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Hunter X-CORE 8 Station Indoor Controller | XC-800i

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Hunter X-CORE 8 StationIndoor Controller

  • Hunter X-CORE Indoor Controller 
  • 8 Stations (Fixed)
  • Standard Controller

Features & Benefits

This entry-level residential controller offers simple operation with Solar Sync compatibility. With easy-to-configure control for up to 8 stations, including 3 programs and 4 start times each, the X-Core is the perfect solution for residential applications. Install the revolutionary Solar Sync ET sensor that regulates irrigation run times daily based on locally measured weather. X-Core is also compatible with Hunter remotes for quick, wireless activation of irrigation. Installation, operation, and maintenance are designed to be simple while still delivering optimal efficiency and reliability

WaterSense Smart Watering Controller By Adding Solar Sync

By adding a Solar Sync to your Hunter controller, it transforms into a smart controller using local weather conditions to tailor watering schedules to actual conditions on the site. A Hunter controller with Solar Sync has been independently proven to have a detailed list of water-saving features and has been approved by the EPA as a WaterSense Smart Watering Controller.

Easy Retrieve Memory

A manual back-up utility that stores complete controller scheduling and setup information in back-up memory. This allows the saved watering schedule to be restored at any time. This can be used to set a controller back to its initial settings after tampering or at the beginning of a new season.

Programmable Rain Delay

The Programmable Rain Delay feature incorporates a user-specified number of days to keep the controller in the OFF mode, then allows for the system to automatically revert back to scheduled irrigation. This will prevent watering during an extended period of inclement weather, but will resume watering automatically without requiring a return visit to the controller. The controller displays the number of days remaining before watering resumes.

Quick Check

The QuickCheck feature makes field wiring issues easy to assess with the push of a button. QuickCheck displays an ERR message when a field wiring short is detected on a particular station number.

Non-Volatile Memory

This feature offers protection against unreliable power, retaining current time, date, and program data.

Automatic Short Circuit Protection

Automatic short circuit protection is a feature found in all Hunter AC powered controllers. This feature automatically detects electrical faults, which are typically caused by wiring issues. Only affected stations are skipped, allowing all other stations to water normally as programmed. There are no fuses to blow or internal circuit breakers to trip, so complete irrigation system shutdown is avoided.

Seasonal Adjustment: Global or Automatic Updates with Solar Sync

This feature allows for quick adjustments to irrigation run times through a percentage scale. During peak season, set the seasonal adjustment to 100%. If weather conditions require less water, enter the appropriate percentage value (i.e. 50%) to cut down irrigation run times without the need to adjust each station in the program. This model offers two different ways to use Seasonal Adjustment to reduce water usage: Global and Daily.

Global: The Global option provides a Seasonal Adjustment percentage to all station Run Times on all of the controller's Programs.

Daily: With the addition of a Solar Sync ET Sensor, the controller has the ability to automatically implement daily adjustments based on measured local weather.

Delay Between Stations

Users can program a delay between stations as the controller advances from one station to the next. This delay can range from a few seconds (to permit slow-closing valves additional time to close) to a much longer period of time (to allow pressure tanks time to recharge), based on user requirements.

Sensor Programmability

The ability to specify which program will be shut down in response to a specific sensor alarm. This allows programs unaffected by the sensor to continue automatic operations.


  • A - Height: 6½"
  • B - Width: 5¾"
  • C - Depth: 2"


Product Details

  • Number of stations: 2, 4, 6, 8
  • Type: Fixed
  • Enclosures: Indoor and outdoor
  • Independent programs: 3
  • Start times per program: 4
  • Max. station run time: 4 hrs
  • Transformer input: 120 VAC, 60 Hz
  • Transformer output: 24 VAC, 1 A
  • Station output: 24 VAC, 0.56 A
  • P/MV output: 24 VAC, 0.28 A
  • Sensor inputs: 1
  • Approvals: Plastic IP54, UL, c-UL, FCC, CE, RCM
  • Warranty period: 2 years


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Key Features Of The Hunter X-Core 8 Station Indoor Controller

The 8 station X-Core controller has a variety of water-saving features including the solar sync capability accessory which utilizes local weather conditions to determine watering adjustments. This controller also has 3 flexible programs with 4 start times each and up to 4-hour run times. The timer also works during the off-season by having a suspension feature that works up to 99 days. The seasonal adjustment can be used for quicker schedule adjustments without changing the desired run times.

Enhance Your Controller With These Optional X-Core Series Accessories:

  • Ease Retrieve Memory
  • Programmable Rain Delay
  • Seasonal Adjustment
  • Quick Check Technology
  • Non-Volatile Memory

Enhance Your Controller With These Optional X-Core Series Accessories

The X-Core 8 station controller is compatible with a wide variety of weather sensors. These include the SOLAR-SYNC-SEN, the RAIN-CLIK, WR-CLIK, FREEZE-CLIK, and more. Each of these devices can be purchased separately at the Sprinkler Warehouse website or in-store at our Houston location. These weather sensors are specifically designed by Hunter to communicate with the X-Core series controller and make the contractor and homeowner's irrigation process easier. With the proper weather sensor type installed, your X-Core timer will automatically adjust the watering run times to ensure that resources are not being wasted.

Advanced Features Of The Hunter X-Core 8 Station Indoor Controller

Like all of the Hunter X-Core series controllers, the 8 station models include a variety of advanced features. One of these is the easy retrieve memory technology which is a manual backup resource that stores the complete controller scheduling and setup information in backup memory. This saves the desired watering schedule and can be used to set the controller to its initial settings. Another feature is the seasonal adjustment technology that allows for quick adjustments to sprinkler run times through a percentage scale. This means that the controller will run at full capacity when weather conditions are favorable and will lower the watering amount as the season changes.

Learn How To Connect A Hunter Remote To The X-Core Controller

The Hunter X-Core controller can be operated with a Hunter remote in just a few simple steps. Each Hunter remote is equipped with a SmartPort wiring harness that allows for the fast and easy operation of Hunter controllers. To install the SmartPort connector start by installing a 1/2 inch female threaded tee in the field wiring conduit 12 inches below the X-Core. Next, feed the red, white, and blue wires of the harness through the base of the tee and into the wiring compartment. Then screw the SmartPort harness housing into the tee and attach the red, white, and blue SmartPort wires to the controller terminal. For illustrated directions of this process see page 19 of the X-Core manual located in the "owner's manual" tab on the XC-800i product page.

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More Information
Brand Hunter
Expandability Fixed
Power Source AC Powered
Type Fixed Controller
Number of Programs 3
Start Times Per Program 4
Max Station Run Time (HRS) 4
Indoor Yes
Sensor Compatible Rain, Freeze
Rain Sensor Compatible Yes
Freeze Sensor Compatible Yes
Application Residential
Warranty 2 Years
Series XC
Zones 8
Enclosure Type Indoor
Instruction Card (789.71 kB)
Manual (2.09 MB)