Monday, October 30, 2017

Tips on Cleaning your Pool After a Wind Storm Podcast

In this Podcast I go over the steps to prepare your pool for a wind storm. Winds are always bad news for your pool and the clean-up after a storm can be a real pain. Here I discuss what to do prior to a storm and offer some tips on cleaning up your pool after a wind storm hits.





Just about every year we get hit by several major wind events called the Santa Ana Winds. Wind gust can vary from a mild 50 mph to near 80 mph. On Nov 30th 2011 we had a wind event where the Santa Ana winds collided with an Offshore Flow resulting in sustained wind gusts of over 100 mph. To say the pools on my pool route were thrashed was an understatement. The photos in the opening are from the pools on my route the week after that storm. So I have a lot of practical experience when it comes to cleaning a pool up after the winds.

Preparing for the Storm:
If you are expecting sustained wind gusts of 50 mph or higher it may be a good idea to turn your pool completely off for that to prevent your system from clogging. With wind that strong your pool system can't do much anyway. If the winds are in the 25 to 35 mph range - usually your pool will be fine.

Removing anything around the pool is a good idea to prevent it from being blown in. Getting stuff off of the pool bottom can be challenging so it is best if nothing goes in there in the first place. So lower down the umbrella and move all patio furniture from around the pool.

Step One:
The first priority is the pool surface. You want to skim the top off so that you can get the system up and running as soon as possible. This includes emptying the skimmer and pump baskets also. On my pool route I will get all the pools clean on top the first week after a storm and worry about the bottom the following week. So as a homeowner if you have time only to clean the top at the moment that is perfectly fine. The stuff on the bottom can wait - it isn't going anywhere and will not hurt the pool.

Step two:
Having a high chlorine level is essential when your pool is full of leaves. The organic debris can use up quite a bit of chlorine and the leaves may temporarily stain the pool bottom if the chlorine level is too low. Sometimes after a windstorm in my area it will rain during that same week so having a solid chlorine level is a must.

Step Three:
Cleaning the bottom can be a real chore especially if your pool gets wasted. I use the Power Vac PV-2100 on my pool route to handle the pool bottom. It is about $1,000 so it is an investment. But a sound one that will save you loads of time and energy. If you are a homeowner whose pool is constantly ruined by debris from the winds in your area, it would not be a bad long term investment to pick up a Power Vac.

If you live in an area like the high Desert or Arizona and your pool mainly gets dirt from the winds, then a portable pool pump might be the answer for a quicker and more effective clean-up. Especially if you have a DE or Cartridge filter and can't vacuum in "Waste Mode." It is easy to build and affordable.

The Leaf Bagger is a handy tool for pool bottom clean-ups. It attaches to a garden hose and uses water to push leaves and debris up into the bag. The only drawback is you are adding water to your pool and the hose is a pain to drag around.

Water Tech makes a good battery powered Leaf Vac that is effective and can be used in place of a Leaf Bagger.

And last, you can just use a large professional quality leaf rake to skim everything off the bottom. This is time consuming and takes some practice but not a bad method.

Related Videos:
Portable Clean-Up Pump to Vacuum out a Pool: https://youtu.be/bU8No8Jfjrw
Prime A Portable Clean-Up Pump: Installing a Check Valve: https://youtu.be/raZH8QmJses
Power Vac PV2100 Portable Professional Swimming Pool Vacuum Cleaner:https://youtu.be/xGY7tFUDFGM
Power Vac Large Service Cart for PV2100, PV220 & PV2500 Vacuum: https://youtu.be/y9ORwr_DQtI
Riptide Pool Vacuum System Overview Video: https://youtu.be/ycoGJsyFXNg
Pool Vacuum Systems & Portable Filtration Systems: https://youtu.be/Nhkpv_X4XtA
Riptide Battery Box: Riptide SL Optional Accessory or Stand Alone Purchase with Vacuum Head: https://youtu.be/Bi1sEDTw6mw
PORTAVAC: Portable Filtration System by Advantage Manufacturing – Overview: https://youtu.be/uhGYALoLdWs
PORTAVAC Portable Filtration System - Set Up and Use Video: https://youtu.be/Qm4zSrKyY48
Pool Blaster Battery Powered Leaf Vac by Water Tech - Review & Demo: http://youtu.be/jvokMrKGa78



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Multi-Tork MTJ-770 Filter Socket Tool for the Clamp Assembly on the Sta-rite System 3 Filters


This is the new and revised edition of the Multi-Tork MTJ-770 Filter Socket tool for the Clamp Assembly on the Sta-Rite System 3 Pool Filters. The MTJ-770 is designed to fit the revised edition of these filters as well as all of the older models. The socket is made to fit on the clamp assembly and then with a power drill you can simply remove the clamp. This is a great way to take apart one of these System 3 filters very rapidly.



