Best Salt Water Generators | Automatic Chlorinator

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What is a Salt Water Generator?

Salt water generators are household and commercial devices that maintain the pools’ chlorination system using dissolved salt (about 2,500–6,000 ppm). The device converts dissolved salt (NaCl) to chorine, a potent antimicrobial agent, via electrolysis, which then treats pools. Most modern models use cells to produce chlorine, unlike traditional methods that required you to add chlorine to your pool directly to clean. Therefore, if you can afford a new chlorine generator, you can produce chlorine, sodium hypochlorite (NaClO), and hypochlorous acid (HClO) in your swimming pool automatically at home. By eliminating salt from water, you get fresh pool water as well.

Salt Water Generators
Salt Water Generators

With a salt water generator at home, expect a boost in the pool water quality that you will have at home. You get close to fresh water, which will never induce the harsh side effects that chlorinated pools have on the skin and in humans in general. Red eyes, odors, and dry skin, for instance, will be non-issues for you if you have an original salt water generator at home. The water will be smooth (This is 100% true) as the product monitors and automatically adjusts your pool’s chemistry. This saves you a lot of money in the end.

In this article, we have reviewed some of the most popular/best salt water that you can find in the market:

  1. Pentair IntelliChlor
  2. Hayward Aqua Rite
  3. Intex 120V Krystal Clear Salt Water System
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We have reviewed the three chlorinators in this article.
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Why Invest in a Salt Water Generator?

Most people who have swimming pools at home appreciate salt water generators’ value and might not substitute them with any other remedy, going by the reviews and recent reports shared online. They are helpful in the summer when most people spend a lot of time in their pools to “beat” the heat. Why are these devices so important to people with swimming pools? They transform dangerous chemicals in chlorine, sanitizing your pool’s water and preventing it from changing into a swamp due to microbial activity.

Chlorine is an essential chemical in swimming pools that eliminates harmful microorganisms such as bacteria and parasites from water, making it safe. In the past, people had to add chlorine in water manually, which took a lot of time and was arduous. Fortunately, with the advent of technology, there is now a faster and better remedy in the market – salt water generators – which transform fresh water into salty water to minimize microbial growth. These devices offer people an easier way of keeping their pools clean and healthy. You will also have better quality water and have a memorable experience whenever you are spending time in a swimming pool with friends or family. However, we should get one thing straight.

What Is A Saltwater Swimming Pool?

Before we delve into the details of saltwater generators, I believe it would be helpful to understand what a saltwater swimming pool is, as some people have a poor understanding of this concept. If you ask one hundred people to tell you how saltwater pools come about, most might say to you they result from large trucks dumping sea water in swimming pools, which is not the case. Old school ocean saltwater pools are available but are not very common, as technology has provided homeowners a new way of creating such pools.

The Salt Water Generator

How can you create a saltwater swimming pool without dumping seawater in your pool? You can sprinkle iodine-free salt in your pool’s water to mimic seawater’s chemical composition and properties. However, we will provide you the specifics on how to do this faster and better later on. First, we need to talk about salt water generators in detail – what they are and how they work.

You need chlorine in your pool to maintain clean and healthy water. The best salt water generators can produce it for you. With a bit of effort and a small forefront investment, you will become a swimming pool Willy Wonka and be able to make chlorine in a small factory in your backyard. All you have to do is dump salt in your pool and undergo electrolysis via your salt water generator’s electrolytic cell. During electrolysis, the machine uses an electrical current to break down water to its basic elements and thus produce chlorine.

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National-Spa-and-Pool-Institute-NSPI-pool-chemical-recommendations

The Main Benefit of a Salt Water Generator

You might be thinking that you will never have to deal with chlorine again, but this is not true. With a generator at home, you will never rebuy chlorine but might have to deal with it to keep your pool clean. While you will never have to buy chlorine from a store again to kill bacteria and algae in your pool, but you should make sure that its production is seamless and that the environment of your pool discourages the growth of bacteria and algae. You will not transport or handle dangerous chemicals or have to store them in your garden. In addition to their safety, other benefits of salt water generators are:

You Will Save Lots of Money

An original chlorine generator might cost you thousands of dollars, but you can find cheaper yet smaller models for small pools. While this sounds costly to some people, the product will serve you well for over five years if you care for it well. If you have a pool without such a system, you will probably spend several hundred dollars on chlorine every year. If you multiply the amount by the number of years a salt water generator will serve you, it is evident that you will save a lot of money over the life of an original product.

