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IceCap 250 Watt Electronic Metal Halide/ HQI Ballast

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IceCap

This ballast will power any metal halide 250W bulb. It does not over-drive the bulb, so output will be at the bulb manufacturer`s specifications. By using a constantly changing, very high frequency, the ballast will light any bulb without flicker. Longer bulb life and other features makes this the best ballast for all metal halide applications.

IceCap uses its unique, patented operating system, which allows you to save energy without compromising light output. By applying lower voltage across the lamp, energy consumption is reduced and lamp life is expected to be increased.

Advantages:

  • Energy Savings of over 10% from High Efficiency
  • Longer Lamp Life due to constant output
  • Longer Ballast life due to low heat
  • Compact Size to fit most fixtures
  • High Frequency Operation is flicker & noise free
  • Savings on air conditioning costs
Quality:
  • Built-in circuit protection
    • High Voltage, High Current Protection
    • High Temperature Shut-Down
    • Improper Wiring Protection
    • Automatic Bulb Failure Shut-Down
    • Automatic Resetting
  • Starts in Cold Temperature
  • Starts in Low Voltage Environments
  • Allows up to 30 feet between Lamp and Ballast

Specifications

Wiring Diagram:

Specifications:

Description MH-250HQI
Lamp MH-250W
Lamp Spec: Voltage 130V
Lamp Spec: Current 2.1 Amps
Input Voltage 120V A/C
Input Current 2.35A Max.
Power Factor >92%
Lamp Current Crest Factor <1.8
Operating Frequency 70–90KHz
Ignition Voltage 1.6KVp
Starting Time <3 minutes
Restarting Time 5-6 minutes
Minimum Starting Temp

-4F or -20C
Max Allowed Area Temp <122F or <50C
Max Mounting Distance 33 feet
Flicker none
Sound Rating

A
Enclosure Overall Dimensions—inches 8.4 x 3.7 x 2
Enclosure Overall Dimensions—metric 214 x 94 x 52
Weight 3 lbs/1.4Kg



Product Manuals & Documentation

IceCap 250 Watt Electronic Metal Halide/ HQI Ballast

Owner's Manual available for download in Adobe PDF file format

Manufacturer Info

Ice Cap Aquarium Supplies
IceCap has been introducing innovative lighting products into the aquarium hobby for more than two decades. The company is committed to producing benchmark quality products and has set the standard for efficiency and reliability. IceCap is committed to nurturing and supporting an increasingly self-sustaining hobby of coral reef enthusiasts. IceCap started the R.E.E.F. Foundation to encourage and facilitate recycling, education and a more conscientious use of both living and material resources. We carry a variety of IceCap aquarium lighting supplies including bulbs, fixtures, retrofit kits and accessories.

65 Reviews

CHAD FAUROTE from ROMULUS, MI UNITED STATES

03/21/2011

Experience Level: Intermediate

Much better!

I bought an Odyssea 48" 250w HQI DE fixture. Didn't realize what a peice of junk it was until I started reading reviews. Switched out the ballasts with these IceCaps and it made a world of diffence. Also bough 2 phoenix 14K bulbs. Corals really pop now. Got rid of the greenish/white tint that the odyssea 15k bulbs produced. The only thing to watch out for with these ballasts is the molenex(sp?) is only about 6" long so if you have any distance to go to get to the connectors off the lights, you will need to buy extention cords.

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AcanMan from SAINT MICHAEL, MN UNITED STATE

03/05/2011

Experience Level: Expert

Ice Cap elecrtronic ballast

Only had it running for a few hours so far, but I noticed the light was brighter and the bulb statred great. Very easy to wire in and set up. I will buy nothing but an Ice Cap ballast from now on!

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WADE MCCULLIN from TYLER, TX UNITED STATES

09/15/2010

Experience Level: Expert

awesome power

I am very happy with the force the ballast uses to push the halide huge difference in coral coloration and size already and ive only had it on for approx. 5 days. The only downfalls to the ballast are the length of the plug from ballast to fixture is a little short for me you basically have three ft of cord to work with from the light to the ballast, and it does not have an on off switch which is not very critical due to the fact that you can use a timer. Overall this is a great product and i have already recommended it to friends. For the money it is an awesome product with amazing force pushing the halide

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RangerSEB from MANKATO, MN UNITED STATES

06/28/2010

Experience Level: Intermediate

Icecap 250W MH

I have the Icecap running along side a cheaper imported ballast, and there is a huge difference. The icecap side is much brighter, and coral and coraline colors are much more vivid. The other ballast looks washed out, and more yellow. I'm going to replace the other ballast with an Icecap ASAP!

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MARK SCOTT from BECKLEY, WV UNITED STATES

03/29/2010

Experience Level: Expert

Incorrect info in description.

I have not hooked up my 400w icecap ballasts yet because the description is wrong. It says their is a 10' output cable with 4" exposed wire for wiring to mogul base. When I received the units, they had a 1' cord with a female plug! I looked everywhere to find the plug locally but no one carries anything like it. So I'll have to order it and pay additional shipping. I'm sure the ballasts will be great but make sure you order the male plug to go along with them.

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Tank o Tang from BRIDGEPORT, CT

03/20/2010

Experience Level: Intermediate

Ice Cap 250MH Ballast

Ice Cap's are the only ballasts I will light my tanks with.

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Justin from MADISON, WI UNITED STATES

03/13/2010

Experience Level: Intermediate

Great Ballast

This is my first metal halide system, but it works great. Doesn't run too hot. Has nice mounting brackets.

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KEVIN TIMMERMAN from FORBES, MN UNITED STATES

02/17/2010

Experience Level: Intermediate

icecap 250 ballast

i like the ballast the only thing that turnd me off is u need to buy the male diconect sepret the should give more info when u buy them like what else u need to hook them up an they should come complete with plug an wire but icecap makes great stuff i like it other then that

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SEBASTIAN from LAKE ZURICH, IL UNITED STATES

01/14/2010

Experience Level: Expert

WOW

I'm in a "reef business" for over 7 years. I just replaced my old Odessa ballast with this one and all I have to say is WOW .......... the old bulbs that I have are much brighter now then when they were new on old ballast. WOW. best $130 spent in my tank.

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STEVEN HERL SR from GURNEE, IL UNITED STATES

01/12/2010

Experience Level: Intermediate

IceCap Electronic Metal Halide

This is the one of the best Electronic Metal Halide Ballast i have used. It will make you bulbs pop with color !!! starts quick to, and not to hot to the touch. I would recomend this one first.

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