12 volts fountain

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by Lightfire, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. Lightfire

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    Hey buddies!

    I found this http://www.discount-pumps.biz/solar-pumps.htm on the internet and it's looks like interesting for me. :)

    Well, I had some questions before I will buy one like that. :)

    1)
    It will work directly from a 12 volt battery (voltaic cell)?

    2)
    What does it means? 'Depth'? The range of water that will raise?

    3) Where should I put this pump? (I mean the recommended place to put)

    Well, if you can refer me cheaper pumps, please tell it to me immediately. OK?

    P.S. If somebody can illustrate me the position of the pump in the fountain, please do it so. I would great appreciate somebody who did it. :)

    LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST

    Am I looks like wasting money?

    Thanks a lot guys. :)
     
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  2. wayneh

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    Yes, but that is the upper range of voltage it accepts. If your battery has a charger attached to it, raising the voltage, that could be too high for it.

    This means that the pump in the picture is meant to be under the surface of the water. The specification says it will lift water up to 2 ft. It should NOT be allowed to run dry. It relies on the water to cool itself and avoid over-speed.

    Up to you. It's just a little pump meant for "desktop" fountains. That means "small".
     
  3. Lightfire

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    But anyway, I am wondering how it can pump a water. Can you exactly say it to me?
     
  4. Wendy

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  5. Lightfire

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    So it might not work anymore after a several months it was used?
     
  6. Wendy

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    Yep. Most likely. Pumps in general tend to wear out fast. Water can wear anything down over time.

    I've seen a lot of different types over the years. Quality varies a lot, a decent pump that lasts for years is over $100, and a lot of that is for the motor.
     
  7. wayneh

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    FWIW, there is a small pump in my cat's water fountain. To my amazement it has run continuously for over 10 years, could be close to 20 (I've lived in the current house that long, and have had the fountain a LONG time). The entire device was under $30, so the pump was probably only a couple dollars at cost. So it can be done.
     
  8. Wendy

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    True enough, but you can never plan on it though.
     
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