One Pump, two power sources

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Old 10-06-14, 10:13 PM
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One Pump, two power sources

Recently had a power outage. During a rainstorm.
Do I need an additional pump just for power outages? Or can I buy a battery backup for my existing pump?
 
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Old 10-07-14, 09:09 AM
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You can get a battery backup but it will not run very long because batteries don't hold that much energy.

One possibility, probably the least expensive equipment wise, is an inverter (a battery backup needs one of those too) that you hook up to your car using jumper cables and you leave the car idling to provide the energy for the sump pump.

The only advantage of a separate pump for battery operation is that it might be optimized for battery operation and pump more water / more times / more cycles off of the same battery charge.
 
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consider a water-powered backup pump - zoeller makes 1 we often use IF municipal wtr's avail
 
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Old 10-17-14, 08:25 PM
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After the near flood in my basement, i researched battery-powered backup pumps. But each required a secondary pump. Why canít I just buy the battery and use my current pump? These batteries are meant to survive a blackout. I think the biggest hurdle would be to get the configuration right so that it would be automatic, in case no one were home during such a period.
 
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