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Maxspect and the brand new Turbine Duo DC Pump – preview


Maxspect Turbine DuoLet’s speak honestly… in the last few years return pumps segment did not make the news cycle for outstanding new items or innovative products.

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Lately on almost all of the factories firmly took the way of using DC power pumps, because of the advantages that this technology brought, in comparison with former AC current models, especially with reference to consumption, safety and last but not least flexibility (step by step increment of power).

So far, the last factories that have been talked about were Ecotech Marine (thanks to Vectra S1, the smallest model of its well-known pump lineup), and the italian Sicce, recently committed in a joint venture with Seachem (which in the early 2017 presented its Syncra SDC pump, link to the preview article can be found here.)

So, the announcement of a new return pump branded by Maxspect obviously couldn’t leave us indifferent, especially if we consider the unique attitude that this factory has towards the market, always open to experimentation and innovation through the years.

We cannot forget that Maxspect was the first to introduce the axial-operating flow pumps patent, bringing the world-famous (and valuable) Gyre pump to the market. Maxspect also took an outstanding news in the lighting industry, with a LED lighting system (Recurve) capable of changing the angle of incidence of its spots, and adapt the light beams to the necessities of the tank (spreading wider light rather than convoluting it for a deeper penetration).

These are all bets that Maxspect bravely played in a market that is always hungry for innovation, and that clearly won, if we take into account the selling results.

As you already know, we at DaniReef.com are pretty curious and we were in a hurry to call the factory and have some detailed information to know more about the pump than what is reported on Maxspect website.

Answer came quickly and with usual kindness from Maxspect.

Maxspect Turbine Duo packaging (for US market). Photo courtesy of Maxspect.

Maxspect Turbine Duo packaging (for US market). Photo courtesy of Maxspect

Maxspect Turbine Duo DC Pump unveiled

So we are here to tell you more about the brand new Maxspect Turbine Duo DC Pump.

Official presentation was made during last MACNA 2017, that took place in New Orleans – Louisiana (USA) from 24th to 27th of august.

Pretty singular is the colour scheme of the body, with an electric blue on a slightly opaque transparent plastic material, with the black inserts of the grids, the base and the cables. Turbine Duo owns its name from the couple of turbines that are placed side by side and that are able to generate a double exit flow. One single central electric motor is the force generator for both the turbines that are laterally placed. Flow is so driven out on two independent exit points, besides the single source drive.

This seems definitely to be the breaking point from all other pumps on the scene. It would seem to be a less significant issue, but it is not. This configuration is just one of the several that you will be able to quickly set up on this pump, which defines this product as one of the most, maybe the most versatile of its kind.

Maxspect Turbine Duo pumo in its fancy electric blue scheme. Photo courtesy of Maxspect.

Maxspect Turbine Duo pumo in its fancy electric blue scheme. Photo courtesy of Maxspect

Flexibility at top level

Try to think about an application that you could find useful for your system… this pump makes it possible (as far as with some limit that still exist).

This configuration already looks interesting by itself. How many times we needed to find a solution to feed our fluid filter, our calcium reactor, or the inline chiller? And how many of us ended up using creative derivations and pipes just to be able to use one only return pump to feed a biopellets reactor, without adding a second pump for that purpose?

This small item solves the problem simply bringing you a second outlet to use at your will.

Maybe someone of you needed to have a second return pump, so that you could have a second distant inlet point and, why not, to increase the tank flow as well… well, with Maxspect Turbine Duo this is simply done!

This should already be enough to put this product on your wishlist.

And what if I told you that you can mesh both flows into a more powerful single one, just installing a simple Y adapter which is already included in the package?

And don’t you think it could be useful to use just one of the turbines so that flow would be slightly decreased together with power consumption? With this pump you can do that, with no need to make any change or upgrade. You just have to install one or more components that are all available in the starting kit.

In conclusion Maxspect Turbine Duo is a manifest to flexibility, a technology concentrate that brings to reality a marvellous and brave idea.

A complete starting kit

All that we need is packed in bundle with the product. A truly complete set of fittings, adapters and grids to mount and unmount it on our aquarium system with the best results.

The outstanding set of accessories for full setup of the Maxspect Turbine Duo pump. Photo courtesy of Maxspect.

The outstanding set of accessories for full setup of the Maxspect Turbine Duo pump. Photo courtesy of Maxspect

In the packaging, amongst other things, we can find the black coloured controller. We could not see that working, but at a first sight it seems to be really small in dimensions and aesthetically clean. Compatibility with ICV6 seems to be assured, so wireless control will be available and it will be interoperable with other Maxspect products, such as Gyre flow pumps, Recurve and Ethereal lighting systems.

Packaging

Unpacking the box we can find the pump in its housing placed on the upper right side. Every other accessory is well aligned in its compartment.

Maxspect Turbine Duo DC Pump packaging is well cured and everything is in its right place. Photo courtesy of Maxspect.

Maxspect Turbine Duo DC Pump packaging is well cured and everything is in its right place. Photo courtesy of Maxspect

Hereunder you can see the standard content of the package, with the small user manual, the pump itself, the DC power supply unit and the controller. On the right you can find two protection grids for the inlets, various bags with fittings and finally the accessory that is used to close one side of the body in the “single outlet” mode. In this configuration pump will be able to push a lower flow, but it will definitely decrease power consumption.

Another spot on the accessory kit. You can see the wireless controller on the right. Photo courtesy of Maxspect.

Another spot on the accessory kit. You can see the wireless controller on the right. Photo courtesy of Maxspect

The two outlets can be rotated on 270° in the purpose of orientate the exit pipes the way we like the most.

In the following picture you can see some interesting configurations.

Duo Outlet, Combined Outlet e Single Outlet configurations. Photo courtesy of Maxspect.

Duo Outlet, Combined Outlet e Single Outlet configurations. Photo courtesy of Maxspect.

Technical specifications, operational modes and conclusions at page two


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