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    intellichlor power center transformer specs

    I was given an INtellichlor IC40 cell. It looks to be in good shape but to use it I need a Power Center. Looking at the PDF the power center is simply a transformer. Does any one know the specs for it. Volts, Amps would be enough to get going. Does the power center provide Dc or just raw AC

    I have a 36000 inground pool that we use tablets to chlorinate. Going to SWG would be nice
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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    Hate to break it to you, but the power center is a lot more than just a transformer. I don't think it's really possible to use the cell without it.
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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    I can see on the PDF there are connections to other products that are optional like pump control. Put it looks as though the power center just delivers DC to the IC40 module.

    In a system with just a power center and the IC40 what elese would the power center be doing?

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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    The power center provides DC. There isn't very much more than a transformer and DC rectifier in the power center, but there is a little more. Of course Pentair doesn't say what exactly nor do they provide any specifications. If you want to build your own substitute, you are on your own. Keep in mind that the safety rules for transformers used with swimming pools are much stricter than they are for household transformers.
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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    I was thinking in terms of reversing polarity, % time on, that sort of thing. Perhaps I misunderstood?
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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    The IntelliChlor has control settings directly on the cell housing. It can also be connected to an automation system to give you more complete control from there. The power center doesn't do much, mostly just supply low voltage DC. This is very different from nearly every other unit out there, where the controls are all on the power center.
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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    The DC reversing is done in the IC40 itself. And Im not using any other devices to connect tot he system

    I have built boxes for Pentair submersible low voltage lights using the correct safety transformer with the ground cage between the primary and secondary windings. Saved me hundreds of dollars for a very simple 12Vac power supply

    I would do the same for the power center. I just hate to spend $300+ for a box with a transformer and rectifier. But to do it right I need to know the voltage the power center puts out and the approximate VA

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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    I think that when I put a meter on mine (connected to the dry IC40 to test it) I got 36VDC. The IC4o itself has regulators for its controls and relays, and will probably work with any DC voltage in the range specified on page 15 of the manual linked below, which you might find useful.
    "Output: 22-39 VDC @ 6 AMPS maximum from the Power Center."

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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    Thanks for Voltage info
    36V DC sounds sensible since as you say the manual says 22-39V at 6amps
    I saw that the power center plug has 4 pins.
    Im guessing the smaller pins marked DT+/- are for serial communictaions for other optional controllers and the heavier red and black wires are for ground and 36V Dc

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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    Well I was mistaken about the voltage - it should be 39. You are correct about the wiring, here are some pics that might help. You can see the rectifier board marked data, data, ground(black) and 39V(red.) Those 4 wires then go to the keyed connector- green, red, white, black in a circle with green in the front. In p4, the top of the picture is the front, so it goes green, black, white, red in a clockwise pattern, and the wide keyway is above green, black has a small keyway aligned with it, white has no keyways near, and red has one slightly offset. If you pull back the insulation on your cord you can see if they kept the color codes on the cell side. If all of the wires are the same color then you can mark them, cut off the plug and just use speed nuts to wire it up to your power supply.
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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    rest of the pics - looks like the order I wanted them in didn't stick.
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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    Thanks NEW2Me. Pictures are worth a 1000 words and yours are sweet

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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    Quote Originally Posted by choproxy View Post
    Thanks NEW2Me. Pictures are worth a 1000 words and yours are sweet
    Just curious choproxy, what ever came of your diy power supply plans?

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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    FYI I have done this many times- you can purchase a 36v 10a power supply on eBay for under $40- use the red and black wires from the cell as described and voila- you just screwed pentair out of $400- the challenge is mounting the power supply somewhere weatherproof- I have found room for them inside the large pentair intellitouch power center and also mounted them inside a generic steel enclosure- mounted one inside a heater before too- kept the rain off of it but the power cord got melted lol

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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    Quote Originally Posted by Clarkkent84 View Post
    FYI I have done this many times- you can purchase a 36v 10a power supply on eBay for under $40- use the red and black wires from the cell as described and voila- you just screwed pentair out of $400- the challenge is mounting the power supply somewhere weatherproof- I have found room for them inside the large pentair intellitouch power center and also mounted them inside a generic steel enclosure- mounted one inside a heater before too- kept the rain off of it but the power cord got melted lol
    Thanks for the information.... I already bought the powercenter, but if mine ever fails, I am going to just buy a 36v 10amp power supply and cut their existing connections in the box and wire up the retro fit... I run 220v into mine so I guess I would have to find one that converts 220v AC to 36v DC... Are 220v power supplies common?

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    Re: intellichlor power center transformer specs

    No that's where you might have a problem- I run 120v to the power supply units that I pick up on eBay- they are manufactured in 240v configurations but not split phase- so you would have to run 120v to the unit- I bought another power supply and ordered 24v by mistake im going to try hooking this up to an intellichlor cell and see how it does since the range of voltage was posted earlier here as between 22 and 39 vdc

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