PLEASE READ FIRST
Congratulations on your purchase of the TrolMaster HCS-1 Hydro-X Control System. This unit is an efficient and affordable way to fully control your grow rooms. To ensure safety, please read this instruction manual carefully before installation and follow the instructions herein. It will provide detailed instructions and guidelines that will help to set up the unit, and to understand the full capability of this unit. Any use or application of this product, other than for its original intended purposes are prohibited. Store this manual in a secure place for future reference.
If you have any questions, please contact us:
TrolMaster ( Xiamen ) Electronics Co.,Ltd.
2/F., Building A, No.600 West Dongren 2nd Road, Jimei District, Xiamen, China
INTRODUCTION
Hydro-X Control System is the most intelligent and versatile environmental control system on the market. It could control up to 512 lights, 4 temperature devices, 2 humidity devices, 2 CO2 devices, 9 preprogram devices. With the incredible flexibility, anyone could easily customize their own grow room system for maximum yield.

The system comes with a 3-in-1 sensor detecting temperature, humidity & light. A CO2 sensor is available for measuring CO2 level. When the measured value exceeds your custom setting range, a warning message will be sent to your smartphone. Smoke detectors are also available for smoke detection to alert you if there is a fire. Hydro-X helps you to monitor your grow environments perfectly.

Hydro-X is specially designed to set up a daily lighting management for your lighting system. Having 2 separate lines allows the user to create multiple lighting layouts (and dimming sequence) based on their individual preferences. This system can efficiently control your lighting system by running a schedule with advanced functions like auto dimming, overheat shutdown, sunrise & sunset simulation.

Hydro-X can control almost all kinds of devices in your grow rooms by its 4 types of device stations. Temperature device stations, humidity device stations, CO2 device stations and program device stations are designed to be connected to different devices for centralized control. Hydro-X offers a more smart and flexible approach for the connection of the devices you want to be controlled.

Hydro-X keeps pace with the times, it has the ability to connect to the network directly with a standard network cable. After downloading the app, you can monitor and control the environment of your grow rooms anytime and anywhere. You could read the historical data by graph on your smartphone and receive warning messages if the growing environment exceeds your setpoints. A micro-SD card is also available for data logging if the Internet is unavailable. With Hydro-X, you can monitor and control the growing environment at your fingertips.
FACTS
Here are some important things to consider when using the Hydro-X Control System.

  • Each set of Hydro-X Control System can connect to one 3-in-1 sensor, one CO2 sensor and up to 20 optional smoke detectors. The 3-in-1 sensor used to detect temperature, humidity and light, the CO2 sensor used to detect CO2 level and the smoke detectors are used to prevent fire.

  • Each lighting line MUST have a single wattage / type of xture connected to it. You cannot mix xtures with different wattages on the same line interconnect wiring. When connected to lights which are controlled by digital signal (such as ThinkGrow DE ballast), 256 lights can be controlled on each line, with potentially 512 lights controlled in total. A lighting control adapter (signal converter) is available for controlling the traditional lights which are controlled by analog signal (0-10v), such as Gavita etc. Due to the limitation of the analog signal, the system can control up to 40 traditional ballasts on each line, 80 traditional ballasts in total on both lines.

  • Various devices (such as for Temp / Humid / CO2, etc.) can be connected to this unit through 4 types of different Device Stations. Each device has its own and dedicated device station, which can be purchased separately depending your needs. Don't mix up device station for different device.

  • Sensors, Device Stations and Ballasts are connected to main controller by using RJ12 cables to daisy-chain all the devices together. Each of the sensors and devices stations comes with an RJ12 "T" splitter and RJ12 cables.Various length pre-crimped RJ12 cables and additional T-shape splitters can be purchased separately.

  • A maximum distance of 1000ft / 300 meters between the HCS-1 Hydro-X Control System and the devices to be controlled.

  • Follow all local and national electrical codes for installation requirements.

  • The Hydro-X is designed for indoor use only. It is recommended to use our Trolmaster's accessories for good performance.

  • COMPONENTS
    1. Controller
    2. Back Plate(Bracket)
    3. 4ft RJ12 Cable
    4. T-Shape Splitter
    5. 12DC Power Supply
    6. 3-in-1 Sensor
    7. 16ft RJ12 Cable

    INSTALLATION
    Determine where to locate the main controller. The controller comes with a simple to use DIN type bracket. Pull the 4 tabs outward to release the bracket from the unit, mount the bracket to a wall or surface, place the unit back on the bracket and press the 4 tabs back in to lock the unit in place. The interconnecting RJ12 communication cables are available in different lengths, select the correct length for your application. The HCS-1 Hydro-X Control System is supplied with a 4ft and 16ft cable. These interconnecting RJ12 cables are also available in lengths of 25ft and 50ft. Select the correct length for your application.

