Thursday, February 20, 2020

Treating Cloudy Swimming Pool Water


Cloudy pool water is a very common issue and it can be both easy to fix as well as complicated depending on the cause. Often it can be a combination of things causing the cloudy water and this will require a combination of things to clear up the pool.



Here is a common scenario that you may run into if it is multiple issues causing the cloudy water. Say there was a pool party over the weekend and the pool is very cloudy on Monday. It could be a combination of the heavy bather load plus the pool running out of chlorine or the chlorine combining with the organics in the water creating Combined Chlorine or the filter is dirty due to the suntan lotion and organics in the water. You can see how all of this comes together and how each of these can contribute to the cloudy water.

So, it is not always as simple as the causes and solutions below. If it is a combination of things it may take longer to correct it, or you may need to do more steps. For example, in the above combination, you can backwash the pool filter or take it apart and clean it. Run the pool pump for 24 hours and add chlorine to a shock level of 10 ppm. If you just added the chlorine but did not clean the filter or run the pool 24 hours the cloudy water issue may not go away. Or if you cleaned the filter and ran the pool for 24 hours but didn’t raise the chlorine level to 10 ppm the cloudy water may persist. Below are some common causes and the solutions but keep in mind you may need to combine the solutions in a scenario with multiple causes.

#1 Cause: No chlorine in the pool. It seems like a simple thing but it happens all the time. If you get busy and forget to check the pool, unusually hot weather, heavy rain or a pool party all can zero out your chlorine level.

Solution: Simply bringing the level of chlorine up to 10 ppm in your pool will reverse the cloudy water - known as "Shocking the pool." Also, run your pool for a longer time to help speed up the process.

#2 Cause: Combined Chlorine. Ever smell a chemical like the smell at a hotel or the local YMCA? Chlorine has no odor and what you are smelling is Combined Chlorine. Chloramines are what is now in the water and not only do you get an ammonia smell but the water will be cloudy.

Solution: Raising the chlorine to 10 ppm will cure this. Sometimes you will need to raise it to 20 ppm, basically, super chlorinate the pool to kill the Ammonia that has formed in the water.

#3 Cause: Not running the pool long enough. You need at least one cycle of water through your pool each day. One cycle is all the pool water going through the pool filter and then back into the pool. If the chlorine is fine but the water is cloudy chances are you are not running the pool long enough.

Solution: Set your pool to run longer.

#4 Cause: A filter leak. This happens mainly with D.E. filters and a filter leak can cause your water to be very cloudy or partly cloudy.

Solution: Take the filter apart and inspect it and if there are broken grids simply replacing them will solve the problem.

#5 Cause: Adding Soda Ash or Baking Soda to the pool. When you add a base to the pool it can become cloudy for a short period of time. After a few hours or by the next day it should clear up. A good way to avoid this is to add the base directly to the skimmer.

Solution: Manually vacuum up the dust on the pool bottom, the pool will clear up very quickly,

#6 Cause: High Alkalinity or High Calcium Hardness. Not very common but this could also cause your pool to be cloudy. But these need to be very high for this to happen.

Solution: Add Muriatic Acid to lower down the Alkalinity.
These are the basic causes for cloudy pool water and they are easily corrected. It could also be something unusual but these are the most common causes I run into on my pool route.









Monday, February 17, 2020

Waterway Power Defender 270 Variable Speed Pump Overview


The Waterway Power Defender Variable Speed pump is a great new entry into the Variable Speed pump market. The Variable Speed Pump market is, of course, a market dominated by the big three manufacturers Pentair, Hayward and Jandy. But I think there is plenty of room for smaller companies like Waterway, especially when they make a quality VS pump like the Power Defender.



Let me touch on what I think are the best features of this pump and why I think it a VS pump you may want to seriously consider upgrading to. The motor on the back is made by Century Motors. This is the same company that makes the VS motors found on the back of the Hayward and Jandy VS pumps. In fact, it is the same exact motor that is on the Jandy VS pump. The only difference is the control panel on top of the pump. That is designed and manufactured by Century Motors themselves. The Wet End or front plastic area is of course made by Waterway and it is a product designed and manufactured here in the USA. It has been pressure tested to 50 PSI and is made out of very strong plastic. Advantage Manufacturing which makes portable pump systems has been using the Waterway Wet End for years now because they are extremely durable.

