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For Above-Ground Pools, the Best Intex Saltwater System

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Do you already own an Intex above-ground pool? Perhaps you’re considering purchasing one and want to upgrade from a chemical chlorine pool hygiene system to an Intex saltwater system.

When looking at the options and attempting to understand all of the technical requirements, it might be a little perplexing.

Don’t worry, we’ve gathered all of the resources you’ll need to choose which of the Intex saltwater systems is best for your above-ground pool.

Alternative solutions for larger pools have also been included.

Advantages of the Intex Saltwater System

  • Lower the chlorine level in the water
  • There is no odor of chlorine.
  • Water with a softer, silkier texture
  • Maintenance is reduced.
  • There will be no more “red eye.”
  • Sanitation that is consistent

Although the initial expense of installing the Intex Saltwater System may appear to be excessive, this improvement will significantly improve your pool experience and enjoyment.

It’s an especially wise purchase for the kids. During the summer, they’ll most likely spend hours every day playing in the pool, and a salt chlorination system is a lot less severe approach to pool hygiene.

By eliminating many of the typical chemical additives, the saltwater system will start paying for itself from the first season.

We can’t put a price on convenience, pool enjoyment, and piece of mind.

For Above-Ground Pools, Choosing a Saltwater System

Knowing the capacity of your pool is the first and most evident step in determining which system to use.

To assist you choose the ideal Intex saltwater system for your pool range and size, we’ve put together a handy table of popular Intex pools and their water capacities.

Saltwater Systems by Intex. How Much Salt Do You Need?

These are the official salt recommendations from Intex. In terms of salt quantities, they may be a tad on the high side, based on our experience and other user reviews. We recommend starting with 50–75 percent of the values below and gradually increasing after testing.

Remember that reaching your target numbers will take several days, so be patient.

Pool TypesPool DimensionsPool Capacity (90%)Startup Salt RequirementTopup Salt Recommendation
Easy PoolsFeet / InchesGallonsPoundsPounds
15′ x 33″25876520
15′ x 36″28226520
15′ x 42″32848020
15′ x 48″37369520
16′ x 42″37549520
16′ x 48″427311030
18′ x 42″478612030
18′ x 48″545513535
18′ x 52″589415040
Circular Pools15′ x 36″32828020
15′ x 42″386110020
15′ x 48″444011030
16′ x 48″506112530
18′ x 48″642316040
18′ x 52″698117545
20′ x 52″863822060
24′ x 48″1148329075
24′ x 52″1248131085
Oval Pools18′ x 10′ x 42″28856520
20′ x 12′ x 48″439311030
24′ x 12′ x 48″540713535
28′ x 12′ x 48″642016040
Ultra Frame16′ x 48″506112535
18′ x 52″698117545
18′ x 9′ x 52″454511530
24′ x 12′ x 52″840321055
32′ x 16′ x 52″1436436095

Intex Saltwater Systems

Krystal Clear Saltwater System with E.C.O. by Intex

The Budget Intex Saltwater System with E.C.O

  • POOL CAPACITY: Two models are offered, one for pools up to 7000 gallons and the other for bigger pools up to 15000 gallons.
  • PUMP REQUIREMENTS: For maximum efficiency, both types require between 700 and 3000 GPH.
  • ELECTRO CATALYTIC OXIDATION: This aids in the production of potent oxidants that are more effective at destroying pollutants and germs, as well as preventing the growth of algae.
  • DIGITAL CONTROLS: The user interface on this new Intex Saltwater system has been fully revamped. You may set a timer, boost the system, and self-clean the electrolytic cell using the simple readout. A series of LED warning lights indicate the state of the pool water and when more salt should be added, among other things.
  • THE LARGER MODEL MEASURES 13.7 x 17.8 x 12 INCHES, WHILE THE SMALLER MODEL MEASURES 13.7 x 16.8 x 11.5 INCHES. They both weigh roughly 16 pounds and come with a one-year warranty.

What Owners Appreciate

  • It’s quite simple to integrate and plumb into the system.
  • The digital control panel is quite simple to operate. There are just four buttons!!
  • The owner’s manual is written in simple English and is easy to grasp.
  • Overall, the construction quality is excellent.

What Property Owners Don’t Like

  • The manual’s salt addition values are a little on the high side.
  • Customer service can be difficult to reach at times.
  • In the event of a power loss, it must be turned back on.

INTEX SALTWATER SYSTEM AND SAND FILTER PUMP Combo

1500 GPH SPECIFICATION INTEX KRYSTAL CLEAR SALTWATER SYSTEM

  • MODEL 1500 GPH: Suitable for above-ground pools ranging from 2600 to 8500 gallons.
  • CHLORINE OUTPUT AT 1500 GPH: 7 g/hr
  • E C O: This aids in the production of potent oxidants that are more effective in destroying pollutants and germs, as well as preventing the growth of algae.
  • Filter, backwash, rinse, recirculate, waste, and close the 6 WAY VALVE.
  • SAND CAPACITY: 55 lbs of pool filter sand or 40 lbs of glass filtering material can be stored in the tank.
  • 17.1 x 17.5 x 34.4 INCHES DIMENSIONS
  • WEIGHT IN DRY CONDITION: 43 LBS.
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY.

SPECIFICATION: 2150 GPH

  • MODEL 2150 GPH: Suitable for pools with a capacity of 4800 to 15000 gallons.
  • CHLORINE MODEL 2150 GPH 11 g/hr OUTPUT
  • VALVE WITH SIX WAYS: Filter, backwash, rinse, recirculate, waste, and close are the standard selection options.
  • ELECTRO CATALYTIC: For increased efficiency in removing pollutants and germs, as well as inhibiting the growth of algae.
  • SAND CAPACITY: The tank can hold 120 pounds of pool filter sand or 85 pounds of glass media.
  • 28.2 x 16.6 x 27.1inches DIMENSIONS
  • 52 LBS DRY WEIGHT
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY.

What Owners Appreciate

  • The quality and effectiveness at the low cost astounds the owners.
  • Setup takes only 20 minutes with current pool plumbing, and extra hoses are included with the order.
  • Many new owners lament the fact that they did not transition to a saltwater system sooner.
  • There are no chlorine odors or red eye in this crystal blue pool. Perfect for kids who want to spend the entire day in the water.

What Property Owners Don’t Like

  • Weak connections on occasion.
  • Customer service needs to improve.

Saltwater System For Pools Larger Than 15000 Gallons

ControlOMatic  Saltwater Chlorine Generation System 

  • MAX POOL SIZE: 17000 gallons capacity ControlOMatic Saltwater Chlorine Generation System
  • NO PLUMBING IS REQUIRED FOR INSTALLATION All sorts of pools can be easily installed.
  • FEATURES: Self-cleaning reversal polarity, ten power levels to choose from. Easy-to-use control panel with three buttons for controlling chlorine production and four warning lights while it’s producing chlorine. When chlorine is needed, it automatically starts producing it.
  • SALT PRODUCTION MAXIMUM: Up to 100 grams of chlorine every day
  • 3.5 x 9 x 23.2 INCHES DIMENSIONS
  • APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 2 LBS
  • THERE IS A ONE-YEAR WARRANTY ON THIS PRODUCT.

BLUE WORKS ABOVE GROUND POOL Saltwater Chlorine Generator 

  • MAXIMUM POOL SIZE: 20000 GALLONS SALTWATER CHRONINE GENERATOR MAXIMUM POOL SIZE: 20000 GALLONS Capacity of an above-ground pool
  • INSTALLATION: This pump filter can be used with any pump filter combination.
  • CONTROL PANEL: The control panel is simple to read and understand.
  • ranging from 3000 ppm to 4000 ppm
  • SALINITY LEVELS: A nice wide range of salinity levels, from 3000 ppm to 4000 ppm.
  • TOTAL WEIGHT: 18 LBS WITH CONTROL
  • WARRANTY: A one-year complete warranty is included.

Hayward AquaTrol Salt Chlorination System 

  • MAX POOL SIZE: Up to 18000 gallons above ground pools with the Hayward AquaTrol Salt Chlorination System
  • INSTALLATION: This best-selling pool chlorinator comes with a simple in-line installation guide that shows the ideal positioning.
  • CONTROL PANEL: Includes a 24-hour timer and an array of LED lights that indicate the state of the pool and saltwater system. Super chlorination, checking salt, no flow, inspecting the cell, and creating chlorine are all included.
  • 3200 ppm MAXIMUM SALT LEVEL
  • THERE IS A ONE-YEAR WARRANTY ON THIS PRODUCT.

BLUE WORKS Large Pool Chlorine Generator 

  • MAX POOL SIZE: The range includes above-ground and in-ground pools with capacities ranging from 15000 to 40000 gallons.
  • INSTALLATION: Installing a level is a do-it-yourself project. It’s simple to install and use.
  • CONTROLS: A comprehensive visual display of all pool and chlorinator parameters.
  • WORKING SALT LEVELS: 2300 to 4500 parts per million.
  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES: The chlorine generating cell is cleaned using a reverse polarity technique, and chlorine levels can be adjusted depending on pool conditions.
  • 14.4 x 11.8 x 10.5 INCHES DIMENSIONS
  • PERSONAL WEIGHT: 21 POUNDS
  • 2 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY

CIRCUPOOL CORE35 Pool Chlorine Generator 

  • MAX POOL SIZE: Suitable for pools with a capacity of up to 40000 gallons.
  • INSTALLATION: With this high-quality salt generator, you won’t have to worry about the dreaded DIY installation penalty. It’s also simple to set up.
  • CONTROLS: A nice display screen gives signs for low salt, insufficient flow, clean cell, and change cell. There are simple buttons to increase or decrease the chlorine level, as well as a turbo boost option.
  • SETUP: The Circupool Core35 comes with an excellent manual. Complete education in proper English!!
  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Winter mode detects cold water and automatically limits chlorine emission.
  • 11.0 x 11.0 x 6.0 INCHES DIMENSIONS
  • APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 10.4 LBS
  • This model comes with an excellent 8-year limited warranty.

Taking Care of Your Intex Saltwater System

The ease of keeping a good chlorine balance in your pool is one of the most persuasive reasons to transition to a saltwater system.

It should theoretically operate on autopilot after everything is set up correctly. To some extent, this is correct.

When chlorine levels begin to drop, most systems feature an indicator that alerts you, and increasing the salt content of your pool is as simple as adding a little more salt.

Between 3000 and 3500 ppm is the usual range for proper pool hygiene (part per million). The added salt is undetectable by taste or unpleasant chlorine odors at these quantities.

When the Index saltwater system displays a “Code 91” low salt alarm, the suggested top-up quantities are shown in the table above. These are only guidelines; add slowly and monitor as the ppm readings grow.

However, we recommend performing a physical salt ppm check before adding more salt, as the salt level monitors on many intex saltwater chlorine generator brands can give false readings.

There are several causes for this, but the most prevalent is calcium buildup on the salt cell plates, which causes a misleading reading.

It’s easy to add salt but tough to take it away, as everybody who cooks knows. As a result, we prefer to start with a manual chlorine level test.
Manual salt testing kits are inexpensive and simple to use. Any saltwater pool owner’s toolkit should have them.

Finally, run the saltwater system long enough to re-establish the desired levels of system content, then reduce the duration to maintain the level.

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Mike Hunter

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