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Quality automatic bilge sensor

Old 02-15-2019, 10:39 AM
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Default Quality automatic bilge sensor

I want a 12v reed chain or conductivity sensor with dampening/delay that will work in saltwater and fresh water, that will directly operate a pump without relay (22'CC). There are alot of these switches out there and none (including other technologies) have great reviews without alot of poor reviews about long term reliability mixed in. I figured by now there would be a few marine instrument companies that can build a quality sensor for a bilge.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:12 PM
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I have 2 WaterWitch bilge pump switches and they don't work well in saltwater and in my boat.
The electric poles get diry ond either not conduct or always conduct and poump wil not work or be always on.
There are some working with air pressure when the float rises but i have no experience with them.

From my experience, normal float type switches are still working most relaible, but should be changed on a yearly base.

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Old 02-15-2019, 03:17 PM
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I gave up on the reed switches.

This is the one I have been using with no issues.

https://aqualarm.net/bilge-alarms-sw...tch-p-204.html

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Old 02-15-2019, 05:13 PM
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https://www.ultratef-gel.com/ultra-pump-switches/
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Old 02-15-2019, 06:02 PM
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This is your answer. Go play around with Rule, Johnson, Water Witch, etc. When you get tired of messing with them, fork over the dough for an Ultra and be done with it.
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This is your answer. Go play around with Rule, Johnson, Water Witch, etc. When you get tired of messing with them, fork over the dough for an Ultra and be done with it.
How do the aqua and ultra compare?
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:40 PM
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Ultra pump switches are amazing. Mine are 6 yrs old never a hiccup. Nothing compares to them. They are pricey but I go offshore and cant afford a bad bilge sensor. The aqualarm looks very similar.
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:43 PM
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I really like the Ultra, looks very promising and built more like an industrial switch. I don't see electronic dampening to prevent the pump from rapid cycling. They must use the small ports in the tube to control/slow the action of the float. I would like to know the technology. I'm assuming it uses a rocker switch on the top that is actuated when the magnet gets to the top. It could have a reed chain in the small tube that actuates a larger relay in the head. Either would be a solid design.
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Old 02-16-2019, 04:48 AM
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How do the aqua and ultra compare?
There is no comparison once you get them side by side, the Ultra Pumpswitch is much more heavy duty. I am a fan of Aqualarm products in general, but these switches feel, and act, like toys compared to the Ultra. I replaced an Aqualarm with an Ultra; the Aqualarm was short cycling all the time as it was very sensitive to backwash.
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Old 02-16-2019, 05:36 AM
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How do the aqua and ultra compare?
The aqua is a cheap imitation of the Ultra.
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Old 02-16-2019, 10:48 PM
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The Ultra switches are the real deal.
You know they’re good cause West Marine doesn’t sell them!
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Old 02-17-2019, 05:23 AM
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The phone number on the ultra package is answered by the owner/inventor, call him, he’s extremely personable
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Old 02-17-2019, 06:02 AM
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USS switch. This is really the answer you are looking for. I been using them for years is commercial application with a lot of debris in the bilge. This switch has made the worry of failure a non issue.
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USS switch. This is really the answer you are looking for. I been using them for years is commercial application with a lot of debris in the bilge. This switch has made the worry of failure a non issue.
For those who don't know. USS= Ultra Safety Systems, makers of the Ultra Pumpswitch, among other fine products like Tefgel. I found that either Hamilton Marine (who sometimes puts them on sale) or Depco Pump typically have the best prices and service, but shop around.
https://www.tefgel.com/
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