Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Battery Operated Aquarium Air Pumps

1. Penn Plax Silent Air B11 Battery Operated Aquarium Air Pump For Power Outage Automatic Turn On Keeps...

User Ratings: 69 5

Penn-Plax SAB11 First Impressions

"It pumps PLENTY of air!"

My 20H tank is in my office, 3 feet away from my desk. Seems very well built, does as advertised. A simple piece of foam under the unit solved that. Overall seems like a good air pump. It didn't blow air out that line, while it still had a little water in the unit! Use large Air Stone Bars for giant columns of air bubbles. The current from the circle is so strong circulation is not a issue!

  • Penn Plax Silent Air B11 Battery Operated Aquarium Air Pump For Power Outage Automatic Turn On Keeps Fish Safe
  • Aquarium Supplies
  • Battery Pumps
  • Recommended as a home backup unit in case of power outages
  • Perfect for transporting fish
  • Impact resistant design, with 2 ft. air hose and airstone.
  • Manufacture: Penn-Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 3 x 5.5 inches; 7.58 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax SAB11
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Penn-Plax SAB11 Final Thoughts

"What a difference."

I have 3 of them on different surfaces. I have the pump hooked up to a large sponge. The rubber feet dampen most anything that the sealed pump doesn't cover. I was going to buy 3 small air pumps to power 9 sponge filters when I saw this pump. Once, the water in this tank backflowed into the unit. But if it's in another room, it’s not bad at all. 5 Watts, Fusion 700 rated at 6 watts,Whisper 300 rated at 7.

Overall Score
4.4


(496 Points)

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2. Penn Plax PEN-019 Air Pod Aquarium Air Pump For Power Outage Automatic Turn On Keeps Fish Safe Up to...

User Ratings: 50 17

Penn-Plax APB1 First Impressions

"Good luck."

I'm using it for small start-up hydroponic system. Works well in my 75 gal tank running a 36 inch bubble stick! I have 3 of them on different surfaces. Overall seems like a good air pump. Though the 18W model isn't so loud that it can only be used outside. And there are fixes around all of it. It still works internally, but no air.

  • Penn Plax PEN-019 Air Pod Aquarium Air Pump For Power Outage Automatic Turn On Keeps Fish Safe Up to 55 Gallons
  • Aquarium Air pump runs on 4D batteries when it senses that electrical current is interrupted. It will switch from electric to battery operated automatically. Pump is designed for ultra-quiet operation.
  • Pump has an adjustable flow control dial with dual air outlets to customize your air flow according to your needs. A handy power indicator light helps to identify which power source is being used.
  • Aquarium Air pump is safe to use in tanks up to 55 gallons and can provide power for 150 hours. Larger tanks would require more than one unit. Air pump uses 110 volt electrical current.
  • A check value is recommended but not included in the kit. Pump is safe for both freshwater and marine environments.
  • Operates on your home’s normal (AC) electrical power; pump will only switch to battery power (DC) if it senses an electricity outage, ensuring continuous tank aeration. Fish need a constant supply of oxygen for survival.
  • Manufacture: Penn-Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 8 x 6.75 inches; 1.14 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax APB1
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Penn-Plax APB1 Final Thoughts

"I hope this helps anyone."

This seems to be a good little pump that really puts out some air! For the money, this air pump cannot be beat. I had to use valves to reduce the output. This happened to me with this unit. If that is true-then no wonder this is pretty quiet! I cleaned the sponge and hooked it all back up, hardly any air was coming out. The pump is so powerful that it pushed off the connection tube several times.

Overall Score
3.7


(181 Points)

3. Deep Blue Professional ADB61037 Hurricane Category 5 Professional AC/DC Battery Operated Air Pump

User Ratings: 67 8

Deep Blue Professional 894389 First Impressions

"This is both."

Just bought and started using it a few days ago. I know my title sounds overly dramatic, but I'm not kidding. I didn't think I’d be impressed by an air pump but I’m pleasantly surprised. However Once you plug it to the Oxy tubes it is Silent! The rubber bottom feet really help to keep the unit quite and in one place. They generate a TON of air and last a long long time. Adjustable air flow settings which is new to me on a air pump but very convenient.