The pump is shipped with a lot of key parts. It comes with two CPVC Unions with an added bonus of being swivel unions to help align the plumbing with your existing setup. This means you can actually move the plastic pipe at different angles on the union to perfectly align it with the old existing plumbing.  Also included are many optional plastic bases to raise up and lower the pump down so that the inlet lines up perfectly with where your old pump was sitting. Four bases of different heights are included in the box. This is extremely helpful if your equipment sits on a cement pad. Now you can simply select the correct base to line up the Power Defender VS Pump without remodeling your equipment pad.

I think the best feature of this pump is the AUX relay that will allow you to connect a Salt Water System or a Cleaner Booster Pump directly to the back of the pump. This means that you can set the Salt Water System to activate when the pump reaches a set RPM. For instance, say you want your Salt System to turn on for 8 hours per day. Simply set the AUX activation speed to 2500 RPM and when the pump reaches that speed the AUX relay will activate and send power to the Salt System. You can set the AUX to time out after 8 hours or simply set the 2500 RPM speed to run for 8 hours per day. Once the pump drops below 2500 RPM the AUX relay will turn the Salt System off. You can do the same thing if you wanted to connect a Cleaner Booster Pump instead. This will eliminate a need for a separate timer to run your Salt System or Cleaner Booster Pump. Not you can only connect one of these to the AUX relay but it is a great feature to have included on a VS pump.

The Power Defender Pump also features a built-in Freeze Protect Mode and a Time Out Mode that can be set to 30 minutes up to 24 hours. This is a great feature to have included on any pump and the fact that you can set and adjust both the Freeze Protect and Time Out mode is an added bonus.
The Power Defender Pump comes loaded with some great features and it is backed by a two-year manufacturer warranty. It would be a great choice for a Variable Speed Pump for your pool.



Sunday, February 16, 2020

PoolRx Frequently Asked Questions


I am a strong believer in the PoolRx product because I have personally used it and it works extremely well. PoolRx is a simple way to keep your pool algae free all season long. It is also effective in cleaning a green pool and a side benefit of the product is that you will use less chlorine in the pool all season long. 



PoolRx is a Mineral Technology does two very simple things when used in your pool or spa; it eliminates all algae and will allow you to use less chlorine during the pool season. The active ingredient is Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate (chelated).

What Chelated means is that the metals in the PoolRx have been bonded to form two coordinated bonds similar to what Metal Sequestering Agents do. This means that the Metal Ions will remain in the PoolRx unit with no metal ions being introduced into the pool or spa water. PoolRx is Chelated so the metal ions stay within the PoolRx unit itself.

Make sure that you choose the right size PoolRX unit so that the treatment will be effective. You can place it either in your skimmer or pump basket. When you first insert the unit run your pool for 3-4 hours. Then run it the normal cycle to get at least one full cycle of water from the pool, into the filter and back into the pool again. The PoolRx unit should last 4-6 months.

PoolRx eliminates all algae fast. Even microalgae that you can't see but uses up the chlorine in your pool.

PoolRx is ideal for a saltwater pool also. It will extend the life of your salt cell as you run the system at a lower output while PoolRx is present in the pool, typically 50% less output. PoolRx minerals also include a de-scaler that will prevent scale from attaching to the salt cell meaning less cleaning of the cell is needed. Also since it is generating less, the pH won't rise as high requiring less acid to be added to the pool. 

You can also use PoolRx to clear up a green pool. Fred goes over the process in detail in the Podcast
and I have done this myself so I know it is very effective. Just remember that a lot of the minerals will be used up in clearing up the pool so a Booster Pack will be needed.

For step by step instructions in clearing up a green pool:  http://poolrx.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/PoolRX-Green-to-CleanWEB.pdf

If you are a homeowner purchasing PoolRx for your pool will save you money on all of your chemicals including chlorine (liquid or tablets), clarifiers, Phosphate Removers, and Shock. The price of the PoolRx unit will pay for itself over the course of the season and as a bonus, your water will remain algae free. So the $60-$90 investment is well worth it and to get your money's worth to add the PoolRx right at the beginning of the season.

