Brinsea Mini Advance Egg Incubator Review
Brinsea has been one of the best quality egg incubator producers since 1976. They were one of the first to produce a mini incubator, and have since improved their mini incubators frequently. The Brinsea Mini Advance Incubator is their main mini incubator, so let’s see how good it is. If you’re looking for a comparison of the best egg incubators including this one, we got you covered as well.
The “Brinsea Mini Advance Hatching Egg Incubator”, or Brinsea mini incubator for short comes in three editions. The ECO , the Advance, and the EX. This review looks solely at the Advance version, which is also the most popular.
Brinsea Mini Advance capacity
The Mini Advance Incubator has room for 7 large eggs (hen, duck, and parrot), or 12 small eggs (quail and pheasant). All eggs fit nicely, and the Brinsea Mini Advance features an automatic turning system which does its job well. One thing to note is that if you put in the maximum amount of eggs, it might get crowded in the incubator during the lockdown period. If the eggs and chicks are very large, you might want to put just 6 in at a time.
Brinsea Mini Advance temperature
The temperature control system works excellently just like the other Brinsea reviewed devices thus far. No temperature drops or inaccuracies were measured. The electronic control panel display works fine, and after 5 minutes with the manual the controls feel intuitive. The Mini Advance Incubator also includes an automatic cooling feature. The feature is fully optional, and works very well. Lastly there is an automatic fan that provides the necessary air circulation.
Brinsea Mini Advance humidity
The required humidity is supplied by a central water reservoir, but the current humidity level is not displayed on top. Generally, there is no need to adjust the humidity manually, other than refilling the reservoir every few days. Depending on your local climate you may need to refill the water reservoir more or less often. However, if you live in a very dry or very humid area you may need to check on the humidity level using a hygrometer. Generally candling the eggs should be enough.
As mentioned before the Brinsea Mini Advanced Incubator is advertised as being fully automatic. This is mostly true: all turning, temperature control, air circulation, and even cooling periods can be automated. Do keep in mind that you have to refill the water reservoir every few days though. Still, the amount of attention needed is very low, and with that the amount of things that can go wrong is very low as well. This makes the Mini Incubator an excellent choice for when you have a busy schedule.
Brinsea Mini Advance power consumption
The Mini Advance Incubator uses a 100-230v 60 Hz power supply with a max of 0.5A. The average power consumption is 12 Watts, and maximum usage is at 18 Watts. Compared to other incubators this is very little, although that is mainly due to the size. Still, even compared to similarly sized mini incubators the Brinsea incubator is one of the most power efficient incubators.
Brinsea Mini Advance design
The Brinsea Mini Incubator is made of ABS, one of the sturdiest and best insulating materials available. Because of that, the Mini incubator can withstand some impacts and moderate abuse. ABS is also one of the most hygienic materials for an incubator, due to the resistance to bacterial contamination. The Mini Incubator gives a great view of all the eggs and the hatching process, which makes it a perfect option for teachers in the classroom and people with small children.
Key spec overview
- Capacity: 7 hen, duck, or parrot eggs. 12 quail or pheasant eggs
- Size: 9 x 9 x 7 inch
- Weight: 2 pounds
- Humidity control: central water reservoir does its job/li>
- Temperature control: excellent, including automatic regular cooling option
- Power consumption: 12 watt average, 18 watt peak
- Material: robust ABS
Overall the Brinsea Mini Advance Incubator is a very solid low capacity incubator. The great view gives a good way to check on the eggs or to let small children watch. The hatch rate thus far seems to be above the 90%, which is amazing for such a small incubator. The high level of quality comes at a price premium, which in my opinion is worth it if you are planning on using the incubator more than just a few times. If you are looking to incubate just a few eggs once or twice, you might be better off with less expensive options such as the Homdox Digital Mini or the Easybuyus Egg Incubator Mini. Also, the Mini Incubator can contain no more than 7 chicken eggs at the same time, so if you are planning on hatching more than 7 eggs at a time in the future, you might want to check out the my Brinsea Octagon 20 review or even the Brinsea Octagon 40.
However, if you are planning on incubating up to 7 eggs regularly, the Brinsea Mini Advance Incubator (Amazon link) is the best mini incubator you can find.