The solar pump works as advertised. no complaints; no real problems; easy to set up. If there was a problem it was that one of the solar panels arrived broken. The item was not returnable, but the staff at overstock worked continually to get me the right part that was working. It took two attempts but I did get the part and everything is great. The overstock folks were great and diligent.
I am happy with the pump. The one issue someone may have (not me) is that the head height quoted maybe a bit optimistic. I have it rising 2.5 feet and it works great - much higher though it may not.
Although it's not what it was supposed to be, it's still a very nice unit. Solar panel is very large and appears extremely sturdy. It has an aluminum frame & the panel is glass, not plastic that cheaper units use. The panel should outlast the pump itself. The battery/control unit is very compact & easy to hide, and with the long cords provided to the pump, panel & light, can be put just about anywhere. Only comes with 2 heads for the fountain, but this is a standard size nozzle, so finding other spray patterns shouldn't be that difficult. The instruction manual is extremely limited, but unit functions are pretty self explanatory. Anyone should be able to figure out it's operation, even without a manual. Not exactly what it was supposed to be, but well worth it anyway.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Color is as pictured... now.
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Appears to be good quality, tho according to some reviews this item doesn't last very long.
How accurate was the on site description of the product? There is no day/nite mode with this model (SLP108C), that mode is only on the "B" models. Original desc listed 2 panels, this has only 1. One of the reviewers even states that one of their panels didn't work.
This product was easy to install and is sufficient for what we needed. The lift, water volume and being solar were the features most important. This unit seemed overkill for our small water feature, but it gives us the force and water circulation we were looking for.
I purchased this product to use with a previously purchased electric powered fountain. The fountain is in a location that is not convenient for electrical power so I went with the solar power. The fountain is roughly 4 ft tall so I needed a pump with enough power to lift water at least that high. Overall this pump has been very satisfactory. It was easy to set up and has plenty of power to lift the water the desired height. The solar pump will work on overcast days but sometimes it is cranky the next sunny day and will keep cutting off until it gets recharged. I would recommend this pump.
Needed a fountain for a water feature in the yard, had to have one that lights up at night for after work. This pump fired up right out of the box, has various levels of water to shoot, and had a timer setting so that it comes as I get home for work. I've read some reviews that it crapped out after a few months but so far so good.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? accurate
Please tell us about the quality of the product. So far so good
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate
I upgraded from a puny solar fountain I found 5years ago - it did the basic move the water BUT If you want to have the fountain running in the evening too this is one is great. The flow is adjustable and on/off plus a timer is really convenient. My neighbors are laughingly calling my place the Bellagio now.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? yes
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Panel & battery seem very sturdy
How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate
It was basically a choice between this system and a very similar system available on eBay. The eBay system boasted a 10 watt solar panel, but the motor only sported a total water lift height of 1.5 meters. This system boasts a water lift height of 2 meters. This was critically important, not because I need to lift water that height, but it indicates the power of the pump mechanism. My requirements were to lift water slightly over 1/2 meter, but this pump does a fantastic job on my water fountain. The water fountain I got from the local Lowe's came with an AC electric water pump. I ran it for a week with an extension cord on my patio, until this solar system arrived. The final destination for the water fountain was in the very rear of the back yard against the fence that separates our back yard from our neighbor's side yard. I was loathe to run electrical wire underground from the house to the location of the water fountain, hence the solar setup. I mounted the solar panel on top of the fence, hooked everything up and it was working within 1/2 an hour. This 12v pump at 55gph is just as powerful as the AC pump that came with the fountain. The battery seems to hold a charge that will allow the pump to run for a couple of hours before it runs out of juice. If you just let it charge for a couple of day, it'll run for many hours. Maybe at some point down the road, I might replace the battery with a larger wet-cell battery designed for a small ride-on tractor or a motorcycle so that the battery can supply juice longer to the motor. Otherwise, it works great.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Identical
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Appears to be well made.
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very accurate.