    CONNECTIONS
    CONNECTIONS CONTINUED...

    1. Power Connection:
    Connect the plug-in power supply to the power (DC) connector.

    2. Sensor connection:
    Connect the RJ12 cable to the SENSORS connector and connect to a splitter on the other end. Plug the 3-in-1 sensor to the splitter for connection. The other connector on the splitter can be used to continuously connect to the next splitter. Connect a CO2 sensor to the 2nd splitter. Repeat the procedure and connect one or more smoke detector(s) if needed. Press the small button on the smoke detector, the Hydro-X automatically assign an address to the unit sequentially.

    3. Device Station Connection (main controller needs to be powered on)
    Connect the cable going from the DEVICES connector to the first Device Station to be connected. Use the T-shape splitter and short RJ cable so that the first cable can continue on to be connected to the next T-shape splitter (Device Station) to be connected. Plug the Device Station to the wall outlet for power supply. Press the small button on the device station, the system will automatically assign an address to the device station in sequence. Repeat this process until all device stations are connected to the main controller.

    4. Light Connection
    a ) For HID Lights
    Connect the cable going from LINE 1 to the rst digital ballast to be connected. Use the T-shape splitter and short RJ cable so that the first cable can continue on to be connected to the next T-shape splitter (ballast) to be connected.Repeat this process until all ballasts (fixtures) are connected to the LINE 1. Connect more lights through the LINE 2 port. Same procedures applied for LINE 1.
    b) For Traditional Lights
    If connected to traditional lights which are controlled by analog (0-10v) such as Gavita fixtures, a lighting control adapter (signal converter) is necessary to convert the digital signal into analog signal. The connection is similar as above but with a signed converter connected between ballast and controller. First, connect the signal converter to the LINE 1 or LINE 2 connector and then connect to a splitter on the other end. Finally, use another RJ12 cable to connect between the splitter and the analog ballast. See the connection diagram.
    Each line can be set up to be a "staged" dimming zone. In other words, each zone has its own independent dimming temperature setting as well as the dimming actiaon. Having 2 lines allows the user to create multiple lighting layouts (and dimming sequences) based on their individual preferences. Some examples are shown below.
    5. Internet Connection
    This unit has the feature of connecting the network for remote control.User can use a standard network cabale for connection thruogh the INTERNET connector
    BUTTONS
    The HCS-1 Hydro-X Control System is extremely easy to use. The backlit 128x128 LCD display will provide the user with the current conditions and access all settings.All settings are accessed by using the 6 pushbuttons on the front of the unit. The button functions are described below.

    UP / DOWN : The Up and Down buttons move the cursor up and down to select the item on the LCD display.
    LEFT / RIGHT : The Left and Right buttons move the cursor to previous page or next page, left item or right item.
    BACK : The Back button goes backwards to the previous page.
    ENTER : The Enter button is used to open the menu item to be changed as well as to accept and save the new setting.
    Familiarize yourself with the function of the 6 buttons on the front of the HCS-1 Hydro-X Control System in order to able to access settings, and to better understand how to use the HCS-1 Hydro-X Control System to its greatest potential.
    START SETTINGS
    Once you have connected all devices, sensors and fixtures to the HCS-1 Hydro-X Control System, we can start using the unit.

    Connect the plug-in power supply to the power connector on the bottom of theHCS-1 Hydro-X Control System. HCS-1 Hydro-X Control System will turn on and boot up.

    If it is the first time you have used the HCS-1 Hydro-X Control System, when you power on the HCS-1 Hydro-X Control System, the Welcome screen / page will be displayed.
    *NOTE : Press ENTER button to rst go to the Conguration page and begin set-up.

