Intex Deluxe Saltwater System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Deluxe pool cleaning system
- Heavy-duty stand-alone unit attaches to most Intex above-ground filter pumps; user-friendly control panel
- Indicator lights show operational status
- Diagnostic lights alert user in case of problem
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We've been using this system for 3 years with a 6000 gallon pool and it has changed the way we look at pool care. The procedure is simple-- add the recommended amount of salt, program the unit, and it takes care of the rest.
No more algae, no more adding chemicals, no more burning eyes and dry skin. The pool water is like physiological saline and opening your eyes under water is like bathing them in Visene. Very pleasant. Everybody who uses our salt water pool loves it, particulary people with chlorine sensitivity and dry, sensitive skin as it is therapeutic for the latter.
When adding this much salt (160 pounds in our case), don't be discouraged by the unit giving a low salt warning at first. It takes up to 24 hours for the salt to fully dissolve and register. I personally appreciate the unit having the capability to tell you whether your salt level is too low or too high (in addition to otehr warnings like insufficinet flow from the main filter system).
For the price especially, I find this unit highly sophisticated. Try it, you'll like it.
I would recommend that the small "cone" filter that comes with this unit be checked every other day if not every day to keep the water flow strong.
The unit is very easy to install and would highly recommend it for any above ground pool owner.
When the unit is working, it's great--you just add 160 pounds of salt to the water at the beginning of the season, and once in a while you may have to add a little more salt (25 pounds or so) to replace salt that's been splashed or flushed out of the pool. The quality of the water is wonderful--the salt gives the water a really nice, silky feel, and I find it much less irritating to my eyes than normally chlorinated pools.
My main problems with the unit are as follows:
1. The unit does not have a clock--it only knows to come on the exact same time every day, for the amount of time that you specify, and the pool pump must be running at the same time. This means that you have to be around to set the timer the first time at the correct time. Not a big deal until the power fails (see #2).
2. The unit loses all settings when the power fails. That means that you have to start over with #1. Also, the unit does not have a power fail alarm--you have to walk down and check its status every day to see if it worked correctly or not (a flashing 93 on the display). If the power fails, all it does is display an '88' on the display. The unit does beep if other errors occur, such as low salt or no water flow.
3. The unit that contains the titanium plates wears out over time. I wound up replacing mine last year after about 1.5 seasons of use--at a cost of $119 plus shipping!
4. My unit just failed for good--power supply went out--and now I have to either replace the entire unit ($200) or find another chlorination method.
I would recommend that you carefully look at other options before buying this unit. There are other units on the market for less money.
If you are using a chlorine system now but are thinking about switching. Don't hesitate.
PS Salt should be available in 50 lb bags from most pool stores for less than $10.00 a bag. Don't get gouged on this item. Also, as a general rule of thumb, you'll need 50lb per 2000 gallons of water.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This salt water generator is a great concept, but it is difficult to keep working without getting error codes. We have well water, and had nothing but problems with it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Goldfish_b
There the only way to go set up then forget about it . It does all the work as far as chemicals go.Published 16 months ago by Matthew Weneck
Installed saltwater system in our 18' above ground intex pool. The directions manual states clearly how much salt to add for your size pool. Easy. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Aquena
It's like the 'little girl with the little curl right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very, very good, but, when she was bad, she was HORRID' !!! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Eggnog Head
We have been using the Intex saltwater chlorine generator for 6 years. The cell develops cracks around the main electrode housings after about a year (summer use only). Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This sytem worked well for the First year, Crystal clear water.
Lasted about a month into the second season and will not stay running.
I keep getting a Low Salt Error. Read more
We have had a pool for 9 years on chemicals and we seemed to spend more time maintaining it than enjoying it. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Jenlamb35
i see all reveiws are old. i purchased this salt water pump in april 2012 along with a 12'x36 deep intex pool--grey color frame. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by K. Adams
No ever got it to work. I guess that's good. I'm hearing awful things about saltwater pools now. My child cannot be in a saltwater pool day after day or hi eczema flares up. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Slbarlow