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Popular Saltwater Chlorination Systems

Any comprehensive review of the salt pool systems available today should begin with a comparison of the older analog models and the newer digital systems. For the past decades, advancements have allowed these modern units to operate at salinity levels below the threshold of human taste and completely eliminate yesterday’s concerns of corrosion and stone erosion. All modern units also have self-cleaning circuitry that minimizes the need for maintenance. Beyond this, the single most important attribute of any system is the amount of power it has, or its chlorine output, always measured in terms of pounds per day (lbs/day) of sanitizer produced. More is always better.

As for features, popular units all have warning lights that alert the pool owner of the need to add salt. Some display the actual salinity level of the pool water. Also popular is the Boost Mode or Super-Chlor feature which provides a one-touch method for temporarily increasing the sanitizer levels. Good digital systems modulate the power in a way that maximizes cell-life. Depending on the quality of the titanium cell plates, the various cells can now last between three and seven years with warranties to match. As with most electronics, the price of saltwater pool systems is not necessarily a good guide to quality or value. The comparison below provides all the details needed to make an informed decision in a consumer report style chart, so that you can get all the benefits of a salt pool at a great price, and ensure that you get the best saltwater chlorine generator for your pool's unique needs.

Brands / Models Value Score Average Price Power (lbs/day) Warranty Cell Replacement Controls Salinity Display Salinity Range (ppm) Self-Cleaning Boost Mode Clear Cell pH Controls Plug-in Option Flow Sensor Plumbing Style

Atlantis®

Atlantis ATL-21 Saltwater Pool Chlorine GeneratorATL-21up to 40,000 gallons* 27.3
Value Score
$995
Average Price
1.40
CL Power
5 Year*
Warranty
$378
Cell Replacement
Analog
Controls
Range
Salinity Display
4500- 7000
Salinity Range
N
Self Cleaning
N
Boost Mode
Y
Clear Cell
N
pH Contols
N
Plug-in Option
N
Flow Sensor
-
Plumbing Style