    Time Setting : please refer to P25 for the time setting so as to change the default time into the current time before use.
    MAIN MENU
    1 ). The main menu displays three elements:
    Temperature Value (��F) eg: 78.8��F
    Humidity Value (%) eg: 20.2%
    CO2 Level (PPM) eg: 1200 PPM

    The top title bar indicates current date & time:
    Month/Date eg: 09/07
    Hour/Minute eg:18:20

    Day Mode
    Night Mode
    Alarm Activated
    Internect Connected

    No Network Connection (no icon)

    NOTE : Download the TrolMaster app from App Store or Google Play
    2 ). On the Main Menu page, press LEFT button to get access to Devices Status page. The screen will show devices in 3 states .
    a ). State One : Highlighted and with "ON" indicates the device is connected and under working condition (activated).
    b ). State Two : Highlighted and without "ON" indicates the device is connected but not under working condition (standby)
    c ). StateThree : Non-highlighted indicates no device station connected to this address.
    3 ). On the Main Menu page, press RIGHT button to get access to Alarm Message page. The LCD screen will show records of all alarm messages.

    *NOTE :
    a ). On the Devices Status page, the device states are not suitable to lighting devices.The LCD screen will display the lighting status for two lighting lines L1 & L2.
    b ). Do not remove the Micro-SD card in the main screen (showing Temperature, Humidity & CO2 ).Otherwise, it is easy to cause damage to the card.

    SETTING PAGE
    On the Main Menu page, Device Status page or Alarm Message page, press ENTER button to get access to the SETTING page. The LCD screen will display 6 subjects ( Light / Temp / Humid / CO2 / Program / System) as shown on the picture. You can move the cursor (UP / DOWN / LEFT / RIGHT) to select each subject you want to make setting.

    LIGHTING SETTINGS
    On the Setting page, select the Light subject and then press ENTER button to confirm your selection. The screen will display Line 1 and Line 2. Press UP button or DOWN button to select Line 1 or Line 2. Then press ENTER button to get into the configuration page.
    2 ) Use the UP and Down button to select the optional item. Press ENTER button, the digits will be flashing, then press UP or DOWN button for change. Finally, press ENTER button to confirm and save change.
    Wattage : Select the wattage of ballast that will be connected to this line.
    Output Max : Select the wattage that you would like to operate the fixtures in increment of 25 watts. User can select any setting between 600 watts and 1150 watts for the 1000 watt fixture.
    On at : The time of day that the lights for that LINE 1 will be turned ON.
    Off at : The time of day that the lights for that LINE 1 will be turned OFF.
    Dim at : Select the temperature you want the lights within each line to dim.
    Stop at : The max temperature that the growing area can get to before shutting down the lights. Normally, set at least 5oF up to 10 degrees F above the "Dim at" setting.
    Sun R/S time : simulate Sunrise and Sunset by slowly raising and lowering the lighting level ( brightness). User can select from 0 minite(off) to 30 minutes in 5-minute increments for the Sunrise / Sunset feature.
    3 ) The lighiting configurations of Line 2 is same as the setting of Line 1.
    TEMPERATURE SETTINGS
    1 ) On the Setting page, select the Temp subject and then press ENTER button to access the Temp setting page. Use the Up button or DOWN button to select the device or Alarm Setting.
    2 ) When the Device 1 is selected, user can set the temperatuesetpoint for Day / Night mode for the Device 1. The unit will automatically turn ON the Temp Device 1 when the measured temperature is ABOVE or BELOW the setpoint. Press ENTER button and the Above or Below text will be flashing. Press UP or DOWN button to change between Above and Below. Finally, press ENTER button to confirm and save the change.

    For example : Turn on device when temp Above setpoint for Cooling devices; Turn on device when temp Below setpoint for Heating devices.

    Use UP and DOWN button to select Day mode or Night mode, the selected item will be highlighted. Press ENTER button and the current temperature value will be flashing. Press UP or DOWN button to change the setpoint. Finally, press ENTER button to confirm and save the change. The LCD will display " Setting saved ".
    3 ). Press DOWN button to select and enter the Temp Alarm page. The screen will display the Min/Max setpoint. Press UP or DOWN button to select the Min or Max setpoint. The selected item will be highlighted. Then press ENTER button again, the current temperature setpoint will be flashing. Press UP or DOWN button to change the setpoint. Finally, press ENTER button to confirm and save the change. The LCD will display "Setting saved".

