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What salt content level should I maintain on my AutoPilot Pool Pilot?

Posted by Joseph, Product Manager at on 1/4/2016
Welcome to our first blog post of the new year. We're back in the office here at the headquarters and ready to help you with your AutoPilot Pool Pilot needs. Our last two articles focused around the AutoPilot Pool Pilot tri-sensor and we figured now would be a good time to write about one of the three areas that the tri-sensor is responsible for reading... SALT.

First we want to touch on a very common misconception. The salt content reading on your AutoPilot Pool Pilot is not detected at your salt cell. Even many pool professionals are confused by this as some other manufacturers detect salt at the cell. Your AutoPilot Pool Pilot unit utilizes an advanced tri-sensor with two salt probes to detect and measure salt. Another misconception is that the AutoPilot will shut down chlorine production if the salt content is too high. This too is true on other brands of systems but not true on AutoPilot Pool Pilot systems.

What should the salt content be?
The AutoPilot Pool Pilot owner's manual states that 3,000 ppm is the desired salt reading. We find that most customers maintain their salt at 3,000-3,500 ppm. We recommend keeping it below 4,000 ppm for general conditions of the pool. You may find the need to keep a slightly higher salt reading during cooler months as compared to the hot summer months. 

What type of salt should I use?
Although you will find products specifically labeled and marketed as "pool salt" you can use any type of salt that is 99.9% pure salt. You will want to avoid salts with additives so this is why the goal should be a 99.9% pure salt product. 

How and where do I add salt?
Salt is added directly to the pool water. Typically to the deeper end of the pool. Salt should never be added through the skimmer.

What is the temperature compensation feature of the AutoPilot Pool Pilot system?

Posted by Joseph, Product Manager at on 12/1/2015
In our last blog post we talked about the AutoPilot Pool Pilot tri-sensor. We received a few e-mails from customers since then asking us to go in to more detail on the temperature compensation feature that we touched on in that article. 

Quick tip: In order to understand the information below it is important to know that when adjusting the purifier % levels on your Pool Pilot ("Digital" models only) you need to press the "select" button to lock in the % reading. From that point the concept of temperature compensation detailed below will then adjust the purifier % automatically. If you do not press the "select" button after adjusting the % then the unit may revert to it's previous purifier % setting.

The general idea around temperature compensation is that when water is cooler you need less chlorine and when water is warmer you need more chlorine. The AutoPilot Pool Pilot tri-sensor reports the water temperature back to the control unit and the unit uses this data to increase or decrease the purifier % of the unit. You have probably noticed that you set your Pool Pilot one day at a certain percentage and a few hours later the purifier % has changed slightly. This is temperature compensation in action. It is important to remember that the purifier % setting is directly tied to how much or how little chlorine is being produced by your Pool Pilot.

Since we're in early December as of the writing of this article it would not be complete without going in to more detail on what happens with your AutoPilot Pool Pilot unit when cold water conditions are present. When water temperatures get to 55F or colder the Pool Pilot will not allow the unit to increase past 1%. This is designed to help protect the life of the cell and prevent over-chlorination of the pool when very little chlorine addition is needed in the pool.

What is the AutoPilot Pool Pilot tri-sensor?

Posted by Joseph, Product Manager at on 11/2/2015
The AutoPilot Pool Pilot tri-sensor (part # APA0003) is a unique feature to the AutoPilot Pool Pilot series of salt pool chlorine generators. This sensor design incorporates a flow sensor, temperature sensor and salt sensors. 

Confused by AutoPilot Pool Pilot Cell Part Numbers?

Posted by Joseph, Product Manager at on 10/1/2015
Are you confused by all of the different part numbers and model names for AutoPilot Pool Pilot replacement cells? Like many manufacturers over the years AutoPilot has changed up their part numbers and model names for various reasons. Making sure that you're getting the right replacement cell can be tricky but it shouldn't be with out helpful cross reference guide below.