Launched as an improvised version of the previous Mars Pro Series, the Mars Hydro Pro II Series is a simple, efficient and easy to use LED light system for homegrown plants. With this latest an high-tech LED light system, there’s no need to adjust the temperature or tweak any other settings.

Believe it or not, but these units take care of everything on their own!

If you are new to the practice, the simple plug and play function makes it so easy; you really need no expertise in installing or getting started on these.

Some of the key highlighting features of the series, that make it the best ranked amongst other LEDs are:

 

The Pros and Cons of the Mars Hydro Pro II Series

The Good

  • The series comes with a specially designed reflector cup that yields the highest output – 100% emission!
  • No added lens over the LED: the light penetrates deeper and is brighter than the others.
  • The panel is surrounded by vents to keep the light cool. The mechanism effectively dissipates heat.
  • Strong and durable
  • Up to 3 times longer life than the other LED lights i.e. 50,000-100,000 hours
  • Comes with upgraded drivers and chips
  • Ideal for commercial use
  • Zero light wastage
  • Certified by the CE, ETL, and RoHS.
  • UL certified internal wiring and power cord.
  • Comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Includes the LED grow light, 6’ power cord, instruction manual and hanging kit.
  • Requires input voltage of 85V – 265V (AC)

The bad

  • The cost is slightly higher than the other brands
  • There are no controls for dimming out the lights

 

About Mars Hydro

Mars Hydro is a known name in the LED grow lights industry. They started their operations in 2009 and since then the company’s been dedicated to provide quality and efficient LED grow lights and grow tents.

You can easily find their repair centers and other warehouses in Canada, USA, UK, Australia, and Germany.

 

The Mars Pro II Series – Product Lines

The company has about nine years of experience with LED lights and Grow Tents. Amongst their best sellers, there are two known subcategories:

 

– Mars Pro II Epistar Series

The products in this series come with the epistar chip. There’s the Epistar 80, 120, 160 and 320 in this category.

This series is specifically made for the cannabis – marijuana growers. The LEDs are great for the full cycle, including the growth, seedling and flowering stages of the plants.

You can also connect the Epistar 80 and the 120 for more lighting and a better par value.

 

– Mars Pro II Cree Series

The Cree series, made in the USA comes with the Cree LEDs. There’s the Cree 128 and Cree 256 LED grow light in this category. These Lights are:

  • More durable
  • Efficient
  • Cooler than the standard LEDs
  • Have no overheating issues

Products – The Epistar Series

 

1.- Mars Hydro Mars Pro II Epistar 80

The Epistar 80 comes with a full 12-band spectrum that makes it the best for all stages of plant growth. The infra Red mimics the sunlight and gets you the response you need for the healthy breakdown of food by the plant.

In turn, this leads to a quality yield, that’s not just larger in size but also much potent and immune.

The flowers and fruits hence produced are fuller and larger than those grown under other lighting conditions.

The Epistar 80 is also much more efficient as compared to the traditional LEDs. While it only takes about 166 watts of power, it can easily yield as much light as a 250-watt HPS. It also complies with the safety standards of ETL and does not overheat.

In fact, the light is so efficient it can actually lead to a saving of 70% as compared to the other MH, HPS, etc. lights.

Plus, then there’s a nice manufacturer backed domestic warranty for growers that comes with it. In case of any trouble, you can also get in touch with the representatives available at the local repair stores in the USA, UK, Germany, Canada, and Australia.

Installation is really simple and quick. There’s no extensive equipment you have to install, simply hang the light above the plants and plug in the electric source.

The best thing; you don’t have to worry about outages at all. Even if one LED goes off, the others will still work perfectly, thanks to the zener protected diodes. The grow light is perfect for a 1.5′ *1.5′ growth area. very own garden, in-house!

Specifications

  • Number of leds: 80pcs
  • LED Type: High intensity 5W Epistar
  • Spectrum: 430-440nm, 450-475nm, 620-630nm, 650-670nm, 730nm,2700K,3000K
  • Actual Wattage(±5%): 166W/110v, 163W/220v
  • Veg/Flower Power: Veg power 81W, Flower power 89W
  • Amp Draw: 1.38A/110v, 0.70A/220v
  • Footprint Flower: Up to 1.5ft x 1.5ft
  • Footprint Veg: Up to 2ft x 2ft
  • Core PAR Value: 421 umols
  • Lumen Output    : 5002 lumen
  • Replaces HPS/MH: 250 watt
  • Product Size: 12 x 11 x 5 inches
  • Net Weight: 8 lbs / 3.5 KG
  • Noise Level: 49.8DB

2.- Mars Hydro Mars Pro II Epistar 120

Next, the Epistar 120 too is backed by a two-year manufacturer warranty. The LED offers a 12-band IR spectrum that gives you a higher yield, better quality crop and ensures a sound health in general of the plant, through all its life stages.

In terms of power, it’s as effective as a 300-watt HPS but highly efficient. You see, it takes only 257W power as input. You can save up to 70% of energy as compared to the traditional HID, MH and HPS lights.

