Wednesday, October 26, 2016

How To Program a Jandy JEP-R Variable Speed Pump Controller

In this Article I go over the programming of the Jandy JEP-R Variable-Speed Pump Digital Controller for the Jandy Variable Speed pumps. The JEP-R looks complicated to program but is actually quite easy. The JEP-R overall is a good controller for your Jandy Variable speed (VS) pump.

The JEP-R can hold two schedule speed programs and up to a total of eight different speeds. This is where it can be confusing. You can program only two speeds to come on at set times. For example you might want low speed to run from 7:00am to 1:00pm (eStar speed) and Speed 2 to run form 1:00pm to 3pm. So you can set these specific daily run times in the JEP-R in the first two buttons on the controller.

Buttons 3 and 4 can be programmed for a specific speeds (the speeds on a VS pump are referred to as RPM). But they can only be set for a run duration time, like 2 hours, and button 3 and 4 will need to be manually started by pressing the button. There are also optional speeds 5-8 that can be set and accessed thru the menu – these will also need to be manually started.

So overall your programming should be focused on button 1 (eStar) and button 2 on the controller. There are factory set defaults also for all of the buttons, eStar is set at 1750 RPM and Buttons 2-4 are set at 2750 RPM. In the video I show you how to easily change both factory preset speeds.

The main question I get is what run time and RPM should I set my VS pump to? The answer to that question depends on a lot of factors. How big is the pool and overall flow rates are the main factors. For a larger pool, the pump will need to be set to run longer or at a higher speed. To determine the ideal run time and RPM, installing a flow meter is your best option. I like the FlowVis Flow Meter seen in this video:

FlowVis® Flow Meter - H2flow Review & Overview:

Installing a flow meter will give you the exact gallons per minute (GPM) of water flowing from the skimmer, into the filter and then back into the pool. Without a flow meter you can make an educated guess based on your pool equipment.

As a rule of thumb you want to stay under 3000 RPM as a high speed setting with button “2.” This will maximize your energy savings and most pool cleaners can be run at 2600-2800 RPM. This also includes solar and a salt cell. The only time that you would use a higher RPM would be for a spa spillway or when you are using your spa and want the full effect of the jets (3450 RPM).

Also, you should run your pool in low speed for the majority of the time. So a common set up would be 1750 RPM for 8 hours a day and 2600 RPM for 2-3 hours a day. Again, this all depends on the pool size and the pool flow rate. Here is a video that illustrates this:

Variable Speed Pump RPM, Watts and Run Time EXAMPLES: Featuring Jandy iQPUMP01:

So the Jandy JEP-R is an easy to use and a moderately easy to program variable speed controller.
To see a video on how to install the JEP-R:

How to Install a Jandy JEP-R Variable Speed Pump Controller: 

Other Videos in this series:
Jandy iQPUMP01 Smart Phone VS Controller:
Variable Speed Pump RPM, Watts and Run Time EXAMPLES: Featuring Jandy iQPUMP01:
Jandy VS FloPro 1.0 HP Pump Installation Part 1: Unboxing & Walk Thru:
Jandy VS FloPro 1.0 HP Pump Installation Part 2: Plumbing in the pump:
Jandy VS FloPro 1.0 HP Pump Installation Part 3: Wiring the Pump (watching now):
Variable Speed Pump, money saving benefits:

How a Robotic Pool Cleaner can Maximize your Pool's Energy Savings:

Friday, October 21, 2016

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Monday, October 17, 2016

How to Install a Jandy JEP-R Variable Speed Pump Controller

In this article I go over how to install the Jandy JEP-R Varaible Speed Pump Controller to your Jandy Variable Speed Pump. If you don't have a Jandy AquaLink System then you will need to control your Jandy VS pump with the JEP-R controller.

The JEP-R comes shipped in the open position and the wiring is pretty basic. There is a cable included with your new Jandy VS pump that you can use to connect the pump to the JEP-R. I will go over some details here in this article.

First and foremost, turn off all power to the pump. Also make sure that the PVC plumbing is sufficiently dry before wiring and starting the JEP-R, as the pump may turn on during the programming phase. To learn how to program the JEP-R, refer to this video:

How To Program a Jandy JEP-R Variable Speed Pump Controller:

I also suggest before installing the JEP-R controller that you also look into purchasing and using Jandy's new iQPUMP01 interface/controller. The iQPUMP01 is much easier to set-up and program and is far superior to the JEP-R. Here is a quick look at the iQPUMP01:

Jandy iQPUMP01 Smart Phone VS Controller:

I know it seems strange to be steering you to an alternate controller but that is how much I like the Jandy iQPUIMP0.

The wiring of the JEP-R is basic. On the back of the JEP-R there is a connection for the four colored wires. They are marked easily for easy installation: Red, Black, Yellow & Green. Just insert the wires and tighten down the screw with a small electronic type screwdriver. After connecting the wires to the JEP-R you are ready to wire it the VS pump.

