- Vectra L1 DC (3100 GPH) - Ecotech Marine
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.
Terrible. Not reliable. Too Expensive. Useless Programming You Do NOT Need. By AvS on 3/5/2018AvS wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAs a LFS owner I find it incredibly important to have a reliable pump. When you have tens of thousands invested in coral a reliable pump is a must. This product is not it. My second one finally bricked today. Less than a year into its life.
The programming is stupid and useless. Its pretty much Ecotech's MO to put a bunch of flashy programming on their products that you absolutely don't need. Combined with nice looking white boxes, what's not to like? Well after 2 L1s, 4 MP40s, and some TERRIBLE XR 30s... I'm completely done with this company.
I honestly can't even believe this, but I switched all my pumps over to much less expensive AC Fluval SP series pumps. They have a 3 year warranty, and I am currently running 5 of them and haven't had a single issue. They also cost 1/3 of the Ecotech pumps, and are more quiet.
I believed the Ecotech Hype and have been severely let down and disappointed. Don't make the same mistakes.
Not worth it. By Rick on 2/18/2018Rick wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWorked well for a few months the just quit. Moving on to something else
Un-Reliable Poor Product By Arnold on 2/15/2018Arnold wouldn't recommend this product to a friendLike others, my Pump sized up on me twice: fist time within 2 months of use; second time (after thorough soaking in a vinegar bath) worked fine for about 6 months then seized up again. I've been in the hobby for almost thirty years. This is the worst return pump I've ever used (and the most expensive one I've purchased). Gone back to using a tried-and-true-faithful Danner Supreme Mag Pumps - they last for years with minimal maintenance.. I love all the rest of EcoTech's products (lights, MP10, MP40 circulation pumps). This pump gives the company a bad name - it should be removed from their line of products.
Don't Waste your Money By Seth on 1/16/2018Seth wouldn't recommend this product to a friendSecond pump just failed after 18 months which is better then some on here. First seized. Second is leaking voltage. Replaced with a red dragon 80w I had stored for another build. The 2000gph red dragon is flowing exactly the same through the 1" pipes as the 3000gph Vectra. Do yourself a favor and buy any other pump.
Do not waste your money!! By RedSoxClover on 1/11/2018RedSoxClover wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis is the worst pump I’ve ever used on a tank . The features sound cool like sending notifications to my phone when it overheats or disconnects . It disconnects about ten times a day or more and if I run it over 80% it overheats so I get notifications all day everyday. I’m now on my third pump in 6 months because they keep seizing up . The first two replacements they sent free and I shipped mine back. Now this one needs replaced and I have to send it in at my own cost to be worked on even though this one is only a month old . They need to just admit this product is trash and issue refunds . I’ve spent around $5000 on my 210 on ecotech products and all of it works great (minus maybe the reeflink which should just be built in in the first place) . This pump is giving a bad name to ecotech .
Junk By Timothy on 12/9/2017Timothy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWorked good for about 6 months then after that it gose off and on as it pleases
Hard Failure in 18 Months By Drew on 12/2/2017Drew wouldn't recommend this product to a friendReplacing with Sicce Syncra Pro since proven more reliable.
Seized and overly complicated for function By Drew on 11/30/2017Drew wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have two trips overseas and leaving tank to family. I am in no way trouble shooting a seized pump to the power supply, controller or impeller. I ended up putting large Danner Mag back in service. Like to rebuy a Danner Mag for the shelf and sell this to another unsuspecting aquarist after repair.
Thank god for good support By jhuse on 10/19/2017jhuse wouldn't recommend this product to a friendthis would be a 1 star review if it wasn't for echotechs amazing support. I have had this pump for 2 years and it has been replaces 3 times. they should issue a recall and release a pump that doesn't suck. i hope this one will last longer than the last ones.
The best DC pump By Scott on 10/13/2017Scott would recommend this product to a friendAfter several months, totally happy with my purchase. This is so quiet, especially with my shadow overflow, I am constantly looking in the sump to see water flow. I have a large manifold with connections to a chiller, protein skimmer, etc., with flow to spare. Runnining at 70% on a 160 gallon. Would highly recommend this pump.
Great Pump Be Careful of Human Error By JDowns on 9/13/2017JDowns would recommend this product to a friendFirst let me start out by saying I do like this pump on my Red Sea Reefer 525xl. Its dead quite and moves a ton of water. The ability to customize flow rates and patterns is great and very easy to setup.
Now for the bad and this is completely user error. I like others have suffered the pump seizing up. After disassembling the pump I found a few issues and this could be due to not performing quicker maintenance on the pump. The pump has been up and running for 9 months without issue. I found that when I took apart the pump the motor housing was not packed with calcification but some was present. Given the tight tolerances of the housing this led to grinding against the magnet (shavings present inside the housing). This further led to rust forming on the magnet.
I performed a vinegar bath inside the motor housing and removed any debris and checked that the inside plastic was smooth. Next I had to take a razor blade, tilted forward and away, and lightly scrape away the rust deposits. Once this was done I cleaned and dried the magnet and rechecked that the surface was smooth.
Once the motor was re-assembled it started without any issues.
I think Eco-Tech has a great motor here but just needs to further highlight and document proper maintenance of the motor. I'm certain that if I maintain the motor more regularly to include cleaning the inside housing that this issue won't arise again.
Not worth the money. By Fishbot on 9/7/2017Fishbot wouldn't recommend this product to a friendLess than a year on this pump and it siezed up. Junk. This hobby has strayed way too far from tried and true technologies. Give me an old cheap rio at least it would still be running.
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This will run using the Ecotech battery back up currently. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
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.
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!
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.