Kind K5 XL1000 LED Grow Light Review

Kind K5 XL1000 LED Grow Light Review

The award-winning Kind K5 XL1000 LED grow light is a top-level grow light. If you are looking for an indoor grow light of the highest quality, then this is the light for you. It has won the High Times “Gear of the Year Award” for four years in a row, and in 2017 this grow light also won the High Times STASH Award (Significant Technological Achievements in Secretive Horticulture award) for “Best LED Innovation”.

If these awards aren’t enough to convince you of how good a light the K5 XL1000 is, let its specifications persuade you. It is a lot of money, so read on to find out why we think splashing out on this grow light is totally worth it.

 

Specifications

The K5 XL1000 measures 26 inches long by 20 inches wide by 3 inches deep and weighs 36 pounds. The panel contains 320 LED bulbs, some 3W and some 5W, and features a secondary optical lens that increases light intensity and canopy penetration. Kind does not specify which manufacturer makes their LED bulbs though, which is a shame.

The Kind K5 XL1000 was designed to replace either a 1000W or a 750W HPS lamp, as the power output is the same. However, the light only requires 650W of power to produce this output, making it highly energy efficient and helping you save on running costs. The little energy that does go to waste as heat is quickly dissipated by the built-in heat sinks and cooling fans to keep your plants from drying out.

 

The coverage is very good – it can light up an area of 5 square feet for plants in the vegetative stage, which is reduced to an area of 4 square feet for flowering plants. This light works on any voltage, and is UL listed. It also comes with a pair of Method Seven tinted glasses to protect your eyes and to return everything back to its normal hue. This is useful when you are checking your plants for discolouration, as the light from your grow light can sometimes tint the colour of your plants, especially if you are using more red lights during the flowering stage.

 

On top of all this, the Kind K5 XL1000 comes with an instruction manual, a 90-day money back guarantee, a 3-year warranty, and lifetime customer support.

 

What makes the K5 XL1000 so innovative?

This grow light gives you precision control over its full 12-band spectrum, so much so that you can even mimic dusk and dawn. With its remote control, you are able to digitally customize the light wavelengths your plants receive, letting you add more blue light for vegetation and more red light for flowering to maximize bud growth and yield.

You can even control the integrated timer, which provides eight separate stages of brightness that slowly fades up in the morning and down in the evening, rather than just switching on and off. The remote control can also be used to control multiple units at once, which is useful if you have a large grow room and need to daisy chain two or more units together.

The light dimmers on the K5 XL1000 deserve a special mention here. With most other LED grow lights that have dimmers, they will still draw the same amount of power even if the light is at its lowest intensity. The K5 XL1000 is far more advanced, as it uses pulse width modulation dimming, which actually lowers power draw in proportion to the dimness of the light. This is another example of how advanced LED technology can save you money in the long run by reducing running costs.

 

Summing Up

We would highly recommend the Kind K5 XL1000 for experienced growers with a large setup who like to have total control over their grow room environment. The high price point is very much worth it if you enjoy customizing your light spectrum and intensity not just for each of the growth stages of your plants, but even to mimic a natural dawn and dusk! What better way to optimize bud yield?

Both the LED technology and the pulse width modulation dimming technology go a long way in cutting the running costs, so over time your investment will pay for itself. The K5 XL1000 can be programmed to suit your specific weed strain’s requirements, which can be done via remote control, making things even easier.

If you have the budget for this grow light, then buy it. It is truly deserving of all the High Times awards it has won. Happy growing!

Best CO2 Regulators for Growing Cannabis

At the moment, atmospheric levels of CO2 are at about 400 parts per million (PPM). When growing cannabis indoors, you can raise the level of CO2 in the air to nearly 1500 PPM. With this level of CO2, your weed will flourish and your bud yield will rise by up to 30%. If you increase the CO2 level to more than 1500 PPM though, your weed will suffocate and eventually die.

 

Even with high levels of CO2, it is still important to move the air around within your grow space to make sure this level stays consistent. Make sure you invest in a good inline fan for this, and your weed will thank you.

 

Generators, Regulators and Controllers

 

There are two main ways to regulate CO2 levels in a grow room. You can either buy an all in one CO2 generator, or you can buy the parts separately to build your own system. What you will need is a source of CO2, a way to regulate this source of CO2, and a way to measure CO2 levels in your grow room.

 

Take into account how your source produces CO2. If you use a system that creates CO2 by burning butane or propane, then you will need to account for the extra heat this will add to your plants’ environment. An alternative is to use a tank of pre-obtained CO2 plus a regulator (which controls the release of CO2) and controller (which detects the amount of CO2 in the grow room), as this won’t add any extra heat into your grow room.

 

How much carbon dioxide do you need?

 

First, measure the size of your grow room (in feet) and multiply the measurements to get the cubic volume of your grow space. Then multiply this figure by 0.0015 (or 0.0013 if you don’t want to risk suffocating your plants) to find out how much flow you need. If you have a generator, check the cubic feet per hour (CFH) rating. Keep in mind that one pound of CO2 compressed in a tank is the same as roughly 8.7 cubic feet of gas once it has been released into the air.

 

You will then need to set your regulator for the correct flow rate and PSI amount, and you will need to set your timer so that your CO2 is only released during daytime hours (plants need more oxygen at night). Here is an example of the above calculations:

 

Let’s say your grow room measures 8ft by 8ft by 8ft, which is 512ft3. Multiply this by 0.0013 and you get 0.6656, or about 0.66 cubic feet per minute. This means you can set your regulator for 100 PSI and the flow at 0.33 cubic feet per minute (with a rating of 20 CFH). You will need to let the gas flow for two minutes to fill your grow space and then switch it off. You can repeat this every couple of hours whilst your grow lights are switched on to maintain optimum CO2 levels.

 

Why are timers important?

Timers are important both for you and your plants. You don’t want either one to suffocate! Using a tank regulator means that your grow room will be injected with CO2 for a couple of minutes every few hours whilst your grow lights are on. This is a somewhat cheaper option, as the machine doesn’t need to be running all the time.

You will also need to remember to turn it off when you turn your grow lights off, as plants need oxygen at night, not carbon dioxide. Timers can be useful to remind you to do this as well.

Now for some reviews. We are going to look at some of the top regulators available, so that you can find the best one for your system.

 

GRO1 CO2 Grow Room Environment Regulator Flow Meter Solenoid

 

This regulator is especially well suited to those who grow plants in aquariums, but it works just as well for those who grow marijuana. Its flow meter can be adjusted to between 0.5 and 15 cubic feet per hour, and it comes with a pre-set regulator and a long lasting solenoid valve.

 

SPL CO2 Regulator Emitter System with Solenoid Valve and Flow Meter

This all-brass regulator is durable and precise, and perfect for all weed growers. Its flow gauge can release between 0.5 and 15 cubic feet per hour, and is rated for anywhere between 0 and 4000 PSI.

 

It comes with a 6-foot power cord that requires 110V of electricity, as well as 10 feet of a ¼-inch-wide air hose which connects directly to a 20 or 50 pound CO2 tank.