Auto Chlor®

Autochlor SMC-20 Saltwater Pool Chlorine GeneratorSMC-20up to 20,000 gallons* 62.7 $849 1.05 2 Year* $384 Digital, Indicators Range 4500- 5000 Y Y Y N N Y -
Autochlor SMC-30 Saltwater Pool Chlorine GeneratorSMC-30up to 30,000 gallons* 66.0 $977 1.58 2 Year* $526 Digital, Indicators Range 4500- 5000 Y Y Y N N Y -
Autopilot Digital Nano Plus DNP2 Saltwater Pool Chlorine GeneratorDigital Nano+ (RC-28)up to 20,000 gallons* 77.6 $801 1.06 2 Year $359 Digital, Screen PPM 2500- 3500 Y Y N N Y Y Type 2
Autopilot Digital RC-35 Saltwater Pool Chlorine GeneratorDigital RC-35up to 35,000 gallons* 72.2 $1286 1.28 2 Year $279 Digital, Screen PPM 2500- 3500 Y Y N N N Y Type 2
Auto Pilot Digital RC-42 Saltwater Pool Chlorine GeneratorDigital RC-42up to 42,000 gallons* 75.0 $1491 1.52 2 Year $379 Digital, Screen PPM 2500- 3500 Y Y N N N Y Type 2
Autopilot Digital RC-52 Saltwater Pool Chlorine GeneratorDigital RC-52up to 52,000 gallons* 85.0 $1741 2.00 2 Year $479 Digital, Screen PPM 2500- 3500 Y Y N N N Y Type 2
Autopilot Total Control RC-35 Chemistry Controller and Salt ChlorinatorTotal Control RC-35up to 35,000 gallons* 80.2 $3274 1.28 2 Year $279 Digital, Screen PPM 2500- 3500 Y Y N Y N Y Type 2
Autopilot Total Control RC-42 Chemistry Controller and Salt ChlorinatorTotal Control RC-42up to 42,000 gallons* 83.0 $3479 1.52 2 Year $379 Digital, Screen PPM 2500- 3500 Y Y N Y N Y Type 2
Autopilot Total Control RC-52 Chemistry Controller and Salt ChlorinatorTotal Control RC-52up to 52,000 gallons* 88.0 $3729 2.00 2 Year $479 Digital, Screen PPM 2500- 3500 Y Y N Y N Y Type 2
CircuPool UL40 Universal40 Salt ChlorinatorUniversal40up to 45,000 gallons* 81.3 $799 2.00 4 Year* $349 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4500 Y Y N N Y Y Type 1
CircuPool SJ-15 Salt ChlorinatorSJ-15up to 15,000 gallons* 86.1 $549 0.65 5 Year* $349 Digital, Indicators Range 3500+ Y Y Y N Y Y Type 1*
CircuPool SJ-20 Salt ChlorinatorSJ-20up to 20,000 gallons* 88.0 $679 0.87 5 Year* $379 Digital, Indicators Range 3500+ Y Y Y N Y Y Type 1*
CircuPool SJ-40 Salt ChlorinatorSJ-40up to 40,000 gallons* 95.9 $829 1.70 5 Year* $449 Digital, Indicators Range 3500+ Y Y Y N Y Y Type 1*
CircuPool SJ-55 Salt ChlorinatorSJ-55up to 55,000 gallons* 97.2 $999 2.35 5 Year* $549 Digital, Indicators Range 3500+ Y Y Y N Y Y Type 1*
CircuPool RJ-16 Salt ChlorinatorRJ-16up to 16,000 gallons* 84.9 $649 0.70 5 Year* $279 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4500 Y Y Y N Y Y Type 1
CircuPool RJ-20 Salt ChlorinatorRJ-20up to 20,000 gallons* 87.4 $799 0.90 5 Year* $339 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4500 Y Y Y N Y Y Type 1
CircuPool RJ-30 Salt ChlorinatorRJ-30up to 30,000 gallons* 90.8 $899 1.50 5 Year* $409 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4500 Y Y Y N Y Y Type 1
CircuPool RJ-45 Salt ChlorinatorRJ-45up to 45,000 gallons* 94.0 $1199 2.00 5 Year* $459 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4500 Y Y Y N Y Y Type 1
CircuPool RJ-60 Salt ChlorinatorRJ-60up to 60,000 gallons* 99.8 $1299 3.10 5 Year* $559 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4500 Y Y Y N Y Y Type 1
CircuPool RJ-16PLUS Salt ChlorinatorRJ-16 PLUSup to 16,000 gallons* 84.9 $749 0.70 7 Year* $329 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4500 Y Y Y N Y Y Type 1
CircuPool RJ-20PLUS Salt ChlorinatorRJ-20 PLUSup to 20,000 gallons* 87.4 $899 0.90 7 Year* $389 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4500 Y Y Y N Y Y Type 1
CircuPool RJ-30PLUS Salt ChlorinatorRJ-30 PLUSup to 30,000 gallons* 90.8 $999 1.50 7 Year* $489 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4500 Y Y Y N Y Y Type 1
CircuPool RJ-45PLUS Salt ChlorinatorRJ-45 PLUSup to 45,000 gallons* 94.0 $1299 2.00 7 Year* $539 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4500 Y Y Y N Y Y Type 1
CircuPool RJ-60PLUS Salt ChlorinatorRJ-60 PLUSup to 60,000 gallons* 99.8 $1399 3.10 7 Year* $639 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4500 Y Y Y N Y Y Type 1
Compupool Compu Chlor A25 Salt chlorinatorCompu Chlor A25up to 25,000 gallons* 49.8 $499 1.30 3 Year $372 Analog Range 5000- 6000 Y N Y N N Y -
Compupool Compu Chlor A35 Salt chlorinatorCompu Chlor A35up to 35,000 gallons* 51.5 $499 1.95 3 Year $475 Analog Range 5000- 6000 Y N Y N N Y -
Compupool CPSC16 / CPX16 Salt chlorinatorCPX / CPSC16up to 16,000 gallons* 80.9 $509 0.56 3 Year* $269 Digital, Screen Range 3000- 4500 Y Y Y N Y Y -
Compupool CPSC24 / CPX24 Salt chlorinatorCPX / CPSC24up to 24,000 gallons* 72.1 $519 0.67 3 Year* $289 Digital, Screen Range 3000- 4500 Y Y Y N N Y -
Compupool CPSC36 / CPX36 Salt chlorinatorCPX / CPSC36up to 36,000 gallons* 67.3 $609 0.92 3 Year* $339 Digital, Screen Range 3000- 4500 Y Y Y N N Y -
Compupool CPSC24 / CPX24 Salt chlorinatorCPX / CPSC24up to 24,000 gallons* 63.2 $769 1.28 3 Year* $389 Digital, Screen Range 3000- 4500 Y Y Y N N Y -
Hayward Salt and Swim 3C 6-month Electronic Chlorine GeneratorSalt & Swim 3C (6 mo.)up to 25,000 gallons* 44.3 $499 0.98 6 mo.* $203 Digital, Indicator Range 2800- 4300 Y Y N N Y Y -
Hayward Salt and Swim 3C 12-month Electronic Chlorine GeneratorSalt & Swim 3C (12 mo.)up to 25,000 gallons* 52.4 $529 0.98 6 mo.* $229 Digital, Indicator Range 2800- 4300 Y Y N N Y Y -
Hayward Goldline AquaRite T-Cell-3 Electronic Chlorine GeneratorAqua Rite (T-3 Cell)up to 15,000 gallons* 64.8 $724 0.60 3 Year* $349 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4300 Y Y N N N Y Type 1
Hayward Goldline AquaRite T-Cell-9 Electronic Chlorine GeneratorAqua Rite (T-9 Cell)up to 25,000 gallons* 61.4 $818 0.70 3 Year* $360 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4300 Y Y N N N Y Type 1
Hayward Goldline AquaRite T-Cell-15 Electronic Chlorine GeneratorAqua Rite (T-15 Cell)up to 40,000 gallons* 72.6 $934 1.40 3 Year* $449 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4300 Y Y N N N Y Type 1
Hayward Goldline AquaRite Pro T-Cell-15 AQ-RT-PRO Electronic Chlorine GeneratorAqua Rite Pro (T-15 Cell)up to 40,000 gallons* 52.6 $1124 1.40 3 Year* $449 Digital, Screen PPM 2800- 4300 Y Y N N Y Type 1

