About Pump Perfect
At a speed of 2.5 gallons per minute, Pump Perfect is a lightweight and portable battery-powered liquid pump that promises to quickly and easily transfer gas, water, and most other liquids, without the mess.
The website reports that all you have to do is secure the flexible hose’s hands-free clip to the source and then switch it on, and the suction impeller will transfer to the last drop, while keeping your hands clean. When a full tank is detected, Pump Perfect’s auto-stop sensor will turn the device off and emit an audible beep to let you know it’s finished.
Whether you’re thinking about using it for your car, lawnmower, trimmer, generator, for clogged sinks and tubs, or just to siphon liquids without worrying about creating a mess, this all sounds like a compelling concept.
But you're here to find out if Pump Perfect is worth the money, and if there are other options you should consider. Keep reading, and we'll help you find out by discussing everything we learned during our research.
How Do Devices Like Pump Perfect Work?
Writing for WIRED, Gordon Gottsegen explains that siphoning involves using gravity to transfer liquid from one container to another, via a tube. But despite how complex this might sound, only two factors need to be present in order for this to occur:
- The secondary container (the one you’re transferring a liquid to) must be lower than the primary container, since gravity’s doing the heavy lifting here.
- A vacuum must be created inside the tube. In many instances, this is accomplished by manually sucking out the air using your mouth.
Doing so causes liquid to flow from the primary container into the secondary one, without the need for any additional tools or motorized equipment.
Comparatively, hand-powered and battery-powered liquid pumps (you’ll find they’re also frequently referred to as siphon pumps and kerosene pumps) like Pump Perfect automatically create a vacuum, and therefore suction.
While this means you’ll need to manually pump out air when using hand-powered models, or always make sure powered models contain fully charged batteries, this also means you won’t have to get your mouth and face near potentially hazardous chemicals when siphoning, such as gasoline.
But will you pay a lot for this technology? Next, we’ll take a closer look at Pump Perfect’s price, before moving on and exploring how this compares to the competition.
How Much Does Pump Perfect Cost?
Two Pump Perfect devices are priced at $19.99, plus $13.98 S&H. This works out to about $16.99 per unit.
Important note: The device uses two AA batteries as a power source, which are not included with your order, so be sure to factor this additional cost into your overall budget.
All Pump Perfect purchases come with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H and any fees associated with the BOGO offer. This means that if you’re dissatisfied with the pump’s performance and decide to process a refund, you’ll immediately lose your original $13.98, plus whatever you'll pay for S&H to send them back to the company.
Nonetheless, Lenfest Media Group’s customer support department can be reached at PumpPerfect@tvorderstatus.com. Their corporate phone number is 215-239-9000.
Are There Other Battery-Powered Liquid Transfer Pumps Like Pump Perfect?
If you take a look at hand- and battery-powered siphoning pumps side-by-side, you’ll find that they feature the same basic designs; a straight central shaft that’s inserted into the source container, atop which sits a pump that creates an interior vacuum.
Attached to the upper portion of this shaft at a 90-degree angle is another tube that, once a vacuum is created, will transfer liquid to the secondary container.
The only functional difference is that hand-powered models feature a t-handle (or bulb) that must be pressed to create this vacuum, whereas battery-powered models only require users to flip a switch.
Taking a look at the hand-powered siphon pump on the left (in addition to the bulb design shown here, some also feature t-handles) and the battery-powered option on the right, we can see they boast nearly identical functional designs. The only meaningful difference is how they create a vacuum.
What’s the point of saying this? If you don’t object to a little elbow grease, or don’t suffer from chronic pain or movement limitations (such as those related to arthritis), we found hand-powered siphon pumps available online and at local home improvement retailers for as little as $3 during our research.
Some of these also included tubes as long as six feet, which could come in handy in a pinch, as well as flow rates up to 3.5 GPM.
What about battery-powered models competing directly with Pump Perfect for many of the same customers? We found several that—except for their coloring—appeared to be essentially identical:
|Product||Price (as low as)||Power Source||Flow Rate (GPM)||Length|
|Pump Perfect||$33.97 for two||Two AA batteries||2.5||Not Listed|
|Sierra Tools Liquid Transfer Pump||$15||Two D batteries||1.5||26.2”|
|TERAPUMP||$15||Two D batteries||1.5||26.75”|
|DuraHeat Siphon Pump||$15||Two D batteries||1.5||26.75”|
|BESTONE Siphon Pump||$12||Two D batteries||1.5||24.5”|
Taking everything we’ve discussed together, where does this leave you when it comes to Pump Perfect?
Our Final Thoughts About Pump Perfect
Pump Perfect is brought to us by a company who’s been in business many years, has released several popular ASOTV products in that time, and stands behind most of their offerings with a 60-day refund policy, which should be more than enough time to discern if it’s right for you.
On top of this, while we didn’t test Pump Perfect ourselves to provide firsthand feedback (although we did send an email to the company looking for more information about the device’s length, but hadn’t received a response as of publishing), most of the functionally identical competition came with positive online customer feedback, often citing that they worked as advertised.
What few complaints there were frequently claimed that the hose was too short to be functional, unless both tanks were right next to one another (remember, Pump Perfect and all these other third-party models largely feature the same lengths).
In the end, the biggest differentiating factor between these models appears to be price. And while you’ll get two Pump Perfect devices with your order, its per-unit price is at least a couple dollars higher than many of its close competitors.
Also, you’ll immediately lose nearly $14 in original shipping charges if you decide to contact Lenfest Media Group and request a refund—plus whatever you’ll pay for return shipping fees, which can vary greatly depending on your location.
Regardless of which option you’re considering, though, keep in mind that these consumer-level models aren’t intended to be used with corrosive liquids, such as acids. If this is your intent, we encountered several industrial-strength models during our research that might better suit your needs.