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Old 02-02-2011, 01:07 PM
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Just got a marine battery with power inverter to keep tanks warm and circulating in case of outage; been meaning to do so for a while but the storm has pushed me over the edge.
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:51 AM
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For some yes bit for others like myself a ups is more practical.
What kind of ups are you using? I am looking at one at costco for like $50. The only thing is that it said that it could power something for only 4hours max. I am not sure if I can just run a powerhead for longer than that.
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What kind of ups are you using? I am looking at one at costco for like $50. The only thing is that it said that it could power something for only 4hours max. I am not sure if I can just run a powerhead for longer than that.

A UPS can run longer than 4 hrs, or shorter. It all depends upon the load you're putting on the UPS. If you're reading a box at Costco, the advertisement might be for powering a desktop computer. Running a low load powerhead could actually last 8-10 hrs compared to the load listed on the box. Compare the wattage listed on the box to wattage you'll be using it for.

I will say this, a $50 UPS is very cheap and most likely won't offer you much run time. You will get what you pay for with regard to battery life/durability.

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I have a 1000 w VA UPS. This only has my return pump hooked into it. The temp drop I am not too worried about since the room stays at a constant 77 Year round with no AC or heat on.
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I have a 1000 w VA UPS. This only has my return pump hooked into it. The temp drop I am not too worried about since the room stays at a constant 77 Year round with no AC or heat on.
Were can I grab one?

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I bought mine at best buy.
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How long does it last running ur pump?

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Do u guys think I'm better off with this or a vortex backup?
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Never tested til iit was dead. Last time I lost power it was going for about 10 hours and still had power to spare.

The Vortech backup is a great thing to have Matt. 30 hours of power for your vortech.
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Not sure if anyone's posted this, but check here to see if you might be in a flood zone:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/download...ap_english.pdf

Good luck out there.
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