Intermatic®

Intermatic iPure PE25k Salt ChlorinatorI-Pure PE25kup to 25,000 gallons* 65.3 $726 1.10 1 Year $425 Digital, Indicator Range 3000- 4000 Y N Y N N Y Type 4
Intermatic iPure PE25k Salt ChlorinatorI-Pure PE40kup to 40,000 gallons* 70.2 $855 1.70 1 Year $500 Digital, Indicator Range 3000- 4000 Y N Y N N Y Type 4

Intex®

Intex Krystal Clear Salt SystemKrystal Clearup to 15,000 gallons* 65.7 $249 0.63 1 Year $249 Digital, Indicator Range 3000- 4000 Y Y N N Y Y -
Jandy Aqua Pure 700 Saltwater ChlorinatorAquapure 700up to 12,000 gallons* 50.9 $699 0.63 90 day‡ $369 Digital, Screen g/L 3000- 3500 Y Y N N N Y Type 3
Jandy Aqua Pure 1400 Saltwater ChlorinatorAquapure 1400up to 40,000 gallons* 60.1 $1109 1.25 90 day‡ $549 Digital, Screen g/L 3000- 3500 Y Y N N N Y Type 3
Jandy Aqua Pure Ei or Trueclear Saltwater ChlorinatorTruclear / Eiup to 40,000 gallons* 69.1 $765 0.92 90 day‡ $269 Digital, Screen g/L 4000- 6000 Y Y Y N Y Y -

