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Ecotech Marine Vectra M1 – Review


Our comments

An  electric and adjustable pump is the best option to have in sump. It becomes easy to change the power to better adapt to the aquarium.

For example: when you’re changing the water in the aquarium without partition in sump it’s enough to low the flow rate of the pump in order to have a smaller exchange of water. In this way you can avoid to turn off the return pump: infact if you low the flow rate of the return pump the sump level tends to raise while that of the aquarium does the opposite. You will avoid the risk to leave the pumps without water.

But if you have a sump with a partition this solution isn’t possible.

Moreover from the point of view of the security it’s better to have a pump with a low voltage.

Particolare del piedino in gomma per smorzare vibrazioni e rumore nella Ecotech Marine Vectra M1

Particular of the hose support to run out noise and tremblings of the Ecotech Marine Vectra M1

The page of the conclusions is very full of material, even thanks to the comparison that we’re going to do with similar pumps that we’ve measured.

Here’s the chart with all the performances of the pump in the various power steps, with hydraulic head, flow rate, consumption, energetic and ecenomic efficiency. The last velue of the hydraulic head  has been calculated from 610 cm.

tabella 1: valori riepilogativi della pompa Ecotech Marine Vectra M1

table 1: summary values of the Ecotech Marine Vectra M1

Comparison with other pumps

It’s more interesting the table below where are inserted the measured values of the other pumps, Eheim, Tunze, Sicce, Corallinea, and Waveline, all pumps that we tested and that you can read again in our page of reviews. They have been ordered by a reference value: the product between flow rate and hydraulic head, divided per 2, that is the area between the two.

We can have a right comparison. In red you can see the esteemed and not measured values. Thay can’t be perfect, but enough close to real ones.

Tabella 2: Valori riepilogativi di confronto misurati fra pompe di risalita per acquari

table 2: summary values of the comparison between the return pumps

The table contains the value of certain pumps we tested on, expecially the last four: Tunze 1073.50, the Corallinea BQ5000, the Waveline DC6000 and the Vectra M1.

You can see from the chart that if we consider the flow rate per euro the Corallinea is always the best option. If we consider the economic efficiency for just the maximum values it’s more favorable the Waveline DC6000. But in the step between the 6 and the 7 it’s totally equivalent to the Vectra.

But with the Vectra M1 it’s possible to go over the values of the other pumps.

The Waveline is first in regards of the cost a year. The Vectra is quite more expensive in its use than the Waveline but can reach further limits.

Comparison with the declared data

Let’s see now the closeness to the declared data.

Hydraulic head

pump hydraulic head measure gap
Ecotech Marine Vectra M1
650 cm 610 cm – 6,2 %

There’s a little gap of the 10%, which is totally acceptable.

Flow rate

pump hydraulic head laboratory measure gap
Ecotech Marine Vectra M1 7.500 l/h 4.944 l/h – 34,1 %

We’ve always seen that any pumps has ever reported the promised value.  This doesn’t change for the Vectra, and we have a loss of the 34%. We have to consider the pump for its real performances.

Energetic consumption

pump consumption laboratory measure gap
Ecotech Marine Vectra M1 80 w 89,5 w + 11,9 %

The energetic consumption is about the 12%. If we’ve considered it for the nude power gap it would be a little higher than 4,5%.

Correspondance with the declared data

Just for having a comparison term, we can give a value for the correspondance to the declared data for hydraulic head, flow rate and consumption.

pump hydraulic head flow rate consumption final value
Ecotech Marine Vectra M1 93,8 % 65,9 % 111,9% 82,6 %

I suggest you to read these articles for choosing the pump that suits your aquarium the most:

Conclusions

The reference value of the Ecotech Marine Vectra M1 at its maximum power is 1.507.920 l*cm/s, and the declared is 2.437.500. Remember that this reference value is the area between the maximum flow rate and maximum hydraulic head (flow rate x hydraulic head /2).

Even Vectra M1 has a considerable loss from the declared data, but we don’t have to consider the pump just for its closeness to them. Just think about what the pump could do and what it expresses: this pump has an high competition, and it’s an usual thing for pumps not to be so close to their declared data, and it has a very good technical efficiency and a consumption, but the power is its point. No other pumps could reach its power.

The cost of the Vectra M1 is high: 399 euro. But if you need high flow rates and hydraulic head is almost perfect. With 399 euro you can buy a low voltage pump, with 12 incremental power steps, and the possibility to stop it for feeding fish and corals.

The construction and the plastic material are awesome, the pump looks so solid and resistant. The pump in Italy is provided by Reefline, which guarantees the best assistance.

PROS

ico.piu.png High quality performances even if inferior to the declared ones
ico.piu.png Low voltage pump
ico.piu.png 12 incremental power steps
ico.piu.png Well built
ico.piu.png Feed Modality which stops the exchange of water between aquarium and sump
ico.piu.png Available backup module

CONS

ico.meno Measured flow rate very inferior to the declared one
ico.meno High price

Construction quality
Quality
Value for money

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We have to thank Hobby Acquari of Bologna for providing us the Ecotech Marine Vectra M1 pump for our measurements.

Final Thoughts

A spectacular pump for performance, albeit inferior to the stated data. Only bad for the very high price you need to buy it. Read on more on our three pages review.

Overall Score 3.5

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