# Eheim pumps 1048, 1250 and 1260: The Total Comparative Test

by | Jul 16, 2012 | Equipment | 0 comments

Let’s start with this article to speak about the numbers resulting from our tests, following the introduction that you can read here: Return Pumps: tests and real measurements compared, now we begin to analyze the first pump we had from Eheim, the Eheim 1048.

The technical characteristics of which are:

• Pump Output: 700 l/h
• Power Consumption: 10 w
• Dimensions: 147x115x75 mm

Certainly it is not definitely suitable for use as a return pump in any aquarium given the low delivery head, but it’s worth a test, also to compare it with small sicce pumps that we’ll have to test.

Our test began literally in my garage, where we tested all pumps we have received, not only this, in a single session.

The workforce was composed by DaniReef, AndreaNegu and Giuseppe, along with Ivan, who was involved in the photographic record.

The first test we did was to measure the delivery head. The test is very simple to accomplish. We dropped the pump into a bucket full of water, we connected the pump to a garden hose plastic held vertically, and we measured the height reached by the water column from the ground. We then removed the height of water in the bucket, given that the delivery head is the distance between the two levels of water.

Let me point out that, contrary to what one might think, the level in the pipe was not fixed, but fluctuated noticeably.

So for Eheim 1048 we read 173 cm – 23 cm = measured delivery head 150 cm (150 cm declared)

Pump Output Test

Measure the pump output is however very complex and the result was only approximate but still useful for comparing similar pumps. Placing in fact a pump in a container, its output was affected too much from the prevalence present in the bucket itself, and thus the decreasing the water in the container fell also the output. In any case, we measured the time it took each pump to fill a 12 liter tank, and run 3 measures was averaged, and then we divided the time obtained by 12 liters, resulting in a capacity not perfect, but significant, especially for the comparison.

To fill the tank up to 12 liters the Eheim 1048 took an average of 79 seconds.

The outout normalized to zero head through a trigonometric calculation reported a flow rate equal to 868 l/h (against the 700 declared). As mentioned in the introduction, this number is misleading because the test was conducted in an unscientific manner, but we will measure everything with a calibrated instrument, as we report later in the article.

In fact, we have seen how, in this particular test condition, the smaller pumps have recorded the best performance, and vice versa, this is probably due to the increased incidence of prevalence with less powerful pumps.

Test of Power Consumption

During the test of delivery head we also measured the power consumption with current clamp, but as it was also impossible to measure the power factor, the offset between the real and apparent power, the result is only and exclusively as a curiosity.

Consumption at maximum delivery head: 0.116 amps or 26 watts versus 10 watts declared.

At this point we wondered if we could do more, and for this we came to meet the sicce, thanks to Federico Carraro, has made â€‹â€‹available all its instruments of measurement.

I and AndreaNegu then loaded all our pumps in the car, rather we have remedied even two Eheim 1250 and 1260 which we considered a very interesting test and we went to Padua to make the measurements.

We should note however that all the measurements made in sicce were performed with a supply current at 230V as standard of measurement in Europe, so keep in mind when you read the results.

Eheim 1250

here with all the pieces included

The technical characteristics of which are:

• Pump Output: 1.200 l/h
• Power Consumption: 28 w
• Dimensions: 180x120x95 mm

As we said before, this pump is used one, not brand new, then we can assume a small deviation from the declared valuesâ€‹â€‹.

Eheim 1260

here with all the pieces included

The technical characteristics of which are:

• Pump Output: 2.400 l/h
• Power Consumption: 65 w
• Dimensions: 218x161x116 mm

As we said before, this pump is used one, not brand new, then we can assume a small deviation from the declared valuesâ€‹â€‹.

We tested the three pumps with flow meters and delivery head meters of sicce and these were our measurements:

Eheim 1048

 Measured delivery head: 150 cm (declared 150 cm) Measured output: 533 l/h (declared 700) with 9 cm of delivery head

note: the measured delivery head has to be lowered by 12 cm which is the value read by the system when pump is off.