Monarch® (Davey)

Ecomatic ESC-16 ESC-6000 Saltwater ChlorinatorESC16 / ESC6000up to 16,000 gallons* 62.5 $649 0.84 3 Year* $462 Digital, Indicator Range 2500- 3500 Y Y Y N N Y -
Ecomatic ESC-24 ESC-7000 Saltwater ChlorinatorESC24 / ESC7000up to 24,000 gallons* 62.9 $749 1.24 3 Year* $585 Digital, Indicator Range 2500- 3500 Y Y Y N N Y -
Ecomatic ESC-36 ESC-8000 Saltwater ChlorinatorESC36 / ESC8000up to 36,000 gallons* 67.9 $849 1.90 3 Year* $585 Digital, Indicator Range 2500- 3500 Y Y Y N N Y -
Pentair Intellichlor IC15 Saltwater ChlorinatorIntellichlor IC-15 (AG)up to 15,000 gallons* 55.2 $479 0.60 60 day‡ $410 Digital, Indicator Range 3200- 3400 Y Y N N Y Y -
Pentair Intellichlor IC20 Saltwater ChlorinatorIntellichlor IC-20up to 20,000 gallons* 38.6 $854 0.70 60 day‡ $557 Digital, Indicator Range 3200- 3400 Y Y N N N Y Type 1
Pentair Intellichlor IC40 Saltwater ChlorinatorIntellichlor IC-40up to 40,000 gallons* 48.8 $894 1.40 60 day‡ $621 Digital, Indicator Range 3200- 3400 Y Y N N N Y Type 1
Pentair Intellichlor IC60 Saltwater ChlorinatorIntellichlor IC-60up to 60,000 gallons* 46.1 $1114 2.00 60 day‡ $749 Digital, Indicator Range 3200- 3400 Y Y N N N Y Type 1
Saline Generating Systems Breeze 320 Saltwater ChlorinatorBreeze 320up to 20,000 gallons* 88.0 $864 0.70 5 Year* $400 Digital, Indicator Range 3000- 35000 Y Y Y N N Y -
Saline Generating Systems Breeze 540 Saltwater ChlorinatorBreeze 540up to 40,000 gallons* 88.5 $1114 1.35 5 Year* $500 Digital, Indicator Range 3000- 35000 Y Y Y N N Y -
Saline Generating Systems Breeze 760 Saltwater ChlorinatorBreeze 760up to 60,000 gallons* 88.0 $1214 1.88 5 Year* $600 Digital, Indicator Range 3000- 35000 Y Y Y N N Y -
Solaxx Saltron Reliant R4 Saltwater Chlorinator CLG215AReliant / Purechlor R4up to 15,000 gallons* 49.3 $499 0.75 1 Year $299 Digital, Indicator Range 3500- 4500 Y Y N N N Y Type 4
Solaxx Saltron Reliant R5 Saltwater Chlorinator CLG225AReliant / Purechlor R5up to 25,000 gallons* 52.7 $549 1.15 1 Year $349 Digital, Indicator Range 3500- 4500 Y Y N N N Y Type 4
Solaxx Saltron Reliant R7 Saltwater Chlorinator CLG240AReliant / Purechlor R7up to 40,000 gallons* 55.2 $599 1.65 1 Year $399 Digital, Indicator Range 3500- 4500 Y Y N N N Y Type 4
Solaxx Saltron Aquablue or Resilience or Mybluepool  Aqua Comfort Saltwater Chlorinator A3Resilience / Aquacomfort A3up to 15,000 gallons* 67.8 $633 0.75 2 Year* $279 Digital, Indicator Range 3500- 4500 Y N Y N N Y Type 4
Solaxx Saltron Aquablue or Resilience or Mybluepool  Aqua Comfort Saltwater Chlorinator A3Resilience / Aquacomfort A5up to 25,000 gallons* 73.3 $733 1.38 2 Year* $390 Digital, Indicator Range 3500- 4500 Y N Y N N Y Type 4
Solaxx Saltron Aquablue or Resilience or Mybluepool  Aqua Comfort Saltwater Chlorinator A3Resilience / Aquacomfort A7up to 40,000 gallons* 81.3 $823 2.07 2 Year* $433 Digital, Indicator Range 3500- 4500 Y N Y N N Y Type 4
Resilience Nexa Pure Saltwater Chlorinator 18kNexa Pureup to 18,000 gallons* 60.9 $964 0.75 5 Year* $862 Digital, Screen PPM 1800- 8000 Y Y Y N Y Type 4
Resilience Nexa Pure Saltwater Chlorinator 40kNexa Pureup to 40,000 gallons* 74.7 $1004 1.38 5 Year* $926 Digital, Screen PPM 1800- 8000 Y Y Y N Y Type 4