The VS FloPro in the video and other Jandy VS pumps comes with an area to wire in the JEP-R. There is also a set of Dip Switches that comes factory set for the JEP-R, so you can just leave the Dip Switches in the factory set position. Simple connect the JEP-R for your specific Jandy VS pump – for the VS FloPRo is Red, Black, Yellow, Green. Once you have these wires connected and screwed down, replace the back cover on the pump.

If you  are using a manual timer box like the Intermatic brand, there is no need to remove the manual timer. Simply remove the on/off tabs and set the timer to the on position. This will effectively bypass the timer and allow you to control the pump from the JEP-R controller.

Once everything is connected turn the power back on and see if the JEP-R lights up. If no errors are present you can now program the JEP-R. It does come factory set with default programs and default set RPM.

Other Videos in this series:
Jandy iQPUMP01 Smart Phone VS Controller:
Variable Speed Pump RPM, Watts and Run Time EXAMPLES: Featuring Jandy iQPUMP01:
Jandy VS FloPro 1.0 HP Pump Installation Part 1: Unboxing & Walk Thru:
Jandy VS FloPro 1.0 HP Pump Installation Part 2: Plumbing in the pump:
Jandy VS FloPro 1.0 HP Pump Installation Part 3: Wiring the Pump (watching now):
How To Program a Jandy JEP-R Variable Speed Pump Controller:
Variable Speed Pump, money saving benefits:
How a Robotic Pool Cleaner can Maximize your Pool's Energy Savings:

Monday, October 10, 2016

Pool Blaster Battery Operated Volt FX-2 Pool and Spa Vacuum by Water Tech

In this article I go over the Water Tech Pool Blaster Volt FX-2. The Volt FX-2 is only sold at your local brick and mortar pool store and is not sold online. The Volt FX-2 would be great for your spa, kiddy pool or small above ground pool.

Over 600 retail pool stores carry the Volt FX-2 so finding it shouldn't be a problem. The FX-2 has plenty of vacuuming power and will easily pick up dirt and debris. It also comes with 2 fine mesh filter inserts for finer dust and silt. The Volt FX-2 also now comes with a new 2 year limited warranty.

I really like the Pool Blaster cleaners and use them everyday on my pool route. Currently I carry the Pool Blaster CG and the Pool Blaster Max HD in my truck and use them in spas, water features and to spot vacuum pools. My Pool Blaster Max CG is over 2 years old and still working fine. It is all in the proper care of the unit.

Care for the FX-2 is pretty simple. You will want to drain it completely after each use and I also suggest unscrewing it all the way often and using silicone lube on the O-Ring so that the battery area has a tight water seal, and lubing it up will prevent it from locking up on you. As calcium forms in the threads it can make it hard to turn the unit on and off – so proper lubing of the FX-2 is essential. I like the Aladdin Magic Lube II and the tube appears in the video also.

The FX-2 is similar to Water Tech's Aqua Broom, except that the FX-2 has a higher power rating 150 vs the Aqua Broom's 100 power rating. It is also better constructed and has an easy to remove vacuum head with a molded handle in front. Overall if you are looking into getting the Aqua Broom, also look at the FX-2.

Some of the nice features of the FX-2:

Large 8.5” cleaning path
weighs only 2 lbs
Attaches to a standard pool pole
Excellent vacuuming power
Easy to use
2 year limited warranty

As mentioned, it is a retail pool store only vacuum so you will have to get in your car and pick it up, which is a not a bad thing. By shopping at your local pool store you are helping your local economy and helping out your neighbors who work in the store. To honor your choice to shop retail verses online, Water Tech will extend the warranty from one year to two years.

I would recommend the FX-2 for you spa, small above ground pool and Kiddy pool. It takes 5 “D” batteries so the life and run time are dependent on how often you use the FX-2. Too me the only downside of the FX-2 is that it is not rechargeable – but you can always invest in rechargeable “D” batteries.

Overall you will be pleased with the cleaning ability of the FX-2. It is far superior to the Spa Wands on the market and with the two year limited warranty it is a safe investment for your spa or small above ground pool.

So if you are looking for a compact, effective and reliable battery powered vacuum check out the Volt FX-2. I also have reviewed several other Pool Blaster products over the last 2 years.

Related Videos:

Pool Blaster FX-4Li:
Pool Blaster Battery Powered Pool & Spa Vacs by Water Tech: Overview:
Pool Blaster Aqua Broom by Water Tech - Review and Demo:
Pool Blaster Catfish by Water Tech® - Review:
Pool Blaster Battery Powered Leaf Vac by Water Tech - Review & Demo:
Pool Blaster MAX – Review:
Pool Blaster Max CG - Commercial Grade Review:
Pool Blaster SPA VAC by Water Tech - Product Review:
Pool Blaster PRO 1500 - Review and Field Testing:

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Benefits of a Variable Speed Pump

In this video, I cover some of the great benefits of replacing your standard speed pump with a Variable Speed Pump. A Variable Speed pump like the Jandy VS FloPro that appears in this video series does just what the name implies, it runs at different speeds are known as RPM.

