Thursday, January 18, 2018

Should you Maintain your Own Pool or Hire a Pool Service Company?

If you purchased a home recently with a swimming pool or had one constructed you are often faced with the question – should I try to maintain my own pool or should I hire a pool service company? This is probably something you don't think about until after the fact and the answer is not as cut and dry as it may seem. Doing the pool yourself and becoming a DIY Homeowner or hiring a pool service company is something to thoughtfully consider.





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If you plan on taking care of your pool on your own there are a few things to make sure you have. The first element is time. It may sound basic to mention this but in reality taking care of your own pool requires that you to set aside a block of time each week to check the chemicals and balance the water as well as clean the pool and maintain the equipment. If you work 5 days a week and leave your house at 7 am and return at 6 pm that leaves you with Saturday and Sunday to squeeze in your pool care. So I suggest scheduling at least 45 minutes every Saturday morning to work on your pool. This takes a level of dedication during the Summer season and if you miss one week the pool can turn ugly pretty fast. Also if your pool is left open all season you will need to deal with debris from the winds and rain which can consume a large block of time.

You will also need a very basic knowledge of pool chemistry to balance the pool water. Keeping the water balanced is important for several reasons. If the water is out of balance it may be unsafe to swim in and you can actually become very ill from viruses and bacteria in the water. Out of balance water can also irritate your skin and eyes, causing burning eyes and itchy skin. It can also damage the pool surface and even the pool deck depending on how out of balance the water can get. But relax, it is pretty easy to do once you start and if you run into trouble your local pool store has counter staff that can check your water and offer you suggestions. Investing in a good test kit is something I suggest and you can find some helpful videos on my YouTube Channel and in my eBook on water balancing.

Cleaning your pool can be easy if you have the basic equipment on hand. A pool pole, a leaf rake, a brush, a vacuum hose and a manual vacuum head are all you really need to get the job done week to week. I have several videos covering the basic equipment you will need and how to clean your pool. To save time I suggest investing in a good automatic cleaner. This will clean your pool for you all week long and all you will need to do is spot cleaning each week. So expect to spend some time each week cleaning your pool to prevent staining and to reduce chemical use each season.

One factor that is often overlooked in servicing your own pool is the pool equipment. You will need to check your equipment each week and keep everything running well or you will struggle with maintaining your pool. If your equipment is old and out of date it might be a wise investment to upgrade your equipment to a new energy efficient pump and filter. This will not only save you money each month on your energy costs but also make servicing your pool much easier. Cleaning the filter when it is dirty is half the battle in pool care so allow for some time to work on the pool equipment each week and when needed.

Here are some of the basic reasons where hiring a pool service company would be a wise choice. If you just purchased a home with a pool I suggest hiring a pool service company for at least the first year. You will have a lot of other things occupying your time and the pool and yard should be the last on your worry list. If you work more than 40 hours a week or have so many activities outside of the house, hiring a pool service company would be wise. The time spent doing your own pool can actually cost you more in the long run and if you can apply that time to your current profession verses towards pool care you might even be better off.
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If you are physically unable to service your own pool you should hire someone to do it for you. And last if it looks just too overwhelming for you and you feel you can't set the time aside each week then hiring a pool service company is logical. It can be a lot of work week to week keeping the pool balanced and clean so passing this on to a local service company is not a bad thing.

Here are some things to look for in a pool service company. They should be licensed and also have a general liability insurance policy. They should show up for the appointment on time and look professional. A list of some current clients for references should be provided upon request. Check out their Yelp! Reviews or other online sites like their company website. If it is a Commercial service account they should be CPO Certified – this is an independent certification letting you know they have passed an exam and are qualified to maintain a swimming pool to Health Code standards. You don't want to just hire a guy with a truck and a pool pole so do your do diligence when you hire a company.