Watermaid®

Watermaid EZ300 Salt ChlorinatorEZ300up to 40,000 gallons* 68.8 $899 1.58 5 Year* $438 Digital, Indicator Range 4000- 6000 Y N Y N N Y -

Zodiac®

Zodiac LM3-15 Salt ChlorinatorLM3-15up to 15,000 gallons* 66.0 $729 0.79 90 day‡ $425 Digital, Indicator Range 4000- 13000 Y Y Y N N Y -
Zodiac LM3-24 Salt ChlorinatorLM3-24up to 24,000 gallons* 75.2 $789 1.27 90 day‡ $515 Digital, Indicator Range 4000- 13000 Y Y Y N N Y -
Zodiac LM3-40 Salt ChlorinatorLM3-40up to 40,000 gallons* 86.3 $989 2.11 90 day‡ $625 Digital, Indicator Range 4000- 13000 Y Y Y N N Y -

Comparison of Saltwater Chlorine Generator Features

Power (Chlorine Output) ?

For Small Size Pools (5k- 20k Gallons)
Autopilot Digital Nano Plus:
1.06 lbs/day chlorine
Autopilot Digital RC-35:
1.28 lbs/day chlorine
CircuPool SJ-15:
0.7 lbs/day chlorine
CircuPool RJ-16:
0.7 lbs/day chlorine
CircuPool RJ-20:
0.9 lbs/day chlorine
Hayward Aquarite (T-3 Cell):
0.6 lbs/day chlorine
Hayward Aquarite (T-9 Cell):
0.7 lbs/day chlorine
For Medium Size Pools (20k- 40k Gallons)
Autopilot Digital RC-42:1.56 lbs/day chlorine
CircuPool RJ-30:1.5 lbs/day chlorine
CircuPool RJ-45:2.0 lbs/day chlorine
Hayward Aquarite (T-15 Cell):1.4 lbs/day chlorine
Jandy Aqua Pure 1400:1.25 lbs/day chlorine
For Large Size Pools (40k- 60k Gallons)
Autopilot Digital RC-52:2.0 lbs/day chlorine
CircuPool RJ-60:3.1 lbs/day chlorine

Lifespan Rating (Hours of Use) / Warranty (Years) ?

For Small Size Pools (5k- 20k Gallons)
Autopilot Digital Nano Plus:10,000 hours / 2 Years Full*
Autopilot Digital RC-35:10,000 hours / 2 Years Full*
CircuPool SJ-15:15,000 hours / 7 Years Limited*
CircuPool RJ-16:15,000 hours / 7 Years Limited*
CircuPool RJ-20:15,000 hours / 7 Years Limited*
Hayward Aquarite (T-3 Cell):10,000 hours / 3 Years Limited*
Hayward Aquarite (T-9 Cell):10,000 hours / 3 Years Limited*
For Medium Size Pools (20k- 40k Gallons)
Autopilot Digital RC-42:10,000 hours / 2 Years Full*
CircuPool RJ-30:15,000 hours / 7 Years Limited*
CircuPool RJ-45:15,000 hours / 7 Years Limited*
Hayward Aquarite (T-15 Cell):10,000 hours / 3 Years Limited*
Jandy Aqua Pure 1400:8,000 hours / 3 Years Limited*
For Large Size Pools (40k- 60k Gallons)
Autopilot Digital RC-52:10,000 hours / 2 Years Full*
CircuPool RJ-60:15,000 hours / 7 Years Limited*

Cell Replacement Cost (10-Year Projection) ?