    When the Temperature level exceeds the setting range, the unit will send a warning message to your smartphone

    The setting procedure of other Temp Device Station is same as above

    HUMIDITY SETTINGS
    1 ). On the Setting page, select the Humid subject and then press ENTER button to access the Humid setting page. Use the Up button or Down button to select the Device 1 or Device 2 or Alarm Setting.
    2 ). When the Device 1 is selected, user can set the humidity setpoint for Day / Night mode for the Device 1. The unit will automatically turn ON the Humid Device 1 when the measured humidity is ABOVE or BELOW the setpoint. Press ENTER button and the Above or Below text will be flashing. Press UP or DOWN button to change between Above and Below. Finally, press ENTER button to confirm and save the change. The LCD screen will display " Setting saved "

    For example : Turn on device when humidity level Above setpoint for Dehumidifier; Turn on device when humidity level Below setpoint for Humidifier.
    Use UP and DOWN button to select Day mode or Night mode, the selected item will be flashing. Press UP or DOWN button to change the setpoint. Finally, press ENTER button to confirm and save the change. The LCD will display " Setting saved".
    3 ). Press DOWN button to select and enter the Humid Alarm page. The screen will display the Min/Max setpoint. Press UP or DOWN button to select the Min or Max setpoint. The selected item will be highlighted. Then press ENTER button again, the current humidity setpoint will be flashing. Press UP or DOWN button to change teh setpoint. Finally, press ENTER button to confirm and save the change. The LCD will display "Setting saved".

    When the humidity level exceeds the setting range, the unit will send a warning message to your smartphone.

    The setting procedure of other Humid Device Station 2 is same as above

    CO2 SETTINGS
    1 ). On the Setting page, select the CO2 subject and then press ENTER button to access the CO2 setting page. Use the Up button or Down button to select the Device 1 or Device 2 or Alarm setting.
    2 ). When the Device 1 is selected, user can set CO2 setpoint during Daytime for the Device 1. The unit will automatically turn ON the CO2 Device 1 when the measured CO2 level is ABOVE or BELOW the setpoint. Press ENTER button and the Above or Below text will be flashing. Press UP or DOWN button to change between Above and Below. Finally, press ENTER button to confirm and save the change. The LCD screen will display "Setting saved"
    For example : Turn on device when CO2 level Above setpoint for Exhaust fan; Turn on device when CO2 level Below setpoint for CO2 Generator or Regulator.
    User can set the setpoint for Day mode. Press DOWN button to select the CO2 value. Press ENTER button and the current CO2 value will be flashing. Press UP or DOWN to change the CO2 setpoint with the increment of 10. Finally, press ENTER button to confirm and save the change.
    User an also turn ON or OFF the Fuzzy Logic mode. Press DOWN button to select the Fuzzy subject and then press UP or DOWN button to change between ON and OFF status. Finally, press ENTER button to confirm and save teh change.
    NOTE :
    1. Fuzzy Logic mode is only for the control of CO2 Regulator. Do not turn on while connectig to a CO2 generator.
    2. Fuzzy Logic mode counters rising or falling CO2 levels by quickly activating the CO2 selenoid valve, allowing CO2 levels to be controlled more precisely.
    3 ). Press DOWN button to select and enter the CO2 Alarm page. The screen will display the min/max setpoint. Press UP or DOWN button to select the Min or Max setpoint. The selected item will be highlighted. Then press ENTER button again, the current CO2 setpoint will be flashing. Press UP or DOWN button to change teh setpoint. Finally, press ENTER button to confirm and save the change. The LCD will display "Setting saved".

    When the CO2 level exceeds the setting range, the unit will send a warning message to your smartphone

    The setting procedure of CO2 Device Station 2 is same as above

    PROGRAM SETTINGS
    1 ) On the Setting page, select the Program subject and then press ENTER button to confirm your selection. The screen will display total 9 preset numbers: 1, 2, 3...9. You can assign total 9 additional devices with the preset numbers from program device 1 to program device 9.
    2). Press number 1 to enter into the Program Device 1 page. There are two timing control type: By Schedule & By Recycle. Press ENTER button, the TICK icon will be highlighted and flashing. Then press UP or DOWN button to select By Schedule or By Recycle. Finally, press ENTER button to confirm your selection and the LCD will display" setting saved". Press UP or DOWN button to select the subdirectory you desire to change. The selected item wil be highlighted, press ENTER button it will be flashing. Press UP or DOWN button to change the time and press ENTER button to save your change. The number of times ( frequency) starts from 1 to 100.

    a ). By Schedule :
    On : The start time of continuous working time of the Program Device 1.
    Off : The finish time of continuous working time of the Program Device 1.

    b ). By Recyle :
    Start : The start time of cycle working time of the Program Device 1.
    ON Time : The duration of working time per cycle for the Program Device 1.
    OFF Time : The duration of non-working time per cycle for the Program Device 1.
    Times : The number of times of the daily working cycle.

