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Just started looking at these solar copper/silver Ionizers and this particular model by Remington seems to just be a badged Chinese product as you can buy it un-badged on alibaba for a lot lot less and other makers of basically the exact same thing. I live in Italy and the Remington is not available here so I just purchased 3 from china all in including delivery for only $165 (Each item was only $35 and the rest was delivery cost).
I don't have amazing expectations but hopefully it will make my life easier, I have an SWG and even so I regularly get green pool mainly because the top up water I have available comes from a lake and has tones of algae in it meaning I am basically making it easy for algae to get a hold, I even had mustard algae last year. This year I plan on filling a large'ish reserve with the fill water first and mini shocking it before I actually put it into the pool, hopefully this will help also.
The other thing I have is very hard water so I am hoping that the solar Ionizer will remove some of that that and stop it growing on the tiles, Also here in Europe it is really difficult to find CYA other than as part of another product like diclor or triclor. In previous years I would use diclor for the whole season and would end up with really high CYA and Calcium so now I have found pure CYA finally and will be putting just what I need, using the SWG and occasionally if needed using pure Sodium Hyperclorite to shock.
I would suggest those using Ionizers to keep your daily CL levels as normal and just use it as an extra defence, it is harmless to humans and so you can probably reduce your need to shock so often and as a bit of a buffer for those occasions when you forget to maintain your pool properly as we all do from time to time.
I am determined that this year is going to be a non-green pool year.