Instapark Betta review

stormook

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Mar 22, 2021
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Lol! Good luck on what number is this one for you, 9?? I lost count. All I know is mine is still working fine. It’s all hit or miss.
I received number 5 yesterday (that does not include one that was sent back for repair) and put it in the pool this morning. So far it is still working. I will let it and number 4 run together for a couple of days then send number 4 back. You are a lucky man to have your last one operate well. Number 4 has actually been working fine for two days.
Lol! Good luck on what number is this one for you, 9?? I lost count. All I know is mine is still working fine. It’s all hit or miss.
 
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stormook

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While I am not totally anal about this thing I think I have finally figured out what its various modes of operation are. Bye the way I have a security camera watching the pool so I can see it from my house (the pool is about 50ft. from the house with a wood fence around it). I have not touched the latest Betta for the week that I have had it, I just watch it. At times it will completely stop and flash blue and red lights for a short while then start going again, the owners manual mentions this. Other times the propellers will stop but the paddle wheel keeps going and the blue lights flash slow. This can go on for three plus hours and then it begins to operate again. I have come to believe the paddle wheel keeps turning to keep any debris in the basket from coming out while the Betta floats dead around the pool, just moved by water current or breeze. The manual says nothing about this and has led me to think that past units were defective. So, perhaps a lot of the complaints about the Betta are just due to impatience and the lack of information in the manual about its idiosyncrasies. Except of course for the defective motors it has had.
 
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Orion7319

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Other times the propellers will stop but the paddle wheel keeps going and the blue lights flash slow. This can go on for three plus hours and then it begins to operate again. I have come to believe the paddle wheel keeps turning to keep any debris in the basket from coming out while the Betta floats dead around the pool, just moved by water current or breeze.
Mine keeps the paddle wheel moving when it’s charging. Mine flashes red when it’s charging though. Could be a change in software or a bug to make it flash blue when charging that mine doesn’t do. If you turn it off in the water stuff does comes out.
 

Orion7319

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It’s almost time to close the pool. The last betta I received is still going strong. I wonder how it’s going to handle coming out of winter storage next season. I’ll probably let it sit in the sun some days over winter just to keep the batteries charged up.
 
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DanF

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415
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Orion - My Betta is going strong also. Have been very happy with it overall since receiving it this summer. Fortunately or unfortunately we don't close pools here in AZ, so I'll deploy mine throughout the winter. Just be careful when charging yours in the sun; the company warns against doing that for overheating purposes. Might be best to give them a call for recommendations.
 
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Orion7319

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Orion - My Betta is going strong also. Have been very happy with it overall since receiving it this summer. Fortunately or unfortunately we don't close pools here in AZ, so I'll deploy mine throughout the winter. Just be careful when charging yours in the sun; the company warns against doing that for overheating purposes. Might be best to give them a call for recommendations.
Will do! I know to avoid the extreme heat. It gets fairly cold here in the winter so I think I can safely charge it out of the water on cold days:
 

Bam Bam

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Sep 14, 2019
81
Columbia, SC
Bit the Betta and I’m glad I did (after one day)!

Based on orion7319’s review and the Ariel posts I decided to purchase the Betta last week. It arrived in 3 days. I purchased it directly from instapark instead of amazon just to cut out the step of warranty registration Same price. I live an hour south of Orion7319 so the flora and weather challenges are very similar. My other reasons for going Betta versus Ariel were:

1. Impressed by Instapark’s handling of complaints in the discussions here, i.e., sending new parts/replacements immediately;
2. Compared to the discussion re: Ariel, Instapark is much more reachable and responsive;
3. Cheaper and in stock - as this was an impulse although justifiably necessary purchase that I should have made years ago, the unit arrived days after purchase;
4. The big debris collection bin

The instructions say to start it up on a sunny day. We just had several cloudy and stormy days with gusty winds and I couldn’t wait for the first full sunny day (today) while the pine straw, magnolia leaves, hibiscus leaves and blooms, plus other crud invaded the pool. I put it in yesterday (mostly cloudy). No need to charge as it comes fully charged. Pressed the red button and off it went.

I have a Polaris 360 cleaning the bottom. Despite Betta saying don’t use with other cleaners I will not retire the Polaris ever. Well who got the last laugh - Betta of course. Actually it did very well maneuvering over, around, swept by the polaris hose but Betta got hung up and trapped by the Polaris connection on the side of the pool. I used the remote to try to extricate it while on the deck but it was clear that it needed direct human intervention to get moving. This is something I will not put up with.

I thought raising the water level may help. That didn’t. After being mesmerized by how the Betta responds to the pool wall for a few hours I realized that if I could rig up a wall like structure at the polaris fitting it might convince the Betta to reverse when it hits it. I attached a hard plastic fin from a cheap snorkel kit at the fitting. It actually worked!

Right now it is trying to find the best sunny spot in the pool to charge since it didn’t get any sun yesterday. It ran all night. The pool looks the best ever - the sides have never been cleaner. It collects huge and teeny debris. The skimmer wizard that is attached in front of the inlet has nothing stuck to it either. It has no problem passing over the top of the built in step or the sun ledges.

There is one major problem that I still need to experiment with for another few nights. My dog Chaos woke me at 3 AM last night barking at the bedroom sliding door that has a clear view to the pool. He noticed a UFO (unidentified floating object) with blinking lights that had never been there before. After several bark bouts and me telling him it was okay, he calmed and went back to sleep. Hopefully he will adjust or I just might have to put up thicker curtains!