    The setting procedure of other Program Device Station is same as above.

    NOTE : if the total cycle time exceeds 24 hours, the maximum cycle times will be reduced automatically.

    SYSTEM SETTINGS
    1 ).On the Setting page, select the System subject and then press ENTER button to confirm your selection . There are 6 subjects:
    Temp Format : Select whether to display F or C for temperature measurements.
    Time Setting : Enter the time setting page.
    Override : Enter the Override page.
    Serial Number : Show the device serial number.
    System Reset : Enter the system reset page.
    Calibration : Enter the temperature humidity and CO2 sensor calibration page.
    DeadBand : Enter the temperature humidity and CO2 deadband setting page.
    2 ). Time Setting :
    Press UP or DOWN, LEFT or RIGHT buttons to select subject and press ENTER to start setting. Press UP or Down for change and press ENTER button for save. The 1st line is for time (Hour_Minute_Second) and the 2nd line is for date (Month_Date_Year).
    3 ) Override :
    When Override function is selected on the System page, the cursor will be flashing. Use UP or DOWN, LEFT or RIGHT to move to the device you want to manually override (force) to turn on or off. Press ENTER button to active the override effect. The effectvie time is 10 minutes. After that, the device will be back to its orginal status.
    SYSTEM SETTINGS CONTINUED
    4 ). CO2 Calibration :
    After being used for some time, the CO2 sensor may need to be recalibrated if tolerance occurred.
    Press Enter and UP or DOWN button to adjust the calibration level if you have an accurate reference. Otherwise, the recommended level will be 400. Press Start button to start with the CO2 calibration process.
    NOTE : Do NOT exhale or breathe near the sensor while activating the calibration function.
    5 ).System Reset :
    Devices Reset : When using this function, the unit will delete all addresses assigned to the connected Device Stations. User can reconnect Device Stations for resign addresses.
    Factory Reset : This function will restore the unit to factory default settings.
    Firmware Update : Update a new firmware to fix bugs or add new functions to the unit. Visit our website to find out update version.
    GENERAL INFORMATION
    WARRANTY
    TrolMaster only uses high quality components. Under normal operating conditions, the mechanical and electronic components are covered by a three-year warranty from the original date of purchase. For service, return the HCS-1 Hydro-X Control System in the original packaging to your shop with the original sales receipt.

    Components that are excluded from warranty are components that have failed due to abnormal usage.

    In the case of defects of the HCS-1 Hydro-X Control System, the Controller will either be replaced or repaired using new or reconditioned products or parts. If the Controller will be replaced, this limited warranty shall apply to the replacement product for the remaining initial warranty period, i.e. (three) 3 years from the date of purchase of the original product.

    RETURNS
    All returns need to be done in the original packaging in order to avoid damages of the product during transport. Defective products need to be returned to factory or service shop for repair. Non-professionals DO NOT open the cabinet to prevent electric shock or damage to the equipment.
    REGISTRATION
    TrolMaster Agro Instruments Co., Ltd. will occasionally release updated rmware for the HCS-1 Hydro-X Control System.

    By registering your HCS-1 Hydro-X Control System on our website www.trolmaster.com we can notify you when an update is available.

    We will not sell, rent or share your personal information.
    TROUBLESHOOTING

    Some of the most common issues or problems can be found within this section. Before returning the unit for service, please consult the troubleshooting points below, additional information can be found online at www.trolmaster.com
    Troubleshooting Continued

    WARNING : DO NOT allow the Hydro-X Control System to be exposed to water or excessive heat. DO NOT open or attempt to repair or disassemble the controller, as there are no user-servicealbe parts inside. Opening the controller will void the warranty.

    If the surface of Hydro-X is dirty, wipe it with a dry towel.
    The Hydro-X operates under natural verntilation conditions.

    SPECIFICATIONS :
    ENVIRONMENTAL AND DISPOSAL CONCERNS:
    THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS A BATTERY AND OTHER COMPONENTS WHICH MUST BE DISPOSED OF PROPERLY.

    This symbol displayed on a product, its accessories, or its packaging indicates that this product may not be discarded as household waste. Dispose of the equipment through a recycling center that handles electronics and electrical appliances. By disposing of the equipment in the proper and lawful way you will be helping to prevent possible damage to the environment and risk to public health.