For Small Size Pools (5k- 20k Gallons)
Autopilot Digital Nano Plus:
3.23% higher than average cost
Autopilot Digital RC-35:19.78% less than average cost
CircuPool SJ-15:33.10% less than average cost
CircuPool RJ-16:27.35% less than average cost
CircuPool RJ-20:19.68% less than average cost
Hayward Aqua Rite (T-3 Cell):
0.35% higher than average cost
Hayward Aqua Rite (T-9 Cell)
3.51% higher than average cost
For Medium Size Pools (20k- 40k Gallons)
Autopilot Digital RC-42:
3.23% higher than average cost
CircuPool RJ-30:13.93% less than average cost
CircuPool RJ-45:4.35% less than average cost
Hayward Aqua Rite (T-15 Cell):
26.22% higher than average cost
Jandy Aqua Pure 1400:
84.64% higher
than average cost
For Large Size Pools (40k- 60k Gallons)
Autopilot RC-52:
54.98% higher
than average cost
CircuPool RJ60:
14.82% higher than average cost

Frequently Asked Comparison Questions

size

How do I choose which size salt system for my pool?

Correctly sizing a saltwater chlorine generator for your pool may be the most important consideration. There are two factors to look at when making sure that your system will be the right size. A right-sized chlorine generator ensures that you'll have the best experience possible, and that you'll no longer need to add any more chlorine, even to supplement, even after heavy pool use. A saltwater chlorine generator needs to have a higher maximum capacity than what it might need on a daily basis. Salt systems are rated by manufacturers for sizing in two ways: 1) by the maximum number of gallons of water that can be treated, and 2) by the system's chlorine output (its sanitation power, or the amount chlorine it can generate in a 24-hour period).

When considering a system's maximum gallon rating, you'll typically want to make sure to choose a system that can handle MORE than just the amount of water in your pool. So that your system won't be maxed on a normal basis, choose a system 1.5x to 2x the size of your pool or more. In other words, if you have a 20k gallon pool, you would at least want a system rated for 30k gallons, if not a 40k gallon system. Manufacturers don't typically do a good job explaining that the gallon rating is not a sizing guarantee, it is an absolute limit under ideal circumstances at the system's continuous peak performance- which is NOT how a pool owner wants to run their equipment.

Considering a system's chlorine output will give you a more accurate idea of how powerful a salt system is. You'll notice that between manufacturers, two systems rated for a similar number of gallons might have a significantly different level of chlorine output. The higher the chlorine output, the more powerful the system, period. Its not the same for every pool, but many professionals estimate that at a minimum you want a chlorine output of .35 to .5 pounds per day for every 10,000 gallons of water in the pool.

In short, remember that you can always turn your salt system's sanitation settings down if needed, but after a certain point you can't turn it up anymore. Having a system with more than enough power means that it will work just as well in scorching summer as it does in pleasant spring weather, and that you can handle problems that may arise after a storm or a pool party. Even better, the more powerful your salt system, the less hard it has to work everyday, so the slower it wears out. Most people who have been through it before will tell you that choosing a larger system gives you the best value and best experience all around.

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specs

How do I choose which features and specs I want my salt system to have?

There are some features that every saltwater chlorine generator absolutely has to have, and two specs that will give you the most system for your money. There are also a few features that many people choose to make a system more convenient and even easier to use.

