How to Program a V-Green 165 Motor Manually From Its Pad


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A V-Green 165 VS motor can be scheduled manually to run up to 3 different speeds over a 24 hour period.  This guide shows you how to schedule a V-Green 165 VS motor using the user interface pad mounted on top of the motor. This guide provides just enough information to get your V-Green 165 Motor up and running with 3 speeds. Other options are discussed briefly at the end of the guide.


Step by Step


Step 1

VIEW FACTORY DEFAULTS - The V-Green 165 VS motor is shipped from the factory with the default values shown in this picture. If you were to install the motor and turn it on, it would run with the speeds and durations shown. When your schedule your own speeds and duration, you will be changing from this base.

Step 2

VIEW 165 PAD - This is a picture of the Interface Key Pad. At the top are shown three STEPs and an OVERRIDE functions. For each of the STEPs and OVERRIVE functions, you will specify a DURATION and SPEED in the box below, This process will be explained further below

Step 3

TURN MOTOR OFF - Press the STOP button on the Interface Key Pad. The POWER light should be illuminated. Do not turn off power at the circuit breaker. The Interface Key Pad needs power to function.

Step 4

VIEW STEP 1 CURRENT DURATION - Look at the Pad to verify that Step 1 Duration is at the default value of 4 hours. Press STEP 1 if the green light above STEP 1 in not on. Then look at the "SETTING"  lights above DURATION and SPEED. These two light toggle between themselves by pressing the Current STEP button repeatedly. If the DURATION light is not on, press STEP 1 again. The LED along side the default value of "4" should light up.

Step 5

VIEW STEP 1 CURRENT SPEED - To verify that the STEP 1 Speed is at the default value of 3100 RPM, first press the STEP 1 button again. The SETTING light will toggle over to the SPEED side and a light will come on to the left of 3100 in the SPEED column. This should give you a pretty good idea of how the selection process works.

Step 6

SELECT DESIRED SPEEDS AND DURATIONS - To maximize the operational efficiency of our cleaner, salt chlorine generator, and filtration system, we would like to initially set our 3 speeds and durations at the following values: 2850 rpm for 2 hours; 2350 rpm for 4 hours; and 2850 rpm for 2 hours. These are our preliminary values. If we find through experimentation that we should raise or lower these values to improve operation or lower operational cost, we can easily change any of these values.

Step 7

CHANGE STEP 1 DURATION to 2 HOURS - Use the STEP 1 button to change the first set of motor SPEED and DURATION from their default values. Push STEP 1 one or two times to illuminate the light on the left side of "SELECTION" over the DURATION column. Then push the down arrow once to move the SELECTION light from the default duration of 4 to 2.

Step 8

CHANGE STEP 1 SPEED to 2850 RPM  - To change our first speed to 2850, push the STEP 1 button once to illuminate the light on the right side of  SELECTION over the SPEED column.  Then push the DOWN ARROW once to move the SELECTION light from the default SPEED of 3150 to 2850.

Step 9

CHANGE STEP 2 DURATION to 4 HOURS - Use the STEP 2 button to change the second set of motor SPEED and DURATION from their default values. Push STEP 2 one times to illuminate the light on the left side of "SELECTION" over the DURATION column. You will see that the DURATION default value of 4, is the same as our desired DURATION of 4.; No change is required.

Step 10

CHANGE STEP 2 SPEED to 2350 RPM -To change our second SPEED to 2350, first push the STEP 2 button once to illuminate the light on the right side of  SELECTION over the SPEED column.  Then push the DOWN ARROW once to move the SELECTION light from the default SPEED of 2600 to 2350.

Step 11

CHANGE STEP 3 DURATION to 2 HOURS - Use the STEP 3 button to change the third set of motor SPEED and DURATION from its default values. Push STEP 3 one time to illuminate the light on the left side of "SELECTION" over the DURATION column. Then push the DOWN ARROW three times to move the SELECTION light from a  default DURATION of 8 to 2.

Step 12

CHANGE STEP 3 SPEED to 2850 RPM  - To change our third speed to 2850, push the STEP 3 button once to illuminate the light on the right side of  SELECTION over the SPEED column.  Then push the UP ARROW four times to move the SELECTION light from a default SPEED of 2850.

Step 13

VIEW BASIC SCHEDULING RULES - Remember these basic rules when you set your schedule:
The cumulative duration can not exceed 24 hours.
The durations cannot overlap.

Step 14

START MOTOR - The motor has now been programmed to run on 3 speeds and durations. When you push the START button, the motor will run for a 24-hour cycle starting at the point it is turn on. Under the above programming, the motor will run for 8 hours, starting with STEP 1, and be off for 16 hours. After this 24 hour period, the motor will restart at the first speed and repeat the next 24-hour cycle. Note, if the 24-hour cycle is unintentionally interrupted by a power loss, the 24-hour motor cycle will reinitiate at the beginning and run the full 24-hour period. Under these external events, you have no control over the motor start time. If you want the motor to start at a specific time of the day, you may want to put the motor on a timer.

Step 15

INSTALL A TIMER - To ensure that your motor starts at the same time every day, you might consider hooking up the motor to an external timer. See our guide on "How To Install an Intermatic T104 Timer". With a timer set to start a 10:00 am, the motor will act as if its power was interrupted until 10:00 and will start at the beginning of its 24-hour cycle. If the timer is set to go off at 6:00 pm, the motor will stop its current 24-hour cycle and stop running. When the timer comes on at 10:00 the next morning, the motor will start again at the beginning of its schedule.

Step 16

REVIEW OTHER CONTROL OPTIONS - The scheduling procedure above get you up and running quickly. The rest of this guide briefly addresses some of the other control options for the V-Green 165 Motor.

