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    Vortech Battery Backup

    I was wondering if anybody knows if the battery backup is just a battery, or if it contains some extra circuitry that make it the only battery backup option compatible with the vortech pumps. I'm expecting an mp40w gen2 soon, and I was wondering if instead of purchasing this battery backup for over 200$, if it would be possible to maybe rig up a deep cycle marine battery instead? I know the one you get is an 18amp hour 12 volt battery. If it only switches a relay from inside the controller during a power failure, I would think it would be possible to use an alternative battery source then what they offer.
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    I would say the battery backup is actually a small ups.
    I think it uses the original powersupply of the mp40.. so it has an internal circuit to charge and peak.

    but for same price.. you could get a real ups which would last longer

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    Yeah, I was thinking after that it would need to recharge itself when the power comes back on. I'm thinking of plugging it in to my 1800watt noma backup. I wonder how long it could last running it's normal operating speed.
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    well.. an mp40w at full run takes ~28-30watts.. so 1800w / 30 = 60

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    I think the battery backup comes with a little a/c adaptor to plug in the wall. I assume this is to re-charge the battery and make sure it's got a full charge. If that's the case. I see no problem in hooking an alternative 12v source threw the backup portion. I'm just curious how well this circulates water on low speed. I remember reading a post from someone who had his entire tank crash because he didn't realize the powerheads drop to a low speed, and his didn't turn enough water to get any oxygen in his tank during a power outage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by liv View Post
    well.. an mp40w at full run takes ~28-30watts.. so 1800w / 30 = 60
    30 to 60 hours? That doesn't sound too bad.
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    ya... sounds real nice
    the ups would probebly die by its own computer controller current draw in that time too.. lol.. not sure it would know a 28w device is on it.. lol
    actually, make sure what its nominal load is ( if any ) cauz if its like .4amps at 110v = 44w.. just an example.. so 28w wouldn't work.. it wouldn't know anything is plugged on.. so you would either have to give it more load or find another device.

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