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Which is The Best Motor For You?

12v and 24v DC motors

You can power the motor with solar panels (via batteries or panel-direct), vehicle battery, generator-fed battery, solar generator, your home’s solar system, or an AC-DC converter.

All Simple Pump’s motor systems described below are added to the base hand pump

In an emergency (such as a storm wrecking your solar panels), the Simple Pump has the unique option of switching to hand operation… in just about 15 minutes.

Unique Hand-Motor-Hand Interchangability

The handle is taken off (or left off), and the motor unit bolts onto the same part of the pump head. Addition of the motor can be done on initial installation, or separately at any time in the future.

Options

The integrated solar pump system that uses batteries will be the better choice in most domestic situations.
The panel direct system may be better for sunny climates, rangeland and wildlife watering.
The standalone motors are best if you want to take care of the panels and control electronics locally.

#1: Solar Powered, Battery Backup

Best for household application, when the water supply must be dependable and having the power back-up of a battery will potentially be useful.
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#2: Solar Powered, Panel-Direct

For homes in sunnier climates and applications where water is not needed at any particular time, e.g. for animals.
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#3: Standalone Motor Unit Outdoors

Best for household application, when the water supply must be dependable and having the power back-up of a battery will potentially be useful.
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#4: Standalone Motor Unit Indoors

Best for household application, when the water supply must be dependable and having the power back-up of a battery will potentially be useful.
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In Summary

Thinking about these alternatives… If you were going to power the standalone motor with solar, you would need a controller, timer, fusing, connectors, wiring and solar panels, anyway. Where are you going to buy those? How do you know they are the correct capacity? How do you know if the particular brand is of good quality? And your supplier for all those components would need to analyze your needs and configure your system.

For most people, it is likely most effective to buy everything in the one complete package, from us.