Product Review: Jebao WP-40 Wave Maker Pump

by Brian Dunat

Overview 

We previously did a review on the Jebao WP-25 pump, so we are following up that review with a review of the Jebao WP-40 pump. At ReefNation, we have been using several models of the Jebao pumps to supplement our VorTech pumps. What’s the biggest difference between the Jebao and EcoTech VorTech pumps? The price, the motor placement and the in tank footprint required.

For our review, we have these pumps in a 150 gallon tall tank, so there is plenty of space for the pump itself.

What’s in the box?

Jebao WP-40 Box   What's included in the Jebao WP-40 Box

Within the box, you will get the Jebao WP-40 pump itself, the controller, AC/DC adapter, main power cord, light sensor and double sided tape. On a side note, we didn’t try using the light sensor. As several other users have stated, it doesn’t work that great and honestly broke when trying to inside it into the side of the controller. From the time you open the box to the time you have the pump up and running is really quick! All you need to do is the following:

  1. Place the magnetic bracket in your tank
  2. Snap the pump into the bracket and rotate the pump output in the direction you wish
  3. Place the controller somewhere you can easily reach using the double sided adhesive tape
  4. Plug the power supply into the controller
  5. Plug the pump into the power supply
  6. Plug in the power supply and adjust settings based on your preferences

How it works? 

Click the Mode button to change the settings

To set configure the Jebao, you need to leverage the Mode button on the controller. Press the Mode button to cycle through the selection of functions.

H1 H2 H3: High, constant, non-variable flow (3434gph / 2575gph / 1717gph)

S1 to S3 Mode: Based on the W1 Wavebox function provides 100% 75% and 50% Wave. Adjust the controller wave duration knob to change the duration (left decrease, right increase) of the pulses and vary the size of the wave according to your tank.

Note: The S1 to S3 mode settings only affect pump performance when using the W1-W3 and Else settings.

W1: Short pulses which, when timed correctly will create a back and forth motion and form a gentle standing wave in your tank. Adjust the controller to change the speed of the pulses and vary the size of the wave according to your tank.

W2 & W3: Pump gradually speeds up and slows down incrementally to create a varied flow pattern (very comparable to settings on VorTech pumps).

Else: Reef Stream Mode, a mixed, changing pattern that creates a random flow cycle similar to what you would find in a natural reef (very comparable to settings on VorTech pumps). Preferred setting for Reef tanks.

Feed: Press the Feed button once. The blue 10 min light will illuminate indicating that the pump has been stopped for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the light will go off and the pump will be turned back on. Alternatively, press the Feed button again to start the pump.

Lock: To prevent changes from inadvertently occurring by accidentally knocking the adjustable control knob, press and hold the Feed button for 5 seconds. The red Lock light will illuminate and the control knob will no longer function. Press and hold the Feed button for a further 5 seconds to disable this feature. This is great if the controller is located in an area where kids could “push the flashy buttons”.

pros

The Jebao WP40 is a well-built pump, with a simple controller that is perfect for those Reef Hobbyists on a limited budget. It is a quiet pump compared to others on the market. The Jebao WP-40 is a perfect pump capable of generating alternating currents within the tank.


The Else setting creates an altering wave pattern mimicking that of the ocean and is one of our preferred settings here at ReefNation.


The ability to adjust the pumps head and flow direction helps to ensure you can place the pump in the location of your choice within the tank while quickly and easily adjusting the flow.

cons

The downside to the pump is the fact that the pump motor itself is located within the tank along with the power cord. As the pump is located within the tank, it will generate heat which can cause some fluctuations in the temperature of your tank depending on tank size and speed settings.


Having the pump, cord and the bracket within the tank takes up more real estate than some other pumps. Below are a few pictures of the Jebao WP-40 pump in the tank alongside the Vortech MP40.

Jebao WP-40 vs. VorTech MP40 Jebao WP-40 vs. VorTech MP40

The only other con is that you cannot link them together with other pumps unless you “hack” the units to use a DIY controller or you purchase the new dual pump controller; something we will have to get and do a review on in the future.

final verdict

Thumbs Up

Ease of setup, simplified controls mimicking other high priced pumps and low cost help the Jebao pumps receive a “thumbs up” rating from Reefnation.

We have been using the EcoTech VorTech and Jebao pumps in our Reefnation tanks now for about 6 months and have been pleasantly surprised. For the money, we can say it’s well worth the investment!

specifications

Power - 110V to 240V 50/60Hz

Wattage - 12W to 40W depending on the mode

Size - 12cm x 9.4cm

Power cable – 62 inches long (extendable) from power source to control box

Pump control cable – 62 inches long, from control box to pump (126 inches combined cable length)