Instructions - Solar Pool Ionizers
Information in this booklet is applicable
to all of our Solar Pool Ionizers,
including our CopperFlo brand Ionizer
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Parts of the Solar Pool Ionizer:
Additional Items (not in photo):
· Wire brush
· Copper test strips for pool and spa
· Buddy Band
The Pool Ionizer is already assembled and ready to use in your pool. There are no batteries. Simply place the ionizer in the pool. All that is required is sunlight! Optional:attach the included Buddy Band evenly around the top of the ionizer. For the Original Solar Pool Ionizer brand Ionizer, the Buddy Band should extend about 1/4 inch above the top of the ionizer. The CopperFlobrand Ionizer requires the Buddy Band to be more centered. The goal is to have the Buddy Band attached so that it will not fall off, but also covers the seal.
IMPORTANT: Does your pool currently have algae?
If so, please read and follow the steps below.
The Solar Pool Ionizer produces ionization in the pool water to prevent algae from growing. However, it will take a week of sunny days to get enough ions in the pool to stop the growth of new algae. This product does NOT REMOVE the existing algae from your pool — no product does. This has to be done by killing the algae and filtering it out of the pool. This can be done in a couple of days by following these steps:
1. Manual Vacuuming is the Best Vacuuming. Automatic or robotic pool cleaners aren’t well suited to cleaning algae. Manually vacuum directly to waste, bypassing the filter and preventing recirculation of the contaminated water. When vacuuming manually, pay special attention to areas with algae.
2. Brush the Heck Outta That Pool. Scrubbing the algae off the pool walls lets the sanitizer get deeper into the remaining algae. It also stirs up the sediment brushed off, so it can be killed and filtered out. Using a stiff pool brush on a pole, brush the walls and floor of the pool and pay special attention to corners and shady areas where the algae is usually worst. As you go, the water will become cloudy, obstructing the view, so get those tough spots first.
3. Test and Balance the Water.Use test strips or liquid kit to test the alkalinity and pH levels. Balancing the water chemistry now, ensures the sanitizer will be effective against the algae. High pH or low alkalinity will especially inhibit pool shock.
4. Shock Treatment (hopefully your last). More resistant types of algae require more aggressive treatment, so if the infection is heavy, you’ll need more pool shock.
Even if you don’t normally use chlorine shock, for this purpose, it’s best to use calcium hypochlorite shock —and lots of it. Follow the package instructions to determine the dose for your pool size, then multiply that by two, three, or four depending on which type of algae you have:
- GreenAlgae: Shock x2
- Yellow or Dark Green Algae: Shock x3
- Black Algae: Shock x4
Do not use stabilized chlorine to shock your pool. There will be too much cyanuric acid (which inhibits sanitization) and can lead back to having algae in your pool or other worse problems.
Tip: Put your cleaning equipment in the shallow end while you shock your pool so your tools will also be sanitized.
Important: Shock your pool at dusk or night. If you shock during the day, the sun will eat up most of the chlorine before it has a chance to kill the algae.
5. Filter That Nasty Algae Out. When the shock treatment kills the algae, it’ll turn the water a cloudy blue. Run the filter continuously until the water clears up. You may add clarifier to speed up the process. Be sure to check whether you need to top off the water before turning on the pump.
6. Clean The Filter – Often.The last thing you want is a filter full of particles slowly filling your pool back up with microscopic algae. Deep clean the filter by soaking it in diluted muriatic acid, or simply replace it. If you want to clean out the algae from your pool quickly, clean the filter multiple times the first day that you sanitize the pool.
7. Test The Water Again.Use your usual test methods or run a water sample to your local pool store for analysis. You want to be sure the water chemistry is balanced, and the chlorine level is back to normal before anyone gets back into the water.
8. Finally…After a couple days, your pool should be looking good and balanced. Your new pool Ionizer should have been in the pool already and be producing enough ions to prevent any new algae growth. After a week, check the copper anode by unscrewing the basket from the bottom of the unit. The copper should be slowly corroding and turned a bluish/green color. This means it is working!
Note:Even if copper levels are low, if the copper is corroding it is working and you should have plenty of ions in the pool to prevent future algae growth. If it has not changed colors, please contact us immediately so we can send you a new unit.