For the Pool Service Professional PoolRx is something that you would add on and charge your customers for. Customers differ and some may want a detailed explanation of what PoolRx does and is while others will not mind at all. To help in this PoolRx has a section on their website dedicated to Pool Service Professionals. You must register first and then you will have access to documentation and form letters that you can send to your customers.

If you are a Pool Service Professional and need the form letters to help sell PoolRx to your customers go to their website and register your business or use the password below.

Password: Profits

PoolRx is a great way to keep your pool and customer's pools algae free all season long.  It is easy to use and comes in different sizes for all your pool care needs.

Related Videos:
PoolRx Overview and Use Video: Eliminates and Prevents all Algae: https://youtu.be/vYodIg3hu8g
PoolRx will Solve: Algae Every Week, Constant Low Chlorine Levels, High Phosphates: https://youtu.be/LA7HZ_nIQcA
Green Pool Clean Up a Step by Step Video Guide: Using PoolRx: https://youtu.be/4OWA3T2keVk
PoolRx Spa Unit for Crystal Clear Water, Algae-Free Water, and Use Less Chlorine Each Week!: https://youtu.be/FCOBOPwcEC0
Using PoolRx to Start the Season and to Clear up a Green Pool: https://youtu.be/3HVscopj0bk
PoolRx Explained, an Interview with Fred Schweer of PoolRx: https://youtu.be/lv9CTO4j6W4





Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Pool Refresh Adds a Fresh Flower Scent to your Pool & Spa


One of the side effects of swimming is that your skin may get dried out by being in the water for long periods of time. I always thought it would be a great product idea if there was something you could add to your pool before swimming that would prevent this. Turns out there is. InSPAration is a company that has been around since 1975 and specialized in those little spa scents that you see on the pool store counters. InSPAration now makes a product for your pool called Pool Refresh which has a moisturizer in it that prevents dry skin after swimming.



Here is more from the manufacturer:

This inSPAration Pool Water Freshener and Moisturizer is the perfect weekly treatment to keep your skin moisturized and your swimming pool fresh and clean.
Pool Chemical Features
Reduces the effects of pool water hardness
Leaves skin and hair feeling soft and moisturized
Mask chlorine or chemical odors in the swimming pool
Keep pools fresh all year long
The perfect weekly treatment for swimming pools
Dosage: 5oz for Every 15,000 Gallons
20oz Bottle

“This inSPAration Pool Water Freshener and Moisturizer is great for keeping your pool fresh all year long by masking chlorine and chemical odors, without affecting your water chemistry. It has a skin moisturizer in the formula to reduce irritation while making your skin feel soft and moisturized. Each bottle contains a one-month supply for the average swimming pool. Add directly into skimmer weekly or after every chemical treatment.”

In my testing of the product I found that the flowery scent was the real deal. It wasn’t overpowering in any way, but you can smell it when you stood next to the pool. The scent alone to me is a big selling point. This is perfect for those pool parties and you only need to add it about 1 hour before. I also like the fact that you need only 5 oz per 15,000 gallons each week which means one bottle should last you a month if you have an average size pool.
You can find the Pool Refresh online and also at your local Leslie’s Pool Supplies location.



Thursday, February 6, 2020

Saltwater Swimming Pool Facts


Saltwater pools have now been around for over 20 years and are in wide use across many areas of the world. Originally invented for the Australian pool market, the concept quickly spread here to the United States and you can find Salt Water Generators (SWG) in every region of the country. All of the major manufacturers make a SWG and there are a number of smaller brands on the market also.




So, what exactly is a Saltwater Pool? There are is a lot of misinformation out there and the following points here should clear that up for you.

Do Saltwater Pools use chlorine?
The the process is quite complex but the SWG will take the salt and convert it into chlorine. Yes, I did say chlorine. A Salt Pool is a Chlorine Pool. It just adds chlorine to your pool in a way that is safe and non-toxic. No chemicals to handle or add but the SWG does produce chlorine. So a Saltwater pool is a chlorine pool.  

