I’m building a hi-tech outdoor animal waterer. The basic gist is will have 3 main operating modes based on a couple temperature sensors: Above 35F = off, between -10F and 35F = cycle heater as needed to keep the water at >34F, and below -10F, keep the water >34F, but twice a day spike the temperature up to 60F to defrost any ice off the top of the unit.
I’ve got a Panda II, but I’d like to keep it for experimentation, and buy an old-school Panda for $15 to keep permanently in the waterer.
I’ve never used an old-school Panda, but see that it lacks the real-time-clock of the Panda II. I’m not 100% sure what functionality that means the Panda lacks.
Is there a workable way to time a (rough) 12 hour time span with the old-school Panda to get the needed functionality of doing a defrost cycle twice a day? (No need to be precise.)
I just want to make sure that I don’t save $20 over getting another Panda II, and end up with a unit that won’t do what I need it to do for my project.