I have a 6' tall electric powered fountain with 37" of water lift height and I was very sceptical about available solar product on the market and whether or not it was capable of doing the job I needed. After spending a couple weeks of online research I settled on this one with Overstock as it really appeared to be the best deal. I was delightlyfully surprised. This arrived well packaged and the install was very simple. All components are of very good quality and I was surprised to see just how powerful this pump is. At it's highest adjustable setting, it actually pushes water a good two inches above the top spout of my fountain. It's been installed for a month now and runs like a champ whenever I turn it on. My only concern is that the battery and controller housing doesn't look like a completely weather tight seal to me, so I think I'll be fabricating some extra protection for it. Also, Overstock needs to add the dimensions of the pump to the decription as those of us who intend to retrofit electric powered fountains have space limitations to consider in the fountain basin.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Exactly as pictured
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Description needs more complete measurements of all product components.
Does the pump sit in the water (pushes the water up) or above (pulls water up/self priming)?deepspacedave on Jan 30, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello deepspacedave, the pump sits in the water and pushes the water up. Thank you for shopping with us. overstockcustomercare1 on Feb 12, 2014
can I hook two panels togather to provide more power to a bigger pump?236229 on Jul 3, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello 236229, I am sorry you can not. We do offer larger panels. I hope this helps. Thank you for shopping with us. overstockcustomercare1 on Jul 16, 2013
Does this assembly have everything we need to convert electric fountain run on solar? Any other parts required? Thanks!ltkoval on Apr 22, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Yes this has every thing you would need to make any fountain a solar fountain.
Thank you for shopping with us! overstockcustomercare1 on Apr 29, 2013
Yes, it has everything. I have it running my water fountain in my back yard.vadertime on Apr 30, 2013
What battery does this product use? What is the cost of a replacement battery and how often does it normally need to be replaced?emtbella3745 on Apr 2, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thank you for your interest in the Solar Powered 8-watt 18-volt Water Pump with Battery and Timer. This item uses a 12v battery. You will have to shop around for the cost of a replacement battery and it all depends on how much you use the item to determine how often the battery needs replaced.overstockcustomercare1 on Apr 5, 2013
This appears to use a small wet-cell battery, similar to a car, encased in a plastic, weatherproof box, which also has the controls.vadertime on Apr 30, 2013
What is the power rating (wattage) of the pump and is it rated for 24-hour usage? Is the battery a standard one that is replaceable if needed?k8sgrate on Mar 24, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thank you for contacting us emtbella3745. The wattage on the pump is 8 watts. It can be used Timer setting: Day/Night Mode. The type of battery it comes with is lead acid battery 12V-4AH. If for some reason it would stop working you can find that part available for sale. Please let us know if you have any further questions.overstockcustomercare1 on Apr 13, 2013
The 8 watt consumption stated by customer care might be right. I fully charged the battery for two days when I first got the system and then ran it all night, with the LED light in the fountain. I turned it on around 9:00 p.m. and itt was still working at 5:00 a.m. when I let the dogs out. However, by 6:30 a.m. it was out of juice, so that might be right. Battery is 12v@4ah, which is 48 watts. Divide that by 8 watts and you get about 6 hours or so of non-stop usage. The amount of sunlight greatly affects the storage of power in the battery.vadertime on Apr 30, 2013
How bright are the LED lights, in terms of standard wattage? Also, is it possible to set the timer to turn it on and off twice in one day -- say from 6AM to 8AM and from 6PM to 8PM. I'm thinking of using this unit as a light in our portable chicken coop, to give the hens enough light so they keep laying.daveking2 on Sep 12, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thanks for your question. It has been sent for review and will be answered shortly.overstockcustomercare1 on Sep 13, 2012
I need a water lift of 4ft for my fountain, and would use a 1/2 inch vinyl tube. Does this unit pump that high, and can I replace the plastic tubes provided with a piece of flexible vinyl tubing to feed the water up through my existing fountain ?munchkin57 on Sep 5, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
This pump has a max water lift of six feet. You can use your own tubing, as needed.overstockcustomercare1 on Sep 7, 2012
Can you set the timer for various hours of the day or for various days of the week. (ieâ€¦ from 10:00AM to 3:00PM every day or 10:00AM to 3:00PM on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays only)enrecos on Jul 5, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
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