Monday, January 15, 2018

Pool'N Brush Sweep Hose Tail Scrubber Brush Replacement for Polaris & Pentair Pressure Cleaners

The Pool'N Brush is a pretty effective after market Sweep Hose tail scrubbing brush that attaches to the Sweep Hose of your Polaris or Pentair Pressure cleaner. The Pool”N Brush is designed to scrub your pool surface as the Sweep Hose moves along the pool bottom. Unlike the black foam Tail Scrubber that comes with the cleaner, the Pool'N Brush his made out of hard plastic and has hard bristle brushes on the bottom. It is designed to last 20 times longer than the OEM replacement foam tail scrubbers.



It has a cone shape and the brushes are set in a way that it will so that it will make contact with the pool surface and these brushes are designed to be very long lasting. The weight of the Pool'N Brush insures that the tail will not come out of the water and spray your pool deck and windows. Unlike the foam scrubber it actually will scrub your pool surface allowing the Sweep Hose not only to loosen debris but clean the pool surface.

The Pool'N Brush is easy to install. It will snap right onto your existing Polaris or Pentair Legend Sweep Hose where the foam scrubber sits. If the end is worn out a new orifice tip and guard are also included with the Pool'N Brush. Remove the old orifice tip with a pair of Channel Locks and slide the included one into the Sweep Hose. Then simply snap the Pool'N Brush onto the end and listen for it to clip in and you are all done. You can also remove or move of the wear rings on the Sweep Hose to give the tail some more sweeping motion. You can also increase the Sweep Hose water pressure by loosening the Allen Screw on the cleaner body right where the Sweep Hose attaches in the back. By turning the screw counter clockwise you will increase water flow to the tail.

The Pool'N Brush fits these model cleaners:

Polaris 180
Polaris 280
Polaris 360
Polaris 380
Polaris 3900 Sport
Polaris TR35P

Polaris TR36P

Pentair LL505G Kreepy Krauly Legend
Pentair LX5000 Kreepy Krauly Legend II
Pentair LL505PMG Kreepy Krauly Platinum

The Pool'N Brush comes with a manufacturer LIFETIME warranty covering any manufacturing defects so rest assured you are investing in a product that will last a very long time. If your OEM foam tail scrubber brush is worn out or even missing, this would be a good time to invest in the Pool'N Brush. Over time you will save money as you will no longer need to invest in a new foam tail scrubber brushes every few months.


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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Swimming Pool Filter Types and the Difference Between a D.E., Cartridge and Sand Filter

There are three main swimming pool filter types that you will find in just about in every region of the World. A pool will have either a D.E. Filter, a Cartridge Filter or a Sand Filter. Depending on your region one of these three filter types will be the most common. I will touch on all three filter types in this article and go over the pros and cons of each.



D.E. Filters are the most common filter type in my area so I will touch on these filters first. D.E. Filters or Diatomaceous Earth Filters offer the best filtration of the three types. They use a set of grids or cartridges depending on the filter type and a coating of D.E. Powder (Diatomaceous Earth). The D.E. coats the grids and acts as a barrier trapping dirt, debris, algae and organic particles. This allows a D.E. Filter to filter down to an amazingly low 3 microns.

A little about what a micron is for you:

A "micron" is an abbreviated term for "micrometer", or a millionth of a meter (1/1,000,000 meters). This is about .00004 inches. For Size comparison, a human red blood cell is about 5 microns across. A human hair is about 75 microns across (depending on the person).

So a micron is a very small measurement and a D.E. Filter will give you the best water quality of the three filter types.

Another benefit of a D.E. Filter is that the design allows for a very small amount of filter sq ft area to keep your pool crystal clear. Typical D.E. Filter sizes are 36 sq ft, 48 sq ft, 60 sq ft, and 72 sq ft (they also make a 100 sq ft Quad D.E. Filter). So you can easily get away with using a 48 sq ft D.E. Filter on a 20,000 gallon pool. So don't let the smaller sq ft size fool you into thinking that a D.E. Filter is inferior to say a 200 sq ft Cartridge filter or a 300 lb Sand Filter. The D.E. Filter just utilizes the sq ft of filtration area much more effectively with the coating of D.E. on the grids (or cartridges in the case of a Quad D.E. Filter).

