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Thread: INTELLIFLO OR 2 SPEED PUMP FOR TOTAL CONTROL AUTOPILOT?

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    INTELLIFLO OR 2 SPEED PUMP FOR TOTAL CONTROL AUTOPILOT?

    I am an newbie and this is my first post after reading the experts for months. I have a 30,000 galon in-ground with a SWG Autopilot Total Control, with solar heating and a Barracuda G3 cleaner. All these is driven by a whisperflo 1.5 HP (going bad). Escalating power costs are a concern. I run the pump 6 hours a day and with the Autopilot SC-60 cell, I have plenty of chlorine generation capacity to spare (running at 30-40% purifier output).

    NOW FOR THE QUESTION: I am replacing the pump and trying to decide between a new Pentair 2 HP 2-speed versus the Intelliflo VF. I like the VF for the high power cost savings. However, I am concerned that I will not take full advantage of the automation and multiple flow/speed capability. I am thinking of the 2-speed alternative because the Autopilot allows for controlling a single or a 2-speed pump automatically. My limited knowledge tells me that the VF cannot be controlled from the Autopilot automatically unless I spend a lot of money in another controller (don't know which one). The desired result is to run the filtration in low speed and the cleaner in high speed automatically SAVING ELECTRICITY.

    Do I lose a lot of saving by going with the 2-speed?
    Is there a way to control the VF pump inexpensively without my wife having to turn gate valves to close the cleaner?
    Is it necessary to change the cleaner/drain/strainer diverter valve from vaccum to pool or viceversa when changing speeds?
    What is the best option? My solar heat is controlled separate by a dedicated controller.

    Thank you in advance for your collective wisdom.

    Richard

    Custom 30,000 Sandpiper pool
    Autopilot Total Control
    Pentair Size 48" DE SS filter
    Whisperflo 1.5 HP
    Solar heating + Pentair gas
    SPA with water feature from spa to pool
    Richard
    Temecula, CA
    28,000 Gal. In-Ground plaster and tile, Total Control AutoPilot with SC-60 SWG and PH control, Pentair EasyTouch 8, EasyTouch Wireless Remote, Intelliflo VS+SVRS pump, Intellibrite lighting, Pentair Quad 100, Solar heating, Pentair Mastertemp 400 Gas Heater, The Pool Cleaner 4x, Aquabot Turbo T2 Robotic Cleaner, Water feature spillover from SPA.

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    Re: INTELLIFLO OR 2 SPEED PUMP FOR TOTAL CONTROL AUTOPILOT?

    Intelliflo 4x160 is probably your solution. The VF is just too complicated, and runs on it's own fancy little control panel. You need to make sure your control system is capable of handling numerous speeds if you want to alternate on a timer between speeds. Otherwise, you can still use it, you just have to push the speed you want (4 buttons to choose from) when you want to change the speed. Very good unit, and more savings than a 2 speed. You shouldn't have to change any valves or anything. The 4x160 will prime in a low speed, it just takes longer, but won't burn out the pump while it's trying. You'll just run the pump much longer during the day, simply at a lower speed; Low speed = drawing significantly fewer amps with less resistance = less energy, even if it runs all day. When you want your spa jets to work or you want the water to move fast if you're adding chemicals, just push the button on the pump to a higher setting. Very simple, and incredibly energy efficient.
    Semper Fi and Happy Pooling.

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    Re: INTELLIFLO OR 2 SPEED PUMP FOR TOTAL CONTROL AUTOPILOT?

    Thank you dudeguy. I am also considering the VS+SVRS, which is he VS plus the scheduling timer like the VF.
    Richard
    Temecula, CA
    28,000 Gal. In-Ground plaster and tile, Total Control AutoPilot with SC-60 SWG and PH control, Pentair EasyTouch 8, EasyTouch Wireless Remote, Intelliflo VS+SVRS pump, Intellibrite lighting, Pentair Quad 100, Solar heating, Pentair Mastertemp 400 Gas Heater, The Pool Cleaner 4x, Aquabot Turbo T2 Robotic Cleaner, Water feature spillover from SPA.

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