Testing Blue Guard’s BG-One oil detecting bilge pump switch

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, 100-ton USCG master.

4 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Well, I’m impressed! Paying $219 for a really smart bilge pump switch doesn’t seem crazy to me because I once almost pumped many gallons of diesel into a gorgeous section of the ICW. Lord knows what would have cost me in shame, hassle, and dollars.

    Also, I did locate a somewhat obscure BG-One wiring diagram and it suggests that the yellow oil detect alarm wire can be rigged to a simple trouble light if I don’t bother with the BG control panel:


  2. Wolfgang Jansen says:

    Would be nice if you mentioned the instructions from BGI:

    Maintenance After Oil or Fuel is Detected

    After oil is detected in the bilge, the leak repaired and oil discarded it is time to clean the BG-One or BG-Oil’s sensors. Wipe down the sensors with a soft, clean cloth to remove any oil residue. If any further cleaning is required, use rubbing alcohol or soapy solution to gently clean the sensor followed by wiping with a soft, clean cloth

  3. Susan Parbery says:

    Hi All.
    I have just purchased a BG-SW Solid-State Bilge Pump Switch and BG-CP
    Control Panel for my boat as it will tick all the boxes for what I need.
    But here’s a question which I can not find the answer to – can I add a BG-Link
    IoT Marine Gateway system to it?
    I think it would be fantastic to have the versatility of the system whilst being able to monitor it remotely when I am not on the boat using all the feature of the link system.
    Any ideas?

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      The BG-Link system is a pretty separate system from their bilge pump switches, but the two integrate nicely. The BG-Link’s bilge pump sensors have inputs for bilge pump activation, oil detection, and high-water. So, depending on how you’re using the bilge pump switches you will definitely be able to wire it up and get good information from the BG-SW into the BG-Link.

      -Ben S.

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