 

Pro CO2 Hydroponics Regulator Emitter System

This all-brass precise regulator is designed specifically for managing and maintaining the flow of carbon dioxide for indoor growers. The Pro CO2 regulator can release between 0.5 and 15 cubic feet of gas per hour, and can handle up to 4000 PSI. It comes with a 10-foot long air hose and a 110V power cord.

 

ProLabs CO2 Regulator with Solenoid Valve

The ProLabs regulator has the same stats as the regulators mentioned above: it can withstand up to 4000 PSI and releases between 0.5 and 15 cubic feet of gas per hour. The power cord needs 110V of electricity, and it comes with a 4-year warranty. However, it does not come with an air hose.

Now that we have reviewed some regulators, it is time to review one of our favourite controllers. Once you have something to release the CO2 into your grow room, you will need something to monitor those CO2 levels!

 

CO2Meter RAD-0501 Day Night CO2 Monitor and Controller for Greenhouses

 

Mount this controller inside your grow room and plug it into a source of electricity and your regulator so that it can continuously monitor the CO2 levels in your grow room. It will automatically shut down the CO2 supply when your desired PPM level is reached. You can set your desired PPM level in increments of 50 from 100 to 9950. It also has a light sensor which causes it to shut down when you switch off your grow lights.

Another option for controlling your CO2 levels is to get a ready-made CO2 generator. Instead of having to constantly haul heavy gas canisters around, a generator will provide you with all the CO2 you need there and then. Watch out though, generators will also add extra heat and humidity to your grow environment.

 

CO2 Generator – Liquid Propane LP – Autopilot APCG8LP

This generator is a powder coated steel enclosure that burns either propane or natural gas to create carbon dioxide. It is designed for large grow rooms of 14 feet by 14 feet or bigger, and it can raise the grow room temperature by up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit while it is on.

It emits up to 22 cubic feet of gas per hour, and has a smart controller which makes sure it only runs when needed. Finally, it has a safety feature which causes the generator to switch off if it tips over.

Finally, here are some accessories you might find useful with your CO2 setup.

 

Cyl-Tec 20lb CO2 Tank – New Aluminium Cylinder with CGA320 Valve

This 20lb CO2 tank keeps the gas at 1800 PSI and comes with a brass CGA 320 CO2 valve, and a male thread ready to be attached to a regulator. It has a carrying handle to help move it around, and the gas inside can be used both for growing and for carbonated drinks.

 

AcuRite 00613 Indoor Humidity Monitor

It is wise to purchase a temperature and humidity gauge when growing indoors, especially if you have a CO2 generator that will add heat and moisture to your grow room as it runs. This gauge is battery operated and therefore wireless, and has an easy to read screen, even in direct light.

 

Amflo 24-25E-RET Blue 120 PSI Polyurethane Recoil Air Hose ¼ inch width 25 feet length MNPT Swivel Ends and Bend Restrictor Fittings

 

This blue air hose is 25 feet long and ¼ of an inch wide, giving you more mobility with your CO2 setup. The restrict fittings ensure that no air is lost in transit, and it coils up neatly when you need to store it away.

 

Exhale 365 – Self-Activated CO2 Bag Home Grown for Grow Rooms and Tents

 

If you only have a limited grow space of no more than 4 feet by 4 feet in size, then this Exhale bag can help you to add CO2 to your grow room. Hang it just a little higher than your plants, and don’t forget to replace it every 6 months.

 

 

Summing Up

Monitoring and regulating the CO2 levels in your plants’ environment will increase the growth speed of your plants and the yield of your bud. Be careful not to flood your grow room with carbon dioxide, as this will kill your plants. Also be careful when using a generator to source your carbon dioxide, as this will increase the temperature and humidity levels in your grow space.

Whether you decide to build your own CO2 setup or buy an all in one regulator, make sure you regularly check back on your plants to make sure they are growing healthily. Don’t forget to check your machinery too. Happy growing!

Top 3 LED grow lights for your cannabis crop

In this article we will be taking an in-depth look at LED grow lights and why they are perfect for growing cannabis indoors. We will also cover what they do and how to use them, as well as reviewing three of our current favorite LED grow lights on the market.

 

Why choose LED grow lights?

LED bulbs are hugely energy efficient. This means that they offer more light per Watt than any other kind of light. The electricity they do use goes almost entirely into providing light, and hardly any of the electricity goes to waste as heat or sound. Because of this, LEDs also run much cooler than other lights, again saving on electricity costs, but also stopping the grow light from overheating and preventing your cannabis plants from drying out.

 

LED lights are generally much easier to install and use. The bulbs have a very long lifespan (usually up to 50,000 hours) so it is unlikely that you will have to replace any bulbs or chips even after many years of constant use.

 

How to use LED grow lights

Luckily, this is very simple. Most grow lights come with their own instructions, so it is simply a matter of following these and you’re all set. Usually LED grow lights come with their own hangers, but if not don’t worry, as they are relatively cheap and easy to find. Once you have both the hangers and the lights, just hang it up at the right height (check your weed’s requirements and the manufacturer’s recommendations first), plug it in and switch it on.

 

What kind of LED grow light do I need?

One of the first things to figure out is how big your grow area is, and how many plants you can fit in it. You will need to buy a grow light that has a coverage equal to or even greater than the area of your grow space for the flowering stage because LED lights can cover much more ground during the vegetative stage of plant growth, as the plants won’t need as much light.

 

Another thing to take into account is the type of light the LED lamp will emit. Most of the larger, higher quality LED grow lights will be suitable to use throughout the entire growing process, but some only specialize in certain light wavelengths that only suit certain growth stages. For example, if you have a mostly blue light LED lamp, you will be fine during the vegetative stage. However, when your plants begin to flower, you will need to buy a supplementary red LED grow light as this is the light wavelength that cannabis plants need to flower.

 

The final thing to mention is the power of the light. In the past, when growers used HID or HPS grow lights, they had to know the exact wattage of each light to be able to change them out for bulbs that provided different light wavelengths for the different stages of plant growth. LED grow lights are also labelled for the wattage they put out, but they do not require the same wattage input as they are more energy efficient.

 

You will need to know the light’s wattage to fit your growth needs. An easy guideline to help you is that for every square foot of grow space you will need about 40W minimum, with the optimal wattage being about 80W. So for example, let’s say your grow space measures 3 feet by 3 feet, which is 9 square feet total. The minimum wattage for this space would be 360W, and the optimum would be 720W. You could either buy one 720W LED grow light, or daisy chain two 360W LED grow lights together to create the most optimal light source for your plants.

 

How to choose the best LED grow light

Here is a run-down of some of the main things to keep in mind when purchasing your LED grow light:

  • The square footage of the area that needs to be covered in light
  • Know your plant growth stages – you might need to buy an extra red grow light for the flowering stage, or you can get one light that will do a full grow cycle
  • Make a note of the angle of the LED lens and the dispersion and penetration of the light that the bulbs offer – the greater the angle, the more light coverage and deeper penetration you will get
  • Full spectrum – make sure your light emits full spectrum light to get the best yield possible from your plants
  • Budget – if you have a low to medium budget, you will have to compromise on certain things to stick to your budget, for example you could buy two smaller, cheaper lights instead of one large, expensive one.

