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  1. gvc

    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.
  2. gvc

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

    why did you decide to return it?
  3. gvc

    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
  4. gvc

    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...
  5. gvc

    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...
  6. gvc

    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
  7. gvc

    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.
  8. gvc

    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?
  9. gvc

    Ariel SolarBreeze Review

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

    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...
  11. gvc

    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...
  12. gvc

    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...
  13. gvc

    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...
  14. gvc

    Ariel by Solar-Breeze

    me too...#136. should ship by tomorrow i hope
  15. gvc

    Ariel by Solar-Breeze

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

    Ariel by Solar-Breeze

    ariel update: https://solar-breeze.com/ariel-shipping-update-as-of-april-26-21/
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  18. gvc

    Ariel by Solar-Breeze

    I have also had the NX & NX2. they had to completely replace my first nx2 due to structural defect which could not be repaired. no hassles at all since I had extended warranty coverage. I noticed on their website a product listing for "skimbot". this is different than the solar breeze...
  19. gvc

    Solar Breeze has a new robot

    i noticed mine starting to that too (not normal) but I noticed the tray not locking in place properly. the little locking tabs in front were busted which caused the tray to slide forward too much allowing for debris to come out the back. They sent me new tray and all is well now. as far as...
  20. gvc

    Solar Breeze ?

    I would say after 4 years the battery pack should be replaced
  21. gvc

    Solar Breeze ?

    I bought the original solar breeze when it first came out and then traded it in for the newer NX2 model which had several improvements, but I did buy their extended warranty and glad I did. last year, after noticing a structural problem that could not be repaired,they sent me a brand new one @...
  22. gvc

    Caretaker 99/LeafTrapper system

    I have a two way valve that directs return flow to popups/leaf catcher . If you have the same , you could try to direct 100% return flow to leaf catcher plumbing with the pump set on a high rpm. that might create enough return pressure to release a possible blockage
  23. gvc

    It’s arrived

    The NX2 is a huge upgrade,imo, from the original. my pool surface area is over 800sf and this robot has saved me hours and hours of hand skimming which I had to do even with running the pump at high speed for long periods of time to try to increase the skimmer suction. Now I can run my pump at...
  24. gvc

    Freeze Protection

    thermal mode is not a scheduled program so when temps reach under 40 the thermal mode kicks in at very low rpm to protect the pump, not the pool plumbing, no matter what the easy touch freeze protection is set at. I still dont know what happens when the thermal mode kicks in and then temps...
  25. gvc

    Freeze Protection

    This is my first winter using the intelliflo vsf. thermal mode is set for 40degrees (the lowest setting) with a RPM of 950. My control panel's freeze protection setting is for 35 degrees. If the temp drops to below 40, thermal mode is supposed to kick on I assume at 950rpm or does it...
  26. gvc

    Pentair Intelliflo VSF Pump

    100% agree, especially if you have infloor cleaning system. the pump rpm will constantly change as the water flow circulates between the various popup stations .
  27. gvc

    Optimize Your In-Floor Cleaning Effectiveness and Efficiency

    I haven't heard of anyone mention the cause/effect of varying the popup flow duration times. my popup control box has a dial that can be turned to regulate how long the popups operate with return water flow from 15 sec to 60 sec(also has pause setting) before they go down and go to the next...
  28. gvc

    Optimize Your In-Floor Cleaning Effectiveness and Efficiency

    Re: Method to Increase the Effectiveness of a Pool's In-floor Cleaning System me too. I have a check valve after my filter and before the inline chlorinator and with very low rpm it barely opens up. rather than taking it out altogether, I was toying with the idea of trying to loosen the...
  29. gvc

    Optimize Your In-Floor Cleaning Effectiveness and Efficiency

    Re: FlowVis for In-floor Cleaning System Tuning I didn't add the MD/popup column because the numbers were fairly identical to skimmer/popup and I really didn't think I'd actually use that particular combination anyway. But , as you surmise, the lower the rpm, the lower the popup pressure as...
  30. gvc

    solar breeze

    do you have the newer version nx2? when u say its getting stuck in the skimmer, is it due to suction from the skimmer or it just wedges itself into the opening and the reverse speed isn't enough to unwedge it? the nx2 version is much better at reversing itself when it senses its not moving...