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solar powered pump

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  • #256475
    caddie
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    When I bought this place there was a water feature stuck out in the middle of the lawn.

    This was in a totally inapropriate position, has an electric pump which I didn’t use.

    I have shifted it so it no longer annoys me when trying to cut the lawn.

    Now I want to connect it to a solar panel if possible, I looked in Bunnings and a new solar pump was $200, couldn’t justify that

    The pump has a normal 3 point pin, can I connect that to a panel?

    Does any one know or have they done something similar?

    Caddie

    #518887
    Silent
    Member

    There is this.

    It seems kinda obvious in hindsight but they have only just gotten around to making a panel with a plug in it.

    #518888
    mumof6
    Member

    Ebay search solar water pump there very cheap but they may have a limited life if they run on batteries the ones that just pump water when the sun shines on the panel are the better as not wasting water/energy/wearing out pump when no ones looking :laugh: well while you sleep anyway.

    #518889
    Bullseye
    Member

    Silent post=336264 wrote: There is this.

    It seems kinda obvious in hindsight but they have only just gotten around to making a panel with a plug in it.

    Great link there Silent, thanks. Also, a nice development with that product for powering alternating current pumps without the need to get an electrician to wire them up.

    #518890
    Bullseye
    Member

    Hi Caddie, your pump is a type that requires to be powered by a 240 volt alternating current. If you wanted to power that with solar (photovoltaic cells/panels) generally speaking it’d be prohibitively expensive. Before the product Silent pointed out became available, what would be needed would be a separate set of solar panels, voltage regulator, 240 volt inverter, wiring and connectors. Also, if you wanted the pump to run when the sun isn’t available a battery charger and batteries would be needed too.

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