Another benefit is the ability to backwash a D.E. Filter in between cleaning it. This is a process in which the water flow is reversed forcing water inside the grids and pushing dirt and algae off of the grids and out the backwash pipe. Convenient if the pool gets a lot of dirt and use each season.

The drawback of D.E. Filter is that they can be messy to take apart and clean, especially if your backyard is all cement. The old D.E. powder can linger for months. They can also be challenging to take apart and clean. Many cities require it to be plumbed to a P-Trap or ban them entirely.

A Cartridge Filter is an excellent choice for any size pool and in fact they make cartridge filters as small as 20 sq ft up to 500 sq ft. They are excellent at filtering the water and will filter down to as low as 15-20 microns. Cartridge filters are a cloth like material and the dirt, algae and particles will stick to the cartridge and allow clean water to flow through. Much like any cartridge filter that you use for water purification.

The benefit of a cartridge filter is that they are easy to clean. Simply remove the cartridge and hose it off. The downside of this is that you cannot backwash a Cartridge Filter so when it gets dirty you need to take it apart and clean it. So figure that depending on the size of the Cartridge Filter you will be taking it apart and cleaning it every month to every 4-6 months.

I suggest going with a larger Cartridge Filter on your pool to save time in between cleaning and to provide the best water quality. So for a 15,000 gallon pool I suggest a 300 sq ft filter, for a 20,000 gallon pool a 400 sq ft filter and for a 30,000 gallon pool a 500 sq ft filter. You can use a smaller filter if you choose, just note that you will be cleaning it often and the water flow may not be as efficient as going with a larger filter.

A Sand Filter has the poorest filtration of the three and will filter down to only about 40 microns. A Sand Filter uses sand to filter the water, as water passes through the filter the sand inside traps the dirt and other particles allowing for clean water to return to the pool. So the major drawback of a Sand Filter is the filtration quality when compared to say a D.E. Filter.

The benefits of a Sand Filter is that they are very easy to maintain. When the filter PSI gets above the clean mark by 10 PSI, simply backwash the sand filter. No need to really ever take a Sand Filter apart unless you are going to change out the sand. That is why sand filters are so popular at Commercial service accounts. You can also vacuum to “Waste” Mode in most cases with a Sand Filter which is another plus. But the poor quality of the filtration would make a Sand Filter my last choice on a large residential pool. If you have a small above ground pool then a Sand Filter would be fine as it is simple to operate and you are only talking about 3,000 to 6,000 gallons of water.

Another benefit of a sand filter is that they make very large sizes so if you have a 40,000 gallon pool you can get a pretty huge Sand Filter installed. One note however is that with a Sand Filter they actually run better with less water flowing through them. So putting a 2 hp pump on a 300 lbs Sand Filter would be too much flow and cause it to run poorly. A 1 hp pump for this size filter would allow it to work much more efficiently.

So those are the three filter types and as you can see I prefer D.E. Filters as my first choice, the Cartridge and last Sand Filters unless it is a Commercial Account or a small Above Ground Pool.

Related Videos:
D.E. Filter Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting: http://youtu.be/G4Z21aoJI0g
Cartridge Filter Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting: http://youtu.be/9UxcroxLckU
Sand Filter Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting, Sand Filter Part 1: http://youtu.be/4yXD5O6_1-8




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Save Tons of Money on Your Pool Care: Ten Money Saving Tips

SAVE TONS OF MONEY ON YOUR POOL CARE:
Feeling like it would be better to drain the pool, fill it with dirt and lay grass over the money pit? You are not alone. I hear it all the time, "my pool pump is costing me a fortune in electricity!" or, "I just spent $300 on chemicals at the pool store this month..." Or, "Nobody told me owning a pool would be so expensive!" So at least you are not alone. I've put together some tips that will save you a substantial amount of money on both your electric cost and your chemical costs.


