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Thread: Circupool RJ series vs. SJ (Best Value?)

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    Circupool RJ series vs. SJ (Best Value?)

    I've pretty muched narrowed my SWG purchase down to a Circupool SJ55, RJ45, RJ60 (or the plus RJ versions of the same model).

    Can anyone speak to the value provided by the extra controls and feedback on the RJ units. It looks like you get the following.

    - Better incremental power control
    - Temperature readout
    - Real time salt level readout
    - Power output to better understand how the cell is working

    Is this correct and more importantly have you found these additional features to add real value?
    Cincinnati OH, 20K Vinyl IG rect. 16x36, Hayward Super II pump with Hayward 60 GPM sand filter, Hayward H150 heater, space age blue solar cover, one skimmer and one deep end drain, two returns, makeshift fountain on one return for aeration. TF100 test kit.

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    Re: Circupool RJ series vs. SJ (Best Value?)

    Stick with the RJ as you are correct on your research and that control is worth the price difference.
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    Re: Circupool RJ series vs. SJ (Best Value?)

    Quote Originally Posted by ping View Post
    Stick with the RJ as you are correct on your research and that control is worth the price difference.

    Thanks for the feedback
    Cincinnati OH, 20K Vinyl IG rect. 16x36, Hayward Super II pump with Hayward 60 GPM sand filter, Hayward H150 heater, space age blue solar cover, one skimmer and one deep end drain, two returns, makeshift fountain on one return for aeration. TF100 test kit.

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    Re: Circupool RJ series vs. SJ (Best Value?)

    I'm going to go with the RJ and thinking the additional cost for the 60 vs. the 45 is worth it ensure enough sanitation power to not have to screw with clorine and run the unit at relatively low power and hopefully get more life.

    Any thoughts on the plus option? From my research it does sound as if there is an actual difference in the cell (thicker layer of titanium) and not just a warranty increase.
    Cincinnati OH, 20K Vinyl IG rect. 16x36, Hayward Super II pump with Hayward 60 GPM sand filter, Hayward H150 heater, space age blue solar cover, one skimmer and one deep end drain, two returns, makeshift fountain on one return for aeration. TF100 test kit.

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    Re: Circupool RJ series vs. SJ (Best Value?)

    Just got off the phone discount salt pool. He felt the RJ45 would give me more than enough salinity power and the additional cost of the RJ60 and the plus option wouldn't provide much more value.

    Saves me some coin....so I'm incline to go with his advice. Anyone have a difference experience with needing more than 2x the gallon rating of your pool?
    Cincinnati OH, 20K Vinyl IG rect. 16x36, Hayward Super II pump with Hayward 60 GPM sand filter, Hayward H150 heater, space age blue solar cover, one skimmer and one deep end drain, two returns, makeshift fountain on one return for aeration. TF100 test kit.

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    Re: Circupool RJ series vs. SJ (Best Value?)

    In every case, buy the largest cell. The extra capacity means it will last much longer and you won't be required to run your pump as much. You can always turn a SWG down or shorten its run time. The larger cell is also the most economical, in terms of cost per total quantity of chlorine produced.
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    Re: Circupool RJ series vs. SJ (Best Value?)

    Quote Originally Posted by chiefwej View Post
    In every case, buy the largest cell. The extra capacity means it will last much longer and you won't be required to run your pump as much. You can always turn a SWG down or shorten its run time. The larger cell is also the most economical, in terms of cost per total quantity of chlorine produced.
    Chiefwej...you have a very similar size pool as I do and you have a T-15 which produces 1.5 lbs/24 hours of chlorine right? Have you found this to be more than enough in all situations? Do you wish you had more, so that you could run your pump for shorter periods of time?

    The RJ45 is rated for 2.0 lbs/24 hours and the RJ60 is rated for 3.1 lbs/24 hours.
    Cincinnati OH, 20K Vinyl IG rect. 16x36, Hayward Super II pump with Hayward 60 GPM sand filter, Hayward H150 heater, space age blue solar cover, one skimmer and one deep end drain, two returns, makeshift fountain on one return for aeration. TF100 test kit.

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    Re: Circupool RJ series vs. SJ (Best Value?)

    I've pretty much decided with only running in the summer months and running at, hopefully, well below 100% on either of these units that I don't need the extended cell life of the plus.

    So it's now just down to whether the additional sanitation power of the RJ60 provides me $150 additional in value.
    Cincinnati OH, 20K Vinyl IG rect. 16x36, Hayward Super II pump with Hayward 60 GPM sand filter, Hayward H150 heater, space age blue solar cover, one skimmer and one deep end drain, two returns, makeshift fountain on one return for aeration. TF100 test kit.

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    Re: Circupool RJ series vs. SJ (Best Value?)

    Buy the biggest so you dont have to run 100% to keep up during high chlorine demands. You can always reduce output and extend the cell life. Well worth the extra $150....
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    Re: Circupool RJ series vs. SJ (Best Value?)

    Thanks for all the help everyone! I pulled the trigger on the RJ60!

    Looking forward to pounding my pool with super cheap chlorine for many years!
    Cincinnati OH, 20K Vinyl IG rect. 16x36, Hayward Super II pump with Hayward 60 GPM sand filter, Hayward H150 heater, space age blue solar cover, one skimmer and one deep end drain, two returns, makeshift fountain on one return for aeration. TF100 test kit.

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    Re: Circupool RJ series vs. SJ (Best Value?)

    I ordered the RJ-60 on April 24. Received an email stating it was shipped the same day. I still haven't received it, so I called. They said it is on backorder.

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    Re: Circupool RJ series vs. SJ (Best Value?)

    I went with the SJ over the RJ. My goal with adding an SWG was to simplify my interaction with the pool, so I didn't see a need for the extra controls and information. By varying the run-time and output level, I can hit any chlorine level I need (I made a simple excel spreadsheet where I plug in the daily chlorine PPM target and it gives me options on run-time and output settings to hit that).

    The SJ is super simple. The only option is to vary chlorine output in 25% increments. It tells you it's on, tells you what polarity it's running, and tells you that "something" is wrong - but that's it. I'm a data-junkie, so I was very torn on getting a model with -less- info, but I knew if I had the data I'd constantly tinker with it.
    In ground, 15'x55' plaster lap pool. Cirupool SJ55 SWG. Hayward DE6020 filter converted to a cartridge filter, Hayward Tristar pump with 2 speed 2.2 hp motor, Polaris 280 cleaner.

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    Re: Circupool RJ series vs. SJ (Best Value?)

    The extra data makes it a lot easier to troubleshoot and worth the cost so you don't have to deal with their service when something is not right.
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