Waterway Power Defender 165 Variable Speed Pool Pump 1.65 HP 230V - PD-VSC165

Model # PD-VSC165

By Waterway



Model # PD-VSC165

Warranty 2 Years

Alternate Part #'s WWPPDVSC165

Product Description

Waterway Power Defender 1.65 Pool Pump 

The Power Defender 1.65 HP is Waterway’s premium, high-efficient variable speed pump that includes a fully integrated motor, controller, and interface. Power Defender VS 1.65 uses Century’s V-green motor. This allows users to easily identify and set the appropriate speeds to minimize energy consumption and maximize savings. The Power Defender 1.65 is also compatible with third party pool automation systems, like Hayward or Pentair. 

Waterway’s Power Defender 165 Variable Speed Pump is compliant with all energy regulations such as Title 20 and 24. The 7-day timer, freeze protection, and quiet operation is standard on the Power Defender 165. 


  • Full Variable Speed (600-3450 RPM)
  • User-friendly programming
  • Optional off-board mounting of controls
  • Ability to install and program additional load (booster pump, chlorine generator etc.)
  • 2" Swivel Pump unions included
  • Compliant with all energy legislation
  • Built-in freeze protection
  • Keypad Lockout Feature
  • 2” Slip x 1 ½” FPT Unions (included)
  • Adjustable Base (included)
  • Easy replacement for most brand pumps


Product Dimensions


Adjustable base included.

Product Specifications

1.65 HP
Port Size:
2 in.
230 V
2 Years
Energy Star

?     Asked on 5/6/2021 by Herb

I’m considering purchasing this pump. Does it come with a 230 plug (“whip”) or does the pump need to be hardwired to a 230 V line? Thank you,

A  Answered on 5/6/2021 by InyoPools Product Specialist Craig C.

Hello Herb.  This pump does not come supplied with a 230V connection cable (whip).  A typical installation would be hard-wired to a 230V power supply.  It would be advisable to consult state or local regulations to ensure compliance with any applicable codes prior to pump installation.

?     Asked on 12/3/2020 by april chaplin

I am replacing a very old hayward sp 2 hp pump with an ao smith k48n2n104 motor. I'm looking for a reasonably priced variable speed pump. Can you recommend some options?

A  Answered on 12/22/2020 by InyoPools Product Specialist Joe S.

Hello April, based on the model k48n2n104  you have a total HP of 2.6. For a variable speed pump, we would recommend the Waterway Power Defender 270 Variable Speed Pool Pump 2.7 HP 230V - PD-VSC270.

?     Asked on 10/21/2020 by Brent

I have a Sta-Rite P6RAYF-206L pump that has does not work anymore. I am wanting to replace with a variable speed pump. Would this Power Defender 165 be a good replacement?

A  Answered on 10/22/2020 by InyoPools Product Specialist Joe S.

Hello Brent, thank you for contacting INYO POOLS. Yes, based on the information provided the Pentair Sta-Rite P6RA6F-206L Max-E-Pro Standard Efficiency Single Speed Up Rated the Waterway Waterway Power Defender 165 Variable Speed Pool Pump 1.65 HP 230V would be a great replacement.

?     Asked on 8/28/2020 by wmlipe

I have a 15 year old Hayward Northstar 1hp pump on a 14000 gallon pool in Arizona. I am looking to replace the old single speed pump with a new variable speed pump and wanted to know what you thought would be the best flow rate, and hp for my needs

A  Answered on 8/28/2020 by InyoPools Product Specialist Megan C.

Hi, Wmlipe. In order to make a pump recommendation, I will need to know the specific NorthStar Pump model and or the Total Dynamic Head (TDH) of your pool.

  • Commented on 8/28/2020 by Product Owner

    Its the sp4010 with 1hp motor. It haz a 45THD

    • Commented on 11/10/2020 by InyoPools Product Specialist Megan C.

      The Hayward TriStar VS Pump 1.5HP - W3SP3202VSP is the replacement to the current pump. If you want more efficiency for flow rates you can replace it with the Hayward TriStar VS Pump 2.7 HP - W3SP3206VSP The VS pumps are only for 230 Volt wire connection only, they will not operate with 115V. 

?     Asked on 6/4/2020 by Hector

Does this pump need 110 or 220 v electricity. I have 110 currently with my old pump. Want to upgrade wondering if I need to call an electrician to run me a 220 v line.

A  Answered on 6/9/2020 by InyoPools Product Specialist Hector F.

Yes, you will need 230 voltage in order to power the pump. 

?     Asked on 5/5/2020 by

Would this pump be good for a 10,000 gallon pool with 1-1/2 “ pipe or would the Hayward variable super pump be best?

A  Answered on 12/16/2020 by InyoPools Product Specialist Eric J.

Hello, The waterway power defender has 2" ports and would not hook up to your 1.5-inch ports. you can use this link here for properly sizing a pool pump for your pool to help a little further 

?     Asked on 3/27/2020 by Jared Skinner

Is this pump energy star certified? Debating about electric rebates and pump purchase.

A  Answered on 3/27/2020 by InyoPools Product Specialist Lennox H.

Hi, Jared. Yes, this pump is ENERGY STAR Certified.

?     Asked on 3/27/2020 by Roy

does this pump have a fan. 2-what is the warranty on pump. 3- does the pump have to be professionally installed for the warranty or can homeowner do it

A  Answered on 3/27/2020 by InyoPools Product Specialist Lennox H.

Hi, Roy. The pump motor is equipped with a fan. The warranty is for 3 years. It does not have to professionally installed to maintain full warranty.