Powering Aerator Pump

ramlouiramloui Solar Expert Posts: 103 ✭✭

Hello all,

The only power I have on my small fishing boat is the 12V battery that powers my trolling motor. This boat is equipped with an aerator pump that I have never been able to use. The reason is that, as far as I can tell, it only turns on at 13.6V. Since the at rest voltage of the fully charged battery is 12.8V, it can only get worse as I use the trolling motor.

Is there a packaged device like a potentiometer that I could tweek the voltage from 12V nominal to the required 13.6V needed for the pump?

Thanks for all your input!

Louis R.

Off-grid cabin in northern Quebec: 6 x 250 W Conergy panels, FM80, 4 x 6V CR430 in series (24V nominal), Magnum MS4024-PAE

Comments

  • jonrjonr Solar Expert Posts: 1,116 ✭✭✭✭
    You could look for an adjustable boost/buck DC-DC converter.  Perhaps "6-35V-to-1-35V-DC-DC-Buck-Boost" on ebay.
  • ramlouiramloui Solar Expert Posts: 103 ✭✭

    That sounds great!! Just ordered one. They are quite inexpensive too!

    Thanks!

    Louis R.

    Off-grid cabin in northern Quebec: 6 x 250 W Conergy panels, FM80, 4 x 6V CR430 in series (24V nominal), Magnum MS4024-PAE
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,011 ✭✭✭✭
    Just be sure the power output (amps) is enough to run the pump.   And you are taking more power from your battery, so your electric range will be less
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  • ramlouiramloui Solar Expert Posts: 103 ✭✭

    Thanks Mike, I figured that would be the case. It should not impact my day on the lake too bad since I would run the pump only to fill the livewell. My intent is to keep the fish relatively cool, not to keep them alive.

    In the words of a good friend when he caught a fish: You're filet!!

    Louis R.

    Off-grid cabin in northern Quebec: 6 x 250 W Conergy panels, FM80, 4 x 6V CR430 in series (24V nominal), Magnum MS4024-PAE
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