RPM stands for “Revolutions per minute (abbreviated rpm, RPM, rev/min, r/min) is a measure of the frequency of rotation, specifically the number of in one minute.” - Wikipedia

By running at variable speeds which I will refer to as RPM, the pump consumes less power as it is running at a lower RPM. Just to contrast, the 2 HP WisperFlo pump I replaced would run at 2400 Watts each hour for 4 hours a day – consuming 9,600 watts or 9.6 kWh of electricity.

The kilowatt-hour (symbol kWh) is a derived unit of energy equal to 3.6 megajoules. If the energy is being transmitted or used at a constant rate (power) over a period of time, the total energy in kilowatt-hours is the power in kilowatts multiplied by the time in hours.” -Wikipedia.

By running my Jandy VS FloPro at 1750 RPM for 7 hours a day, it generates 230 watts every hour or 1.7 kWh per day. That is a savings of 7 kWh per day or 210 kWh per month. If you are on a tiered billing system like I am here in California, this can translate into overall savings by keeping you in a lower tier with lower per kWh rates.

To see how much you can save each year try entering your current pump size and run time in Jandy's online calculator. I can almost guarantee that the savings in the first year will pay for the VS pump itself:

There is the upfront cost of replacing your existing pump but that will be offset by years of savings. So the number one benefit of a variable speed pump is the energy savings each year. This benefit alone is enough to make the switch in most cases.

Here is a look at my energy use in August before I installed the VS FloPro at my house. Contrast with my usage in September from the 6th on when I installed the pump. Note also that I had my pump off for two days from the 6th to the 8th as I was installing and filming the pump for my YouTube Channel. Running the VS pump is like having the pump off all month as you can see from the usage chart. 

Keep in mind also that the daily temperature in August and September was the low 90's to over 100 degrees several days each month. The temperature rarely dipped below 90 degrees for these two months. So I was running my A/C almost daily, which consumes a lot of energy.

You can see from the August bill that I entered Tier 3 on the 16th of the month meaning from the 16th  until the 29th I was paying much higher per kWh rate. Contrast that with my September bill where I didn't reach Tier 3 until the 25th - near the end of the billing cycle. And that was because the first 5 days of the billing cycle I was running mt standard 2 HP pump - avg 50 kWh during those 5 days. 

The evidence from my two monthly bills is clear - the VS pump is saving me money. My average daily use dropped from 44 kWh to 30 kWh after installing the VS pump. I expect to see even more substantial savings each month and all of next year. The pump will pay for itself in the 1st year.

Since the VS pump is running at a lower RPM the motors on the VS pumps are very long-lasting. Imagine running a Marathon at full speed without slowing down from mile one to mile 26. That is how a standard speed pump runs all day long. Over time the bearings start to wear out, the motor gets loud and the internal parts like the impeller wear down. And they don't make pool motors like they used to, you are lucky to get 4 years out of a motor built-in today's market.

The VS pump, in contrast, uses a DC motor or Direct Current motor as opposed to your standard pump running off of AC or Alternating Current. The DC motor can better handle running at variable speeds, and since the motor is rarely running at it's full 3450 RPM, the lower speeds translate into less strain. So instead of running a marathon every day with 4-minute miles, which would create much strain and wear on your feet, legs and body, a VS pump walks the 26.2 miles each day.

I have several VS pumps on my pool route that or 8 or 9 years old, the first generation of these pumps, and they are all working just fine. I have yet to replace a VS pump motor. So the long term investment in a VS pump should include at least 2 motor replacements of a standard speed pump at the cost of $400 each.

A great side benefit of a VS pump is its longevity along with the money you save on energy, you save money also on replacement costs. Something that is often overlooked.

Pool pumps are noisy. And if you have one running up against your house, you hear it every day. When you are outside enjoying your backyard, the drone of the pool pump is constant. Since VS pumps run at a lower RPM, the pump runs much quieter. In fact at 1750 RPM you have to check to make sure it is really running. Even at 2400 RPM it is still much quieter than a standard speed pump. After installing my VS pump I frequently step in the equipment area to see if it is running. My pool equipment sits right up against my home office and now I never hear it running.

With a VS pump you can enjoy a much quieter backyard experience. It is a great side-benefit, and along with the great energy savings, makes replacing your loud standard speed pump even more inviting.

So there you have it. Three great benefits of a Variable Speed pump. There should be no real reason to hesitate in replacing your standard pump. You will only regret not doing it sooner.

To see a chart with my monthly energy savings after installing the VS FloPro at my house see this blog article:

Other Videos in this series:
Jandy iQPUMP01 SmartPhone VS Controller:
Variable Speed Pump RPM, Watts, and Run Time EXAMPLES: Featuring Jandy iQPUMP01:
Jandy VS FloPro 1.0 HP Pump Installation Part 1: Unboxing & Walk-Thru:
Jandy VS FloPro 1.0 HP Pump Installation Part 2: Plumbing in the pump:
Jandy VS FloPro 1.0 HP Pump Installation Part 3: Wiring the Pump (watching now):
How to Install a Jandy JEP-R Variable Speed Pump Controller:
How To Program a Jandy JEP-R Variable Speed Pump Controller:
How a Robotic Pool Cleaner can Maximize your Pool's Energy Savings: