What does my salt generator super chlorinate feature do?

Video: Poolside Chat Episode #17 – Super Chlorinate & Booster Features

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by INYOPools.com, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • What does the Super Chlorinate feature do on my salt chlorine generator?

Now here’s your hosts – Matt and Rob.

Poolside Chat Episode #17 Video

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“What is the Booster / Super Chlorinate feature used for and how often do you need to use it on a salt chlorine generator?”
– Jules

The Super Chlorinate feature on salt systems boost the salt systems to run at 100% chlorine output to shock the pool, raising the chlorine level. This is typically only needed when you have a high bather load, heavy rains, the water’s cloudy, a little bit of algae use the Super Chlorinate feature.

The Super Chlorinate features runs for 24 hours; or for however long the pump is turned on for the following 24-hour period. The salt chlorinator will only be generating chlorine when it has enough water flow to be operational. You may need to adjust your pump schedule to accommodate a Super Chlorinate cycle.

salt chlorine genetor super chlorinate feature
Pictured above (left to right) Rob, and Matt

What’s the normal percentage a Salt Chlorine Generator should be set at: 20, 30 or  40%?

The normal power percentage will vary depending on the pool because chlorine demand will depend on the size, exposure to sunlight and geography. If chlorine demand is low or the water temperature is cooler, you can run the salt generator at 10, 20, 30% of its max capacity. But if you’re in a hot state like Florida, Arizona or Louisiana, the chlorine output may need to be at 50 percent and up.The output of the cell in relation to the size of the pool is another key factor.

The output of the cell in relation to the size of the pool is another key factor.

If you have a 22,000-gallon swimming pool but only installed a 25,000 gallon rated AquaRite 25K system, you are virtually guaranteed to run that cell at max load all the time. This is why Inyo and smart service techs always suggest stepping up your salt generator one or two sizes larger than your pool’s actual gallonage. The oversizing of the salt chlorine generator allows the cell to produce at a fraction of its capacity, hopefully lengthening the lifetime of the cell. Thereby, saving you money.

If you have any more questions about a salt chlorine generator, you can always contact us at 877-372-6038 or visit us online at www.INYOpools.com. You can e-mail us at upload@inyopools.com, also subscribe to this video and to our newsletter where you can also get a free pool maintenance guide, 128 pages that’s what they tell me.

4 thoughts on “Video: Poolside Chat Episode #17 – Super Chlorinate & Booster Features

  1. I have a SWG and my pool is 20,000 gallons vinyl Liner. Last week I had to drain my pool 50% because my CYA was at 100ppm and I had high phosphates at 2500. I also had an algae bloom despite high chlorine levels. I understand that this was necessary because the high CYA was obliterating the effectiveness of the chlorine in killing the algae. After draining, cleaning and vacuuming the pool and refilling it my CYA was 38 and my phosphates went down to 1000. Chlorine was good at 3ppm. I added the necessary chemicals and salt to balance the pool and added algecide. For a few days the pool chemistry was perfect but today I had no free chlorine in the pool and small amounts of total chlorine. The purification was at 14%. I am getting the pool water tested tomorrow but I decided to use the boost cycle overnight to see if I could raise the chlorine and to prevent algae growth. Was this the right thing to do until the pool company tells me how much CYA to add? How long before algae can grow? The weather is very hot and pool water is around 80 degrees.

    1. Yes, the super chlorinate option was the best thing to do. You can also use traditional shock to help boost the chlorine. In regards to the amount of CYA you need, you can use this PoolMath calculator to determine the dosage for your pool. Algae bloom can start in about two days in the right conditions.

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