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The Brinsea Mini II Advance is a fantastic incubator that takes all of the uncertainty out of incubation. With the incubator being digital, it has lots of benefits over similar incubators.
It is also a perfect incubator for those who are experiencing the joy of hatching for the first time as it is automated and it has a large viewing window so that you can see all of the eggs at all times.
Controllable through the digital display, the temperature is extremely accurate to 0.1 of a degree and can be adjusted by 0.1 of a degree too. The incubator comes factory set at 37.5 degrees which is the correct temperature for poultry. As this incubator is fan assisted, the air is blown around the incubator eliminating cold spots whilst maintaining a nice even temperature throughout the incubation period.
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 Mini II incubators.
|Function / Model name||Brinsea Mini II ECO||Brinsea Mini II Advance||Brinsea Mini II EX|
|Digital temperature display||-||•||•|
|Digital Humidity display||-||-||•|
|Adjustable turning angle & interval||-||•||•|
|Egg cooling feature||-||•||•|
|Countdown to hatch||-||•||-|
|Incubator & Room temperature alarms||-||•||•|
|Egg capacity||10 hen eggs / 25 quail eggs (no trays required)||7 hen eggs (standard egg disk supplied) & 12 quail eggs (Small egg tray available to purchase separately)||
7 hen eggs & 12 quail eggs (standard & small egg tray supplied)
|Dimensions||24.5cm L x 24.4cm W x 16.5cm H|
|Power Consumption||Maximum 20 Watts - Typical 12 Watts|
|Power Supply||230v, 50Hz, 0.5A Max|
|Warranty||3 Years +|
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The Mini 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 Mini II Advance and EX versions have a digital display for the temperature and humidity, as well as automatic egg turning.
In addition to the Mini II Advance features, the Mini 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.
The Rcom 10 Pro can hold up to 10 hen eggs or 30 quail eggs using the included multi-species egg tray. The Brinsea Mini II can only hold 7 hen eggs and 12 quail eggs but you’ll need to buy an additional ‘small egg tray’ in order to incubate quail eggs.
Both machines have automatic egg turning, a digital temperature display and both require the humidity to be controlled manually. However, the Rcom 10 Pro has an additional humidity display and the option to upgrade to automatic humidity control by purchasing a humidity pump. The Mini II Advance does not have a humidity display and it cannot be upgraded after purchase.
Finally, the Rcom 10 Pro also has built-in incubation pre-sets with a ‘species selector’ for fast set-up.
|It was my first time breeding my Greys and using an incubator- so simply with this incubator. Set up the control within a few minutes and simply add water to the reservoir. Simple, no hassle, and not overly noisy.|
|Very easy to set up and use.|
|Excellent. Easy to use. Very good results.|
|Very good incubator and easy to use. I had a 100% hatch on my first attempt.|
|Used this to hatch call ducks. Easy to set up and nothing to do except top up the water level every couple of days. Worked fine and 3 out of the 4 eggs hatched.|
|Brilliant incubator! This is our first time trying to incubate eggs and it has been really straight forward to do with this incubator. Our first ducking has just hatched, v happy.|
|Got the mini II advance about 2 weeks ago.the delivery was very quick and received the product in good condition. Currently incubating some chicken eggs. Hope to get a good outcome.|
|Three eggs in - 3 ducks out. Very easy to use with very little input required other than filling up water. Highly recommended for duck eggs|
|This is perfect for first time hatchers. Can have it up and running in minutes. Have had mine for 7 years and still hatching eggs.|
|After two failed attempts with an alternative (cheaper) incubator bought from else where, we decided to upgrade to one of these. Out of 7 silkie eggs, 6 proved to be fertile and all 6 hatched! This incubator was so much easier to use, the temperature remained consistent and Iíve now got two very happy children who are besotted with our new additions! Would highly recommend|
|I'm so pleased with this incubator, Excellent company to deal with, was emailed precise time for delivery and it happened to the minute. Easy to use, good viewing of eggs being moved, clear temp reading only need to top up water without removing dome. Encouraged by all the positive hatching results being reviewed, v happy so far.|
|Prompt delivery, good communication from The Incubator Shop, easy to set up (even for me being a luddite!) and seems to be working so far!|
Mrs Malvina Todd
|Perfect for what I wanted. Delivered on time just waiting for the part that was missing which I have been promised.|
|This is my second Mini first one is 10 years old and still going strong.Ordering was simple and acurate Great service|
|Fast delivery, good price and a great little incubator|
|Excellent incubator. Wish I'd paid the extra and bought this at the beginning my incubating adventure, rather than opting for the cheap Chinese rubbish that eventually blew up, and which gave only occasional success.|
|Very happy with this incubator. Easy to use, eggs are doing well and the clear viewing cover is great for the children.|
|Quick delivery, brilliant incubator. It's my first time so I'm very pleased it's doing all the work for me. Highly recommend!|
|Very quick delivery. Easy instructions,quick set up,no fuss, brilliantly made. Just waiting for chicks to hatch in 9 days time.|
|Really great service. Arrived earlier then expected. Can't wait to use it.|
|Excellent product ~easy to use and set up. The corrugated mats supplied by Brinsea however are totally unsuitable for hatching Chinese Painted Quail ~ because of their size and lack of weight the chicks have no grip on the corrugations ~ you will end up with chicks with splayed legs. Brinsea need to develop a different mat for Chinese Painted Quail ~ I suggest using a piece of short pile carpet or an old tea towel cut into the circular shape of the incubator. The service from The Incubator Shop is absolutely the very best in the industry ~ well done you are a pleasure to trade with.|