T500 boiler, PID vs Voltage controller?

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T500 boiler, PID vs Voltage controller?

Postby Lowey79 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:34 am

Hey guys, I’m hoping to get some advice from those with experience...

I’m getting organized to build a new pot still for my T500 boiler, and I want to set up a controller while I’m at it.

I’ve read up on PID and Voltage type controllers, but I haven’t seen any direct comparisons. Does one type work better than the other? And what are the pros and cons for either type.

Cheers for any advice offered!
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Re: T500 boiler, PID vs Voltage controller?

Postby Doubleuj » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:38 am

You’ll want a voltage controller.
From what I know about it is that a VC allows for infinite control over power, allowing you to slow down or speed up the boiling of your wash. Therefore controlling your output speed
A PID is more for setting a desired temp and keeping that temp constant, like when mashing all grain
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Re: T500 boiler, PID vs Voltage controller?

Postby Chris7231 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:22 pm

I just bought one of these off eBay... best decision I've ever made!


I have no idea why there's no voltage control inbuilt?!
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