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Extension lead for small solar fountain/pump?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by miljee, 25 Jun 2021.

  1. miljee

    miljee

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    I have a small fountain in my garden pond driven by a solar panel. The lead is only 2m long so I’d like to extend it, but the one I got the connectors are too big (for a grown-up solar panel, not a 2” x 3” one!)

    it’s a Solar Pump BP250, 4.5~12v.
     
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    Cut and join the wires?
     
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    Hi, I could if I knew what sort of flex and what sort of joiners to buy! I could actually do the job, but I'd be guessing at the kit!
     
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    Is it possible to open the pump ?
    Rather than extend a too short 2M cable it would be better to replace the whole cable
     
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    Thinking that there is a small 2 pin plug moulded on the end of the cable Tiger
     
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    Hmm, I think that end (which sits in the pond) is moulded. Although I'd agree that replacing the entire cable would be a good idea!
     
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    can you solder, if yes extend the cable by soldering and covering with heatshrink sleeving and as i presume this is a pump that runs off a few solar volts then the cheap cable sold as speaker wire will be ok unless you want to add lots of metres

    pics will help
     
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    Sureitsoff? - love the name- I will see if I can work out how to post pictures. I can't but think it can't be THAT difficult! I can solder, and yes, it, this bloody pump, runs off barely any volts. Ironically, I work with lots of volts at work, linear accelerators, millions of volts. But a solar fountain has foxed me....
     
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    Just copy and paste pictures.
     
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    Extension cables (with suitable plugs and sockets) OUGHT to be available from the supplier for any such product.
    If not (as is probable), the problem is that there are many different sizes/standards for such products so you may not (easily) be able to purchase a suitable "extension lead"!

    However, you could seek and purchase TWO pairs of "Inline Cable Couplers" (such as these at https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161878152497?hash=item25b0b09531:g:qpIAAOSwvTpZ-Nce&var=460845835963 - or similar) in the two pin version, remove the existing plug and socket, connect one pair to the existing two devices - as appropriate - and make up an extension lead of suitable length with the other pair.

    Soldering of these connectors is required - and care with the polarity may be needed.

    Unfortunately, these and the lead required may cost more than the cost of the original pump and solar panel.
     
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