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    SWG selection? Intellichlor IC15 vs Intex

    I've decided I want to go with a SWG this summer. I don't have a whole lot of money to invest in the project up front. I only have a 16,000 pool. I am wondering what the difference would be between the Intex systems and the Pentair Intellichlor IC15.

    I've noticed Walmart sells two different models, neither of which is the "8110" which I've read much about on these forums.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Intex-Krystal ... m/12566370
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Intex-Krystal ... m/19336123

    Are these the same or similar to the 8110?

    How many hours do the Intex systems last?
    16k gal, 28'x3.5', Vinyl A/G, 1hp Pentair Dynamo 2-speed Pump, Hayward S160T Sand Filter, Intermatic HB800RCL Digital Timer, Intex 8110 SWG, TF-100 Test Kit, SpeedStir Author: Jesse's Graphical Pool Testing Log

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    Re: SWG selection? Intellichlor IC15 vs Intex

    Hey Jesse, I cannot personally attest to the longevity of the Intex SWG, but I did find this thread about them (intex-swg-t1090.html). From what I read there, the Intex system seems to do okay. There are a few minor issues mentioned in the thread (system powering off, button sensitivity), but overall it seems to be a good value.

    I can say, however, that the Intellichlor system is great! It is a little bit more expensive, but it will be reliable and likely last longer than an Intex unit.

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    Re: SWG selection? Intellichlor IC15 vs Intex

    The Intex models you have looked at have the copper bars in them and the forum talks about adding metals to your pool. Mine is the pre-copper model. You may find them on the net new (I did), and I purchased a spare.

    There are some that use the ones with copper but disconnect the bars and or remove them.

    I like it but don't like that every time the power goes out you have to reset it

    That has only happened once but if I'm away from home I'd have to call someone to reset it or add some bleach (if I knew).
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    Re: SWG selection? Intellichlor IC15 vs Intex

    I have a timer that turns the pump on for a certain amount of time every day. It sounds like the Intex may not work with this set up.

    If I put the SWG on the same timer controlled outlet it would suffer from the "power outage" problem.
    If I put it on the 'always on' outlet it would be running when there's not circulation which would also be bad.

    Does anyone know if it would be possible to synchronize the two systems?
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    Re: SWG selection? Intellichlor IC15 vs Intex

    It only runs the number of hours you sync it to, not always on.
    It also has a flow switch so no flow and it shuts off.
    18' x 42" Intex (4786 Gal @ 80% capacity) Intex 8110 SWCG, 2000 GPH cartridge filter.
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    Re: SWG selection? Intellichlor IC15 vs Intex

    If I go with the Intex the question is whether I can find an 8110. The newer copper models seem to produce less chlorine. Can anyone attest to the typical hours these last?
    16k gal, 28'x3.5', Vinyl A/G, 1hp Pentair Dynamo 2-speed Pump, Hayward S160T Sand Filter, Intermatic HB800RCL Digital Timer, Intex 8110 SWG, TF-100 Test Kit, SpeedStir Author: Jesse's Graphical Pool Testing Log

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    Re: SWG selection? Intellichlor IC15 vs Intex

    Haven't had mine long so cant say.
    18' x 42" Intex (4786 Gal @ 80% capacity) Intex 8110 SWCG, 2000 GPH cartridge filter.
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    Re: SWG selection? Intellichlor IC15 vs Intex

    After an hour of searching online I can't find any 8110's for sale. Nor can I find any specs on the newer 54601EG model. I know it has the copper ionizer. I wish I knew what it's chlorine output was. They still have the 8110 manual on the website and no manuals for the newer models.

    It looks like I'll have to save up for the Intellichlor IC15. Will this be enough for my 16,000 gal pool?
    16k gal, 28'x3.5', Vinyl A/G, 1hp Pentair Dynamo 2-speed Pump, Hayward S160T Sand Filter, Intermatic HB800RCL Digital Timer, Intex 8110 SWG, TF-100 Test Kit, SpeedStir Author: Jesse's Graphical Pool Testing Log

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    Re: SWG selection? Intellichlor IC15 vs Intex

    I have been searching but cant locate you a link to an 8110

    Makes me glad that I order the spare, now I hope it works whenever I do need it.
    18' x 42" Intex (4786 Gal @ 80% capacity) Intex 8110 SWCG, 2000 GPH cartridge filter.
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    Re: SWG selection? Intellichlor IC15 vs Intex

    I have the version that has the copper bars. I removed them. I believe this newer unit does produce less (I think half) of what the old model (without copper) produced. A couple of positives to the new model, you can see the bubbling through the clear tubing which is nice to see directly that it is producing and it does have memory of previous settings when the power goes out. I have been running for two years with no signs of problems yet.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: SWG selection? Intellichlor IC15 vs Intex

    The IC15's output seems to be half of what the Intex 8110 was anyway. I wonder if there's a threshold that the copper ions would be beneficial but not cause green hair. My wife is blonde so I would need to be mindful of the copper level. Are there copper tests?

    Edit: Copper Test Kit found on TFTestKits of course! Seems like it would last a long time considering how little I would use it. Does anyone know the shelf life of the reagents in this kit?
    16k gal, 28'x3.5', Vinyl A/G, 1hp Pentair Dynamo 2-speed Pump, Hayward S160T Sand Filter, Intermatic HB800RCL Digital Timer, Intex 8110 SWG, TF-100 Test Kit, SpeedStir Author: Jesse's Graphical Pool Testing Log

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    Re: SWG selection? Intellichlor IC15 vs Intex

    Quote Originally Posted by JesseWV
    I wonder if there's a threshold that the copper ions would be beneficial but not cause green hair.
    Not in my experience. Take a look at: http://www.troublefreepool.com/alter...uth-t3025.html On the newer intex, you can either remove the connector from the copper bars, or remove the bars completely (which I did, but I think is overkill).
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: SWG selection? Intellichlor IC15 vs Intex

    Well I found out you can still order them directly from Intex although they charge a ridiculous amount for shipping:

    Your Question(s) below:
    Please resume manufacturing of a salt water chlorine generator that does not produce copper ions.
    The 8110 was a great product that produced more chlorine than your newer copper/chlorine hybrid
    systems and the 8110 didn't cause green hair.


    Agent response
    As a valued Intex Consumer your feedback is greatly appreciated. Model 8110 is still available to
    purchase on our website though it was discontinued.

    The link: http://www.intexcorp.com/index.php/16601.html

    If you have further questions or concerns please contact us directly at 1-800-234-6839


    They are $159.99 plus $37.50 shipping for me from CA to WV.
    16k gal, 28'x3.5', Vinyl A/G, 1hp Pentair Dynamo 2-speed Pump, Hayward S160T Sand Filter, Intermatic HB800RCL Digital Timer, Intex 8110 SWG, TF-100 Test Kit, SpeedStir Author: Jesse's Graphical Pool Testing Log

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