Our battery operated pet drinking fountains

 

cordless pet drinking fountain

All of our fountains use a DC pump. A DC pump can be powered by battery or a DC power transformer. So instead of using a power adaptor/transformer, you connect the pump to a battery. The battery can be placed inside a specially made cordless fountain (so no cable is showing outside the fountain) or outside any of our fountains instead of a power transformer (then you’ll have an external box and low voltage cables leading to it from the fountain.)


 Choose from a D-cell box or a Li-Ion USB battery.
An external battery solution is for people who don’t have an outlet near the area the fountain is placed, but don’t care about a cable showing on the outside of the fountain.
Having a battery outside of your fountain leaves more room for water inside the fountain. That’s why we offer both internal and external battery solutions. 


Some videos:

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Fountains with an external battery:

Any of our fountains can be battery operated using an external battery that our pump plugs into.

Pet drinking fountain with external D-cell battery box (left) and USB battery (right):
pet drinking fountain with external D-cell battery pack   pet drinking fountain with external USB battery pack 


Our cordless design:

Round pet drinking fountain with internal battery compartment.
   pet drinking fountain with horizontal battery compartment

Fountains with an internal battery compartment (cordless pet fountains):

pet fountain with internal USB battery square pet fountain with internal battery
We can build a fountain with an internal battery compartment, but it takes away from the water holding capacity of the bowl.
For more infos see: Pet fountain PF15001 or Pet fountain PF15044

We can use D-cell's or USB-batteries to power the pump.



 Some samples (cordless pet fountains):

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click on a picture above for more information on this fountain

This is how long the pump runs with different battery options:

Battery-Type number Type run time rechargeable?
AA-Cell 4 NiMH/NiCd 5 hours yes
AA-Cell 3 to 4 alkaline 30 hours no
D-Cell 4x10.000mAh NiMH up to 3 days yes
D-Cell 3 to 4 alkaline 5 to 6 days no
Li-Ion USB 5 Volt Li-Ion 2 to 10 days
yes

So how should you handle your batteries?

There is some very solid, consistent advice about getting the most out of your batteries:

1. Be prepared to replace them, eventually. Rechargeable batteries don’t last forever, and through time and use they will stop working. Thank them for saving you money, recycle them, and move on.

2. Buy a good charger. You don’t have to spend a fortune on the best charger available, but make sure you get a “smart” charger, one that electronically monitors the recharge process and prevents overcharging. Not only is it better for the batteries, it will use less power than cheap chargers, which often rely on a simple timer mechanism.

3. Remove the batteries when the recharge is complete. Unnecessary time on the charger means more “trickle” power is used to keep them charged—so more wear and tear and more wasted power.

4. Don’t regularly discharge your batteries completely. Complete discharge will shorten their lifespan.

5. Store your batteries fully loaded (never empty!) at room temperature in a dry location. Excessive heat can definitely damage your batteries and cause them to lose charge faster.

6. Every battery should be protected from water, but Li-Ion batteries (USBs) are particularly sensitive to water damage because they have electronics inside. We craft our internal battery compartments to keep the batteries dry but there is always the possibility of condensation forming, so it is imperative that the batterie(s) be enclosed in a water tight ziplock bag before putting them inside the compartment.  Likewise, if your cat has the propensity to play in the water, external batteries need to be protected as well. You have about 7 feet of cord available, so put them in a higher place, a nearby drawer or a waterproof container.


The D-cell battery box/holder:


D-cell battery pack for Ebi-fountains pet fountain with internal USB battery The D-cell battery pack (3 or 4 D-cells, depending on the water pressure you prefer) will keep the fountain running for 140 hours. Rechargeable 10.000mAh NiMH professional D-cells last approx. 3 to 4 days on one charge.




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Li-Ion/polymer (USB) battery:

The pump that’s included with our fountains can also be powered by a Li-Ion-USB battery; we supply the adapter cable to be able to connect it to a USB battery, we do not supply any batteries. The USB adapter connects your fountain pump to any USB power supply (eg. USB charger, USB charger battery, computer, USB battery backup, USB power pack etc.).

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A portable USB battery charger/USB power pack (usually used to recharge your cell phone when you are off grid) can be used to power the fountain pump. They are lightweight and large capacity.

