Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Penn-Plax 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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Penn-Plax Aquarium Air Pumps

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. Penn Plax (APP5) Air Pod Aquarium Air Pump Ultra Quiet Compact Dome Shape Dual Air Output Up to 75 G...

User Ratings: 75 4

Penn-Plax APP5 First Impressions

"I measured about 1."

In fact I can hear the bubbles from the water more than the pump itself. They generate a TON of air and last a long long time. I knew I had to try something else. This happened to me with this unit. They generate a TON of air and last a long long time. I'd say this pump would be loud if it were used in the same room as you. The pump is so powerful that it pushed off the connection tube several times.

  • Penn Plax (APP5) Air Pod Aquarium Air Pump Ultra Quiet Compact Dome Shape Dual Air Output Up to 75 Gallon Tank
  • Aquarium air pump provides a steady stream of air for aquariums up to 75 gallons in size.
  • Hi-tech design includes Sound Cancelling Dome technology for quiet operation.
  • No skid rubber feet provide greater noise dampening and keep the air pump in place.
  • Two adjustable air flow valves allow customization for your tank size.
  • Aquarium air pump features a compact design that fits into the smallest of spaces.
  • Two adjustable air flow valves allow you to customize airflow according to your tank’s needs.
  • Pump has 3.3 watts of power, and pumps 1900 cubic centimeters a minute from each valve.
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 6 inches; 1.5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax APP5
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Penn-Plax APP5 Final Thoughts

"Be advised!"

It really is pretty quiet- once you unclog the air pathway. Sometimes stopping all together if the water is full. I had to use valves to reduce the output. You'd think this thing would stop working, but it didn’t! Provides proper wattage for all my accessories. This happened to me with this unit. All the reviews from all the different models are lumped together.

Overall Score
4.5


(96 Points)

4. Penn-Plax Air-Pod Air Pump-Up to 55 Gallon

User Ratings: 72 4

Penn-Plax PEN-021 First Impressions

"Excellent pump."

The current from the circle is so strong circulation is not a issue! I keep the pump and air valves in the box to lessen the noise. For the money, this air pump cannot be beat. I found calcium deposits were clogging the bottom where the air was supposed to exit. And one to the additional accessories for extra oxygen output only. I did notice that it tends to run very loudly and hot. Use large Air Stone Bars for giant columns of air bubbles.

  • Penn-Plax Air-Pod Air Pump-Up to 55 Gallon
  • Stylish, quiet, and dependable.
  • For up to 55 gallon-sized tanks.
  • Pump repair kits available.
  • Category: Aquarium Supplies/Maintenance.
  • Sub Category: Pumps/Aeration.
  • Manufacture: Penn-Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 inches; 1.3 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax PEN-021
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Penn-Plax PEN-021 Final Thoughts

"It worked, fabulously!"

The company made it right and took care of me. I keep the pump and air valves in the box to lessen the noise. I really am impressed with this air pump! This one is far better than I anticipated! I honestly wasn't expecting that much of a difference but man was I surprised. I like these, great deal for the price. You MUST use a fan with this pump or it will def burn out or lose pressure.

Overall Score
4.5


(81 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Penn-Plax Aquarium Air Pumps

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. 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
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
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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)

7. Penn Plax AirPod Aquarium Air Pumps, 20-Gallon Tank

User Ratings: 71 3

Penn-Plax APP2 First Impressions

"I hope this helps anyone."

One of the best pump design I've own. The reviews sold me on this product but I was still skeptical​. And there are fixes around all of it. I'm sure it would run a much larger bubble stick also. This thing has plenty of power for my needs. The current from the circle is so strong circulation is not a issue! In fact I can hear the bubbles from the water more than the pump itself.

  • Penn Plax AirPod Aquarium Air Pumps, 20-Gallon Tank
  • New state-of-the-art design provides normal air needs for aquariums up to 20 gallons in size
  • Specially designed diaphragm assembly with sound absorbing dome
  • Features a single outlet, adjustable air power control and non-skid rubber feet
  • Acoustically designed for smooth, ultra-quiet operation
  • Uses 110vac and is UL approved
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 6 inches; 11.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax APP2
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Penn-Plax APP2 Final Thoughts

"I am so happy with it."

We can hear the tank bubbles, but nothing noisy from the pumps at all. I own Whisper 10, 150, 300, Eheim 400, and Fusion 700. The stone is very heavy, so it is easy to position and stays put where you want it. I put a nice little fan next to mine and it now runs much cooler! Just bought and started using it a few days ago. I know my title sounds overly dramatic, but I'm not kidding. 5 Watts, Fusion 700 rated at 6 watts,Whisper 300 rated at 7.

