It is difficult to review an air pump, as the main concern with many people when it comes to air pumps is the amount of noise that they produce. Other than the noise, there is very little difference between air pumps.
The Aqua One Precision air pump is only the third air pump that I have ever owned. It would be wise to keep this in mind as you read this article as my comparisons are only based on past experience with air pumps that I have owned.
In terms of noise, it is hard to quantify the amount of noise that this air pump makes in words. So, I’ll say this. I have this air pump running on a tank that is in my bedroom. That being said, I obviously manage to sleep with the noise of this air pump. Admittedly, I am a pretty heavy sleeper but this air pump is certainly more quiet than other brands that I have owned over the years.
On the other hand, I recently purchased an Eheim 400 air pump. This pump is almost completely silent and makes the Aqua One air pump look noisy in comparison.
I have two criticisms for this air pump. First, the air filter, which is a circular piece of cotton that covers the air intake, was poorly attached to the air pump. It detached almost immediately. However, this was easily remedied with a bit of super glue around the outside edge of the intake hole. As such, this wasn’t much more than a mild annoyance.
If that was the only criticism it would be fine, however, there is another major criticism of this air pump. After 3 months of use my air pump stopped working properly. The majority of the air was being expelled from one of the outlets while the other outlet was barely producing any air flow. As a result, I had to return this air pump.
I was able to find at least one other review were a similar issue was experienced. However, this still may be an issue with a few batches and a few individual products rather than the product as a whole.
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