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post #11 of 15 Old 02-08-2012, 05:51 PM
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I'm using an Elite presently, the second (larger size) I've had, and both have served their purpose well. Not very quiet though, if that matters to anyone.

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post #12 of 15 Old 02-08-2012, 06:06 PM
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Common sense! send it back as maybe it is an issue they are not aware of! Manufacturing problems do occur.

I would strongly advise people AGAINST opening up electronic equipment you are NOT qualified to inspect...it can be deadly.
Just an example it takes a very minimal amount of electrical current to fully stop your heart, your TV on average holds a 5000v charge for up to 15-20 seconds after you turn the power off!
This made me LOL I won't lie. I'm not qualified to touch anything electrical but jeez the things I have fixed. Not being qualified and not understanding are two very different things. This though is an AIR PUMP. Its not ginog to hold any charge for any considerable amount of time. Similar to the TV example... yeah it may hold a charge for a whole 20 seconds. If anyone can open up an electronic that fast they deserve an award of some kind. An air pump has no ability to store energy either. I don't use air pumps normally, but my rena airpump has what looks like a magnetic motor, similar to filter motors. And uses that to compress a diaphragm. There is no danger taking off the cover of the pump and checking the workman ship. If you don't feel confident working on electronics then simply don't. This though is like popping your cars hood to see if anything is noticeably wrong.

I'm a bio-major as well. Regardless nothing I own is safe from my tampering and repair attempts. I've either built or rewired all my tank lights, I've taken apart a few heaters, poked in some filters. Aquarium equipment is pretty safe, simple, and resilient for the most part. Its hard to damage it by taking it apart. Unlike a lot of other things I've taken apart like cellphones, computers, laptops, game consoles, and a TV. In those cases I'm actually more cautious that my body's electricity doesn't hurt the device since a small static shock can really screw things up. Only time I have been dangerously shocked I wasn't working on anything, just plugging something into a wall outlet.

I'm all for returning products to the manufacturer. However if they are out of warranty they are not going to do anything about it. Which is why I generally mess around with things I am not qualified around with.

If its any help the inside of my rena airpump looks like pretty decent workman ship.

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post #13 of 15 Old 02-08-2012, 07:15 PM
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I've had a blue dome Whisper for years that's still doing great. I probably got lucky. I've been looking into piston air pumps. Anyone have experience with the smaller models ?
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post #14 of 15 Old 02-08-2012, 07:42 PM
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I have a Whisper Deep Water pump that I've had for years, I replace the diaphrams every year or so and works like new. It is a little noisey though, I would be interested in what other people use and how good it is.

And if you dont have enough common sense to UNPLUG any electrical device before servicing than you deserve a little ZAP. lol
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post #15 of 15 Old 02-08-2012, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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I have no experience with rena. to be honest :\

but +1 on the whole if you didnt think to unplug it, you deserve a zap :)

I have not used the older blue dome air pumps, and I know they have been around a while. Mine is only about a year old, and youre the first person ive heard of with a tetra blue dome that has lasted more than a few months. Im ok with replacing the diaphragms once a year, but in the case of the tetra, a new fusion pump is cheaper than the diaphragm kit ;)

as for the manufacturer, im sure they mean well. But sending back one death trap isnt going to fix anything, aside from getting you shipped a brand new death trap. They are mass produced in a factory.. telling someone in a suit half way across the world isnt going to get them to stop production and rethink their assembly. OH the all mighty dollar.

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