Wayne Battery Backup Sump Pumps Review  

Review and Compare Wayne ESP15, ESP25 and ESP 45 

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What will you do if your primary sump pump fails and you are not home or the electricity goes out? Do you want your basement to flood if your primary pump fails?

The best solution for protecting your basement from flooding if your primary pump fails is to install a backup sump pump.

Wayne Pump Company has been manufacturing sump pumps since 1941 and have backup sump pump system solutions.

The following information will help you select the best Wayne backup sump pump for your basement flood protection.

Pictured are the Wayne ESP15, ESP25 and ESP45 Battery Backup Sump Pumps at Pumps Selection.
 
 

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Wayne Backup Pump Models Available
 

The three Wayne battery backup sump pumps available are the ESP15, the ESP25 and the ESP45.

The Wayne ESP15 is comparable to a 1/6 HP primary sump pump and at a 10 foot lift can pump 12 gallons per minute or 720 gallons per hour. The pump housing, volute, impeller and shaft are made from thermoplastic.

The Wayne ESP25 is comparable to a ¼ - 1/3  HP primary sump pump and at a 10 foot lift can pump 38 gallons per minute or 2,280 gallons per hour. The pump housing, volute, impeller and shaft are made from thermoplastic.

The Wayne ESP45 is comparable to a 1/3 to ½ HP primary sump pump and can pump 40 gallons per minute or 2,400 gallons per hour. The pump housing, volute, and seal plate are made from iron. The shaft is made from stainless steel. The impeller is made from thermoplastic.

Wayne ESP15 57609 Battery Backup Sump Pump 720 GPH at 10 ft Max Lift 16 ft Wayne Battery Backup Sump Pump 57609 720 GPH at 10 ft


Wayne ESP25 Battery Back Up Sump Pump 2300 GPH at 10 ft Wayne Battery Backup Sump Pump ESP25 at Pumps Selection


Wayne ESP45 Battery Backup Sump Pump 2400 GPH at 10 ft Wayne Blue Angel Pro ESP45 Backup Sump Pump
 
Key Features of Wayne Backup Pumps
 

A reed vertical float switch is used for the three Wayne Battery pump models.  Since the float is vertical and is to be attached to the discharge pipe, it takes no additional room in the sump pit. The magnetic reed float switch is more reliable than a mechanical vertical float switch. The switch turns the pump on as a magnet moves up and down passing two contacts.  When the contacts touch each other the circuit is completed and the switch activates the pump.

An audible alarm sounds for each model when the battery backup system is in use. LED lights are also used to indicate battery status. A green light indicates the battery is charging. A yellow light indicates the voltage is low; that the battery is partially charged. A red light indicates the battery is depleted and needs to be recharged or replaced.

The battery charger keeps the battery in ready state but does not over charge it.  The battery charger for all models is less than 1 amp so it takes at least three days to recharge a fully depleted battery.

 

Pictured is the Magnetic Reed Float Switch for the Wayne ESP15, ESP25 and ESP45 Battery Backup Sump Pumps.
 
As for batteries, either maintenance or sealed lead acid deep cycle maintenance free batteries can be used. A 40 amp battery can pump up to 11,000 gallons; an 80 amp battery can pump up to 22,000 gallons and a 120 amp battery will pump up to 33,000 gallons per a fully charged battery.


Wayne WSB1275 75 Amp Hour Sealed Lead Acid Sump Pump Battery 1 yr Warranty 8 hr Continuous Run for ESP15, ESP25 or ESP45 Back Up Sump Pump
Pictured is the Wayne WSB1275 Battery for ESP15, ESP25 and ESP45 backup sump pumps.
 
How Do Wayne Model Backup Pumps Compare
 

The ESP15 weighs less; weighing in at 9 pounds. The ESP25 weighs 13 pounds and the ESP45 weighs 30 pounds. Since the ESP15 is very light weight it can be installed above a primary pump by cutting into the discharge pipe and using a T-connector; the pump will hang in mid air. The ESP25 and ESP45 cannot be installed in line with the discharge pipe. They must rest on the bottom of the pit or an L bracket for support. The heavier the pump the stronger and more durable it is; it has more pumping capacity per minute. 

The ESP15 has the smallest width - 5 .5 inches wide. The ESP25 is 6 inches wide and the ESP45 is 8 ¾ inches wide. 

Only the Wayne ESP45 backup pump runs on both AC (electrical) or DC (battery) power. This capability is especially helpful when your primary pump fails and the electrical power is on. The pump will not use any battery power if electrical power is available.

