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It is in many ways simpler than other automatic pool bots. But when we reviewed it we found this machine is, at least in some ways, better than it looks. We considered what kind of pool this unit is best for, how well it cleans, how reliable it is and what to look out for. In a hurry? Head over now to check the price and find out more. What kind of pool is this for? How does the Aquabot work? Power supply and cable How well does the Pool Vac clean?
Is it easy to operate? Does it climb walls and steps? This Aquabot model is designed for in-ground pools of any size, shape and surface. There is no need to change to different wheels for different surfaces because the bot merely rolls over the area.
Instead, it whirls up the dirt on the pool floor to be sucked into the filter bags. It will roll randomly all over the bottom of the pool note: not the most efficient but effective way and vacuum any loose dirt and debris. The big, extra wide wheels happily ignore obstacles. It should also climb easily any steeper slopes and even walls up to the waterline provided it is adjusted correctly. However, its ability to climb largely depends on the right level of floatation and might require you to play around with the float kit four pieces of foam usually included in the pack.
The cleaner is designed in a way to work around most common features found in a residential pool. There are of course always exceptions to the rule and should your particular pool design give issue and cause the T-Jet to get stuck or caught you will probably find out quickly and in that case either talk to Aquabots very supportive help desk or return it if it seems unsolvable.
The engineers at Aquabot seemed to have had simplicity in mind. Two downward directed streams of water power wash the pool surface. They whirl up the debris and direct it towards the inlets on the bottom of the unit. Everything is being sucked in, pushed through the filter where the dirt is trapped, and the filtered water travels to the jet unit on top of the cleaner. There the water shoots out and pushes the cleaner forward or backward.
How long the unit moves in one direction can be set to anything between 20 and 90 sec to allow for different pool shapes and sizes. There is no separate motor drive to power the wheels , no additional seals, drive train, belts or cogs that could fail. This set up is simple and great as long as it works.
The downside is that the speed of the cleaner depends on how clean especially the fine filter bag is. A full filter reduces the speed of the outgoing jet of water causing the vehicle to go slower and slower until it stops completely.
After the filter has been cleared the cleaner continues at full speed. This power supply also has the digital timer to set the reverse cycle times and program buttons. The transformer itself is connected to a normal 3-prong power outlet. Unfortunately, the cable can get quite twisted and coiled up when the Turbo T-Jet runs for longer periods of time because the machine is intentionally set to turn the same direction all the time.
The engineers seemed to be aware of this and offer the E-Z swivel device either as an add-on or sometimes included in the kit. The pool cleaner comes with two filters, one for picking up rough stuff like leaves and seed pods but not fine debris like sands and pollen. Naturally, there is an upper limit to what it can pick up, too.
If you have really large bits like palm leaves or sticks you will need to remove these manually first. Otherwise, sticks may rip the filter bag and even if the unit can suck pieces in, the bag would be full very quickly and would stop moving and cleaning.
Sand, loose algae and any other tiny particles will be collected when you switch to the second filter bag. It catches everything down to an amazing size of 2 microns. What difference does that make? You will have to take good care of the fine filter, though. Finer pores mean they can clog up more easily. Most filters in other robots only have to be washed with a hose. This one needs a regular wash in the washing machine for efficient cleaning and continued speed of the unit.
Most of the cleaning action will be done at the bottom of the floor. If the flotation is adjusted properly it will also climb and do the sides. The Turbo T then does the cleaning of the pool as the debris is moved from the upright walls to the floor and less steep curves of the pool.
The robot seems to be programmed to follow a random pattern which of course we can neither confirm or deny because it is and looks…random.
A 2-hour cycle may not cover the whole area but you can nudge the cleaner towards the areas it missed and still be finished within this fairly short amount of time.
Alternatively, leaving it on a continuous cycle for several hours gets the job done completely. Take it out of the box, familiarize yourself with the comprehensive instructions, plug it in, lower it into the pool, switch on and then watch the robot leaving a clean random trail on the bottom.
Once it has picked up clearly visible larger debris like leaves and seeds, little rocks and sticks, take the mesh filter bag out to empty and clean, pop in the fine mesh bag and let it pick up all the finer debris. However, this cleaner is prone to slowing down when the filter bag gets full. We found the standard two hours not to be sufficient to clean.
This varies from pool to pool. The pool cleaner should follow any rounded transitions from bottom to the wall as well as slopes and climb all the way to the waterline. However, this depends on the buoyancy of the robot which mainly depends on two variables: the number and size of floats in the housing and the amount of dirt in the filter bag. Out of the box, with filters still clean it can last at least a couple of years and most pool owners use this for much longer than that, especially when taking care to clean the filter bags properly, replacing the filters at least once a year and rinse it after using it in a saltwater pool.
There is a trend though for this pool robot to lose speed and cleaning power over time. Unlike other pool robots, this one rolls on wheels and can be stored upright as is. No extra caddy required. Yes, no problem at all. Just remember to rinse everything with fresh water after each use to ensure a long lifespan. It does away with separate parts, especially motors for moving the bot about. This greatly reduces costs for maintenance and repair because there are fewer parts that can fail.
The 2-micron filter bag is top-notch and provides unrivaled water quality and save pool owners much time on backwashing as well as on chemicals. From that perspective, the Aquabot is priced in the lower range. So it comes as no surprise that many pool owners choose this device as their very first robot to test whether this kind of machine would be a worthwhile investment.
If buying online make sure you buy from a trusted and genuine Aquabot retailer, have a look at their return and warranty policies. Amazon tends to offer very competitive prices for pool cleaners as well as hassle-free return and exchange options. Head over now to see the current price and excellent buyer reviews at Amazon. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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Aquabot Turbo T-Jet Manual
Remove the cleaner from the pool and place it upside down on a non-abrasive surface so that it won't become scratched or. Check for and remove any debris such as hair, string, or leaves that may be obstructing the free movement of the Drive Pulley. Page 16; Figs. Adjust or replace if.
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