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Hey guys,

Has anyone tested the accuracy of the ds18b20 temperature probe? I just got it hooked it up to reef-pi and I'm getting a steady temperature of 76.6F. I have a cheapo digital temperature probe that I've been using for a few months now that is currently reading 79.0.

Discrepancy of 2.4F

Not really sure which one is accurate.
 

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Hey guys,

Has anyone tested the accuracy of the ds18b20 temperature probe? I just got it hooked it up to reef-pi and I'm getting a steady temperature of 76.6F. I have a cheapo digital temperature probe that I've been using for a few months now that is currently reading 79.0.

Discrepancy of 2.4F

Not really sure which one is accurate.
I had a calibrated temp probe controller that i used to control heaters before reef pi, i tested the ds18b20 DROK probes against it and my 4 ds18b20 were all within .2 degrees of the calibrated probe, and all within .1 degrees of each other.

If you have doubts. Make an ice water bath, see how close each of them read to 32f.
 

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I had a calibrated temp probe controller that i used to control heaters before reef pi, i tested the ds18b20 DROK probes against it and my 4 ds18b20 were all within .2 degrees of the calibrated probe, and all within .1 degrees of each other.

If you have doubts. Make an ice water bath, see how close each of them read to 32f.
Just looked up the ice bath technique. Will try that with both of them tomorrow. Thanks!
 

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I had a calibrated temp probe controller that i used to control heaters before reef pi, i tested the ds18b20 DROK probes against it and my 4 ds18b20 were all within .2 degrees of the calibrated probe, and all within .1 degrees of each other.

If you have doubts. Make an ice water bath, see how close each of them read to 32f.

That's interesting, I did it this morning, and it seems to work as intended. Confirmed my suspension that one of my probes wasn't as sensitive as the other and took longer to get down to the known temp and still wasn't as on, but still within <0.5F

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Temp1 seems to acclimate faster and is more "accurate" than two. Might have to grab 2 more probes and run two of the best and others as back up.
 

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@Ranjib

Hey, not sure if you already know but if have spaces in your device name, telemetry to adafruit spits back a URL not found error and the feed doesn't update.

I had named my temperature probe "Reef Temperature" and while it did initially create the feed on adafruit IO, it never updated it. I then renamed it to "Reef" and the error went away and the updates started passing.

I'm on 2.5 pi3.

On another note: I also tried 3.0 pre-alpha 2 and the PWM hz function wasn't taking. I would update the PI PWM hz setting in the configuration and reload but the setting never updated, so I reverted back to 2.5.
 

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Is there a general shopping list available?
I was going to do a build but issues came up but wanting to get this going again
 
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@Ranjib

Hey, not sure if you already know but if have spaces in your device name, telemetry to adafruit spits back a URL not found error and the feed doesn't update.

I had named my temperature probe "Reef Temperature" and while it did initially create the feed on adafruit IO, it never updated it. I then renamed it to "Reef" and the error went away and the updates started passing.

I'm on 2.5 pi3.

On another note: I also tried 3.0 pre-alpha 2 and the PWM hz function wasn't taking. I would update the PI PWM hz setting in the configuration and reload but the setting never updated, so I reverted back to 2.5.
The adafruit io issue is a regression. I'll file a bug to track this.
I am yet to pull in the pwm fixes that were shipped in 2.5 to 3.0 branch, so that bug is expected. I'll make sure we have it fixed in next 3.0 prereleases.
Thank you so much for testing and reporting these.
 
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I just noticed i have messed up the BOM link during the recent website update. I'll make it visible there.
Darn. I just checked, and most of the items from the list is gone. Not sure if this is due to missing items. Give me some time to consolidate this list again. I have to check first if the links in the individual guides (they are direct amazon links of specific parts) are still intact. If they are, we have to just consolidate them.
 
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Talking about 3d printing , I have racked up a decent stock of reef-pi enclosures now :) . In the coming days I plan to improve upon this simple design to make it aesthetically more pleasant and more functional
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Can this be done with a raspberry pi 4 and is it expensive? I would love to do an ATO and a doser.
Yes. Whether it’s expensive or not is but subjective . A simple ato might cost around 20-100$ including sensor, pi, power adapter, WiFi /relay based outlets . Since you can choose individual parts the cost can vary a lot. Pi 4 itself cost 50$ while pi zero is only 10-15$
 
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When is v3 going to get the next release?
Around Thanksgiving . Reef-pi major release is always once a year , during thanksgiving. It’s way for us to say thanks to all of you and your support
 

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