 Power Consumption at maximum delivery head: 8,3 watt (declared 10 watt) Power Factor: 0,266 Absorbed current: 0,13 A

Eheim 1250

 Measured delivery head: 195 cm (declared 200 cm) Measured output: 1.205 l/h (declared 1.200) with 43 cm of delivery head

note: the measured delivery head has to be lowered by 12 cm which is the value read by the system when pump is off.

 Power Consumption at maximum delivery head: 23,8 watt (declared 28 watt) Power Factor: 0,543 Absorbed current: 0,19 A

Output measured at 132 cm of delivery head: 608 l/h (10,13 liters/min)

 Power Consumption at 132 cm: 18,8 watt Power Factor: 0,451 Absorbed current: 0,18 A

Eheim 1260

 Measured delivery head: 350 cm (declared 370 cm) Measured output: 2.434 l/h (declared 2.400) with -16 cm of delivery head

note: the measured head has to be corrected by adding 20 cm which is the value read by the system when pump is off

 Power Consumption at maximum delivery head: 62,1 watt (declared 65 watt) Power Factor: 0,644 Absorbed current: 0,42 A

Output measured at 150 cm of delivery head: 1.730 l/h (note: the measured head has to be corrected by adding 20 cm which is the value read by the system when pump is off)

 Power Consumption at: 51,3 watt Power Factor: 0,558 Absorbed current: 0,40 A

And finally here is the summary data of Eheim pumps:

 pump delivery head garage test laboratory test average deviation Eheim 1048 150 150 150 150 100 % Eheim 1250 200 195 195 98 % Eheim 1260 370 350 350 95 %

The measure of delivery head â€‹â€‹has given us very positive values for the Eheim pumps, since all three pumps are very near to declared values, with max 5% of deviation. I still have to remember that both pumps 1250 and 1260 are not new.

Output

 pump declared output laboratory test deviation Eheim 1048 700 533 89% Eheim 1250 1200 1205 100% Eheim 1260 2400 2434 101%

The output rate has given us very positive values â€‹â€‹for the Eheim pumps, since both the 1250 1260 have fully complied with the stated valuesâ€‹â€‹, while the 1048 differs by just over 10%.

Power Consumption

 pump declared power consumption laboratory test deviation Annual cost (0,26â‚¬/kwh) Eheim 1048 10 8,3 83% 18,90 â‚¬ Eheim 1250 28 23,8 85% 54,21 â‚¬ Eheim 1260 65 62,1 96% 141,44 â‚¬

The measure of consumption has been extremely positive, since all the pumps tested exhibited a lower power consumption to the data declared, with two smaller pumps, the 1048 and 1250 with even lower values â€‹â€‹of more than 15%.

Values â€‹â€‹recorded at 150 cm of delivery head (more or less)

 pump delivery head (cm) output (l/h) Power consumption (w) Annual cost (0,26â‚¬/kwh) Eheim 1048 Eheim 1250 132 608 18,8 42,70 Eheim 1260 150 1730 51,3 116,52

The measurements made at 150 cm are indicative of a range that we have in our tanks (in this case only the 1260 has 150 cm of delivery head), both as regards the output, for what concerns the power consuption and therefore the cost, calculated here at a cost of 0.26 euros per kwh, everyone can divide that value by 0.26 and re-multiply for the value they currently pay.

Correspondence with declared data

Finally, just as a comparison, we give a matching value compared to data reported by the various pumps

 pump delivery head output Power consumption Average Eheim 1048 100% 89% 83% 102 % Eheim 1250 98% 100% 85% 104 % Eheim 1260 95% 101% 96% 100 %

We can therefore say that all three Eheim pumps are suited to the data declared, with the Eheim 1250 which won the scepter of the pump closer to the data reported. In any case we can only promote to honors all three pumps, you can see in the next image in a compact formation.

Many thanks to Eheim for providing us the Eheim pump 1048 subject of the test, and sicce for the provision of the laboratory where tests were performed.

• Danilo Ronchi, aka DaniReef lives in Italy where he is hydraulic engineer, but starting from his love for reef aquarium and photography, he began to write about marine aquariums from 2006 and now he's published his first book "Marine Aquarium". From 2007 Danilo writes on his blog danireef.com where publishes articles, pictures, product reviews, aquariums coverage, reportage and history of his tank. Now he's happy to be part of Reefs.com