Royal Exclusiv has been talking about their new Red Dragon 3 variable speed pumps lately. Details are very light at the moment but we did found out that the Red Dragon III will be available in 3 versions. And before you dive into the details the picture above is from a last gen Red Dragon 2. First up is the Red Dragon 3 pumps. These are not brushless pumps but variable speed pumps. The 10k model which pumps 10,500 liters (2,773 gallons) at a max head height of 4 meters using 100 watts. Next, is the Red Dragon 3 20k which can push 20,000 (5,283) liters at a max head height of 6 meters using 250 watts and lastly the Red Dragon 3 25k model pushing 25,000 liters (6,604 gallons) at max head of 10 meters. Click the read more link for more information on the Red Dragon line
The first two models (10k, 20k) were supposed to be ready by late February but it looks like they are behind schedule from VDE/GS certification. (VDE Certification is extremely important in the European Union we are told.) What’s new? Royal Exlcusiv’s Red DragonIII pumps are said to have a LCD screen on board which will show speed in RPM, power consumption in watts and a on/off display among other features.
Royal Exclusiv is being upfront that the engine block and electronics coming from China. However, they state that the rotors, impellers, shafts, cables, and the pump heads, final assembly and quality control are being done in their plant in Germany (Cologne).
Brushless Red Dragon 2 Classic Pumps
What is a brushless pump? A brushless “DC (BLDC) motor is a synchronous electric motor powered by direct-current (DC) electricity and having an electronic commutation system, rather than a mechanical commutator and brushes.” And we have been told that Royal Exclusiv is releasing two new versions of the Red Dragon Classic 2 in a brushless form.
Red Dragon 2 Classic 7,000 which will deliver 7,500 liters with a max head height of 4 meters at about 70 watts. These are currently being tested to select users in Germany now and will be the first pump released in the series. The next is the Red Dragon 2 Classic 16,000 with a max delivery of 16,500 liters with a max head height of 5 meters using about 200 watts. This larger model will hit in late April if everything goes to plan.
You can expect to see Vertex Aquaristik branded pumps coming to market soon. Vertex already has a place holder on their site dedicated to DC pumps. This is continuing the partnership started earlier last year with cone protein skimmers and only makes sense to expand the product line. We are not sure what specific models will be targeted but you can count on these models being lower in price and not available in the main Red Dragon pump lines.