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The newest edition to Brinsea’s range of incubators is the Maxi II EX. This small incubator comes with two egg trays to allow for maximum capacity on the species that you are incubating. It also has complete temperature and humidity control meaning that the user has complete control over the incubation conditions.
This incubator features all of Brinsea’ s technology, new and old, and gives you the best chance of hatching your eggs.
One of the main features of this incubator is that it has full humidity control. It is fully integrated into the unit meaning that there is no separate pump that needs setting up or maintaining. With the pump being integrated, it means that the only external part that you need is a container for the water!
The humidity is controlled via the simple digital display on top of the incubator, the user sets the desired level and the pump ensures that the set level is maintained within its tolerances.
Don’t know what incubator is right for you? Too many models to choose from and don’t know the difference between them. See our comparison below between the three different Maxi II incubators.
|Function / Model name||Brinsea Maxi II ECO||Brinsea Maxi II Advance||Brinsea Maxi II EX|
|Digital temperature display||-||•||•|
|Digital Humidity display||-||-||•|
|Adjustable turning angle & interval||-||•||•|
|Egg cooling feature||-||•||•|
|Countdown to hatch||-||•||-|
|Incubator & Room temperature alarms||-||•||•|
|Egg capacity||30 hen eggs / 90 quail eggs (no trays required)||14 hen eggs (standard egg disk supplied) & 40 quail eggs (small egg disk optional extra)||
14 hen eggs & 40 quail eggs (standard & small egg tray supplied)
|Dimensions||35.4cm L x 35.4cm W x 16.5cm H|
|Power Consumption||Maximum 40 Watts - Typical 24 Watts|
|Power Supply||230v, 50Hz, 0.5A Max|
|Humidty Control||Automatic, Pump Included|
|Warranty||3 Years +|
|Instruction Manual||Download instructions here|
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The Maxi II Eco is the most basic machine, it uses a liquid in glass thermometer for the temperature reading (there is no humidity display) and egg-turning needs to be performed by hand. You need to turn the eggs 3-4 times a day. Whereas the Maxi II Advance and EX versions have a digital display for the temperature and humidity, as well as automatic egg turning.
In addition to the Maxi II Advance features, the Maxi II EX has automatic humidity control which draws water into the incubator automatically as its needed, accurately maintaining the humidity at the desired level.
The only difference between the two machines is the size and egg capacity. The Maxi II is the larger machine and holds up to 14 hen sized eggs or equivalent whereas the Mini II holds up to 7 hen sized eggs or equivalent.
The Eco, Advance and EX versions of the Maxi II match the specifications of the Eco, Advance and EX versions of the Mini II. The only difference is the egg capacity.
In a ‘manual’ incubator, eggs must be turned ‘manually’, meaning you must turn each egg by hand usually around 3-4 times a day.
Automatic incubators will automatically turn the eggs for you. On some automatic machines, you can set the timings of the turns, as well as the duration or angle of the turn. This can be important if you’re incubating specialist birds such as falcons or exotic birds.
Semi-automatic incubators don’t require you to turn each egg by hand, but equally there is no motor to turn them for you either. So, normally semi-automatic machines have a handle or lever that you push and pull to roll or rock all the eggs at the same time. Or, some incubators have specially shaped bases that allow you to tilt the entire machine back and forth.
Please note that ‘manual’ and ‘automatic’, when used in the item name, only refers to the egg turning type. It does not relate to the humidity control or to any other feature.
If you see the term ‘ automatic’ in the item name, for example, the “Rcom 20 Max Incubator (Automatic)” or in the description, such as, “the ovation 28 Advance is a fully automatic incubator”, it generally refers to the egg turning; meaning the egg turning is fully automatic. ‘Automatic’ or ‘fully automatic’ does not refer to the humidity control or temperature control.
All incubators include a built-in thermostat, even those that do not have a digital display. So, temperature is always controlled automatically.
Here's a video guide to setting-up or replacing the humidity pump tube on Brinsea Mini II, Maxi II or Ovation EX models.