All of our water fountains for cats and dogs can be powered by battery or a low voltage power adapter. We've offered battery pet fountains for over 10 years. You can battery power your pet fountain or plug it into a nearby outlet; it's up to you. The pumps we use are special low power consumption DC pumps, known for their performance and reliability; they run a long time before it's necessary to recharge/exchange batteries.
The battery can be placed:
- inside a cordless fountain (so no cable is showing outside the fountain),
- inside a detached ceramic battery compartment standing directly behind your "regular" round Ebi pet drinking fountain,
- or outside any of our fountains instead of a power transformer (then you’ll have an external box with low voltage cables leading to the fountain).You can choose between a D-cell box/holder or a rechargeable Li-Ion USB battery (power pack). Always keep your battery dry!
|AA-Cell||3 to 4||alkaline||30 hours||no|
|D-Cell||4x10.000mAh||NiMH||up to 3 days||yes|
|D-Cell||4 or 8||alkaline||up to 12 days||no|
|Li-Ion USB||5 Volt||Li-Ion||up to 10 days
A portable USB battery/USB power pack (usually used to recharge your
cell phone when you are off grid) can be used to power the fountain
pump. They are lightweight and have a large capacity. Be sure to pack
the battery into a quality Ziploc-type bag since these batteries should
not under any circumstances get wet.
We do not recommend any specific battery or brand, but we’ve tested several different USB batteries (see table below.) The Anker is supposed to be the best quality with regard to lifespan, but we didn’t get any significantly better run time with it than the others. The RavPower RP-PB41 has the longest run time as a single battery but can not be used as a tandem battery (two batteries parallel) since the RavPower RP-PB41 doesn't take over automatically. If you’re already using a USB battery to recharge your mobile phone or tablet, we recommend you try it for this application before buying anything new.
These tests were run in 2016/2017. Since then models have changed, been discontinued and hundreds of new models have come on the market.
|Powernews Solar Charger||300,000 mAh||1.5 days||Ebay|
|AIBOCN WX010||10,000 mAh||2 days||Amazon||side USB connector|
|Move Power Solar Charger||20,000 mAh||2.3 days||Ebay|
|Propel 51107||13,000 mAh||3 days||All-Battery.com|
|SA01300||50,000 mAh||3 days||AliExpress|
|Anker Powercore 13000||13,000 mAh||3.5 days||Amazon|
|RavPower RP-PB19||16,750 mAh||3.7 days||Amazon|
|GJT G-088||20,000 mAh||4 days||Amazon|
|Anker Astro E7||25,600 mAh||4.5 days||Amazon|
|iMuto X4 (*1)||20,000 mAh||5 days||Amazon|| new
generation models switch off
after 45 seconds (status 4/2017)
|RavPower RP-PB41||26,800 mAh||5.5 days||Amazon|
Continuous run times with pump model JT-180 are approx. 20% shorter.
Battery 2 (needs to take
over when battery 1 is empty)
|Anker Astro E7||RavPower RP-PB41 26,800 mAh||-||Rav doesn't switch on automatically|
|iMuto X4 (*1)||RavPower RP-PB41 26,800 mAh||-||Rav doesn't switch on automatically|
|RavPower RP-PB41 26,800 mAh||Powernews Solar Charger||7 days||Powernews switches on automatically|
|Anker Powercore 13000||RavPower RP-PB19||7.3 days||RavPower switches on automatically|
|Anker Astro E7||GJT G-088||8 days||GJT switches on automatically|
|RavPower RP-PB19||iMuto X4 (*1)||8.5 days||See (*1) below|
|Anker Astro E7||iMuto X4 (*1)||9.5 days||See (*1) below|
(*1) iMuto X4 or X6 new generation models don't work anymore; they switch off after 45 seconds (status 4/2017).
|iMuto X4, 2017 model||20,000 mAh||-||Amazon||is turning off|
|iMuto X6||30,000 mAh||-||Amazon||is turning off|
|ZILU||16,800mAh||-||Amazon||is turning off|
|CBD LA801||50,000 mAh||4.5 days||Newegg||some models keep turning off|
|18650 Power bank||50,000 mAh||-||AliExpress||is turning off|
As the table shows, these will need to be recharged approx. every 3 to 5 days. We suggest ordering 2 batteries, so that one can be in use while the other is charging. We have constructed a “double adapter cable” that allows 2 batteries to power the fountain in tandem – this will give you double the run time before having to recharge, but you’ll need a total of 4 batteries.
There is some very solid, consistent advice about getting the most out
of your batteries:
1. Be prepared to replace them, eventually. Rechargeable batteries don’t last forever, and through time and use they will stop working. Thank them for saving you money, recycle them, and move on.
2. Buy a good charger. You don’t have to spend a fortune on the best charger available, but make sure you get a “smart” charger, one that electronically monitors the recharge process and prevents overcharging. Not only is it better for the batteries, it will use less power than cheap chargers, which often rely on a simple timer mechanism.
3. Remove the batteries when the recharge is complete. Unnecessary time on the charger means more “trickle” power is used to keep them charged—so more wear and tear and more wasted power.
4. Store your batteries fully loaded (never empty!) at room temperature in a dry location. Excessive heat can definitely damage your batteries and cause them to lose charge faster.
5. Every battery should be
protected from water, but Li-Ion batteries (USBs) are
particularly sensitive to water damage because they have electronics
inside. We craft our internal battery compartments to keep the batteries
dry but there is always the possibility of condensation forming, so it
is imperative that the battery(ies)
be enclosed in a high quality water tight Ziploc-type bag before putting
them inside the compartment. And of course, if your cat has the
propensity to play in the water, external batteries need to be protected
as well. You have about 7 feet of cord available, so put them in a
higher place, a nearby drawer or a waterproof container.
6. It's important to follow the safety guidelines that accompany your batteries!