Anode and Cathode Cleaning
Over time the copper anode and cathode (spring) will begin to accumulate organic matter and corrosion. The copper anode will slowly loose mass as copper ions dissolve into the water. The anode and cathode should be periodically (every 1-2 weeks) inspected for surface build-up and cleaned with the included wire brush. Below are pictures showing the clean copper surface of the anode and the transformation with accumulated build up and corrosion.
To clean, unscrew the plastic screw and remove the mesh basket and steel cathode. Brush the steel cathode if it has any build up. The copper anode can be cleaned while it is on the solar panel head or unscrewed and cleaned.
After cleaning, reassemble the anode, cathode and mesh basket and screw on the plastic screw until it is snug. The ionizer should now work like new.
Copper Anode Replacement
Over time the copper anode starts to reduce in size as copper ions dissolve into your pool. It will typically take 12—24 months for the anode to reduce in size until it needs to be replaced. When the anode is about 0.25 inches in radius, another anode should be ordered and fitted to the ionizer. Each anode has threaded holes at both ends, but the hole diameters are not the same. The smaller hole is fitted to the metal screw at the base of the ionizer unit. The larger hole is used to attach the plastic screw holding on the mesh basket.
New copper anodes and basket kits can be purchased by clicking here.
Note:When you fill out the warranty form, you will receive a 50% discount code for your first replacement. You will also receive additional discounts on our other products.
The solar pool ionizer comes with the free Buddy Band which will protect the ionizer and the side of your pool from wear when the wind causes it to hit against the side of your pool. The Buddy Band is part of the Ionizer Buddy Kitwhich is a very useful accessory for your solar pool ionizer. The benefits include:
- Maintains ionizer position (sunniest location in pool)
- Speeds up ion disbursement using your existing water flow
- Protects your pool ionizer from cracking or the seal breaking when hitting the side of pool. Also prevents scuffs and scratches to the side of the pool.
- Adds an added level of protection against copper fragments falling to the pool floor which could cause stains.
Buy the full Ionizer Buddy Kit at www.ionizerbuddy.com.
During the winter or extended periods when your pool will not be in use, the ionizer can be removed, and the copper levels should be maintained unless water is lost from the system. It is recommended to remove the ionizer during times when temperatures can get below freezing to ensure the components are not damaged by the cold temperatures. Store the ionizer indoors to avoid freezing.
To ensure the copper anode stays within the target range, the included copper test strips should be used approximately once a week to check the copper level of the water. Instructions for testing the water are on the test strip bottle.
Note:The test strips are not as effective at testing LOW levels of copper ions as they are at testing for HIGH levels of copper ions. Testing for high levels is what is important. If over 0.5 ppm, you should remove the ionizer for a week or until the levels are lower. While it may be difficult to determine the low level copper readings, if the copper anode is corroding, ions are being created. Low level of 0.1 ppm is usually sufficient to prevent algae growth.
The simplicity of the Solar Pool Ionizer design makes it rare that the device will be defective and not release copper ions. If you think your unit may be faulty, the following test can be performed to check if the ionizer is properly releasing copper ions.
Place the ionizer in a large glass or vase filled with water so the entire copper anode and basket are submerged in the water. See the image below.
Set in direct sunlight for about 15 minutes. Remove the ionizer and test
the water. Given the small volume of water, the ionizer should be able
to increase the copper levels to a quantifiable concentration quite fast.
If the copper content is at trace levels, there might be an issue with the unit. Please contact us at email@example.com a replacement.
Tips and FAQ's
- If parts of your pool are shaded, try tethering the ionizer to an exposed area of the pool using the tethering hole on the device head. You can also purchase our Ionizer Buddy Kitwhich can be attached to the return line in your pool that is in the sunniest area. Details at ionizerbuddy.com.
- If exposure to the sun is weak or it is consistently cloudy, consider lowering the pH slightly to increase the rate of natural copper dissolution.
- Do not allow copper content of the water to go significantly above target range upper limit of 0.5 ppm. High copper levels can tinge the water green and copper can begin to precipitate on solid surfaces.
Will this corrode the metal parts of my pool pump and filter system?
No. Copper is a natural anti-microbial chemical and is far less oxidizing
than chlorine or bleach. At high copper levels, the copper can begin
to precipitate on solid surfaces, but this can be avoided by periodically checking the copper content of the water and taking the ionizer out
if copper levels are too high.
How many hours of daily sun exposure are required?
The sun exposure will depend on the pool size and solar intensity.
Typically 1—4 weeks are required to get the copper levels to the target range.