IntelliFlo Variable Speed - 011018



Model # 011018

By Pentair Pool Products

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Model # 011018

Product Description

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IntelliFlo® Variable Speed Pump

IntelliFlo Variable Speed is the newest member of the IntelliFlo pump family with more features than ever before! The IntelliFlo Variable Speed features 8 speeds with a programmable time clock for each speed and an LCD screen that displays actual wattage consumption and speed settings. It is the perfect solution for customers who want the savings and performance provided by dependable IntelliFlo technology with integrated time clock settings for code compliancy or installations without automation systems. This new IntelliFlo offers the same reliable performance and energy-savings that has made the IntelliFlo the best selling variable speed pump on the planet.


  • Energy savings up to 90% versus traditional pumps
  • 8 programmable speed settings and built-in timer assure optimum speed and run times for maximum efficiency and savings
  • Ultra-efficient permanent magnet motor design reduces noise and vibration for greater efficiency and longer pump life
  • Dramatically quieter operation - as low as 45 decibels
  • Totally enclosed fan-cooled (TEFC) design and low average operating speed makes IntelliFlo the quietest pump on earth
  • Fully compatible with IntelliTouch®, EasyTouch®, SunTouch® and other brands of digital pool/spa controls for managing pump, heating, lighting, spa jets and water features.
  • Built in diagnostics protect the pump for longer service life

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Product Specifications

Flow Rating:
Up to 160 GPM
3 HP

?     Asked on 3/11/2017 by Raymond

I have pool with 25,000 gallons, salt chlorine generator and solar panel on the two story high house. will this pump give enough flow rate for the salt chlorine generator when the pump operating at low speed?

A     Answered on 3/15/2017 by Lennox H.

Hi, Raymond. Yes, this pump has a total hp of 3.95 so it will provide enough water flow to accommodate all your pool needs.

?     Asked on 9/27/2016 by Joe C

I have a 44,000 gallon rectangular pool and want to replace my pump with a variable flow unit such as this. Will this handle my pool, and what about the cheaper Pureflow unit for $599? Don't really understand how to compute capacity

A     Answered on 9/28/2016 by Scott W.

I can help you with this, just need a little information from you. In feet, how far is your pump away from your main drain that is at the bottom of the pool and what model filter do you have? I will need to know these things so I can figure the flow rate you need and to make sure your filter will be able to handle the flow rate that the variable speed pump puts out. If you don't know the model of your filter you can attach a picture of it and the label so I can identify it for you.

?     Asked on 9/26/2016 by mil

Hi, Couple of quick questions...I have a Polaris 360 being powered by the main pool pump. Pool is around 16,000 gallons, head is around 40. Can I use a variable speed pump knowing i have a polaris being driven by it? Also, is there a pump sizing and model/brand you would recommend? I'm also thinking of changing my cartridge filter to a Polaris CCP 320 sq ft filter. Thanks

A     Answered on 9/29/2016 by Scott W.

Yes, a variable speed pump is great for running a cleaner and then when the cleaner is done, setting it to a lower RPM. The Intelliflo or the Ecostar would both be great pumps for what you are trying to do.

?     Asked on 9/7/2016 by Richard Ratway

Can i control this pump with a Hayward ECommand 4?

A     Answered on 9/30/2016 by Joe S.

With the Hayward Ecommand 4, you will only be able to supply power to the unit. You will not be able to control the speeds or settings.

?     Asked on 8/19/2016 by leroy

whar horsepower is the variable pump and motor?

A     Answered on 8/20/2016 by Stacey M.

Hello Leroy, it is adjustable from the lowest at .5hp up to 3 hp you can look at the specs

?     Asked on 8/19/2016 by Heidi Brewer

how many amps do i need for this pump I have an older home

A     Answered on 8/24/2016 by Alan M.

Hello Heidi, this pump is rated for 16 amps but not to exceed 30 amps. This question has been answered before, but feel free to contact the manufacturer at 1-800-831-7133 if you feel we have not sufficiently answered your question.

