Boost incoming water pressure to maximize output and quality of filtered reverse osmosis (RO) water. AquaticLife Smart Buddie Booster Pump optimizes the effectiveness of your RO system by elevating incoming water pressure to a peak operating pressure of 80 psi or higher. Efficient RO unit operation produces pure filtered RO water in less time to reduce operating time and reject/waste-water production.
The quiet and easy to install AquaticLife Smart Buddie Booster Pump is great for aquarium hobbyists living in areas with low water pressure, or for users that want maximum output and the best quality filtered water from their RO systems. Internal automatic flush valve extends membrane life and ensures peak RO unit performance by clearing debris buildup on the membrane every time the unit is activated.
Includes Low-voltage Pump, Internal Automatic Flush Valve, and High- & Low-Pressure Auto Shut-off.
- The high-pressure switch turns off the booster pump if the filtered water pressure is greater than 33.35 psi, prolonging the life of the pump. Buddie Fit press-fittings make it easy to plumb tubing into the existing RO system.
- The sealed pressure pump is low-voltage and powered by the included transformer, which ensures safe, quiet operation. Easily plumb into most reverse osmosis systems to increase water pressure up to 90 psi and reduce wastewater. RO units thrive on pressure!
- The Smart Buddie Booster Pump includes an internal automatic flush valve that flushes the membrane for 18 seconds every time the unit is activated. Flushing clears debris build-up on the membrane, and is critical to obtaining peak performance from the RO unit. After flushing, filtered-water production will begin.
- Low-pressure switch turns off the booster pump if water pressure is less than 7.25 psi, extending the life of the pump.
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Things to Know
- The Smart Buddie Booster Pump has three sets of connections, one set for the Supply Water, one set for the Waste/Flush Water and one set for the Filtered Water.
- The water will flow in through the top row and out through the bottom row.
- The connections on the Smart Buddie Booster Pump are "Double Press Connections." When connecting 1/4" tubing, you will feel the tubing stop twice before it is fully inserted.
- To avoid putting pressure on the pre-filters, the Smart Buddie Booster Pump should be installed between the final pre-filter (usually the Carbon) and the Membrane.
- Before setting up the Smart Buddie Booster Pump, ensure that the power cord is not plugged into an electrical outlet.
Flush Valve (Automatic):
- Flushing clears debris buildup on the Membrane.
- The Smart Buddie Booster Pump unit includes an Internal Automatic Valve that flushes the Membrane for 18 seconds every time the unit is activated.
- The Internal Automatic Valve allows water to bypass the Flow Restrictor located inside the Smart Buddie Booster Pump housing. After 18 seconds, the valve will force the water to pass through Flow Restrictor and build pressure against the Membrane.
- After flushing, Filtered Water production will begin.
Remove the Flow Restrictor on the RO unit itself and use the Flow Restrictor built into the Smart Buddie.
- The Low-Pressure Switch will disconnect power if the Source Water pressure is between 4.35 and 7.25 psi.
- Shutting off the source water when the pressure is low will prolong the life of the Pressure Pump.
- The High-Pressure Switch will disconnect power if the Filtered Water supply line pressure is between 33.35 and 36.25 psi.
- Many RO unit installations connect to storage containers that use float valves or pressure canisters that create pressure on the Filtered water line. When the containers are full, back pressure on the Filtered Water line is created.
- The Smart Buddie Booster Pump unit will disconnect power to the Pressure Pump and prevent water flow to the Membrane.
- The Pressure Pump increases incoming water pressure to 80-90 psi.
- This higher pressure increases the effectiveness of the RO unit.
- The Pressure Pump is low voltage and is powered by the included transformer.
Supply Water Connection
- Insert 1/4" yellow Supply Line Tubing from final pre-filter (usually the Carbon) into the top right connection.
- Insert 1/4" yellow Supply Line Tubing from the bottom right connection into the supply side of the membrane housing.
Waste/Flush Water Connection
IMPORTANT: Remove the flow restrictor on the RO unit itself and use the flow restrictor built into the Smart Buddie.
- Insert 1/4" red Waste Line Tubing from the waste water outlet of your membrane housing to the top center connection.
- Insert 1/4" red Waste Line Tubing from the bottom center connection to the drain or wastewater collection container.
Filtered Water Connection
- Insert 1/4" blue Filtered Water Tubing from the filtered water outlet of the membrane or DI cartridge into the top left connection.
NOTE: If you are using a post deionization cartridge on the system, verify that it can handle the required PSI needed to activate the high-pressure switch.
NOTE: A check valve should be located between where the filtered water exists the membrane housing and where the tubing connects to the Smart Buddie Booster Pump "Filtered Water FROM Membrane or DI."
- Insert 1/4" blue Filtered Water Tubing from the bottom connection to the collection container.
Smart Buddie Booster Pump Overview
Reverse osmosis booster pumps are used to increase the pressure going into your RO or RO/DI system, which make it operate more efficiently and can decrease consumption of DI resin. The Smart Buddie Booster Pump is designed as an accessory for Reverse Osmosis units in areas with low water pressure, or for users that want maximum output and the best quality filtered water from their RO systems.
The Smart Buddie booster pump is quiet, easy to install, and can significantly increase water output. Reverse osmosis is a pressure-driven process. Small residential RO units will theoretically operate on very low pressure - down to 35 psi - but the reality is you won't get a lot of water and the product water quality may be compromised if the unit runs below 45 psi. RO units typically run well on municipal water pressure of 60 psi, but they run even better with a small pump to boost the pressure to 80 psi or higher. The increased pressure will also improve the economy of the unit (it will run less reject-water) as well as the quality of the water. RO units thrive on pressure!