Ecotech Marine Battery Backup Guide

Ecotech Marine Battery Backup

The Ecotech Marine Battery Backup can help you keep your powerheads and pumps run inside an aquarium when you suffer a power outage.

If you own an expensive aquarium, you would understand why the Ecotech Marine Battery Backup is useful.

Ecotech Marine Battery Backup
Ecotech Marine Battery BackupEcotech Marine Battery Backup

In developed countries, power outage could be distressing and damaging.

While most people in developing countries have alternative power supply, most people in developed world find no reason for such expense.

However, many things could cause power outage in your home. If you have an aquarium, you may want to have an alternative power supply.

The Ecotech Marine Battery Backup has made it easier for people who want power backup for their aquariums.


Ecotech marine battery backup booster

The Ecotech Marine Battery Booster works effectively. It ensures that the Vectra M1 and L1 pumps suit the Ecotech Battery Backup.

When you add the booster pump, it would improve its run time when there is a power outage. You can protect your aquarium with the Ecotech Marine Battery Backup and booster pumps.

You can use the Ecotech Marine Battery Backup to keep powerheads and pumps running effectively.

The water in the aquarium stays oxygenated during power outage and the battery keeps the animals alive until the power comes up.

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During a power failure, an aquarium’s filtration and pumps stop working.  When this happens, the temperate will drop gradually.

This temperature drop will cause oxygen to reduce which is a danger.  When the fish consume the dissolve oxygen, they would starve to death because of oxygen.

To avoid your fish from suffocating, you have to keep the tank water oxygenated with an alternative power supply.

You can move the water in the tank with air stone, powerhead, or water pump to expose the water molecule.

Ecotech marine battery backup power supply

The Ecotech Marine Battery Backup is designed for use with any DC powered aquarium pump.

While many people use UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) battery back-ups for computers, the Ecotech Marine Battery Backup is for aquariums.

UPS vs Ecotech Marine Battery Backup

To understand a better marine battery backup, we had to evaluate the investment cost to see if it is really worth the expense in terms of protecting your tank from a power failure.

To test the battery backup, we used the most popular aquarium powerhead, EcoTech Marine’s MP10 VorTech pump.

In addition, we selected three different battery backup options.  These batteries were tested side by side.


  • CyberPower 900AVR – 900 volt amps with a 560-watt inverter
  • CyberPower 1500AVR – 1500 volt amps with a 900-watt inverter.
  • EcoTechMarine Battery Backup – 18 amp hour @ 12 volts


The weight of the batteries were considered too.

Here are the results of the total run time for each of the batteries.


  • CyberPower 1500AVR – 5.25 hours
  • CyberPower 900AVR – 5.75 hours
  • EcoTech Marine Battery Back-up – 81.5 hours
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EcoTech Marine stood out in this test.

Why would the higher volt amp and wattage UPS battery fail?

The UPS systems are not designed to handle small 18 watt pumps. This means that you require an inverter.

The inverter would help to invert the energy from DC to AC power before powering your pump.

However, the inverter sucks up energy during the inversion and the larger 900 watt inverter simply pulled more electricity to do this draining the battery quicker.

With this information, the UPS battery backup is not suitable for an aquarium. The higher wattage UPS systems are more expensive and not the best choice for protecting your tank.

This means that the EcoTech marine battery backup is ideal for aquariums. It can last long and stay durable than any UPS.


The DC VorTech pump can run directly off the power from the battery meaning an inverter is not required.

Are the costs of Ecotech Marine Battery Backup worth it when protecting your tank?

The Ecotech Marine Battery Backup us designed to offer you an excellent backup for your aquarium. The battery is worth its value.


How long does EcoTech battery backup last?


If an aquarium suffers no flow, fish and corals begin to die in as little as 4 to 10 hours.

How do I use EcoTech battery backup?

We know that we can resort to a standby UPS resort to battery backup power in the event of common power problems such.

When incoming utility power drops below or surges above safe voltage levels, the UPS switches to DC battery power and then inverts it to AC power to run connected equipment.

Ecotech Marine Battery Backup
Ecotech Marine Battery Backup

However, EcoTech battery backup does the work better if you have an aquarium.

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During a shorter power outage, you can use a spare battery-operated air pump and keep a good supply of batteries on hand.

The backup will provide the necessary oxygen replacement and water movement in your tank until the power comes back.

If you have a power outage, fish can live without power for approximately 2 days.

However, this depends on the amount of fish in the aquarium, the size of the aquarium, how healthy the fish are, and other conditions

How do you take care of a fish during a power outage?

Do not feed your fish during a power outage. Fish can survive 3-5 days without food. However, if you have to feed, do it sparingly.

When the power comes back on, siphon the gravel, replace the carbon and do a 20% water change

How do I test my EcoTech battery backup?


Test your Ecotech Marine Battery Backup in action once every month. You have to unplug both the Battery Backup and the VorTech pump from the electrical outlet.

The power indicator on your VorTech EcoSmart controller will show the amount of charge remaining in the Battery Backup.

Best marine battery for backup sump pump

Deep Cycle batteries are the best option to back up your sump pump system.

12 Volt deep cycle batteries are designed with thicker plates to better respond to heavy discharges.

Deep cycle batteries will provide a longer run time for your pump if there is a power outage.

How long will a marine battery run a sump pump?

During a power outage, most new fully-charged batteries will last roughly 5-7 hours of continuous pumping.

Also, it can last roughly 1-3 days of non-continuous pumping depending on the frequency. The longer the pump runs, the less power it has.