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    Melt In The Sun's Avatar
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    Time to finally put salt in the pool...maybe

    Hi SWG experts,
    I have a Aqua-Rite SWG with T-Cell 15. We drained and refilled when we bought the house, so the salt level is only 500 ppm, so the SWG has just been sitting there dormant.

    I've read a lot on this site about cell sizes, and I'm wondering if the "15" means that it's sized for a 15,000 gallon pool. Mine is 11,200 gallons. From what I've read, I get the impression that the cell size recommendation comes from how much FC the unit is capable of generating at 100% over 24 hrs. I don't have an owner's manual for the unit, and a google search didn't clearly answer the question.

    Basically, I am worried that what I have will require me running the pump 18 hrs/day with the generator on 100% to produce sufficient chlorine. Please tell me I'm wrong!

    Otherwise I'll just take it out, sell it, and buy a liquidator.
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    Re: Time to finally put salt in the pool...maybe

    In Arizona that cell might be mildly undersized, but nothing as drastic as what your describe. I expect that you will be fine except in the very hottest week or two of the summer.
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    Re: Time to finally put salt in the pool...maybe

    I have a 8K gallon pool and the same cell.

    The manual in PDF from is on the Goldline site.
    8,000 Gal, 11 x 26.8ft Shotcrete Pool with "Cool Blue" Diamond Brite by ESSIG Pools with Artistic Pavers Deck
    Goldine AQL-PLUS w/Aqua Pod, Aqua-Rite T-CELL-15 SWG, Pentair WhisperFlo High Performance 1.5HP, 2 speed pump, Pentair IntelliBrite,
    Pentair 100sqft Cartridge Filter, 6 Pool returns, Skimmer and 2 Anti-Vortex Main Drains
    Pool's completed build 2/2010

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    Re: Time to finally put salt in the pool...maybe

    You'll be more than fine. T-CELL-15 is the biggest one they make. I have a 15 and my pool is about 25k gals. Works fine and seems to keep up with no problem. I ran my FC higher than necessary last summer as I was figuring things out with my new pool, and it only required about 40-50% along with 12-hr pump run time, 8am - 8pm.
    25k gal IG freeform pool, gunite/plaster, built in 2006; Aqua Logic AQL-PS-8 control w/ T-CELL-15 SWG; Sta-Rite S8M150 cartridge filter; Sta-Rite SR400NA gas heater; Polaris 280

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    Re: Time to finally put salt in the pool...maybe

    Here's something I just found in my Aqua Logic owner's manual. This should make you feel better.

    Cell Type Selection
    The Cell Type Menu appears after “Display Salt/Minerals” in the Chlorinator Configuration
    Menu. The options are T-CELL-5 or T-CELL-15 (default). Make the proper selection based
    on the electrolytic cell that is used in your system. For pools up to 20,000 gallons, the TCELL-
    5 is typically used. The T-CELL-15 is for pools up to 40,000 gallons.
    25k gal IG freeform pool, gunite/plaster, built in 2006; Aqua Logic AQL-PS-8 control w/ T-CELL-15 SWG; Sta-Rite S8M150 cartridge filter; Sta-Rite SR400NA gas heater; Polaris 280

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    Re: Time to finally put salt in the pool...maybe

    Great, thanks all! In it goes...
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