The Pool Won’t Taste Salty

Saltwater does sound dirty and irritant. I can imagine you tasting imaginary salt just by saying the word. However, with a premium salt water generator in hand, you will maintain a well-chlorinated pool at home without getting sick every time you swallow the pool’s water. The level of salt in oceans is around 40,000 parts per million (PPM). You cannot taste salt in water unless its level exceeds 5,000 PPM. Most salt water pools need a salt level of approximately 4,000-PPM to produce enough chlorine for disinfection, which is way below the threshold for tasting salt of 5,000 PPM. You might not know that it is there.

It is Easy to Get Started

Let us focus on the 4,000-PPM salt level of pools for a second, assuming that the pool in question is empty and new. To attain the recommended salt level of 4000 PPM, you should mix 50 pounds of table salt in every 2,000 gallons of the pool’s water. Then, with the pump running, pour it on the drain to spread the concoction in your pool in a day. Though effective, the process is tiresome and requires a bit of skill to pull off seamlessly. Once you have a chlorinated pool, use a salt water generator to maintain optimal salt levels all day and night. In addition, use salt strips to check salt levels and adjust if needed.

With Pentair’s salinity calculator, you can determine how much salt your swimming pool needs to maintain the ideal salinity level of around 3400 PPM.

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You can clean the chlorinator cell with a garden hose.
Pentair-IntelliChlor-Electrolytic-Cell

 

It is Much Easier to Maintain

If you are tired and maintaining a swimming pool at home, buying the best salt water generator might be the best remedy. To keep the best swimming environment, always check the salt level in the pool as it often changes as people enter and exit pools. Salt loss is marginal, though, and should not be a major concern whenever you maintain the pool. Also, always use the right salt with the water generator in your pool. This way, it can detect levels accurately and tell you when you require a top-up to maintain an optimal salt level of approximately 4,000 PPM.

A Selection of Salt Water Generators

Like other pool products that we use every day at home, the best salt water generators have their share of cons. We are not discouraging you from buying one, but you might have to contend with highlighting a few drawbacks if you decide to use one of these products at home. Before we delve into these cons in detail, let us first check out the best salt water generators in stores that not only offer the benefits we reviewed prior but will also offer you peace of mind at home. We will start with in-ground chlorine generators that work in above ground models that deliver the best experience in most settings.

Pentair IntelliChlor Salt Chlorine Generator

Pentair IntelliChlor Salt Chlorine Generator
It makes it easy to monitor salt levels, sanitizer output, cell cleanliness, and water flow.
Pentair IntelliChlor Salt Chlorine Generator

The IntelliChlor salt water generator has a plethora of innovative features that we have elucidated in detail below.

Features:

  • Full diagnostic system for tracking cell life in real-time.
  • Push-button system and a large/glare-free display for checking the levels of salt, water flow, sanitizer output, and cell cleanliness.
  • The protective automatic shut-off feature prolongs the life of the device and its cells in low temperatures.
  • It has on-time cycling, which prevents the buildup of scale and calcium to maximize its cells’ longevity.
  • Communicates well with the IntelliTouch, EasyTouch, and SunTouch automated systems.
  • Certified to UL 1081 safety standards.
  • NSF approved product.
  • Transparent displays for checking the level of salt, cell cleanliness, water flow, and sanitizer output in real-time.
  • Adjustable system via two onboard buttons.
  • Shares accurate performance data such as production settings, chlorine output, hours of operation, cell cleaning cycles, water temperature averages, and salt readings every day, easing its maintenance.
  • An exclusive cell use tracking technology shows the lifespan of its cells in real-time.
  • The cells have integrated sensors that optimize water flow to ensure safe and adequate chlorine generation in all pool conditions. It also has an auto shut off technology, which protects delicate parts from damage and prolongs its cells’ lives.
  • The Titanium electrode cell blades have Ruthenium oxide.
  • Isolated control electronics are less susceptible to heat damage and therefore last for long.
  • Waterproofed electronics (100%).
  • The UL-approved transformer/power supply is rugged and dependable.
  • The approved design comes with a 15 foot; UL Approved cable with quick connectors that ease its installation to power supplies.
  • Union connections on the inlet and outlet make replacing cells easy.
  • Safety certified design.
  • The IntelliChlor chlorine generator complies with all the recommended standards for pool safety.
  • The power supply’s electronics and cells satisfy the UL 1081 Standard requirements—the industry standard for pool chlorine generators.
  • The UL approved power supply meet the flammability rating UL 94VO.

