Brinsea Eco 20 or Eco Octagon 20 Advance

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Rebecky54, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Rebecky54

    Rebecky54 Songster

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    The 20 Advance is double the price of the Eco with turner. Is it worth it for a hobbyist? I'm moving up from an LG still incubator, but don't have a lot of cash. The 20 Advance does NOT have the humidity pump, but it does have a humidity read-out. The Eco doesn't have a hygrometer and no way to add one.

    TIA,

    Becky
     
  2. thunderwagn

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    Guess its what you can afford. I have the Advance with pump and its mindless hatching basically. If I had the coin and the choice I would get the Advance to have the ability to add the pump later. Its a great incubator. Only issue for me is that its just to small, so I ended up buying a Dickey. Would have been better off just getting the Dickey to begin with, but if not hatching alot, the Brinsea is fantastic.
     
  3. DanEP

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    I have the eco 20 and it works just fine. If you can afford the advance it's nice to have all the bells and whistles, but if your looking to save a few bucks the eco is fine. I bought a hygrometer from wally world and calibrated it and just sit in the bator where I can see it. the brinsea's hold temp and humidity really well so either will not be a problem.
    The eco 20 has two water wells in the bottom and you just fill one up for incubating and fill both for lockdown. It really was much easier than I thought it would be to control the humidity by just opening or closing the vent a little. Temp was never a problem as it always stays rock solid.

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  4. Rebecky54

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    Thank you. I'm not sure how much I'm going to be incubating -- probably more than I think. However, funds are an issue and if I'm going to spend $300, I might as well get a Dickie or a Sportsman, so I'll stick with the Eco.

    Becky
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I have three (3) Octagon20 Advance EX units. Plus two MiniAdvance EX 'bators and one MiniAdvance. I love 'em.
     
  6. marathonmultiplesmom

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    I got a 100% hatch in my ECO the very first run, manually turning. Love it! Glad I went with the cheaper model. I just ordered another one too. It'll be here in 2 days! They are also on sale right now and there is a coupon code posted on Brinsea's Facebook page... hold on... I'll get it...
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    ok I am back... FBEG0211 is the code, 10% off expires Mar 15th
     
  7. thunderwagn

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    Thank you. I'm not sure how much I'm going to be incubating -- probably more than I think. However, funds are an issue and if I'm going to spend $300, I might as well get a Dickie or a Sportsman, so I'll stick with the Eco.

    How so? Even at $300 your not yet hitting the halfway mark to a Sportsman or Dickey. Get the most you can afford. You will be glad you did in the long run.​
     
  8. jenlynn4

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    I bought 2 eco's and I LOVE them...I just had my first hatch in them and I got 16 out of 17 to hatch! I am even thinking about getting a 3rd one. LOL
     
  9. enggass

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    Quote:Do you trust the temps of the built-in Water In Glass thermometer? Are you going by what it says for your temps or are you using something else?
     
  10. andalusn

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    I have the ECO 20 w/auto turner and I compare the glass thermometer with a digital one and they are reading the same. I also have a thermometer in the incubator that is egg shaped (Egg-O-Meter) that reads the egg mass temp rather than the confined air space temp. This is my first hatch in the ECO20 and it's been easy to maintain and read. I used my new flashlight last night(200 lumes) and saw movement in the eggs. With so many successful postings by users of any of the Brinsea products you should have confidence in the one you choose for you.
     

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