Johnson Ultra Ballast Pump
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Johnson Pumps, a leader in the marine pump industry, designed the Ultra Ballast Pump with one singular goal in mind: to create the best reversible wakeboard ballast pump on the market.
The WakeMAKERS Johnson Pumps feature the NEW orange impeller which delivers faster fill/drain times and it's more reliable than the previous models. A built in run dry system gives you all the extra insurance you need if you ever forget to turn your pump off.
Physical Dimensions: 3.54" H x 4.72" W x 7.95" L
Speed: 780 GPH
Safety Features: Ignition Protected
Warranty: 1 year
But what does "the best" mean? For Johnson, it encompasses these key ideas:
- Durability: The pump has to last, plain and simple. Built with ball bearings, a solid bronze pump head, and built-in thermal protection.
Flexibility: The compact size of the Johnson Ultra Ballast pump opens a world of possibilities for system design and integration, without using valuable storage space.
Versatile, High Volume Connection Options The unique design of the pump head features integrated hose barbs for use with 1" hose, just slide the hose over the bronze inlet and outlet ports and secure with hose clamps. Additionally, 1/2" NPT female connections are provided for use with smaller hose (use with optional 1/2" thread to 3/4" hose barb adapter to convert to the more common 3/4" hose size), giving you a multitude of connection options. For the fastest system we recommend using 1" hose.Features
Run-Dry Protection: The integrated Run-Dry Protection circuit monitors the current draw of the pump and automatically shuts it off if conditions indicate water is no longer flowing through the pump. This innovative feature can help minimize damage to the impeller.
The ignition protected design makes this pump suitable for installation in the bilge compartment of the boat without risk of fire or explosion due to fuel vapors. This feature alone is crucial for safe operation, and is one important distinguishing factor between the Ballast Puppy and the Simer pump to which it is often compared.
Good Pump, but difficult set up
Replaced some built in aerator pumps in a 2004 SANTE with these. Replacing aerators with any reversibles creates a few problems in these boats. They are big so they are kind of a pain to locate a place to mount, we ended up mounting them to our rear seat. In order to control them with the built in switches, we had to wire them up using relays. Relays then can create a surge so then we applied diodes to the harnesses to absorb the surge.
The pumps are tremendous though. They self prime with no problems and suck the bag completely dry as long as they are seated properly. Timed the fill with boat running and sitting at the dock as 6 minutes and change for our #750's. Cycle time on my switches is 3:30 so there's a minute of overflowing.
The pumps are significantly loud and heavy. Its obvious when they turn on and off, but we also didn't mount them in a good spot for mitigating sound levels as we could have.
Overall very happy with the system now, the old one wouldn't fill without the boat moving, would drain on its own, wouldn't drain fully when trying to drain, and in general was unreliable. We had to open the hatches constantly to see what the state of the ballast was. Now we just hit the button and increase or decrease the weight wherever we want. We only did 2 pumps to start, but I'm inclined to trade the belly pumps now as well.
Faster than advertised
When considering voltage from a battery that's giving 14+ volts while the boat is running vs 12 when its sitting, and taking into account that wire length and gauge also has an effect on voltage, your mileage may vary depending on your install. But I have mine on a very short run of 12ga wire, and even pulling from a 3/4" thru hull (but still using 1" hose) one pump fills both of my 750# fly high sacs in 10 minutes flat. That's 150 gallons per minute.
Worth every penny, especially since I don't have to throw pumps over the side anymore! Also the guys at WakeMakers know their stuff and have been very helpful. If you're unsure of what you need just give them a call and they'll guide you through the whole thing.
The right choice
I purchased the Johnson pump instead of going with my stock Jabsco pump and they work much better. They pump much faster and seem to self prime much quicker.
Self prime no problem and has been working flawlessly. great product.....will buy again.
Guys were helpful. Good Product.
The guys at Wakemakers were helpful. Took the time to help me replace my old system and happy with system. Only thing didn't realize was need to order the reverse polarity switch which is hard to find. Delayed me 1 week
Opened up the package and installed the pump, went out on the lake and worked PERFECT. our 350lbs bags filled in about 3 minutes, very fast pump. When we were done the pump unfilled the bag just as fast! Amazing pump.
great price for a great pump. I'm really happy with the speed it fills my 900lb bag in my Toyota so I'm planning on adding 2 more this winter for next season for a full auto system.
Great pump for ballast systems
I replaced the aerator style fill and drain pumps in my '03 SANTE and integrated a bow sac with this pump, and it's been fantastic. Beefy for sure, but drains and fills like a champ. It can be tricky to locate them because of their size, but their pumping capacity and self priming means you're not restricted to mounting below the waterline. Great product and the advice from Wakemakers was invaluable.
Best service to Australia
Purchased some switches for my ballast tanks and they might aswell have flown them on the next flight to Australia. They came in 4 days. Best service I've had from any company. Thanks guys.
The pump is as exactly as described. Why buy anywhere else, competitive shipping and agreat price. I had ordered two pumps, and they were packaged very securely.
I picked a couple of these up to ballast my boat. They aren't as fast as the aerator but the prime so easily! I run them on my 2012 MB F21 Tomcat
Great Pump at Great Price :)
Sick Pump!! Very easy to Install, nice and fast and still working 6 months after I installed it. Its very quiet compared to my Bilge pumps. I have two of these in my 1982 Bayliner Force 1650 and plan on buying anouther in a couple weeks
These pumps rock
After trying a different set up in my 2009 Wakesetter LSV I decided to go with the Johnson pumps in my new LSV. I tried them out last night and love them. Two buddies were with me and both of them will be adding these pumps soon. There so fast and easy to use. Using the check valve helps drain the bags pancake thin. Completely satisfied and would recommend these to anyone.
Great pump, will buy another
I was worried about the extra noise and power draw of an impeller style pump compared to the aerators that were currently used in my boat. But after using this bad boy, all of my concerns were washed out the door. This pump is fast. It makes a roaring noise when it first starts up, but then quiets to just loud enough that you know it is running.
I couldn't be more pleased. Now I am considering running my existing ballast off of these pumps, even though there is nothing wrong with the current setup, except that I think this pump will be faster.
Started with 1, now have 4, looking at 5
I bought one to play with replacing my Rule1100s in my ballast system. It's a self-installed system in an '01 Malibu. I'm floored at how well they work, but ecstatic at how much simpler they make the install. I've since replaced 8 pumps for four bags with 3 more of these. I'm trying to figure out a way to get a 5th plumbed in to be flexible for filling surf bags anywhere in the cabin. Anyways, GONE are the doubled up wires for separate fill and drain pumps. GONE are the extra hose runs for draining. GONE are the vent loops, check valves, and cable holders to keep everything in place. I had used 12V solenoid valves to handle flow control, auto-filling, auto-draining, and overflow. Worked great for 2 years and then they started to disintegrate if they were low in the loop and always in the presence of water. These impellar based pumps are the perfect answer. Now it all works!!! It's clean!!! And it's oh so fast to fill and drain. Draining especially is awesome because it sucks those bags vacuum dry!
Good Value - Great Volume
Last year (2010) I installed an impeller based ballast system in my 99 Air Nautique using 3 of the Johnson pumps from Wakemakers. The pumps were relatively easy to install, once I figured out how and where I was going to mount them (with the help of Matt H. who embarked on the same project at the same time). These pumps are heavy (built like a tank, and I mean a Tiger II, not a crappy Sherman). Each pump comes with 8 spacer/grommets that help with mounting and vibration.
I used 10 gauge wire to wire these pumps to the switches I also bought from wakemakers. The directions to the pumps will tell you what gauge you need based on total distance of the wiring (be sure to measure the full round trip, not just 1-way). The pumps come with a reasonable amount of wire off the bat, which comes in handy if your wire order is a bit short.
The pumps are fully reversible (with correct wiring) and also can be switched manually at the impeller head if you end up wiring backwards. Of course, just flipping the switch upside down and then flipping the labeled cover on the switch is probably easier.
Since installing the pumps, I have had zero problems with them (other than a bad crimp/loose wire on my first test run, but that had nothing to do with the pumps). I even ran one dry (by accident) for about 3-4 minutes on my first day. No damage and still works fine. The pumps are loud with the hatch cover up, but not bad with the cover down. In fact, I wish they were louder, because if you are under way, they are hard to hear the audible change in pitch when the bags are totally empty (when emptying), which is the signal to shut off the pumps.
I timed the fill times, and with these pumps, I could fill 2 x 400 lb V-drive sacs in 3:30 seconds. Empty time is about the same. Fill/empty time for my integrated bow and locker sacs set to about 500 lbs was around 5:30 seconds.
Do I have anything bad to say about these pumps? They are somewhat big, and they are heavy, which is somewhat of a negative, but considering that those two things probably are the result of the great build quality, I can live with it.
Last I checked, these came with a 3-year mfg. warranty, which I believe is 2 years longer than the Jabscos.
Bottom-line... would I buy these again? Unequivocally, yes. In fact I just did. Price was even better this time due to the sale. I just bought a new boat and bought 3 more of these for installation this Spring in my 2000 SAN.
You can see a picture of the installed pumps in my 99 boat posted here at Wakemakers, along with a picture of my switches under that item.
Excellent Pump, Best Value on a High Efficiency Reversible
This pump is built solid, the Price from WakeMAKERS was unbeatable for the capacity. 720 GPH fills a 750 Fly Hi sac in just about 7.5 minutes compared to the Jabsco 640 GPH. Bleed-off valves are convenient for releiving pressure in the lines. The 1" ports fit perfectly on 1" Ballast hose. Solid engineering, Best value for the speed.
As always, WakeMAKERS customer service is second to none. They are helpful building the perfect ballast system or adding to your current system. Thanks guys!
Best Price & Quality
I purchased two of the Johnson Pump & installed by myself . I compared the Spec of two different pump, the Jabsco & the Johnson, I found the Johnson pump had a higher flow rate ( 745 G per Hour ) versus the Jabsco pump had the slower flow rate ( 640 G per Hour ) . Although, the Jabsco pump came out with the new premium green impreller which cost $39.95 more in order to increase the quality of the pump & flow rate but I don't get the new specification of flow rate after the upgrade with new impreller and I talked to the people at Wake maker, they only told me the Jabsco is better pump compare to Johnson pump but there is a different in price now .....
I picked this pump up shortly after WakeMakers started offering it and have been pleasantly suprised. I had planned on putting two ballast puppies (Jabsco) in my Air Nautique to service the bags in my rear compartments. After talking with the guys at WakeMakers, they suggested going with these due to Johnson's good reputation in regards to pumps and also the higher gallon per hour that these things will do. I was impressed at how easily they were to install and how well they've worked. I've had the boat out 10+ times so far and they've worked perfectly.