No issues with overheating either; the heat sinks and large fans keep things cool. Plus, it’s also backed by ETL certification that ensures its safety. In case of an outage, the LED has a self-protection mechanism. A constant current flows through and keeps the plants and flowers from wilting.

The light is perfect for all of the plant stages and also comes with a switch. You can select the growth or bloom stage and the light will adjust itself according to the requirements.

Easy to use, install and maintain, this one has a 100% output and a higher par value than the others in its league. The grow light is ideal for covering an area of 2.5’ * 3’.

Specifications:

  • Number of leds: 120pcs
  • LED Type: High intensity 5W Epistar
  • Spectrum: 430~440nm, 450~475nm, 620~630nm, 650~670nm, white, IR 730nm
  • Actual Wattage(±5%): 257W/110v, 249W/220v
  • Veg/Flower Power: Veg power 83W, Flower power 261W
  • Amp Draw: 2.13A/110v, 1.07A/220v
  • Footprint Flower: Up to 2ft x 2.5ft
  • Footprint Veg: Up to 2.5ft x 3ft
  • Core PAR Value: 524 umols
  • Lumen Output    : 6,572 lumen
  • Replaces HPS/MH: 300 watt
  • Product Size: 23 x 14 x 6 inches
  • Net Weight: 13 lbs / 5.5 KG
  • Noise Level: 54DB

3.- Mars Hydro Mars Pro II Epistar 160

The Mars Hydro Pro II Epistar 160 gives you as much power as a typical 400W HPS while consuming only about 386watts power. Talk about efficiency.

If you have a sizeable growth area of say 2’ by 3’, then the Epistar 160 is just what you need for full coverage. The light comes with the 12-band IR spectrum and is sufficient for all life stages of the plants.

It also leads to larger fruits and flowers and a bigger yield. With this one too, there are no heating issues and the light’s completely safe for use on all kinds of plants. The parts and entire makeup complies with the ETL, CE, and RHS and it’s also listed for safety.

There’s more, you get a two-year manufacturer’s warranty with the LED, and if that’s not all, you can always come by the local repair shops in case of any trouble with the light. The centers are open in the USA, UK, Canada, Germany, and Australia.

If you talk about efficiency, the light saves up to 70% of power as compared to the other types. Plus, you don’t even have to worry about bulb replacements. The LEDs have a long life, and in case one gives away, all the others will be working, causing no effect on the output.

To combat the overheating issue that leads to wilting in plants the Epistar LEDs have large fans that keep working to expel the heat and the aluminum heat sinks help with the dissipation. There’s a growth-bloom switch, hanging cords and power cord. Installation and usage are rather simple. The light can be used for all kinds of plants including houseplants.

Specifications:

  • Number of leds: 160pcs
  • LED Type: High intensity 5W Epistar
  • Spectrum             : 430~440nm, 450~475nm, 620~630nm, 650~670nm, white, IR 730nm
  • Actual Wattage(±5%): 386W/110v, 368W/220v
  • Veg/Flower Power: Veg power 170W, Flower power 192W
  • Amp Draw: 3.50A/110v, 1.71A/220v
  • Footprint Flower: Up to 2ft x 3ft
  • Footprint Veg: Up to 2.5ft x 3.5ft
  • Core PAR Value: 1018 umols
  • Lumen Output: 12,817 lumen
  • Replaces HPS/MH: 400 watt
  • Product Size: 21 x 14 x 4 inches
  • Net Weight: 18 lbs / 8 KG
  • Heat Output: 1008 BTU
  • Noise Level: 58.7DB

4.- Mars Hydro Mars Pro II Epistar 320

For hobbyists or those who love plantation, this LED can cover a wider area, about 4′ by 4′ with ease. Moreover, it does so rather efficiently. The LED can give about as much output as an 800-watt HPS while taking only about 728 watts as input.

Conserve your bills and give your plants lasting brightness, with a 12-band full spectrum. Everything they need for the seedling, growth and flowering stages is all in here. Again as in the other Epistar lights, there are large heat sinks and fans that constantly work to emit the heat generated in the process.

This helps keep things cool and in fact, brings down the temperature by about 50%. The spectrum has a higher Red ratio that makes it great for providing for all of the stages of plant growth.

Again as with Epistar, you get the reflector cup that makes energy wastage zero. You get as much brightness as there is so that the plants can grow healthier and more potent. About all kinds of plants, fruits, vegetables, and flowers can easily be grown under the light.

Moreover, each unit is backed by a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Specifications

  • Number of leds: 320pcs
  • LED Type: High intensity 5W Epistar
  • Spectrum: 430~440nm, 450~475nm, 620~630nm, 650~670nm, white, IR 730nm
  • Actual Wattage(±5%): 728W/110v, 707W/220v
  • Veg/Flower Power: Veg power 350W, Flower power 390W
  • Amp Draw: 6.30A/110v, 3.07A/220v
  • Footprint Flower: Up to 4ft x 4ft
  • Footprint Veg: Up to 4.5ft x 4.5ft
  • Core PAR Value: 1845 umols
  • Lumen Output    : 32,716 lumen
  • Replaces HPS/MH: 800 watt
  • Product Size: 23 x 23 x 4 inches
  • Net Weight: 33 lbs / 15 KG
  • Heat Output: 1883 BTU
  • Noise Level: 61.4DB

 

Products – The Cree Series

 

5.- Mars Hydro Mars Pro II Cree 128

Next, we have the Mars Hydro Pro II Cree 128. The LED can easily be used for most indoor plants. It comes with the full-spectrum IR LED that comprises of the red, blue and white light.

