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Review of the Homerunpet Wireless Pump Pet Fountain

Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.

The Homerunpet Wireless Pump Pet Fountain

The Homerunpet Wireless Pump Pet Fountain

Lazy by nature and frustrated with the requirement to replenish my cat’s water dish twice each day, I purchased a pet fountain.

It was a relatively simple device. A pump sat in the middle of a large water bowl, continuously pushing the liquid up and over a shiny metal plate. My cat liked the device, thirstily lapping the water as it flowed quietly across the plate before dropping below to be filtered and reused.

While this fountain worked effectively, maintenance proved to be a pain. At the beginning of every month, I would drag the contraption over to the kitchen sink, pull it apart and thoroughly clean each component. Then I would replace the filter, fill the fountain with water, and carefully carry it back to its original location.

Today I am examining a pet fountain with a design focused on reducing maintenance to a minimum.

AC power adapter

AC power adapter

USB power cable

USB power cable

Description

This pet fountain is 6.2 inches tall, 7.5 inches wide, and 7.5 inches deep. The outer tank, composed of white plastic, features a multifunctional pushbutton circled by an LED indicator. Power is supplied through a connector located beneath the device. The accompanying power cable terminates in a USB-A plug which fits into an AC power adapter.

The transparent plastic inner tank can hold up to 68 fluid ounces of water. A wireless pump sits at the bottom of this tank, forcing water up to and over the white-colored top plate.

A plastic bracket fitted beneath this plate holds the fountain’s filter in place. This filter should be replaced every month.

Outer case

Outer case

Power connection to the outer case

Power connection to the outer case

Specifications

  • Brand: Homerunpet
  • Name: Wireless pump pet fountain
  • Model: WF20
  • Dimensions: 15.8 x 19 x 19 centimeters (6.2 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches)
  • Water capacity: 2 liters (68 fluid ounces)
  • Pump type: Wireless
  • Noise level: 20dB
  • Pump filter: Foam
  • Main filter: Activated coconut carbon and cotton mesh

Visual Appeal

This pet fountain was designed to blend unobtrusively into the background. It is small, quiet, and composed mainly of white plastic.

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The Pump

Power is provided to the fountain’s outer case via an AC outlet, adapter, and a USB cable. This energy is fed to a copper coil that creates an oscillating magnetic field. The magnetic field induces current into the wireless pump’s receiving antenna, producing the power required to operate it. The pump is also equipped with a tiny LED light that can be activated when checking the water level.

View of the wireless pump and its outlet pipe.  Note the removable foam filter

View of the wireless pump and its outlet pipe. Note the removable foam filter

View of pump's antenna

View of pump's antenna

Maintenance

Ease of maintenance is the main selling point of this pet fountain. Aside from the standard monthly cleaning routine, the only requirement is to add a little water every few days.

The first step in the monthly cleaning routine is to pull off the top plate and filter bracket. Then remove the inner tank. The pump, suddenly starved of power, will cease operating.

Once the pump’s foam filter is removed, clear away debris by spraying the pump with water. Then clean the inner tank, filter bracket, and foam filter. The next step is to reinsert the pump’s foam filter and place this mechanism at the bottom of the inner tank.

Add cold water to the inner tank’s max line and fit it into the outer tank. The pump should begin to operate as it comes within range of the outer tank’s oscillating magnetic field. Then fit a new filter to the filter bracket and place it atop the inner tank. Once the top plate is in place, the monthly maintenance is complete.

The pump is operating

The pump is operating

The fountain is up and running

The fountain is up and running

The Filter System

This fountain is fitted with a replaceable primary filter. As water runs across the top plate and drains into the inner tank, the filter ensures dead bugs, lint, and stray cat hairs do not follow.

The primary filter is composed of particles of activated coconut carbon sandwiched between two layers of cotton mesh. These filters cost about five dollars each and should be replaced every month.

Filter bracket and filter

Filter bracket and filter

The filter

The filter

Overall Impression

This cleverly designed pet fountain is equipped with a wireless pump that allows the major components to be removed and cleaned without having to deal with a tangled mess of wiring.

If you are searching for a pet fountain that requires the absolute minimum of maintenance, you should take a close look at the Homerunpet wireless pet fountain.

© 2022 Walter Shillington

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