The AquaTrol is an above ground pool salt chlorine generator that can chlorinate a pool up to 18,000 gallons. The AquaTrol design is a modified version of hayward’s ultra popular and dependable AquaRite inground pool system. Above ground pools have varying installation quirks which mean the Aquatrol must be equally as versatile in its application. To be effective, a salt generator must be able to accommodate different pipe types, pool sizes, and deck obstructions.
The Aquatrol is available in four variations: AQ-TROL-RJ, AQ-TROL-RJ-TL, AQ-TROL-HP, AQ-TROL-HP-TL. These model variations allow the homeowner to find the best choice for their application. Likely, those model numbers look like gobbledygook to you, but after this blog, all will be understood.
HP or RJ
The Aquatrol offers two ways to mount the cell to your plumbing lines: Return Jet (RJ) or Hose/Pipe (HP). The RJ-style is designed with adapters for flex hose commonly used on above ground pools. The RJ is mounted vertically under the return jet with an elbow hooking into the return line. Because of the unique vertical installation the RJ style does not require a flow switch; this is because the vertical mount helps vent any gas that may be created during the salt cell’s operation. Since the RJ model does not need a flow switch this system is roughly $150 less than the HP model and would be my recommendation based on the cost savings.
The HP style is designed to be installed directly into 1-¼”, 1-½” or 2” pvc pipe or pool hose. The HP model can be installed in either the vertical or horizontal position; though Hayward prefers the HP be installed horizontally. The package also includes the flow switch to protect the cell and detect proper waterflow. If installing horizontally, the flow switch is a MUST to keep your salt generator working properly.
In my opinion both the RJ and HP model are equal in quality, it really comes down to which mounting style is easier for your particular configuration. If you can go with either mounting style then I would suggest the RJ model because of the big cost savings.
The Aquatrol power plug is available in two styles: Standard Three-Prong and Twist-Lock. Standard three prong is your run-of-the-mill plug found on heavy duty extension cords or power hungry household appliances. Most households will only have the three prong plug on the premises making it the default choice.
The Twist Lock plug is not as popular and is more commonly found in the Northeastern United States where occasionally local code mandates this plug. The twist lock plug is a very useful plug, built with circuit continuity in mind. The curved prongs including one with a distinctive hook are inserted into a power receptacle then twisted to lock the plug in place. This design prevents the plug from accidental removal from someone tripping over the cord or plug becoming loose and falling out.
Hopefully, that helps explain the differences between the four Aquatrol unit but if you have any more questions about the Aquatrol or anything else pool related, do not hesitate to email or call 877-372-6038