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Intex Deluxe Saltwater System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Intex
141 customer reviews
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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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Product Description

Product Description

This applied energy current changes the salt dissolved in the water into liquid chlorine - hypochlorite. The liquid chlorine immediately mixes with the water leaving the chlorinator cell and flows into the swimming pool as clean, chlorinated water. The continuous introduction of liquid chlorine will ensure the continuous sanitization of the pool's water and will not allow the growth of algae. When the liquid chlorine has destroyed the bacteria in the pool, it reverts to salt. This means that the salt is continually regenerated in the process and the only loss of salt is due to backwashing, splash-out and overflow. It may be necessary to add salt to the pool water to bring the concentration back to the desired level of 3,000 parts per million. This form of chlorination will not damage your pool. Chlorine "tablets" or "powder" can damage the pool liner while saline conversion will not. Also, the mildly salted water will not affect the PVC plumbing, filters or pump. Saline chlorination is easier and safer. You will not need to buy or store any dangerous chemicals as you would for a pool.

From the Manufacturer

Intex deluxe saltwater system. 110-120 volt. User friendly control panel. Indicator lights show operational status. Diagnostic lights alert user in case of problem. Heavy duty stand alone unit attaches to most intex above ground filter pumps

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 13.8 x 16 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 22.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: 56601E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,878 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 2, 2007
I normally don't write product reviews but I wanted to help what I suspect was an unfair one by a prior reviewer.

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.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Samuel B. Hoch on June 5, 2008
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This item does what it says it will do. The initial startup was somewhat difficult simply due to having to go to the store and get 160 pounds of salt. After that, it's very easy to use. It gives the pool water a nice soft feeling. It has also kept the pool water completely clear without the addition of ANY chemicals. I don't need to shock it or add Ph. I test the water every other day and the levels are perfect. My two daughters have stated that they like our pool more than their cousins (exact same pool) because ours doesn't burn their eyes. They ahve swam in our pool for hours and their eyes aren't red. The next day they swam at their cousins for a couple of hours and their eyes were red and hurt.

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.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By T. Mark Ehr on August 4, 2007
We purchased this unit with our pool 3 years ago (this is the third season). Overall, the unit is very easy to set up, and I echo the other comments that you have to wait about 24 hours for the salt to dissolve before the unit begins working.

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.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 12, 2007
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Not wanting to spend a lot of money on Chlorine products for my above ground pool, I researched salt water systems. I found the Intex model to be the lowest priced and easiest to operate system out there. I have been using it for 3 weeks now, in a 12,400 gallon 24' above ground pool and have detected ZERO algae growth. The water has stayed crystal clear, easy on the eyes and most importantly, no chemicals!!

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.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By R. Carroll on August 8, 2008
This is my second year with this saltwater chlorinator. I had a difficult time last year with this and have found 2 things that have helped. Tip #1 - After adding the salt let the filter run for about 8 - 9 hours (or overnight), then get in the pool and agitate the water around (get a few kids in the pool to play around for a little bit). I found that even if waiting for the filter to run for 24 hours - the salt sinks to the bottom of the pool and doesn't get fully spread out in the water. After you "agitate" the water, then let the filter run for the rest of the 24 hours. You shouldn't get the "low salt" error then. Tip #2 - You may need to run the chlorinator for longer then the time noted in the instruction manual the first time. This year I ran it first for about 12 hours (I do use well water with no chlorine - so your time might vary). I kept running the chlorinator for 4- 5 hours and re-checking the chlorine level. Once I had it at the right level, then I used the recommended time in the manual. No green water this year like last year. The whole family loves the pool and no more headaches for me!!
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