Congratulations you’re now a Saltron RETRO owner. There are a few things you should know prior to starting your RETRO. Knowing these will assist in the startup on your RETRO and implementing its operation.
First start with, how big is your pool? Knowing the gallons of water your pool holds is important as this will assist in the determination of the amount of salt that is needed to run the Saltron RETRO at a proper level of 3500ppm.
You will also need to know what your current salt level is. This assists in ensuring that you do not add too much salt. Pools that have been using chlorine for a while many have a small level of salt. As salt is a dissolved solid, the only way to remove it is to dilute you pool with fresh water.
Next you will want to confirm that your pool water is in balance prior to starting your Retro. You should have 2 – 4ppm of free chlorine. We suggest prior to placing the Retro in the pool that you shock the pool. Why? This will provide you with the residual of chlorine that you need as well as clean the water of any pre-existing contaminants that may already be residing in the water.
Once you know the size of your pool you can calculate the amount of salt needed by using a tool at www.poolsizecalculator.com . You will enter the size of your pool at the top of the tool where it asks for “Pool Gallons”; enter your “Current Salt” level in the field marked as indicated and enter 3500 in the “Desired Salt” field and press Calculate. It will then provide you with the correct amount of salt needed for your pool. For example: If you have a 14000 gallon pool and your “Desired Salt” is 3500ppm of salt you will need to add 410 lbs of salt.
Once you’ve added the salt you will need to wait 24 hours for it to dissolve prior to placing the RETRO in the pool. During this time you should ensure that your residual chlorine is at the proper level of 2-4ppm. Without the residual chlorine in place you may not show any free chlorine when you test your water.
The RETRO will start its run cycle based on the time you plug it in and then for the number of hours you program in the power supply (preset for 20 hours). For example you plug it in at 7AM and leave it at the default of 20 hours. It will run every day at 7AM until 3AM; unless you unplug it or adjust the hours.
It is recommended that you start with a higher number of hours on start up and monitor the chlorine levels – this enables you to stay on top of contaminants vs. playing catch up after a problem has been created.
The number of hours you will need to run your Saltron RETRO will need to be determined by you over a time period. It varies by individual usage and pool size. So for the first few weeks you will need to test your water and adjust the time as needed to ensure a proper run time.