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    Battle of the Solar Skimmers: Ariel vs Betta 2 Bake off!!!

    well, i've had my betta2 for couple weeks & couldn't be more satisfied with its performance. it's everything ariel should have been. the only times i'll use ariel again will be on excessive wind events along with betta or if betta breaks down.
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    Battle of the Solar Skimmers: Ariel vs Betta 2 Bake off!!!

    why did you decide to return it?
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    Instapark Betta Automatic Pool Skimmer

    the two year warranty includes shipping as well. the only difference between the 2 & 3 year warranty i can see is the percentage trade in discount for newer model (10% vs 20 %). chances are they will probably come out with a betta 3 model in a couple of years? https://bettabot.com/pages/warranty
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    Battle of the Solar Skimmers: Ariel vs Betta 2 Bake off!!!

    I too was an original owner of the solar breeze & nx(2) versions and was generally satisfied with their performance so I did upgrade to Ariel version but was very disappointed in it's run time as compared with previous versions. So I was very interested in reading all betta 2 reviews. I have a...
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    Battle of the Solar Skimmers: Ariel vs Betta 2 Bake off!!!

    well decided to get the betta 2 to try out. put it in the pool and the right propeller fell off and sank to bottom. evidently the fastening screw was either missing or loose enough to fall out with initial use. bummer. i was anxious to see its performance during our next wind event this...
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    Solar-Breeze NX2

    The Ariel battery sucks which is its biggest drawback. I guess the Betta2 can last all night like the NX2 used to do if in full sun during daytime. If the Betta 2 turns out to be more reliable than its first generation unit, then I'll probably end up making the switch
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    Ariel SolarBreeze Review

    today the unit will not reset to normal navigational behavior. the rear paddle wheels are running in opposite directions constantly. reset it several times but still getting same behavior. I have emailed for warranty repair instructions.
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    Ariel SolarBreeze Review

    Anyone notice Ariel getting stuck in reverse mode at times. I have had it happen at least twice that I know of. A hard reset seems to correct it but now that its happened more than once , I'm wondering if I need to send in for repair?
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    Ariel SolarBreeze Review

    "underestimated draw of motors" ...really? was there no testing before production? me thinks they wanted to cut costs.
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    Ariel SolarBreeze Review

    Now that the sun has gone farther south, ariel just cannot handle the job as efficiently as nx2. I find myself using nx2 more and more. I wake up and its still running! will definitely be using nx2 for when there's predicted wind for the evening hours. I'll let it get fully charged on the...
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    Ariel SolarBreeze Review

    aside from the lesser battery capacity, ariel has done a decent job of keeping the pool surface clean. but i wanted to alert any of u to a situation i had this morning with the charge indicator remaining red even though she was and had been in sunshine most of the morning. even on the deck in...
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    Ariel SolarBreeze Review

    probably a combination of less battery capacity and direct drive system needing more power to operate. still cleans pool pretty well this time of year but not so sure about its performance later in less sun in the fall/winter when those dying leaves litter the pool especially on windy change of...
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    Ariel by Solar-Breeze

    This time of year my pool is pretty much full sun all day. many times my nx2 would still be running in the morning at day break so effectively ran 24/7, but the Ariel is dead in the water every morning so my best guess is they downsized the battery capacity on the new one. this morning the...
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    Ariel by Solar-Breeze

    me too...#136. should ship by tomorrow i hope
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    Ariel by Solar-Breeze

    https://solar-breeze.com/ariel-shipping-update-as-of-may-11-21/