Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Senior Member tang_man_montreal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    5,821

    Upcoming DIY project, BATTERY BACKUP.

    Actually, it's not so DIY...

    I'm gonna take one of these
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Upcoming DIY project, BATTERY BACKUP.-dscn0630.jpg  
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

  2. #2
    Senior Member tang_man_montreal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    5,821
    Here's a closeup of the specs on this baby...

    2000W MAX!!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Upcoming DIY project, BATTERY BACKUP.-dscn0631.jpg  
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

  3. #3
    Senior Member tang_man_montreal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    5,821
    Hook up some DEEP CYCLE Boat batteries in line, and presto, battery backup unit.

    My intentions are to run the Main return pump (Mag12) for 24hours on this thing. Maybe even the skimmer.

    We'll see how many batteries I need.

    Stay tuned...

    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

  4. #4
    ijo
    ijo is offline
    Moderator
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    6,610
    How much does one of those puppies run for?

  5. #5
    Senior Member tang_man_montreal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    5,821
    Not quite sure how much it runs...

    My dad had it hanging around in his company's attic.

    Not even sure it will be able to run the pumps though. Pumps require Sinewave output, and usually battery backups provide squarewave, or simulated sinewave..... Not getting too technical, a pump running on squarewave is either VERY noisy, or doesn't work at all.

    I'll be testing it once my friend bring's his boat battery over. Then I'll know whether or not to invest money in batteries, or try another UPS that my dad has hanging around...
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

  6. #6
    Senior Member Fishysan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    368
    Cool Vince.. I just bought a 600w 1000va UPS at Costco tonight for 150$.

    It's charging up, and then I'll test it with 3 powerheads going (in my main display) to see how long it lasts. If it's good for 4-5hrs, I'll keep it. Else, it's goin' back!

    Then, I might get a 300w 600va one for 70$ for a powerhead or two in the sump in the basement.

    The plan with these is to provide power when hydro goes out for short periods while I'm at work, or not at home until something else can be done. I'll pick up a generator down the road.
    Fishysan ><>
    ---
    180g display main floor, 150g trough, 75g, 20g in basement
    SPS, LPS, softies, many clams & 14 fish
    main: 250w AB DE HQI x 3, 5' x 3 VHO actinic - trough: 400w venki

  7. #7
    Senior Member xerces's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    606
    I have a 400watt AC/DC Inverter from Cdn Tire hooked to 2 12V deep cycle batteries. This ran a MAG5 and a 202 powerhead for over 2 hours with no change in the output from the batteries. I got the batteries from a huge UPS at work. They were replacing all the batteries and I was able to get 10 of these puppies. I'll run a test to see how many hours I get from this setup and post the results. Having just gone through Hurricane Juan, I will be prepared for the next disaster! I plan on running a pump for circulation and a heater.

  8. #8
    Senior Member tang_man_montreal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    5,821
    The heater will run a serious draw from the batteries, and deplete them quickly.

    Be prepared for that.
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    5,122
    Originally posted by tang_man_montreal
    The heater will run a serious draw from the batteries, and deplete them quickly.

    Be prepared for that.
    Which is obviously why no on makes a battery run heater!!

Similar Threads

  1. Vortech Battery Backup
    By Porcupinepuffer in forum DIY - Do it Yourself
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-07-2009, 08:11 PM
  2. Noma 1800w Battery backup
    By Porcupinepuffer in forum Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-01-2008, 12:05 AM
  3. Is this Sunpod to strong for my upcoming tank?
    By Adam Reynolds in forum Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-30-2008, 02:00 AM
  4. CanadianTire Timer, battery hack ;)
    By liv in forum DIY - Do it Yourself
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-10-2007, 03:19 AM
  5. Trading at upcoming MASO meeting???
    By Toutouche in forum Reef Discussion
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 11-24-2003, 05:38 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •