Rated 4.1 out of 5Â by 29
Rated 5 out of 5Â by highandry Saved my basement many times
This was the second system I have purchased and it has earned it's keep several times over. I live on 2 1/2 acres that are surrounded by wetlands. I have drain tile around the inside of my foudation so my sump pumps fill and drain about every 3 mins 24/7. So when the power goes out, which it has I can flood my basement 4" deep in 45mins. best thing I ever bought for the house besides the drain tile. Alarm goes off to tell me when the power goes off or there's a problem with the main pump. Only 1 problem. DON'T wait for the low water sensor to tell you when to fill with water. Do it once a year, trust me. I waited and we had a tornado that knocked out power for 4 days. Smoked the battery. Other than that, you can't go wrong. I own 2 systems. Well worth it.
June 29, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5Â by nichu A Great Buy but.....
EVERYONE READING THIS.... make sure you UNDERSTAND THAT THIS DOES NOT COME WITH A BATTERY OR ACID. I wish Glentronics would simply package the battery with this. Its sort of dumb.... you need a battery since the system will not work w/o it. Yet they sell it seperate. I ended up using a marine battery from my boat until I got time again to go to home depot to pickup the Glentronics / Watchdog battery. (Another $100).
This is a great system. I have put it in unfortunately after the fact. Will the lesser models work.... yeah I imagine they would but when I saw the water pouring in over the sump pump cover after the power went out, it was scary to see how much water was coming in. Within 2 - 5 minutes, our basement (approx 2000+/- sq ft) was covered in about 2" of water.
Soooo that being the case, I opted for the most GPH pump.
I was thinking about putting in a generator but decided on this for the interim.
This unit also gives you more information feedback than the other 2 lesser models. It also tells you how much more battery life is left.
October 3, 2006
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Randychicagoil A must have for basements with sump pits
This product has saved my basements on several occasions. The system has a powerful pump, charger, several monitoring features and easy to follow step by step instructions on how to install and troubleshoot the system. The company also has outstanding customer service. I used two 7.5 hour Watchdog batteries (in parallel) for each system which provides days pumping capacity. You would need a parallel jumper cable which I bought from the manufacturer. One piece of adviceâ¦although the system monitors the battery fluid levels, which works very well, I like to check mine when I turn the clocks back or just before going on vacation. Overall great product!!!
December 30, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Denniswva BONUS--it's compatible with an AGM battery
DItto other Excellent reviews. The only thing I'm adding is the fact that the electronics on the Big Dog model (as well as the inexpensive BWE ) are fully compatible with an Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) battery according to Tech Support. Why is that important? Because, AGM batteries don't produce hydrogen gas when they charge--so pilot lights and other ignition sources in the basement pose no problems! They won't leak or spill even if they're broken, they survive most freezes, and warranties are twice as long as a lead -acid design. (I am NOT an advertiser--just a very happy camper)
April 14, 2010
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Cecilia Deceptive description
Describing this product as an AC/DC battery system is not accurate since the battery and acid to power the system is not included in this kit. I spent an additional $125 for a battery and $25 for acid to put in the battery.
There is a censor that needs to be installed and the electrical path so the battery only runs when the home power is off can be confusing. I had a plumber install this system ($125) including adding the acid to the battery just to be sure it was installed correctly.
I live on the waterfront and need a dependable pump for daily use. This is the 2nd system I've had to install in 11 years.
August 5, 2014