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reefinder
09/14/2017, 07:02 PM
I have one vortech mp10, I want to buy a battery backup pack. is it cheaper to buy just a plain battery back up or buy ecotech version? I ask the question because some things in this hobby cost more and are the same with just a name change. Was wondering if anyone had any input or experience with this?

RobZilla04
09/15/2017, 08:22 AM
Battery backups come in handy for a short term power loss. Even a large computer model will not last enough for several days. As with anything different brands come with different enhanced price points.

reefinder
09/15/2017, 09:44 AM
Ok cool, was wondering if there was a better alternative to the ecotech brand battery backup

Ted_C
09/15/2017, 10:26 AM
the only thing I can think of - the ecotech brand comes with the specific cables you need.

I'm getting 36 hours out of my backups (sometimes more) - two batteries running two MP60s in a 300 gallon. one running one mp40 in my 150.

reefinder
09/15/2017, 07:02 PM
Yeah that's true I did not even think of that

WillsNano63
09/24/2017, 05:57 PM
Battery backups are great if you are close to home and have a gas powered Genni close by... I talked to a fella (online) at APC which is, as you probably know, a huge leader in battery backups. When I explained to him that I was going to use it for an aquarium system he suggested one for 400 watts... Although a good thing to have for immediate power failures, they (in his words) usually only last for 15-20 minutes with an extra battery. I guess if one has the space for a basement full of acid filled batteries then sure, I'd go for using a battery b/u... if not... a gas powered Genny would IMO make more sense. just my 2bits worth!

WillsNano63
09/24/2017, 06:00 PM
.... and you can usually find them on sale (gennies) for the same cost as a battery b/u too!

ssgss gogeta
09/24/2017, 06:11 PM
Battery backups are great if you are close to home and have a gas powered Genni close by... I talked to a fella (online) at APC which is, as you probably know, a huge leader in battery backups. When I explained to him that I was going to use it for an aquarium system he suggested one for 400 watts... Although a good thing to have for immediate power failures, they (in his words) usually only last for 15-20 minutes with an extra battery. I guess if one has the space for a basement full of acid filled batteries then sure, I'd go for using a battery b/u... if not... a gas powered Genny would IMO make more sense. just my 2bits worth!



On the generator I agree with you. And the commercial bought battery back ups will definitely be what you explained, you will either need too much extender batteries or a massive server unit that will cost you 3k+.

However I found this years ago and built one myself. I have 2 batteries which could run 70% of my tank for 24hrs giving me enough time to get back and turn my generator on. Check it out it's really not that hard to make with little electrical knowledge and has served me well for years.


http://atj.net.au/marineaquaria/backup_power.html



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