Step 17

REVIEW OVERRIDE FEATURE - The OVERRIDE button can be pushed to temporarily run at higher or lower speeds ranging between 600 to 3450 RPM while the motor is in its 24-hour running mode (START must be on). Use the UP/DOWN arrows to change the speed. Holding the OVERRIDE key for more than three (3) seconds will cancel OVERRIDE mode and will return motor operation back to the point where the schedule was interrupted.

Step 18

REVIEW FREEZE PROTECTION OPTION - In the event that the outside air temperature drops below a set threshold, the V-Green 165 will automatically turn on (assuming the START button has been pressed) and circulate the pool water. See the V-Green 165 user's manual for more information.

Step 19

REVIEW PRIMING FEATURE - The V-Green 165 will always run the PRIMING sequence when starting from the OFF state, except when starting in OVERRIDE. The factory Prime settings are 2600 RPM for three (3) minutes.

Step 20

REVIEW KEY LOCKOUT FEATURE - The V-Green 165 user interface has a “key lockout” feature to prevent unwanted changes to the settings. To lock the keys, hold down the ”STEP 1, STEP 2, and STEP 3” buttons all at the same time for at least three seconds. The “active LEDs” for STEP 1, STEP 2, and STEP 3 will blink for 30 seconds indicating that the keypad is locked. See the V-Green 165 user's manual for more information.

Step 21

REVIEW MOTOR PAUSE FEATURE - The V-Green 165 user interface has a “motor pause” feature that will allow the user to temporarily stop the V-Green 165 for maintenance work without disrupting the 24-hour schedule (i.e., for backwashing the filter). When the V-Green 165 is currently running, the user can press and hold the START button for more than three (3) seconds and the V-Green 165 will stop and remain off until the user presses and holds the START button again for more than three (3) seconds. See the V-Green 165 user's manual for more information.


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 Posted: 3/9/2022 

Hello, What I have noticed that for the past few weeks, my V green 165 pool pump is running continuously despite the set up which is for about 12 hours a day. I usually set up any changes with start time around 7:45 AM. I have following set up Step 1: 2 hours at 2850 RPM Step 2: 4 hours at 1850 RPM Step 3: 6 hours at 1109 RPM. So the 24 hours cycle starts at 7:45 AM for 12 hours. However pool pump does NOT stop at 12 hours but keeps running and I have noticed only DURATION green light under setting is flashing green. I have tried shutting off power, turned off pump multiple times and started from Step 1 again etc but nothing seems to have solved the problem. Has my pump cycle clock has gone bad? Or it’s a special feature of the pump due to cold weather in northern CA? Thanks

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 3/14/2022 

Do you know if power outages or brownouts are happening during the day? If the motor is losing power, it would reset and start the schedule from the beginning of Step 1. if the power source isn't consistent, try adding a 24-hour timer to control the on/off of the circuit. The timer would ensure the pump only runs during your desired time window.

Anonymous  Posted: 3/14/2022 

Thank you. There is no power outage issue.

 Posted: 12/28/2021 

I just installed a new Vgreen variable speed motor to my Jandy pool pump. My pool is approximately 1400 gallons. I know nothing about these motors. What is your recommended setting for this motor to keep pool clean and be most efficient ?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 1/3/2022 

is the pool 1,400 or 14,00 gallons?

Anonymous  Posted: 1/3/2022 


InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 1/3/2022 

It is winter in the US, so you won't need to run the pump for very long unless water temps are steadily above 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit. Algae can't grow in temps colder than that. These lower temps mean you aren't able to estimate your pool's run time demands in the warmer seasons. With higher temps comes the possibility of algae growth, pollen, and bather load, which increases chlorine and filtering demand.For a new V-green install, I suggest running it at 2500 RPMs for 5-8 hours for a few days. After that period, check your water chemistry and make sure everything is in good order. If things look good, I would lower the RPMs to 2200, run it for the same amount of each day as before, then check the water chemistry. You can keep going until you see a negative impact on your water balance. Once you find that low-end RPM, you can then try extending the run times by 4-6 hours at that lower RPM setting to see if the more extended run time can make up for the slower speed.It is a "test-n-see" method, but it works.

Anonymous  Posted: 9/3/2021 

Is it better to run the pump for 24 hours at low speeds (1100 to 1800rpm) or run for a shorter period of time at a higher rpm (6 hours at 2850)? I have a small 6000 gallon pool.

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 9/7/2021 

It should be the most cost-efficient to run the pump at lower RPMs for longer than higher for shorter because your body of water is only 6,000 gallons. You likely don't have to run the pool for 24 hours to keep it clean.

Anonymous  Posted: 6/15/2021 

What happens if your three steps (1,2& 3) do not add up to 24 hrs? Does the pump shut off for the remainder of the 24 hr period?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 6/17/2021 

Yes, the motor would turn off until the beginning of the next 24-hour cycle.

 Posted: 5/24/2021 

My current pump is set to run for 4 per day. What is the advantage of running the pump longer and can I program it to only run for 1 cycle?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 6/4/2021 

If the motor is run on lower RPMs for longer, if you do it right, you would save more money on your electrical bill. If you run the the same RPM, but for longer, you will turn over more water; which should make the pool cleaner.

 Posted: 11/30/2020 

Can the motor be ramped to operating speed(s) so as to minimize the hydraulic shock when the pump turns on? IE:can the motor be programmed to wind up to speed over a period of seconds?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 12/3/2020 

The prime speed can be lowered so it is not as jarring, but it does not have a gentle ramp-up feature.

 Posted: 5/29/2019 

Can the prime setting be changed to a different RPM or duration?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/30/2019 

The priming speed of 2600 RPM and 3-minute duration cannot be changed on the current version V-Green 1.65 motors.

 Posted: 5/24/2019 

Very Helpful, thanks!