Automatic Mister For Reptiles ~ Habba Mist Mister Review

PROS:

  • Lightweight and portable uses AC adaptor and/or 4 C batteries, and variable spray interval and duration settings.

CONS:

  • The unit is not quiet when activated. Can be difficult to properly and safely mount the unit inside or outside many enclosures.

What It Is

The Habba Mist is marketed as being a portable and programmable 28-ounce capacity water-misting unit. The Habba Mist is designed to be used in terrariums that house animals that require a consistent amount of humidity, bird cages/aviaries, and indoor gardens. The Habba Mist comes with the base unit (with rotating sprayer cap), four suction cups and two adjustable length mounting hooks, a remote sprayer with clip, and a 6 volt AC adaptor. The unit also provides for the use of 4 C batteries (recommended as a back up to the AC adaptor in the event of a power outage).

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Tested On

For this review, the product is being tested on a standard 55-gallon glass aquarium set up as a terrarium for housing amphibians. This enclosure had a standard black PVC-coated screen top that sits down over the top of the tank and was modified to include latching hooks on the ends to secure it to the tank. Setting up the Habba mister was straightforward, though the instructions could be improved with the inclusion of diagrams.

Precaution

Electricity, water, and animals do not mix very well therefore proper mounting of the Habba mist was a primary concern. The unit has vent areas on the bottom and therefore should not be placed on the bottom of an enclosure or directly on the substrate, which can lead to blockage of the vents and internal moisture buildup.

Mounting Hooks Work Best

Initially, I was hoping to mount the unit inside the terrarium. However, it was quickly found that the suction cups were incapable of holding the weight of the unit for more than a few minutes before popping away from the glass walls. Using the two mounting hooks to hang the unit inside (and later outside) the aquarium also proved problematic. I was unable to properly place the tight-fitting locking screen top back on the cage with the mounting hooks in place. The tank in question requires that the top is locked to prevent unauthorized access to the inhabitants, so this put me in a quandary. Eventually, I ended up mounting the unit on the outside using a rope to tie and hang the unit safely from the side of the terrarium and while not the most secure method, it was usable.

Hose And Clips

With the mister mounted outside of the tank, I had to use the remote sprayer nozzle provided. Essentially the remote sprayer is a piece of teal colored soft vinyl tubing typically used as aquarium air hoses with a nozzle fitted on the end. If the piece of tubing included with the mister is not long enough (or becomes damaged), it is simple enough to go buy some additional tubing and cut it to the desired length. The clip provided to help position the remote nozzle is lightweight though not very sturdy and should not be expected to grip onto large items or decorations inside the enclosure, though it is fine for the small overhanging lip of an aquarium or small decorative branches and fake plants.

Nice Size Reservoir

The mister unit has a 28-oz capacity reservoir that is easy to refill simply by lifting off the cap pouring the water in. The instructions suggest that distilled or bottled water be used or if using tap water to make sure that the water is treated first to remove chlorine, ammonia, etc. People who live in areas with ‘hard water’ may find that they have to clean the nozzles on a regular basis to keep mineral deposits from clogging them up.

Settings

It took some playing with the unit at a kitchen sink to first figure out how to set all the knobs and dials to my liking. The mister can be programmed to come on once every 1, 3, 6, or 12 hours and set to spray water in 15, 30, 45, or 60-second intervals. After a couple of days of playing with the settings, I finally settled down to once every 3 hours at a 60-second spray. At this setting, it has been determined that the 28-oz reservoir is depleted after a day and a half of use. Depending on how the unit has been mounted on or in an enclosure it can be very easy to see the water level inside the reservoir or very difficult so users should early on get in the habit of refilling the reservoir once a day to prevent it from accidentally running out of the water. It will take some experimentation on the part of the user to determine what settings are most appropriate to provide the amount of humidity to an enclosure without over-saturating the substrate.

Adjustable Sprayer Nozzle

The sprayer nozzles are adjustable to provide various levels of ‘mist’ as well as ‘stream.’ The unit is not a very powerful one, so one should not expect a very fine or ultra-fine mist. The mister is not capable of covering large areas of a cage nor should a user rely on a single mister for very large enclosures. Mounted at the one end of the 55-gallon terrarium, the misting spray was only able to cover about ¼ of the actual area of the tank. The more heavily planted or decorated the tank the more obstacles that are in the way of the mist spray possibly reducing the amount of ‘coverage’ even more.

Not Quiet

When the unit is actually running, it is by no means quiet so it probably would not be a good candidate for an enclosure that is kept in a bedroom unless the unit was turned off at night. The instructions provided state that some animals may become conditioned to the noise and actually go towards the unit for water when it is running.

Final Thoughts

During the course of testing this product, for all its quirks, the Habba Mist has shown to be very useful. The mister is designed to assist the hobbyist in the day to day care of the animal (s) is may be used for, but it should never be relied on solely to get the job done! The mister unit is not a cure-all for laziness on the part of the pet owner. It still requires some patience and effort on the user’s part to determine the best way to mount and program and fine-tune the unit to achieve the best results and make sure that it continues to run properly. It is highly suggested that users regularly keep notes on settings and changes to settings made especially during seasonal shifts as humidity levels naturally fluctuate and must be compensated for. In the winter, for example, it may be necessary to run the unit for longer spray durations as well as possibly providing additional methods of providing moisture due to lower levels of ambient humidity in a room where the enclosure is housed.

Other notes:

  • When using the remote nozzle, it is suggested that the nozzle is positioned at a level that is higher than that of the unit to help prevent a siphon from draining the reservoir.
  • If the mister is used around bird aviaries, it is suggested that the unit is mounted outside of the cages out of reach of the birds to prevent chewing on, tampering with or other types of damage.
  • If the mister is to be used in an enclosure with very high humidity requirements, it is suggested that it be mounted outside of the enclosure to provide for a longer lifespan of the unit.

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