How To Set A Hydrofarm Digital Timer – Titan Controls, Century, Vivosun, Viagrow, Aspectek


Today I’m going to show you some of
the features of this timer and demonstrate how to program it. First
let’s give it a once-over. There’s a three-pronged outlet, a three-pronged
plug, another three-pronged outlet, and we’re back at the display. I’ll flip it
forward so you can have a look as well. If you receive the timer and the LCD
is blank you’ll need to plug it in for a few hours. It has an internal battery
that charges a microchip and the microchip stores the current day and
time as well as the programming information. In order to set the current
day and time you’ll need to use the clock button here. In order to set
it you’ll hold down the clock button and while keeping it held down you’ll use
the hour minute and week buttons to set the time and day to week. So let’s do that.
To set the time and day of the week, I’ll hold down the CLOCK button, use the HOUR
button to adjust the hour, the MINUTE button to adjust a minutes, and the WEEK
key. You’ll see the week scroll across the top to select the day of the week. Now that we’ve got the current time and
day set, we’re ready to program. This timer has eight different programs and
for each of the eight programs you need to set the timer’s ON and OFF times. You
don’t need to use all eight programs but you have that flexibility. To select
each program you’ll use the PROGRAM key here. If I press it once you notice this
is where I’ll set the program 1’s ON time, and I’ll show you how to do that in
a moment, and press it again, this is where I’ll set the program one’s OFF time.
Press it again, this is where I’ll set the program two’s ON time, then program two’s
OFF time, program three’s ON time, program three’s OFF time, etc etc for each of the
eight programs. Then it just loops back around. If you ever want to get back to the
initial display, which is the time and day of the week, just press the CLOCK
button. So let’s set program one. To get to the programming options you’ll press
the PROGRAM button. Here we’ll set the program 1 ON time by
using the HOUR, MINUTE, and WEEK buttons. So if I’ll press HOUR. Let’s set this to go
off at 7:30 p.m. So use the HOUR button to select the hour, the MINUTE button to
select the minutes. When it comes to the WEEK button, we have lots of
options. Right now you’ll see that it shows Monday Tuesday and Wednesday.
That’s when it’ll turn the lights on. If I press it again, this is Thursday Friday
Saturday. Press it again to keep scrolling through. Now it’s showing me
every day of the week. Monday only. Tuesday only .Wednesday only. Thursday
only. Friday only. Saturday only. Sunday only. And it has every combination
you can think of. Monday through Friday. Saturday Sunday only. Monday through
Saturday. Monday Wednesday Friday. Tuesday Thursday Saturday. And we’re back to
where we started. Let’s say I want this to go every day of the week. So I’m going
to set it so that the timer works every day of the week, it
turns lights on at 7:30 p.m. every day of the week. Now to set the program OFF
time I’ll press the PROGRAM button again and now you’ll see it says program 1 OFF
time. Use the HOUR button to select the hour and if the lights are coming on
7:30, I want to turn off around will say 10:30, or 10:32, and I’ll use the WEEK button again to
select what days of the week I want this to happen. Since I set the on time
for every day of the week, I’m going to set the off time for every day of the week. So program one is set. If I wanted to set
program two now I would press the PROGRAM button and I’d go through the
same steps using the HOUR, MINUTE, and WEEK buttons. And you’ll do that for all
the programs should you choose to use all eight. I’m going to put in a program
two so I can show you another function of this timer. If I set
program two’a ON time, and let’s say now I’m going to set program two’s OFF time, if
I later decide that I want to clear this program, then what I’ll do is I’ll
use the R key and you’ll notice that it will clear it. So if I scroll
back to program twos on time I want to clear it, I use the R key. You’ll
notice how it goes blank. Now I want to shut off program two’s off time and
clear that by using the R key. Now to turn the timer on and off you
will use the ON/AUTO/OFF button. I’m going to go back to the clock display
real quick by pressing the CLOCK button. So you’ll turn the timer on and off using this
button here and you’ll notice that it’ll scroll off, auto, on here every time I
press it. What this means is when the timer is in the off position there will
be no power supplied to these outlets. I press it again… In auto mode the timer
will function at the times that I’ve programmed in programs one through eight.
If I press it again… on means that power is being supplied to these outlets. So if
I happen to be home and I want my lights to be on I’ll use the on key so that
there’s power supplied here and I can turn on the lamps. If I’m away from home
I wanna put it in auto mode so that the timer turns on the lights at
the times I’ve designated. So let me show you another little handy function of
this timer or feature of this timer. You’ll notice up here, this little bubble
is going to appear when I hold down the week and hour button. See the little bubble
show up? I’ll press them again so it shuts off and back on. When that little
bubble is on this feature allows the timer to randomly turn on or off the
programs within a two or thirty two minute interval. So if I’ve
set the timer to come on at 10:15 it’ll come on randomly between two and thirty
32 minutes within that time frame and that way it’s random. It looks like
someone’s actually home. The lights aren’t going on and off exactly at the
same time every night. So that’s handy! One other thing to note when choosing
this timer is that the programs turn power on and off to the outlets
simultaneously. That means that you cannot program program 1 to only turn on this outlet and then use program 2
or 3 to only turn on this outlet. It doesn’t work like that. Either power is
being supplied to the outlets or it’s not. I hope this review has been helpful and thanks so much for watching.

