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Old 11-27-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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Anyone have any experience with these US Solar Pumps. This 5 Watt one says it moves 2.2 GPM up to 4.5 ft and is only $50. Food safe and up to 100*C. Is there something that I'm missing here or is this a great deal?

http://www.ussolarpumps.com/pages/pumpsHot.html
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:01 PM   #2
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I personally don't see anything wrong with it other than it being a 12v pump. It would probably be for a RIMS pump.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:17 PM   #3
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Similar to this one:

http://greatbreweh.com/Beer_Pump.html

I have one of the ones linked here. It has stainless fittings instead of brass. I have it on my HLT to recirc and move strike and sparge water. I works well, very quiet, and much cheaper than another March pump.
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Similar to this one:

http://greatbreweh.com/Beer_Pump.html

I have one of the ones linked here. It has stainless fittings instead of brass. I have it on my HLT to recirc and move strike and sparge water. I works well, very quiet, and much cheaper than another March pump.
I also have one of those. I have not used it yet since it has weird threads on it. But I did wrap it with teflon tape and screw on a camlock fitting. I was going to use it as a whirlpool pump or something similar.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:55 PM   #5
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Yeah I was thinking about eventually setting up a recirculating eBIAB system so this would be used to continuously pump the mash to maintain temperature. And maybe pump through a plate chiller at the end.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:06 PM   #6
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I also have the great brew eh pump it works fine but the BPS/NPT threads are actually BPS so NPT fittings don't really thread on fully they will be leak free but it just makes me a little shaky (these us solar pumps list the same threads) I would wait for great brew eh to get the new ones in with stainless true NPT threads
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Well I just purchased 3 of the ss models from ussolarpumps.com for my new 15-20 gallon batch build after seeing this post. We will see how they perform but for the price it seems like it would be bad not to try them out. Basically 3 for the price of a march or chugger.
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Those are pretty cheap pumps. Less than half the flow rate of a march 809 and about a third less head pressure. But, if you're not moving a huge amount of liquid and you don't have much veritcal lift, they would be economical alternatives.
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Those are pretty cheap pumps. Less than half the flow rate of a march 809 and about a third less head pressure. But, if you're not moving a huge amount of liquid and you don't have much veritcal lift, they would be economical alternatives.
The ones I bought say they can move 3gpm and max of 10 feet of head. I sure don't need to move 3gpm nor at 10 feet, probably like 2-3 ft. Hopefully they do what I need them to do. We will see...
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I have one of the topsflow solar pumps. Works great to recirculate, with plate chiller, and for cleaning.
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