?     Asked on 8/19/2016 by Heidi Brewer

I don't understand this long email how many amps the pentair intelliflo pool pump 20 or 30 or more?

A     Answered on 8/19/2016 by Alan M.

According to the manufacturer's installation instructions for the Pentair Intelliflo, The pump is to be supplied through a residual current device (RCD) having a rated residual operating current not exceeding 30mA. The pump should be permanently connected to either a circuit breaker, 2-pole timer or 2-pole relay. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact Pentair at 1800-831-7133.

?     Asked on 8/19/2016 by Heidi Brewer

how many amps do I need for the pentair intelliflo pool pump

A     Answered on 8/19/2016 by Scott W.

It is rated at 16 amps.

?     Asked on 8/15/2016 by bill

I have a 1-1/2hp hayward- motor gone bad-- it has cartridge filters, solar panels on single story house with a run of about 125' to the panels-- this seems like a great change out- already wire 230, will the new pump work with existing time clock (mech), and remote switch? Thank you for your time

A     Answered on 8/20/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi Bill, This pump has a built-in timer and does not require an external time clock but it can be used with most automation controllers.

?     Asked on 7/3/2016 by Afshin

Hi, I just installed a intelliflo variable pump for my 27000 gallon pump. Pool water is about 78 degree. I have pump speeds set at 1100 rpm, 2200 rpm and 3100 rpm. I heard I need to get my pool water go through the pump once per day. How long should I ran the pump on each speed? Thanks

A     Answered on 7/8/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi Afshin, You will need to calculate the "Feet of Head" of your pool and use the "Intelliflo Performace Curve" to find out the GPM generated at each speed to determine run time.

?     Asked on 5/6/2016 by Don

My pool system is 22 yrs old and made up of a Hayward sand filter, Intellichlor 40 salt system and a 1.5 hp single speed super pump. The entire system is plumbed with 1 1/2" pvc. I have no water falls, spa, etc; and my Barracuda runs from the skimmer. I would like to replace the pump with a VS pump. Which model would you recommend? I was told by some local stores that I'm limited on my choices because of the 1 1/2" pvc pipe. Thank You.

A     Answered on 5/7/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi Don, Your options are limited because 1-1/2" pvc pipe has a max flow rate of 60 gpm. This pump will be overkill, I would recommend the Super Pump VS Pump.

?     Asked on 4/24/2016 by Errold Cyril

Our electrical system in St Lucia 230/240 - 50cycles. Can your3hp IntelliFlo Variable Speed pump be used in such a system? Or do you carry a 3hp variable unit which could be applied to this system?

A     Answered on 4/26/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi Errold, The IntelliFlo Variable Speed pump can operate on 50 Hz power.

?     Asked on 4/20/2016 by Tammy

My current pump is a Hayward power-flo matrix sp1515 and says 115 volts on it. Breaker for that and a smaller booster pump is 30 amps. How do I know if the Intelliflo will work with my existing electrical?

A     Answered on 4/20/2016 by Hector F.

The Intelliflo does not come with 110/115 volt option. You would need to use either the SuperMax VS or Superflo VS which have a 1.5 max horse power.

?     Asked on 4/18/2016 by Ryan

Hi I just purchased 3hp IntelliFlo vs pump 230v, my old pump is 1hp only 115v/240 will I need to change any electrical at circuit board or anything? Thanks

A     Answered on 4/18/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi Ryan, You will not need to change the electrical if you already have 230 volts to power the IntelliFlo VS pump.

?     Asked on 4/8/2016 by mike

is this 220/240 volts

A     Answered on 4/8/2016 by Alan M.

Hello Mike, The Intelliflo Variable Speed Pump is 230volts.

?     Asked on 4/1/2016 by Wayne

How do I change the time on my Intelliflo pump. Currently I have running late night and I want to change to afternoon along with the length of time from 4 hours to 6 hours for my solar system to work? thanks

A     Answered on 4/2/2016 by Hector F.

Here is the manual for the IntelliFlo and starting on page 9 has step by step instructions per the manufacturer for the settings on the control.

?     Asked on 3/29/2016 by david

I have an old sta-rite pump intellipro vs+svrs 3hp that's gone bad. will the new Pentair 011018 be compatible with my old HRP30 sand filter. Its rates MAX PSI is 50 and MAX GPM is 98. I've been told the filter is too old and wont hand/be efficient enough for the Pentair 011018

A     Answered on 3/29/2016 by Scott W.

Good afternoon David,The Intelliflo would be a great pump to upgrade to, as far as the sand filter, if you are not having any problems with your current filter I would just leave it be until something goes bad on it and you have to start replacing parts on it. I would recommend a DE filter over a sand filter.

?     Asked on 3/20/2016 by Neill

I am going to replace a 16 year old Hayward Super II 1.5 HP with a Pentair Intelliflo VS ( I think). I have in-floor popup cleaners and large solar panels on the roof for my 13,000 gallon pool. What is your recommended model and size?

A     Answered on 3/22/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi Neil, The Intelliflo VS Pump (011018) is a suitable replacement pump. However the Speck EasyFit PNT VS Pump is also a good replacement if you don't need a 3 HP VS pump.

?     Asked on 3/3/2016 by Donevon Smith

What is the warranty on the intelliflo pump ?

A     Answered on 3/4/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi Donevon, The Intelliflo pump comes with a 2 year limited warranty if installed by a qualified installer and 60 day if installed by the customer or an unqualified person. Product must all be registered with Pentair within 60 days of installation.

?     Asked on 3/1/2016 by JC

Hi, currently my pump is attached to 110V line. I like to purchase the Pentair 011018 IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pump and need to know if there is an option on the pump to run on 110V as my old Pentair pump does. Looking at the voltage panel it looks just the same, I need to know if the pump will have all the functions working if I connect it to the 110V line or I have to run the 230V line to the pump, thank you !

A     Answered on 3/2/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi JC, This pump will not be able to run off of 110 volt power, you will have to upgrade your electrical in order to use the IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pump.

?     Asked on 1/12/2016 by charles

does intelliflo pumps come on for freezing temp auto. ?

A     Answered on 1/12/2016 by Lennox H.

Hi Charles, The IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pump does come equipped with an Anti-Freeze feature but you will have to set the desire speed and you also have to option of enabling or disabling it.

?     Asked on 12/3/2015 by Donevon

I need a drive for my Pentar intelliflo vs 3050

A     Answered on 12/3/2015 by Joe S.

Hello Donevon, the Drive Asy Intelliflo Vs 3050 Kit Almd would be (350921) or our part number 5074-50.

?     Asked on 10/23/2015 by

I am thinking about replacing my single speed pump with the intelliflo variable speed pump. I read in some reviews that it would not work with solar heating panels because the safety mechanism kept shutting off the pump. It is true? I have solar heating panels on my roof which is 3 stories high. Will it work?

A     Answered on 10/23/2015 by Lennox H.

Hi, The IntelliFlo Variable Speed (011018) will work with solar, the  IntelliFlo Variable Speed w/ SVRS (011017) is the model that would not work with solar or in-floor cleaning systems.

?     Asked on 10/22/2015 by Tom

All of the pictures I've seen of this pump show the controller oriented so that you have to be looking at the pump from the motor end. My equipment is enclosed by three walls, with the pump basket at the open front and the pump motor pointed towards the back wall. It seems like this would be difficult to program in this orientation. Can the controller be rotated 180 degrees for easier setting? (A Hayward VS pump controller can be removed and mounted on a wall.)

A     Answered on 10/23/2015 by Lennox H.

Hi Tom, The IntelliFlo Variable Speed controller can not be rotated or removed to be wall mounted, that's one con's of this pump. Otherwise this is a great pump.

