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Thread: Intelliflo VF and booster pump for polaris

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    Intelliflo VF and booster pump for polaris

    I put an Intelliflo VF in to replace my old centurian. I have a polaris 280 that runs off of a booster pump.
    The polaris booster is still hooked up to the intermatic timer.
    I like to run the Intelliflo to turn over my pool once every cycle. Over the winter, I had the pool covered and the booster off. I ran the pump at a continuous low flo and enjoyed the low electric bill.

    However, with the polaris back in and the booster running 3-4 hours a day for the cleaner, I am not sure if running it low is safe for the pumps.

    Currently I am cycling my pool once over 18 hours and running Feature 3 for 3-4 hours at 50gpm to overlap the time interval that the booster is on .

    Is the Feature necessary?
    Is there a minimum flow rate that the Intelliflo should run at while the booster is running?

    I'm just trying to optimize my system.

    Thanks for any advice.
    IG pool 37,000gal with attached spa, gunite with aqua blue pebblesheen, Intelliflo VF pump, Pentair FNSP60 DE filter, Polaris 280 cleaner, Jandy LXi heater, Polaris QT blower, poolskim

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    Re: Intelliflo VF and booster pump for polaris

    Im not sure if there is a minimum flow that will cause you any real ill effects.
    However, what I did was install the Blue restrictor (least restrictive) plate in the quick connect. With Booster pump on follow the instructions for wheel RPM. I then increase my VSP to get my polaris to that setting and created a timer for that.

    Do you really need to run the Polaris 3-4 hours each day? that seems very high.
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    Re: Intelliflo VF and booster pump for polaris

    Love it!!! Good logical answer. I'll adjust VSP for Polaris wheel RPM of 28-34.

    Unfortunately my pool is surrounded by trees. Hopefully after spring droppings stop I can decrease Polaris time.
    Thanks!
    IG pool 37,000gal with attached spa, gunite with aqua blue pebblesheen, Intelliflo VF pump, Pentair FNSP60 DE filter, Polaris 280 cleaner, Jandy LXi heater, Polaris QT blower, poolskim

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    Re: Intelliflo VF and booster pump for polaris

    The IntelliFlo is most efficient at about 1000 RPM. If you have been running slower than that you can save money by turning the speed up to 1000 and running for a shorter period.
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    Re: Intelliflo VF and booster pump for polaris

    turns out that at 33 GPM my polaris runs at 32 RPM.
    Ugh, but my stainless air bleeder on my FNS plus DE filter was shot, just a few strands of stainless steel left. Which explained the DE in the pool...
    busy weekend...

    I'm going to wait till tomorrow to adjust the Intelliflo. Thanks for the tips.
    IG pool 37,000gal with attached spa, gunite with aqua blue pebblesheen, Intelliflo VF pump, Pentair FNSP60 DE filter, Polaris 280 cleaner, Jandy LXi heater, Polaris QT blower, poolskim

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