NOTE: The IntelliChlor chlorine cell needs a Pentair Power Center (520556to convert AC power to low voltage DC power, which the IntelliChlor electrolytic cell needs to create chlorine from the salty water of spas and swimming pools. A detailed review of this product is available later on in this article.

IntelliChlor Salt Water Generator
IntelliChlor Salt Water Generator

Overview | IntelliChlor Salt Water Generator

We have discussed three models herein with a similar look and design but engineered to work in different pool in-ground and above ground pools.

    • Generates around 0.70 pounds of chlorine per day
    • Works in in-ground and above ground pools.
    • Generates around 1.40 pounds of chlorine every day
    • Suitable for in-ground pools
    • Generates up to 2.0 pounds of chlorine per day
    • Suitable for in-ground pools

— You should be aware that the IntelliChlor IC15 (Model: 520888) works only in above-ground swimming pools under 15,000 gallons. If you own an in-ground pool, the IC15 is the best. Download or view the IC15’s MANUAL.

IntelliChlor IC15
This model works with above-ground pools.
IntelliChlor IC15

Now, let us have a look at the IntelliChlor IC20, IC40, and IC60 models:

These products are virtually the same apart from the size of the generator cells they use, which is different. For instance, IC40 works the best in pools with a capacity of up to 40,000 gallons, the IC20 supports up to 20,000-gallon pools. The IC20 works in most aboveground pools but is not suitable for people with in-ground pools. If you are one of them, the IC40 will serve you better long term. We have reviewed the features of each model.

With an IntelliChlor salt water generator at home, you will never lift a hand to get your pool to work seamlessly. The product measures and communicates salt reading s to help you judge the status of your pool. It also tracks the life of its cells to help you plan and communicate the chlorine level that it pumps into your pool. As such, you will know when to clean its cells to prolong its life and add salt to increase chlorine production. The diagnostics can also track and display other metrics such as the temperature of the pool.

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Schematic-diagram-typical-Pentair-IntelliChlor-system-installation

The IntelliChlor is one of the most convenient chlorine generators in the world for two reasons. The advanced display, for instance, is clear and easy to read. Therefore, you will have an easy time understanding what is going on with the device and customizing or optimizing its operation by pushing a button. Most people, even beginners, can set up and operate one effortlessly at home. Later on in this article, we have highlighted how calcium buildup can affect or compromise salt water generators’ functionality. This is never an issue for the IntelliChlor, though, as it has a good remedy – on-time cycling.

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Pentair-IntelliChlor-IC20-salt-chlorine-generator-pool-system

Pentair has included an automatic shut-off technology in most of its products to preserve their products’ lives. The IntelliChlor series of salt water generators are not different. Whenever they sense that your pool’s water temperature is low, they shut off automatically to prevent damage. Moreover, they can pair with and communicate with other Pentair products.

Documents for the IntelliChlor Series:

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Easy-to-read displays tell you what you should do and when to do it.
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From the MANUAL (Page 2) explaining the sensors and the control panel:

The IntelliChlor Electronic Chlorine Generator (IECG) has a robust control panel with touch buttons and indicators (LED) that you can use to control chlorine production and the IECG system in general. The IECG system checks the salt production and water temperature and establishes whether they can produce enough chlorine. If the salt level in your pool is low, a red display turns on, indicative of the deficiency. Whenever this happens, the cells turn off until you add more salt to your pool. Moreover, via a self-cleaning cycle, the controller reverses its cells’ polarity to clear calcium buildup automatically. This happens at regular automated intervals to prevent scale and calcium buildup and maximize its cell lifespan.

  • Flow Sensor: A flow sensor maintains optimal water flow through the IECG. Whenever the IECG does not receive adequate water due to poor plumbing or any other issue, it will not produce any chlorine.
  • Temperature Sensor: To prevent premature damage of IECG, sensors shut off the system whenever the temperature of your pool falls below 52° F, ±3° F (or 11° C, ±1.67° C), stopping chlorine production.
  • Salt Sensor: The system has two salt sensor probes that activate whenever the IECG switches on and off every12 hours. Whenever this happens, the indicator lights for salt level (LED) flash on and off in sequence (for two minutes), indicating that IECG analyzes the system. After two minutes have elapsed, the LED indicator lights will display one of four salinity ranges. Check the “Salt Level Status LEDs” information to learn more about how to interpret these lights.

If you are setting up a new pool system, you will need one of the following:

Pentair 520588 Dummy Bypass Cell

Pentair 520588 Dummy Bypass Cell
Fits IC40, IC60, IC15, and IC20 models of the Pentair InterlliChlor salt chlorinator sanitizer.
Pentair 520588 Dummy Bypass Cell

What is the work of this “dummy cell”?

After completing a new pool, install the IntelliChlor Electronic Chlorine Generator “dummy” cell (P/N 520588) to prevent debris from entering and clogging your IntelliChlor Electronic Chlorine Generator. Once set up, your pool’s system will flush out debris from plumbing into the dummy cell. Once it does this, remove the dummy cells, set up the IntelliChlor Electronic Chlorine Generator, and use it normally without worrying about clogs or other issues.

The ‘dummy cell’ works well with most Pentair InterlliChlor models, including the IC60, IC20, IC40, and IC15

Pentair IntelliChlor Power Center | Model: 520556

NOTE: You will need a power center for a standalone installation.

The Pentair IntelliChlor Power Center converts high-powered AC to low voltage DC, which the IntelliChlor electrolytic cell uses to make chlorine from the dissolved salts in your spa or swimming pool’s water.

Pentair IntelliChlor Power Center | Model: 520556
The Power Center should be 8 feet (2.44 meters) from the edged of your pool.
Pentair IntelliChlor Power Center | Model: 520556

Features:

  • Compatible with IC20, IC40, IC60 models of the Pentair IntelliChlor pool and spa system.
  • Enables you to control power and communicate with IntelliChlor cells.
  • Dimensions: 6 x 7 x 12-inches (length x height x width).
  • Power Center connects to the electrical system of your pool’s circulation pump, ensuring the electrolytic cell only works when the pump is on.
  • Converts AC power to low voltage DC power.
  • Compatible with most Intellichlor salt chlorinator cells.
  • Part Number: 520556.
  • Works with IntelliTouch, EasyTouch, and SunTouch automatic control systems.
  • The Power Center’s enclosure works vertically on flat surfaces such as posts and walls 15 feet away from a cell controller.

To install your IntelliChlor Salt Chlorine Generator standalone, you will need a source of power close. Moreover, we mentioned electrolysis earlier on – a process with which salt water generators break basic water elements to produce chlorine. With the IntelliChlor Power Center, you must convert AC power to low voltage DC power for the process to happen.

This product hooks up directly to your pool’s circulation pump, meaning that it will not turn on nor work when your pump is not in use. The technology is critical as it protects your cell from premature damage. You can also connect and use several other products and control them remotely if needed.

Download or View the Pentair Power Center’s INSTALLATION MANUAL.

Hayward AquaRite | Salt Water Generator

Hayward AquaRite | Salt Water Generator
A superb Hayward chlorinator.
Hayward AquaRite | Salt Water Generator

You receive a control box for the TurboCell and an electrolytic converter that connects to your pool’s return line, behind the heater, filter, and pump.

Features:

  • Low maintenance design grants you more leisure time.
  • User-friendly monitor with clear service alerts (LED).
  • Easy to use single dial system.
  • Low operating costs.
  • Does not need additional parts or plumbing to work.

Documents:

  • Download or View AquaRite’s MANUAL.
  • Download or View AquaRite’s BROCHURE.

Hayward has a reputation for manufacturing the best chlorine generators for in-ground pools all over the world. Before we review their capabilities and features, it would be good to know that the product comes in many different models that satisfy different needs depending on pools’ capacity.