To see a full line-up of the Multi-Tork Sockets you can visit their website: http://www.multi-tork.com/
You can also find links to purchase on my website: https://www.swimmingpoollearning.com/multi-tork

The MTJ-770 will fit all current and older SYSTEM:3® Filters listed here:

D.E. FILTER SD SERIES
MODULAR D.E. FILTER SMD SERIES
MODULAR MEDIA FILTERS SM SERIES
SAND FILTER

MODELS:
S7M120 S8M150
S7M400 S8M500
S7MD60 S7MD72
S7D75 S8D110
S7S50 S8S70

The System 3 Filters are easy to clean but the multiple clamps can be time consuming to remove and put back on. If you are looking for a fast and easy way to remove the clamps and also to securely re-install the clamps I suggest purchasing the MTJ-770. I really like how securely the MTJ-770 gets the clamps onto the System 3 filter when reassembling the lid. Nothing like a drilled on tight lid to make you feel safe and prevent any possible leaks. To see more videos on the System 3 Filter:


STA-Rite System 3 Filter cleaning: http://youtu.be/d3q19HIm12w
Sta-Rite System 3® Retro-Fit Kit Review and Installation Video: http://youtu.be/ylcO7jTZ9pE
Sta-Rite System 3® Retro-Fit Kit Part 2 of 2: Cleaning the Cartridges: http://youtu.be/waSXKoHZfnw
When to Replace Your SYSTEM:3® Cartridges (Step by Step Guide on How To Install): https://youtu.be/5jph5gprxA4

If you service pools for a living you may want to purchase the 3 pack of Multi-Tork Sockets. Their most popular product is the MT-301 Socket set which also contains the MTJ-770 socket. The other two included sockets work on the Pentair Clean & Clear Plus, FNS Plus, 4000 Series and 2000 Series filters. They also work on the Jandy filter models as well as on the Hayward Pro Grid Filters. Hayward has a filter that is not compatible with this set, the SwimClear Filter, but you can order the MT-100H to add to these three sockets for that specific Hayward filter. The MT-301 is a perfect pack to get you started and you will be very pleased with the quality and versatility of the sockets.

Another product that Multi-Tork makes is the Button Hook drain plug removal tool. The Button Hook works especially well on the Pentair Clean & Clear Plus and Quad D.E. filters which have the drain plug directly under the inlet and outlet pipes making it very hard to reach with any standard wrench. The curved design of the Button Hook make for easy removal of that drain plug as well as a number of other manufacturer drain plugs. It is very durable and you will find it to be an essential tool for filter cleanings.

To learn more about the Multi-Tork products listen to the Podcast as we discuss these products in detail for you: Listen to the Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/581828-episode-16-interview-with-tal-millican-of-multi-tork-filter-sockets

Related Videos:
Podcast with Multi-Tork owner Tal Millican: https://youtu.be/044L5heOjDk
Multi-Tork Filter Socket Tool - For Faster Filter Cleaning: http://youtu.be/aI-rPOSMv-k
Multi-Tork MT-100 Double-Hex Anodized Aluminum Pool Socket: https://youtu.be/1cRFHEddYVM
Multi-Tork MT-100H Socket for Hayward Filters & Harmsco Filters: https://youtu.be/wkeFUfeMSk8
Button Hook - Filter Drain Plug Removal Tool & More!: http://youtu.be/JoGVpbSIAkI
KLORKINATOR. Klick. Twist. Done. - Lid & Cover Removal Tool: http://youtu.be/esP1CrYvRNE








Monday, October 23, 2017

Mult-Tork Filter Socket Tools - Overview

I am a big fan of small individual inventors who develop a pool products and bring them to the market. It is a long and difficult process and Tal Millican of Multi-Tork has done just that successfully. In this interview I discuss the various filter sockets and other tools that Multi-Tork has developed to help the pool service professional and homeowner save time on their pool filter cleaning.






