whats the difference in these two ballast. beside $200. weight 5# difference. you only get a 5 1/2' cord with the ballast, and you have to use one of the 2 hoods they choose. plus how efficient is it, needing fans. most digital ballast have no fans, no moving parts. note "This ballast produces 30% more light than a standard core and coil ballast" does not say anything about other digital ballast. the evasive wording alone would be enough for me to flip them the bird. then again what do i know. i grow with a flashlight.
The C.A.P. NextGen Electronic Ballast is the smallest, lightest, most user friendly ballast on the market today. Runs H.P.S. or M.H. bulbs, and features 90-260v input voltage. This ballast produces 30% more light than a standard core and coil ballast and has universal lamp receptacles, capable of attaching ALL OF todays most popular reflectors. Its fast lamp ignition, constant lamp voltage, flicker free output, thermostatically controlled fans, and the ability to run bulbs up to 65 from the ballast, make the NextGen a must for serious gardeners. Comes with 120 volt power cord, 240 volt power cord available separately. The NextGen Electronic Ballasts carry a 3 year replacement warranty + a 2 year pro-rated warranty (1 year on the bulb). They are available with either Hydrofarm or Xtreme reflectors to match your needs. All NextGen Lighting Systems carry our Xclusive Replacement Warranty to ensure that you are always up and running. All lighting systems come complete with bulb and your choice of reflectors.
Completely silent (no humming - no vibration)
Small compact design (3" x 4" x 10-5/8") - under 16 lbs.
No moving parts - produces less heat
Internal resin coating protects components for long life
Soft start technology - lamps last three times as long
Water resistant - sealed from the inside
Fast start up - reaches full brightness in under a minute
No fans - ensures reliability
Fully interchangeable - ignites both HPS and MH bulbs
Cut-off circuitry automatically shuts off in case of a short
External fuse system protects against power surges
Rubber feet for underside air circulation
Best warranty in the industry - 5 years! (3 year exchange, 2 year prorated)