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    Best SWG for above ground pools?

    Good Morning,

    After being frustrated with my pool to no end (DE filter on the fritz, etc), I've decided to invest in all new equipment so I can actually enjoy my pool for the remainder of the season.

    Along with a brand new 23 inch sand filter and 1.5 hp pump, I'm interested in going SWG for my pool as well, as I do not have a lot of time during the week for general maintenance. Im looking at the Hayward Aqua-Rite, but was wondering if there was a "recommended brand" that you guys would point me to. Thanks!
    15,000 gallon above ground pool w/ vinyl liner
    Pentair Star(50) DE filter
    Unknown pump manufacturer, seems to be working fine
    Pool installed in 2010
    Taylor 2006-K test kit

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    Re: Best SWG for above ground pools?

    I don't have any opinion on brands, but what you see most of here are the Pentair Intellichlor, Hayward Aquarite and Circupool. Occasionally, I've also seen Jandy Aquapure and SGS Breeze. This link has a variety of saltwater chlorinators listed: Full Market Comparison of Salt Water Chlorine Generators for Swimming Pools

    Whatever, you choose, buy the next size up from the size you think you need.

    For example, the Hayward T-Cell-9 may be rated OK, but would require 11 hours of average daily run time. The T-Cell-15 would require 5.5 hours. You may not be wanting to run your pump for 11 hours!

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    Re: Best SWG for above ground pools?

    Curious what you went with and are you happy with the results? What size are you using and how long do you run the pump?
    +/- 13,500 gal. 24ft round above ground, Clear Water II cartridge filter. 1 Hp motor, summer of 2014, Taylor K2006 test kit, Connecticut

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    Re: Best SWG for above ground pools?

    I have the circupool and am still trying to figure out run time. Mine is rated for 40K gallons and my pool is only about 14,500K gallons and I know already that it can't keep up with full sun and +/- 4 kids daily at 75% with the pump running 8hrs on low. I am bumping it up to 100% and then will start playing with pump run time if it still can't keep up. I really did not want to be running the pump much more than 8hrs but from what I can see it is normal to have to run the pump longer with the SWG, which is why it is really important to get a 2 speed pump.

    My friend who maintains pools for a living said my system was nicer than most he sees and it has a self cleaning cell which he has not seen before on the cheaper models. There was a SWG comparison chart and that is what I used to decide on the one I have.

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    Here it is - Compare and Review Saltwater Chlorine Generator Prices and Features

    One thing I love about mine is the clear cell housing.
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    Re: Best SWG for above ground pools?

    Quote Originally Posted by needsajet View Post
    This link has a variety of saltwater chlorinators listed: Full Market Comparison of Salt Water Chlorine Generators for Swimming Pools

    For example, the Hayward T-Cell-9 may be rated OK, but would require 11 hours of average daily run time. The T-Cell-15 would require 5.5 hours. You may not be wanting to run your pump for 11 hours!
    Ha, sorry for posting the link again. One question, how did you figure out the 11hrs / 5.5hrs. I would love to figure out how long the manufacture thinks I should be running my swg to see how it is matching up with actual run time.
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    Re: Best SWG for above ground pools?

    Quote Originally Posted by KarenNJ View Post
    Ha, sorry for posting the link again. One question, how did you figure out the 11hrs / 5.5hrs. I would love to figure out how long the manufacture thinks I should be running my swg to see how it is matching up with actual run time.
    Use the SWG Runtime Calculator

    https://www.troublefreepool.com/thre...ime-Calculator

    The T-9 produces 0.7lbs / 24hrs
    The T-15 produces 1.4lbs / 24hrs
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    Re: Best SWG for above ground pools?

    Hmmm, based on that I would only have to run my pump 5hrs at 75% instead of 8hrs at 100% (which I have yet to see if it will hold it). I wonder if I have algae or something brewing I cannot see. Guess I will do a OCLT tonight and see what is going on. Or maybe it is because I am running the pump at low. I will start a new thread.

    So in response to the original post, my SWG should be performing better than I am experiencing right now.
    Total Newbie! Please forgive any really stupid questions!
    33' x 18' x 54" Saltwater 8000 above ground pool (14k gallons) / AquaPro 190 SQ. FT. Cartridge Filter 2-HP 2-Speed Pump / Circupool SJ-40 Salt Generator (for 40k gallons)/ TF-100 test kit
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    Re: Best SWG for above ground pools?

    Planning to check with an OCLT shows that you've got TFPC well in hand

    FC consumption varies a lot depending on bather load and other factors, so it's possible you just need more run time. But the OCLT will help you to know for sure, and also to know what you can improve.
    12k IG salt; glass beads in plaster; K-2006C, K-1766, CCL, and Aussie 4in1 (HTH); Pentair Eco800 1.2HP VS; Zodiac SWC 1.3 lb/day (25 g/hr); 25" filter recycled glass; OKU solar panels; 1/2 HP solar pump; Rebel (Warrior) pool cleaner; FlowViz; prior pool AG 10k | Read Before Posting to get the best possible advice | ... and this helped me a lot!: TFPC for Beginners

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    Re: Best SWG for above ground pools?

    And sorry, to answer your question, your SJ40 chlorinating 14,500 gals supplies about 0.6 ppm per hour.
    "1.7 (lbs FC per day)" divided by "24 (hours)" divided by "14500 (gals)" divided by "8.33 (lbs per gal)" times "one million" = "ppm FC per hr"

    Typical consumption is around 2.5 ppm FC per day, but each pool and situation is different. One pool might be kept covered, have low bather load, and use only 0.5 ppm per day. Others with lots of grandies might use 4 or 5 ppm per day on a hot, sunny, big family day.
    12k IG salt; glass beads in plaster; K-2006C, K-1766, CCL, and Aussie 4in1 (HTH); Pentair Eco800 1.2HP VS; Zodiac SWC 1.3 lb/day (25 g/hr); 25" filter recycled glass; OKU solar panels; 1/2 HP solar pump; Rebel (Warrior) pool cleaner; FlowViz; prior pool AG 10k | Read Before Posting to get the best possible advice | ... and this helped me a lot!: TFPC for Beginners

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