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TYPHOON 5 Stage RODI Reefkeeper 75 GPD by Air Water & Ice

 
Per the AWI website: The Typhoon Reefkeeping R.O./D.I. (unit is) 5 stage with ASOV (valve). You don't need glue, Teflon tape, pipe dope, or wrenches. -


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great RODI for almost all applications featured

Installation and Operation This is a great RODI unit for almost anyone with a reef tank. It will be plenty of production for all but the largest of tanks (say 300 gallons or more). The installation is pretty simple if you have any basic DIY experience. I'd recommend sticking it under a sink and then running the 1/4" RO line to the location you'll mostly use it. And from experience, I'd recommend that be somewhere that can get wet, as I've often left it on and forgotten about it. I made it a rule to only fill buckets that were in a bath tub, but these days I have it in the garage and it is a little easier to control. Operationally, this thing works like a dream. Just turn a valve and you've got clean water for your system. A great unit.


Performance vs. Expectations This thing has met all my expectations. It's easy to install and works well for the reef tanks. The flow rate is good, though as with all units it will be depleted in colder temperatures (or with colder water in the winter; though do NOT hook it up to the hot water side of a faucet, as that will kill the membrane). The filters last long, particularly the RO membrane, which is a very high quality.


Value for money I honestly don't think you could find a better unit for this price. If you're starting a marine aquarium, I'd highly recommend this RODI unit. It's got everything you'd need for something from a 10 gallon tank to a 200 gallon tank. You won't be disappointed and it really is a small investment.


Customer Support AWI has been great. I've ordered both hardware and replacement filters from them, and theyve come in on time and for a great price. Good communications as well.


Liked about it There's a lot to like about this unit. It's easy to install, it comes with almost everything youd need to get it fired up. It has a good flow rate, and the membrane does last for quite a while. I've never had an issue with this unit outside of user error (when I'd leave it on accidentally). The DI resin compartment makes swapping out new DI resin a snap, too, which really improves overall water quality and makes this a great choice.


Didn't like The only thing they could have added on this unit is a TDS meter, but that's really being nit-picky. I have no complaints for the price or performance of this RODI unit.


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By crvz
May 31, 2010
 
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Awesome unit featured

Installation and Operation With the instructions provided installition is simple. Took less than 30 minutes to hook up and most of that time was trying to figure out where I wanted to put it. Once hooked up I have got great 0 TDS water. I also Set it up for ro drinking water witch is great. This product is also very easy to maintain. Filters are easy to replace and last a long time. So if you want great water quality at a great price I highly recomend this product.


Performance vs. Expectations This prodcut exceeds my expectations. We all expext 0 TDS from our units. However the efficiency of this unit is phenomenal.


Value for money Great bang for the buck and the extra perks you get such as duel inline TDS meters are always a plus.


Customer Support The customer service is top notch. I have had the pleasure of speaking with them on a couple occasions. One I remember very well. I ordered a hand held TDS meter and wanted to get a new filter set but did not know witch one I needed. The next thing I know a lady calls me (Lisa I think) to make sure I not only got my filter set but made sure they were shipped with my TDS meter to save on shipping. Then gave me a 10% discount on top of that. The funny thing was I didnt ever tell her what RODI unit I had. She already knew. A++++++ on service.


Liked about it Everything about this unit is great.


Didn't like Whats not to like.


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By robertmathern
Apr 23, 2010
 
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Even I can use this! featured

Installation and Operation To say I'm challenged when it comes to assembling things or understanding instructions is an understatement.
I just knew when I ordered this ro unit I would have to have someone come in and assemble it and attach it to my sink. I live in NYC and the apt here are tiny so I wanted a unit I could just hook it up to my sink and forget about it. When I received the unit I read the instructions and to my surprise I actually understood them and felt like well Patrick its time to man up and see if you can put this thing together. LOL it was already assembled so really all I had to do is attach the faucet adaptor. It took me like 5 min to set the whole thing up.


Performance vs. Expectations I did as instructed and ran the first 10 gallon right back into the sink then I started running some water into a cup so I could test the new water. I had no clue what I was testing for or what the numbers might mean but I was going to do it anyway because the unit came with a tds reader. I really had no clue what it was or really how to use it but I felt like a scientist so I was going to use it. well to my surprise the new water was 0 and the water stright from the tap was over 200. Like I said I really didnt know what it meant but I figure the 0 was better than over 200.


Value for money Ive had the ro unit now for over 3 yrs and use it for top off water and water changes and I can honestly say Ive never had a seconds trouble with the unit and it looks just as it did the day I took it out of the box.


Customer Support This was the best part of all. I had so many questions and I would call at lest twice a week for several weeks and each and every time I felt as if I were the most important customer they had. I one point I had ordered replacement filters and of course I was really concerned about replacing the filters myself but they walked me right through the process. They accidently sent me a brand new ro unit with the filters so I called them right away and told them about the mistake and returned the ro unit I hadnt ordered.


Liked about it I like everything about this unit! The simplicity of hooking it up. The ease of using it. The looks its so easy on the eyes and plus your filters are right there for you to see so your not guessing if they need changing. The unit is constructed on heavy duty plastic and metal frame.


Didn't like I'm being totally honest here there is nothing I dont like about this unit.