How much salt is in the water?
The salinity level of the Ocean is 35,000 ppm. A Human tear is 6,000 ppm and your average salt pool is 3,100 to 3,400 ppm. Technically you can barely taste the salt in the water. So no, it won't be like swimming in the ocean. Not even anywhere close. It does look daunting when you initially charge your pool with salt. Depending on your pool size you will need to add 400-800 lbs of salt. It seems like a lot but in reality, it is not. At least not like the Ocean. One ppm is like a single penny in $10,000 dollars. Basically, the amount of salt in your pool, if it were converted to money, would be like $34.00 in $10,000.

Will a Saltwater Pool save me money?
No, the only way to save money on your pool is to fill it with dirt and plant grass over it. Having a pool is an expensive venture no matter how you look at it. A SWG will run you anywhere from $1,000 to $1,600 and every five years you will be swapping out the salt cell and dropping down another $400-$700. If you are even slightly proficient in math you will see that over a course of five years you could have bought a ton of pool chemicals for that amount. A Saltwater Pool will not save you any money, and it will cost you more in the long run.

A Saltwater Pool is corrosive?
My Sister-In-Law lives right on the beach in Newport Ca. All of her light fixtures, iron fencing and even her LCD T. V’s need to be replaced every three or four years. The salt is so powerful from the Ocean that her house 100 yards away is dramatically affected. The T. V’s are safe in the house you would think, but the electronics inside still get destroyed. Not so with your salt pool. The salinity level will not reach such a level to damage your deck or your equipment. Relax and stop hosing off your deck after the kids go swimming, the salt in the water is not at a corrosive level.

Aren’t Salt Water Systems hard to operate?
They are amazingly reliable except for a few brands that you should avoid. The only issue is if the cell gets calcium build-up it will stop producing, but simply cleaning the cell will get it working again. The SWG control panels have gotten more user-friendly over the years and most will tell you the salt level along with LED lights to let you know it is operating correctly. Like anything else a SWG needs some monitoring but usually, works very well with no real issues.

What about the pH in a Saltwater Pool?
Rising pH is a drawback in a Saltwater Pool and it has to do with the SWG production. the pH does rise dramatically in your pool. There are ways to counter this. You can add Borates to your pool to achieve a level of 50 ppm and this will prevent rapid pH climb as the SWG is working. You can also invest a few hundred dollars in a pH (Acid Pump) and let that keep your water in balance. Not a major drawback but something you need to know.

Do Saltwater Pools make your pool easy to maintain and make the water is softer?
This is one of the best benefits of a Saltwater Pool - your pool will be easy to maintain as the SWG adds chlorine to the pool for you. No more handling of harsh chemicals or your chlorine zeroing out allowing your pool to turn on you. Plus, the water is much softer and you won't have any harsh chemical smells to deal with.

There are some great benefits with a Saltwater Pool and it is really up to you if you are willing to invest in a SWG and convert your pool to salt.





Monday, February 3, 2020

Dolphin Proteus DX3 Robotic Cleaner Overview


The Dolphin Proteus DX3 is an entry-level robotic cleaner with a lot of bells and whistles for a robotic cleaner priced at $600. It has a front scrubbing brush, a large debris chamber, wall climbing ability, CleverClean software onboard and a programmable timer. That is a ton of features for a cleaner in this category.



Here is more on the DX3 from the manufacturer:
“Made by Maytronics, a global leader in robotic pool cleaners, the Dolphin Proteus DX3 Robotic Pool Cleaner focuses on delivering clean results and easy maintenance. The Proteus DX3 is constructed with a powerful suction that allows it to easily climb up the walls and seamlessly come back down.
It is equipped with an active brush that spins faster than the speed of the unit itself to scrub away dirt, debris, and bacteria. Once the net basket is full, simply empty and rinses clean. The Proteus DX3 also offers a quick water release, which makes removing the cleaner from the pool a breeze. The Dolphin Proteus DX3 Robotic Pool Cleaner is an affordable and dependable robot with strong suction power.”