If your plants are at the seedling stage, the recommended distance for hanging the LED is 24” – 30”, at the veg stage, it should be 18” – 24” and finally when they reach the flowering stage, it should be 12” to 18”. The Grow light can essentially cover a 2’ * 3’ area.

The Cree 128 conveniently replaces the 400-watt HPS. Lower consumption – 340 watts – leads to higher energy savings. There are local repair centers in the USA, Canada, Germany, UK, and Australia.

As with the other Mars Hydro lights, there’s a preinstalled cooling system in place. You don’t need to worry about installing exhausts or replacement bulbs. The LEDs have a long life, in case one goes off the others keep working till the end.

The best thing about the light is the higher par value; the result, larger fruits, flowers, bigger yield and better health. The company also provides a domestic warranty for growers from around the world.

Specifications

  • Number of leds: 128pcs
  • LED Type: USA made Cree LEDs
  • LED Part No.: XPEBWT-L1-0000-00AE7 / XPEBBL-L1-0000-00Y01
  • LED Part No.: XPEBRD-L1-0000-00601 / XPEPHR-L1-0000-00901
  • Spectrum             : 440nm, 630nm, 660nm, 2700k-3000k
  • Actual Wattage(±5%): 319W/110v, 311W/220v
  • Amp Draw: 2.88A/110v, 1.46A/220v
  • Veg/Flower Power: Veg power 166W, Flower power 159W
  • Footprint Flower: Up to 2ft x 3ft
  • Footprint Veg: Up to 2.5ft x 3.5ft
  • Core PAR Value: 1400 umols
  • Lumen Output    : 20,047 lumen
  • Replaces HPS/MH: 400 watt
  • Product Size: 20 x 13 x 5 inches
  • Net Weight: 18 lbs / 8 KG
  • Heat Output: 1098 BTU
  • Noise Level: 57.4DB

6.- Mars Hydro Mars Pro II Cree 256

The Mars Hydro Mars Pro II Cree 256 takes an input of 656 watts of power only, whereby giving you a yield of about 800-watt HPS power. The light is bright enough to completely cover a wide area of around 4′ by 4′.

The quality grow light, made in the USA comes with zener coated diodes for maximum protection. Plus, it’s also certified to comply with all safety standards, making it a friendly indoor LED you can install with a peace of mind.

You can select from the bloom and growth switch, corresponding to the life stage of the plant so that they get the maximum benefit from the LED. Yes, you just need one LED for the entire lifecycle of the plant.

So be it the tomatoes, vegetables, herbs or orchids, enjoy building your own little garden with these full-spectrum LED grow lights.

It won’t just bring down your electricity bills, but will also help your plants extract the maximum light for photosynthesis, in turn making them stronger, larger and healthier than ever.

Specifications:

  • Number of leds: 256pcs
  • LED Type: USA made Cree LEDs
  • LED Part No.: XPEBWT-L1-0000-00AE7 / XPEBBL-L1-0000-00Y01
  • LED Part No.: XPEBRD-L1-0000-00601 / XPEPHR-L1-0000-00901
  • Spectrum: 440nm, 630nm, 660nm, 2700k-3000k
  • Actual Wattage(±5%): 656W/110v, 635W/220v
  • Veg/Flower Power: Veg power 340W, Flower power 324W
  • Amp Draw: 5.83A/110v, 2.74A/220v
  • Footprint Flower: Up to 4ft x 4ft
  • Footprint Veg: Up to 4.5ft x 4.5ft
  • Core PAR Value: 2075 umols
  • Lumen Output    : 44,377 lumen
  • Replaces HPS/MH: 800 watt
  • Product Size: 22 x 21 x 5 inches
  • Net Weight: 33 lbs / 15 KG
  • Heat Output: 1883 BTU
  • Noise Level: 61.4DB

Overal Thoughts

Although it won’t be surprising to find a number of brands, products, and lines, offering a variety of LED grow lights these days. Ever since people discovered the art of growing plants indoors, the phenomenon has widely spread, all over the world.

With the recent influx of marketers and brands, boasting of the quality LED grow lights, the choice indeed has become hard for the customers. Especially if you have no prior experience in the field!

The Mars Hydro Pro II series is one you can definitely count on to keep your plants from wilting, dying or being malnourished. The Company has carefully redefined the previous Mars Hydro series, making it fun, easy to use and simple in function.

Depending on your area, plant stage and budget, you can select either one of the above from the two series that Mars Hydro has under its name.

Although the cost may be a bit higher than the competition, these lights are still affordable and much more efficient than the other conventional lights. Not to mention, the ease of installation! Simply hang these above your plants and plug into the power socket. Viola!

Plant grower or not, one look at these fascinating LEDs will definitely set you in the mood to grow your very own garden, in-house!

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