The Wayne ESP45 is most durable and built for heavy water flow.  Its pump housing, volute and steel plate are made from cast iron; its shaft is stainless steel and its impeller is made from reinforced thermoplastic. The ESP25 and ESP15 are made from thermoplastic.

The battery backup pump ESP45 is the only model with top suction. This prevents clogging and air lock. No weep hole is required in the discharge pipe.

The backup sump pump ESP45 alarm can be silenced for 4 hours before it sounds again. The alarm for the ESP25 and ESP15 continue beeping when system is in use.

An additional battery bank including two batteries can be added to the ESP45 to double the runtime.  This could extend the pumping time up to 16 hours of continuous pumping or much longer with intermittent pumping.

The ESP45 Backup pump has the most pumping capability with 40 gallons per minute (gpm) at a 10 foot lift or 2400 gallons per hour (gph). The Wayne ESP25 follows close behind with a pumping capability of 38 gallons per minute (gpm) at a 10 foot lift or 2280 gallons per hour (gph).

 

Pictured are the Wayne Battery Backup Sump Pump Models ESP15, ESP25 and ESP45.
 
Which Wayne Backup Pump Model Is Right For Your Pumping Needs?
 

Does your primary pump rarely run? When it does run is there very little water that comes into the sump pit? And do you rarely loose electrical power? The Wayne ESP15 battery backup sump pump will meet your needs.

Does your primary pump run even when it does not rain because of a high water table? And when it rains does it take a 1/3 to 1/2 HP sump pump to keep up with the water coming in the sump pit? The Wayne ESP25 or ESP45 battery backup sump pump will meet your needs. The ESP45 will pump an additional 120 gallons per hour more than the ESP25 backup pump at a 10 foot height.

Does your primary pump run even when it does not rain because of a high water table? And during heavy rainstorms do you need a 1/2 to 3/4 HP sump pump to keep up with the water coming into the sump pit? The Wayne CDU980 (3/4 HP) or the Wayne CDU800 (1/2 HP) can be plugged into a Sumpro 75 Auxiliary power unit. The Sumpro 75 converts battery power (DC) into electrical power (AC) and therefore can be used with an electrical pump.  The primary pump used with the Sumpro must require no more than 15 amps to run.  Auxiliary power units are very reliable, allow primary electrical pumps to run from electrical power when it is available and from converted battery power when the electricity fails, and support a sump pump with that has more pumping capability than a battery backup sump pump. When using a 1/2 HP or higher sump pump with a Sumpro, the continuous runtime is only around 3 1/2 hours.

If your concern is owning a battery backup pump that is built to last (cast iron), will not clog because the suction is at the top, has a longer warranty than most backup pumps (3 years), has an 4-hour alarm silence reset capability, has the capability of adding two additional batteries to double the continuous runtime up to 16 hours, and your pit has room for a 8 3/4 inch wide pump, the ESP45 is the right backup pump for your needs.

 
Pricing and Purchase Links
 
The price is very competitive for what you get - The Wayne Battery Backup Sump Pumps have many excellent features. Compared to competitors pumps the price is reasonable.

Wayne ESP15 Battery Backup Sump Pump #57609 720 GPH at 10 ft Max Lift 16 ft Thermoplastic Housing Magnetic Reed Vertical Float Switch Battery Group 27 Continuous Runtime 6 to 8 hrs DC Pump Only 1 yr Warrant Built-in Check Valve Top Suction


Wayne ESP15 57609 Battery Backup Sump Pump 720 GPH at 10 ft



Wayne ESP25 Battery Back Up Sump Pump 2300 GPH at 10 ft Wayne Battery Backup Sump Pump ESP25 at Pumps Selection

Wayne ESP45 Battery Back-Up Sump Pump 2400 GPH Max Lift 15 ft Cast Iron Vertical Switch Battery Group 27 Continuous Runtime 8-10 hrs 3 yr Warrranty Both AC/DC Pump Suction Top

Wayne ESP45 Battery Backup Sump Pump 2400 GPH at 10 ft Wayne Blue Angel Pro ESP45 Backup Sump Pump
 
Customer Reviews
 
EPS15 OK but ESP25 is better
By Tom Brown, Minnesota   June 10, 2011

The EPS15 is mostly plastic and average for the price. When I bought it I forgot to consider the height of our basement ceiling which is 9 feet. This pump could barely raise the water as high as I needed it. Since the parts of ESP15 are made from plastic including the impeller, this pump should be used in clean water with no small rocks or pebbles. I observed that the internal pump relay mounted on the circuit board is pretty small and rated at 10 amps max. This will cause undue strain since the pump draws over 20 amps at startup and settles down to 8.7 amps while running. I am guessing the 10 amp relay will not last a long time when operated near max load.
 
I see the AC transformer is the old style "brick" type with not much power (700mA trickle charge). That's why they say it takes up to 4 days to charge the battery.

The ESP15 has a 25 second timer that shuts off the pump so with my 9 foot ceiling lift, it times out before it's done in my setup. Once started, the timer stays on whether there is water present or not so the pump may run dry in some cases. Apparently this is ok by design since the timer is not adjustable.

Like most pumps it has a lot of flow when not lifting too far but the 720 gph rating at 10 foot of lift looks optimistic from actual observations. Of course I do have 2 45 degree elbows in the discharge piping.
 
Because of the issues I was having with the pump lifting the water from the pit 9 1/2 feet, I decided to buy the larger Wayne ESP25. That pump works much better for me. It seems to have at least 4x the flow at 10 foot of lift and takes the same power as the smaller pump. The ESP25 is a quiet pump. It also has a much larger 30 amp relay. I noticed the control box still runs a bit hot when initially charging the battery but at least now it's a full 2 amp charger that gets done a lot faster than the (700mA) one in the ESP15. It's a smart charger and it settles down to a single DC pulse every 10 seconds or so after the battery is charged. That's just to maintain the battery level, so it runs cool most of the time.

The ESP25 is a taller pump with a lot more capacity but the actual DC current draw is about the same as the smaller ESP15. So clearly it's a lot more efficient design.
 
The ESP25 draws about 40mA to run the electronics when in standby mode. At that rate the battery would last for weeks so the only thing that will draw the battery down is the pump itself.

As far as run-time calculations, in my setup the pump is on a total of 1 minute per hour. With a 40 amp battery the pump can run continuously for 4 hours.  So with a total run time of 4 hours and a 1 minute On time per hour, I have 240 hours of standby pumping time. That would be 10 days.

The ESP25 costs more but the cost is worth it because the backup pump is a lot stronger and more efficient than the smaller ESP15. The ESP25 also recharges faster and runs a lot longer per charge since it's off most of the time because it pumps faster and shuts back off right away.
 
ESP25 well worth the cost
By Dan, Minnesota, May 23, 2011
If you have a sump pump, I would recommend you also install a battery operated backup sump pump. Your primary pump or electricity will fail sometime and you don't want it to be during a heavy rainstorm. I bought the ESP25. It is well worth every penny. I found it easy to install. I was surprised how easily it pumps water
12 feet above the pump level. I was expecting a louder alarm.
 
Good pump and easy to install
By John Greene, Illinois, April 30, 2011
 
I read some reviews that complained about the installation procedures of the ESP25. I thought they were OK except for how to install the float switch. I found a video on Wayne's website. That helped me. I couldn't believe it, but I had a harder time figuring out the configuration of the discharge piping. I installed a deep cycle marine battery and it's working fine. After installing, I tested it. It pumps more than the 1/3 primary pump I have. So I have 2 pumps in my pit, a primary and the ESP25 backup so I shouldn't have any flooding problems now.
 
Good backup system for the money
By Mr. Plumber, DesPlaines, IL, March 20, 2011
 
I can say as a plumber the ESP25 is the best battery backup-pump for the money. It was very easy to install as well.
 
ESP45 Loud alarm
By Brian, Wisconsin, August 20, 2011
This pump works flawlessly. It has a great charging system and is very energy efficient.
 
It is mean to be a battery backup sump pump. I thought I could use it as a primary pump, but I learned that the alarm will sound every 4 hours. It is meant to be a backup pump. You certainly can't miss the alarm which is good if your primary pump fails in the middle of the night.  

The ESP45 is great because it gets its power source from 2 batteries. Most backup sump pumps with pumping capability as high as 40 gallons per minute rely on converter units to convert DC (battery power) to AC (electric power).
 
I also noticed this backup pump has a 3 year warranty. This is one of the longest in the industry for backup sump pumps.
 
Pictured are the 3 Wayne Battery Backup Sump Pump models - ESP15, ESP25, and ESP45. The Wayne Pump Company has you in mind. Their models provide a good selection of battery backup sump pumps.

Wayne ESP15 57609 Battery Backup Sump Pump 720 GPH at 10 ft

Wayne ESP25 Battery Back Up Sump Pump 2300 GPH at 10 ft


Out Of Stock Wayne ESP45 Battery Backup Sump Pump 2400 GPH at 10 ft
 

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