Pool Cleaner Features:
For in-ground pools up to 35'
Cleans floor and walls
2 Hour Cleaning duration
Quick water release
50' Long cable
Active brushing action scrubs away algae and bacteria
Net basket filters out leaves, dirt, and debris
Detailed scanning and navigation allow for a full coverage cleaning

More Information:
Cleaning Area  Floor and Walls
Cleaning Cycle 2 hours
Cord/Hose Length        50 ft
GPH     3735 GPH
Installation Type          Residential
Pool Size          Up to 35'
Pool Type        In-Ground
Warranty          1-Year

If you are moving from a suction cleaner to a robotic cleaner and are looking for one that is closer to the price point you are familiar with, but want what I would call real features, The Proteus DX3 is one robotic cleaner you should seriously look at. For the price, you are getting a great cleaner at a bargain price point. Typically cleaners in this category do not use software to control the cleaner, but a simple back and forth pattern. Not the DX3, the CleverClean technology will allow the cleaner to stop and pivot giving it a “smart” cleaning pattern allowing it to completely clean most pools in 2 hours.

The wall climbing ability of the Proteus DX3 is also another feature not often found in this price range. The DX3 will climb the walls to the waterline, leaving your pool completely clean each week. And the wall-climbing ability is really impressive, the cleaner literally climbs out of the pool. Again, most cleaners in this category will only climb the pool walls to the cove or slope of the pool.

The only thing that the DX3 lacks is accord swivel, but with the CleverClean technology, it probably doesn't need anyway. All in all for a robotic cleaner for this price, the Proteus DX3 is excellent.





Thursday, January 30, 2020

Aquabot is Now Two Seperate Companies -Aqua Products and Aquatron


With the recent merger of Fluidra and Zodiac Pool Systems there was some fall out with the Aquabot brand of cleaners which was owned by Fluidra. To prevent a monopoly which would surely have existed with the merger, Aquabot had to divest interest in the Aquatron part of the company. Basically, there were two companies owned by Fluidra that made the Aqaubot Robotic Cleaner, Aqua Products, and Aquatron.

Although Aqua Products made the bulk of the 400 plus cleaners released under the Aquabot name, Aquatron made about 150 of the Aquabot Cleaners. To prevent a monopoly Aqua Products was granted the right to sell their models in the Us market only with Aquatron having the rights to sell Aquabot cleaners worldwide, including in the US. This will probably lead to a lot of confusion as to which models are made by whom going forward.

For example, Aqua Products makes the Aquabot Breeze SE and Breeze XLS while Aquatron makes the Breeze 4WD and the Breeze IQ. The other models are more even split with Aqua Products making all of the familiar Turbo T cleaners and Classic cleaners. Aquatron has the new Rapids line up of Aqaubot cleaners but the real issue is having two separate companies selling cleaners under the same overarching model name, that being Aquabot. Since both companies were previously owned by Fluidra and they were making the Aquabot cleaners together, the quality you are getting from both companies will remain the same. It is just now, both companies are competitors with each other.

Below is the question and answer sheet directly from Fluidra to help you clear up any confusion.

