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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-14-2020, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone recommend UPS allowed for Aquarium Pump use?

Anyone recommend UPS allowed for Aquarium Pump use?

Some brands will void your warranty if you use for an aquarium air pump.

I may have to switch to a USB powered backup Air pump powered by a battery pack if I can't find a USP manufacturer who considers a Aquarium Air pump to be accepted use.

Companies seem to be looking for any excuse to void your warranty.

I want to follow the law but also keep my fish safe during a power outage.

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The UPS manufactures have no idea what you plug into the UPS. Plug in your pump.
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For a time I had a HOB filter hooked to a UPS just in case. But frankly, they are fine for a PC to give you time to save your work and shut down (unless you have a laptop, then it's built in). But unless you spend a small fortune, they only last an hour or so.
I think for air, you'd be better off investing in a battery operated air pump as backup.
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The only way this can screw you over is if the pump burns out because the ups fails. They probably wouldn't cover the pump and probably wont cover the ups if you tell them all the details.

I personally have had 1 ups fail from lightening. Blew out with smoke and fire. Freak accident but still scary. It didnt harm my computer however.
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We installed these on our accounts in NYC.

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There's also other portable battery packs or power packs available. I bought one to power my CPAP device while camping. For about $130 you can get one that will run an Eheim 2217 for 7 hours. The biggest issue is that it is not automatic. You'd have to change over when the power failure occurred and again after it was restored. If you had a dc pump of filter you could run it for a long time. The conversion from DC to AC is pretty inefficient. It will power a dc device with an equal power draw for 2-3 times as long. I use mine a lot more than I thought I would. I've plugged in a battery charger and started my car with it, and I took it with me, plugged in a laminator in my front seat so I could laminate a picture without driving backhome. Type "camping power" in Amazon and a whole bunch of them will come up. I bought the Jackery brand. It's more expensive than others but Honda generators rebrand one with their name on it so I figured it must be good.
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