We have picked out three LED grow lights to review below, to help give you a better understanding of what is currently on the market.

Video Review

 

Viparspectra 1200W LED Grow Light

This powerful LED grow light enables you to turn certain lights within the panel on and off as and when you need, giving you the power to create and maintain optimum lighting conditions for your marijuana plants. When your plants are maturing, the vegetative switch creates more blue light to help your plants’ leaves and stems grow. Once your plants reach maturity and begin to flower, reverse the switch to provide your plants with the red light they need to flower.

The Viparspectra LED grow light emits 1200W of power, but only draws about 524W to do so. This energy efficiency will help save money on electricity bills in the long run. The panel is designed to balance its light coverage, making sure all your plants receive equal quality light. It also has built-in aluminum heat sinks and 4.72-inch cooling fans, making sure that the panel does not overheat and ruin your crop.

Finally, this grow light comes with a 3-year warranty, so you know the product was built to last. For the high price point, you get a powerful, full spectrum LED grow light, with a veg/bloom switch for extra flexibility and control. The only real downside is that the output wattage is known to fluctuate. The manufacturer claims that the 1200W output is accurate, but this can sometimes fluctuate between 900W and 1000W.

 

Morsen 2400W LED Grow Light

This Morsen grow light is made with 10W double LEDs, offering an output of 2400W for a power consumption of only about 450W. This is a hugely powerful light for its very low energy consumption, which makes up for its high retail price. It has not one but two on/off switches located on the back of the panel, letting you be in control of the brightness of your plants’ light source.

If you have a very large grow setup, you can even daisy-chain up to three panels without having to buy an extension cord. Each panel comes with its own built-in cooling fans, so there is no need to worry about overheating or potential fire hazards. These Morsen lights even come with a 3-year warranty too.

This is an expensive grow light, and it does not offer the luxury of being able to turn on/off certain light wavelengths to suit your plants’ different growth stages. However, it is an extremely powerful light with great coverage and the option of daisy chaining up to three lights at a time, which is perfect for big time growers with many plants to tend to.

 

Viparspectra Dimmable Series 450W LED Grow Light

Whilst this grow light is not as powerful as the Morsen 2400W above, it does provide full spectrum light with secondary optical lenses for better light dispersion and penetration, as well as not one but three dimmer switches for ultimate brightness and light spectrum control. This means that you can tailor your light source to your plants’ growth stages more accurately, helping your plants produce a higher yield of better quality bud.

The actual power output of the Viparspectra 450W dimmable light is about 400W, but the input is only 210W, again saving you money on utility bills. This light has built-in aluminium heat sinks and cooling fans to prevent overheating, and comes with a 3-year warranty.

The price is perhaps the only con for this LED grow light, but with the light spectrum control that the dimmer switches provide, and the 3-year warranty, at least you know that your money is being well spent.

FAQs on LED Grow Lights

 

What’s a LED Grow Light?

LED is an acronym for “light emitting diode”. This is intended to help indoor plants grow well, despite the absence of the natural light from the sun. This type of light is designed with many wavelengths, consisting of visible and invisible lights such as UV and IR rays. This light directly acts on the plant to increase its growth and yield.

How does it work?

Can these tiny lights really help plants grow even without sunlight? Blue lights are absorbed more by plants compared to other colors such as green. This means UV rays can trigger plant growth. On the other hand, infrared rays are best to help with blooming and germination.

Grow lights can be adjusted, according to your desired wavelengths. During the vegetative phase, UV rays absorption would facilitate cell division. Once cell division will be increased, it will hasten the plant’s growth and result in a better yield.

If you intend to treat your plant and it is in its flowering stage, use lights with infrared rays or “IR”. This will be absorbed by the buds as well as the apex of the plants, resulting in a quick and heavy blooming.

Use grow lights with wide wavelength options. This makes it easier for you to make the necessary adjustments, depending on the effects that the plant needs.

Plant treatment can be affected by many factors including:

  • Wavelength
  • Lumen per area
  • Light
  • Height between plants

Are there any benefits of using LED Grow Lights?

Before LED lights were discovered, there were lights that already existed which serve the same purpose. Among these are the high-pressure sodium lamps as well as the fluorescent bulbs. However, they are not as helpful for small grow room owners who only require tiny compact structure. The lights will require so much space for set-up and proper ventilation must be provided considering the heat that it produced. Hence, small grow room owners opted not to use those lights.

However, with LED light, minimal space is only needed. It doesn’t heat up and will not require bulb replacement. It is devoid of ballast and just consumes half the electricity of other types of lights to run. Here are the benefits of using LED grow lights:

1.  Easy to install and very compact

LED grow lights are built with compact structures. Hence, they are easy to handle. Installing them is pretty straightforward. All you need is to hang the light above the plants at a certain required distance.

2. Can be set adjacent to one another

For more coverage, LED lights can be installed side by side, thanks to its compact structure.

3. Setting up ventilation is no longer needed.

LED lights don’t heat up. Hence, you need not worry about the room’s ventilation system. No need to set up big fans or huge ventilations too.

What about the watts needed for it to operate?

To estimate the needed watts, you need to do some math first. This is done by calculating the area as well as the numbers of plants needing light. If the ratio of the square foot area and the plant is 1:1 then you will need 25 watts per plant per square foot. For a ratio of 2:1 (square foot to plant), you will need 5 watts per square foot, and so on. Hence, for a 250 watts lamp, it can cover around 8-10 plants below it.

 

Summing Up

The legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational use (as well as home growing) in many states and countries around the world has led to a boom in the manufacturing of efficient products and equipment for home growers. LED grow lights are an example of one of these highly efficient products that modern marijuana growers simply could not live without.

Hopefully, this guide has given you a bit more information on why LED grow lights have become so popular, and the reviews have given you an insight as to what is on currently on offer. Good luck with your LED grow light purchase, and happy growing!

10 Best Inline Fans for your Cannabis Grow Room

Growing cannabis indoors is the best way to grow because it gives you total control of the conditions, meaning that you can have many grow seasons per year instead of just one. Your plants are able to grow healthy and big, and your buds will be tasty and potent, all because you are able to give your cannabis exactly what it needs in order to flourish.

 

One of the many things you are in charge of when growing indoors is air circulation. Outside, this is a naturally occurring gentle breeze or wind. Inside, we have to recreate this using inline fans.

 

How do inline fans help you grow your cannabis?

Your plants need to be well ventilated in order to provide them with the CO2 they need to grow, to keep humidity levels stable, and to prevent rot and mildew. Ventilation is also important in temperature regulation. Your grow lights will also give off heat, so keeping the air around your plants flowing constantly helps prevent them from overheating and drying out. Your plants need fresh air every 1 – 3 minutes, and inline fans are a great way to provide this.

 

How to decide on the correct fan for your grow room

First off, you need to assess the size of your grow tent or grow space. You need to know the measurements in order to calculate the cubic feet per meter (CFM) rating that your new fan will need to have to be effective in your grow room. This is the amount of air that a fan can move per minute in cubic feet. So if a fan has a CFM rating of 200, it can move 200 cubic feet of air per minute.

 

Here is a handy formula to help you find the best fan for your grow space:

Length x width x height (in feet) of your grow room multiplied by 1.25 (125%)

The reason we multiply by 125% is because the extra 25% gives us some leeway to account for things that might slow down air flow, such as carbon filters.

The higher the CFM rating, the more expensive the fan will be. If you aren’t looking to spend lots, then what you could do is find a fan that will move the required amount of air every three minutes instead of every minute. You can do this by completing the above calculation, and then dividing the final number by 3. If you don’t live in an especially warm climate, then this will be enough to sustain your plants.

The next thing to be aware of is the actual size of the fan. Inline fans come in all shapes and sizes, so you need to make sure it can fit comfortably in your grow space. The most common inline fan sizes are 4, 6 and 8 inches. If you are not sure which is best for you, we recommend the 6 inch. If it turns out not to be the right size, you can easily buy a converter to increase or decrease the size of the openings.

 

Factor in your grow lights

As well as light, grow lights also give off a lot of heat. Some lights will emit more heat than others, so it is important to know what sort of grow light you have and how hot it will run before buying a circulation fan. For example, HID lights put out a lot more heat than LEDs, and so will need a fan that can circulate more air per minute in order to dissipate the extra heat.

If you are using HID grow lights, it is recommended to add 5% to the above calculation for every air-cooled HID lamp, and 10-15% for every non-air-cooled HID lamp. If you are unsure, err on the side of caution and get a fan with a slightly higher CFM rating. This way you can be sure your plants are getting all the fresh air they need.

With this new fan knowledge, have a look through our reviews below to find the fan that fits your grow room requirements.

 

Can Fan Max Mixed Flow Inline Fan

This small, lightweight fan only comes in size 6 inches and has a CFM rating of 334, making it perfect for a medium sized grow space. It is energy efficient, saving you on utility bills, and has an airtight housing so it doesn’t take up lots of space. It also comes with a 5-year warranty.

The Can Fan Max is popular with intermediate growers, as it can handle a decent grow space with a good number of plants in it without breaking the bank.

 

Can Fan Pro Series Inline Fans

These fans come in three sizes with different CFM ratings: the 6 inch fan with a 420 CFM rating, the 8 inch fan with a 863 CFM rating, and the 16 inch fan with a 2343 CFM rating. This Pro Series of fans operate more quietly and are more efficient than the Can Fan Max (above). They are built to last, with their housing made of fiberglass reinforced plastic compounds that meet CSA and UL standards. The Can Fan Pro Series fans all come with a 120V power cord, and each fan has three different speed settings.

The durable, high standard materials and the high CFM ratings mean that these fans don’t come cheap. However, this makes them long lasting, and their efficiency makes them cost effective in the long run. Can Fan Pro offers some of the biggest and best inline fans on the market, which is perfect for the serious bigtime grower.

Apollo Horticulture Inline Fans

The Apollo Horticulture fans also come in a range of sizes and CFM ratings: the 4 inch fan with a 190 CFM rating, the 6 inch fan with a 440 CFM rating, and the 8 inch fan with a 740 CFM rating.

These fans are built using steel coated in a rust resistant powder paint, which means they will last even in high humidity conditions. They also come with a built-in speed adjuster, giving you more precise control over the air flow in your grow room.

 

VenTech VT Inline Duct Fan with Carbon Filters

This fan is a very high quality product – it is not just used by growers, but by hospitals too! Its powder paint coated steel frame is built for efficiency and stability, and includes a Virgin Charcoal Carbon Filter which helps hide odour. This is perfect for anyone looking to grow discreetly.

This model is 6 inches in size, with a CFM rating of 440. This rating is slightly lower that the other fans of the same size in this review, but the included carbon filter makes up for that. The fan also comes with a one-year warranty and a mount, so you can hang it wherever you need to.

The VenTech inline fan is great for small scale, discreet growers looking for high quality and a simple, easy setup.

 

Vortex Powerfan VTX

The Vortex Powerfan is one of the quietest inline fans on the market because it uses a sound muffling gauge steel casing. It is also humidity proof, with an anti-rust hammertone powder coat epoxy finish.

This line offers five different models: the 4 inch fan with a 172 CFM rating, the 6 inch fan with a 497 CFM rating, the 8 inch fan with a 747 CFM rating, the 10 inch fan with a 790 CFM rating, and finally the huge 12 inch fan with a 1140 CFM rating.

Each model comes with a factory installed 120V power cord, and the extended collar and lip of these fans, as well as the included mounting brackets, make them easy to hang and hook up to air ducts.

 

This fan has a permanently lubricated motor, making the Vortex Powerfan a highly durable product. On top of this, it comes with a huge 10-year warranty, so you know it is a fan built to last!

 

Active Air Inline Fans

Active Air, like Vortex Powerfan, also offer five different sized models: the 4 inch fan with a 165 CFM rating, the 6 inch fan with a 400 CFM rating, the 8 inch fan with a 720 CFM rating, the 10 inch fan with a 760 CFM rating, and the 12 inch fan with a 969 CFM rating. All of these fans have a rust preventing ceramic coating, thermally protected AC motors, and high-quality moulded impellers.

All Active Air fans are made using UL rated components, ensuring high quality, quiet and durable performance, so you know you are getting the best for your money.

 

Hurricane Incline Fans

Hurricane fans also come in five different sizes: the 4 inch fan with a 171 CFM rating, the 6 inch fan with a 435 CFM rating, the 8 inch fan with a 745 CFM rating, the 10 inch fan with a 780 CFM rating, and the 12 inch fan with a 1060 CFM rating. Each fan comes with its own mounting brackets and an 8 foot 120V power cord.

Hurricane make their fans with UL rated components and mechanisms, making them quiet and efficient. They also have a durable powder coated finish which ensures that the fans are rust resistant and are capable of working in high humidity environments.

 

iPower GLFANXINLINE6 High CFM Duct Line Fans

iPower provide four different sizes of inline fans: the 4 inch fan with a 190 CFM rating, the 6 inch fan with a 442 CFM rating, 8 inch fan with a 745 CFM rating, the 10 inch fan with a 862 CFM rating, and the 12 inch fan with a 1060 CFM rating. The fans come with strain relief, a completely wired junction box, and a 5 foot UL rated power cord.

iPower inline fans are made to run smoothly and quietly with their permanently lubricated bearings, and would be ideal for growers with lots of long tracks of ducting.

 

Rule 240 Inline Fan

This is a small fan, only measuring 4 inches, but it has a CFM rating of 235 which is impressive for its size. The motor is protected by a sealed motor shaft, and the exterior is protected from moisture by a nickel-plated casing.

 

This Rule 240 inline fan is perfect for growers with a small grow space who don’t want to spend huge amounts on an air circulation fan.

 

Yescom HO

 

The Yescom HO is also a great choice for growers on a budget, with three sizes for your specific grow space needs: the 4 inch fan with a 175 CFM rating, the 6 inch fan with a 353 CFM rating, and the 8 inch fan with a 720 CFM rating. Each fan features an extended lip and collar, and they come with a horizontal/vertical mounting set to make set up easier.

