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Old 07-01-2019, 09:02 PM   #1
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Default Espar Easy start pro vs mini controller? (for Espar S2)

I'm looking at the Espar S2 and have the option of the Espar Easy start pro or the mini controller. Looks like the Easy start pro is the newer generation, but I can't seem to find any comparisons with a quick search. Anyone here use on or the other and have anything to share about these two options?
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:32 PM   #2
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Default Espar Easy start pro vs mini controller? (for Espar S2)

If it is similar to the previous generation Espar controllers then the pro has the timer/programming function which the mini/select lacks.

This gives you the ability to have your heater turn on late at night multiple times in an unattended van which has proven beneficial for me in extreme cold weather.


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If you plan on sleeping in the rig, or even driving it on morning schedule, having the timer/program feature is really nice.

Let us know how the S2 install goes!
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Default Re: Espar Easy start pro vs mini controller? (for Espar S2)

Thanks guys. Doesn't either (or both) of these have a thermostat control? Setting a timer is good for on and off, but what if I just want it to autoregulate and maintain a temperature range by itself?
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Thanks guys. Doesn't either (or both) of these have a thermostat control? Setting a timer is good for on and off, but what if I just want it to autoregulate and maintain a temperature range by itself?
They are both a thermostat type function. Generally the S2/D2 will use its internal temp probe. In some cases you will want to run an external one. You can connect one to the digital controllers, or run one to the S2 harness. At least thats how the D2 works, I would double check in the install manual for the S2. Some of the mini control units have a built in temps sensor, which you can connect to the heater if desired. If the controller is on a cold surface, or in a draft this may not be desirable.

The programmable units will usually let you set a runtime if you desire. So you can have the heater turn off after XX minutes.
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