100 thoughts on “How To Set A Hydrofarm Digital Timer – Titan Controls, Century, Vivosun, Viagrow, Aspectek

  1. Thanks, you made it easy to understand. I ordered the Urban Farmer one which came with this annoying plastic prong cover. I had to pry it off with a pair of scissors.

  2. These timers did have the capability to shut the right side and the left side outlets on and off at different times. I used to run three of these on an aquarium and ran many types of lights that would come on in different intervals, the little solid black dot that you did not explain anything about is what indicates which side the power comes on. Used to be able to have the left side go on a different timer then the black circle would be on the left side of that timers screen. The solid black circle is only on the right, but believe me used to be able to switch the right and left with different timers.

  3. If u set it to everyday of the week do u have to do anything when he next week comes? Like will it just keep working?

  4. Wish you had mentioned that the plugs couldn’t run independently earlier in vid but either way thanks man!

  5. This is a excellent video. I use it to cycle my router and modem off/on once a week. This keeps my IP address reset and overall great for the equipment. But this timer has been sitting around for awhile. Glad I can get some use out of it. The instructions were hard to follow.

  6. is there a way to have the timer turn on and off every minute? I want to do this more than 8 times, is there just a simple stopwatch that does it for you?

  7. What if I’m using it for top feed drip system and only need it to run about 20 seconds? Do I need something else?

  8. Great video, very well presented and made my setup very easy and I understand how all the features work on this timer. Thank you so much and great job!!!

  9. does this timer have to be reset every week? i want it to keep going seven days a week for about 2 months, do i just set it once and forget about it, or is it a weekly thing that must be done?

  10. can i have my programs to where my carbon filter comes on/off every 20 mins program 1 & have my 16hr light schedule for program 2 without shutting off the lights during the program 1 timer? or when program 1 goes of the entire device goes off? i couldnt figure how to ask what i was thinking i did my best lmao sorry

  11. so I programmed it for all days of the week and set it to 7:00 a.m. to 12:00a.m. is there any way I can set it up in one program to make it 7:00 a.m. – 12:00a.m. and then turn on again at 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.? , to make it easier to understand I want to make all times above in one day that are all in the same program and will turn on and off 2 times a day, hopefully you understand what I mean and I would like to know from you if its possible, thanks.

  12. Did I just understand that last tip correctly? I cannot use this timer to run my lights for an 18/6 schedule on outlet 1, while simultaneously run an infrared lamp on outlet 2 for ONLY the last 15 mins. per day? It sounds like it's either both outlets on, or both outlets off at the same time.

  13. I am in discussion with Century about this digital timer. It is sold as hydrofarm. Please be aware that there is a slight current that stays when the timer is turned off. That said, if you use a L
    ed light there will still be a low glow in the off cycle. It does not go totally dark. I have not concluded if it causes problems but you will not be in total darkness.

  14. Thank you so much for the excellent video. I was getting ready to return this timer because I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to program it. So now you saved my hair and I don’t have to return it

  15. Well, I thought I was either stupid or illiterate trying to figure this thing out based on the instruction manual and other YouTube videos. You made it so easy to understand and comprehend and straight down to the point. Thank you so much!

    Also by chance (I haven't read through the entire instruction manual yet), but do you know if it would be safe to use a surge protector strip to plug into one side?