Here are some photos:04AA1FA8-842B-4A61-9B21-F81C746F29C6.jpeg21FF9F40-66E0-4A1A-B346-5E19ACD4BDAE.jpegA9018EED-A1FD-40E4-825E-9EA9DF16239D.jpeg
 
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DanF

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Mar 17, 2019
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Glad you like and great review! I'm still happy with mine as it does a great job with little intervention. I turn the Betta off during the day while my skimmer/pump is operating and while my robot is in the pool. At night I turn the Betta on after I take the robot out and it skims all night.

You likely will still need a bottom cleaner/vacuum for those times when the Betta is charging or for debris that sinks fast before the Betta has a chance to grab it. As the say , it's best to clean the pool from the top down....but it's also nice to have something for the floor/walls.

Mu pup freaked a little at first also, but now he's used to it!
 
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Orion7319

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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Hayward Aqua Rite (T-15)
Bit the Betta and I’m glad I did (after one day)!

Based on orion7319’s review and the Ariel posts I decided to purchase the Betta last week. It arrived in 3 days. I purchased it directly from instapark instead of amazon just to cut out the step of warranty registration Same price. I live an hour south of Orion7319 so the flora and weather challenges are very similar. My other reasons for going Betta versus Ariel were:

1. Impressed by Instapark’s handling of complaints in the discussions here, i.e., sending new parts/replacements immediately;
2. Compared to the discussion re: Ariel, Instapark is much more reachable and responsive;
3. Cheaper and in stock - as this was an impulse although justifiably necessary purchase that I should have made years ago, the unit arrived days after purchase;
4. The big debris collection bin

The instructions say to start it up on a sunny day. We just had several cloudy and stormy days with gusty winds and I couldn’t wait for the first full sunny day (today) while the pine straw, magnolia leaves, hibiscus leaves and blooms, plus other crud invaded the pool. I put it in yesterday (mostly cloudy). No need to charge as it comes fully charged. Pressed the red button and off it went.

I have a Polaris 360 cleaning the bottom. Despite Betta saying don’t use with other cleaners I will not retire the Polaris ever. Well who got the last laugh - Betta of course. Actually it did very well maneuvering over, around, swept by the polaris hose but Betta got hung up and trapped by the Polaris connection on the side of the pool. I used the remote to try to extricate it while on the deck but it was clear that it needed direct human intervention to get moving. This is something I will not put up with.

I thought raising the water level may help. That didn’t. After being mesmerized by how the Betta responds to the pool wall for a few hours I realized that if I could rig up a wall like structure at the polaris fitting it might convince the Betta to reverse when it hits it. I attached a hard plastic fin from a cheap snorkel kit at the fitting. It actually worked!

Right now it is trying to find the best sunny spot in the pool to charge since it didn’t get any sun yesterday. It ran all night. The pool looks the best ever - the sides have never been cleaner. It collects huge and teeny debris. The skimmer wizard that is attached in front of the inlet has nothing stuck to it either. It has no problem passing over the top of the built in step or the sun ledges.

There is one major problem that I still need to experiment with for another few nights. My dog Chaos woke me at 3 AM last night barking at the bedroom sliding door that has a clear view to the pool. He noticed a UFO (unidentified floating object) with blinking lights that had never been there before. After several bark bouts and me telling him it was okay, he calmed and went back to sleep. Hopefully he will adjust or I just might have to put up thicker curtains!

Here are some photos:View attachment 380306View attachment 380307View attachment 380308
It does do a great job with the pine needles. Mine has only jammed up on me once, it holds a lot of debris. I closed my pool yesterday and this one lasted the summer. The only thing is the red propellors have faded in color quite a bit since new. That’s a pretty clever use of a fin! It really senses things pretty well on the surface of the water. During a heavy rain though it kind of freaks out spins around in circles as the rain messes with its sensors.
 

textommyboy

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Jun 21, 2014
141
Pearland/Freeport, TX
Purchased my Betta June 22 and am now experiencing an issue with it. The Betta no longer is able to turn / back away from the pool walls. It just gets stuck against the wall. I made sure to clean off the sensors but unfortunately it still doesn't navigate correctly. Paddle and props seem to be working fine so I think it's either bad sensors or control board. I turned it off and let it charge (while in the pool of course) for several hours but still no luck. I emailed Instapark and they're asking me to ship it back for repairs. I was hoping they would ship me a replacement and then I ship back the bad unit upon receipt so I don't miss out on using the Betta. We're in Texas so we don't close the pool in "winter." It sounds like others have gotten replacements and then shipped back their bad ones. Should I call them instead?
 

Orion7319

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553
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite (T-15)
Purchased my Betta June 22 and am now experiencing an issue with it. The Betta no longer is able to turn / back away from the pool walls. It just gets stuck against the wall. I made sure to clean off the sensors but unfortunately it still doesn't navigate correctly. Paddle and props seem to be working fine so I think it's either bad sensors or control board. I turned it off and let it charge (while in the pool of course) for several hours but still no luck. I emailed Instapark and they're asking me to ship it back for repairs. I was hoping they would ship me a replacement and then I ship back the bad unit upon receipt so I don't miss out on using the Betta. We're in Texas so we don't close the pool in "winter." It sounds like others have gotten replacements and then shipped back their bad ones. Should I call them instead?
I always just call.
 
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