If you're looking for the fastest way to fill and drain portable wakeboard ballast in your 2009 or newer boat, this is it, no questions asked.
The Ronix Eight.3 3700 GPH pump is not compatible with Fly High, Straight Line or WakeMakers Ballast Bags
The new Eight.3 portable ballast pump by Ronix was designed with one thing in mind, pure unadulterated speed. This 3700 gallon per hour aerator pump is made to be dropped either over the side of the boat for filling or directly into your telescoping ballast bag for draining. The fire hose style flow is facilitated by the industries largest 1-1/2” reinforced non kinking hose.
Eight.3 ballast systems are not designed to be integrated and are for serious riders that do not have time to wait for ballast to fill and drain. When combined with an Eight.3 Telescoping 400, 800 or 1100 ballast bag you will have the fastest pump based ballast system on the lake. This pump is not compatible with any Fly High Quick Connect Fittings or Straight Line link system.
Eight.3 ballast systems are not designed to be integrated and are for serious riders that do not have time to wait for ballast to fill and drain. When combined with an Eight.3 Telescoping 400, 800 or 1100 ballast bag you will have the fastest pump based ballast system on the lake. This pump is not compatible with any Fly High Quick Connect Fittings or the Straight Line link system and cannot be integrated into your boat.
WARNING: Ballast pumps do not float and need to be secured to a ballast bag before entering the water. An unsecured pump may end up at the bottom of the lake.
How Eight.3 works: Using the Eight.3 3700 gph portable ballast pump is easy. Filling and draining your 8.3 Telescope bags happens in a fraction of the time that you are used to.
Filling: To fill, simply connect the male fitting on the end of the hose to the quick fill port on the top of the bag. Don't worry too much about spilling water as there is a built in check valve to help eliminate water from coming out of the bag when over filled.
Draining: To drain the bag start by pulling the top cover away from the telescoping drain tube. Pull it out of the bag and extend it as high as possible. Once the tube is above the water line of the sac unzip the entry point and physically submerge your pump into the bag. Zip the drain port around the hose to minimize the risk of water spilling out as the bag is drained. After draining there might be a small amount of residual water left at the bottom of the bag. Remove the pump and lift the bag over the side of the boat to release any liquid that may remain.
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Arnaud Van de Voorde
This will help you add & move weight around your boat so fast, configuration change times are awesome. The only watch-out it on the plug: I actually had to buy a second pump as the 12V DC head was not the best quality & came apart. So be gentle when you plug & unplug this pump.
Great pump with the big bag Fills very fast!!!
Unbelievably fast way to fill/empty my new 400 pound bag.
The pump certainly operates as advertised and at this point seems well worth the high price. I did use electrical tape to wrap the hose clamps in order to avoid their sharp edges. I'm still playing with locations of my bag, but once decided on, I think I will shorten the hose and power chord to minimize tangles. As currently constructed, I can't image anyone needed the standard lengths.
This pump is a lot faster than the tsunami one I had. I filled my 800 lbs bag in about 3-4 minutes. One downside is that it is a lot bigger and harder to store.
Worth the charge
This is just wow fast. It takes less time to fill two 800lbs bags than it takes my factory ballast pump to fill the bow sac. Setup changes are so easy now! Can't comment on power drain, I always run it with engine on.
best pump I have
works like flash
Works great, much better system than Fly High. No more plastic threads to worry about
Its worth the extra money. If you need to move sacs around and not waste time. Go for it. I only wish there was a fitting to use the Eight.3 pump to fill our older fly high sacs. I'm sure its coming.... ?
We like this pump. But honestly, it draws a lot of power. Sometimes we have to run the boat while filling/draining sacks. Also, we have cut ourselves twice on the metal connectors. But now, we have duct tape around the sharp edges to keep that from happening again. And it's fast, but I'm not quite sure it's worth 66% more than the tsunami pump.
Fastest pump I have ever seen! 3 minutes and you got 1,100 lbs