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Bonobo


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:05 am    Post subject: Heat Pad Application  Reply with quote

If anyone would like experienced (non theoretical) input on the usage of heat pads for enclosures i would be happy to share . There is alot of misinformation about their use and ive worked with all brands, types and sizes in spectrum ,  since self assembled flex watt was the only available .
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this could be an awesome topic because of the hot spots created by this product. In your experience, how are u dealing with this issue and do u think it's safe to use with acrylic enclosures?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi KungFuJoe

by using them with a certain protocol you wont get hot spots . but you have to start out with a brand new pad . thats where it starts .

what brand pad are you wanting to use ?




by the way i like your username .
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hot spots or areas of the pad that unevenly generate heat are usually caused by damage to the pad when it is pulled off of an enclosure to be used with another .

a breach is created in the small wiring distributed throughout the pad - its distribution and wire gauge varying with brand . then the wattage output all goes to the unbreached wires . depending on the location of the breach the pad will heat unevenly or not at all .

any damage to the pad can damage the small wiring . being adhered to a surface with a speck of metal stuck under it  like a nail head or staple can also cause damage .

but an undamaged new pad having a hot spot is rarer then ppl think

Another factor is that heat pads are meant to be used in conjunction with Space . Not smothered with no air circulation . that is why they come with spacers to lift the tank , usually about a quarter inch to a half inch depending on the brand . These are frequently lost and discarded . this causes heat to continually generate and build . the pad wattage output cannot "increase " beyond its rating . its the Heat itself that builds .



  THE SAFE WAY TO USE PADS

For Ts the easiest low impact way to give them an optional area of warmth is to use a pad and this is how i do it . this method is called Marginal Heating and is also good for amphibian species and small reptiles in small enclosures that are mild to moderate temp species - not radiant baskers


i get a piece of shelving , pressed wood slat , hobby wood board , that is a close to tank back wall size . my preference is the hobby wood board . i slip it behind the tank which ideally shud back to wall and mark where i want the pad to be in correlation to the area targeted to provide warm zone . then i peel off the backing and adhere the pad to the board . it is now a portable heat pad . i can re-use it or put it on this side or that side without a problem . the pad stays in perfect condition . its okay on the wood slat - believe me - as long as there is Air

AND IT IS THE WARM AIR CREATED BY THE PAD AND AIR SPACE THAT IS UTILIZED TO PROVIDE LOW IMPACT HEAT TO THE TARANTULA ENCLOSURE!

the pad is not stuck on the tank glass - but slid behind - on its portable panel  - IN BACK (or on the left or right side if that location is preferred)

For example my brazilian black is on a bookcase and behind the tank is the heat " panel" . it doesnt touch the glass at all . the pad itself is about an inch away . it provides my spider with a gentle Band of Optional Warmth in the rear of his enclosure . he Loves it .

For my versi it is similiar set up only i have a thermostat on her pad becuz her exo terra enclosure is more openly ventilated in the front . i also have a piece of plastic canvas across the top - a fat strip around  4" wide to hold temps and humidity better .

For an acrylic enclosure this method will work fine - as there is no gear contact - only warm air that is used

* Note that Thermostats really give you control and work great with this method

**  aka Rheostats aka Dimmers do not work with box brand heat pads !!!

 A 40 watt rating of heat equip is needed for a dimmer to maintain function . Commercial pads are of much less wattage . most brand pad wattages range from 4 to 25 watts

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