Breeze 4 Wheels Owner`s manual

SOLARSOLAR-BREEZE
Intelligent Robotic Solar Powered Pool Skimmer
Owner’s Manual
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THE SOLAR-BREEZE
"The Solar Solution to Swimming Pool Maintenance"
This intelligent robotic pool skimmer is intended for use only in well-maintained private
swimming pools, and only where the owners have control of persons entering the
swimming pool area. The warranty covers more public applications (hotels, public pools
etc.) only if the unit is removed from the pool during times of public use. The SolarBreeze will charge in the sun even when it is turned off. It may then be placed back into
the pool to operate for several hours when swimmers are not in the pool.
IMPORTANT: (Before Starting)
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Read all instructions carefully before using the Solar-Breeze, in particular, about
allowing the sun to charge the unit’s batteries BEFORE use. It is a SOLAR
powered unit, and requires direct sunlight.
Register the purchase of this product online at: ( www. solar-breeze.com ) This
is the preferred method. OR, fill out and Return the Consumer Product
Ownership Registration Card included in the mailing box.
The Consumer Product Ownership Registration MUST be completed online, or
with the mail in form WITHIN 10 DAYS in order to ACTIVATE THE
WARRANTY!
A PRODUCT REGISTRATION NUMBER will be given at the time of
registration (online) or by a return postcard, if registering by mail. Record that
number HERE_______________________________, and make sure you do not
loose it, as it is necessary for future warranty service!
The Solar-Breeze MUST be returned in its original package for warranty service,
Therefore do not discard the package. (It also allows safer storage of the unit.)
Staple Sales receipt
(Needed to register unit and obtain Product Registration Number)
HERE:
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Table of Contents
Important (before starting).................................................................................................. 2
Warnings ............................................................................................................................. 4
INTRODUCTION .............................................................................................................. 7
About Surface Skimming................................................................................................ 7
About Solar Power.......................................................................................................... 8
Pool Chemicals ............................................................................................................... 9
GETTING STARTED ...................................................................................................... 11
Adding Pool Chemicals ................................................................................................ 11
Cleaning the Filter......................................................................................................... 12
Paper Towels (as a disposable filter) ............................................................................ 13
AUTOMATIC OPERATIONS......................................................................................... 16
High and Low Speed operation..................................................................................... 16
Moving into the sun to charge ...................................................................................... 16
When STUCK (in a difficult position).......................................................................... 17
Circling the pool edges ................................................................................................. 17
Clearing a jammed Paddlewheel................................................................................... 17
ADVANCED POOL CARE ............................................................................................. 18
Troubleshooting ................................................................................................................ 23
Parts Names ...................................................................................................................... 24
HOW THINGS WORK .................................................................................................... 26
Solar Panels................................................................................................................... 26
Front Paddlewheel ........................................................................................................ 26
Rear Paddlewheel.......................................................................................................... 27
Bumper Wheels............................................................................................................. 28
Filter Basket .................................................................................................................. 28
Microprocessor ............................................................................................................. 29
Control Panel and Lights .............................................................................................. 30
Off Warranty Uses (non-swimming pool uses) ................................................................ 31
TAKING CARE OF YOUR SOLAR-BREEZE............................................................... 33
Cleaning ........................................................................................................................ 33
Chemical Dispenser Cleaning....................................................................................... 33
Filter Basket Cleaning................................................................................................... 33
Paddlewheel Cleaning................................................................................................... 34
Solar Panel & Body Cleaning ....................................................................................... 34
Lubrication.................................................................................................................... 35
Storage .......................................................................................................................... 35
Problem Obstacles in your pool.................................................................................... 36
Owner Registration ........................................................................................................... 38
Service............................................................................................................................... 39
Out of Warranty Service ................................................................................................... 39
Specifications.................................................................................................................... 42
Index ................................................................................................................................. 43
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SAFETY Warnings:
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DO NOT SWIM while the Solar-Breeze is on the pool surface. The unit must be
removed from the water during swimming or when children are present.
DIVING, with the Solar-Breeze in the water may injure humans, if their head or
hands strike the moving skimmer. Diving may also incidentally swamp or
submerge the Solar-Breeze, damage its electronics, and VOID THE
WARRANTY.
SWIMMING or floating on the pool with long hair floating on the pool surface is
a SPECIAL HAZARD, since the Solar-Breeze is specifically designed to skim
floating hair, and may sneak up behind a swimmer and entangle their long hair in
its Paddlewheels. This could create a DROWNING HAZARD with young
children or poor swimmers.
ALWAYS watch CHILDREN around water. They can slip into the pool and
drown in seconds. The Solar-Breeze looks like a very fascinating pool toy that
could lure children into the swimming pool when no one is looking.
Pool Chlorine tablets can burn skin and eyes, and damage fabric and surfaces.
When using the pool Chemical Dispenser of the Solar-Breeze, keep children out
of the swimming pool area, and take extreme precautions to not touch the chlorine
tablets, or touch water that has just dripped off of the tablets, or sitting in or
placing towels or garments in chlorine saturated water.
Solid pool chlorine tablets combined with any liquid or solid capable of burning,
can create an EXPLOSION, or trigger an intense fire by SPONTANEOUS
COMBUSTION. Dry chlorine tablets must NEVER be stored in the unit, and
flammable materials must NEVER be used to clean the unit.
Chlorine in the unit IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH OTHER CLEANING
CHEMICALS, particularly those containing AMMONIA. Either remove the
Chemical Dispenser or empty and clean it of all chemicals before using window
cleaners OR ANY OTHER CLEANING CHEMICAL on the Solar-Breeze.
Chlorine (or bromine) pool sanitizers MUST be in the form of two 3" SOLID
(JUMBO) TABLETS of commercially available products. Placing liquid,
powdered, or granular chlorine in the Chemical Dispenser creates conditions of
extreme HAZARD, can produce chemical burns, and will VOID THE
WARRANTY. The ONLY granular products allowed are small quantities of pool
"clarifiers" not containing chlorine. And it is recommended that they not be
mixed with any other chemicals when placed in the Chemical Dispenser. (See
Advanced Pool Care section)
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GENERAL Warnings:
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The Solar-Breeze IS NOT A POOL TOY, and can be damaged by being
submerged, roughly treated, or struck by larger automated swimming pool
cleaners.
Do not USE OTHER AUTOMATED POOL CLEANERS while the Solar-Breeze
is on the pool surface. Automated Pool Vacuums can come to the surface, capsize
the Solar-Breeze (and VOID the WARRANTY). Also, when they operate, they
tend to sink the thin floating film of dust and debris that the Solar-Breeze is
designed to skim off the surface. Remove the Solar-Breeze from the water during
ANY other pool cleaning activities.
Storage batteries MAY arrive discharged or only partly charged. The SolarBreeze must be placed in direct sun for an entire day to fully charge the batteries
before use, otherwise disappointing performance may result.
DO NOT SUBMERGE the Solar-Breeze, aim a garden hose at the main body of
the unit, or otherwise immerse its motors and electronics under water. Water
inside of motors or electronics will VOID THE WARRANTY. It is designed to
tolerate rain, passing under small pool waterfalls, and other GENTLY FALLING
water, but not to be pushed underwater, or hit with a higher-pressure spray of
water from a hose. It contains electronics, and should be treated like an electrical
device, not a pool toy.
REMOVE the Solar-Breeze from the pool during SWIMMING ACTIVITIES,
POOL CLEANING, and during VIOLENT WEATHER. Abnormally violent
weather, such as torrential rains, hail, sleet, and winds above gale force, any
snow, or any weather sufficiently cold to freeze water, are each capable of
damaging the unit. Light rains and normal winds will not harm the Solar-Breeze.
WARRANTY WILL BE VOID IF:
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Solar-Breeze motor and electronics are submerged, or if the unit is used to carry
weight which causes it to ride abnormally low in the water so as to submerge
motors or electronics, or if the entire unit is sprayed with high pressure water
from a hose. Water inside of motor and electronics shall be taken as evidence of
mistreatment of the unit.
Solar-Breeze is treated with excessive roughness (such as breaking the solar
panels or paddlewheels or stripping the drive gears by forcing stuck paddlewheels
to turn.)
Solar-Breeze is used to distribute chemicals other than two 3" (JUMBO)
TABLETS of commercial solid swimming pool chemicals or small quantities of
granular clarifier NOT containing chlorine. Refer to "Advanced Pool Care" for
further instructions regarding Pool Clarifiers
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Solar-Breeze is stored with chemicals remaining in the Chemical Dispenser.
Always wash and rinse the Chemical Dispenser thoroughly before storage.
Solar-Breeze is allowed to sit un-maintained in a foul or empty pool or is used in
bodies of water other than well-maintained swimming pools.
Solar-Breeze remains in water below the freezing point (becomes encased in ice),
or is stored in an environment that that is so cold or so hot that it causes damage
by freezing or overheating of batteries or cracking or warping of plastic
components. Storage of the unit (when out of the water) should ideally be at
household room temperatures, in an upright position, preferably in the original
shipping box. But it must ALWAYS be in areas out of direct sunlight, that
maintain temperatures between 32° − 100° F.
Solar-Breeze is not maintained in a reasonable state of cleanliness. (Manufacturer
will not be responsible for failure to operate due to caking of dirt, hair, fibers,
chemicals, algae, lime, or other materials that it is the reasonable responsibility of
the user to clean from the unit).
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INTRODUCTION:
The Solar-Breeze is an intelligent, solar powered, robotic swimming pool surface
skimmer, combined with a swimming pool Chemical Dispenser. It operates on solar
power alone, and on internal storage batteries, charged by the sun during the part of the
day when the sun is high in the sky. As such, it needs no electrical connections, and
operates on hundreds, or even thousands of times less electric power than required by
competing pool cleaners.
ABOUT SURFACE SKIMMING:
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Most dirt, dust, bugs, pollen, and debris entering a swimming pool will first float
on the water surface for a considerable time before sinking into the water.
Surface tension initially causes dust and debris to float, even dust that is heavier
than the water. And even the lightest breeze will causes this debris to float to the
downwind side of the pool, where it forms a sort of visible "film" on the surface.
This film of dust and debris is more visible when viewed at a low angle (with eyes
close to the water) in a completely calm pool.
The Solar-Breeze is the only pool cleaner that is specifically designed to search
for and scoop up such floating films. Its slowly rotating powered paddlewheels
scoop up the film of dust and debris gently, before it has an opportunity to sink.
The powered "Bumper Wheels" on the front corners of the Solar-Breeze rotate the
unit each time it hits a pool wall, encouraging the skimmer to travel parallel to the
pool edges, where dirt and debris is already floating as a wind concentrated
"film".
It will stop skimming, with the front paddlewheel, if it thinks it has been stuck in
one place too long. Then it will reverse the Rear Paddlewheel, maneuver
backwards for a minute, coast for half a minute, and then resume forwards
skimming.
If its Front Paddlewheel gets jammed with large debris, so that it can't rotate, the
skimmer will repeatedly reverse the Front Paddlewheel , attempting to clear the
jam. It will resume forwards operations as soon as the jam has been cleared.
If the Front Paddlewheel remained jammed, and cannot rotate for ten minutes or
more, the unit will stop skimming. The Red ALARM indicator LED will come
on continuously, indicating you must clear the Front Paddlewheel , before turning
the unit back on. You may want to empty the Filter Basket as well.
The Solar-Breeze is designed to spend much of its time moving along the edges of
the pool, where the dirt naturally floats, occasionally changing directions, to
maneuver around obstacles, or to head across to the other side of the pool.
It does not need to move fast, only to be persistent. Indeed, if the Paddlewheels
moved any faster than they do, or if the Solar-Breeze moved across the pool much
faster than it does, it would tend to swamp the floating film of debris, and make
the debris and dust film sink to the bottom before it had a chance to be gathered
and filtered out of the water.
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A film of dust held together only by water surface tension is very fragile. It must
be approached both slowly and gently for the Solar-Breeze to be able to gather the
dust while it is still on the surface. Excessive turbulence would cause sinking of
the dust film on either side of the Solar-Breeze.
Vacuuming, sweeping, or swimming activities will sink this film of dust and
debris to the bottom of the pool. It is most efficient to vacuum the pool and swim
AFTER the Solar-Breeze has cleared the surface of its debris. The Solar-Breeze
must be removed from the water during swimming and during pool vacuuming.
ABOUT SOLAR POWER:
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Solar electric power is "weak" but free, and it keeps coming, hour after hour, day
after day, as surely as the sun rises. It is the persistence of the Solar-Breeze, not
its high power that makes it effective.
Fully discharged batteries cause a blinking Red ALARM indicator. It may
require some time in direct sun with the sun fairly high in the sky before batteries
are charged and the unit resumes normal operations.
It is an engineering feat to design a solar robot capable of moving, even slowly,
as the designers of Martian Rovers discovered. This unit uses advanced Solar
Panels, allowing it to do a very significant amount of work, movement, and
filtration during the course of a day.
Storage batteries allow the Solar-Breeze to "escape" from shadows. Otherwise,
the first time it entered a shadow, it would stop, and never have the power to
navigate back into the sun. As it is, a microprocessor with very sophisticated
programming is required to make SURE the Solar-Breeze spends enough time in
the sun to charge its batteries and prevent it from getting stuck in a shadow.
Because of the need to charge batteries while in direct sunlight, the Solar-Breeze
will sometimes behave oddly when its storage batteries are less than half charged.
When batteries are low, the Solar-Breeze goes into "LOW SPEED" mode. This
happens more in the late afternoon and evening. It will happen more frequently
in pools with limited direct sun, and during winter, when sun angles are low.
In "LOW SPEED" mode, both of the Solar-Breeze's Paddlewheels will rotate
slightly slower, to conserve power.
In " LOW SPEED " mode, the Solar-Breeze will turn off its rear (propulsion)
Paddlewheel each time it enters the sunshine, and turns it back on each time it
drifts back into shadow. This “escape from shadow” maneuver allows the SolarBreeze to spend more time in the sun than in the shade, giving the solar panels
more time to charge the batteries while the unit is in the sun. The Front
Paddlewheel continues to rotate and skim the pool while it is sitting in the sun.
At night, the Solar-Breeze will always operate in “LOW SPEED” mode. If the
battery charge is high, will operate slowly, but continually. If the battery charge
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is low, only the front paddlewheel will run, about 10 minutes out of a half hour,
intermittently. This makes maximum use of a small amount of battery power.
During prolonged cloudy weather and during the winter (when sun angles are
low) it is possible for the Solar-Breeze to completely run out of battery power. In
this case, it might enter a shadow, and have insufficient stored electricity to
escape from the shadow. The Red ALARM LED will blink to tell you that the
battery is very low.
If the Solar-Breeze ever gets trapped in shadow during the day, and the motors
are off, the skimmer has simply run out of battery power. There has not been
enough sunlight to allow the unit to run, and it has no battery power left to get
back into the sunlight. "Eventually" it will gather enough charge to move itself
again, even from indirect light. Shoving it into the sun speeds recovery, but the
unit will usually eventually start working when the sun reaches the skimmer.
When the Battery gets extremely low (after dark cloudy weather) it speeds up
recovery considerably to lift Solar-Breeze out of the water, and manually place it
in direct sunshine for a few hours, during the middle of the day. But, even if you
don't do this, it will "eventually" manage to charge its batteries enough (with
indirect light) to sneak back out of the shadow and obtain some direct sunlight to
operate again. But, when batteries are extremely low on charge, and sunshine
hours are very short, it may get stuck in shadows several times in a row with low
batteries. (This is particularly likely in pools with lots of shade, and in the
wintertime, when shadows are longer.)
In the early morning and late afternoon, solar cells do not work well, sometimes
not at all, when the sun's angle is low. The sunlight reflects off the solar panels,
without even penetrating inside, unless the sun is high in the sky. The same can
happen during midwinter at high latitudes, when the sun just barely gets over the
horizon. Solar cells produce maximum power when the sun is nearly directly
overhead, high in the sky. Light that is indirect produces only very limited
power. The Solar-Breeze can SLOWLY charge its batteries even in cloudy
weather with indirect light. But the total operating time on a dark day might be
relatively low, and the unit might operate entirely in "Low Speed" mode.
The "Solar Day" (the time that the sun really provides "full power") is really only
from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Perhaps a bit longer in summer, and a bit shorter in
winter; quite a bit shorter in Northern latitudes. If the sun shines brightly during
these hours, the Solar-Breeze typically runs at FULL SPEED, once its batteries
are fully charged, and until they start to discharge again. During much of the rest
of the day, especially during winter, the unit goes into LOW SPEED mode.
LOW SPEED requires less power than does HIGH SPEED. When there is a
shortage of direct sunlight, the unit is likely to spend more time in LOW SPEED
than in HIGH SPEED mode.
ABOUT POOL CHEMICALS:
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A Chemical Dispenser (for commercial solid pool chemical tablets) is included in
the Solar-Breeze design because dispensing chlorine or clarifiers evenly and
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randomly over the surface, makes the chemicals far more efficient than when
spread by other means.
The Solar-Breeze is the ideal platform for distributing the steady "maintenance"
levels of chlorine needed in a swimming pool. It can carry a maximum of two 3"
(Jumbo) solid chlorine tablets in its Chemical Dispenser that will slowly dissolve
as the Solar-Breeze navigates around the pool.
Only the Solar-Breeze can distribute chlorine so evenly on the surface, or do such
a thorough job of releasing it uniformly near the outside walls of the pool and do
so without the need to operate the swimming pool pump. This can greatly
INHIBIT THE START OF ALGAE GROWTH on the upper walls of the pool,
where sunshine is at its maximum, and chlorine is normally at a minimum. This
release of chlorine near the edge of the pool, along with skimming the surface of
fine dust that collects algae, makes a tremendous difference in inhibiting algae
growth. Complete algae suppression, however, still requires occasional sweeping,
vacuuming, chemical monitoring, and shock treatment of the swimming pool.
While general pool maintenance is still required, this even spreading of chlorine
at just the right time and places will often prevent the beginning of algae growth.
Conventional floating Chemical Dispensers tend to stay where the wind pushes
them. And Swimming pool pumps, used as Chemical Dispensers, require vast
amounts of energy to pump the chemicals into and around the pool. The SolarBreeze mixes the chemicals, slowly and gently, over the entire surface of the pool,
ALL DAY LONG, with no outside power required.
Most severe algae problems BEGIN with algae growth on the pool sides, or on
floating dust or debris on the surface. The Solar-Breeze is capable of removing
BOTH of these triggers for an algae "bloom" in a swimming pool, and do it with
far lower use of chlorine than conventional methods.
WARNING!!! "SHOCK TREATMENT" (whether liquid, powdered, or
granular) must NEVER be placed in the Solar-Breeze Chemical Dispenser. Use
of SHOCK TREATMENT will VOID the WARRANTY, as well as create a
chemical burn hazard and damage the unit.
Small quantities of granular Pool Clarifiers may be used occasionally in place of
the two Jumbo Chlorine tablets. See the "Advanced Pool Care" section for a full
explanation of their use. Briefly: Up to ¼ cup of granular Pool Clarifier in the
Chemical Dispenser will cause "cloudiness" in the pool water to settle as a fine
film of dirt on the bottom of the pool, where it can be vacuumed up. This leaves
the pool water sparkling with the minimum possible time of running the main
pool filter. They behave better when contained inside of a porous cloth bag or an
old sock.
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DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Getting Started:
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The Solar-Breeze MAY arrive with its storage batteries discharged or only partly
charged. The Solar-Breeze must be left in the sun (out of the water) for a full day
to charge the batteries before use, otherwise disappointing performance may
result. The Unit will CHARGE, when in the sun, even when the unit is OFF.
Operation without a fully charged battery will not harm the unit, but may result in
disappointing and unpredictable behavior for one to three days, followed by
recovery and more normal behavior. Direct sunlight, high in the sky provides
enough solar power that operation may begin in an hour or less. This does not
always mean that the battery is fully charged.
Take the unit out of the box, remove all packing materials, and place the SolarBreeze somewhere (out of the water) where it can safely charge its batteries in the
sunlight. NOTE: The “ON/OFF” button can be used to turn the unit either ON or
OFF. If it fails to turn the unit ON, (as indicated by the “POWER” indicator
light), the batteries are low, and the batteries need charging in the sun. It will
charge with power turned either OFF or ON.
AFTER the sun shines on the Solar-Breeze's solar panel for one full day, the
batteries should be sufficiently charged to begin skimming the pool. Turn the unit
"ON", gently place it on the pool surface, and allow it to work.
Remove any extremely large debris (branches, plastic bags, newspapers, etc)
floating on the pool surface that are OBVIOUSLY too large for the Solar-Breeze
to swallow.
We recommend removing large pool toys, floating hoses, and other obstacles
from the pool surface so that the Solar-Breeze can navigate unhindered over the
entire pool surface. Large obstacles may allow some floating dirt and debris to
"hide" from the unit and make cleaning the surface of the pool more difficult.
Adding Pool Chemicals:
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The Solar-Breeze has a built in Chemical Dispenser, in a drawer that slides out of
the side of the unit (see picture).
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It is best to remove the Solar-Breeze from the water and to turn it OFF when
adding chemicals to the Chemical Dispenser.
The Chemical Dispenser is built to hold two large (Jumbo, 3") pool chlorine
tablets.
The Chemical Dispenser has adjustable "slots" with variable width openings that
allows the user to control how fast the chlorine tablets will dissolve.
Monitor pool chemicals with conventional test kits, and adjust Dispenser slot
width and add chlorine tablets as needed to control "residual chlorine".
For more information, see "Advanced Pool Care" and "Pool Chemicals"
Cleaning the Filter
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The Filter Basket slides out forward, underneath the Front Paddlewheel, for
cleaning (see picture).
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The unit must be turned OFF before removing the filter basket, by simply
touching the ON/OFF button on the control panel.
A dirty (plugged up) filter can result in the Skimmer thinking it is stuck, due to
increased drag on the front paddlewheel. If the skimmer reverses every 3 minutes
and goes backwards, when it is not stuck, please check the filter. Simply looking
at the filter through the Clear Lens built into the top of the Solar-Breeze will then
tell you if a dirty filter is the source of the reversing problem..
Once the basket is slid out, debris in the Filter Basket can be removed by simply
dumping the Filter Basket upside down, preferably while still wet.
If debris sticks to the Filter Basket Screen, the wet Filter Basket (after removing it
from the Solar-Breeze) can be tapped against a hard smooth surface to drive out
dirt. The Filter Screen is always easiest to clean when wet, so dipping it in water
between each attempt is useful. Or, it can be sprayed off with a garden hose
(keeping the spray away from the main unit, of course.) For further cleaning
instructions, see "Taking Care of Your Solar-Breeze."
See "Taking Care of your Solar-Breeze" for more detailed cleaning instructions
PAPER TOWELS (as a disposable filter)
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PAPER TOWELS can be added as an additional, much finer, filter, by sandwiching the
Paper Towel between the bottom of the Filter Basket and the Snap In Fine Screen. Paper
Towels will filter fine dust, algae, and Sun Tan oil from the surface of the pool.
Generally, high quality KITCHEN TYPE paper towels designed to have high wet-strength
make the best filters. But too high of a density may not allow sufficient water flow. Check
our website ( www.solar-breeze.com ) periodically for what paper towels perform the best.
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The Solar-Breeze can filter the water with its Snap In "Fine Screen", or with an
ordinary high quality Paper Towel acting as an even finer filter, sandwiched
between the Snap In Fine Screen and the course Mesh Bottom of the Filter
Basket.
WHEN INSTALLING the Filter Basket, with paper towels, large AIR BUBBLES
may become trapped under the Filter Basket, causing the filter screen to become
dislodged and float upwards.
AIR BUBBLES may be prevented by sliding the Filter Basket into the SolarBreeze while it is floating in the water, after first "burping" any air bubbles. (Tilt
the Filter basket in the water to allow bubbles to escape before sliding it in.)
DO NOT use "shop towel" type paper towels, or extra heavy "felt-like" paper
towels, as they will not allow water to pass. This inhibits skimming effectiveness.
In areas with low levels of blowing dust, pollen, and other fine particulate
pollution, the Fine Screen alone may be an adequate filter. The use of the Fine
Screen alone is also recommended if the pool is in an area that gathers large
amounts of leaves, bugs, or other large debris. Adding a Paper Towel (as an even
finer filter sandwiched underneath the Fine Screen) slows down the rate of
skimming somewhat, but allows the removal of extremely fine dust.
Looking at the surface of the pool will tell you what you need. If you can see fine
dust floating, use a Paper Towel, particularly when there is enough dust to form a
visible "film" on the downwind side of your pool. If you see only large course
objects such as bugs or leaves, the screen alone may be sufficient.
Paper Towels, used as a finer filter media, are particularly effective in capturing
wind blown dust, particulate air pollution (soot), fly ash (from coal burning), and
very tiny gnats (common near some lawn areas.)
Paper towels also do a fine job in capturing floating oils, such as residues from
sun screen and suntan oils. This prevents such oils from forming greasy films on
the pool wall at the waterline.
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Paper towels also can capture wind blown dust (from dust storms, use of leaf
blowers, etc.). If dust constitutes a major problem in your pool, paper towel
filters will go a long way to alleviating the problem.
Algae spores are commonly introduced to swimming pools as windblown spores
from nearby stagnant or natural bodies of water. They commonly land on the
pool and float for a period of time before beginning to grow. IF they are captured
by paper towel filters before they infect the pool, algae blooms can frequently be
prevented before algae has time to grow and multiply.
PROBLEMS?
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If the unit is not performing as expected, see "Troubleshooting"
If you need further information on how the unit works, see "How It Works"
If you want to learn how to use the Solar-Breeze more intelligently, see
"Advanced Pool Care"
For even more information (and updated suggestions) go to ( www.solarbreeze.com )
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AUTOMATIC OPERATIONS:
(Things the intelligent robot skimmer will do all by itself)
High and Low Speed operation:
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The Solar-Breeze only operates at Full Speed when the sun is shining brightly at
the same time that its batteries are well charged, typically in the early afternoon.
At all other times (including nighttime, cloudy weather, and in shadows) the
Solar-Breeze operates at its energy conserving Low Speed Setting. Low Speed
allows the unit to run longer on a battery charge than it could at Full Speed.
The unit also (briefly) switches into Full Speed mode whenever it tries to gather
too large of a chunk of debris, or when the Bumper Wheels first contact the sides
of a pool. This prevents stalling the motors and keeps the Solar-Breeze both
moving and skimming.
In the Low Speed mode, the Solar-Breeze may appear "lazy", and not move very
fast. This conserves battery power and increases the length of time the unit can
operate on a battery charge, while only slightly reducing the actual effectiveness
of its skimming. It substitutes "persistence" for speed during the time it operates
off of batteries, increasing the total time that it can operate each day.
The Solar-Breeze is Solar powered, naturally operating mostly during the day and
late afternoon. Sometimes it operates into the night. During the night, as the
battery charge gets very low, it operates intermittently, to conserve power. The
Rear (propulsion) paddlewheel is turned off completely, and the Front
Paddlewheel operates in cycles, 10 minutes each half hour. This stretches a small
amount of battery power to the maximum.
Moving into the sun to charge
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The Solar-Breeze is smart enough to know that its batteries cannot charge without
direct sunlight.
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Normally, during the day, BOTH the Front (skimming) and the Rear (propulsion)
Paddlewheels operate at the same time.
When batteries are low, the unit will "seek out the sun" and avoid spending much
time in the shade. This charges the batteries faster, and avoids getting stuck in a
shadow with a dead battery.
If bright sunlight is encountered when the batteries are low, the Solar-Breeze may
turn off its rear (propulsion) Paddlewheel for an hour or more, to encourage it to
stay in the sun to "soak up" more sunlight. The Front (skimming) Paddlewheel
will normally keep running (on low speed) so that useful skimming is still being
done. It may sit in the sun for an hour or more charging its batteries.
If the Solar-Breeze drifts back into a shadow while it is still charging its low
batteries, the rear (propulsion) Paddlewheel will turn back on. Then, when it
moves back into bright sunlight, the Rear Paddlewheel may stop again, so that the
skimmer may linger in the sun to charge its battery.
It will often keep up this shuffle from shadow to sunlight repeatedly till the
batteries are more fully charged. Once the batteries are over half charged and the
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Solar-Breeze is in bright sunlight, both the Front and Rear Paddlewheels will
begin "Full Speed" operation, which provides for "more vigorous" propulsion and
skimming.
When STUCK (in a difficult position)
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The Solar-Breeze will keep operating normally for about 30 seconds in a stuck
position.
But, eventually, it will decide that it is not moving, briefly slow the rotation of its
Front Paddlewheel, and place its rear (propulsion) Paddlewheel into reverse for
about a minute, then coast backwards for another half minute. This will
(normally) allow the unit to back away from obstacles, and then take another
crack at making its way around the pool.