Tip #1 & 2: RUN YOUR POOL PUMP AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE
I talk about running your pool just one cycle per day. You will need to know your pool size so here is a video on how to calculate it:

Calculate your pool volume (how many gallons): http://youtu.be/LArc7puehAk

You will also need to know your pump's flow rate. Here is a link to a cheat sheet listing most pool pumps by brand and hp and flow rate:

You also need to factor in Total Dynamic Head (TDH) - resistance to flow. Here is a good write up on it: http://www.poolplaza.com/pump-head.shtml

Once you know your pool size (gallons/liter of water), how many Gallons Per minute (GPM) your pool pump pulls and the resistance to flow, you can get a pretty good idea of how long to run your pool pump to achieve one cycle. Not rocket science but it takes some calculating. You can shave off $20-$100 a month on your electric bill by doing this.

Know Your Flow: Here is the best flow meter on the market today. It is easy to install and with this flow meter you will know the exact GPM going through your pool which translates into money savings.
I also have videos on installing the FlowVis in your pool and how to use the FlowVis to calculate how long to run your pool pump.

Tip #3: GET A TEST KIT AND TEST YOUR POOL WATER
Getting a good test kit will eliminate your need to run to the pool store each week to have it tested. If you go into a pool store you will buy something, generally something you don't need. Keeping your water balanced is essential to saving money on your pool.

Tip #4: USE THE BBB METHOD OF POOL CARE:
Using the BBB Method is a good way to save lots of money on chemical cost and to also avoid the expensive shocks and products found at your local pool store. For example a 1 lb bag of Cal-Hypo 73% shock is not any stronger than one gallon of 8.75% Clorox Bleach. And it is at least $2.00 more in price. You will also find Alkalinity Up (it is just Baking Soda in a fancy bag) to be twice the price or more of just plain Baking Soda

Tip #5: CLEAN YOUR POOL EVERY WEEK
Sounds like a no brainier but you would be surprised. If you pool is full of dirt and leaves the chlorine will be used up faster and that will cost you money. Removing organic debris each week is essential and this is often overlooked. Keeping your pump and skimmer basket clean and free of debris will allow your pool to run more efficiently thus increasing circulation.

Tip #6: INVEST IN A GOOD AUTOMATIC CLEANER
Time is money. So if you can save 20-30 minutes each week from cleaning your pool the initial cost of an automatic cleaner and future parts and repairs will be negligible. If you can spend that time working you can pay for that cleaner quickly. It is important to chose the right cleaner for your particular pool so I have put together a playlist featuring just about every automatic cleaner that is good and on the market today.

Tip #7: INSTALL A VARIABLE SPEED PUMP WHEN YOUR PUMP DIES
I don't recommend trashing your existing working pump but when the motor dies the pump starts to have issues, replacing it with a Variable speed pump makes sense. Running at 1500 RPM will be about 200 Watts in electricity. For the average pool running it at that speed for 8-10 hours will give your pool one complete cycle. That is 2000 watts over that time period. About one hour of a standard single speed pump. Wow. So there is quite the savings on electricity cost for sure. The upfront cost is high but the savings are of course substantial.

Tip #8: DON'T USE YOUR POOL HEATER
Heating your pool for even one day can be costly. Heating it for a week expensive. Heating it for a month, insane. Since pool water temperature is always dropping, especially over night, heating your pool is like throwing money away. If your having a pool party and want to bring the temp up from 75 to 82 that is fine. But to heat your pool on a regular basis will cost you big time. Try it for a week and you will see... in my case I like to heat my pool maybe 5-6 days a month. My gas bill will go from $40 to $160 just for that small time period. It is pretty crazy.