  • Deep Blue Professional ADB61037 Hurricane Category 5 Professional AC/DC Battery Operated Air Pump
  • Hurricane category 5 professional AC/DC battery operated air pump
  • Automatically switches to battery backup in the event of power failure and recharges when power is restored
  • The integrated d-cell battery slots of the pump are for use when main battery pack is exhausted
  • The pump is adjustable and comes with electronic flow control with interval battery extension technology
  • Designed with dual output ports and impact resistant housing
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Deep Blue Professional 894389
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Deep Blue Professional 894389 Final Thoughts

"Very powerful."

The air being pumped out can be quite warm as well. I put a nice little fan next to mine and it now runs much cooler! This would be the fourth attempt to satisfy my needs and my ears. Before the fan, it was to hot to even hold! Yes it obviously makes some noise-but not at all as much as I was anticipating. My first one may have been a lemon. After nearly 5 months of use, it stop pumping air.

Overall Score
4.2


(66 Points)

4. Penn-Plax Silent Air B10 Battery Operated Aquarium and Fishing Air Pump Manual On Off Switch Aerates...

User Ratings: 57 8

Penn-Plax SAB10 First Impressions

"JUST BUY THEM!"

I'm using it for small start-up hydroponic system. I will just keep the old one for parts should I need it. I'm using it for small start-up hydroponic system. Save some money by not having to replace your air pumps every year! I own Whisper 10, 150, 300, Eheim 400, and Fusion 700. I have 3 of them on different surfaces. Its not going to vibrant on anything!

  • Penn-Plax Silent Air B10 Battery Operated Aquarium and Fishing Air Pump Manual On Off Switch Aerates Up to 29 Gallons
  • Aquarium air pump runs on 2D batteries with continuous operation up to 96 hours. No electric is needed so pump can also be used for fishing.
  • Pump will only operate when manually turned on and provides a constant supply of necessary oxygen to fish in an emergency.
  • Aquarium air pump is safe to use in tanks up to 29 gallons. Air pump is also great option for transporting fish. Unit is compact and impact resistant.
  • Air tubing and stone are included for easy set up. A check value is recommended but not included in the kit. Pump is safe for both freshwater and saltwater environments.
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Item Weight: 4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2.15 x 5 x 8.8 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax SAB10
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Penn-Plax SAB10 Final Thoughts

"I love this air pump!"

If it craps out anytime soon, I'll update the review. I like these, great deal for the price. However Once you plug it to the Oxy tubes it is Silent! Danner, Fusion, Eheim are adjustable. The pump works well when there is no defects. One of the best pump design I've own. And one to the additional accessories for extra oxygen output only.

Overall Score
4.1


(58 Points)

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5. Penn-Plax Silent Air B10 Battery Operated Aquarium and Fishing Air Pump Manual On Off Switch Aerates...

User Ratings: 57 8

Penn-Plax SAB10 First Impressions

"Now close to the glass."

I own Whisper 10, 150, 300, Eheim 400, and Fusion 700. I couldn't even think to do my work. I was currently using 2 Whispers and they were anything but whispering. This is actually the second one I have purchased. Larger tank owners won't have my issues. I put a wire tie Tightly over the tube and barbs and it's perfect. I'd say this pump would be loud if it were used in the same room as you.

  • Penn-Plax Silent Air B10 Battery Operated Aquarium and Fishing Air Pump Manual On Off Switch Aerates Up to 29 Gallons
  • Aquarium air pump runs on 2D batteries with continuous operation up to 96 hours. No electric is needed so pump can also be used for fishing.
  • Pump will only operate when manually turned on and provides a constant supply of necessary oxygen to fish in an emergency.
  • Aquarium air pump is safe to use in tanks up to 29 gallons. Air pump is also great option for transporting fish. Unit is compact and impact resistant.
  • Air tubing and stone are included for easy set up. A check value is recommended but not included in the kit. Pump is safe for both freshwater and saltwater environments.
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Item Weight: 4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2.15 x 5 x 8.8 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax SAB10
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Penn-Plax SAB10 Final Thoughts

"This is a quiet pump."

