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Old 04-18-2005, 12:32 PM   #1
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Battery Backup Pump

I'm thinking about getting one just incase the power goes out during a storm. Anyone using this?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...3494&subref=AD
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Old 04-18-2005, 12:48 PM   #2
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I have 2 battery backup air pumps. Haven't had to use them yet but I've tested them and they work well.

I can't tell you why that one is worth $59 while the ones I have cost $5 each. I'd find that out first.
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I can't tell you why that one is worth $59 while the ones I have cost $5 each. I'd find that out first.
Where did you get your, and are they rechargable?
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Old 04-18-2005, 01:53 PM   #4
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I have one of these:
Silent Air B11 Battery Back-up Pump

Works great. Not rechargable but much cheaper than the one you linked to from Dr. Fosters & Smith.
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Here's the one I got:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...373381365&rd=1

The batteries aren't rechargeable but that really shouldn't be an issue. I have a package of alkaline D batteries ready if I ever need to use it. I think it says it'll run up to 72 hours on (2) D batteries.

Not really a situation where you'd want rechargeable batteries.
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Oh, that's why it costs so much more - it switches to battery if the power goes out. Mine are manual units that I have to plop in the tank if the power goes out.

Might be worth the additional cash depending on your situation. Personally, I don't want bubbles in my tank all the time.
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why not get something like this:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...767034210&rd=1

and backup more than just the airpump?
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I'm not sure, wishbone, but I think those computer battery-backup units are designed to last a pitiful few minutes on battery - essentially enough time to save your work and quit.

Don't quote me on that though.
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I'm not sure, wishbone, but I think those computer battery-backup units are designed to last a pitiful few minutes on battery - essentially enough time to save your work and quit.

Don't quote me on that though.
Too late.. Actually they're designed to run for ~20 minutes at 300watts. They have different kinds, but most do 20min at rated wattage. You could also run more than just an air pump on it.

Most of the aquatic gear we run is far less than 300watts so you would most likely get even more time out of it. How much of an outage are you guys expecting?!?
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Well, let's see. About 5-6 years ago I lost power for 5 days in the dead of winter. That was a bad one.

My electric company is really bad. It'll be a calm spring day, 70 degrees, not a cloud in the sky - suddenly the power goes out for 5 hours. I wish I were exaggerating but I'm not.

I think they've improved though. I've had only 1 outage in the past 10 months and it only lasted about 30 seconds - course it came at 3am...
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