Chiller Teco Tank TK 150: in depth review
Last year at the Nuremberg Interzoo Teco launched its new chiller Teco TK 150 from the new Tank Chiller Line (La recensione in italiano la trovate qua).
But Teco had already given us a preview during a visit to their office, where we had the chance to see it together with the other chillers, one of which, the Teco TK 500 has been reviewed a few months ago here.
Let’s look at the technical features of these four chillers, completely re-designed and very different from the previous line to which the Teco TR 15 belonged (review) reviewed a few years ago.
The new chillers are very different in shape from the one we were used to. The TR 15 was a parallelepiped while the three new bigger TKs are almost cubic. The TK 500, 1000 and 2000 have been developed with the same base and different heights, like you can see in the following picture. The TK 150 follows a different project, it still is a parallelepiped like the old TR 15 but in a naked version.
|TK 150||TK 500||TK 1000||TK 2000|
|Power Consumption||150 w||240 w||340 w||480 w|
|Minimum Water Flow||400 lt/h||400 lt/h||500 lt/h||600 lt/h|
(water temp. 25°C – environmental temp. 30°C – thermal load 0,5 w/lt)
|until 150 lt||until 500 lt||until 1000 lt||until 2000 lt|
|Dimensions||215x361x315 (h) mm||310x310x416 (h) mm||310x310x458 (h) mm||310x310x500 (h) mm|
|Weight||16,5 kg||19,7 kg||21,4 kg|
|In/Out Water Connection||1/2″ pipe, tube internal diameter 12 mm||3/4″pipe – tube internal diameter 16mm||3/4″pipe – tube internal diameter 16mm||3/4″pipe – tube internal diameter 16mm|
Up until the last chiller line each chiller existed in two variants, the basic TR version working as a cooler only, and the accessorised TC version with an integrated heater. In place of the two variants, the new line bigger chillers are all equipped with a 400 w heater, leaving the small TK 150 to work exclusively as a cooler.
The new Teco Tank TK 150 Aquarium Chiller has been redesigned starting from scratches and without taking any old features into consideration. Its shape is the proof, we can observe this by just looking at it.
The shape remained parallelepipedal, but totally open! With a base of only 21×36 cm it rises to a height of 31 cm. The greater news is the material it’s made of. The underlying frame system also works as a cooling coil for the refrigerating gas, helped by a posterior fan just like the ones we were used to in older models.
Inside the structure we can see the compressor. The convective hot air movements and the fan help dissipate the coil’s heat, which for construction reasons doesn’t need an air filter.
This new system has been patented and Teco named it Teco Body – Condenser System.
The chiller manufacture is exquisite and flawless, and we really liked the Teco Body - Condenser System design which sees the chiller body as the actual cooling unit, this also totally eliminates maintenance a part from assembling and reassembling.