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.
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.
I had very guarded expectations when buying this product but I must say it has been a very pleasant surprise. Pros: Very easy to set up. High quality construction. Works well so far (3 months). Cons: Water flow is not that great although sufficient for a small table top fountain. Product manual is very spartan and parts of it seem to have suffered during translation.
Needed a pump to get my waterfall going again. This one installed easier because the outlet for water was on the top, making connection to the plumbing easier. Very quiet. Good product.
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