DIY increase your water pumps solar powerAdam
Need more power for your water pump? No problem!
We’ve put together a few videos and guides on how you can improve the performance of your solar water pump kit. We have simple options from cutting / splicing your wires to using one of our simple plug and play adapters that allows you to increase the power of your water pump system.
Need some inspiration for water projects using our solar water pump kits? See some examples from our customers here.
- Phillips head screw driver
- Wire strippers (if you decided to spice your own wires)
Depending on your experience it will take about 30 minutes to complete these steps.
Popular FAQs and Troubleshooting
Have too much shading around your water feature? No problem. It’s easy to double the power of your solar pump kit (charging power) by adding another solar panel.
- Additional solar panel for the 12-24V or 24V Battery backup kit would need to be ordered over the phone with a representative (to ensure the correct model for your project).
- 18 or 20 AWG wire for connecting your two solar panels in parallel, or you can purchase one of our Y-connectors, that allows for plug and play connecting of our solar panels
If your pump stopped working, we try to work backwards from the solar pump to it’s power source.
If you have a night & day pump kit (with a battery).
- Disconnect the solar pump from the battery pack
- Connect the solar pump directly to the connector on the back of the solar panel (disconnect the wire which is now connected to the battery pack).
- Place the solar pump in the water or use your finger across both dry-run protection sensors
- Make sure the solar panel is in full sun (and it’s sunny).
- If your pump doesn’t work or turn on (make any noise), follow the next step. If it does turn on, and pump water, we know your solar panel and solar pump are in good condition.
- If your solar pump doesn’t turn on, we will then want to take apart the pump (per the below videos), make sure all debris are removed from the impeller
- Put the solar panel in the sun again (and make sure pump in the water, this time, you want to leave the impeller loose inside of the pump (so you can see if the impeller is turning), if NOT, then you either have a bad connection (between the solar panel connector and the pump connector) or a pump which may need to be replaced. Give us a call and we can complete the final check to get you a new pump.
We’ve included several guides below depending on which solar pump you have. We recommend cleaning your solar pump at least once a season.