?     Asked on 9/3/2015 by Joan

My present 1 1/2 hp pump is working just fine, should I invest in a new variable pump? My utility company suggested that I do not replace present pump until I have trouble with it. My pool is 20,000 gallons. thank you for answering my question.

A     Answered on 9/4/2015 by Joe S.

Yes the a variable pump is the way to go.Energy savings up to 90% versus traditional pumps8 programmable speed settings and built-in timer assure optimum speed and run times for maximum efficiency and savingsUltra-efficient permanent magnet motor design reduces noise and vibration for greater efficiency and longer pump lifeDramatically quieter operation - as low as 45 decibelsTotally enclosed fan-cooled (TEFC) design and low average operating speed makes IntelliFlo the quietest pump on earthFully compatible with IntelliTouch®, EasyTouch®, SunTouch® and other brands of digital pool/spa controls for managing pump, heating, lighting, spa jets and water features.Built in diagnostics protect the pump for longer service life

?     Asked on 7/21/2015 by Chris

I have a 23,000 gallon pool running a Pentair VS Intelliflo pump and Pentair Quad DE 100 filter. How long do I need the pump to run for normal day-today- filtering? And at what speed/rpm?

A     Answered on 7/23/2015 by Lennox H.

Hi Chris, Based on the Pentair Pool Pump Calculator, to turnover your size pool within an 8 hour time frame you will have to run the IntelliFlo Variable Speed at 1700 RPM.

?     Asked on 5/19/2015 by Brian

I currently have a STA-Rite Pump model P6EAA6F-206L 1.5 HP pump. It is starting to make a loud whining noise at start up. So I am thinking it is time to up grade. This is for residential. The pump I have has worked great for 8 years. Are the connections any different between the old and this new model? Am I correct, you want me to pay to have one pump removed and another installed to have a 3 yr warranty? If the connections are the same or similar, that's just a waste of my money.

A     Answered on 5/19/2015 by Patrick P.

Hi Brian, The Pentair Intelliflo pump listed on this page would not have the same plumbing port locatons as your Max E Pro pump. We do still carry the Max E Pro Pump so if you wanted an easy swap out of the pump then that may be the way to go. You also have the option of just replacing the motor and this would be the 1-1/2 HP Full Rate Max E Pro Replacement motor if you replace the motor you will also need a Max E Pro Tune Up Kit. The Intelliflo pump on this page is a variable speed pump which means you can dial the HP up or down on the pump to really save you a ton on your operational costs. I'm not sure about the warranty question as our warranty on any of these pumps is 1 year so you may have been speaking to Pentair directly on this.

?     Asked on 3/10/2015 by Bob

-- On page 31 of the operating manual it states that this pump requires 230vac +/-10%. -- On page 3 it says that this pump is a 3 phase motor. -- To the best of my recollection almost all residential homes are just 2 phase, and not 3 phase, so is this pump only used in commercial applications where 3 phase is typically available? -- Lastly, what HP is this pump rated at? Thanks!

A     Answered on 3/11/2015 by Robert M.

Hello Bob - The 011018 Intelliflo is a single phase pump. This is a residential pump. Residential homes have single phase electricity. This pump is 3HP.

?     Asked on 12/13/2014 by michael

I have a new Pentair Inteliflo VS, a Pentair Intelichlor IC 60,( with the power center). Must I have a control system, i.e. Intelitouch or Suntouch etc. in order to make these two items run in co-ordination with one another? If not, how do I wire the two items so they are in sync?

A     Answered on 12/15/2014 by Brian M.

Hello Michael - SInce the Inteliflo takes the place of a standard timer box, the only way to get these two to run in sync is with a controller system. Either the Intellitouch ( with assorted options ) or the Suntouch  will do.

?     Asked on 11/10/2014 by Arnold

What is the warranty on the Pentair Intelliflo 011018 pump?