The Multi-Tork Filter Sockets are designed to help you get the pool filter clamps on and off the filters very rapidly. You simply attach the specific socket for your filter to a drill and spin the clamp or bolt loose in a matter of seconds. These sockets work on a variety of filters by the three name brand manufacturers - Pentair, Hayward and Jandy as well as some off brand filters. This is a simple way to speed up your day if you are a pool service professional and a great tool for the Do-it-Yourself homeowner.

Time is money out in the field and if you take apart and clean multiple filters on your pool route you will be impressed with the time saved by using the Multi-Tork socket tool. If you visit their website you can see all of the various sockets that they make and also find out where you can order a socket or set of sockets.


If you like ordering off of Amazon.com I have a web page set up with some links to the more popular sockets: https://www.swimmingpoollearning.com/multi-tork

Their most popular product is the MT-301 Socket set. This includes three sockets and these sockets work on the Pentair Clean & Clear Plus, FNS Plus, 4000 Series and 2000 Series filters. They also work on the Jandy filter models as well as on the Hayward Pro Grid Filters. Hayward has a filter that is not compatible with this set, the SwimClear Filter, but you can order the MT-100H to add to these three sockets for that specific Hayward filter. The MT-301 is a perfect pack to get you started and you will be very pleased with the quality and versatility of the sockets.

Another product that Multi-Tork makes is the Button Hook drain plug removal tool. The Button Hook works especially well on the Pentair Clean & Clear Plus and Quad D.E. filters which have the drain plug directly under the inlet and outlet pipes making it very hard to reach with any standard wrench. The curved design of the Button Hook make for easy removal of that drain plug as well as a number of other manufacturer drain plugs. It is very durable and you will find it to be an essential tool for filter cleanings.

The Klorkinator is another unique tool that is designed to help with the removal of pump lids as well as chlorinator lids. This will save you from pulling a muscle while trying to loosen a lid that just won't budge. It is a fast a simple way to remove stuck or stiff lids and you will find this to be an invaluable tool out in the field.

To learn more about the Multi-Tork products listen to the Podcast as we discuss these products in detail for you.

Related Videos:
Multi-Tork MTJ-770 Filter Socket for Faster Cleaning of Sta-Rite System 3 Filters: https://youtu.be/hO1x3S1EMio
Multi-Tork Filter Socket Tool - For Faster Filter Cleaning: http://youtu.be/aI-rPOSMv-k
Multi-Tork MT-100 Double-Hex Anodized Aluminum Pool Socket: https://youtu.be/1cRFHEddYVM
Multi-Tork MT-100H Socket for Hayward Filters & Harmsco Filters: https://youtu.be/wkeFUfeMSk8
Button Hook - Filter Drain Plug Removal Tool & More!: http://youtu.be/JoGVpbSIAkI
KLORKINATOR. Klick. Twist. Done. - Lid & Cover Removal Tool: http://youtu.be/esP1CrYvRNE




Thursday, October 19, 2017

Swimming Pool Heater Tips and Common Homeowner Mistakes

If your heater is not connected to an automated system, turning it on and heating up your pool and spa can be confusing. Almost all heaters have a simple to use control panel that you can use to turn on the heater and set the desired temperature. In this video I am using the Jandy JXi Pool & Spa Heater but your heater is probably very similar to it.


On the heater itself is the control panel and from there you can turn the heater on and set it for pool or spa mode. Once the pool pump is on you can then set the heater to the desired temperature and turn it on. If you are going to heat an attached spa, you will have to turn the valves to spa mode. I go over that in detail in the video.

Let me go over some common mistakes and user errors when it comes to manually setting your heater.
I see these mistakes out on my pool route and once you know about them you will be much wiser when using your heater.

Heater has no power?
The buttons on the heater will not function unless the pool pump is turned on. If you are trying to turn on the heater outside of the pool's daily timed run cycle you will need to turn the pump on at the timer box. Once the pump is on and running you should see the control panel on the heater activate. Now you can set the heater to the desired temperature and mode – either pool or spa mode.

Can I heat the Pool with the Spa Settings?
You can heat the pool from either “Pool” or “Spa” mode but the heater has a dedicated mode for a reason. In each mode you can set a desired temperature and the heater will save that set temperature for you. So if you turn on your heater to heat your pool and you press the “Spa Heat” button the pool will then heat up to whatever temperature is set for the spa. Usually it is set at 98-100 degrees. So the pool will heat up to 98-100 as if it were the spa. So it is best to use the “Pool” button and set that temperature to your desired level, usually 80-85 degrees. So both buttons will turn on the heater but each button has a set temperature for either the pool or spa.

How do I put my Heater in Spa Mode?
This is a very common problem and I think the pool valves can be a little hard to figure out. The majority of pools use Jandy valves, notice that the small handle part is the “on” position and the large flared part marked “off” is the off position. The suction line valve is located right in front of the pool pump. Turn this valve handle completely to the opposite direction. Then find the return line valve handle and turn that one completely to the opposite position. The return valve is the one coming out of the heater. Once you have both of these valves turned you should be in “Spa Mode.” After doing this several times you will get the hang of it. When done make sure you turn the valves back again so that it will be in “Pool Mode” when the timer starts up later that day or the next day. Otherwise the pool will remain off all week and it will be circulating only the spa.

Why is my Heater running the next day still?
One thing that you must do when you finish using the heater, besides turning the valves back to pool mode from spa mode is to turn off the heater. Most heaters have a pretty obvious “off” button. The heater may turn off during use once it reaches the set temperature but to actually turn it off after use you will need to hit the “off” button on the heater itself when you are done using it. Note also that if you turn the pump off before turning off the heater and you push the “off” button on the heater, it will not turn off. Remember, for the buttons to be active the pump must be running. So before turning off the pool pump, hit the “off” button on the heater. If you fail to do this the heater will be running every time the pool turns on for it's timed programmed cycle. So the pool can potentially be heated all week and in most cases if you were using the spa and turned the valves back to pool mode the pool will heat up to the spa temperature (98-100 degrees) giving you quite hefty gas bill.

My Spa is draining down after I used it last night?
Unless it is a bad check valve chances are you didn't turn the valve completely back to pool suction and it is still partially open to the spa suction. Since most spas have a small bypass returning water to it, even a small amount of suction from the spa drain will cause it to drain down. Just make sure that you turn the valves completely back to pool mode when done.

So these are some common user errors and mistakes that are made when using the pool heater. One way to ensure that the heater will not turn on after using it is to shut off the gas line after each use. Many heaters are installed with a simple shut off handle and this is a great way to insure you won't get hit with a giant gas bill.

Related videos:
Jandy JXi Pool & Spa Heater Overview Video: https://youtu.be/kNroru8-zf0



Monday, October 16, 2017

Swimming Pool Skimmer Help, a look at products and devices that will help remove pool surface debris









There are many products on the market today that are designed to enhance your pool's skimmer to help remove surface debris. If you have a pool that is in an area where a large amount of leaves fall in each day, one of these devices might be just right for you. I will briefly go over these pool skimming devices that are featured in this Podcast.



Listen to the Podcast:



PoolSkim:

This is a very innovative and easy to use device that connects directly to your pool's 1 1/2” threaded return line. If your pool has stub pipe fittings you can purchase inserts for it, but it is designed to thread right into the spot where you remove the 1 1/2” eyeball fitting. The PoolSkim works great as it uses the pools return to create a secondary skimmer and trap all of the surface debris in the large attached bag.

Pros:
Captures a ton of surface debris, even small particles.
Allows your pool pump to operate more efficiently as the skimmer basket has less debris in it.
Easy to install and set up.
Very durable and well made.
Relatively inexpensive.

Cons:
Need 1 1/2” threaded return jets.
Can be unsightly in your pool.

POOLSKIM the automatic pool skimmer – Review: http://youtu.be/BLtN702NrJQ
PoolSkim Complete Installation Guide: http://youtu.be/2UgVDNOg3p8

To order the PoolSkim: http://amzn.to/2yNsqai

SkimDoctor 2.0:
This is an affordable and very easy way to increase your pool skimmer's efficiency without doing anything except attaching the SkimDoctor 2.0 to your existing skimmer basket. Installation is very easy and once installed it creates a vortex and pulls in surface debris from further away and with much more velocity. Every pool with a lot of surface debris should have one installed.

Pros:
Affordable and an easy way to instantly improve your pool's skimmer ability.
Very well made and durable.
Fits most skimmer baskets.



Cons:
Since you are just enhancing your pool skimmer, the basket will still get very full in pools with heavy debris, so you will need to empty it frequently.

SkimDoctor 2.0 and Vac Attachment: https://youtu.be/81CS8GELjQY
SkimDoctor 2.0 Set-Up and Installation Guide: https://youtu.be/COqDPsChxi4
SkimDoctor 2.0 Vac Attachment Installation: https://youtu.be/F4AaZyND-Xk

To order the SkimDoctor 2.0: http://amzn.to/2xKAUPh

Solar-Breeze NX:
The Solar-Breeze NX is the latest version of the Solar-Breeze Robotic Solar Powered surface cleaner which was the first of it's kind and is still a solid product. The NX features upgraded software, a better water seal and a long lasting Lithium Ion battery. Drop the Solar-Breeze NX into your pool and the Sun will power it all day long and charge up the battery. In the Summer expect the cleaner to run for 16-20 hours. It will pick up 90% of the surface debris before it sinks to the bottom.

Pros:
No cords or hoses as it is powered by the solar panels on top.
Solid engineering and a one year full warranty.
Can hold about 2 skimmer baskets full of debris.
Surface will stay clean and clear all season.
Back up cycle to get around obstacles like automatic cleaner hoses.

Cons:
A luxury item as it is priced at $550.00

Solar-Breeze NX Robotic Surface Solar Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/d_o07EPydsw

You can order the Solar-Breeze NX directly from the Solar-Breeze website – use my discount code to save 5% and receive free shipping: mrdgvb1

SolaSkimmer:
This is Solar Powered Surface Cleaner much like the Solar-Breeze but manufactured by Remington Solar (a leading manufacturer of solar powered products). The SolaSkimmer will operate all day long cleaning the pool surface and picking up debris and it operates with very simple engineering which should make it very durable over time. It also has a plug in option so you can also charge it if you are using it out of season or in an area where it is not very Sunny. A very solid product.

Pros:
Priced at $399.00 so it is an affordable option.
Simple engineering and a simple design make this easy to operate.
One year warranty.

Cons:
A relatively new product so it has a short track record.

SolaSkimmer Solar-Powered Robotic Swimming Pool Skimmer- MSRP $399.00!: https://youtu.be/w9JBiyEB9Lk
Order the SolaSkimmer directly from Remington Solar: https://remingtonsolar.com/product-category/solaskimmer/

SkimDevil:
The SkimDevil is the premiere solar powered surface cleaner. It is also the most expensive with a price tag of $700. It is very hi-tech and you can set it from an app via a WiFi connection and even control it manually for fun in a remote control mode. It's unique design allows it to pick up very large surface debris – I used it to pick up ping pong balls in my video! If you have the budget this thing is pretty amazing.

Pros:
Smart Phone App for accessing many unique settings and functions.
Picks up very large debris.
Easy to use and works very well.
One year warranty.

Cons:
Hefty price tag of $700.

Skimdevil® Robotic Solar Powered Surface Cleaner Camio SX15- Review & Overview: https://youtu.be/j2GCxC9apJ4
Skimdevil® Robotic Surface Cleaner Set Up & App Overview (RC Mode shown): https://youtu.be/d2hYgI-e-lY

To order the SkimDevil: http://amzn.to/2ihg8Qy

Gator Auto Skim:
If you have a suction side automatic cleaner and it is connected to your pool skimmer, you may notice that the surface debris does not get picked up well by the pool skimmer. If the skimmer is sharing the suction with the cleaner it doesn't have the force to pull debris into the skimmer. The Gator attaches to the cleaner hose 2-3 sections back from the cleaner and acts as a mobile pool skimmer floating on the pool surface. It will move around the pool with the cleaner picking up leaves and debris. The Gator is not designed to pick huge amounts of surface debris but if you get a normal amount of leaves and debris on the pool surface you will find that the Gator is very effective.

Pros:
Helps keep the pool surface clean if your suction side cleaner is connected though the pool skimmer.
Moves along with the cleaner picking up surface debris.
Easy to install and set up.
Works with most suction side pool cleaners.

Cons:
Will not pick up large amount of surface debris at one time.

Gator Auto-Skim: Surface Skimming System for your Suction Side Automatic Cleaner: https://youtu.be/XZEbFRWGvJA

To order the Gator Auto Skim: http://amzn.to/2kXAPSH

Skimmer-Motion:
Like the Gator the Skimmer-Motion is designed for a suction side cleaner that is connected though the pool skimmer. It also attaches to your cleaner's hose and will move along the water surface picking up surface debris. The Skimmer-Motion is designed to pick up only very small particle and leaf debris and is not designed to skim very large debris from the surface. So if you have a constant layer of dust and bugs on your pool surface this may be just the thing for you.

Pros:
Picks up dust and small particles on the pool surface very well.
Easy to install and set up.

Cons:
Designed to pick up only small leaves, bugs and surface dust.

Skimmer Motion™ - Automatic Pool Skimmer Review: http://youtu.be/PTxctNbjvN8
Skimmer Motion™ Installation and Set Up: http://youtu.be/XrdKTwPIpzM

To order the Skimmer Motion: http://amzn.to/2kSI6Tv

Leaf Bone:
The Leaf Bone is a great product designed specifically for in-ground vinyl pools with a ladder. The market for this product is pretty specific but for those particular pools the Leaf Bone works great. Clip it onto your pool ladder, attach a leaf rake to the other end and watch the surface debris get picked up in the net. A highly effective way to pick up your pools surface debris.

LEAF BONE - Leaf Net Skimmer Clip for your In-Ground Pool Ladder: https://youtu.be/3K2LQaSqOMg

To order the Leaf Bone: http://amzn.to/2yqnhly






Thursday, October 12, 2017

Portable AC Outlet Power Bank - Charge 4 USB Devices and 2 AC Plug in Devices Out in the Field

I have been looking for a way to charge all of my devices out in the field so that I don't need to worry about running out of juice for my battery operated and rechargeable devices. It's a real pain whne I go to use my cordless drill and I find out the battery is dead. Or I go to use my battery operated Water Tech Vacuum and find out it is dead. The AIVANT AC Power Bank, 42000mAh/200W(Max) Rechargeable Portable Charger solves this problem.





You can easily charge 4 USB devices and 2 AC plug in devices while out in the field and still have plenty of power left over. It has a massive amount of stored power at 42000mAh as compared to a typical smart phone with a 3100mAh battery. The real benefit to me is the ability to charge up my AC plug in devices. It has two sockets so you can easily charge or power 2 devices or appliances at the same time. This would be great for anyone who works out in the field all week long and doesn't have time to charge up at home or the office.


  • 42000 mAh Ultra Large Capacity- 42000 mAh/200W(Max) power capacity provides sufficient power supply for daily use, travel, picnic, short periods of outdoor activity, and even for power failure, or emergency.
  • AC Outlets 2 Fast Charging USB Ports 4, 2 AC Outlets(110V) can be used. 4 USB fast charging ports are compatible with laptops, cameras, tablets, smart-phones and other appliances. Please pay attention to the max current before charging and kindly note that this AIVANT Power Bank WON'T BE WORKING WHEN RECHARGING IT.
  • Well-made Portable Carrying Case- High quality carry case stores a charging adapter, and also the unit itself, easy to grab and go. Perfect for travel, camping, hiking and other outdoor activities.
  • High Speed Charging For for Rapid Recharging of the Power Bank- DC15V Input makes it fast to get fully charged in 6~7 hrs, providing sufficient power supply anywhere, any time with short time full charge capacity.
  • Well-built Quality & Safety Guaranteed- Durable AC/DC Power Bank packed in waterproof carrying case. Error Indicator twinkles with red LED lights once the unit works with over-current, over voltage& over temperature, which guarantee user’s safety with error alarms.

To order the model shown in the video from Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2y1rdeE

Specs:

Parameters
Capacity: 42000 mAh
(LWH)Dimension: 200*46*145 mm
Weight: About 1.5KG
Circle Life: >500 Times
Charging Power: DC15V/2A
Charging Time: DC15V : 6~7 Hrs
DC Power: DC9~12.6V/10A (Max)
AC Output: AC100V/60Hz Or 220V/50Hz
AC Power: AC Continuous Power Output: 200W, Peak Power Output: 250W
USB Output: USB1+USB2 5V/3.1A (Max), USB3+USB4 5V/3.1A (Max)

Working Temperature: -20℃~60℃

What Would You Get:
1× Portable AC/DC Power Bank
1× Home Charger
1× Instruction Manual
1× Carrying Case

What AIVANT Can Assure You:
---Service and Warranty Instruction
30-day Money-back & Replacement Guarantee for any reason
12-Month Warranty for quality-related issues



Monday, October 9, 2017

All Aabout Aquabot Robotic Pool Cleaners

In this Podcast I interview Steve Andrews of Aqua Products and we spend some time discussing their line up of Aquabot Robotic Cleaners. The Aquabot Robotic Pool Cleaners where the first robotic cleaners on the market and they are still manufactured right here in the USA. To learn more about Aquabot you can visit their website: http://www.aquabot.com/






To date I have tested and filmed over 12 of their robotic cleaners and you can find all of these videos in this playlist:


The shear variety of cleaners that are available means that if you are in the market for a robotic cleaner you will find one that fits your needs. They make models that climb the walls and scrub the tile line and models that only clean the floor and do not climb past the cove (slope of the pool wall). The price point is as low as $300 up to $1,300 depending on your budget and needs. You can get one with scrubbing brushes, scrubbing jets are no brushes and jets. Depending on your pool needs will determine which cleaner to purchase.

The Aquabot cleaners filter down to the finest microns of any of the robotic cleaners on the market today. Most will filter down to 2 microns which is better than a D.E. Filter. Some have the traditional bags on the bottom while others have top loading debris trays. One benefit of the bottom loading debris bags is that they hold a lot more dirt and debris then the top loading trays. But depending on your preference you can decide which type of debris chamber you like.

As the cleaner is running in the pool it is also filtering the water. Some pump as much as 80 gallons per minute and others less, but all will filter the water while running in the pool. This means you can run your pool less as the cleaner is operating. You also save on your filter as all of the dirt and debris is trapped in the robotic cleaner themselves. They have a self contained pump and filter (debris chamber) and operate independently of the pool filtration system.

Most of the Aquabot cleaners come equipped with a cord swivel. This swivel will prevent tangling as the cleaner is operating in the pool. Aquabot swivels are some of the best in the industry in my opinion. You can also get various cable lengths from 40 feet up to 75 feet depending on your pool size and needs. The cable is made out of a very strong material and will last a very long time. I also like the power units that come with the cleaners. All or very simple and user friendly.
Aquabot offers many warranty choices depending on the cleaner. All come with at least a one year warranty. Some come with a two year bumper to bumper warranty and they also have some units with a three year warranty. If you purchase the cleaner at a brick and mortar pool store the warranty is usually 2 or 3 years. Being manufactured here in the US means that Aqaubot has many warranty centers all across the country.

So listen to the Podcast and if you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me.





Thursday, October 5, 2017

Solar-Breeze NX Overview - 5% discount code

The Solar-Breeze NX Robotic Surface Pool Cleaner is the latest generation of the Solar-Breeze cleaner. This was the first cleaner of this kind and it has been on the market now longer than any other similar product. This is a great way to keep the surface of your pool free of debris and give it that glass like look all day long.



If you purchase it directly from Solar-Breeze you can use my discount code to save 5% and also receive free shipping. With the 5% discount I think this will be the lowest price available to you, but also check Amazon.com as the prices there tend to go up and down and you might just catch it on a down week.

Discount code: mrdgvb1

It is also available on Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2wwaI6q

The Solar-Breeze automatic pool skimmer is a smart robot, powered by the sun. Without you skimming or netting your pool, the Solar_Breeze NX removes 90-95% of all debris, including leaves, pollen, dust and suntan oils from the surface of your pool before it sinks to the bottom. It has no hoses or cords, all of this is done from the solar panels on top which power the Solar Breeze NX.
Using the Solar-Breeze NX means that less debris needs to be cleaned from the bottom of your pool and less bacteria grows in your pool during the day when most people have their filtration system turned off. Solar-Breeze NX owners are able to reduce their pool pump run time by as much as 1/2 to 2/3. This results in a lot of money saved in your electricity bill as your pool pump accounts for 40% of your Summer energy use.
A rear paddle powers the unit through the water, while a front paddle scoops the surface debris into a collection chamber. It filters the water through an ultra-fine nylon mesh, preventing 90-95% of dust and debris from re-entering your pool. Powered bumper wheels on the front corners of the Solar-Breeze NX rotate and re-direct the unit each time it connects with the pool wall.

The Solar-Breeze NX can operate in all sizes and shapes of pools. Sensors and software allow the robot to know when it is no longer making forward progress and instructs it to backup and turn slightly to extract itself. There is also a programmed back-up cycle to ensure that the robot covers the entire surface of the pool every 2 hours. Recent software improvements include a Hunt-for-Sun modification to reduce the amount of power drawn by the motors creating greater energy efficiency.