IceCap Releases Two Digital Electronic Selectable Output Ballasts


IceCap is touting their new Selectable Output ballasts as the most advanced metal halide lighting solution for the serious reef keepers. They are capable of running most mogul and double ended metal halide lamps with fast startup, low heat, and absolutely silent operation.

These “UL Approved” selectable output ballasts offer the hobbyist the ability of switching between lamp wattage and drive modes such as the HQI and overdrive settings. IceCap claims that these MH electronic ballasts are able to deliver more lumens while using less electricity than standard magnetic ballasts.

The 250 watt (max output) model will retail for $139.00 and it will also control the less popular 150 watt and 175 watt metal halide bulbs. The 400 watt model will power 250, 250 HQI and 400 watt ballasts. Both ballast models offer a “super lumen mode” which we believe is an overdrive setting. The selectable voltage allows you to overdrive single ended mogul base lamps for more PAR. The super lumen mode will also run doubled ended lamps to their proper voltage specs which is typically higher than mogul based lamps. IceCap Ballasts are backed by a 3-year limited warranty and more information about these new ballasts can be found here.

Switch Between Lamp Wattage and Drive Modes

  • Fast start-up, low heat, silent operation
  • More lumens generated per watt
  • Runs most mogul & double ended MH lamps
  • Wired with female receptacle
  • Resettable circuit breaker
  • Anodized extruded aluminum body
  • plugs are compatible with Smart Volt cords found on Reef Optix® & LumenMax® reflectors


About Author

Scott Groseclose is the owner of AquaNerd, Aquarium Specialty, Aqua Specialty Wholesale, BioTek Marine, & The Carolina Reef Experience. He has a degree in Biology from St. Andrews University and he has been a passionate reef keeper since 1988.