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anabolism

Back-up heater?
 
I live in a region where we have at least one good storm related power outage per year.... usually in the fall or winter. This of course poses a problem for keeping a tropical temperature for my tank during an outage. Is there any tank heater out there that would be suitable for such an emergency?

mgreen

Re: Back-up heater?
 
You dont need a particular kind of heater, you just need a power source that is not affected by the national grid. I would suggest a 'suitcase generator', they are run from petrol and the new ones are VERY economical and quiet. You can get news ones for around 60/$120.

Take a look at the link below

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SILENT-CAMPING...d=p3286.c0.m14

Im from the UK but im pretty sure you can buy from any worldwide EBay site :)

ferret

Re: Back-up heater?
 
what about a computer UPS?

mgreen

Re: Back-up heater?
 
Are they not expensive?

anabolism

Re: Back-up heater?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mgreen (Post 17224)
You dont need a particular kind of heater, you just need a power source that is not affected by the national grid. I would suggest a 'suitcase generator', they are run from petrol and the new ones are VERY economical and quiet. You can get news ones for around 60/$120.

Take a look at the link below

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SILENT-CAMPING...d=p3286.c0.m14

Im from the UK but im pretty sure you can buy from any worldwide EBay site :)

Thanks for the idea but it says it only has 4.5 hours of continuous runtime. A good storm will have our power out for anywhere from 2-4 days. This happens at least once per year. There has to be something out there meant for tanks in these circumstances. Perhaps battery powered would be much more convienient.

Greensleeves

Re: Back-up heater?
 
I'm not sure Ana; I live in northeastern PA in the Allegheny mountains. We too run into power outages up here and your question has been on my mind for some time as winter is fast approaching. (Already, our leaves are changing!)

I'm interested to see what suggestions people have.

The heater that Mgreen suggested is something I might look into, but you're right. Sometimes our power is out for a day or more.

Maybe we should look into small generators?

mgreen

Re: Back-up heater?
 
The suitcase generators run for 5hours PER TANK, as long as you have a supply of petrol you can make it go as long as you want it to. I would suggest keeping a barrel in the garage or something in case you have a long outage.

I know someone that live in remote parts of Switzerland that use this kind of generator on a bigger scale to supply electricity for the whole house :)

Sharon

Re: Back-up heater?
 
The problem that I find with multiple tanks is that you do need a fairly large generator to run all tanks...I've been checking out 3000watt generators. I need at least 1000watts to run tanks, and I'd like to be able to make tea!!! We sometimes lose power during a storm, but it's usually restored in a couple of hours. Rarely, if the storm does a lot of damage to power lines, mostly an ice storm, it would be a lot longer. It is a worry...

anabolism

Re: Back-up heater?
 
We've had storms two years in a row where we had no power for 4 days.

If you needed to heat the tank water to around 75 degrees F and you only had one tank to heat it seems to me a battery powered device would be the ticket. I'll have to go into some of the pet stores and ask their advice regarding this. I'll bet there is something battery powered that can be used specifically for tanks. I hope so because a full scale generator around here will run $500 and $1000 for good ones. I don't have that kind of cash.

anabolism

Re: Back-up heater?
 
Thus far this is all I've found on the net.

http://saltaquarium.about.com/od/eme...weroutages.htm


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