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    Solar SWG?

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    Re: Solar SWG?

    Two things I don't like about it right off the bat.

    Anode adds minerals, probably copper since they have a warning in their manual that copper can cause stains.

    The chlorine output is so "amazing" that they don't tell you what the actual chlorine output is. So, my guess is that it must be amazingly low and they are embarrassed to say what the actual chlorine output is.
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    Re: Solar SWG?

    Yep, the copper makes this a hard no right out of the gate.

    Even without that though, even if this produces enough chlorine for a pool on a sunny day what happens on a cloudy day? Now you have to lug chlorine any time it isn't sunny enough to produce the required chlorine, kind of negating the reason for getting an SWG in the first place.

    If it was 1/4th the price and didn't have the copper anode I might consider it to perhaps decrease the amount of chlorine I need to carry, but at that price it is very much not worth it.
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    Re: Solar SWG?

    Quote Originally Posted by Donldson View Post
    ...what happens on a cloudy day?
    But it says...Amazing Chlorine output even when cloudy.

    Aren't you a believer in advertising?
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    Re: Solar SWG?

    Nope, I believe charts:

    Credit Vernier Software Technology
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    Re: Solar SWG?

    I was thinking the other day that the major SWG manufacturers should make a chlorine generating robot, similar to cleaning robots. Have the robot float around the pool plugged into a controller and make chlorine without having to run the pumps. Then, just pull the unit out of the water when you don't need it. And, if they really wanted to get a big bump in profit, integrate a cheap ORP probe into it to give some feedback on chlorine generation....
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    Re: Solar SWG?

    Quote Originally Posted by JoyfulNoise View Post
    I was thinking the other day that the major SWG manufacturers should make a chlorine generating robot, similar to cleaning robots. Have the robot float around the pool plugged into a controller and make chlorine without having to run the pumps. Then, just pull the unit out of the water when you don't need it. And, if they really wanted to get a big bump in profit, integrate a cheap ORP probe into it to give some feedback on chlorine generation....
    Now this would be interesting!

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    Two things I don't like about it right off the bat.

    Anode adds minerals, probably copper since they have a warning in their manual that copper can cause stains.

    The chlorine output is so "amazing" that they don't tell you what the actual chlorine output is. So, my guess is that it must be amazingly low and they are embarrassed to say what the actual chlorine output is.
    Well... that technically is amazing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JVTrain View Post
    Now this would be interesting!
    I suppose product liability would be an issue since some numbskull would likely go swimming with the thing and then have their corneas burned off because they thought it would be a good idea to try to see if they could "detect" the chlorine coming out of the tube. Or, very likely, they try to inhale the hydrogen gas because their buddy told them it would be just like inhaling helium and they'd get the squeaky Mickey Mouse voice....
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    Re: Solar SWG?

    Ha Ha, they state:
    "Works in both saltwater and freshwater pools"

    When I think of 'fresh water', I think absolutely no salt.........
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    Re: Solar SWG?

    Umm they made it. It was called the cobia and I beta tested it for a year. It was like 1700 to purchase. Salt cell wasn't very big.
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    Re: Solar SWG?

    Well I am perfectly happy with my NON scaling Hayward SWG! LOL


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    Re: Solar SWG?

    Yeah, right that was a nice upgrade from the first one!
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