This air pump is quiet and well worth the price the listing is going for. My first one may have been a lemon. I have an undergravel filter and a few other accessories that push air too. Yes it obviously makes some noise-but not at all as much as I was anticipating. Ordered this air pump to replace one of my other pumps and the difference is amazing. I had the Whisper models and they were way too high in emissions. I own Whisper 10, 150, 300, Eheim 400, and Fusion 700.

Overall Score
4.1


(58 Points)

6. AQQA Aquarium Lithium Battery Air Pump,Multifunctional Rechargeable Energy Saving Power Quiet Oxygen...

User Ratings: 72 7

AQQA First Impressions

"Very quiet and powerful."

I have 3 of them on different surfaces. I have the pump hooked up to a large sponge. The current from the circle is so strong circulation is not a issue! Buzzing, humming, vibrating- they were driving me nuts! Larger tank owners won't have my issues. I just cleaned my 20 tank for the first time in, well too long. I was going to buy 3 small air pumps to power 9 sponge filters when I saw this pump.

  • AQQA Aquarium Lithium Battery Air Pump,Multifunctional Rechargeable Energy Saving Power Quiet Oxygen Pump, One/Dual Outlets with Air Stone,2600mAh Battery Suitable for Indoors Power Outages Fishing
  • 【Air Pump Works Two Ways By Plug In Or Rechargeable Use】Multi-use lithium battery air pump,It can be used when the power is plugged in.when the current electrical is interrupted,Lithium battery will switch from electric to battery operated automatically.2600mAh rechargeable lithium battery,it’s very useful for your fish tank when leave home or power cut.
  • 【Two Working Modes,Normal or Intermittent Model】Press the power button once to start the air pump, this time it is normal mode.In this mode, the charge storage can work continuously for 14-18 hours.Press the power button again to start the intermittent mode. In the intermittent mode, the machine will work for 10 seconds and rest for 10 seconds.In this mode, the charge storage can work continuously for 25-28 hours.
  • 【Air Pump With 2 Air Stone And 2 Hoses, High Dissolved Oxygen】The set comes with 2 air stones and 2 hose,Air pump with dual air outlets,Can run 2 air stones at the same time.Bubble stone can effectively increase the oxygen content in the water and help the fish grow up and live healthily.
  • 【Blue HD Battery Power Display Screen】blue power light on the pump surface,can clearly know the battery level and the mode of the air pump.If the intermittent indicator light is on,it indicates that the air pump is in intermittent mode, and if it is off,it is in normal mode.When the battery is full,the 5 grid lights will be on,The battery power is reduced and the light will gradually go out.
  • 【Noise ≦30dB and Energy saving】low noise due to the magnet driver design to generate air flow in the space room,and the air pump has rubber pads to reduce the noise.Excellent emergency aquarium oxygen pump!perfect for both Freshwater and Marine Aquariums.AQQA promise a one-year warranty, please rest assured to buy.
  • Manufacture: AQQA
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQQA
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AQQA Final Thoughts

"It runs hot though."

It is quiet and powerful and doesn't get hot. The pump works well when there is no defects. Once, the water in this tank backflowed into the unit. I set up 2 more and still all the control valve are not open 100%. Highly recommend if you desire HIGH air output on several tubing lines! Pay a bit more but the quality is worth it. The first lasted about two years when one side decided to put out less air.

Overall Score
4.4


(51 Points)

7. HEEPDD Oxygen Pump, Portable Fish Tank Air Pump Aerator Oxygen with Air Stone Dry Battery Operated f...

User Ratings: 56 16

HEEPDD First Impressions

"Odd, but great."

5 Watts, Fusion 700 rated at 6 watts,Whisper 300 rated at 7. The company made it right and took care of me. A simple piece of foam under the unit solved that. If you leave one open, it makes noise. My 20H tank is in my office, 3 feet away from my desk. For now, I'd say I would gladly buy another. Its been on 24 hours a day for about 5 days.

