Badmaro

New member
Jun 7, 2021
1
Warminster PA
Received my ariel a little over a week ago. So far I am more than pleased with its performance. A little frustrating waiting for delivery (ordered April 18th) but it was definitely worth the wait. It navigates my old odd shape Anthony pool with ease. We have a tone of Japanese beetles in our area and this little guy takes care of business. Everyone gets a kick watching him work around the pool. My kids named him Sarge. Battery does not last through the night. Were full sun mostly all day starts up on its own and goes to work.
 
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BWK

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Apr 9, 2021
2
Sacramento, CA
I received my Arial from Solar Breeze about a week and a half ago. It worked intermittently for the past week plus and now has died. Sent a request for a replacement today. We shall see what happens. But so far not happy after the super long wait and my other 2-year-old solar breeze NX2 product dead also.
 
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stormook

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Mar 22, 2021
39
Ramona, CA
Pool Size
18600
Surface
Plaster
I received my Arial from Solar Breeze about a week and a half ago. It worked intermittently for the past week plus and now has died. Sent a request for a replacement today. We shall see what happens. But so far not happy after the super long wait and my other 2-year-old solar breeze NX2 product dead also.
I have had the Instapark Betta since February. It has been replaced three times and repaired once in between replacements. I was hoping the new Ariel was going to be a reliable unit but your quick problem has me worried. I hope your replacement lasts.
 

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cowboycasey

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LifeTime Supporter
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Jul 3, 2013
9,043
Southern OK
Pool Size
15000
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
CircuPool SJ-40
I can add you but we are still waiting for this to happen, at this point it may be next year before we can do the group buy...
 

darinbooth

New member
Sep 10, 2021
1
New Canaan, ct
Received my Ariel last week. A little initial disappointment since it seems to pretty much circle on one side of my irregular shaped pool (even in zero wind condition). I'll watch closely over the next week or so to see if this is my imagination or if I need to reach out to solar breeze.
 

Bam Bam

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Sep 14, 2019
137
Columbia, SC
Just changed my mind about the list. Going to hit buy today as I watch the pine straw, magnolia leaves and hibiscus blooms dive bomb the pool to prevent another year of skimmer’s shoulder.

Several on-line stores are selling for $528 while solar breeze site lists at $558.
 
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MyAZPool

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Jul 3, 2018
2,048
Arizona
Pool Size
20500
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
Ariel Update/Addendum

The week before last, Ariel started acting up. She was going around in circles. One paddle-wheel would turn one way and the other the opposite.
Having the advantage of living about 5 miles from Solar Breeze, I took my Ariel down for a check up.
Paul (the owner) was great and immediately knew what the issue was.
He just cleaned the two optical sensors on the front, powered her up and both wheels then turned in the same direction.

Just as an example of the great Solar Breeze customer service. He had me fill out a work order form and then sent me on my way with the old Ariel and a brand new (in the box) Ariel. He said if she starts acting up again, just unbox and keep the new one and bring the old one back.

Well I waited for about a week and I had no more problems, so this morning I returned the new Ariel back to Solar Breeze.

The way that Ariel works is when one or both of the optical sensors detects an obstruction (i.e. side of the pool), the processor will command one of the paddle-wheels to turn the opposite direction which causes Ariel to back up and turn in a circle until the obstacle is no longer detected. Then both paddle-wheels will again turn in the same direction and away she goes in a straight course.

Paul stated that anytime that Ariel starts turning in circles, it usually means that something is obstructing one or both optical sensors. If this happens, just wipe off the optical sensors with a clean soft cloth or you can use a couple of drops of Windex on a soft cloth and clean the optical sensors. In most cases, this will solve the issue.

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MyAZPool

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Jul 3, 2018
2,048
Arizona
Pool Size
20500
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
Very nice!!!

Did you ask Paul about the battery life? Still disappointed with how long it runs.

In fact I just ordered a Betta 2. Will do a side to side comparison.
No sorry, I didn't bring that up.
Actually, I didn't think about it coz it really hasn't been an issue for me.
My Maytronics runs between 7-9 in the morning and again between 8-10 at night.
I put the Ariel in the pool between around 9:00 am to about 7:00-8:00 pm typically and put the Maytronics hose up on the kool deck.
Never could find a good way to de-conflict the two so this method has been working out pretty good for me.
Consequently, I haven't had any issues with the battery life.

Really looking forward to reading your comparison report between the Ariel and the Betta 2. :thumleft:
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Katodude

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Aug 22, 2017
2,049
West Palm Beach/Florida
Pool Size
15000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite (T-15)
Wait, wait, wait…

Every now and then you have to read a post twice, because on the surface it seems ok, but something nags at you like a a wife on garbage day.

You run your robot twice a day!!!!! You must have the worlds cleanest pool.
 
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