Three Models of the Aqua Rite Chlorine Generator:

  1. Hayward AQR15 (40,000 gallons)
  2. Hayward AQR9 (25,000 gallons)
  3. Hayward AQR3 (15,000 gallons)

Eventually, you will have to replace the cells. When this time comes, you can find the best replacement chlorinator T-cells from the following links:

Replacement Cells:

  1. Hayward T-CELL-15 (up to 40,000-gallon pools)
  2. * Hayward T-Cell-15-LL * Extended Life (up to 40,000-gallon pools)
  3. Hayward T-CELL-9 (up to 25,000-gallon pools)
  4. Hayward T-CELL-3 (up to 15,000-gallon pools)

Hayward outsources T-cell testing services from an independent company for transparency. Moreover, independent evaluators can estimate the lifetime chlorine output of such products without coercion to give buyers an idea of the exact amount of chlorine they should expect from the cells over the years.

Hayward Goldline T-Cell-15 TurboCell Salt Chlorination Cell For In-Ground Swimming Pools
One of the best AquaRite chlorination systems.
Hayward Goldline T-Cell-15 TurboCell Salt Chlorination Cell For In-Ground Swimming Pools

Like other Pentair products in this niche, Hayward has bundled advanced diagnostics in the AquaRite salt chlorine generating system. One of the hallmarks of this system is the ability of Hayward to notify you when its T-cell is dirty and needs cleaning. Overall, by maintaining a PH level of around 7.2-7.8 and a calcium level of about 200-400 PPM for months, you might have to clean the T cell 3-4 times yearly to maximize the performance of Hayward.

Generally, this product’s advanced diagnostics features eight indicators that show you how AquaRite is working at all times. A microprocessor automates its functions. Therefore, unlike traditional models that required manual evaluation to identify faults, you will know when your product has an issue and make the necessary changes to restore normal function. Via its digital salt display, you can check the salt level in real-time and top up your pool when needed to maximize your salt water generator’s performance.

The control panel also offers you full control of the amount of chlorine it generates as a percentage (0-100%). Therefore, depending on the type of pool in your possession and its capacity, you can super chlorinate the water after a heavy downpour to restore the normal balance of salts in the water and prevent bacteria and algae growth. Whenever you are doing this, leave your pool pump on as it might take the device over 24 hours to restore normality.

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Hayward-t-cell-chlorinator-saltwater-diagram

Hayward claims that the Aqua Rite salt water generator is the most popular product in this niche, which might be true considering the number of devices that it sells all year globally. Also, because it is confident in its technology and products, it proudly offers a three-year warranty, further reinforcing its claim of being the best brand. Therefore, whether this claim is valid or not, buy and test the product with confidence that you are getting an item that works.

The control panel and all connections of this one of a kind device are waterproof. You can lock the door to protect delicate components from harsh weather if needed. However, while the control panel can withstand freezing temperatures, the T-cell and everything connected to it is different. If you let water freeze on it or its components during winter, you might have to replace the entire system or expensive parts to be able to pump chlorine in your pool.

Video | Aqua Rite | Common Questions

When using a salt water generator, it is good to use only sodium chloride (NaCl) salt, with at least 99% purity. You can find many high-quality brands packaged as water softener salt (or Coarse Solar Salt) or potable salt in 40-80 pound bags online and in brick and mortar stores. Water conditioning salt pellets are equally effective but take a lot longer to dissolve.

Never use salt with yellow prussiate of soda, Rock salt, iodized salt, and salt with anti-caking additives.

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A close-up of Aqua Rite’s control panel.
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LED Indicators & their Meaning:

  • Power: When power LEDs are on, Aqua Rite has power.
  • Generating: This LED lights always whenever your device is working normally. If it is flashing, you might have an overly cold or hot pool.
  • Super Chlorinate: Lights up during super-chlorination, which you should only use whenever your pool is full of people, especially kids, or when heavy rains have compromised the chemical balance of your pool. You should also activate it when pool water looks cloudy.
  • Remotely Controlled: This indicates that an automated system such as Hayward/Goldline Pro Logic, Pentair IntelliTouch, or Polaris Eos, etc., is controlling the AquaRite salt water generator remotely. Expect the “Desired Output %” and the main switch to be inactive if this is the case.
  • No Flow: This shows that the water is not flowing into the Aqua Rite salt water generator, and therefore the device has stopped making chlorine. If the LED is flashing, you have a 15-60 second time delay in the system.
  • Check Salt: This LED flashes whenever the level of salt in your pool drops below 2700 ppm (low), lowering the efficacy of AquaRite. When the light is steady, AquaRite has shut down due to very low levels of salt. For safety, have a professional check your salt level before adding more.
  • High Salt: When illuminated, the LED indicates that your pool has a high salt level, prompting the AquaRite salt water generator to shut down.
  • Inspect Cell: When this LED flashes, either you might have an inefficient cell in AquaRite or a cell is ready for scheduled inspection/maintenance. Check the cell and clean it if needed. If the light is steady, the cell’s efficacy might have dropped to damagingly low levels prompting the AquaRite to stop making chlorine. Check the cell and replace it if needed.

