Sicce Voyager Nano 1000 and 2000 – perfect for MiniReef and fresh water – our in depth Review
I used these pumps for every assignments. I used them to prepare my salt water before a water change, to keep water movement behind the rocks and to keep clean them from sediments. I tested and alternated them for a very long time, and I really enjoyed the use of them. They always started even after a long stop period, no problems noticed.
Body pump looks like a round parallelepiped, one side ends with a large egg-shaped grid with external longitudinal intakes, making a blockage-proof pump, and a central circular part placed interiorly to the blades of the impeller, a little larger than the impeller itself. On the other side is located the engagement for the magnetized support, that permits the excursion of the pump in every direction.
Also the two Sicce Voyager 1000 and 2000 use the magnet as a hook standard system.
Here above we can see the external side, in contact with the glass, with a rilief printing of the logo.
Now we can see the internal side, with a very convenient o-ring to avoid glass scratches by hard plastic section, to maximize the pression on the glass and to reduce vibrations to the tank. Really well constructed.
Here we can appreciate the joint between the rear side of the pump and the magnet, whit a handy spherical cap, giving adjustable motion. Sicce declares a complete 360° movement: actually it’s not possible, but it’s really very satisfying.
Here we can appreciate the spherical cap.
The magnet supplied with the pump is easy fitting to glasses up to 12 mm, no matter with proper tanks (talking about flow rate).
We tried to evaluate the noise generated by the two pumps but any noise is not noticeable. No strumental differences between on or off-mode.
We realized that these pumps are not audible.
The Power Consumption
We measured the instantaneous consumption of the two pumps, as usual, testing amperage with the voltage known.
I measured the consumption with a current clamp, revealing a current of 0.013 A for the small Voyager 1000 and 0.016A for the bigger Voyager 2000. Unfortunately it was not possible to detect the power factor.
Total current adsorbed, without measuring power factor, is
- Sicce Voyager 1000 pump with 1.000 l/h flow rate: 0,013A x 220 V = 2,86 watt
Considering a consumption of 2.86 watts, and a cost of 0.26 euro per kwh, we could use a Voyager 1000 continuously for a whole year with a consumption of 25 kwh, or a couple of Voyager 1000, alternated every 6 hours, with a ridiculous cost of 6,5 euro per year, or 0.54 euro per month.
- Sicce Voyager 2000 pump with 2.000 l/h flow rate: 0,016A x 220 V = 3,52 watt
Considering a consumption of 3.52 watts, and a cost of 0.26 euro per kwh, we could use a Voyager 2000 continuously for a whole year with a consumption of 30.8 kwh, or a couple of Voyager 2000, alternated every 6 hours, with a ridiculous cost of 8 euro per year, or 0.67 euro per month.
Pump can be disassembled very easily, and here above we can see the two impellers in more detail. On the left we can see the black impeller of more powerful Voyager 2000, and the Voyager 1000 gray one. Effectively, we do not know if the color distinguishes the two pumps. Mere chance? We don’t think so.
Nothing strange with this picture? Are you sure?
The Sicce Voyager, unlike the most of movement pumps known, for example VorTech, Tunze Turbelle or Rossmont, adopts a three blades propeller, instead of classic double-helical ones. According to Sicce, the reason for this choice is greater overall efficiency, reached with the three blades, and a more regular flow.
To avoid fishes inside the pump body, especially contacting with the impeller, the protective grid is applied to the pump. Obviously, this device becomes useless if the pump runs all-day long, but it becomes useful, vice versa, if you use a timer that creates alternation. On this chance, small fishes and crustaceans may contact the impeller or they could be struck down when the pump starts.
Talking about performances, we have been very impressed by the Voyager Nano 2000, with a double flow rate as compared with the Voyager 1000, with a lightly higher consumption and, essentially, with a comparable price.