A solar pond aerator ensures your outdoor pond stays clean and attractive without requiring a power source near the pond. A solar-powered aerator improves water quality and reduces algae and odors by removing phosphorus and breaking down bacteria.
A solar system comes with panels that turn sunlight into energy. That eliminates the need for outlets near the pond, while also saving the cost of electric consumption. You can save money, help the environment, and look after your pond.
But how do you know which solar pond oxygenator is best? This list of the top 5 best solar pond aerators in 2020 will help you find a pump that will make you and your pond shine.
Solariver Solar Water Pump Kit
This water pump system will move a lot of water, making it perfect for running waterfalls, fountains and in larger ponds. It’s available in a 10 watt or 20 watt size.
While a bit pricier than the other choices, it features a durable pump. The manufacturer claims it has a life of more than 20,000 hours. Submerse the pump and rest easy as its pre-filter ensures debris doesn’t clog the impeller. It’s also non-toxic to your fish and any other water life such as frogs or plant life.
The aluminum-framed solar panel comes with a stake and a power cord that allows you to place both the 10- and 20-watt panels up to 16 feet away from the pump. You can add an optional 16-foot extension cord to place it even farther from the pond.
It’s simple to use as the panel connects directly to the pump. Place the pump in the water, plug it into the panel, and put the panel in the sun. Your system will be powered up immediately as long as you set the panel in the sun.
You can also change the style of the water feature by running the pump with no attachment, or adding the umbrella attachment or the fountain attachment. The spray adds a serene and calming water feature to your pond.
The system has a 400 GPH (Gallons Per Hour) flow rate and a one-year warranty.
AEO Solar Powered Air Pump Kit
This system is a top choice because the kits have multiple options from which to choose.
For instance, there’s a 1.5-watt size solar panel, with a pump that has one air outlet. The 2.5-watt solar panel kit has a pump with two outlets. The largest panel is 20 watts.
You can also get individual components manufactured by AEO. The pumps can be purchased separately, with sizes from 196 GPH to 898 GPH.
The kits include the panel, the pump and one or two airing stones, which lift the water high, promoting better air circulation in the water. The airing stones are a nice bonus as they promote better oxygen absorption. They are also easy to clean and you can get replacements if necessary.
This system works only under sunlight. It automatically turns on when the sun comes up and quits running when it gets dark at night.
It’s important to choose the size of kit that’s right for your water system. For example, the 2.5-watt solar panel paired with 3 LPM pump is recommended for a maximum-sized pond of 800 gallons.
Beckett Corporation Air Pump Solar Kit
This is a top choice for the value-conscious consumer as it provides a basic kit at a reasonable price.
The system comes with a 1.5-watt solar panel, a 10-foot power cord, a pump, and an airing stone.
This is a straightforward system that runs well, with a small pump that will fit in any size of the pond. Although it’s a smaller pump, it has a good water flow. The airing stone is a bonus, as mentioned earlier because it helps with oxygen absorption.
The only downside of this system is the shorter power cord, meaning the panel will have to be placed close to the pond.
POND BOSS DAIRSOL40 Solar Floating Aerator
This is a completely different option, as it’s a floating solar pond aerator.
This smaller system is perfect for smaller ponds and water features, up to 200 gallons. The floating system has a solar panel that’s 0.8 watts. It floats with the panel facing up, so the sun will power the aerator.
The solar panel is attached to a stone diffuser that pumps oxygen into the water. The air pump delivers 40 GPH.
The material of the system is durable and weather resistant. And, it adds a decorative touch floating in your water feature.
Sunnydaze Outdoor Solar Pump and Panel Fountain Kit
This system is the “Cadillac” of outdoor aerators, intended to provide you with a decorative fountain display, including an LED light for nighttime enjoyment.
The Sunnydaze product will give you a great water flow, as it sprays water up to 120 inches high. It has 396 GPH of power, creating a beautiful water display.
It includes two 10-watt solar panels with brackets. There are ground spikes to support the panels and one battery pack.
Here’s how the system goes together:
- A 14-inch cable connects the two solar panels
- A 77-inch cable connects the panels to the battery pack
- Two 16-foot cables connect the pump to the battery pack and the LED light ring from the battery pack to the pump
There are also two different spray heads for the fountain.
The system needs direct sunlight to run, and it will also store energy in the battery pack. The energy stored will then run the pump for up to four hours.
The LED light works only at night and automatically turns on and off.