VorTech Battery Back-up - EcoTech Marine

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VorTech Battery Back-up - EcoTech Marine

94% Recommend this to a friend (33 of 35)

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Quick Overview

Why does BRS recommend this?

For almost all people it is not if, but when the power will be lost to your tank.  If you have Ecotech Vortech pumps you will get a lot of value out of the Ecotech Battery Backup module.  It is one of the easiest battery backup solutions on the market, and once you piece together another battery backup configuration there is a ton of value in the Ecotech line and their battery backup

In an aquarium with no flow, fish and corals begin to die in as little as 4 to 10 hours. The VorTech Battery Backup is reef tank insurance in an aluminum housing. By adding the VorTech Battery Backup, your tank is insulated from power interruptions for up to 36 hours with the MP40w and up to 72 hours with the MP10 and MP20.


Full Details

Product Features

  • Backup power for 30 or more hours on a VorTech Pump.
  • Can connect to another Battery Backup for two times the run time.
  • Comes with trickle charger so you’re always prepared.
  • Complete package comes with all the wiring cables needed. Specifications
  • 18 Amp-Hour 12-volt sealed battery.
  • Powder-coated white aluminum housing.
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 9" x 7" x 3.25" (228mm x 177mm x 82.5mm)


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  • Unhappy By Reefer on 7/20/2017

    I purchased a battery back up about 2 1/2 years ago. Power has never been out any extended period of time. This battery is totally dead and totally useless. I have to toss it. I spent $165 for a back up that did not work when I needed it. Out of warrenty and now trash. Eco Tech says it should last 4-5 years.
  • My power went out and the battery backup was a dud... By Tony on 5/10/2017

    I brought a year ago and when my power when out, the battery backup did not work. I contacted ecotech and it was determined the battery backup didn't have any charge.. Which I thought was strange because I always keep it charged using the trickle charger. So I tested it and charged it again, and after unplugging the charger, the battery backup powered my MP40 for approx 2 minutes before it had no charge. Ecotech asked me to ship it back for them to "look" at, but this thing is heavy so I just threw it away.. complete waste of money.

    Maybe I got a bad apple unit... but when my power went out, this thing didnt help at all!
  • Works-Great Backup By Jason on 1/14/2017

    Backup power supply made for the vortech powerheads. Installation is simple just plug in the power supply and plug the wire in from the battery to the vortech powerhead base unit. The backup battery can support two vortech powerhead base unit. The battery charge level is shown on the vortech powerhead base unit when the battery is in use.
  • A must have even if you have a backup generator By anthony on 1/4/2017

    Sets up easily and will give you the added insurance to keep reef alive till power goes back on, or you can get your generator started. Dont be one of the people we read about on the forums who buys this after a catastrophic loss due to power issues
  • Power outage just after install By Nathan on 10/27/2016

    I purchased this on Sunday. Arrived Wednesday. I installed it and tested it, it came almost fully charged. About 3 hours later my power went out twice for about 30 minutes each time. I didn't want to spend the money, but i'm very glad I did.
    Much larger and heavier than I was expecting...
  • Just what the doctor ordered By Peter on 3/28/2016

    I have had ongoing construction around my apartment for weeks that causes infuriating temporary power outages. The vortech battery back-up has been perfect. Wicked easy to set up and has been 100% reliable so far.
  • A good idea By Nick on 2/9/2016

    If you have vortech pump/s be smart and get a backup battery or two, 100% worth it!
  • Generally satisified - price is a little high By Willy on 7/24/2015

    I just got my battery backup working and generally i am satisified. literature did not initially tell me i had to also buy the companion pump which i di also the backup only runs the pump at minimum speed to conserve the battery. i wuld have rather had it adjustable
  • Worth the price By Andrew on 7/1/2015

    This is a no brainer purchase. So is the battery powered bubbler. When you add up the cost of the livestock we purchase for our tanks, this is some of the cheapest insurance. Very easy to set up to your Vortech powerhead .
  • Expensive but Peace of Mind By Dave on 2/18/2015

    Had a power outage the day after I installed it. It works perfectly, I have it hooked up to MP tens, hopefully 36 hours is long enough. When you have this much invested in the hobby it's essential
  • piece of mind and great customer support By justyn on 12/4/2014

    When the weather turns, my battery back-up gives me piece of mind that I'll have time for my tank to service. Ecotech has an amazing support team for their products. Their very good with their warranty on their products. Ill be buying more ecotech products in the future.
  • Great product! By Chefbill on 10/4/2014

    I live in central Florida and we have a lot of power outages. I have one of these on both of my tanks to run my vortechs and they work flawlessly.


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Product Questions

I hooked up battery back up and the plug (part# 10427) going from MP-10 controller to battery back up, does not plug in flush on either end . Is this normal? Fortunately, this does not affect operation. About 3/16 plug is exposed.
Question by: JOSEPH XERRI on May 19, 2016 3:54:00 PM
Great question!
This is normal with the battery back up cable and is on our systems exactly the same.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 19, 2016 4:34:00 PM
Can the Maxspect Gyre be connected to this backup battery since Maxspect doesn't offer one?
Question by: Reefdaddy on Mar 28, 2016 6:27:00 PM
Great question!
The Gyre can connect to the Ice Cap Battery back up listed below! The ecotech back up will not come with the correct plug. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Mar 29, 2016 12:03:00 PM
Can this be used with the with Neptune Systems WAV? Would you need an adapter to do so? Can you plug the WAV module into the Votech Backup for power to the pump? I have the Apex on a battery backup so the brain could still tell it what to do.
Question by: Rob Oderman on May 8, 2016 8:14:00 AM
Great question!
We are not aware of the Ecotech battery back up being able to adapt to the WAV pump. As this connects with a apex cable that is not easy to adapt it would not be an easy process to connect to the 1link. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 10, 2016 5:40:00 PM
Will the battery backup booster for connecting the Vectra return pump be available soon?
Question by: Steve on Apr 25, 2016 6:55:00 PM
Great question!
We do not have an exact delivery date as of yet but are currently looking to bring the booster in stock as soon as possible.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 27, 2016 2:55:00 PM
In the instance of a power outage, will the battery turn the on to keep the pumps running automatically?
Question by: Brittany Adamski on May 7, 2017 11:25:00 AM
Hey there,
Yes, the battery backup will be plugged into the wall outlet and will automatically detect a power loss and keep the pumps running at a reduced speed.

Happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on May 10, 2017 11:40:00 AM
Will this back up battery work with jebao rw series?, will it give me more time than the jebao back up battery?
Would i need to buy anything else ti make it work?
Question by: Josh on Nov 7, 2016 8:52:00 AM
Hey there, thanks for reaching out to us! This product is only intended to work with EcoTech Marine products. I would recommend reaching out to the manufacturer for any modification information. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Nov 7, 2016 2:23:00 PM
Can this back up be used for my ecotech radion xr30 pro..... and if so how many do i require thanks
Question by: mo on Aug 24, 2015 12:53:00 PM
Great question!
The Battery Back up will work with both Radions and Vortech pumps. The Battery will come with 2 outlets to plug into either the Radion Ballast or the Vortech pump. If you have 2 Radions and only want battery back up for them you will need just 1 battery. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Aug 24, 2015 3:56:00 PM
Hi! I have two MP1O'S (one for each of my tanks that are next to each other). For how long can both of my pumps run on a single battery pack? Thanks! I'm assuming that it comes with 2 cables right?
Question by: Jose Saballos on May 13, 2016 4:29:00 PM
Great question!
You can expect up to 36 hours with 2 vortech mp10's on a single battery back up. The battery back up with come with ports to work with 2 vortech's simultaneously.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 17, 2016 8:36:00 PM
Does this backup system only work with vorteck products
Question by: matthew trumbore on Jun 20, 2016 5:36:00 AM
Great question!
This is designed only for the Vortech Pumps.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 21, 2016 3:37:00 PM
What kind of battery is there?
Question by: Abdullah Alawwad on May 27, 2016 2:05:00 PM
Great question!
The battery is 18 Amp-Hour 12-volt sealed. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 2, 2016 3:55:00 PM
My currently have a float valve in my overflow, and my apex will shut down my return pump (Vectra M1).
Now, if I plug the Vectra into battery backup, how can I shut off the punp when my tank overflow?
Can I set the pump to run slower when on battery backup?
Question by: Viet Truong on Jun 8, 2016 11:44:00 PM
Great question!
With the pump on battery back up the flow will be reduced to 30% of the intensity. You will need to unplug the battery back up when turning the pump off completely.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 9, 2016 6:11:00 PM
Can this be used with DC Tunze pumps like the 6155?
Question by: Jeffrey Lamken on May 31, 2016 7:40:00 AM
Hey Jeffrey!

Good question! The EcoTech Battery Backup is specifically designed for EcoTech Marine products. Unfortunately, this pump will not be compatible. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with!
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on May 31, 2016 6:25:00 PM
Hello, I bought the battery backup and wanted to know if I should connect my two MP 40 or just one?
I have a 150G display 1.50 meter long.
Question by: Oscar on Jun 15, 2014 4:53:00 AM
Hey Oscar,
The main threat when the power goes out is oxygen exchange and one pump should suffice for that. If it were my tank, I would err on the side of longer battery life by only using one pump on the battery.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jun 15, 2014 4:53:00 AM
How long before the battery expires or needs replacement?
What is the life-span of the battery?
Question by: Fernando C. on Jun 12, 2016 2:35:00 AM
Great question!
We are not certain about the full life of the battery through out the years however we have been running these for 3 years without issue. the back up battery will of course last 24-48 hours depending on the load.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 14, 2016 6:18:00 PM
If i have my MP10 hooked up to my apex can i still intergrate this battery back up on the system? Also, is their any other battery backups?
Question by: Joe on Mar 27, 2014 9:00:00 AM
Hey Joe, that's not a problem at all. The pumps still plug into there normal power source. The only thing is that if you have the outlets configured to turn off in feed mode, instead of turning off they would go into power outage mode and the battery will kick in. You would need to use a wxm module to tell the pumps to turn off rather then cutting the power. Good news is that if you use the wxm module it will also free up outlets on the power bar.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Mar 27, 2014 9:00:00 AM
Can I use this battery backup with my Korlia Evo pumps?
Question by: Anneke on Apr 5, 2014 3:05:00 AM
Hi Anneke,
Unfortunately not. The vortech battery backups have connectors specifically sized for a port on the vortech pumps. They also run on DC current (the same type of energy stored in a battery) whereas the Koralias run on AC current like that from your walls. For the Koralias there wouldn't be very many options in the event of a power outage other then a generator.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 5, 2014 3:05:00 AM
Can this battery be used with other pumps besides vortech?
Question by: Joe on Apr 14, 2014 3:13:00 AM
Hi Joe,
It is only designed to be used with the EcoTech Pumps. Most pumps don't run on DC power like the EcoTech Vortechs do.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 14, 2014 3:13:00 AM