Tip #9: MAINTAIN YOUR POOL YOURSELF
Pool service is a luxury and not a necessity. If you are on a tight budget than you can't hire a pool guy, gardener or housekeeper. Bummer. No pool service means you save $800-$1,200 a year, no gardener add another $800-$1,500 and no house cleaner $2,500. Life will suck but you will save several thousand dollars a year.

TIP #10: WATCH MY YOUTUBE VIDEOS
I have over 700 videos and counting so it is a great resource to do it yourself and save even more money on your pool.
So if you follow these tips you can feed the kids again, maybe go out to a nice movie and dinner and drive by the pool store and shake your head in memory of all the money you lost.

Save Tons of Money & Still Have a Sparkling Clean Pool: 10 Money Saving Tips - this article is from my eBook "Swimming Pool Care the Essential Guide." 




Monday, January 8, 2018

EVER BOOTS "Ultra Dry" Men's Premium Leather Waterproof Work Boots Review

The Ever Boot “Ultra Dry” is the perfect waterproof boot for outdoor use for hiking as well as for a work. I use them on my pool route and they are very comfortable and long lasting. The fit is also great as these boots are wide and don't restrict your foot like other boots I have tried. And the best part is that these boots retail for under $60.



They off a 30 day money back guarantee on the waterproofing of these boots. These are very long lasting boots and I typically will get 4-5 months out of them with everyday heavy use. The boots use a Seal-Direct construction to make them very weatherproof and I can attest to the fact that these boots are very waterproof. I am around water all day long and these boots are a lifesaver out there. Everyday I go home and my feet are dry which helps prevent foot related problems. If you work around water you know how miserable it is to have wet socks on all day.

I like that these boots are also very light weight. The steel toe is left off making this boot very light. They are also a wide fit which is important to me as I like the extra space these boots provide. I have tried other boots and my feet just feel very cramped as the day goes on. The light weight and wide fit make walking in these boots all day very easy on you.

The soles are slip resistant and are fairly good. I think the Wolverine Boots I used to wear had a better grip then these, but they are of course twice the price. Not that the “Ultra Dry” boot is slippery, but from my experience as compared to other boots they are just in the good category. I haven't slipped in these out in the field so that is a good litmus test.

As far as how long they last, you can see in the video my older pair and how they wear out. In my case I am kneeling down a lot on the job and the front wears out on mine before the soles wear out. I think every use will have different wear on these boots but for me if I can get 4-5 months out of a work boot that cost $60 it is a win-win. The laces are actually very solid and I haven't had one break yet on 3 different sets of boots. Bottom line, these boots will take a beating and still hold up for months.

Comfort is a big issue for me as I am on my feet all day or driving in traffic when I am on the road. So when I decided to switch over from my Wolverine boots which are ultra comfortable to these boots I was worried about long term all day long comfort. But I must say that they are almost as comfortable as the $120 boots I used to wear. I think the wide fit and breathable leather are what make them comfortable for all day use. I haven't had any issues with my feet feeling sore or getting blisters while wearing the “Ultra Dry” boots.

If your looking for a solid and affordable waterproof boot for work or hiking give these a try. They are available on Amazon.com so if you don't like them simply return them within 30 days. 

You can order them with this link: http://amzn.to/2CFUbA5





Thursday, January 4, 2018

Why the FlowVis Flow Meter is the Best Investment you can Make for Your Swimming Pool

The FlowVis Flow Meter is a revolutionary flow meter for your swimming pool. A flow meter is a device used to measure the amount of water passing through your pools filtration system, usually measured in Gallons Per Minute GPM) here in the US and Liters Per Minute (LPM) in other parts of the world. Knowing you pool's exact flow rate is important if you want to maximize your energy savings and set your pool to run less each day.