Around very difficult obstacles, it may do this repeatedly. As long as it does not
spend “all” of its time doing so, and it eventually skims all of the pool surface,
nothing is hurt by this shuffle. The Solar-Breeze will not repeat such a reverse for
a full three minutes, even if it gets stuck again. This gives it some time for
skimming, since it does not really skim during the reverse.
The Front Paddlewheel continues to rotate slowly during such a reverse to help
prevent loosing debris already gathered in the Filter Basket.
See "Advanced Pool Care" or our website ( www.solar-breeze.com ) for
suggestions on how to "fix" a pool with a built in obstacle that repeatedly causes
the Solar-Breeze to waste too much time getting around it. This involves
installing a small "deflector" near the obstacle, just above the waterline, at the
level of the Bumper Wheels.
Circling the pool edges:
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Surface dirt tends to drift to one edge or the other of the swimming pool, where it
floats as a film on the surface.
The Bumper Wheels of the Solar-Breeze are designed to encourage the vessel to
repeatedly go around the edges of the pool, selectively skimming in the areas
were most of the floating dirt and debris is likely to accumulate.
Even a light wind tends to blow both debris films and the floating Solar-Breeze
towards the same side of the pool. When the Powered Bumper Wheels of the
Solar-Breeze contact that wall of the pool, they abruptly turn the unit so that it
will navigate along that side of the pool, conveniently and quickly “gobbling up”
the entire film that the wind has just concentrated. Since the wind does this
repeatedly, throughout the day and night, this natural cycle of wind concentration
of the debris film serves to greatly enhance the skimming effectiveness of the
Solar-Breeze. The natural navigation system of the Solar-Breeze “just happens”
to cause it to do most of its skimming in the very spot where the wind “just
happens” to concentrate most of the debris on the pool surface.
Clearing a jammed Paddlewheel :
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Solar powered Paddlewheels have limited torque, especially on "Low Speed", and
can occasionally attempt to swallow things (such as plastic bags and long tree
limbs) that will jam the Front Paddlewheel, preventing it from rotating.
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Immediately upon encountering a large obstacle, the FIRST response of the SolarBreeze is to steadily increase power to try and "swallow" the object.
Sometimes, the object is too big, or the level of solar and battery power too low,
and the Front Paddlewheel simply becomes jammed.
Rather than simply ceasing to operate, the "brain" of the Solar-Breeze keeps track
of the rotation of the Paddlewheels. If the Front Paddlewheel quits rotating, while
being given sufficient power, the Solar-Breeze will assume that that Front
Paddlewheel is jammed, and attempt to "spit out" the offending debris.
A stopped Paddlewheel will repeatedly reverse itself, for one half second at a
time, at Full Power, so that these brief bursts of reversals will clear the jam.
The unit will keep attempting to "spit out" a "serious jam" for a period of 10
minutes. If it fails to move the paddlewheel in this time, it will shut off the
motors and have the Control Panel's ALARM Indicator Red LED continually lit.
It is necessary to turn the skimmer OFF, then ON again before it can resume
operation.
In the case of such a "serious jam", turn OFF the power switch. Then the owner
may just very carefully extract the offending debris, by unwrapping it gently from
the Paddlewheel, if necessary. It is critical, during this operation, to be gentle,
and to avoid applying excessive forces to the paddlewheel that might strip internal
gears or bend paddlewheel blades.
After the Paddlewheel is cleared, turn the unit ON. If it still doesn't operate,
check for further obstructions, particularly wound up hair or string around
paddlewheel or bumper wheel shafts.
See "Troubleshooting" and "Caring for the Solar-Breeze" for more advice on what
to do when the unit quits functioning from Paddlewheel jams, or some other
cause.
ADVANCED POOL CARE
Swimming pool filter pumps are "energy hogs", using considerable electricity year
around. Pool pumps have to run for hours a day, even when the water itself looks clear,
just to allow the surface debris to be skimmed and to allow an automatic vacuum to clean
off the bottom, as the dirt and debris settles. And sometimes the filter pump is run
merely to distribute pool chlorine evenly. (That's why so many people use floating
chlorinators. While floating chlorinators do not distribute chlorine evenly, they are used
because they do not require the pool pump to operate just to distribute chlorine!)
If a pool is very dirty, or it needs to be vacuumed, then, of course, pool filters need to be
run. BUT pool filter operation can be reduced considerably, if the Solar-Breeze is
allowed to do its job of continual skimming and chemical spreading. In the “off-season”,
the Solar-Breeze can sometime meet ALL of the pool cleaning needs, except for an
occasional sweeping and vacuuming of the bottom. It can skim finer dust, using a Paper
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Towel as an additional filter. It can distribute all of the chlorine the pool needs in winter
time. And it can distribute “Pool Clarifiers” to make the water “sparkle”, and cause even
the finest of algae, dust, and bacteria sink to the bottom.
“Advanced Pool Care” deals largely with getting the most out of the Solar-Breeze, and to
minimize running the main pool pump, particularly during the “off season”.
POOL CARE TIPS:
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Cover the pool, if possible, during the coldest part of winter. Particularly in areas
that get snow and significant freezing weather. The Solar-Breeze MUST be
removed from the pool during times when night and morning temperatures allow
for the formation of ice. Ice buildup from water splashed unto the unit (by the
Paddlewheels) or snow accumulation on top of the unit can cause the unit to sink
low enough in the water to damage its electronics and VOID the WARRANTY.
Surface ice on the pool can be even more damaging. The unit is not designed to
cope with snow or ice. Covering the pool can frequently block the formation of
ice, in all but the coldest of climates, and dramatically cut down the need for
chemicals and cleaning.
We recommend that you allow the Solar-Breeze to operate for as much of the year
as possible, even when direct sunlight levels are so low that it only runs
occasionally. Even in very dark cloudy weather it will catch most of the dirt and
debris that lands on the pool surface, before it sinks. Once dirt sinks, it is far
more expensive and time consuming to remove.
In cloudy weather, just because you don't happen to SEE the Solar-Breeze moving
doesn't mean it isn't intermittently running when you are not looking. In dark
weather, it won't run till the unit accumulates some power in its batteries, which is
most likely to result in running near the end of the day. While it is possible to
have weather (in winter) so dark that the unit might not run for extended periods
of time, this is not common in most areas with open air swimming pools.
Only a total lack of debris accumulating in the filter basket should be taken as
evidence of no skimming activity. There are several climates (such as Western
Washington state) where a combination of cloudy winters and northern latitudes
may justify removing the Solar-Breeze from the pool for several months, even
when the pool surface itself is not freezing.
If you add chlorine to your pool as a gas or liquid or other forms of chlorine that
does not contain "stabilizers", you might consider occasionally using standard
commercial 3" (Jumbo) stabilized chlorine tablets in the Solar-Breeze, just to
bring up the level of stabilizer high enough to prevent too fast of breakdown of
the chlorine in the pool. (Most commercial pool chlorine tablets contain
stabilizers.) Discuss this issue with your pool care professional, as it may
dramatically reduce your chlorinating expenses. (Sunlight, wind, and rain cause
rapid loss of chlorine when "stabilizer" levels get too low.)
If your pool has an automatic sanitizing system (say, a salt system that
manufactures its own chlorine), you probably do not need to use the Solar-Breeze
to distribute chlorine. In this case, you might consider using the Solar-Breeze for
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occasionally spreading granular Pool Clarifiers to make the pool water "sparkling
clean".
Such "Pool Clarifiers" can also be used periodically (or as needed to reduce
cloudiness) during the "off season" to almost eliminate the routine running of the
swimming pool filter, except for an occasional sweeping and vacuuming of the
pool bottom.
Pool clarifiers should not be used continually. Occasional use, only when the
pool water looks cloudy in sunlight, is more than sufficient. If very cloudy,
adding swimming pool "shock treatment" directly to the swimming pool, and
distributing "Pool Clarifiers" with the Solar-Breeze is especially effective.
Pool clarifiers do nothing toward cleaning the pool bottom. This must be done
with brooms and vacuums.
"Pool Clarifiers" are granular chemicals specifically designed to reduce the
"cloudiness" of pool water by making algae, bacteria, and microscopic dirt
"clump" together and settle to the bottom of the pool. This makes the water
"sparkling clean", but leaves a thin film of dirt on the bottom that must be swept
and vacuumed up. Clarifiers filter the pool water significantly cleaner than most
pool filters are capable of, but does require manual or automatic vacuuming of the
settled dirt film on the pool bottom. What clarifiers eliminate is long term
running of the pool filter to reduce "cloudiness" in the water. In winter, use of
clarifiers every week or two, followed the next day by vacuuming of the pool,
may keep the pool “sparkling”, so that no other operation of the pool filter may be
needed.
Up to ¼ cup at a time of granular pool clarifiers (such as alum) may be added to
the Chemical Dispenser of the Solar-Breeze, but NOT at the same time that
chlorine tablets are present. This small amount of Pool Clarifier (and perhaps
even a smaller amount) is usually more than enough to "miraculously" cause all
of the cloudiness to settle to the bottom within 24 hours. Since granular
chemicals tend to cake in the Chemical Dispenser, it is important to periodically
clean out the corners before using Chlorine Tablets once again. (It may also be
necessary to have the Adjustable Slots in the Chemical Dispenser adjusted to a
much narrower width than when using the slower dissolving solid Chlorine
Tablets. Too rapid of release reduces the efficiency of Pool Clarifiers.)
If granular Pool Clarifiers dissolve too quickly, or pour out of the slots in the back
of the chemical dispenser, they may be contained inside of a porous cloth bag to
slow down their rate of dissolving (such as an old sock). This has the added
benefit of making it easy to remove the remaining chemicals, should it be decided
that they have already cleared the pool sufficiently.
Pool clarifiers are difficult to spread over the surface by traditional means.
