- Vectra L1 DC Return Pump (3100 GPH) - Ecotech Marine (DISCONTINUED)
Introducing the World's Smartest Return Pump
With some of the most advanced pump technology on the market today Ecotech has stepped it up another notch. With their QuietDrive technology keeping the pumps noise to an absolute minimum in almost any application. The Vectra L1 can be used as a standard Return pump, or Closed loop pump. When in a closed loop application you can utilize the same EcoSmart modes that made their Vortech pumps so outstanding.
- Pump Type: Centrifugal / DC
- Dimensions: 7.0" H x 5.0" W x 9.0" L
- Flow: 3100 gph (11500 lph)
- Pressure: 21.5' (6.5m)
- Wattage: 130W
- Input: 1.5" (38mm
- Output: 1" (25mm)
- Programmable: Yes
- Return Mode: Yes
- Closed Loop Mode: Yes
- ESL/ReefLink: Yes
- Feed Mode: Yes
- Battery Backup Compatible: Yes
Included with the Vectra Pump are QuickCouple components, these fitted couplers provide the flexibility to make installation, cleaning and adjustments a breeze. The Vectra also boasts the ability to rotate the volute of the pump to adapt to the needs of your plumbing setup.
- Easy Connection
- Fast Setup
- Quick Disassembly
- British Standard Pipe Threading
Return Pump or Closed Loop
The Vectra can be installed and operated as either a return pump or as closed loop flow pump.
- Two distinct operational configurations
- Return Pump features calibration and Speed Lock
- Closed Loop features random and pulsing modes
Inline or Submersible
Vectra pumps feature a sealed motor and magnetic drive for internal and external operation as a return pump for Closed Loop flow. The Vectra’s flexibility will fit your needs for just about any setup that you wish to achieve.
The Vectra driver features EcoTech’s QuietDrive technology.
- Choose between Return Pump or Closed Loop configuration
- Access Vectra operational modes including Feed Mode
- QD Technology minimizes DC motor noise
- Fully adjustable flow
- Communicates with other QD and EcoSmart compatible devices
EcoSmart Live Compatible
EcoSmart Live is EcoTech Marine’s web-based aquarium command center. It allows you to control your Vectra pumps, VorTech pumps and Radion LED lighting from anywhere in the world through a computer or mobile device (iOS and Android supported). EcoSmart Live is loaded with features such as setup guides, flow and lighting wizards, specialty modes, and the ability to create new modes with just the click of a mouse or tap of a finger.
Get real time information about your lighting and pumps or wirelessly update your product’s firmware. Having issues getting the coral growth that you expect? Our award winning customer service staff can log into your account and suggest changes for you.
Battery Backup Compatible
In an aquarium with no flow, fish and corals begin to die in as little as 4 to 10 hours. The Battery Backup is reef tank insurance in an aluminum housing.
By adding the Battery Backup, your tank is insulated from power interruptions, helping protect your valuable investment -and your tank inhabitants.
*Hours are estimated and will vary depending on battery life, pump mode and other factors.
The Vectra Advantage
When used with the ReefLink, your Vectra pump can send you performance and status alerts right to your mobile device or computer. Your return pump is the heart of your aquarium; the faster you hear about an unexpected issue the more successful you will be as an aquarist.
- Quiet Operation
Traditional AC pumps when used as a return pump for your sump are flow controlled through the use of a choke valve. This is method of control is inherently inefficient for two reasons. 1) The AC pump purchased must often be over-powered for your given setup to allow for flexibility. 2) By adding artificial impedance to your flow, electricity is wasted. The Vectra pump will always operate at the optimum efficiency because there is no need to use a flow restricting valve to achieve your desired flow rate.
No issues...love the pump By Howard on 4/20/2019Howard would recommend this product to a friendPurchased my Ecotech Vectra L1 January 2016. Actually came across this thread after a Google search. I was surprised to read some of the reviews relative to the pump 'melting down'. Guess I've been lucky. I purchased my MP40's (x2) and XR30 Pros (x3) at the same time. Purchased a New custom tank...150 gallon. Everything has worked great. I run my pump at 80%. Seems to be the sweet spot for my plumbing.
same problem mentioned time and again. Pump melted By Mark on 2/20/2019Mark wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI used this pump for about one year. The problem I experienced was the same melting problem which has been mentioned time and time again. I am surprised that Ecotech is still selling this. I am also surprised BRS has not pulled it. If you value your tank you should absolutely avoid this pump.
Magnetic Housing Melting By Jeffrey on 1/18/2019Jeffrey wouldn't recommend this product to a friendSame issue as others. The housing for the magnetic impeller looks like it's melting. I have too much invested in fish and coral to have my return pump fail. Switched to an Abyzz pump.
died after 1 year By woody on 1/14/2019woody wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis pump ran for a little less than 1 year and quit. The inside housing melted. I have not had any luck trying to get Eco Teck to replace it.
moving on to something else.