 

This fan runs quietly due to its backward curved impeller with vibration free operation, and all of the components are UL certified, so you know the fan is made of high quality, durable materials. This would make a great purchase for a small time grower with a small to medium budget.

 

Conclusion

Inline fans are the best way to keep the air circulating around your indoor grow space. Without proper air circulation, your plants run the risk of growing mould or mildew, as well as suffering from increased temperature and humidity levels. Outdoors, plants get all the fresh air they need, so it is important to provide the same level of air circulation when growing indoors.

 

Hopefully the above inline fan reviews have given you some insight as to what is currently on the market, and you can make the right purchase based on your grow space requirements. Remember, if you are not entirely sure which size to get, err on the side of caution. It is better to have an overly ventilated grow space than an under-ventilated grow space.

 

Happy growing!

G8LED 900 Watt G8-900 Mega LED Grow Light Reviews

The G8LED 900W grow light was made “Gear of the Year” in High Times Magazine – a pretty high accomplishment for a grow light. Read on to find out why.

Specifications

This grow light measures 20.5 inches long by 14 inches wide by 3 inches deep, and weighs 23 pounds. It is written up as being a 900W light, but it only needs 540W to produce the same quality light as any 900W HPS lamp. To run, it needs 4.6A at 110V or 2.2A at 240V.

The LED bulbs have the usual long lifespan of 50,000 hours, which equates to 15 years of growing! It comes with a 2-year warranty and G8LED also offers a 90-day money back guarantee.

LED bulbs

G8LED uses LED bulbs made by top LED manufacturers such as Epistar, Optotech and BridgeLux, whose bulbs produce full spectrum light and even ultraviolet and infrared. The 8-colour spectrum emitted by the G8-900 will give your plants all the light wavelengths they need to grow fast and produce large buds. To protect the light from surges and burnouts, Zener diodes are installed in the panel. This allows you to run the G8-900 for 18 hours a day during the vegetative stage without worrying about light failure. There are also cooling fans installed at the top of the panel to dissipate the small amount of heat that the LED bulbs produce. There is little to no risk of this light burning your plants or overheating your grow tent. Each LED in the G8-900 is 3W, as this size is more effective at penetrating deep into the canopy of your plants – the G8-900 has a penetration depth of about 60 inches below the canopy, helping the light get right to the stems of your plants. There is no veg/bloom switch, but the G8-900 doesn’t need one. All of the light it emits can be fully used by your plants in all of their growth stages.

Coverage

This professional level grow light can cover up to a whopping 24 square feet of ground. Since there is no optical lens reducing the power of the LED output, this light can cover a larger area without wasting any light. The G8-900 is definitely geared towards high level growers with a large setup.

How to Hang the G8-900

It is important not to hang the light too close to the plants. As this light runs very cool, it won’t burn or damage your plants, but it may cause stunted growth and discolouration if the light becomes too intense. You don’t want to hang the light too far away either, or else you won’t be making the best use of your light source. The recommended hanging height is between 26 inches and 42 inches from the canopy of your plants. At 26 inches, your plants will grow shorter and bushier; at 42 inches your plants will grow taller. Check the strain of cannabis you want to grow for its light requirements before hanging the grow light.

Grow Advice for the G8-900

During the vegetative growth stage, it is recommended to keep the light on for 18 hours a day, with 6 hours of darkness. This replicates natural summertime hours to encourage your plants to grow. Keep this up for four to six weeks. When your plants begin to flower, you should leave the light on for 12 hours a day, with 12 hours of darkness. The flowers will bloom within two weeks, with the entire flowering stage lasting up to eight weeks. As the G8-900 is a powerful grow light, you will actually need to fertilize your plants less when they are flowering, which saves you money on fertilizers and nutrient solutions. As your cannabis plants finish flowering, you will see the pistils enlarge and change colour from white to a reddish brown. That means it is time to harvest.

Conclusion

The G8-900 is a large and powerful grow light, perfect for the professional grower with lots of bud to grow. It is expensive, but will pay for itself in the long run with its energy efficiency and grow power. This light is guaranteed to help you grow lots of big, tasty, potent bud.

Happy growing!

PlatinumLED Platinum Series P600 Review

The PlatinumLED Platinum Series P600 is a powerful and efficient LED grow light with excellent coverage. It is a top of the range grow light for those looking for extremely high quality and aren’t afraid to pay for what they get. Read on to find out why!

Advanced Platinum Series P600 600w 12-band LED Grow Light – DUAL VEG/FLOWER FULL SPECTRUM

 

Durable Build

The panel of the Platinum Series P600 has a solid, sturdy build, and is very easy to set up. Once hung above your plants, it will stay in place and provide all the light you need to grow your cannabis, or even your tomatoes or flowers, indoors.

 

Light Spectrum

The Platinum Series P600 emits 12-band full spectrum light, including ultraviolet and infrared, to provide your plants with everything they need to grow successfully. There is also a variable switch programme for both the vegetative and flowering stages, giving you ultimate control and flexibility.

 

One thing to note is that the P600 emits powerful light, so to prevent shocking your plants with your new grow light, it is recommended to hang it a little higher than normal to avoid this. Once your plants have adjusted, you can lower the light again for maximum effect.

 

The Light: Intense but Cool

This light has a high PAR value, which can be seen with the naked eye as it will even penetrate the leaves of your marijuana plants. It is about two to three times more powerful than most LED grow lights currently available. For this reason, we recommend buying protective glasses to wear when you go to check on your plants to prevent you from damaging your eyes.

Even with all this power, the Platinum Series P600 runs very cool. The built-in cooling fans run quietly and effectively to dissipate heat, reducing the electricity costs of running the light, and keeping it from burning your plants and overheating your grow space.

 

Coverage

The Platinum Series P600 has a maximum coverage of 6 feet by 3.75 feet when hung 18 inches above the canopy. During flowering, you will want to lower the light to increase its intensity, at which point the coverage becomes about 5 feet by 2 feet.

This is perfect for a medium sized grow space, and there is always the option of buying an extra light if you have more plants to grow.

 

Warranty

The warranty for the Platinum Series P600 is five years and includes exceptional customer service which is provided directly by the owner. Considering the long-term energy savings of efficient LED bulbs, this light will have practically paid for itself by the time the warranty runs out.

 

Final Thoughts

There is no way around it, this grow light is expensive. It is for the serious grower with a medium grow space and a larger budget. However, taking into account all of its features and the high power, high-quality light that it puts out, we think it is highly recommendable.

If you prefer to focus on the quality of your end product over the amount you spend on obtaining it, then this light is well worth it. It will last you a long time, and the running costs won’t break the bank.

Not to mention the 5-year warranty and the owner-provided customer service. What are you waiting for?!

 

Happy growing!

BestVA X5 1000W COB LED Grow Light Review

This 1000W LED grow light is a very powerful light, but it runs very cool. This is not just due to LED technology, but also to something called Chip On Board (COB). We will explain what COB is and how it works, as well as many of the other features that make the BestVA X5 grow light such a high quality light for your cannabis plants.

 

What is a COB LED?

