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Thread: Comparing Slimlight 14,4W with Chichiros AII 21Watt

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    Default Comparing Slimlight 14,4W with Chichiros AII 21Watt

    Well, I got two Chihiros AII series 451 (21 Watts each) because I found an offer and they had Bluetooth app and you can ramp on and off (no need to buy extra accessories to dim it, like on Slimline).

    I place each one on my two Blau Aquarium Cubic aquariums (45x24x16 cm, note: only 16cm high). On my Dennerle 35lt I am running 2x Slimline 40 cm 14.4W.

    Slimline, was the first led I used on an Aquarium, so I had nothing to compare it with. Well, now I have. And let me tell you, if I knew what I am getting, I wouldn’t buy A II Series from Chihiros.
    Even taking under consideration that the offer was 35% off (almost same price with Slimline but Chihiro’s includes the power brick and the Bluetooth), it is not worth the money. And here is why.

    1. On my Slimline, I dim from 0% to 80% in 30 minutes as I do on my A II. Slimline dims so smoothly that you cannot see it. A II dims in a way that you can count the steps until it reaches the max delivery power.
    It’s like adjusting it by hand, you can see the clicks.

    2. Slimline dims from 0%, A II claims it dims from 0% but when in turns ON it’s like going to 10% at once. And when dimming OFF, it’s like going from 10% to 0% at once.

    3. Slimline % seems accurate, A II is just to give you a clue. You can hardly see the difference in the intense of the light when dimming from 80% to 100%, which is not the case on Slimline.

    3. Slimline has 2 color channels, A II has only intensity.

    4. Slimline never failed (I am using it for 10 months now). A II was set to dim up to 80% but after 15 days of use, it was getting up to 40%. I had to reset it from the app to make it dim again up to 80%.
    Now, imagine you are on vacation and the light goes up to 40%. You are going to lose all your plants, and if plants melt you may also lose your fish.

    5. Slimline app is good. The only thing I would like to see is a manual override (like on “switch channel and outlets”) so I can turn them On instantly (when doing water change for instance).
    Missing this function, which really frustrates me, I thought that Chihiro’s app would be ok. But let me tell you, it sucks. It’s really a very bad designed app, really stupid.
    I do not know what they were thinking in Chihiro’s when they design the app, hope they will upgrade it sometime soon.

    6. My 14.4W Slimline Watt is like 50% stronger than the A II which is 21W. I am running them both Slimlines at 80% on the Dennerle because they are strong enough. I am also running at 80% the A II but on
    an aquarium of 16 cm high. And let me tell you: I am getting more light on the gravel with my Slimline on the Dennerle 35 lt which has 28 cm height than with the A II on a 16 cm height.
    It is like Germans meters the Wattage on the output and Chinese on the input.

    7. Slimline has adjustable legs, A II has not.


    So GHL, please do something with the shipment cost. Other shops ships for free to many countries with orders more than 150€. When ordering from you, I need to pay 56,91€ for up to 4Kg.

    So, if I make an order of 300€, shipping cost will add 56.91€ more, that is 18.97% on my order for shipping cost. This also makes impossible to place small orders.

    If I need 2 more Slimline 14.4W, the shipping cost will add 34% of the value of the product (I will pay 2x 54.90€ for the lights and 56.91€ for shipping).
    Last edited by almost; 31.01.2022 at 14:13.

    Worlds most gadget Aquarium.. almost.

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    Hi,

    manual override of Slimline is already possible. The description within the app is misleading, but it works. Use the Mitras Lightbar color channels to do so.

    Extras -> Maintenance/Power cut -> Maintenance/Power cut 1 (e.g.) -> Mitras Lightbar

    Each LED color channel correspond with a Slimline splitter channel.

    red - splitter 1 / channel 1
    green - splitter 1 / channel 2
    blue - splitter 1 / channel 3
    warm white - splitter 1 / channel 4
    neutral white - splitter 1 / channel 5
    cool white (6500K) - splitter 1 / channel 6
    cool white (8000 K) - splitter 1 / channel 7
    royal blue - splitter 2 / channel 1
    hyper violett - splitter 2 / channel 2
    deep blue - splitter 2 / channel 3

    Manual override of splitter 2 channels 4 to 7 is not possible because there are only 10 Lightbar colors.

    If your slimline is connected to splitter 1 - channels 1 and 2, activate the colors red and green to override the standard settings during the maintenance.

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    I would never find it by myself. Really nice tip, thank you so much for sharing!

    Already set it!

    Now I need more Maintenance/Power cut than 4 since I am running my Profilux (with expansion box) in 2 aquariums
    Last edited by almost; 30.01.2022 at 23:51.

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    My pleasure!
    I will soon have the same problem with the number of maintenance modes

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