Intex 120V Krystal Clear Saltwater System

*For Above Ground Pools Only

Intex 120V Krystal Clear Saltwater System
Best for above-ground pools with a capacity less than 15,000 gallons.
Intex 120V Krystal Clear Saltwater System

Intex recommends using the Krystal Clear Saltwater System with a 3000 GPH Krystal Clean Sand Filter Pump (28651EG). We have provided more information about the pump later in this article.

Download or View the Intex 120V Krystal Clear Saltwater System’s MANUAL.

About Intex’s Salt Water Generators:

Intex specializes in the production of salt water generators for aboveground swimming pools. Even though its products are not as advanced as Pentair or Hayward, they work seamlessly in most aboveground pools.

Before we review these products’ features, we would like to reiterate that you should buy a product designed for your swimming pool’s capacity.

GPH= gallons per hour.

  • CG-28667 Krystal Clear Saltwater System with E.C.O. (up to 7,000 gallons).
    • Needs a low flow filter pump that attains 700-3,000 GPH (or 2,650 – 11,355L/hour).
  • CG-28669 Krystal Clear Saltwater System with E.C.O. (up to 15,000 gallons).
    • Needs a low flow filter pump that attains 700-3,000 GPH (or 2,650 – 11,355L/hour).
  • CG-28679 Krystal Clear Saltwater System & Sand Filter Pump with E.C.O. for pools 4,800 to 15,000 gallons (2150 GPH).
  • CG-28675 Krystal Clear Saltwater System & Sand Filter Pump with E.C.O. for pools 2,600 to 8,500 gallons (1500 GPH).
  • 28673EG Krystal Clear Saltwater System & Cartridge Filter Pump with E.C.O. for pools 2500 to 7000 gallons (1050 GPH).

*NOTE: Electrocatalytic Oxidation (E.C.O) is a water purification method that uses reduction and oxidation to neutralize and eliminate harmful chemicals.

Intex Salt Water Systems | Visual Guide

Intex Salt Water Systems | Visual Guide
Intex Salt Water Systems | Visual Guide
Intex Salt Water Systems | Visual Guide

The Krystal Clear Saltwater System releases chlorine into the swimming pool water, as other standard salt water generators do. However, Intex uses a very different system, Electrocatalytic oxidation, where it spits water molecules into powerful oxidants. Like other salt water generators, the system kills bacteria and algae, keeping your swimming pool safe. However, there is more.

Video | Intex 120V Krystal Clear Saltwater System

This system has to produce around 60% less chlorine than other famous brands to clean your pool. The fact that it requires a lower amount of chlorine to keep pools clean is good as it lowers operation costs. However, you will need a CG-28667 filter pump with a flow rate of around 700-3,000 g/hour for it to produce around 5 g of chlorine per hour. The CG-28669 supports models with a flow rate of between 700-3,000 g/per hour and can produce 12 g/Ph.

For the CG-28667 and CG-28669 models, Intex recommends that you should use the 3000 GPH Krystal Clean Sand Filter Pump (28651EG).