  • HEEPDD Oxygen Pump, Portable Fish Tank Air Pump Aerator Oxygen with Air Stone Dry Battery Operated for Aquarium Accessories
  • 【Premium Material】The oxygen pump is made of high quality plastic, safety, non-toxic, tasteless, to ensure your pet safety.
  • 【Compact Design】Compact and easy to carry, you can carry it when fishing. High performance battery powered aquarium air pump provides ample airflow for transporting fish or isolating fish while breeding.
  • 【Easy to Use】With back clip, can be fixed on the side of the fish tank to prevent falling down. Applicable water volume: 80-100L (about 80cm fish tank). This product needs to be powered by two No.5 (AA) replaceable batteries, and the working time can be more than 10 hours.
  • 【Wide Application】The product is suitable for emergency aeration of various aquarium power outages and wild fishing or transporting a small amount of live aquatic products and seafood aeration. It produces high-pressure output perfect for protein skimmers, oxygen reactors and other devices.
  • 【Satisfaction Guarantee】We greatly value our customers and want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. If you aren't happy with your shopping experience or product, we urge you to contact us so we can resolve the issue!
  • Manufacture: HEEPDD
  • Product Dimensions: 2.76 x 2.52 x 0.79 inches; 3.17 Ounces
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HEEPDD Final Thoughts

"Stay Green!"

Its been on 24 hours a day for about 5 days. I have been in the hobby for 20+ years and this is the best air pump! This is the second pump I have bought in the series. My 20H tank is in my office, 3 feet away from my desk. This thing has plenty of power for my needs. If that is true-then no wonder this is pretty quiet! The motor was working but air was not moving.

Overall Score
3.8


(35 Points)

8. Saim Portable Aquarium Battery Operated Air Pump Backup Operated Fish Tank Air Pump Aerator Oxygen

User Ratings: 59 7

Saim B0000011645 First Impressions

"Does a good job."

A simple piece of foam under the unit solved that. I'd say this pump would be loud if it were used in the same room as you. Colbert, the reviewer above, for explaining how to do this. I put a wire tie Tightly over the tube and barbs and it's perfect. I set up 2 more and still all the control valve are not open 100%. But this one has no noticeable sounds. If it craps out anytime soon, I'll update the review.

  • Saim Portable Aquarium Battery Operated Air Pump Backup Operated Fish Tank Air Pump Aerator Oxygen
  • Keeps your aquarium oxygenated during power outages.
  • Includes pump, tubing, and airstone.
  • Battery Size: D x 2 (Not Included),Operates with battery power only.
  • For temporary or emergency use when transporting ornamental or bait fish.
  • Box Size measures about: 5.3"/13.5cm x 3"/7.5cm x 1.6"/4cm(L*W*H)
  • Manufacture: Saim
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Saim B0000011645
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Saim B0000011645 Final Thoughts

"If you are a pond owner."

This is actually the second one I have purchased. The company made it right and took care of me. Don't be startled if you test it without oxygen tubes, It is Very noisy! I have two of these running in my kitchen and my living room is right next to it. If it craps out anytime soon, I'll update the review. I knew I had to try something else. And there are fixes around all of it.

Overall Score
4.1


(26 Points)

9. Saim Water Resistant AC/DC Battery Operated Aquarium Fish Tank Air Pump for Power Outage Dual Output...

User Ratings: 80 5

Saim E4QPSZ05479 First Impressions

"This pump is VERY quiet!"

I got the bigger size because I used it in my 450 gallon tank and it's perfect. I found calcium deposits were clogging the bottom where the air was supposed to exit. This pump cost a bit more than the small quite ones but is way more powerful. The current from the bubble wand is softer but its still a current. I was wrong it has enough power to run all 9 with air to spare. I was going to buy 3 small air pumps to power 9 sponge filters when I saw this pump. My 20H tank is in my office, 3 feet away from my desk.