Basically you need to get one cycle of water through your pool's filtration system each day. This is all of the water in the pool passing through the pool filter and then back out into the pool again. This will ensure that any bacteria or viruses are filtered out and this also makes sure the pool water stays clear and balanced. Running your pool less than one cycle per day could mean cloudy water and possibly unsafe swimming conditions. Running your pool longer than needed will result in wasted energy and a higher electric bill every month. So setting your pool to run just one cycle each day is optimal. Without a flow meter you are just guessing and estimating your pool's run time. With a flow meter you will get an exact number which in turn will allow you to save money each month and have a safe to swim pool everyday.

The FlowVis Flow Meter is an ideal product if you have a variable speed pump and want to maximize your energy savings. The FlowVis will give you the exact flow rate of your pool water so that you can set your Variable Speed Pump (VS Pump) RPM to the desired run time to get one cycle of water through your filter and back into your pool each day. Because the different RPM settings will allow more or less water to flow through the filter depending on the setting, it is really very difficult to just estimate the amount of flow at each RPM accurately. So the FlowVis Flow Meter will take the guess work out of setting your VS Pump.

The FlowVis is fairly easy to install and does not require any particular length of straight pipe in front or behind it. It can be installed anywhere on your equipment plumbing except directly in front of an In-Line 3” Tablet Chlorinator. So finding the perfect spot for the FlowVis on your pool equipment is very easy – you can pretty much install it wherever you have the space. They also sell a Retro-Fit kit that will screw right in the where your existing Jandy, Hayward or Praher Check Valve sits. Simply remove the screws and the Check Valve face and insert the FlowVis Retro-Fit right into that spot. It couldn't be easier and the FlowVis will act in the exact same way as the Check Valve you removed. It is designed as dual purpose product, it checks the pool flow and will close just like a Check Valve when the pool turns off.

Key Features
  • Installation flexibility; installs horizontally, vertically, or even upside-down
  • Can be installed right next to other plumbing fittings such as elbows with no effect on accuracy
  • 97.9% across the entire model range
  • NSF 50 Level 1 for eight different FlowVis® models
  • Doubles as a check valve (1.5", 2", 2.5" models)
  • Clear, easy-to-read scale in GPM or optional LPM with key velocity points (FPS)
  • Installs quickly and easily with no calibration required
  • Manufactured in the USA
  • 15-year design life, 3-year warranty
  • Models available for Metric pipe sizes from DN40 to DN100
  • The industry's most respected and reliable flow meter

To see other videos on the FlowVis Flow Meter:
FlowVis® Flow Meter - H2flow Review & Overview: http://youtu.be/8WFXje-NWBY
FlowVis® Flow Meter Retrofit Kit Installation Guide: http://youtu.be/hsH2I06G_-A
FlowVis® Flow Meter - Plumbing in the Complete Valve: http://youtu.be/3cvUP6n3xvQ
FlowVis Flow Meter to Set Your Pool Pump Run Time: http://youtu.be/aE1Pc6GisUw
How to Install a Pentair SUPERFLO® VS Pump: Plumbing in the Pump: https://youtu.be/Pb1OTS0nYMg
Pentair SUPERFLO® VS Variable Speed Pump Operating and Programming: https://youtu.be/JzDw3abs6O8
Variable Speed Pump RPM, Watts and Run Time EXAMPLES: Featuring Jandy iQPUMP01: https://youtu.be/DlOjwUgv_Yk


Learn More: https://www.swimmingpoollearning.com/flowvis-flow-meter

Monday, January 1, 2018

UPair One Drone 4K Camera & 7" FVP Screen, GPS, 1/2 Mile (1,000 m) Range all for $350!

The UPair One 4K Drone by GTEN (G10) Drone is a very solid drone with an amazing price point. You can find the UPair One 4K drone with the build in 7” FPV screen for around $350.00 here in the US. It has the same range as the DJI Phantom 3 Standard but with a better camera and the monitor for about $150 less. Strictly speaking this is not a DJI Phantom Clone but a very solid and reliable drone with very similar design and features.



