must have By Marc on 7/20/2014
Marc would recommend this product to a friend
Learned my lesson about having a battery backup the hard way. Would recommend everyone with a Vortech buy one of these.
Excellent customer support from both BRS and EcoTech By Alex on 7/19/2014
Alex would recommend this product to a friend
Experienced a recent power outage so I decided to bite the bullet and get one of these to back up one of the 3 MP40s running on our system. We decided it was better to have 1 running longer than to have 2 run half the amount of time. It was very straight forward and easy to install. We mounted everything, plugged it all in and waited for it to charge. The power brick indicated full charge so we yanked the power to the pump to try it out... no luck. It came with 2 cables so we tried the other one and it worked. The cables have a small fuse, so we swapped the fuse from good cable to bad and tried again. It turns out it was just a bad cable. Emailed BRS and they offered to replace the whole thing. I didn't want to return everything so I contacted EcoTech and a new cable was shipped out the next day.
Peace of mind is essential By Micah on 5/21/2014
Micah would recommend this product to a friend
Peace of mind to the max! Protecting your investment is the name of the game here! Really tho a great investment to go with vortech.
Excellent product By Saved my Tank! on 4/5/2014
Saved my Tank! would recommend this product to a friend
This battery back-up arrived just in time. I ordered the battery just in case of a power outage and thank goodness I did. The day after it arrived we had a local road contractor hit a power transformer knocking out the power for over eight hours. The battery back-up kicked in and kept my two VorTech heads running the full time and nothing in my 150 gallon tank was lost.
received damaged By ryan on 3/2/2014
ryan would recommend this product to a friend
item was received damaged and I am awaiting a replacement... great product when it works
Great option for short power outages By Not Australian on 1/19/2014
Not Australian would recommend this product to a friend
I have had several short power outages lasting 2-4 hours lately at my house which got me a little nervous about my tanks, so this is a perfect alternative to firing up the generator. Very easy to set up and attach to my two ecotech pumps and works perfectly when I tested it. The price is kind of high for a basic lead acid battery, but the peace of mind is definitely worth it to know I won't come home to dead fish and/or corals. Also helps reduce the wife's stress level when Im away for work, and that definitely makes my life easier!! If you have already forked over the money for the ecotech pumps (which are fantastic)then this is also worth adding to your system.
Now worry free By Andrew on 1/7/2014
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
Along with buying the MP10, this battery back up had helped me to no longer worry about losing flow in my tank while I'm away. Since I work for a fire department, and gone for a minimum of 24 hours at a time, I know that am going to still have flow in my tank of a power outage occurs. Up to 3 days of battery backup,you can't beat it.
WORKS GREAT! By Jeff on 12/16/2013
Jeff would recommend this product to a friend
I have this set up to run a pump on my 2 tanks. I've tested and works great!
Life saver By Kristie on 12/13/2013
Kristie would recommend this product to a friend
Bought this earlier than needed, so I could route the wiring behind and under my New 90 gal. Haven't had a power outage in a couple of years, and new I was on borrowed time. Sure enough, Typical michigan storm = no power. I was able to hook it up in a matter of seconds. After I found the flashlight anyways! Worked great. Would have given it five stars, but one of the jacks, just doesn't fit well. I think it will have to be taped in place for my final assembly on the 90.
You need this By Richard on 11/4/2013
Richard would recommend this product to a friend
You just spent good money on EcoTech pumps, because you know they will keep your corals happy. But when the power goes out, this will save your bacon!!! Your fish and corals lives depend on it... Be warned, it's HEAVY... Plan where you want to place it in advance.
Great piece of mind, expensive but worth the price. By Jim on 9/15/2013
Jim would recommend this product to a friend
Great piece of mind, expensive but worth the price. I actually bought an equivalently priced ups and it would only give my 90 min of backup power because or the power inverter. I put that on my PC and got this for my display. The added bonus is that you don't loose your night mode setting when the power goes out.
does what it is suppose to By ROGERWILCO357 on 9/8/2013
ROGERWILCO357 would recommend this product to a friend
Well living in michigan and with the power always going out during snow storms and such it has worked like a champ and this unit is years old . When i bought it they came with a mickey mouse plug for recharging it and it went bad in year two but with the great customer service i have come accustom to using Ecotechs stuff like mp10-mp40 eco units to mp20’s upgraded i have never had any issues other that the plug which they upgraded and replaced mine without issue or added cost awesome CS. period will buy more from this company..
Already has saved lives By Carl on 8/8/2013
Carl would recommend this product to a friend
Took less than a month for us to a 5 hour outage. I have these on 3 tanks and all life survived. Probably the best accessory for the vortech pumps
Backup first impressions...impressed By Daniel on 7/18/2013
Daniel would recommend this product to a friend
This thing is solid. Nice solid lead acid battery. Much larger and heavier than expected. Reminds me of the Braile-auto battery in my car. No doubt this can power a pump for a few days, as the other powers my car. We should thank theses guys for free shipping. A lithium-ion version would be cool. 15 year life-span with no degradation anyone???
Required equipment By Drew on 7/18/2013
Drew would recommend this product to a friend
Backups should be part of any system and if you own a Vor-Tech it's crazy not too have this piece of mind. The ability to daisy chain multiple backups is nice.
Great Insurance By Jeff on 7/17/2013
Jeff would recommend this product to a friend
This thing was a breeze to hook up and is very well built. Not cheap, but good batteries never are. Of course what in this hobby is cheap. Actually looking forward to the next power outage !
AWESOME By SDReefer44 on 1/29/2013
SDReefer44 would recommend this product to a friend
Does exactly what it is suppose to do. Not sure how anyone runs a vortech without it (or some kind of backup). 2-3days of sure flow gives great peace of mind. Thanks!
It's life support in a pinch By Rich on 10/4/2012
Rich would recommend this product to a friend
The last thing you want with thousands invested in your reef is a power outage. It's simple peace of mind... No reef should be with out one! - Just be warned, it's bigger and heaver then then any photo can do it justice. Mount it securely... and happy reefing!
Piece of mind By Scott on 5/8/2012
Scott would recommend this product to a friend
Nice insurance policy in case the power goes out. Out of town alot nice to know my tank will be ok during power outages.
Great Backup By Nathan on 3/1/2012
Nathan would recommend this product to a friend
If you live in the midwest like I do, these are a must. Once power is lost these little babies kick in and power your Vortechs at 25% power for many hours.
worth every penny By nathan on 2/20/2012
nathan would recommend this product to a friend
$165 for peace of mind is not to bad i think. easy to hook up and works great
BACK UP By TUBBY on 1/12/2012
TUBBY would recommend this product to a friend
I GOT THIS BATT PACK ABOUT 9 MONTHS AGO, WHEN WE HAD A POWER OUTAGE HERE, THIS THING KICKED ON WITHOUT A PROBLEM. CONSIDERING THE COST OF MY LIVE STOCKS, THIS UNIT IS WORTH IT'S PRICE. WILL BE BUYING ANOTHER IN THE NEAR FUTURE
Does what it says on the tin, but short of perfect By Tony on 9/13/2011
Tony would recommend this product to a friend
The backup unit is housed in an aluminum housing that's been painted white. It has flanges on the rear with holes for mounting screws, although unfortunately it does not come with any screws. It does, however, come with 2 fused connecting cables that can be used either for 2 pumps or a pump and a 2nd battery. Interestingly, this battery backup unit can also be used for the new EcoTech LED lighting units in addition to the pumps, which means it's a much more complete backup solution if your setup is all-EcoTech. The battery packs are apparently not user-replaceable. The built-in trickle charger has a small and light side-mounting "wall wart" that incorporates a status LED. My unit came fully charged and worked properly when I tested it by cutting off power to the pump. It remains to be seen whether it will work for the full 72 hours advertised with an MP10, but so far indications are good. Recommended over a traditional UPS because it can be hidden away and because it will have a much longer runtime.