  • Saim Water Resistant AC/DC Battery Operated Aquarium Fish Tank Air Pump for Power Outage Dual Output
  • Aquarium air pump runs on Built-in lithium batteries when it senses that electrical current is interrupted. It will switch from electric to battery operated automatically.
  • It continues to work about 15 hours after electrical current is interrupted, the Power wil last about 30 hours if the air pump work uncontinuously, works for 10s and stops for 10s(PLS press the button with Chinese words "FenDuan" near the power button).
  • The Air Pump will keep operating when electrical power is out and provides continuous aeration of two different tanks, keep your fish alive.
  • Designed with dual output ports can provide oxygen to two fish tanks at the same time.
  • NOTE: If you put the oxygen air pump on a place that lower than the fish tank water level, (Pls set up a backflow barrier, Pls Unplug the tubing after the air pump Power off)
  • Manufacture: HUIKE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Saim E4QPSZ05479
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Saim E4QPSZ05479 Final Thoughts

"Don't buy the Whisper 10!"

I will just keep the old one for parts should I need it. The rubber feet dampen most anything that the sealed pump doesn't cover. Buzzing, humming, vibrating- they were driving me nuts! The first time I ordered this product, it did not work properly. Before the fan, it was to hot to even hold! My first one may have been a lemon. Buzzing, humming, vibrating- they were driving me nuts!

Overall Score
4.5


(21 Points)

10. AQQA Aquarium Air Pump, 2600mAh Lithium Battery Rechargeable Portable Bubbles Oxygen Pump for Fresh ...

User Ratings: 80

AQQA First Impressions

"Hygger never disappoints!"

It is quiet and powerful and doesn't get hot. They don't even vibrate the old school plastic tank hanger mounts they sit on. I figured it would give me enough air to power 4 or 5. I will just keep the old one for parts should I need it. And check the filter often, at least every two- 3 weeks. And check the filter often, at least every two- 3 weeks. It really is pretty quiet- once you unclog the air pathway.

  • AQQA Aquarium Air Pump, 2600mAh Lithium Battery Rechargeable Portable Bubbles Oxygen Pump for Fresh & Saltwater Aquariums with Air Stone, Tubes, USB Cable and Adapter
  • High Effective & Energy Saving: 1.7-WATT power air pump with one out let, 1* air stone, 1* tube, 1* USB cable, 1* adapter. Air flow 1.7L/min, power cord length: 2.5FT, it features low power consumption and high energy saving, perfect for 1-100Gal fish tank. Makes your aquarium oxygen levels high and helps keep your fish healthy
  • 2600mAh RECHARGEABLE AIR PUMP: Build-in Lithium battery can be plug in and recharge to use directly. Can be used in indoor and outdoor, just hang on your tanks. Lithium battery will switch from electric to battery operated automatically when the current electrical is interrupted
  • BATTERY INDICATE: Blue indicator lights help clearly know the battery level and the mode of the air pump, making it easier to operate. When use USB for recharging, the blue indicator turns on and flashes continuously;The blue light of five bars doesn't, when the charging is completed. Low Battery Indicator: When the battery is low, the blue light of last bar will flashes continuously
  • TWO WORKING MODES: Continuous Mode: Touch the button to start to work all the time, the battery storage can work continuously for 14-18 hours. Intermittent Model: Double-click to switch form continuous mode to gap mode, stop 10 seconds every times and restart work, In this case, the battery storage can work for 25-28 hours
  • COMPACT & PORTABLE: Light weight, portable and space saving. It is easy to install, requires no additional tools and can be attached to any place you like in seconds. Noise ≤30dB. Soft rubber foot pads, further palliation for noise, fits for both fresh and Saltwater Tank. AQQA provide 12 Month Warranty and 24 Hour Professional After-sales Service. Please don't hesitate to contact us to get help
  • Manufacture: AQQA
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AQQA Final Thoughts

"Insert T-valve."

I set up 2 more and still all the control valve are not open 100%. Overall seems like a good air pump. I know my title sounds overly dramatic, but I'm not kidding. The pump works very well in my 75G tank. It has one air outlet so i used a spliter& ran a tube to each end of bubbler. This happened to me with this unit. I guarantee the fan will help it's shelf life.

Overall Score
4.7


(19 Points)

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