If you’re thinking about collecting rain at home, there’s a chance this product — the RainPerfect solar-powered pump system — could come in handy. Once you have rainwater in the barrel, you’ll want to get it out and that can be done with the help of solar energy, a pump, and a garden hose.
RainPerfect is powered by a NiMH battery that’s charged by a 3.5-watt solar panel (provides a full charge in eight hours). With 15 feet of wire, the solar panel can soak up the sun on a nearby wall or fence or on the ground. It doesn’t need installation right near the rain barrel.
Also, “since it works with solar energy, there is no need for electrical work in order to have an electrical outlet for a rain barrel pump,” said Jeff Schopperle, Product Manager at ITT, manufacturer of RainPerfect.
The control box mounts on top of most styles of rain barrels. Below that, an intake hose and pump drops into the barrel. After attaching a simple garden hose to the control box, you should be able to draw up to 100 gallons on a single charge with a maximum pressure of 13 pounds per square inch.
RainPerfect sells online and through select retailers, according to the manufacturer, with an MRSP of $139.00.
Credits: ITT Corporation.