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    More hours with less output or vice versa?

    Should I run a swcg with more hours and less output or less hours with more output?

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    Re: More hours with less output or vice versa?

    Your pump run time should be based on the filtration needs of the pool. It's a lot cheaper to turn up the setting on the SWG than run he pump longer than is needed.
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    Re: More hours with less output or vice versa?

    Also, the cell is rated in amp-hours so if you run less hours at more amps vs more hours at less amps, it shouldn't matter for cell life.
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    Re: More hours with less output or vice versa?

    Turning the dial up and down on most SWG units just cycles it on and off. The % numbers shown on most control panels refer to the % of the time the unit is switched on in cycling. So the life of the cell would be the same either way, you just burn a lot more electric if you run the pump more than needed.
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    Re: More hours with less output or vice versa?

    Not all. The pool pilot allows for power adjustment and has different voltage levels which changes the amp draw.

    I would consider the % setting as a run time adjustment. To change the output of a cell, you need to change the current.
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