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Old 09-04-2003, 07:08 PM   #11
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lol ... saving the hair and the tank

yea, a generator is a must if you want to have lights, heaters and all your accessories run in the event of an outage

but some of us live in situations where we cannot have a generator or the cost $100-$5000 is excessive for the needs.

I've been too busy to play with this pump much - maybe this weekend!

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Old 09-05-2003, 03:45 AM   #12
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Unless you are just planning on running your aquarium and wife's hair dryer (This sounds like you have some bad ideas putting these together) you will need a big generator. A small 8k generator at Home Depot cost $1000.00. This would hardly run an average house, especially since a power outage is normally for a reason like snow or bad weather. If you run an electric heater (Sorry, I live in Florida, heaters are not in my expertise) you would probably be over 8k. Then if the wife decides to do laundry you are screwed.

We had a small power outage one night, lasted about 2 hours. I ran a 27" TV off my computer's UPS and it died about the time power came back online. A good quality UPS can give good results. Like I said earlier in this thread, I have a 1000kva UPS that cost less than $150.00 and it will run my aquarium for atleast a day.

As for the battery operated pump, My bilge pump on my boat has ran for days on a single 12v deep cycle. (float switch got stuck) When I noticed it was running, I fixed it and the battery still had the power to start to outboard motor.

The main fall back I see with the battery operated pump is if the power outage is while you are at work and you don't know for hours. This is why I opted for the UPS since it is automatic.

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