The Darlac Electronic Water Timer controls
the flow of water through a drip irrigation system. Excellent for when you go away on
holiday, or simply to save time. The two dials on the front water timer enable
you to set the watering frequency and also the duration of watering.
I bought the Darlac timer to upgrade an existing drip irrigation system to enable more control.
It is possible to buy the timer as a standalone, without other accessories like hose or drippers.
The timer needs two 3A batteries that I needed to buy separately.
The face of the dial is protected by a plastic shield that stops water ingress. By pressing
down on a panel on the front of the unit it is possible to access the battery compartment,
and after that it is a straightforward task to put inside the batteries.
An interesting feature of the Darlac electronic timer compared to other timers on the market
is that it can be used with water butts and does not require mains water pressure.
The timer connects on any outside tap that has a screw thread.
There are two nuts that need to be tightened up. One nut screws on to the thread of the
tap itself, and another nut screws onto the top of the timer unit.
There are plastic washers inside that enables a secure water tight connection.
Setting the watering frequency is relatively straightforward. There are two dials on the
control unit. One dial on the left sets the frequency of watering. And the second dial
on the right sets the duration. It is possible to set the frequency of watering
from a few times a day to a few times a week, and the duration of watering from a few minutes
up to a 120 minutes. The dial that sets the duration of watering
also allows the unit to be switch on constantly, or completely off.
There is also a low battery light which flashes on the front of the device.
I found it helpful to apply some grease. Washing up liquid will also do to push the hose onto
the bottom of the timer unit. Attaching the timer to the tap was relatively
straightforward. The instruction manual advises not to over tighten the fittings.
From experience, it is worth checking the water tightness of the connections above the
timer, because any leak can cause water to drip onto the unit itself and potentially
cause it damage. The dial that allows water to run continuously
is an excellent way of checking the set up, and that each individual dripper is working correctly.
Only time will tell how long the timer will last, but it does have a one year manufacturer’s
warranty, and in the hand it feels to be fairly well made.