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Manage your power cords with DJ power switchers

By Shane Graber - Posted Jul 16, 2012 11:00 AM
Who among us would like to be able to just switch their equipment on and off from a central switch system? I know I would. In the past people have wired light switches to individual power outlets and this tip completely negates this old-school method of controlling equipment. It is more compact and in the long run costs much less.
Manage your power cords with DJ power switchers

An American Dj Pc-100A Rack Mount Power Switcher used on a reefkeeper's aquarium. Photo:

I picked this tip up on Gary Parr and Christine Williams' ReefThreads #90 podcast. Their tip for managing multiple pieces of equipment on a reef tank is to use a DJ rack mount power switcher.

Christine pointed me to a very nice backlit 8-rocker switch unit on Amazon: an American Dj Pc-100A Rack Mount Power Switcher.


This unit has the following features:

  • 8 lighted switches on front panel
  • 15A resetable circuit breaker on front panel
  • Eight 120V, 3-prong plug sockets on rear of the unit
  • Ideal for switching lights and sound equipment
  • 6 ft. power cord
  • Maximum load: 15 amps or 1800 watts
  • Dimensions: 19" x 2" x 5" - single space rm
  • Weight: 4 lbs.
  • 120V operation

Plug this power switcher into a GFCI outlet with the mandatory drip loop and then plug in your equipment into the back of the unit. Label each switch with a short name for the piece of equipment that is plugged into it and you are set.

Now you can easily switch ON/OFF equipment for feeding, maintenance, etc and the back-lit switch will tell you at a glance if you have forgotten to turn equipment back on after maintenance.

This unit sells for $31 on and is definitely worth considering for your tank.

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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