A     Answered on 11/11/2014 by Robert M.

Hello Arnold - Pentair offers a 3 year warranty if the pump is installed by a qualified installer and registered within 60 days. It carries a 60 day warranty if not installed by a qualified installer.

?     Asked on 5/12/2013 by Guest

How much money can I save with a variable speed pump?

A     Answered on 5/12/2013 by Patrick P.

The amount of money that a pool owner can save will vary greatly. Using this guide will help you get the most out of your variable speed pool pump.

?     Asked on 5/3/2013 by Guest

What is the max amps on the Pentair IntelliFlo pump?

A     Answered on 5/3/2013 by Patrick P.

The max amp on the Pentair IntelliFlo is rated at 16 amps.

?     Asked on 5/3/2013 by Guest

Does variable speed mean variable horse power?

A     Answered on 5/3/2013 by Patrick P.

The variable speed pertains to the rpm settings which the pump can be set to. The lower the rpm, the greater the energy savings.

?     Asked on 5/3/2013 by Guest

Can the Pentair IntelliFlo be wired for 115v and 230v?

A     Answered on 5/3/2013 by Patrick P.

The Pentair IntelliFlo is only available in 230v.

?     Asked on 4/22/2013 by Guest

Are the 2" unions included with the IntelliFlo Variable Speed pump?

A     Answered on 4/22/2013 by Patrick P.

No, unfortunately the 2" unions are not included with the IntelliFlo pump. you can view the necessary 2" unions here. Two are required per pump and they are sold individually.

?     Asked on 4/22/2013 by Guest

Does the Pentair IntelliFlo Variable Speed pump qualify for Southern California Edison rebate?

A     Answered on 4/22/2013 by Patrick P.

Yes, this Pentair Intelliflo pump is a SCE qualified variable speed pool pump

?     Asked on 6/26/2012 by Guest

I have a Pentair Intelliflo 3 HP VS pump. My pool is small- about 10,000 gals. I know my pump is overkill. What size DE Filer would be most compatible and efficient to use with this pump? 36, 48 or 60??

A     Answered on 6/26/2012 by Patrick P.

If you wanted the ability to run the Intelliflo pump at the highest speed which is roughly 3 HP then I would suggest the largest of these filters. On a standard pool set up the Pentair Intelliflo VS will be outputting 120 Gallons Per Minute (GPM) at the high speed, with this being said we would suggest a filter which can handle at least 120 GPM's. Out of the Pentair FNS DE filters you listed we would suggest the Pentair FNS Plus 60 Sq. Ft. Filter which would have a max flow rating of 120 GPM's. You would also need to get the Multiport Valve for the FNS filter which allows you to backwash or clean the filter.


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7     2

 (5 out of 5 stars)  Great economical to run pump.

from La Verne, Calif. ()

Pros: Great energy saver.

Cons: Does not come with the fittings.

The pump is a very nice quality made pump. It is economical to run and easy to program.

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 (5 out of 5 stars)  Excellent pump

from Sun City West, AZ ()

Pros: Quiet, efficient, well made.

Cons: None

This is the best performing variable speed pump product on the market. It was easy to install, and program, and quiet. My first pump was a Pentair 1 1/2hp, which lasted 7 years. I would have just replace the motor if I could, but the state of Arizona require all pool pumps now to be variable speed pumps. When I found that out and review the options with my pool man , who has been in the business for 15 years, he said Pentair is the best. I checked around for pricing and INYOPools beat the competition. My questions were all answered by the sales people, and because I am in Arizona, they set me up to have my product shipped from the closest wharehouse location, instead of Florida. It was shipped from Texas. Thank you INYO for the excellent service. Lou in Arizona.

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2     1

 (5 out of 5 stars)  quiet and efficient

from Orlando, FL ()

Very quiet and efficient.

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3     4

 (5 out of 5 stars)  Intelliflo works

from Virgin Islands ()

Great pump, installation was easy, works as planned

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