The Volt FX-8Li is now the premiere Water Tech Pool Blaster Unit on the market for 2017. It also sports some nifty new features which I cover in detail in the video for you. Bottom line, if you are looking to purchase or upgrade your Pool Blaster cleaner, the Volt FX-8Li would be a great choice.
The FX-8Li is a retail pool store cleaner and cannot be purchased online. Over 600 retail locations should stock this cleaner, and if not, your local pool store can order you one. As a reward for supporting your local brick and mortar pool store, Water Tech will give you a 2 year warranty on the FX-8Li.
Let me start with the two major upgrades that the Volt FX-8Li comes with. The twist plug and charging port have been completely redesigned. It is now a simple on/off button and the charger never has to actually enter the motor/battery chamber, which means there is a complete water seal with this cleaner. It is an awesome improvement and eliminates user error which could cause water to enter the battery compartment and thus ruin the cleaner.
The charger itself has been redesigned in order to charge the cleaner without having to open the charging port. It has two prongs that will sit on the on/off switch and charge the cleaner quickly and easily. Expect about 35-45 minutes of run time between charging which is pretty standard for all of the Pool Blaster cleaners.
Another great improvement is that the power rating has gone up from a respectable 350 to a spectacular rating of 500. The power rating is basically the suction of the cleaner. Compared to the Max CG which is their Commercial cleaner with a rating of 400, the new FX-8Li has 20% more power. It is very noticeable in this pool that had pine needles and pine branches. The FX-8Li had no trouble at all with sucking them up. So this is one powerful battery powered cleaner.
The Vacuum Head on the Volt FX-8 is just huge. With the added power and the large vacuum head, this cleaner has a very wide cleaning path. It is suitable to vacuum a large above ground pool, your larger spas and to spot vacuum a pool. The power and large cleaning path makes this cleaner the most versatile of the Pool Blaster line.
Also included is a unique vacuum hose and attachment that fits onto the nose of the cleaner. This can be used to get into areas that the FX-8Li cannot reach, such as the top steps or maybe a shallow water feature. This is a great extra addition since the cleaner needs to be submerged in order to work and the attachment works in water as shallow as 1 inch. This is an excellent attachment and one that works really well in my testing.
Also included are two filter bags. One is the Extreme Filter bag which is excellent for dirt and debris. Also included is a standard bag for larger leaf type debris. I also would suggest getting the sand silt bag as this bag is super long lasting and will pick up very fine sand, silt and dust. You can order the one for the Pool Blaster Max as it will fit the FX-8Li also:
You can also order the specific Sand/Silt bag directly from Water Tech:
I think both bags are the same size, just one has a blue rim vs a black rim. It is an essential bag.
Even though the FX-8Li is much larger than the Pool Blaster Max cleaners, it is not much heavier and is designed very well so that it remains well balanced on the pool bottom. It does taking a bit getting used to as it is larger than most of Water Tech's line of cleaners.
There is no doubt about it, the FX-8Li is in my opinion the best Pool Blaster model yet. Yes, you have to drive to a retail pool store to purchase one, but it is well worth the trip. You can learn more at your local pool store or by contacting Water Tech directly:
l 800-298-8800 or email CustomerService@WaterTechCorp.com
To see my other reviews on the Volt line:
Volt FX-2 Battery Powered Vacuum by Water Tech - Review & Overview: https://youtu.be/bCZu9Jgl5L4
Volt FX-4Li Battery Powered Vacuum by Water Tech - Review & Overview: https://youtu.be/g2aLU56eowM
Visit my Website to learn more about the Pool Blaster line : http://www.swimmingpoollearning.com/water-tech-pool-blaster