Why did Fluidra divest its Aquatron business unit? As part of the merger between Zodiac and Fluidra, Fluidra divested its Aquatron unit in order to secure the European Commission’s approval of the transaction. 
Who is Aquatron? Aquatron is an Israeli-based manufacturer of robotic pool cleaners. 
What is the connection between Aqua Products, Inc., and Aquatron? Aquatron has been responsible for manufacturing a portion of the Aquabot-branded and private label robotic pool cleaners that Aqua Products, Inc., distributes in North America. Aqua Products, Inc., also manufactures Aquabot-branded and private-label robotic pool cleaners. 
Who currently owns the Aquabot brand? Aqua Products, Inc., currently has a license to manufacture and distribute Aquabot- branded products in the United States. As part of the divestiture, however, Aquatron owns the Aquabot brand globally. 
Which company is currently responsible for selling Aquabot-branded cleaners in the United States? Currently, both Aqua Products, Inc. and Aquatron are able to sell Aquabot cleaners in the United States. Please note: Aqua Products, Inc., is your primary distributor for all Aquabot-branded whole goods and parts in the United States
Will my Aqua Products, Inc., sales or service contacts change? No changes are planned. You can continue to reach out to your Aqua Products, Inc., sales and service contacts as you normally would. 
What if Aquatron contacts me? Aquatron has started reaching out to some retailers and service centers in anticipation of the brand transition from Aqua Products, Inc., to Aquatron. Please note, however, that Aqua Products, Inc., is your primary distributor for all Aquabot-branded and private label whole goods and parts in the United States. 
When will the transition between Aqua Products, Inc., and Aquatron begin? Aqua Products, Inc., will continue to sell all Aquabot-branded and private label whole goods and parts. In the meantime, some warranty, service and marketing functions will begin to be transitioned to Aquatron. 
Who do I contact if I have a service or warranty issue? Since some units are manufactured by Aquatron and others by Aqua Products, Inc., your service contact will depend on the model in question, effective October 1, 2019. 
• For all models manufactured by Aqua Products, Inc., you can continue to make service or warranty inquiries as you normally would through the same contacts (Phone: 800-845-4856; Web: aquaproducts.com) and through the same service centers. 
• For all models manufactured by Aquatron, please visit aquabot.com or aquatron.co.il
Where can I find Aquabot product and warranty information online? As of early September, Aquatron began managing the aquabot.com website. However, the North American Aquabot website that you are already familiar with can now be found at aquaproducts.com. Please also note that product registration, the dealer portal and dealer locator will continue to reside on aquaproducts.com as well. 
• For product and warranty information on all cleaners manufactured by Aqua Products, Inc., visit aquaproducts.com. 
• For all cleaners manufactured by Aquatron, visit aquabot.com. 
Will the transition of aquabot.com effect where my customers can register their product? Cleaners produced by Aqua Products, Inc., can continue to be registered at aquaproducts.com. Cleaners manufactured by Aquatron, however, will need to be registered at the new aquabot.com, effective October 1, 2019. 





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Monday, January 27, 2020

Dolphin Proteus DX4 Robotic Pool Cleaner Overview


The Dolphin Proteus-DX4 Robotic Pool Cleaner with PowerStream Technology and CleverClean is a top cleaner in the high Mid-Range category. The price point comes in around $900 and you get a solid and reliable cleaner that has enough bells and whistles to satisfy anyone. It is made by a solid company, Maytronics that has very good reviews across all of the cleaners that they manufacture.



Here is what Dolphin says about the Proteus DX4:

“The Dolphin Proteus DX4 is a basic and ultra-lightweight robotic pool cleaner that provides deep cleaning results. It starts by precisely spending the first twenty minutes scanning your pool to create the most efficient route, which helps to ensure that no spots are missed. The Proteus DX4 thoroughly cleans the pool floor, wall, and waterline.

This Dolphin Pool Cleaner also equipped with an integrated filtration system to remove dirt and debris. Simply choose from one of two filtration options: Fine filter for Spring cleaning and large debris or Ultra-fine Filter for small particles as tiny as 50 microns for a daily or weekly cleaning.”

The Proteus DX4 is basically the same cleaner as the DX5i except for the fact that it does not connect to the My Dolphin app since it lacks the Bluetooth connectivity. It also does not have the ability to go into “Quick Clean Mode” which is a 1-hour floors only mode that the DX5i is capable of. So if you don’t need those features saving $100 and going with the DX4 is probably not a bad idea.

Like he DX5i the DX4 has an interesting cleaning pattern thanks to the CleverClean technology. This is a mapping software inside the cleaner that allows it to pick the best cleaning pattern for your pool. It will stop and lift off the ground and turn. Sometimes in smaller degrees, sometimes in larger degrees. It will also move backward and then forward at different intervals. Then every couple of minutes it will climb the wall to the waterline and then the PowerStream Technology pushes it along the waterline. All of this while the front and back scrubbing brushes clean the pool surface. It is a fascinating bit of technology and one that makes the cleaner highly efficient. The cleaning cycle is 2 hours and, at that time, the DX4 thoroughly cleans the entire pool.

The filter basket is very large, taking up the entire center of the cleaner. The fact that it a top loading cleaner is a plus and you have two filter choices. The fine filters and also the Ultra Fine filter inserts. The debris opening on the bottom is very large, one of the largest in its class of robotic cleaners. This cleaner is great not only for dirt but if your pool has large leaf debris the DX4 will pick it up with ease. The low profile of the cleaner allows it to hug the pool surface allowing it to clean the pool quickly without scattering debris and dirt everywhere.

The Power Unit has a programmable weekly schedule and it is very basic and easy to use the feature. You can set the cleaner to come on once per week, 4 times per week or 3 times per week. The cleaner needs to be in the pool at the time and this is a very convenient option making it on par with a suction side cleaner that stays in your pool all week. Dolphin does suggest cleaning the debris basket in between cleanings.

The 18 meters of cord or 60ft makes this cleaner perfect for a large, medium and small pool. It is also safe for all pool surface types. There is also a swivel on the cord to prevent cord tangling as the cleaner is moving around the pool. With the CleverClean technology, I don’t think the swivel is really needed, but it is good to have. I like the thin cord on the Dolphin cleaners and the cord is easy to loop up when you take the cleaner out to store it. A Caddy Cart is optional but really not needed with such a lightweight cleaner in my opinion.

There is so much to like about the DX4 and it features just about everything the more expensive DX5i features making it a top choice in the high Mid-Range category. If you're looking for a premium robotic cleaner I would suggest seriously considering this cleaner. Of course, compare it to the DX5i and consider that cleaner also if you like the two added features of app control and the Quick Clean Mode.

Cleaning Area Floor, Walls, and Waterline
Cleaning Cycle           2 hours
Cord/Hose Length      60 ft
GPH    3735 GPH
Installation Type         Residential
Manufacturer  Dolphin
Pool Cleaner Type      Robotic
Pool Size         Up to 50’
Pool Surface    All Surfaces
Pool Type        In-Ground
Product Type   Pool Cleaner
Warranty         2-Year






Friday, January 24, 2020

Swimming Pool Robotic Pool Cleaner Expert


There are many sites that list the Top 10 Swimming Pool Robotic Cleaners but did hey just read the online reviews and build their list or did they use and test these cleaners? The answer is usually no. I have personally tested and filmed close to 50 different robotic cleaner models and would consider myself an expert in the field.



There are three categories that I think the different cleaners fall into. You have the Low-Range which are the bargain robots that sell for $350-$500. Then you have the Mid-Range which sell for $500-$800 and then the High-Range which is any robot over $900 and up. The features are what set the price point so depending on what you want in a cleaner is what you will be paying for. For example, if you want your cleaner to clean the pool floors, walls, and waterline and have a programmable weekly timer, expect to pay $900 or more for that category of cleaner.

I think the robotic cleaner is the best choice for your pool care needs because it does many things exceptionally well. Since it is a self-contained mini-filter of sorts it will clean your pool effectively and keep everything out of your pool’s filtration system. This allows your pool filter to run cleaner and allows for better overall water quality. It also cleans your pool rapidly. What would take a suction cleaner all day to clean, a robotic cleaner will do that in less than 2 hours. A robotic cleaner is also energy efficient. If you have a Variable Speed Pump you can run it at lower speeds all day since there is no real need for a high speed setting to run a suction or pressure-side cleaner. And last, once you are done it is easy to remove the robotic cleaner form your pool which means no hoses in your pool all week long.

Some of the benefits of a Robotic Cleaner is:


They run independently from your pool's filtration system which means your filtration system stays cleaner and it doesn't matter if your equipment is old or not functioning well.

There are no hoses to worry about and once you are done cleaning the pool you can remove the Robotic cleaner and store it.

They are energy efficient especially if you have a VS pump.

The Warranty period is usually 2 years or more in many cases.


They are easy to use and many now come with a programmable weekly cleaning cycle.

The technology keeps improving year to year and they are getting much better in every aspect.

Almost all models now come with a cord swivel so cord tangling is a thing of he past.

There are over 600 models to choose from so picking the right cleaner is a matter of budget and features. 

They clean the pool rapidly and many will clean your entire pool in less than 2 hours.

Choosing the right model can be tough and that is why I have put together a list of my top picks for each category. You can also refer to the videos below to see other models that might interest you.



Robotic Pool Cleaners I Have Filmed and Reviewed
All About Robotic Pool Cleaners - Benefits, Features and Choosing the Right One: https://youtu.be/AFiAc0ULxrU

AQUABOT
Aquabot Robotic Cleaners Overview Video: https://youtu.be/DSQWPtxaZU0
Aquabot Breeze 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/DveXg6bAjZc
Aquabot Breeze IQ Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/hYpdAslSL7Y
Aqaubot Breeze SE: https://youtu.be/doPllX_VbBo
Aquabot Breeze XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/9f7mN1L4EDo
Aqaubot Elite Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/HGGiSpNPMwk
Aquabot Junior Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/gUcqoHyVT-8
Aquabot MRT 2500 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/Puc5qfOj6gQ
Aqaubot MRT AG 1000 Above Ground Pool Robotic: https://youtu.be/L8TQ3BJU4_E
Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Robotic Above-Ground: https://youtu.be/TJ9cZcR1ZSI
Aquabot Pool Rover S2-50 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/OkivnVfUTQo
Aquabot Rapids 1500 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/liCWTQBzXl0
Aquabot Rapids 2000 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/jqJ8hNOAIwg
Aquabot RAPIDS 2500 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/CjRqqBFQ7pE
Aquabot Rapids XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: https://youtu.be/e7gFvi0MhAc
Aqaubot Rapids 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/1fGoYlH9JLU
Aqaubot Spirit Above Ground Robotic: https://youtu.be/eVTx7bDse3o
Aquabot Supreme Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/ZoBVwzEhSPg
Aquabot Turbo T Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/E9qV6EJXLUk
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/xRAqfAemwXk
Aquabot Turbo Plus Robotic Pool cleaner: https://youtu.be/sAfj2MzzBLw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/4tFQNlsj5eo
Aquabot Turbo T-Jet Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/otVeaCF1gsY
Aquabot Turbo Classic Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/3v2EzfRbYFw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/u6H1v3XV-ag
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/7YtZNPQw7Oo
Aquabot Viva Premium Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/JI1y9dxG4TU
Aquabot Xtreme Robotic Cleaner: https://youtu.be/s-bR3jaYua8
Aquabot X4 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/PzeG5wOuqrc

DOLPHIN
Dolphin Proteus Series Robotic Cleaners Overview: https://youtu.be/XJqag542QVM
Dolphin Proteus DX3 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/MO40fern_WM
Dolphin Proteus DX4 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/8E9d5HPm3rk
Dolphin Proteus DX5i Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/I1Yreg7HmD4
Dolphin S300i Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/aMkU5K3tAP0

HAYWARD
Hayward AquaVac 500 Robotic Cleaner: https://youtu.be/jdMuIMfU5oY
Hayward TigerShark® Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/e9fkZ3izFv4
Hayward SharkVac Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/QK8GQHjMImc
Hayward Robotic Pool Cleaners: https://youtu.be/mG1CJ-KO7JA

POLARIS:
Polaris 7240 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/VCf4xFmv5JY
Polaris 8050 Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: https://youtu.be/L5Wn7v2N3a0
Polaris 9450 Sport Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/-omfZaoCx-E
Polaris 9550/955 Robotic Pool Cleaner: http://youtu.be/DpTvayZtXf4
Polaris 9550/955 Sport in ACTION!: http://youtu.be/WjYDBA_08tc
Polaris 9650iQ Sport Robotic Pool Cleaner - WiFi Access iAquaLink Control:

Robotic Pool Cleaner, Benefits: https://youtu.be/Zssql7VDJNQ
Robotic Pool Cleaner Maximize your Energy Savings: https://youtu.be/h89CpLnTAqg

WATER TECH
Water Tech Blue Diamond Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/Yl4C5hXqnVA
Water Tech CX-1 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/BFgeNlVKFJw