An LED light with COB has multiple chips packaged together, with each COB LED using a single circuit for all of its diodes. This lowers the risk of broken circuits as well as reducing the number of solder points on the panel, and thereby reducing the heat output of the grow light.

The BestVA X5 also controls heat by transferring it from the aluminium and ceramic substrate to an external heat sink. This is then cooled by fans in the top of the panel. With such a low heat output, this light is super safe and energy efficient, and will rarely fail.

The BestVA X5’s LED bulbs may appear small, but they are made by Epistar, one of the top LED manufacturers around. Because of their size, lots of these LED bulbs can be packed onto each chip, providing powerful, high-quality light without needing any extra space.

Another bonus of COB LED lights is that they don’t need a lens to increase depth and range, because their viewing angle is actually wider than most traditional LED bulbs. They create stronger light even from a smaller panel and are better at mixing colour.

Many other brands that sell COB LED grow lights whack up the price of this technology. However, BestVA is determined to provide the same high-quality COB LED lights as other brands, whilst keeping their prices down for the consumer.

 

Features of the BestVA X5 COB LED 1000W Module

 

Here are some other important features of this BestVA X5 grow light:

 

  • Panel measurements: 12.2 inches long by 8.26 inches wide by 2.36 inches deep
  • Panel weight: 7.05 pounds
  • Energy efficient: rated at 1000W but only actually consumes 234W
  • Coverage: about 3.8 feet by 3.6 feet
  • Full spectrum: from 410nm to 730nm, including white and infrared
  • Great PAR rating: 2170 when hung 20 inches above the canopy; 670 when hung 6.56 feet above the canopy
  • Can be used for both veg and bloom stages
  • Each Epistar COB chip is 200W
  • Accepts voltage between 85V and 265V
  • Lifespan: 50,000 hours
  • Comes with a hanging hook and power cord
  • Covered by a 3-year warranty
  • Free shipping and repairs within the first 180 days
  • CE and ROHS certified

 

For an LED grow light with all these features, the price is incredibly reasonable. Most 1000W LED grow lights cost far more than the BestVA X5, and some of them don’t even have COB technology.

Another point to make is about its PAR value. This light has a higher PAR value than some of the best-selling regular LED grow lights currently on the market. As mentioned above, at 20 inches from the canopy the PAR is a whopping 2170. That is a lot of bang for your buck.

 

Conclusion

The BestVA X5 is the perfect 1000W LED grow light for a small to mid-sized grow area. It emits powerful, full spectrum light onto a great coverage, and its COB technology means it can efficiently produce lots of high quality light with no risk of it overheating or burning your plants whatsoever.

On top of all this, the price is very reasonable, and it has a 3-year warranty should anything go wrong. Overall, the BestVA X5 is a great investment for any grower looking to give their plants the best growing conditions possible for the best bud yield.

 

Happy growing!

PlatinumLED Platinum Series P300 Review

PlatinumLED is a great company that sell high-quality products, one of which is the Platinum Series P300 LED grow light, which we are reviewing here.

 

Specifications

This well-built grow light is designed to replace a 400W HPS lamp equivalent, and it does so in an energy efficient way by only actually using 185W of electricity. It has a coverage of about 4.5 feet by 3.8 feet for the vegetative stage, which decreases to about 3 feet by 2 feet for the flowering stage. It also has a veg/flower switch, enabling you to personalize light wavelengths according to the growth stage of your plants.

This LED grow light emits full spectrum light, which means it provides only wavelengths of light that are useful to your plants, so none of it goes to waste. This includes some ultraviolet and infrared too. On top of this, PlatinumLED claim that their Platinum Series lights have “the highest PAR output per Watt” compared to any LED grow light, which is a pretty big claim.

The Platinum Series 400W LED grow light has a built-in heat sink and quiet cooling fans to prevent the bulbs from overheating, and it comes with a 5-year warranty and great US-based customer service available 7 days a week.

 

PAR and Light Spectrum

The great thing about the Platinum Series 400W grow light is that is emits ultraviolet and infrared rays, which aren’t actually used in photosynthesis but both help the growth and yield of your marijuana plants.

Ultraviolet rays increase trichome production, leading to higher levels of THC and other cannabinoids which make your bud more potent. Infrared light helps speed up photosynthesis via the Emerson Effect, which in turn speeds up growth and increases the yield of your marijuana plants.

The Platinum Series 400W LED grow light has a relatively high PAR value, which provides great canopy penetration. It also produces less green and yellow light, which plants don’t need much of, and more blue and red light, which are the wavelengths that the plants need most to grow and produce flowers.

 

High Quality

The 3W LEDs on this grow light are made by US companies Bridgelux and CREE, some of the best LED manufacturers to date. PlatinumLED have also added a 90-degree secondary focusing lens, which increases the light’s range and depth. The bulbs have a guaranteed lifespan of 50,000 hours, and the chips can be easily replaced when they burn out.

 

Conclusion

The Platinum Series 400W LED grow light is made with very high quality materials, making it absolutely worth the price. The LED bulbs work quietly and coolly, and are highly energy efficient, providing your plants with exactly the kind of light they need to grow large and fast, and to produce lots of bud.

The 5-year warranty means that you can get the chips replaced easily for free, so the money you spend purchasing this light will easily be made back within the 5-year warranty. Not to mention the reduced cost of running due to the efficiency of LED technology.

All in all, a very high quality grow light well worth the price, and as long lasting as you could possibly want.

Best Temperature and Humidity Controllers for Growing Cannabis 2018

In order for your cannabis plants to thrive, they need optimum temperature and humidity conditions. Cannabis grows best when kept at a temperature between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit (20 and 25 degrees Celsius), and humidity levels are between 40% and 70%. The temperature also shouldn’t vary by more than 18 degrees during the day (lights on) and night (lights off) cycle.

 

It is a good idea to keep your plants at the higher end of the temperature spectrum for the vegetative stage, and at the lower end for flowering. As for humidity, seedlings like 65% to 70%, with this gradually lowering during the vegetative stage (by about 5% per week) until flowering, when humidity should be around 40% to 50%. Finally, a week or two before harvest the humidity should be between 30% and 40%.

 

Altering the humidity in your grow tent helps prevent mould and keeps your plants thirsty so that they keep a high intake of nutrients and water. However, if humidity drops below 30% the plants will react to prevent dehydration by becoming dormant, so be careful.

 

When growing indoors, you are in control of your plants’ environment. It is up to you to monitor and maintain optimum growing conditions for your plants, and thankfully there are lots of tools out there to help you do this.

 

Basic Tools to Measure Humidity and Temperature in a Grow Room

 

The two most important tools to measure temperature and humidity are thermometers and hygrometers. They often come in an all in one tool called a hygro-thermometer, which can save you money and time by avoiding having to buy two separate tools and constantly check both.

Here are some models that we would recommend:

Extech 445713 Big Digit Indoor/Outdoor Hygro-Thermometer

This measuring tool is a favourite for its accuracy, being able to measure temperature down to +/-1.8 degrees and humidity down to +/-5%. It also has a min/max function, which allows you to view temperature and humidity fluctuations over the period of time since you last actively used it.