Clarifiers work the best when the water is calm, and they are placed gently, as a
solution, on the surface. For this reason, the quantity used is normally far greater
than required to do the job. The Solar-Breeze is so good at distributing clarifiers
that people may be shocked by the clarity of water in the pool, even when the
pool filter is not run at all. But one must not forget, that the bacteria, algae, and
microscopic dust has settled to the bottom, and should be vacuumed out,
preferably prior to heavy swimming that will stir them up again.
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Pool Clarifiers make water "sparkle", by eliminating cloudiness. But this has not
rendered the pool "clean". The "cloudiness" settles as a thin film of dirt on the
pool bottom that must be swept and vacuumed out before the pool is truly clean.
The Solar-Breeze sweeps the surface clean, before dust and dirt can settle. This
can dramatically reduce the need for sweeping and vacuuming. BUT it cannot
entirely eliminate it. Neglecting even a small amount of dirt on the sides or
bottom of a pool can eventually result in the growth of a patch of difficult to
remove algae (such as “black algae”). Therefore, do not neglect periodic
sweeping and vacuuming, even when the Solar-Breeze appears to otherwise be
doing an excellent job of keeping the pool clean.
During the off season, with minimal swimming and cooler pool water, the SolarBreeze may perform the entire skimming, chlorinating, and water clarifying roles,
virtually eliminating the need for running the filter, for any reason other than
vacuuming the pool bottom. But it is still CRITICAL for the pool owner to
monitor Chlorine levels, acid levels, and water clarity, as well as occasionally
sweep and vacuum the pool sides and bottoms as needed. Lack of attention to the
pool and “over-reliance” on the Solar-Breeze may result in chemical imbalances
or black algae growth.
Off-season, the distribution of Chlorine, particularly around the pool edges, helps
prevent the start of black algae on the walls, and algae "blooms" that usually start
on dust and debris floating on the pool surface.
The Solar-Breeze can filter the water with its Snap In "Fine Screen", or with an
ordinary high quality Paper Towel acting as an even finer filter, sandwiched
between the Snap In Fine Screen and the course Mesh Bottom of the Filter
Basket.
In areas with low levels of blowing dust, pollen, and other fine particulate
pollution, the Fine Screen alone may be an adequate filter. The use of the Fine
Screen alone is also recommended if the pool is in an area that gathers large
amounts of leaves, bugs, or other large debris. Adding a Paper Towel (as an even
finer filter sandwiched underneath the Fine Screen) slows down the rate of
skimming somewhat, but allows the removal of extremely fine dust. Looking at
the surface of the pool will tell you what you need. If you can see fine dust
floating, use a Paper Towel, particularly when there is enough dust to form a
visible "film" on the downwind side of your pool. If you see only large course
objects such as bugs or leaves, the screen alone may be sufficient.
Paper Towels, used as a finer filter media, are particularly effective in capturing
wind blown dust, particulate air pollution (soot), fly ash (from coal burning), and
very tiny gnats (common near some lawn areas.) They also are notable in
capturing floating oils, such as residues from sun screen and suntan oils. This
prevents such oils from forming greasy films on the pool wall at the waterline.
Another benefit comes from the tendency of some algae species to first appear on
the surface film of the pool. If algae spores are captured by paper towel filters
before they infect the pool, algae blooms can frequently be prevented before algae
has time to multiply.
Paper Towels should be KITCHEN STYLE paper towels, with high wet strength,
but quite porous. Shop Towel style paper towels act like thick felt, and do not
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allow enough water to pass through them. Too thick of Paper Towels inhibits
skimming.
Paper Towels can trap large AIR BUBBLES under them, during installation. To
prevent this, install the Filter Basket into the skimmer while it is floating in the
water, after tilting the Filter Basket in the water, to allow large bubbles to escape.
Automatic pool vacuums need to be used less often when the Solar-Breeze is
consistently used. But they must never be used at the same time as the SolarBreeze, as this may VOID the WARRANTY. Automated cleaning devices
occasionally break the surface or tie their hoses into circles, and can damage,
submerge, or capsize the Solar-Breeze. Just because you have not SEEN your
automated pool vacuum doing such violent things, they still might, on rare
occasions, when you are not looking. Even if they do not damage the SolarBreeze, their hoses may block its proper navigation, and tend to rapidly sink
floating debris, before the Solar-Breeze can sweep it off the surface of the water.
The use of both devices at the same time is not recommended.
OFF SEASON, some pool owners find that the Solar-Breeze, used with
alternating Chlorine Tablets and Pool Clarifiers, can almost eliminate other pool
maintenance. With less swimming three things occur: First, almost the entire dirt
load in the pool comes from the surface, where the Solar-Breeze skims it off as
fast as it lands. Second, the chlorine requirements decrease, to the point that
residual chlorine can be controlled entirely with the Solar-Breeze. And Third,
occasional use of Pool Clarifiers will filter the water, without running the Pool
Filter and Pump. Then other maintenance drops down to only an occasional
sweeping and vacuuming the pool bottom. IF this is found to be the case, it is still
necessary that the pool owner monitor chlorine levels, do occasional shock
treatments, and sweep and vacuum the pool bottom, occasionally, as needed. The
Solar-Breeze reduces pool maintenance, but does not eliminate it. Not monitoring
chlorine, acid, and water clarity levels, and not sweeping and vacuuming
(occasionally) can still result in pools becoming foul.
RAIN or DUST STORMS, occurring off season requires extra maintenance.
Specifically:
Rain releases chlorine from pool water into the air. It is critical to check chlorine
levels after a rain.
Dust Storms (and other wind) can introduce debris that can swamp the capacity of
the Solar-Breeze, and can vastly increase the chlorine requirement and require
additional vacuuming of the bottom. Always check the condition of the pool, the
pool chemical levels, and the Solar-Breeze after wind or rain.
OBSTRUCTIONS at the waterline of a pool that give the Solar-Breeze a hard
time on every single circuit of the pool can be ignored IF the Solar-Breeze does
not spend more than half of its time navigating around them. Otherwise, creative
building of "deflectors" at the waterline around these objects, to allow the Bumper
Wheels to work properly, will "fix" the pool, and make it "friendly" for SolarBreeze operation once again. See the website at ( www.solar-breeze.com) for
more suggestions on the design of "deflectors" around pool obstructions. We
suggest you print a hardcopy of these suggestions for your Swimming Pool
Professional, if you lack the skills to fabricate or install such deflectors.
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TROUBLESHOOTING (Problems):
Problem
Diagnosis/Solution
All indicator Lights OFF, including
POWER LED and navigation LEDs.
Unit may have turned itself “OFF”. It may turn itself OFF, if
batteries ever completely discharge. After the unit charges its
batteries in the sun, it may simply need to be turned back ON.
Check if unit is simply turned OFF. If not, the batteries may be
completely discharged. Charge the unit in direct sunlight for one full
day and try again.
Indicates unit is turned ON, and has sufficient power to operate. IF
unit fails to run with “POWER” LED “ON”, check for other
problems, such as stuck paddlewheels.
Clean Filter Basket (if dirty)
Clear out string or hair around Paddlewheel or Bumper Wheel shafts
Check for dragging debris under Solar-Breeze or for physical
friction involving the paddlewheel, such as wound up string.
Reoccurring could indicate string or hair buildup on Paddlewheels or
other sources of excess friction.
Go to ( www.solar-breeze.com ) for advice on "deflector"
construction to allow unit to skirt around an obstacle.
Batteries are too low to power the unit, once it enters a shadow,
where there is no solar power. Take unit out of the water, place in
sun, and turn it off, so that it charges the batteries for one full day.
Low sun angles and cloudy weather can combine to completely
discharge batteries. At midday, place unit with solar panels
perpendicular to the sun to charge for one day. Then re-test. If it
works after such charging, It indicates low sunlight levels are the
only problem.
The batteries are charging. (Not a problem)
Batteries are fully charged. (Not a problem)
Batteries totally discharged. Place unit in the midday sun to charge
for one full day, then turn ON.
Batteries are extremely low. Turn off, and set unit with solar panels
in the sun for one full day for batteries to charge before turning ON.
Or, simply allow unit to charge by itself, if sun is adequate.
Allow the unit to first attempt to spit the object out. If paddlewheel
shut down, it is sometimes necessary to use fingers or a tweezers to
gently remove the offending debris, especially if string or hair has
wrapped around the front paddlewheel shaft.
This is very rare, and would usually involve string or hair wrapped
around the paddlewheel. Normally though, assume that LOW
SPEED mode is on, and that the rear paddlewheel might simply be
turned off to conserve power.
Slide Filter Basket into unit while floating in the water, after first
allowing trapped bubbles to escape (tilting Filter Basket)
Raise or Lower pool water level till Bumper Wheels make optimum
contact. (Skimmer body must not hit before bumper wheels.)
Motors off, Navigation LEDs off at
night
POWER indicator light ON
Front Paddlewheel slow
(Skimmer may reverse repeatedly)
Rear Paddlewheel or propulsion slow
Reoccurring dead batteries
(Totally discharged batteries)
Repeatedly gets (physically) stuck in
same place in the swimming pool.
Repeatedly gets stuck in a shadow
Unit fails to operate midwinter
BATTERY light lit (in sun)
BATTERY light off (in sun)
Power button causes no response (not
even an indicator light)
ALARM LED BLINKING
Front Paddlewheel Stuck
(ALARM Indicator LED ON steady)
Rear Paddlewheel Stuck
Bubbles trapped under Paper Towel
filter
Pool water Level Problems Bumper
wheels not making contact
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PARTS NAMES:
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Solar Panels
Front Paddlewheel
Rear Paddlewheel
Filter Basket
a. Snap In Fine Screen
b. Optional Paper Towel (filter)
View Lens
Chemical Dispenser
a. Adjustable Slots
Control Panel
a. POWER Indicator LED (green)
b. ALARM Indicator LED (red)
c. BATTERY Indicator LED (green)
d. ON/OFF Button
Navigation Lights (4)
Bumper Wheels
a. Front Bumper Wheels (powered)
b. Rear Bumper Wheels (idlers)
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HOW THINGS WORK:
SOLAR PANELS
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Solar panels can only power motors at High Speed when the sun is high in the
sky, and the Solar-Breeze's Storage Batteries have nearly a full charge.