  16. My version of this timer can be switched between 24 hour or 12 hour am / pm mode but I don't know how to change that. Can anyone help? It doesn't seem to be obvious. I had it set in am / pm mode but had to press the reset button and now it's in default 24 hour mode. I even have the original instructions but it's not covered. Thanks.

  17. Very Helpful.I found one of these in my parent's garage with no instructions. There was no display and I was about to throw it away. Just needed to plug it in and let internal battery charge up per your instructions at the beginning of the video.

  18. Is it possible to have to stay on for x hours and then off forever until the next time I turn it on? I want to plug it into a fan to dry off my sporting equipment whenever I might randomly play so no set schedule.

  19. Is this thing only has 8 programme? Because i want to set it ON for only 1 minutes and OFF mode for only 10 minutes repeatedly. Is it possible?

  20. You don't discuss the DST feature. What I can't figure out about DST on it, since there is no way to set the date. How does it know what day it is and how to count to when to do the time change? And if it has a battery backup, I don't see how to put a new battery in if it wears out.

  21. Excellent video! One thing I might add is that even after following these directions explicitly, your timer STILL DOESN'T WORK… press the reset button with a pencil, (that small one on the lower right side of the face), and start from scratch. My timer sat unused for a couple years and that's what it needed.

  22. Great explanations. THANK YOU! But about your comment…. Rory Gallagherfan……. I for one think it is very nice that "second-language" people from all over the world are kind enough to explain this to all of us "techno-illiterates" including folks with English ONLY skills such as lucky you. Go back to school and learn to appreciate help from everywhere and everyone… How many languages did YOU study or even master…????

  23. thanks very helpful but didn't answer my question. the tip about random was awesome…what I need to know is how to use the programs…more than 1…say I want my lights on at 830 am and off at 10pm mwf and the other days on at 12pm and off at 10pm…i'm not getting it??? I see how to do one program for same time all days of week like you did…but I don't understand how to use more than one program…it just isn't clear…thanks I hope my question is clear…but you helped a lot and thank you

  24. thank you so much only took me 3 months to figure it out all wrong then finally getting it right after watching this most excellent tutorial

  25. What if you have it on auto but want the light device off but still want it to turn on during the programmed times?

  26. if i set one minute on and one minute off, how many time it works in day??? please answer me. its will very helpful for me

  27. Thank you, well done video. You covered everything in detail and one feature I didn't know about with the bubble…that was my issue, so thanks again

  28. One question I have is that at 12 am every night it turns back on. I have it set to turn on at 5 am and set off at 11 pm but it turns back on at 12… what should I do?

  29. CAN A SINGLE PROGRAM COME ON-OFF MORE THAN ONCE A DAY ? ? ( I need to pump air into a tank of water at least once an hour everyday –twice an hour would be better ) can I keep going around the 8 programmes setting each programme 9 hours later than last time until Ive got 24 start time coming on every day?….

  30. I used to use two manual timers for my two orchid lights but that was an annoying thing, the lights would turn off and on slightly differently and took up a lot of space on a surge protector (were too bulky to go into the same wall outlet). So I got the Century outdoor timer, which is programmed the same as this one in your video. I got the outdoor timer version for any splashes, rare but it happens. So thank you for this video, it helped me more than the instruction manual, which was not very clearly written!

  31. MINES JUST ARIVE 2 MY FRONT DOOR NOW TIME TO SET THESE BABIES 👌🙌💯 THANK YOU FOR THE HELP IN THE VIDEO

  32. Thank you very much.
    I didn't get instructions with the timer so I had no clue.
    Just been doing it manually.

  33. Sir, Thank you very much for a very informative easy to understand how to set up the timer. I have a question: I could program, however, on my (old) unit it does not show AM or PM. May be because it gives military time? I get confused with military time. How do I change so I can see AM PM on the unit? Will appreciate your help. Thanks

  34. THANK! YOU! LOL! I had it programmed for my battery bank supplemental charge, but forgot how and didn't want to hunt for the instructions. Now I'm setting it up for my hydroponic tote. You made this complicated gizmo EASY to program. Very, very much appreciated.

  35. Thank you for your video. I almost took my time back bcuz the display was blank.
    The directions did say to plug it in first. THANKS!! You saved me time and energy!

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