Water pressure, venturi effect, and vacuum. These simple principles are what makes the Velocity Pump, or “V-Pump,” tick. Unlike most water pumps, the V-Pump does not rely on electricity or gas. All you need to do make it work is a standard water hose. Hook your hose up, and the water is directed out of a high-pressure nozzle and into a venturi section. Any water or debris that is in proximity to the nozzle is sucked into the venturi and forced out the top of the V-Pump at a rate of 1200 gallons per hour. Granted, 1200 GPH is nothing groundbreaking, and there are certainly more powerful options available, but what’s so unique is that you will not find another 1200 GPH pump that requires no electricity, no gas, no maintenance, has no moving parts, weighs only a few ounces, is completely submersible, and costs only $20. Now that is something groundbreaking.
With a new pump design like the V-Pump, there are a lot of questions to be answered, like does the 1200 GPH include the water you are pumping into the system? How much water does the V-Pump actually use to pump one gallon of standing water? How does the cost of water used to power the device compare to electricity/gas used in conventional pumps? Can it clog up or get stuck? Most importantly, can a $20 piece of plastic be as durable and usable as a $50-$200 conventional pump?
The V-Pump is relatively new to the market and is still undergoing revisions and updates to the design, but RigCast recently got its hands on a 2nd revision V-Pump to put it to the test and get the answers to our questions. Irrigation water, volume testing, and durability tests are all to come in the V-Pump R3.