If Batteries are very low, it is not unusual for operation of the Solar-Breeze to
begin at 10:00 AM or later, as the unit needs to both gather power for its motors
to operate, and for its batteries to charge. The sun needs to be almost directly
overhead before the Solar Panels can both run the motors and charge the batteries.
Batteries, when very low, may require the Solar-Breeze to charge its batteries in
the sun before motors can operate at all. This is more common from late fall to
early spring, or during rainy seasons, when available sunlight is less.
When the sun is lower (or has already set) the Solar-Breeze will usually run its
motors at Low Speed, to conserve energy and to allow the skimmer to operate for
several hours more. The unit may occasionally operate intermittently (at night),
with short periods turned ON, and longer periods turned OFF, during the night, to
conserve battery charge, while still skimming the pool periodically.
Since the "Solar Day" (when the sun is nearly directly overhead) is relatively
short, the Solar-Breeze will end up operating more of its time at Low Speed, off
of stored Battery Power, than one would naturally expect (with High Speed
operation most likely in the afternoon). While skimming action visually appears
slightly slower at Low Speed, the Solar-Breeze still get the job done, slowly and
persistently.
The Solar-Breeze is programmed to turn the Rear Paddlewheel off at night, when
the battery charge gets down below 50% charge, and to operate the Front
Paddlewheel in cycles of 10 minutes ON and 20 minutes OFF. This extreme
energy conservation mode sometimes may allow operation late into the night.
This is only likely to occur in summertime, and varies greatly with latitude and
climate (how sunny it is in late afternoon.)
If the batteries are fully charged at the end of the day, the Solar-Breeze may
occasionally operate intermittently into the night before it shuts down. This is not
an error, but is an attempt by the unit to utilize the larger amount of solar energy
available during the middle of the summer.
FRONT PADDLEWHEEL
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The Front Paddlewheel acts as a dirt scoop for debris floating as a film on the
pool surface, with the film held together by water surface tension
The slowly rotating Front Paddlewheel scoops the surface film into the Filter
Basket, while churning the water ahead of the skimmer as little as possible.
(Otherwise, dirt might sink before it gets scooped into the Filter Basket.)
Surface tension holds this film of dust together so well that it is common to see
the Front Paddlewheel "suck in" a swath of the dust film significantly wider than
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the width of the vessel, leaving the untouched dust film to either side still floating
for the next pass of the Solar-Breeze around the pool.
When not rotating, the Front Paddlewheel also acts as a dam or barrier, preventing
dirt already gathered in the Filter Basket from escaping back into the pool.
Twigs, branches, plastic bags, and other large debris are occasionally too big for
the Front Paddlewheel to "swallow". If it jams, it will repeatedly reverse itself in
½ second bursts till it operates freely again (after "spitting out" the offending
oversized debris).
IF the Front Paddlewheel cannot clear itself in 10 minutes of these reversals, and
still cannot rotate, then an ALARM condition occurs. The motors will be turned
OFF. The offending debris should be removed GENTLY with the fingers, or (in
the case of string or long hair) unwrapped gently with a tweezers. Try to avoid
forcing a Paddlewheel to rotate, as this can damage gears if it turns out that it is a
front bumper wheel that is actually stuck. If you feel uncomfortable doing this
repair, take it to your pool care professional.
After the jammed paddlewheel is clear, place the skimmer in the water, and turn
the unit ON again.
REAR PADDLEWHEEL
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The Rear Paddlewheel is for propulsion, and to increase the efficiency of the
Chemical Dispenser.
When the Solar-Breeze gets stuck at an obstacle for about 30 seconds, the
microprocessor commands the Rear Paddlewheel to reverse for about 70 seconds,
causing the vessel to back away from the obstacle. It will then coast for another
20 seconds, before resuming normal forwards operation. During the entire
"navigation reverse", the Front Paddlewheel rotates slowly to retain already
gathered debris. Most of the time this will allow the unit to “back away” from an
obstacle and take another attempt at navigating around the pool.
No skimming occurs during a "navigation reverse". Therefore the unit is
programmed to always wait 3 minutes before another navigation reverse. That
way, if a full filter basket, or some other harmless obstruction , is causing too
frequent of navigation reverses, there will still be time in the cycle for useful
skimming, between the reversals.
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BUMPER WHEELS
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The powered Front Bumper Wheels force the Solar-Breeze to turn one way or the
other, to follow the edge of the pool, any time the unit collides with a wall of the
pool.
They keep the vessel moving, even when it would otherwise easily get stuck
against a pool wall, or in a corner of a pool. The Front (powered) Bumper wheels
actually pull the vessel along the wall, causing it to turn sharply to one side or
another after contact. The Rear Bumper Wheels act as “idlers”, just reducing
friction, so that the sides of the skimmer do not rub against the walls of the pool.
Bumper Wheels encourage the Solar-Breeze to spend much of its time selectively
moving along the walls of the pool, usually on the downwind side, skimming
where most of the debris is concentrated by the wind.
Powered Bumper Wheels allow for very fast response to almost any obstacle.
They are particularly good at causing the vessel to do a hard right or a hard left
turn each time it encounters a wall of the pool, causing the vessel to quickly
maneuver out of corners and around obstacles. Skimmers without powered
Bumper Wheels tend to “suck”, with the Front Paddlewheel literally “sucking”
the skimmer into a corner, where it is very difficult to escape.
WATER LEVEL: Raise or lower pool water level for optimum Bumper Wheel
contact. If the body of the Solar-Breeze strikes some part of the pool edge before
the Bumper Wheels do, it is frequently because the water level is higher or lower
than it should be.
FILTER BASKET
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The Filter Basket is where gathered debris is stored, and is filtered. It consists of
a course Mesh Bottom, a "Snap In" Fine Screen, and an optional sheet of ordinary
(disposable) Paper Towel that may be sandwiched in between the Snap In Screen
and the Mesh Bottom of the Filter Basket.
Dirt in the Filter Basket can be viewed from the top, with the Solar-Breeze
operating, through the View Lens.
When full, the Basket may be slid forwards, underneath the Front Paddlewheels,
for emptying.
For course debris (like bugs and leaves) the Fine Screen insert can be used as the
only filter medium. Because of higher water flow, it results in faster skimming.
In some areas, bugs and leaves represent the vast bulk of the "biological load" that
eats up the chlorine you put into the pool. Getting them out on a daily basis
greatly increases water clarity and need for adding chlorine.
For finer (dust) filtration, a disposable sheet of (high quality) Paper Towel can be
sandwiched between the course mesh bottom of the Filter Basket and the Fine
Screen, which snaps in place above it. Paper Towel filtration is used when dust,
sun tan oils, air pollution, or pollen leaves a visible "film" of dust on the
downwind side of the pool. In windy and dusty areas, this disposable Paper
Towel fine filter can significantly cut down on the time spent running the main
pool filter and the time spent vacuuming the pool bottom.
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A Filter Basket that is FULL can cause extra drag on the front paddlewheel. The
skimmer, thinking it is stuck, might go into a "navigation reverse" every three
minutes or so, trying to back away from a non-existent obstacle. This does not
harm anything, but is a sign that the filter needs changing.
Do not use excessively thick Paper Towels, or Shop Towel style paper towels.
These heavier paper towels that look like felt do not allow enough water flow for
skimming to occur. Use KITCHEN TYPE PAPER TOWELS, of good quality (so
they do not decompose when wet), but not excessively thick.
An overly full filter basket can cause the Front Paddlewheel to jam (with
overflowing debris) and stop rotating. If it cannot clear itself in 10 minutes, the
unit may shut down its motors, and turn on the ALARM LED (continuously ON).
This can only be reset (after clearing the Front Paddlewheel) by turning the unit
Off and then back ON.
MICROPROCESSOR
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The microprocessor is the "brain" that makes decisions for the Solar-Breeze
It can decide if the vessel is "stuck", and back up, away from the obstacle.
It can decide that the Front Paddlewheel is jammed with debris, and cause it to
briefly reverse and "spit out" what it cannot swallow.
It can increase power to the Front Paddlewheel (or the interconnected Front
Bumper Wheels) every time a piece of large debris is “swallowed” and every time
one of the Front (powered) Bumper Wheels contact the side of the pool. (This
prevents the unit from “stalling” under a heavy load.)
It can decide if the battery is low or the sun is not shining brightly, and revert to
Low Speed mode.
In Low Speed Mode, it can turn on the Rear Paddlewheel every time the unit is in
shade, and turn it off every time it re-enters the sun. This forces the unit to travel
slower (or even stop) in the sunlight to charge the batteries when the batteries are
low, preventing the unit from getting stuck with fully discharged batteries in a
shadow. It still keeps the Front (skimming) Paddlewheel rotating during this
battery charging operation.
It can decide that the battery needs charging, and use the Solar Panels to charge
the battery even when the Solar-Breeze main push button switch is turned OFF!
It can decide that the batteries are fully discharged, and turn the motors off till the
sun comes out again.
It can decide that it is night, and that the batteries are at less than 50% charge, and
turn the motors off till dawn to conserve battery power for operation in the early
morning. (This gives the unit enough reserve power to find its way out of
shadows to charge its batteries in the sun.)
It can decide that it is night, so that it can run the unit intermittently, allowing at
least some pool skimming to be performed into the night, so that the pool surface
will be clean in the morning.
It can decide that it is night, and cause the Navigation Lights to blink to make the
unit more visible in the dark.
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It can detect and warn of an “Alarm” condition (with the ALARM LED indicator
steadily ON), whenever the Front Paddlewheel gets stuck for 10 minutes or more.