I wanted a good 4K drone for my personal use and the Upair One seemed to have the features I wanted for a price I felt comfortable with. The reviews of the 2.7K version were mixed but I did see some very good reviews for the 4K version. This is not the the UPair 4K Plus version which has a Follow Me Mode and Flight Route Planning. This version doesn't have those features but with the built in screen it eliminates the need to connect to an APP and use your phone to view the FPV footage. So there are two versions of the 4K Upair drone. The 4K version with the 7 inch monitir and the 4K plus versions. The 2.7K versions are also available but for a few dollars more I would suggest getting the 4K verison.

The UPair One drone has great power and is really stable to fly. It is a pretty heavy drone but once the motors start up this thing really takes to the air. It has a maximum speed of 31 MPH and this thing really moves once you push the throttle. It has a vertical velocity of 10 MPH and you can really feel the power of this drone while flying it around.

The range is also fantastic. It is rated to go about 1,000 meters (3,000 ft) or over ½ a mile. I've taken it to over 1,400 feet without any issues and in the mountains I have gotten it to about 800 ft up without any issues (there is no built in altitude restriction like the DJI Phantom). It is super stable in the air and with the Position Hold Mode engaged it hovers as if it is sitting on the ground. You can see from the video how stable it is while hovering in one position.

I think the build quality is very good. I have yet to crash the drone but it feels well made and sturdy. As far as the operating software it hasn't had any errors and it picks up at least 15 satellites in my area for each flight. It takes about 2 minutes for it to acquire the satellite signals in the city and less time out in an open field. The Return to Home toggle switch works flawlessly and it will land withing a couple of feet of where you launched from. It doesn't move backwards back to the launch location but rotates and comes back facing forward.

The Remote with the 7” screen is really top of the line. The screen displays a lot of useful information like distance, height, battery voltage, the drones direction (indicated with an arrow), a compass and the number of satellites that the drone is connected to. I have taken it over 1,000 ft away in the middle of my neighborhood and the signal was still very solid. You just have to play with the antennas to keep the screen clear, sometimes it will get static but most of the time it is pretty clear. The FPV monitor is rated to 800 meters. I took someones advice and moved all the antennas to the outside part of the drone to increase the range and reception.

I think the UPair One 4K drone is a very solid drone. I have flown it now for 2 weeks with at least one flight per day and so far it has preformed exceptionally well. It is very easy to fly, has plenty of power and comes with a great remote with a 7” FPV display built in. The price is much less than the DJI Phantom Standard 3 and you get a lot of bang for your buck. It is worth looking at if you are going for a more professional type drone.

To order it on Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2Cry830

    4K UHD Video Recording and Camera.Perfect for shooting video or taking photos
    Intelligent 5400mA rechargeable battery is capable of flying up to 19 minutes
    Long distance: HD Live Video transmission distance up to 800m, controller up to 1000m away
    Outstanding control performance: Position Hold Mode, Headless Mode and Altitude Hold Mode switched easily. Three RTC methods: Auto One key Return to Home, Auto Low-voltage return to home, Auto Signal-lost return to home



    Total Weight: 1350g (3 lbs)
    Wheelbase: 355mm
    Max flying distance:1000m (3,280 ft) .62 miles
    Max video transmission distance(in open filed): 800m (2,624 ft)
    Max flight height: 1000m (3,280 ft)
    Propeller:9450,match DJI Phantom3 propellers
    Motor: 2212
    Flying duration Full-load( 1350g): approx.19mins
    Packing List: 1x UPair Quadcopter
    1x Remote controller+ FPV Monitor(Transmitter)
    1x Gimbal+ Camera
    1x Aircraft Battery
    1x Charger
    1x RC battery
    2x set Propellers
    1x User Manual
    1x Quick start guide Please prepare a Class 10 high speed 16G TF card by yourself.

    YouTube Video Index: http://poolmandave.blogspot.com/2014/03/swimming-pool-tips-reviews-how-to-video.html – A list of all of my videos: