The Magnus DC Pump is a new line of efficient water movers coming soon from Taiwanese company Sunpole. While the aquarium hobby has never really heard of Sunpole before, apparently the parent company Solteam Electronics has been making a variety of electronic products for many years.
The first thing that strikes us about the Sunpole Magnus DC pumps is how cool they look, with a sweet wraparound pump holder which is color coded to correspond to the different models. One look at that controller and it’s easy to see this is a completely different driver, not the same little plastic box with indicator LEDs and a generic label slapped over it.
Sunpole is offering the Magnus DC pump in three different sizes, the VSG-6000 rated for 6,000 liters per hour (1585 gph) at 50 watts, the VSG-9000 rated for 9,000 liter per hour (2377 gph) at 85 watts and the biggest model being the VSG-12,000 rated for 12,000 liters per hour (3170 gph) at 150 watts.
The shape of the body and the closed impeller is definitely similar to some of the better DC pumps we’ve seen released in the last couple of years. But what Sunpole is most proud of is their pumps’ quiet operation and high efficiency, touting the performance of their Magnus pumps in liters per hour per watt, which is as high as 120 lph/w in the VSG-6000.
We definitely recognize a big difference in quality between Taiwanese and Chinese made products. Taiwanese companies generally put greater value in quality and performance rather than merely low cost, and hopefully the new Sunpole Magnus DC Pumps will live up to that expectation. [ReefBuilders Japan]