Do you need to unscrew the screw connection of the temperature sensor, before you can use it?
No, the pH sensor is meant. It is located in a protective cap which is filled with a storage solution. Before the calibration the pH sensor needs to be taken out of this protective cap by loosening the screw connection and to be immersed, without the cap (and storage solution), into the aquarium water.
What does the message INSTAB mean?
The message INSTAB indicates: instable sensor voltage: the sensor tip is dirty, the electrolyte has leaked from the sensor, the sensor tip is damaged.
Remedy: Clean the sensor head (see the respective instruction), put the sensor into the storage solution for 24 hours and repeat the calibration. If this does not work the sensor is defective and should be replaced.
What does the message OFFSET mean?
The message OFFSET indicates: The sensor voltage at pH 7.00 is outside the limit value, the sensor is too old, the cable is defective, no sensor is connected or the calibration has been performed with buffer 4 solution.
Remedy: Check the sensor cable for any signs of damage and repeat the calibration. Take care to use the buffer solution correctly. If this does not work, replace the sensor and calibrate again.
Why does the controller permanently indicate a too high/low pH value? And why doesn’t the calibration work although the sensor is new?
The cause can probably be fixed quite easily. The protective cap of the pH sensor needs to be removed before insertion into the aquarium / before the calibration, to carry out control/calibration correctly. The protective cap serves as storage and “reactivation” of the sensor with the storage liquid. It has to be removed for use inside the aquarium and during the calibration because no water from outside can pass through. If the controller still displays an error, even after the removal of the protective cap, please read the FAQ with the several error messages in detail.
We would like to integrate the JBL Proflora pH Control Touch in a customised cover of our own design. For the construction we need the dimensions of the control unit (WxHxD), the required connection area for the cables and hoses and possibly information about whether it has a wall or surface mounting (blind frame) option.
The JBL ProFlora pH Control Touch has the following dimensions: W x H x D: 89 mm x 67 mm x 25 mm. Including the connections the height is 78 mm.
You also need to allow about 4-5 cm for the connection area under the control unit to ensure an easy installation.
Although it is not possible to mount the controller directly to the wall, it can be mounted on a top-hat rail, which can then be fixed to a wall. The above mentioned depth includes the top-hat rail.
How often does the JBL pH Control Touch need to be calibrated?
In the menu you have the chance to choose the interval before the next calibration reminder. The following calibration intervals are available:
However it is highly recommended not to select the 60 days setting, since each pH sensor wears continuously and the measured values become subject to change. Thus the more often you carry out a calibration the more reliable are the measurement results.
Why does the pH value jump in the display of the JBL ProFlora pH Control Touch?
If the pH value is subject to greater fluctuation, this is an indication of interference from another electronic device. Ballasts in light bars, for instance, create an electromagnetic field if they are not shielded against interference. This can disturb the sensitive sensor. When you unplug the power plug from the outlet the pH value should suddenly stabilise. You can carry this process out with every electrical device in the aquarium to find the source of interference.
By using separated power-carrying cables further disturbances can be avoided. Separating electrical circuits may also prove to be a good idea. The JBL pH Control Touch units are manufactured and tested in accordance with EMC directives and do not interfere with other technical items. Thus the JBL pH Control Touch does not expose wearers of pacemakers to any danger.
If another technical item disturbs your pH control, then it has not been electromagnetically shielded in accordance with this technical standard.
The display for the temperature at the JBL ProFlora pH Control Touch indicates N/A. What does this mean?
A display of N/A means that the pH controller is not receiving any input value. This may be due to the following:
1) There is no contact in the plug, perhaps caused by a slightly corrosive coating. Please check the contact points of the plug.
2) The temperature sensor is not connected.
Note: The JBL pH Control Touch can also be operated without a temperature sensor. In this case, the controller adjusts to a water temperature of 25 °C.
Do I need a night shut-off when I use the JBL Proflora pH Control Touch?
You need a separate soleniod valve (JBL ProFlora v002) to control the CO2 supply. A further night shut-off for CO2 systems, controlled by a pH control unit is not necessary, because the systems do not, or very rarely, switch on (outgassing CO2 above the water surface) the CO2 supply if there is no CO2 consumption. That’s why the control devices don’t need a timer.