Krystal Clean Sand Filter Pump
Perfect for Intex Krystal Saltwater System.
Krystal Clean Sand Filter Pump

Features of the 3000 GPH water pump (28651EG):

  • Suitable for use in most above ground pools.
  • Six Functions including filtration, backwash, re-circulating, rinsing, draining, and close system.
  • 24-hour timer with 2-12 hour pre-set cycles, enabling automatic operation.
  • Have two 1.5-inch (38 mm) connector hoses.
  • A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) comes built-in.
  • Meets UL/CSA standards.
  • Works in above ground pools measuring 16-feet and above and needs virtually no maintenance. Replace sand every five years.
  • Lightweight (51 pounds).
  • Pump Flow Rate is around 3,000 GPH (11.3 m3/hour), which its System’s Flow Rate is 2,450 GPH (or 9.2 m3/hour).
  • Includes a 6-way Valve, Heavy Duty Tank, Pressure Gauge, Strainer Basket, Powerful Motor (0.95 HP), and Built-in Timer.

A Quick Word on Hayward vs. Pentair

Intex is a suitable product for individuals with an above ground pool. However, if you own an in-ground pool, you should know one thing. In the swimming pool appliances niche, Hayward and Pentair mimic Apple and Android, dominant brands in the computer operating system niche. Wherever you go, you will come across people claiming to be the best manufacturers of appliances. Everyone is confident in the type of product he or she is using.

In the end, Hayward and Pentair are both trusted companies that have made premium products before many of us were born. They are also home to some of the most advanced products in this industry. Therefore, instead of relying solely on the brand name while choosing a new product, check the brands of salt water generators on offer with a fine-toothed comb, weigh the cons and pros, and select a dependable product that will satisfy your needs.

Disadvantages of Salt Water Generators

We are about to discuss not the disadvantages per se but the shortcomings of these products compared to other available remedies. Therefore, instead of disadvantages, we should refer to them as minor inconveniences that might frustrate you. Only one is prominent, though, and it might affect you only if you own a specific type of pool. Read on for more:

Carrying Out a Yearly Service

Every year, you will have to service the salt water generator. This should not be a concern, though, as it is 100 times easier than most people think. Flush its system and change worn out parts (if any), and it will be ready to generate chlorine again. While at it, pay keen attention to the chlorine generator cells as that is where most of the magic happens. Take it out and clean it with a plastic brush. Furthermore, strive to clean all calcium deposits or building using muriatic acid with water as they can lower efficiency or damage such systems.

Pouring In Too Much Salt

If you pour too much salt in your pool, you might have to drain some of your pool’s water, measure the level with salt strips, and start the process all over again. Over salting your swimming pool might not affect your health and therefore should not be a cause for concern in the short term. The worst thing that might happen is that you might develop dry skin or feel a little irritated or sick if you do not like the taste of salt. However, too much salt can corrode metallic pool components such as ladders, leading to hefty repair bills.

Trying To Find the Right Balance

Your chlorine generator cell can last for approximately 10,000 hours of consistent use. This translates to about five years of excellent service, but the duration might differ based on the following factors. Your pool capacity, demands of pools, and the size of the cell are predictors for the longevity of chlorine generator cells. To maximize the life of yours, always check and maintain an optimal salt balance in your swimming pool.

The Right Size of Salt Water Generator

In our review of the best salt water generators you can get online, one of our recommendations was that you should select a model that can handle the demands of your pool. If you mess up at this stage, you will incur significant losses, so please take your time, and buy a powerful product designed to work well in your pool. If your chlorine generator cannot produce enough chlorine to keep your pool clean, you will find yourself swimming with bacteria and algae.

Concrete Swimming Pool Problems

This, by far, is one of the key issues when using chlorine generators because salt and concrete are not “good friends.” Most professionals concur that having salt water in a concrete pool can damage its floors and walls, requiring you to resurface it often. While the degradation might take over a year to be evident, resurfacing a pool is not fun. This is not the case with fiberglass pools.

Replacing Your Pump Seals Regularly

The pump seals of salt water generators are expensive equipment that you will have to replace occasionally. Like in other equipment, seals are critical components that are often among the first to break down and go. This is rarely a problem for people who can afford new ones, though, as they are very easy to replace. Seals wear out quicker in pools with salt water compared to freshwater. Thus, check yours often and replace them when they start to degrade.

Do You Still Want A Salt Water Generator?

These disadvantages should not discourage you from buying a chlorine generator for your pool, as they are beneficial. The advantages of salt water generators far outweigh their limitations, making them a must-have in homes with salt water swimming pools. They keep the swimming pool clean at all times without messing around with toxic chemicals. They will also save you money on repair and hospital costs, which is a plus. All you need is table salt.

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