suction cup they provide just doesn't work. It's also very important to keep the thermometer in the ground otherwise the readings will be inaccurate. I also recommend keeping the thermometer near the heating pad so that you can make sure the part of the tank that is heated is correctly heated, there's no point in measuring the temperature at the cool side of the tank.
Setting it up is easy enough as there are only three buttons but this also means that there is no compensating for different times of the day.
The hysteresis is +/- 2 degrees F which for most applications is sufficient. This means that if you set it to 80 F it will kick in and provide power to the heating element at 78 F and turn it off at 82 F. A temperature swing of 4 F is fine for starting plants and we’ve had good results in two seasons.
The temperature probe cable is a good 6 feet so there is no need to have the controller right next to your seedlings which quiet often isn’t the most convenient place to have it. It’s important that you place the temperature probe in the right spot amongst your seedlings. If you don’t get it inserted in a pot deep enough you may end up over heating the seedlings.
The read out is large enough to be seen from across a room and is bright enough for us to see it even in sunlight (in a greenhouse).
It doesn’t look that well-made, plastic all around and LED read out, but as long as it works the looks aren’t that important.
A good device that does exactly what it’s supposed to but it would be nice if there was more control over times of day, set it back like a furnace thermostat for night time.
I bought this as a budget cheat for a heating pad in a reptile tank. For this purpose I give only 3 stars but admit I'm not using as advised. But for others debating for reptile care and keeping don't bother. Save your money and invest in a better thermostat.
In general though I've checked the probe temperature against a laser temperature gun and the numbers are not accurate. I had to set the temperature higher to achieve the correct desired temperature.