Update on vectra L1 By omar on 1/11/2019omar wouldn't recommend this product to a friendJust got an answer from ecotech customer support that I think is very important on setting the expectation of this pump:
"with all of those photos. I have reviewed them with the rest of our service team and we have determined that the amount of flow you are getting is due to the amount of plumbing in your sump. The flow meters are going to significantly restrict the Vectras flow rate."
Basically vectra seems to struggle alot with head pressure. Again the setup in question here is: 1" pipe return with 5 feet height(head pressure). Now sure how do ecotech expect me to reduce it lower than 5 feet other than have the tank sit on floor.
What use a pump is if it cannot handle head pressure...
Judgment based on data and test By omar on 1/10/2019omar wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis pump is horrible. On my simple 5 feet height 1" pipe plumbing, vectra L1 read 380gph flow.
I connect my old syncra 4.0(900gph) pump to the same setup my flow reads 550gph.
Quality pump, but it's not a 5 Star for me. By Matt on 11/23/2018Matt wouldn't recommend this product to a friendBefore I had the L1 I had the M1. With the M1, I had a power supply die a few months in, and a few months later had a pump die. It was replaced in both instances, but not a good start. I was running M1 at 100% so I decided to get an L1 and throttle it back.
I've had the L1 for over a year now and (knock on wood) I have not had any issues. I don't however run the L1 at 100%, it's calibrated down.
One of the main reasons I decided to go with Ecotech was the quality of their other products AND the promise at release of 3rd party controller integration. As most are aware they changed their mind on this and decided not to allow 3rd parties to integrate. This is a deal breaker for me and I will never by another Ecotech return pump.
Not what I expected By cbellm on 11/22/2018cbellm wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have a number of ecotech products and for the most part an really happy with them, however I am not as much a fan of this one. my first one seized after 6 months, looks like the plastic where the shaft went in melted or something. I will say that their customer service as always was great I called them and they sent a new one (thank you!) but 4 months later it looks like it is happening again, I was performing maintenance and looks like its melting again. Disappointed.
Garbage By Carlitos on 8/23/2018Carlitos wouldn't recommend this product to a friendVery expensive for a one year pump
Will melt By Aquarist on 6/10/2018Aquarist wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI unfortunately bought many of these pumps. They ALL melted. For all the money I spent on these failed pumps, I could have had an Abyzz or two. What a disaster.
Melted after 1 year! By Matt on 5/8/2018Matt wouldn't recommend this product to a friendCame home today to alarms going off and found that this pump had failed. I clean my pumps every three months so I know how they they are doing. The plastic inside melted and seized the pump. It clearly had overheated and cracked the body as well. For the money you think that it would last longer. I have a mag drive that has been in service on a smaller tank for 10 years. So disappointing!
Awesome By aqualink on 5/6/2018aqualink would recommend this product to a friendI installed the Vectra L1 to replace an old little giant 4MDQX-SC. Ripped out all my old 3/4" plumbing and replaced with 1.5" output to 2X1" tee, to dual returns. There are no bubbles (fizz) at all! The little giant produced tonnes of microfine bubbles, but now the water is clear. The pump is also super quiet, and powerful. I am only running on setting 2, as my overflow can't handle more! Nice and compact in the sump. Ecotech could improve on customer satisfaction by including the stupid adapters (British fittings) with the pump. I missed this detail, and had to re-order the fittings. Remember to by the stupid adapter fittings!!
Does this pump have a back up battery available to purchase through this website?
This will run using the Ecotech battery back up currently. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Can this pump be controlled with an apex?
Would this Vectra L1 DC - Ecotech Marine pump be strong enough to run my 340 gallon mix reef tank as a return pump and a biopellet reactor, gfo, and carbon reactor??
I have a 210g FW African tank. My Danner Mag24 is on its way out and I've been looking at DC pumps primarily for reducing power consumption. The pump will be an inline return pump with a manifold to feed a PhosBan reactor and UV filter (left over from my discus days). I know the L1 is probably over kill but I can adjust water volume with the pump's speed control. I don't need all the bells & whistles that DC pumps offer. The pump will be controlled on/off via an Apex system. My question is does the pump come with the necessary fittings to use U.S. sized PVC or do I need to order those separately?
The L1 does come with slip-fit collars for the inlet and outlet which are set up for US plumbing. if you wish to do away with the slip collar and plumb onto the pump's threads, they do sell an adapter coupling which converts from the outside BSP threads to US slip.
I'm looking for a pump that will work for my 120 gl tank. Sump will be in the basement so head height will be 12 feet. Will this pump work and if not what do you recommend. Thanks
I currently run an L1 at 100%. How long will the battery back up last with one Ecotech battery? How long with two?
The battery without the ecotech battery booster( coming soon from Ecotech) is not designed to run the L1 for more than a few hours. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Vectra L1 be strong enough for a 380 gallon fowlr tank a just only return pump? thanks
Can you vary the flow control when used as an external return pump? Wondering if I would be able to reduce flow overnight like "night mode" with the Vortechs?
What is the gph on this pump ?????
What is the gph on this pump with the max head pressure?
Max Head Pressure means at that height the water flow GPH will be 0. at half of the head height the max flow will be half of the full amount.