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By partobe
Dec 18, 2009
 
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Great Product featured

Installation and Operation Extremely easy to install this product. Maybe it should of been obvious, but I did not realize it was pre-assembled and ready to go when it came in. In the photos it showed the blue valves on top and so I assumed I had to put those up there to by-pass certain areas of the filtration if I wanted to ( I didn't want to). They are actually extras that you can use to close certain drains if it is not a permanent fixture. So far very little maintenance and is VERY easy to operate. No leaks, and the plu-ins for the water tubes are so easy to use, it's amazing how water-tight they are considering.


Performance vs. Expectations This product performs great, this is my first rodi system however so I have nothing to compare it to.


Value for money This product is a great value for how well it works. i would definantley buy it again:)


Customer Support I have not had a need to call customer support yet, everything turned out great. The only thing they could do is supply a third blue valve instead of two, since there are 3 out drains. The instructions should have stated it was already pre-assembled and ready to go for the novices out there (like me) who do not know what they are doing:)


Liked about it 1. Easy to install
2. Easy to use
3. Everything is pre-assembled and ready to go
4. The media is pre-rinsed already and also ready to go


Didn't like 1. Did not come with a third blue valve


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By cutietwo
Nov 10, 2009
 
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Excellent water-making solution and easy to install featured

Installation and Operation Installation was a snap. This unit comes with the standard water in, waste water-out and purified water-out 1/4" fittings. Air Water & Ice (AWI) goes one step further by providing a simple hang-tag to each fitting to ensure the purchaser knows which is which. Seasoned vetrans installing this unit will find this step obvious but for the first-time installer, this is a very helpful step I have not seen before. The instructions are somewhat simplistic with clear photos labeling all equipment and handy tips. In-all, AWI has taken many steps to make sure the installation process is smooth and understandable. The included hardware is well made and all fittings come pre-fitted with Teflon tape and ready for installation. From experience with competitors, this is not the norm. Again, well-thought out product presentation. This unit has a PSI rating which is well documented in the instructions and it is recommended that one might also purchase the inexpensive PSI guage AWI sells to ensure that the water feed is not forced through the unit too quickly thus possibly creating output water which has not fully reacted with the unit's reaction chambers (DI Beads). The unit is easily incorporated in a system with a (not included) float valve for Automatic Top Off scenarios.


Performance vs. Expectations After initial installation and required ~10 gallon run-off, water TDS levels were noted at 0ppm on a calibrated Hanna hand-held meter. In my area, it was not uncommon to measure ~5ppm with a competitor's unit and fresh filter media installed. This speaks highly for the quality of the AWI unit. After a month of use, I am happy to report the TDS levels remain at 0ppm after ~400 gallons of water has been made cycling my system with a total water volume of ~500 gallons.


Value for money While this unit is more pricey than others in it's class, the expense (in my experience) can be justified by simply observing the quality parts used and the production over time. With thousands of dollars spent on my inhabitants, the extra $50 can be accepted readily.


Customer Support To-date, there has been no reason to contact customer support. Having been in the hobby for more than 5 years now, I have seen other reviews and questions regarding AWI products and support before and happy to note I have not seen a poor review. Do not take my advice however and use your favorite search engine to look up this company and you will find my opinions do not stray from others noted.


Liked about it Easily Installed
Quality fittings and parts
Simple but to-the-point instructions with pictures!


Didn't like It doesn't make coffee or fly?


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By superwizbang
Oct 21, 2009
 
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Great product!

Installation and Operation Setting up this unit was fairly easy with the provided instructions, and the booklet that comes with the unit has all the information needed to run this product. Once installed this product is very easy to run by just turning 1 valve.


Performance vs. Expectations This RO/DI unit performs great, especially for the price with everything that is included. No one should spend hundreds on other high end RO/DI units while this is on the market. 0 TDS for a fraction of the price that other RO/DI units cost.


Value for money This product is great for anyone trying to build on a budget. The unit creates 0 TDS water and is much cheaper than other units.


Customer Support N/A


Liked about it The ease of use on this unit is very attracting. Just tap into your cold water with the fitting that comes with the unit and attach the waste water to the drain with another fitting which is also included. Everything you need to set this product up is included in the package. Also, this unit is a lot cheaper than others and still does the same job just as well. I am getting a 0 TDS reading out of the unit.


Didn't like There is absolutely nothing I can complain about with this unit to be honest. Just turn the valve, throw the tube in a container and let it do its thing! No problems whatsoever.


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By Reeftanker3295
Mar 18, 2010
 
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Excellent RODI unit for 150 gallon tank

Installation and Operation Air, Water & Ice include detailed directions with their product. They also respond well to customer questions. The RODI unit arrives partially assembled with only the individual specification (i.e., hook up to sink faucet vs. outside spigot) left to be done. Ample tubing is enclose.


Performance vs. Expectations Excellent. The RODI unit actually processed water faster than I expected. It is plenty powerful enough to manage my 150 gallon tank water changes.


Value for money The product is a very good value. There is no comparison, really, between buying water and using the RODI unit. Much better to use the RODI unit.


Customer Support This company deserves very high ratings for customer service. They replaced a cylinder whose lid broke; the response was quick and professional. My aquarium did not suffer why the new part was shipped. In addition, they remind users of when parts should be replaced for maximum function.


Liked about it The RODI unit rapidly processes enough water to change a 150 gallon tank. The company stands behind its product with excellent customer service. The price was reasonable.


Didn't like I set my RODI unit up outside so the unfilter water fills my outdoor fish pond. Inside there is water lost while RODI water is produced.


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By Fielding12
Feb 20, 2010
 
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