To record a measurement, simply stick the probe into the shady soil under your plants and wait. The measurements will be displayed on the large screen, which is easy to read even in low lighting. When not actively in use, hang or place the hygro-thermometer inside or outside your grow tent.

8inch Copper Finish Decorative Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer by Bjerg Instruments

This analogue wall thermometer may look elegant and classy, but it only measures temperature, not humidity. If you only have a couple of plants growing, then this thermometer will do, but you will need to get something else to measure humidity. It is however much cheaper that the Extech (above).

 

Ambient Weather WS-07-C Big Digit 8-Channel Wireless Thermo-Hygrometer Display Console

The price point for this tool is in between the two above, and it measures both the temperature and humidity in your plants’ grow space. It is slightly less expensive that the Extech because it doesn’t have a soil probe, but it still measures the grow environment of your plants.

 

How to Control the Conditions in your Grow Space

First off, you need to identify how climate-controlled your grow space is, and how much ventilation you have. If you are growing in a garage, your plants will be more exposed to the elements. In the winter for example, you might need to buy a space heater to keep your plants warm.

If you are growing inside in a climate-controlled area such as a bedroom, then you will need to think about ventilation. If you are using a grow tent or grow box or cabinet, then you will have much more control over your plants’ environment.

You will also need to be careful of what kind of grow lights you will use. HPS (or high-pressure sodium) lamps can be a great choice for growing cannabis, but it is important to note that they run hot and use a lot of electricity. If you have a small, closed off setup, then avoid HPS grow lights.

LED grow lights are a great choice for growing weed, as they run cool and don’t use up huge amounts of electricity. LEDs are a good idea of you have a small setup, or live in a country with higher temperatures and/or naturally higher humidity.

 

Grow Room Heaters

Here are some options for space heaters if your grow area tends to be on the cold side:

Holmes Digital Bathroom Heater Fan with Pre-Heat Timer and Max Heat Output, HFH436WGL-UM

This heater has a built-in thermostat and timer, and tolerates high levels of humidity well. It only has one setting though, so be careful not to point it directly at your plants. For the low price point, this little heater does the job.

 

Apollo Horticulture 10inch x 20inch Seedling Heat Mat for Propagation and Cloning

Another way to keep your plants warm is to use a heat mat, like this one from Apollo Horticulture. This one is best suited to seedling and clones, as it raises the temperature by 10 to 20 degrees F to encourage root growth. This heat mat is also waterproof, which is extremely useful for obvious reasons!

 

Grow Room Fans and Cooling

If you live in a place where the temperatures are high even at night and there are high levels of humidity naturally, you will need ways of cooling down your grow space so your plants can continue to thrive.

 

You can do this by using air conditioning and/or ventilation fans, such as the ones below:

Frigidaire 5000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner with Full-Function Remote Control

This small window unit can cool and dehumidify air in a room up to 150 square feet large. It runs on household current, and comes with a removable, washable air filter to keep the air smelling fresh. You can also direct the air flow to keep it away from blowing directly onto your plants.

 

Honeywell HT-900 TurboForce Air Circulator Fan

Circulatory fans are a great way to regulate temperatures in your grow space. This one from Honeywell runs quietly and has three different blade speeds to suit your requirements. You can place it in your grow space or hang it on a wall.

 

Grow Room Humidifiers

If the natural humidity levels where you live are lower than 30%, you will need to invest in a humidifier to grow your weed. In some places, you might be able to get away with spraying your plants or leaving open containers of water in your grow space, but if you live in a dry area, humidifiers are the way to go.

Here are some of our favourites:

 

Holmes Cool Mist Comfort Humidifier with Digital Control Panel, HM1865-NU

This humidifier can run up to 48 hours without a refill, and has four settings for even more control. It has a timer, and will also shut off once it reaches the desired humidity level, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally drowning your plants. It does emit cool mist though, so keep an eye on your temperature to make sure it doesn’t drop too much.

 

Holmes Warm Mist Humidifier HWM6008-NUM

This humidifier is also from Holmes, but is not as state-of-the-art as their cool mist humidifier, or as long lasting – it needs a refill every 24 hours. Again, be careful with the temperature of your grow space, as this emits warm mist.

 

Grow Room Dehumidifiers

If you live in an area where high humidity is a problem, then you may be looking for a dehumidifier instead. Air conditioners will work too, but plain circulation fans will not.

Here are some dehumidifiers for you to browse:

 

Ivation GDM20 Thermo-Electric Dehumidifier 1100 Cubic Feet

This silent dehumidifier condenses the water in the air and fills the transparent cup at the bottom, shutting down when this becomes full until you empty it. It works well in small grow spaces, just make sure you monitor humidity levels in case it works too well.

 

Frigidaire FAD504DWD Energy Star 50-pint Dehumidifier

Instead of filling a cup that needs to be emptied, this dehumidifier can be linked up to a hose that runs into a drain, so it can work around the clock. This is especially handy if you have a large grow space with lots of plants on the go.

 

DampRid FG50T Hi-Capacity Moisture Absorber 4-Pound Tub

This small, affordable tool is great for budget growers with a small grow space. Make sure you regularly check your humidity levels though in case they drop too much.

 

Grow Room Controllers

Grow room controllers can monitor temperature, humidity, CO2 levels, and even grow lights and watering too! Having everything in one place makes growing so much easier, both for traditional soil and hydroponic grow systems.

 

Here are some of the best available:

Titan Controls Hyperion 1 Wireless Environmental Controller

This Titan control panel can be mounted on a wall up to 150 feet away from your grow space and keeps track of temperature, humidity, and CO2 levels. You can also add a lighting controller, so it can manage your grow lights too. This control system is great if you have lots of growing to do but not a huge amount of time to be constantly checking thermometers.

 

AutoPilot MDT Master Digital Combination Recycling and Lighting Timer, APCTMDT

This control system is made by Hydrofarm, a company that specialises in hydroponics. It keeps optimum temperature and humidity conditions for your weed, as well as being able to manage your grow lights and control CO2 levels with its CO2 injection setup.

 

Titan Controls 702850 Saturn 4 Digital Day and Night Environmental Controller with Photocell

Another controller from Titan Controls, the Saturn 4 is an analogue control system that manages a dehumidifier, a fan and a CO2 device. It uses the photocell to determine when it is night time (or lights off) for your plants. You can plant its 15-foot cable in the soil, as it has a remote sensor at the end which it uses to measure your plants’ environment.

 

Other Grow Tools

Finally, timers are very important, as they remind us when it is time to switch the grow lights on/off, among other things. The Intermatic DT122K 15 Amp Two-Outlet Heavy Duty Digital Indoor Timer is one of many that will do the job. It has two outlets for two different devices such as a grow light, a dehumidifier, a fan or a heater.

Hopefully, you have learned something from this guide to temperature and humidity control, and you have some idea of the products you need to suit your personal grow space. Happy growing!

Marijuana Grow Box: Build or Buy?

In this article we will be talking about what grow boxes are and how they are made. We will also be looking at the pros and cons of building your own grow box compared to buying a ready-made one, so that you can make an informed decision as to how you want to grow your own weed at home.

