Don’t Stand For A Standalone Battery Backup Unit!
You may have seen battery backup power supply units available on the market that can provide power backup to anything plugged into them, including a regular sump pump. It’s reasonable to ask why one wouldn’t want to just use a standard AC powered sump pump, along with a battery backup unit, for their sump pump system. Well, there are a couple of very important reasons why I think that’s not a good idea at all!
First of all, the best thing about having a separate battery backup pump system is that when (not IF) your main pump fails, there is another pump right there to take over. It is NOT ENOUGH to simply back up the power supply – you need an entire second system!
Another major problem I have with standalone battery backup units is the fact that I’ve never seen one that effectively tests and monitors itself. When the batteries fail, you have no backup power source. Batteries are GUARANTEED TO FAIL, and they usually do so much more rapidly than the equipment they’re meant to power. Having a system that alerts you when there’s a problem is essential!
The backup power units that I’ve seen come with a standard duplex outlet (that means two places to plug something in). The problem with that is the fact that these units can only supply a maximum of around 13 amps. Most devices will not draw too much current by themselves. However, if you plug TWO devices in and they both activate, you could end up with a dead backup unit…
The bottom line is a good dedicated battery backup sump pump system is almost always a better choice than a standalone battery backup power source. Not only can you avoid the pitfalls I’ve just described, systems like our PHCC Pro 2400 also test their pumps regularly, and they monitor their float switches for problems as well. No standalone battery backup unit that I’m aware of provides those features.
And remember, we’re talking about a critical system in your home. If you don’t have a good battery backup sump pump, you don’t have a sump pump at all! Don’t take chances, call The Sump Pump Company at 847-967-PUMP (7867) and enjoy the peace of mind you’ll experience knowing you’re protected.