WARNING! Digital/ Electronic ballasts can get you busted! The A.M. radio test!

Discussion in 'Indoor Growing' started by ATL HYDRO, Dec 23, 2011.


    Mount Well-Known Member

    Hey... I know its an old thread but it keeps getting hits... Thought I would share.. this may help those with concerns.. https://www.amazon.com/Revolution-B...dp/B013SGEMYW?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

    Just tossing it out there as an option for some, can't tell ya much about it or if it will help with your problems, but I bet the folks who made it could.

    I have not used one, as my ballasts are magnetic but I have learned a lot from the folks at Revolution Micro over the past few months and found they offered this product.. they joined RIU earlier this year and you could hit them up to ask, they are very helpful.. @Revolution Micro
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    chronicals77 Well-Known Member

    I run magnetic personally, I dont have to worry about power consumption. Well as long as im not attracting attention. Electric here is only $0.01.8pkwh and im on a plan where I only pay $65 a month no matter how much power I use. I have no balance at the years end either. I still only run one 1000w for veg and flower and two 125w clf's for clones and seedlings. Even if I did have to pay the full bill veg18/6 only costs like $12 a month and flower12/12 like $9 a month.
    Revolution Micro

    Revolution Micro Well-Known Member Rollitup Advertiser

    Always happy to help! Hit us up.
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    GarlandGreen New Member

    Does anyone know if this works??
    Bob Zmuda

    Bob Zmuda Well-Known Member

    I had issues I wrote about in this thread.

    I now run all phantom 2 ballasts. No RF noise.

    Mount Well-Known Member

    Just PM the folks @Revolution Micro, personally I don't think they would offer it if it didnt work. Greg and Marisa are pretty darn smart.

    iHearAll Well-Known Member

    why not add a RF choke on the return line. its just a heavy torroidal inductor. youd have.to take.apart your ballast and find the switching component connected to the positive terminal on the rectified DC side.

    i get this problem when i make high voltage self oscillating plasma drivers. induction heaters. stuff like that. but yea you either need to filter out the RF before it goes back to the rectifier which is connected to the city power.

    yea this is that is the kinda shit that will damage a battery if you were solar.

    but no, police using radio scanners would only hear noise and you can claim you purchased some chinese appliance that must not have a radio frequency choke.

    just a crummy ballast it sounds like.
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    bullSnot Well-Known Member

    This issue still around in 2016? My 600w ballast has a little static when I. The room, a lot when the radio is within inches..I would assume the ballasts have had much improvements over the years and not an issue any longer.


    dr-weed New Member

    i have to agree with the original post ,, i did used 2 600w magnetic ballast for about 2 years with no problems , i decided to upgrade to digital ballasts and within 6 months i got busted ,

    bullSnot Well-Known Member

    Jacob Shearer

    Jacob Shearer New Member

    I just purchased a ballast im gonna be running a 400w and 600w mh/hps. How can i test if this will be detected?

    visajoe1 Well-Known Member

    yuuuuuck. hope it all worked out
    Jacob Shearer

    Jacob Shearer New Member

    How many ballast were you running? is it possible one ballast wont give off enough fr to be detected?

    pwalmz Active Member

    Ahhh that initial post. Anyone who is having this issue, google faraday cages! :)

    driel Well-Known Member

    It would be great to know which ones are the worst so that people avoid them or take steps to deal with theirs.

    completenoobie Well-Known Member

    Yes this issue is still around in 2017, I just got a knock on my door. Cable guy said since I hooked up my brand new vivosun 1Kw switchable mh/hps hundreds of customers lose internet at the exact moment my lights switch on and comes back when they go off.

    I am currently scouring the net and RIU for a solution and thanks @Revolution Micro for the link, will look into that. I am in an emergency situation and could use some help finding a fast solution yesterday.

    Sorry to revive such an old thread, this is not supposed to happen these days. I thought it was UL listed when I bought it.

    I don't have time to read thousands of posts in hundreds of pages in dozens of threads, if someone can help me right now this minute, I'll buy you a blowjob. Point me to a specific post or solution I can implement immediately. I don't have a core or inductor real handy, I may try just wrapping the cord around some iron or some knee jerk shit until I can find a better/real solution.


    bullSnot Well-Known Member

    go buy a new ballast that has the noise reduction in the cords - both sides

    completenoobie Well-Known Member

    can't afford that yet, I need something quick and cheap until I can, few more months
    Bob Zmuda

    Bob Zmuda Well-Known Member

    I had the exact same situation as you. I had to buy new ballasts. Only way I felt safe. :(

    Phantom 2 is the only one I know for a FACT has the noise cancellation. Switched to all phantoms and they've never been back 2 years later.

    I know that's not an option, sorry.

    I know you can build the RF cages from copper but I'm not sure how reliable they are. Good luck man.

    completenoobie Well-Known Member

    I am headed out of town to go pick up a couple of those nanolux filters specifically for this. Will find out if it works after a 300 mile trek. I also plan on trying to rig up some kind of cage maybe. The cords are the biggest problem, or at least where the problem gets out anyway.

    New ballasts are an option, just not immediately. I had always planned on this being a quick fix and that lights are an ongoing project. I will look at those Phantoms and I also want to look at @Revolution Micro 's Revolution Deva. I am also buying his rfi filter as well.

    I should have done things differently but at first I was dead set on all leds of some kind, quantum boards, cobs, something, but that was before I found out they are using just as many watts at the meter as HID. I thought the whole purpose was to have more effective light using less electricity.

    Anyway, appreciate the recommendation on that brand, I will check em out. Just won't be buying real soon, gotta fix what I got first then when I move some shit, I can reinvest. I don't have an established op yet, just getting back started after a bad injury a few years ago.


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