 

We’ve tested several different USB batteries (see table below.) The Anker is supposed to be the best quality with regard to lifespan, but we didn’t get any significantly better runtime with it than the others. The RavPower RP-PB41 has the longest runtime as a single battery but can not be used as a tandem battery (two batteries parallel) since the RavPower RP-PB41 doesn't take over automaticly. If you’re already using a USB to recharge your mobile phone or tablet, we recommend you try it for this application before buying anything new.


type capacity continuous
runtime with
pump model
JT-180
continuous
runtime with
pump model
AD102
price
approx.
Seller remarks
AIBOCN WX010 10,000 mAh 1.4 days 2 days $12  Amazon  side USB connector
Powernews Solar Charger 300,000 mAh 1 day 1.5 days $19  Ebay  
Move Power Solar Charger 20,000 mAh 1.7 days 2.3 days $12  Ebay  
Propel 51107 13,000 mAh 2.5 days 3 days $25  All-Battery.com  
SA01300 50,000 mAh 2.5 days 3 days $18  AliExpress  
Anker Powercore 13000 13,000 mAh not tested 3.5 days $21  Amazon  
RavPower RP-PB19 16,750 mAh not tested 3.7 days $32  Amazon  
GJT  G-088 20,000 mAh 3 days 4 days $25  Amazon  
Anker Astro E7 25,600 mAh 3.5 days 4.5 days $50  Amazon  
iMuto X4 (*1) 20,000 mAh 3.5 days 5 days $32  Amazon  new generation models switch off
 after 45 seconds (status 4/2017)
RavPower RP-PB41 26,800 mAh 4 days 5.5 days $50  Amazon  

 

Battery combinations (with double USB adapter):

Battery 1
(starting battery)
Battery 2 (needs to take
over when battery 1 is empty)
continuous
runtime with
pump model
AD102
remarks
Anker Astro E7 RavPower RP-PB41 26,800 mAh - Rav doesn't switch on automatically
iMuto X4 (*1) RavPower RP-PB41 26,800 mAh - Rav doesn't switch on automatically
RavPower RP-PB41 26,800 mAh Powernews Solar Charger 7 days Powernews switches on automatically
Anker Powercore 13000 RavPower RP-PB19 7.3 days RavPower switches on automatically
Anker Astro E7 GJT  G-088 8 days GJT switches on automatically
RavPower RP-PB19 iMuto X4 (*1) 8.5 days See (*1) below
Anker Astro E7 iMuto X4 (*1) 9.5 days See (*1) below

(*1) iMuto X4 new generation models don't work anymore; they switch off after 45 seconds (status 4/2017).

 

Batteries with problems:

type capacity continuous
runtime
Seller remarks
iMuto X4, 2017 model 20,000 mAh -  Amazon is turning off
iMuto X6 30,000 mAh -  Amazon is turning off
ZILU 16,800mAh -  Amazon is turning off
CBD  LA801 50,000 mAh 4.5 days  Newegg some models keep turning off
18650 Power bank 50,000 mAh -  AliExpress is turning off

 

As the table shows, these will need to be recharged approx. every 3 to 5 days. We suggest ordering 2 batteries, so that one can be in use while the other is charging. We have constructed a “double adapter cable” that allows 2 batteries to power the fountain in tandem – this will give you double the runtime before having to recharge, but you’ll need a total of 4 batteries.

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The Rayovac “S-connector” battery:

pump with S-plug battery and charger The Rayovac (an SLA battery), or another “S-connector or SAE-connector” battery, runs for 100 to 120 hours (so just under five days) on one charge, but needs to be taken to an outlet to recharge and has a downtime of 10 hours while it’s recharging. We don’t provide the battery (available online, or your local battery store), just the recharger/converter so it can be used with our pump. We recommend using 2 of these batteries – one is recharging while the other is in use, so the fountain is always running.
For this solution, we adapt the cord from the pump to plug into these batteries and provide the battery charger/maintainer. Or you can use your own charger or buy a charger yourself and we can just adapt the cord from the pump to plug into this battery.

The cord from the pump allows you to place the battery (or D-cell box, as the case may be) inside a specially made fountain (so no cable is showing outside the fountain) or outside any of our fountainsabout 5 feet from it (so you can hide the battery behind furniture, etc.). A special low-voltage extension cord (6 extra feet) is also available.


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