Overall Score
4.5


(34 Points)

8. Pennn Plax Air Pod Pump for 100 Gallon Aquariums APP6

User Ratings: 77 5

Penn-Plax APP6 First Impressions

"Quite and nice."

I'm sure it would run a much larger bubble stick also. Super quiet, lots of power and looks super sleek. 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. Pay a bit more but the quality is worth it. If that is true-then no wonder this is pretty quiet! So I run two of these with gang valves on my 55 gallon tall living room tank.

  • Pennn Plax Air Pod Pump for 100 Gallon Aquariums APP6
  • Powerful aquarium air pump with a sleek, modern design
  • Sound cancelling dome technology for quiet operation
  • Ideal for aquariums up to 100 gallons.
  • Suspended motor and rubberized feet for superior noise reduction
  • Dual air outlets with adjustable flow controls provide you complete control over your aquarium aeration
  • Manufacture: Pennn Plax
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax APP6
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Penn-Plax APP6 Final Thoughts

"Excellent pump."

Buzzing, humming, vibrating- they were driving me nuts! I have to unplug it every time I want to shut it off. A simple piece of foam under the unit solved that. It could easily run a small fish room. Though the 18W model isn't so loud that it can only be used outside. The pump is so powerful that it pushed off the connection tube several times. Otherwise, I would buy another one.

Overall Score
4.6


(32 Points)

9. Penn-Plax Air Pod Aquarium Air Pump Ultra Quiet Compact Dome Shape Up to 10 Gallon Tank

User Ratings: 56 7

Penn-Plax APP1 First Impressions

"This is the 40."

Kudo to them for backing up their product. However Once you plug it to the Oxy tubes it is Silent! I'm sure it would run a much larger bubble stick also. I have one running to sponge filters in a tank and it pushing a nice air flow. This is actually the second one I have purchased. I have to unplug it every time I want to shut it off. Kudo to them for backing up their product.

  • Penn-Plax Air Pod Aquarium Air Pump Ultra Quiet Compact Dome Shape Up to 10 Gallon Tank
  • Aquarium air pump provides a steady stream of air for aquariums up to 10 gallons in size.
  • Hi-tech design includes Sound Cancelling Dome technology for quiet operation
  • No skid rubber feet provide greater noise dampening and keep the air pump in place.
  • Aquarium air pump features a compact design that fits into the smallest of spaces.
  • Pump has single air outlet, 1.7 watts of power, and pumps 1000 cubic centimeters a minute.
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 4 inches; 8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax APP1
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Penn-Plax APP1 Final Thoughts

"Works great and is quiet."

I put a nice little fan next to mine and it now runs much cooler! After nearly 5 months of use, it stop pumping air. And check the filter often, at least every two- 3 weeks. I didn't think I’d be impressed by an air pump but I’m pleasantly surprised. This is the second pump I have bought in the series. I have to put my head behind the tank to hear it! I got the bigger size because I used it in my 450 gallon tank and it's perfect.

Overall Score
4.1


(32 Points)

10. Penn Plax APP3 Air Pod Aquarium Air Pump Ultra Quiet Compact Dome Shape Up to 30 Gallon Tank

User Ratings: 53 8

Penn-Plax APP3 First Impressions

"It was a dud."

I have one running to sponge filters in a tank and it pushing a nice air flow. Larger tank owners won't have my issues. But if it's in another room, it’s not bad at all. I had the Whisper models and they were way too high in emissions. I had the Whisper models and they were way too high in emissions. One of the best pump design I've own. And there are fixes around all of it.

  • Penn Plax APP3 Air Pod Aquarium Air Pump Ultra Quiet Compact Dome Shape Up to 30 Gallon Tank
  • Aquarium air pump provides a steady stream of air for aquariums up to 30 gallons in size.
  • Hi-tech design includes Sound Cancelling Dome technology for quiet operation.
  • No skid rubber feet provide greater noise dampening and keep the air pump in place.
  • Adjustable airflow valve allows you to customize the amount of air for your tank size.
  • Aquarium air pump features a compact design that fits into the smallest of spaces.
  • Pump has single air outlet, 2.7 watts of power, and pumps 1900 cubic centimeters a minute.
  • Manufacture: Penn-Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 6 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax APP3
  • Pump Power
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax APP3 Final Thoughts

"Insert T-valve."

I had the Whisper models and they were way too high in emissions. I added a check valve to my airline tubing and works as expected. If you leave one open, it makes noise. This runs pretty darn quiet for a high output air pump. I really am impressed with this air pump! The current from the bubble wand is softer but its still a current. Before the fan, it was to hot to even hold!

Overall Score
4.1


(23 Points)

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