All new chlorine generators are Self-Cleaning, also called Reverse-Polarity. You absolutely want your system to be Self-Cleaning to minimize the amount of maintenance it needs; these systems reverse the direction of electric flow every so often to help reduce or prevent mineral scaling. Another necessary feature for a salt system to have is a Flow Sensor. This helps ensure that it works in coordination with your pump and adds to the safety of the system. Some models use a built-in electronic Flow Sensor; others use an independent Flow Sensor with a mechanical switch, which is preferrable for use with low-speed or variable speed pumps. New chlorine generators always have Digital Controls. Digital Controls are easy to operate; basic digital systems give feedback with an array of LED indicators, while high-end digital systems use LCD or backlit VFD or OLED display screens to communicate.

There are two specs that play a direct role in increasing the value of a salt system, its Chlorine Output and its rated Lifespan / Warranty. A system with higher Chlorine Output has more sanitation power and will use up less of its resources to do the same job, meaning: its less likely that you would have to ever supplement with extra chlorine in a tough situation and the system itself will last longer. The greater the Lifespan and Warranty that a system has, the more return on your investment because the system will need less frequent replacement parts at a lower cost to you.

There are a number of chlorine generator features that many people prefer. Systems that operate at a low salinity range ensure that the salt is virtually imperceptible in the water. Most pool pros would consider low salinity range to be under 4000 parts per million (ppm). Pool owners also prefer a higher-end salt system that has a PPM Salinity Reading, which will detect and digitally display the salinity reading of the water. Many people prefer that the chlorine generator's has a Clear Cell (its plumbing component). Having a clear Cell lets you see the unit in operation and easily check to see if it might be clogged with debris or need service. Another convenient feature is a Boost Mode, or super-chlorination mode. This is usually a one-touch feature that raises the chlorine output to max power for a time in order to deal with temporary pool problems.

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compatible

Which salt pool system is compatible with my pool & equipment?

How do you know if your pool is compatible if you install a saltwater chlorine generator? There are only a handful of cases where there would be incompatible water chemistry, equipment, or materials. The vast majority of people's pools are compatible as they are- however, below are some examples of things to double check for if you are concerned.

There are very few water chemistry conditions that would prevent you from converting your pool to saltwater. If you are using traditional chlorine in any typical form, you don't have to worry: your water is completely compatible, and you do not need to drain the pool or make any major changes. The salt pool system can be installed and will easily take over water sanitization. The most common chemical issue pool owners face is if they have been using the chlorine alternatives called biguanides, often under the name "Baquacil" or "Soft Swim". Most pool owners simply wait for such chemicals to dissapate to a low enough level in the pool over the winter before converting to a saltwater chlorine generator.

Saltwater chlorine generators are designed to work with your existing pump and filtration system, and are installed in addition to what you currently use. Many pool equipment manufacturers will even advertise that their pumps and fitlers are compatible with saltwater up to a high level of salinity. The most common equipment issue pool owners face is on very, very old pools that use iron or copper plumbing pipes, which are almost non-existent nowadays.

Salt systems can be used on pools that are made of concrete, gunite, plaster, tile, vinyl, fiberglass, stone and more, and are common on in-ground and above-ground pools. Saltwater chlorine generators have been safely used on pools across the country for decades, and now its more common to have a saltwater pool than to not. If you have used rare or exotic materials in your pool construction, always check with your pool builder to ensure that there are no special requirements for your unique pool design.

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best

Which salt pool system is the best?

One of the most common questions we are asked by pool owners who are ready to convert their pool and are comparing their different options is, "Which saltwater chlorine generator is the best?" It's an understandable question. The real answer to that is base on a handful of factors. The most important thing to know about the salt pool systems we have is that we only carry the ones that have been around, that have a proven track record, and that we consistently get positive feedback about.

Put simply, the best salt pool system is the one that gives you the most power, the longest lifespan, and the features you want for the price. We can help you determine your pool's unique needs based on its size, environment, use, & more, and give you a professional recommendation. Or, use our online comparisions, reviews, and do-it-yourself resources to learn and inform your decision.

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