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EcoTech Marine Vortech Battery Backup


Item #: EM1711

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Keep VorTech and Vectra pumps working (and your reef alive) whenever you lose power

EcoTech Marine’s VorTech pumps are legendary for creating ideal flow patterns in reef aquariums. The life-giving water movements keep corals and other invertebrates thriving. But what happens if there is a power outage?

Without water movement, your corals and fish could start to die in as little as four hours. While some aquarists have resorted to using computer-style back-up batteries, these batteries are bulky, heavy and designed for keeping computers and equipment running for only a short time.

Fortunately, EcoTech Marine’s engineers created a purpose-built battery back-up system specifically for their VorTech and Vectra water pumps. It is reef tank insurance in an aluminum housing.

The EcoTech Marine Battery Backup is designed to keep your VorTech or Vectra pump running for up to 60 hours after the power goes off! A single battery can run two VorTech pumps for 30 hours.

Want to extend the pump run time? You can add a second Battery Backup to the system and double the back-up capabilities!

What we really like about the EcoTech Marine Battery Backup:

  • Designed specifically for the power requirement of VorTech water pumps
  • Long run times ensure the reef survives a power outage
  • A second battery can be added
  • Automatically maintains a charge
  • Compact size fits anywhere

EcoTech Marine Battery Backup Features:

  • Provides peace of mind even when you are away from home
  • Enough reserve power to run a VorTech Pump for 60 hours, two pumps for 30 hours
  • Can daisy-chain a second Battery Backup for twice the run time
  • Charge level is monitored with the EcoSmart controller
  • Comes with automatic charger that keeps the batteries ready at all times.
  • Kit comes with everything needed to power two VorTech pumps.

EcoTech Marine Battery Backup Specifications:

  • Corrosion-resistant powder-coated white aluminum housing.
  • 18 Amp-Hour 12-volt sealed battery.
  • 8 ft. cables
  • Dimensions: 9" x 7" x 3.25" (LxWxH)

EcoTech Marine Vectra Battery Backup Booster:

The Vectra Battery Backup Booster is an accessory (sold separately) that allows the EcoTech Battery Backup to be used with all Vectra Return Pumps. Connects inline between the EcoTech Battery Backup and the driver of your Vectra pump.

Manufacturer information

EcoTech Marine has revolutionized the way people think about water movement in reef aquariums. Our technologically superior pumps produce unmatched broad yet gentle flow, while placing the motor outside the tank—preserving the beauty of your aquarium and enhancing the health of your aquarium ecosystem. The EcoTech leadership team consists of aquarium enthusiasts and engineers with a penchant for challenging the status quo. When EcoTech took root in the science labs of Lehigh University and University of Oklahoma, we realized there were serious differences between the native aquatic ecosystems in nature and the terrestrial habitats created in aquariums—and that little was being done to address this gap in the marketplace. Since that day, we have worked tirelessly to improve the “state of the art” to enable our customers to have the healthiest, safest and smartest aquarium possible. That’s why our products offer a wide variety of easy-to-program modes and have been thoroughly tested and endorsed by marine-biologists—making it the most versatile and life-like pump on the market.

5 Stars


Reviewed on
November 25, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

Peace of Mind

Great product and the peace of mind is priceless.

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Reviewed on
July 24, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

Great Back up!

Pros: extra long run time, will run Vectra return pump as well

Cons: big footprint, need big space to mount

I ordered 2 of these back ups. They work great. I was using a regular computer back up device, but this is much better. I have had no issues with set up and the test power outage I performed was flawless. The MP10's kicked right on and they come on at a reduced speed to save battery.

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Reviewed on
March 29, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

Great battery backup

Pros: Works perfectly

Cons: Expensive

It has been used 1 time for about 4 hours. I love knowing it automatically kicks in with power outages.

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Reviewed on
March 28, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

Peace of mind

As someone who works long days and don’t have the availability to just run home during a power outage, I bought this for peace of mind. When setting up a new tank with now live stock in the tank I put this battery through the paces. I tested this product by cutting the power and it exceeded the time they say it will run for. Great Product and have peace of mind if my power goes out that my investment will be just fine.

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Reviewed on
March 27, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

Has passed all tests, not had to run it in real emergency yet

Pros: It works!

Cons: none

After a few dry run tests, this backup appears to do exactly what it says it'll do. Haven't had any power outages, yet, but when i do, I imagine this will help with life support like i'm expecting

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Reviewed on
October 27, 2018

Yes, I would recommend this.

Battery OK

Pros: Automatic

Cons: Lasts only few years

Ecotech mp pumps are awesome.
Battery totally dead after 3 years and useless.
Would be nice if lasted longer.
Ecotech pumps 5.5 years and ongoing!
Still nice backup but expensive backup.

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Reviewed on
October 01, 2018

Yes, I would recommend this.

Peace of mind in a box

I like that I can easily hook this up to my vortechs - the peace of mind for power outages is worth every penny.

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Reviewed on
August 13, 2018

Yes, I would recommend this.

so far so good

Pros: nice housing

Cons: heavy for it's size

easily setup with vector m1 with booster cable (purchased separately) hoping that it will keep the system alive during rough storms and power outages without using the gas generators

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Reviewed on
August 19, 2017

Yes, I would recommend this.

Peace of Mind

Cons: None

Like the title says, I have peace of mind knowing my livestock won't die from non water movement. I went one step farther and hooked up one for each mp10QD. I eventually had to replace an old one but they've always turned on each time there has been a minor power outage.

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Reviewed on
May 14, 2017

Yes, I would recommend this.

Must have this

Pros: Peace of mind. No more worring about your tank when power fails

Cons: Big and heavy. Can't leave it on the floor because plugs are located at the bottom of it.

Easy to install and connect to your pumps.
Kind of heavy and big. I would've been nicer if ecotech had out the plugs on the side just in case if someone doesn't want to install this battery on the wall

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