Get yourselves a battery powered air pump!

Discussion in 'Power cuts' started by gaboon, 18 Mar 2008.

  1. gaboon

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    If anyone has been threatening to get a battery powered air pump and hasn't done so, I strongly suggest you do. Northwold had no power for 10 hours today, I'm quite sure I would have had a dead tank when I got home from work.
     
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  3. shan

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    got one and works well
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi gaboon - I got 4 (only 2 connected at the moment, though). I also have my 12v return pump connected to a car battery... This is to keep circulation/filtration going in my 2 metre tank, while the power is out.
     
  5. shan

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    help me - how do i raise my water temp if say it drops to 21C during a 10hr power outage

    i currently use a blanket to maintain temps. wnat if i do not have a ups - what can i do?
     
  6. nic3322

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    where do you get the air pump
     
  7. Andreas

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    hi jacques,

    would it be possible to buy a inverter and connect it to battery(i've got a deep cycle battery for my trolling motor 105amp)
    I could then just connect my pumps to the inverter?? never done this, any advice?
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Shan - do you have a Cadac braai? Heat some tank water up in a pot and VERY slowly pour into the tank... Alternatively, cook some tap water, and put it in a metal container (that seals well), and place this container in the tank - drifting - that the heat is dispersed in the tank's water.
     
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    Hi Andreas - ys -theoretically this will work. BUT - I think that this depends on the size of the inverter, and also on the type of power-heads/pumps that you have. I have found that my "normal" 220v power-heads (no-name) that I use for my return pump, did not work too well when I connected to my inverter/battery. Therefore the use of a 12V boating bilge pump (1375 litres per hour) connected directly to my 12V car battery, with an intelligent charger that keeps the car battery charged....
     
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    thanks jacquesb - i knew about the ice blocks in a bag but was not sure about floating the hot water

    nic - i got mine in durbs at an LFS while on holiday when i collected my zoas - i know dorrypets - a sponsor here on masa - has some at a good price
     
  11. Andreas

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    yipppeee LOAD SHEDDING:slayer: the power of a laptop

    sounds good, what do the bilge pumps go for? that would work perfectly on my boats battery.
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Andreas - I paid R114 for mine at a boating accessories shop here in Cape Town cbd...
     
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    got myself 3 pumps,but no batteries :p
     
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    lol @ mekaeel
     
  15. Andreas

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    Jacques - so explain to me how you switch over from normal electricity?does your bilge pump run 24/7?

    i'm sure i've read a thread a while back that explains how to switch to another source when the power goes out. anyone remember?
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i was gonna buy,but only had R20.00 in my wallet,so had to make a choice,cigarretes or the batteries,ended up buying the cigs :lol:
    must get some batteries today....
     
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    Hi Andreas - I just run my bilge pump 24/7, as a second sump return. I do sometimes notice the battery running down more than what the charger can charge the battery. I then disconnect the pump for a while that the charger can "catch up" the charging.... BUT Generally, this works well....
     
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    you lucky!you would most probably have commited suicide but jumping out of your building if something had gone wrong with your tank??and that for some cigs??
     
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    jacques can you remeber someone mentioning something about switching power sources??

    dont mind going your way but would prefer only switching to the battery once the power goes out.
     
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    yeah just lucky no load shedding at the time...
     
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    i think it was lighty (Justin)
     
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