new SWG, different results using different tests

topherchris

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Jun 2, 2019
19
Cleveland, OH
I had a Hayward Aquarite with t-15 cell installed yesterday. Pool is 15000 gal so per pool math we needed ~400 lbs of NaCL. We added 320 lbs yesterday to avoid overshooting. Per pool math, that should get us to ~2600. Aquarite reads 2600 with lights on "check cell" and "check salt" lights flashing. I used a salt testing strip, picture attached, and got 6.6=3040. I used taylor k-1766 salt test and got 18 drops= 3600.

1.) Did I read the salt strip correctly? I read it from the tip of the yellow line at 6.6, but the base of the peak is at ~6 which would put it about 2400. 2400 seems more would I would expect based on the amount of salt added.
2.) Why is my taylor test reading so high? I used the speedstir and stopped the test as soon as it turns from yellow to red which was 18 drops. I was thinking that the taylor test would be more accurate, but it's way off. It's a new kit.
3.) How accurate is the cell at determining the salt content? How do most people do their salt testing?

Thanks
 

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mknauss

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May 3, 2014
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Use the Taylor K1766 result. It is by far the most accurate of the three.

Salt cell is the least accurate of the three. They do not continuously check salinity. So see if the salinity rises and stabilizes over time.
 

Msch99

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Jun 11, 2018
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Verona, MO
If you have had the pool awhile, some salts will have built up from normal chemical use, some of which have salts in them.
 

BadDogPSD

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May 24, 2020
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Reno, NV
If you have had the pool awhile, some salts will have built up from normal chemical use, some of which have salts in them.
I bought the K-1766 salt test in preparation for doing the conversion. Our pool measured 1200ppm of salt with no salt added other than what's in the chlorine.
 

mknauss

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May 3, 2014
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Good -- but be ware if the salinity the SWCG senses goes up over the next day or two. Higher salinity can mess up the electronics of the Hayward controllers. Just monitor.
 

Hootz

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Feb 5, 2018
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Rogers, AR
It may take awhile for the salt reading of your swg controller to get closer to the reading of the Taylor test kit, but it may never agree. The salt levels reported by most swg are not as accurate as the Taylor test kit. I find with my pool when adding salt it may take up to 48 hours for the salt level readings to stabilize regardless of the test type. It would seem that a new swg would be accurate as far as salt level readings but most are not. Depend on the k1766 results.
 

Msch99

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Jun 11, 2018
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Hopefully your SWG won’t decide your salt too high in the next couple of days. The only way to lower salt or CYA is to drain and refill.
 

Saturn94

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Mar 11, 2015
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SE Virginia
I had a Hayward Aquarite with t-15 cell installed yesterday. Pool is 15000 gal so per pool math we needed ~400 lbs of NaCL. We added 320 lbs yesterday to avoid overshooting. Per pool math, that should get us to ~2600. Aquarite reads 2600 with lights on "check cell" and "check salt" lights flashing. I used a salt testing strip, picture attached, and got 6.6=3040. I used taylor k-1766 salt test and got 18 drops= 3600.

1.) Did I read the salt strip correctly? I read it from the tip of the yellow line at 6.6, but the base of the peak is at ~6 which would put it about 2400. 2400 seems more would I would expect based on the amount of salt added.
2.) Why is my taylor test reading so high? I used the speedstir and stopped the test as soon as it turns from yellow to red which was 18 drops. I was thinking that the taylor test would be more accurate, but it's way off. It's a new kit.
3.) How accurate is the cell at determining the salt content? How do most people do their salt testing?

Thanks
The yellow extends past 6.6, so I would read that as 6.8. You read the tip of the yellow.
 
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