It can detect a very low battery, and conserve enough power to keep the
microprocessor memory alive (so it can remember that the unit is turned ON, and
keep the navigation lights blinking during the night.) It gives a blinking ALARM
LED as a warning of this condition.
CONTROL PANEL and LIGHTS
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The Control Panel is a plate on the rear of the Solar-Breeze with an ON /OFF
(push button) switch, and three "Indicator" lights, that tell you how the skimmer is
operating.
The ON/OFF Button only prevents the motors from running and the lights from
working. With the ON/OFF switch turned OFF, the solar cells can still
effectively charge the storage battery, if the Solar-Breeze is sitting in the sun. In
fact, storing the unit where indirect light or even room lights hits the solar panels
will usually keep the batteries fully charged when turned "OFF".
The 4 Blue "Navigation Lights" around the edges of the Solar-Breeze normally
flash during the night, if the unit has at least some power in its batteries and is
turned ON. They make it visible in the pool at night.
The POWER Indicator Light (green) is on whenever the unit is turned on and has
at least a little power in the batteries. It simply tells you that the unit is turned
ON.
The Red ALARM Indicator Light comes ON (steady) when the Front
Paddlewheel becomes rigidly stuck from debris or string or hair wrapped around
the blades or shaft.
The Red ALARM Indicator Light BLINKS when the batteries are exceptionally
low. (see "Troubleshooting"). If the ALARM light blinks (battery very low)
when the unit is turned ON or if no lights at all come on (battery dead), this
indicates the battery charge is very low. The unit may be turned off and set the
unit in the sun to charge up the batteries for a full day. Otherwise slower charging
and unpredictable performance may result. It WILL charge (eventually) without
doing this, and simply shoving the floating unit into the sun will help.
The BATTERY Indicator light tells you when the battery is charging. This helps
you to judge when the sunlight is bright enough to be useful in charging a fully
discharged battery. During winter and extremely cloudy days, it may be
necessary to set the unit (with fully discharged batteries) at an angle so that the
Solar Panels are more nearly perpendicular to the sun before effective battery
charging may result.
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OFF WARRANTY USES:
Non-Swimming Pool Uses
(Uses for the Solar-Breeze not covered by the Warranty)
Certain (non-swimming pool) uses of the Solar-Breeze will VOID THE WARRANTY,
but may still (relying on the judgment of the user) present relatively safe and useful
functions for the device.
By listing such POSSIBLE uses, the Manufacturer neither recommends these uses, nor
warranties that they will be effective in any given application, nor that they will not cause
damage NOT COVERED BY THE WARRANTY, to the Solar-Breeze.
These warnings are not intended to scare the user away from such creative uses, only to
warn the user that we have not thoroughly tested the unit in these applications, and cannot
possibly extend the service warranty for such creative and "off warranty" applications.
OFF WARRANTY USES:
• ANY BODY OF WATER to be skimmed by the Solar-Breeze must meet certain
minimum requirements: It must have smooth vertical edges near the waterline
like swimming pools do, so that the Bumper Wheels will contact the walls. It
must have limited obstacles in the pond, since some classes of obstacles will
cause the Solar-Breeze to get stuck too often to be useful. It must not have
vegetation growing at the surface of the water, since the Solar-Breeze will
"attempt" to capture the vegetation while it is still attached by its roots. And it
must not have so much "pond-scum" that the debris simply overwhelms the
relatively small surface skimmer.
• Cleaning the surface of a concrete edged fishpond. The Solar-Breeze may be
useful in inhibiting surface vegetation, skimming leaves and debris, and reducing
maintenance. Continual use of the Solar-Breeze might inhibit the growth of
surface floating vegetation and surface algae, once it is initially limited.
• Cleaning the surface of large basin fountains. In this application, the user must
determine whether the violence of any fountain spray presents a hazard to the
Solar-Breeze. Generally, if the fountain does not hit the skimmer significantly
harder than would natural rain, the skimmer will not be harmed. But this
statement is neither warranted nor tested by the manufacturer. The Solar-Breeze
may be the only Chlorinating system needed in some large fountains.
• Cleaning the surface of other larger ponds and bodies of water. Very large bodies
of water (having concrete near vertical edges) will eventually reach such a size
that there may be some "fatal trap" from which the Solar-Breeze cannot escape.
Whirlpools from suction inlets, non-vertical pond sides, tree roots and branches,
and docks (and other structures) in the water are particularly likely to present
"fatal traps" that will repeatedly cause the unit to get stuck. Creative building of
"deflectors" at the waterline around these objects, to allow the Bumper Wheels to
work properly, will "fix" the pond, and make it "friendly" for Solar-Breeze
operation once again. See the website at ( www.solar-breeze.com ) for more
suggestions on the design of "deflectors" around pool obstructions.
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CLARIFYING WATER in large deep ponds. In some applications it is desirable
to have the water in a deep pond be crystal clear, even if algae grows on the
bottom. This can be accomplished by using the Solar-Breeze for distributing
granular CLARIFIER on the surface, while skimming debris and rising algae
clumps off the surface (to inhibit "pond-scum"). In this semi-clean pond
application, the algae and bacteria clump and settle to the bottom, where they stay
permanently (or until the bottom is cleaned). In some cases, the Solar-Breeze
may be the ONLY pond maintenance required, except when storms bring in
excessive debris, or when algae blooms overwhelm the tiny Solar-Breeze. For
PUBLIC HEALTH REASONS, the use of mosquito fish may be required to
inhibit West Nile Virus spreading mosquitoes. User must determine the quantity
of granular clarifier that will not kill such mosquito eating fish, and maintain the
appropriate balance between clear water and mosquito safety.
REDUCING MOSQUITO LARVA in large untreated ponds and tanks of water:
Mosquitoes, in their early life as eggs and larva live right at the surface of the
water. The Solar-Breeze, in some applications, does an EXCELLENT job of
skimming these eggs and larva into a Filter Basket, where the tiniest amount of a
chemical may kill them. For instance, a very tiny chunk of a solid chlorine tablet,
placed in the bottom of the Filter Basket, will "sanitize" it of any living
mosquitoes, while adding virtually no chlorine to the large tank or pond being
skimmed. User MUST determine the effectiveness of this treatment, monitor
mosquitoes, and be responsible for meeting local anti-mosquito regulations.
Water Treatment. Because of both safety and governmental regulation concerns,
it is NEVER recommended to use the Solar-Breeze as a critical phase in the
treatment of drinking water. IF, however, water in large settling ponds is being
clarified for appearances sake only (not to make it into potable drinking water, or
to meet any Federal, or State regulations), THEN the Solar Breeze is especially
efficient at spreading Granular Clarifiers over the surface, and keeping the surface
free of debris. Due to the cyclic nature and irregular nature of sunlight, it is
NEVER recommended for use in holding ponds with short retention times, since
it may result in no water treatment during dark cloudy weather.
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TAKING CARE OF
YOUR SOLAR-BREEZE:
CLEANING:
The body of the SOLAR-BREEZE should be cleaned with a damp rag, moistened with
water, or water containing a mild soap. Stubborn deposits may be removed with a soft
bristled brush, such as a vegetable brush or toothbrush. Additional cleaning tips, for
difficult cases, may be found on our website at ( www.solar-breeze.com ) and in the
instructions below.
WARNING!!!
Before cleaning the Solar-Breeze with any chemical, remove the
Chemical Dispenser. Window cleaning solutions (such as WINDEX) routinely contain
ammonia. Any such cleaning solutions MUST NOT CONTACT CHLORINE
TABLETS!!! Ammonia and chlorine react to produce toxic gasses. And Solvents (such
as paint thinner or alcohol) become extremely flammable upon contact with dry Chlorine
Tablets.
CHEMICAL DISPENSER CLEANING
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The Chemical Dispenser must be cleaned and rinsed of all chlorine and chlorine
residue before storage. Never store the Solar-Breeze with any chlorine remaining
in the Chemical Dispenser.
Rinse, and scrub the inside corners of the Chemical Dispenser with a brush, wash,
and rinse again, to be sure that any caked chlorine residue is gone before storing
the unit. Residual chlorine, stored in the unit, will slowly release corrosive
chlorine gas in any box, closet, or storage space in which the unit is stored. This
has been found to be particularly detrimental to other equipment stored near the
Solar-Breeze. (Chlorine gas is especially corrosive to electronics, stored
photographs, and items made of aluminum, steel, and certain other metals.)
When separated from the Solar-Breeze, the Chemical Dispenser can be immersed
in water, hosed off with a garden hose, scrubbed with a brush, or whatever other
gentle means may be appropriate to remove any caked chemicals.
FILTER BASKET CLEANING
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With Filter Basket removed from the unit, gently tap the still wet Filter Basket
upside down on a flat, smooth, hard surface. If debris still clings to the screen,
dip the entire Filter Basket in water and repeat.
Do not allow debris to dry unto the screen, as this makes removal more difficult.
Soaking the screen in warm soapy water, and using a soft brush or spray from a
garden hose from the back side will frequently clean out a badly clogged screen.
Difficult deposits (such as from algae or lime) can sometimes be removed after
soaking the Filter Basket only, or the Filter Basket Screen only, in a weak solution
of household bleach in water or a weak solution of acidic cleaners such as CLR,
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or extremely strong detergent such, such as TSP. Thoroughly rinse the Filter
Basket after use of such chemicals before placing the Filter Basket back into the
Solar-Breeze.
When reinstalling Filter Basket using Paper Towels, be sure to slide into the unit
while it is floating in the water, after tilting the Filter Basket to allow any large air
bubbles to escape that might be trapped under the Paper Towel.
PADDLEWHEEL CLEANING:
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Sticky debris clinging to Paddlewheel blades can cause them to be off balance, or
even to jam.