 

What is a Grow Box?

A grow box is a fixed structure that can hold everything you need to grow your own marijuana. This includes a hydroponics system, grow lights, reflective lining, ventilation, humidity, temperature and (sometimes) pH monitoring, and odour control. A grow box is a more permanent fixture than a grow tent, and is usually made for a home grower.

 

They come in different shapes and sizes depending on how many plants they can fit inside and what sort of system they use to grow the plants (most grow boxes come with some kind of hydroponic system, but some will allow for soil growing too).

Many grow boxes are designed to be stealthy. This means that from the outside they might look like regular filling cabinets or cupboards, and internally they don’t use up large amounts of energy so that your utility bills remain unsuspicious.

 

It is possible to build your own grow box or cabinet by buying the equipment you need separately and assembling it inside an old cabinet. You can also buy ready-made grow cabinets in any size you need, and each model will come with varying levels of technology and automation. The more advanced the grow box, the more expensive it will be, but the easier it will be to run. It all comes down to personal preference.

 

Why Build Your Own Marijuana Grow Box?

 

Building your own grow box usually works out cheaper, as you can scan the market for the best deals on hydroponic grow systems and grow lights to find the ones that suit you for the best price. This way, you can spend as much or as little as you like.

 

Making your own grow box also means making the most of your grow space. If you have limited space or awkward dimensions, then making your own grow box ensures that you are using all the space you have to grow your marijuana, and none of it goes to waste.

 

Using old furniture to make a new grow box is a great way to recycle. If you or someone you know is about to throw away a perfectly useable cabinet or chest of draws, this is (in our opinion anyway) the best way to repurpose it!

 

Finally, making your own marijuana grow box is a good way of starting a small project without getting too invested. Start small and see if you enjoy growing. If not, then you haven’t spent a huge amount of money of something you won’t use again. If you find you really enjoy growing marijuana, then there is no reason not to expand your grow box or make a second one to house more plants!

 

Why Buy a Pre-made Marijuana Grow Box?

 

If DIY projects aren’t your thing, then perhaps you would me more interested in buying a ready-made, all-inclusive marijuana grow box. This way all you have to do when it arrives is plug it in and plant your seeds and you’re all set!

 

Whilst ready-made grow boxes tend to be expensive, they are usually far more efficient and less time consuming than home-made grow boxes. The more automated it is, the less time you will have to spend checking your plants and monitoring their growth.

 

Another bonus to buying a grow box is that you already know that all of the components will work well together. There is nothing worse than thinking you have finished building your own grow box, only to switch it on and have all your fuses blow from too much current being drawn to your box.

 

If you are choosing to grow with a grow box for stealth reasons, then factory made grow boxes tend to be more reliable, as there will be no gaps for the odour or light to seep out. This will also benefit your plants, as no light will seep in when they are in darkness.

 

Factory made grow boxes are designed to be efficient. This means two things; one – that your marijuana plants will grow lots of big buds very quickly, and two – they won’t require huge amounts of energy to power, which will save you money in the long run.

 

Finally, DIY projects take time. First, you have to do your research on each individual component, and then you have to spend time actually building and assembling it. The huge bonus with buying a grow box is that they are quick and easy to set up and run, allowing you to grow more marijuana faster and with less effort.

Buying a Marijuana Grow Box

Here is a quick list of some of the key features you will need to look out for when buying a grow box:

  • Wattage (how much electricity will it require?)
  • Type of grow light (HID, fluorescent, LED – we suggest LED grow lights as they won’t overheat in the confined space of a grow box, they last a long time and are highly efficient)
  • Dimensions (will it fit your grow space?)
  • Is it light proof?
  • Odour control (does it have carbon filters?)
  • Automation (how much monitoring will the machine do and how much will you have to do?)

 

A Couple of Grow Box Suggestions to Help Get You Started

There are plenty of options out there, so do lots of research before spending your money. Here are three marijuana grow boxes and cabinets that we have picked out to share with you, all of which are discreet and good for beginners.

 

SuperCloset SuperLocker 3.0 Stealth Marijuana Grow Box

The SuperLocker measures 66 inches high by 15 inches wide by 24 inches deep, and comes with a Kind LED K3 L300 full spectrum grow light (as well as T5 fluorescent additional side lighting), and a 3-year warranty. It has the external appearance of a simple locker, and wouldn’t look out of place in your house or garage, for example.

There is enough space inside to grow up to 8 marijuana plants, and there is also a separate chamber with fluorescent lighting for cloning or growing seedlings. This way you can keep a continuous growth cycle so you will never run out of bud.

The ventilation system and air filters control odour and are quiet, helping you avoid suspicion and keeping your plants well ventilated. The entire box is airtight and light-tight, benefiting both you and your plants.

To get started with the SuperLocker, all you have to do is plug it in, fill the reservoir with water and nutrients and check and adjust the pH balance. The controls on the back of the locker allow you to completely automate the growing process, which makes this grow cabinet perfect for beginners and those who don’t have a lot of spare time on their hands.

 

SuperCloset SuperBox CFL Grow Cabinet

The SuperBox measures 30 inches tall by 18 inches wide by 24 inches deep, and comes with a 200W Warm Spectrum Feliz CFL Lighting System and a 3-year warranty. This grow box is smaller than the previous one, but still made by SuperCloset, one of the leading brands in marijuana grow box technology. It is just as low maintenance as the previous grow box, with a control panel at the back to fully automate your marijuana growing.

You can still grow up to 8 marijuana plants inside the SuperBox, but this one doesn’t have a cloning chamber. However, it is still as powerful and high yielding as the above grow cabinet, just smaller and slightly cheaper.

 

Dealzer Cash Crop 5.0 LED Hydroponics Grow Box

The Cash Crop 5.0 measures 27.75 inches high by 16.5 inches wide by 11.25 inches deep, and comes with a 20W full spectrum LED grow light and a lifetime warranty and tech support. There is enough space inside to grow up to six marijuana plants, and it arrives fully assembled and ready to go – all you need to get are the seeds or clones.

The grow lights, ventilation system, carbon filter (for odour control) and hydroponics system all work quietly and coolly, saving you on energy and from suspicious neighbours. It is not fully automated, meaning you will have to do a little more maintenance, but this does mean that it is cheaper than other models like the SuperCloset SuperBox above.

It is available in two different heights, so you can buy the one that best fits your grow space dimensions. Finally, it is easy to operate and even comes with instructions, making it perfect for any grower to use.

 

Conclusion

Overall, we think that buying a grow box or cabinet is the best way to grow your weed. They come in different sizes with different levels of automation, and at different prices. If you don’t mind spending a bit more on a more advanced grow box, then you won’t have to do as much maintenance. If you like putting the extra work in, then a cheaper grow box will work great for you. There is something out there for everyone.

 

If you still fancy having a go at building your own grow box, then make sure you do all the necessary research before starting your project. In the long run, the cheapest option is a small ready-made grow box, but if you like to challenge yourself and don’t mind a bit of trial and error, then building your own grow box could be a creative use of your time.

 

Either way, good luck with your purchases, and happy growing!