I am looking for an alternative to jug dumping for convenience and going out of town for extended periods of time. However, I am trying to do this for under $500 but the cheaper the better. I've done just a touch of research and here is what I have seen:
This guy just put DC power to a cell. Do people besides this bloke do this?? I'm just guessing it'd take a refurbed cell to produce chlorine, a 24V battery w/ battery charger/maintainer, and a timer or relays from pump. Guestimate of $400.
This guy went full blown DIY. Could be very inexpensive, and I'm not afraid of the work, but seems like quite a hassle to control or predict chlorine production. Is there any experience in here with going full off-the-reservation SWG?
Or an option I have considered is actually piece-milling a Hayward system together by buying the individual parts off ebay. The parts look simple (pic of guts)
Components that I have found:
Refurbed T-15 ($300)
Empty AQR Control Box - $100
Used GLX-PCB-RITE Ctrl Board - $80
Used GLX-PCB-DSP Display/Switch - $60
Used GLX-XFMR Transformer - $70
New GLX-FLO-RP Flow Switch - $35
Total ctrl $345 + $300 cell = $645.
Still not super cheap nor much savings but maybe there's still potential there. I like the idea of having a real system but can't afford the $900 price tag. Perhaps a simpler system is out there. Is there a cheaper or more suitable brand I can dissect in a similar fashion?
Last option is just using a 10-gal tank with a very small electric pump to slowly dispense ~64oz per day of 8.25% bleach. Price: >$50.