Paddlewheels can be gently scrubbed with a soft bristle brush (such as a
toothbrush), and can be rubbed with rags and mild soap
DO NOT force the rotation of Paddlewheel blades, or strike them suddenly, as it
is possible to damage the gears connecting them to the motors.
IF string, hair, or other stringy material wraps around the shaft of the
Paddlewheel, turn the unit OFF, GENTLY remove it with tweezers, unwrapping it
(if possible) from around the shaft. DO NOT CUT hair or string with a knife,
since this might cut into the metal of the Paddlewheel blades or the plastic of the
shaft. Various clippers, such as fingernail clippers, and small nosed wire cutters
might do the job with less Paddlewheel damage. But FIRST, always try and
unwrap the string or hair in a direction opposite to the normal turning direction of
the Paddlewheel.
If the Paddlewheel is rigidly jammed with debris, first remove the Filter Basket, if
possible, and then remove the stuck debris with the gentlest possible method that
does not exert excessive force on the Paddlewheel. The Paddlewheel drive
mechanism is DELICATE, and Paddlewheels should be handled with gentleness
and patience. Forcing the rotation of a Paddlewheel or a Front Bumper Wheel
can potentially damage gears inside the unit.
In case of extremely bad jammed Paddlewheels (say, one wrapped with hundreds
of strands of human hair, or fine thread), it may pay to ask assistance of a
swimming pool professional, or even a vacuum cleaner repair person, as they
have daily experience with clearing this sort of tightly wrapped string jam.
SOLAR PANEL AND SOLAR-BREEZE BODY
CLEANING:
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With the unit out of the water and turned OFF, and the Chemical Dispenser
removed, gently wipe the Solar Panel surface with a soft cloth dampened with
water or a window cleaning solution.
Dry with a soft cloth, not Paper Towels, since they can scratch the polycarbonate
surface of the Solar Panels. (While this damage is only cosmetic in nature, the
unit will appear newer and cleaner if care is always taken to wash the Solar Panels
with softer cloths. Mild scratching and water spots have little effect on the Solar
Panel output.)
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Dust, dirt, and scale buildup hurts Solar-Panel performance. Mild streaking after
cleaning has virtually no effect. Except for cosmetic purposes, a quick wipe with
a clean damp cloth is adequate to keep the solar cells at peak efficiency.
If the Chemical Dispenser is removed BEFORE cleaning, then window-cleaning
solutions, sprayed onto a soft rag, may be used on any surface of the Solar-Breeze
EXCEPT the Chemical Dispenser.
WARNING!!! Never risk mixing ANY CLEANING CHEMICAL with
swimming pool chlorine. Spontaneous fires, explosions, or the production of
deadly poisonous gases could result.
LUBRICATION:
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WARNING!!! Do not use oils or greases on the Solar-Breeze, as they present a
fire hazard in proximity to solid chlorine
The Solar-Breeze does not need oils, greases, or other lubrication, and their use
may cause degradation of the plastic surfaces of the unit.
If Paddlewheels act "sticky", look first for a wad of human hair wrapped around
the Paddlewheel shaft, where it contacts the body of the skimmer, or something
wrapped around one of the front Bumper Wheels. Removing this (with a
tweezers) will frequently cause the Paddlewheels to spin freely once again. If you
lack skill or patience for this job, ask your pool care professional. Vacuum
cleaner repairmen also tend to be very experienced at removing such problem
wads of hair or fibers.
STORAGE
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Do not store the Solar-Breeze outside, in the sun, out of the water for extensive
periods of time. Hot sunshine, without the presence of cooling water can result in
eventual warping of plastic parts. The unit is actually safer in the water,
operating, or even turned off, than sitting out on a hot concrete pool deck.
Note: The Solar-Breeze is capable of charging its batteries in the sun, even with
the switch turned OFF. If batteries are COMPLETELY DISCHARGED, placing
the unit in the sun, but turned OFF, will allow the batteries to accumulate a full
charge before use or storage.
Do not store the Solar-Breeze in locations that are excessively cool (below
freezing), or excessively hot (above 100 degrees Fahrenheit), as these extremes
can damage batteries and plastics over long periods of time. Ideally, store the
Unit at household room temperatures, as this can significantly increase its useful
life.
Long term storage (such as over winter) should be in its original box, right side
up. Then, when it is unpacked for use, it should be placed in direct sunlight for
one full day for the batteries to be charged.
CHEMICALS must never remain in the Chemical Dispenser when it is stored.
This is HAZARDOUS, and will VOID THE WARRANTY. The Chemical
Dispenser must be removed from the unit, rinsed, have any residue in the inside
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corners brushed or scraped out, be washed, and rinsed again - before being placed
back in the Solar-Breeze for storage.
After prolonged storage, or when first receiving the Solar-Breeze, allow the unit
to charge in bright sunlight for one full day before turning the unit on.
(Otherwise, its performance with a dead battery will be very disappointing and
unpredictable. If it gets stuck with a dead battery in a deep shadow, it might go
for several days before operating at full performance.)
Never (even for a short time) store the Solar-Breeze with ANY weight or other
pressure exerted upon the Paddlewheels. This can bend and distort the
Paddlewheels, and prevent them from being able to rotate freely.
Do not leave the Solar-Breeze in a foul, partially empty, or empty swimming
pool, or use it for skimming in fish pods, lily ponds, or other water that is not
sanitized. This will VOID the WARRANTY. While it may be capable of safely
and efficiently skimming in certain non-swimming pool environments, the
warranty only covers its use in well maintained swimming pools. (See the
section, "Off Warranty Uses" for such other applications, such as concrete
fishponds and large basin fountains that are useful, but not covered by our Service
Warranty.)
"PROBLEM OBSTACLES" in your pool:
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Some pools will have a "problem obstacle" that repeatedly slows down the
operation of the Solar-Breeze as it attempts to navigate around it. Usually, the
Solar-Breeze can quickly navigate around anything, or back away from it when
stuck.
IF an obstacle wastes too much of the skimming time, backing away from it,
every time the Solar-Breeze navigates around the pool, it may be worth it to
consider the addition of a small "Deflector" that assists the Solar-Breeze to
quickly go around the obstacle, without missing skimming any area of the pool in
the process.
Go to ( www.solar-breeze.com ) for more specific and updated suggestions on the
building of such "deflectors" or contact your pool care professional.
Generally, a deflector is made from a small piece of PVC plastic, or similar
smooth and non-corroding material, located precisely at the level of the Bumper
Wheels of the Solar-Breeze. This causes the Bumper Wheel to contact it, and turn
the unit away from the obstacle before it has an opportunity to get "stuck", and
have to "back up" to find its way around the obstacle. Deflectors may be glued to
the smooth tiles at the waterline by marine epoxies or other similar underwater
rated glues. Care must be taken to avoid getting glue on grout joints or anywhere
but on the smooth tile surfaces, since glue can only be removed (by razor knife
scraping) on very smooth surfaces. Do NOT get glue on plaster or pebble
textured pool walls!
The manufacturer of the Solar-Breeze can take no responsibility for damage to the
pool from the installation of Deflectors, since the workmanship, glues,
application, and clean up methods are beyond our control. Consult a swimming
pool professional or do small scale tests on scrap pieces of tile if you have doubts.
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WATER LEVEL: Too low or too high of water level in the pool may prevent
Bumper Wheels from making optimum contact with the edge of some swimming
pools. It is critical to raise or lower water level for optimum bumper wheel
contact.
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OWNER REGISTRATION
Please register your name and address and other information within 10 days of purchase,
for your service warranty to be effective.
You may register online at ( www.solar-breeze.com ), or by the return postcard included
with the Solar-Breeze. If registering online, you will receive a PRODUCT
REGISTRATION NUMBER at that time. Otherwise, you will receive it by return
postcard.
Once you have registered, and you seek warranty service, be prepared to give this
Product Registration Number when contacting us online or by phone.
You MUST keep this PRODUCT REGISTRATION NUMBER, WITHOUT WHICH
YOU CANNOT RECEIVE WARRANTY SERVICE!
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SERVICE:
If you need service under this warranty, visit ( www.solar-breeze.com ) for more
information, and to verify that your warranty is in force, and how to obtain service. You
may also call our service number: Phone 623-582-2825
If you have registered your Solar-Breeze within the required 10 days of purchase, you
have received a valid and unique Product Registration Number.
AFTER contacting us about service, and giving us your unique Product Registration
Number, and IF your unit is still under warranty, you will be issued a unique RETURN
AUTHORIZATION NUMBER and an a Service Return Address.
• Mail the unit, with the RETURN AUTHORIZATION NUMBER printed in
LARGE LEGIBLE LETTERS on the outside of the box. A SERVICE
ADDRESS, to mail the unit to, will be provided, along with the Return
Authorization number.
• Units received at our warehouse without a RETURN AUTHORIZATION
NUMBER printed in large legible letters on the box, will be refused unopened,
and returned at owners expense.
• Please also place the Return Authorization Number on a piece of paper taped to
the body of the Solar-Breeze.
• The unit must not have been abused in any way that will VOID the Warranty
• The unit must be shipped in its original shipping container (for warranty service)
OR packed sufficiently well so as not to sustain damage during shipping (for outof-warranty-service).
• If the unit has been abused, or is otherwise out of warranty, it will be shipped
back, in the same container, along with a brief statement of explanation for refusal
of warranty service.
• If the unit is under warranty, it will be repaired or replaced at the manufacturer's
option.
OUT OF WARRANTY SERVICE
Once out of warranty, some repairs may be performed locally by pool care professionals.
For problems beyond their abilities, go to ( www.solar-breeze.com ) or call our service
number at 623-582-2825 for more service options and suggestions.
In ALL cases, including Out of Warranty Service performed for a fee, we will ALWAYS
require a "RETURN AUTHORIZATION NUMBER" (to be issued by us) that MUST be
printed in large legible letters on the outside of the box in which the Unit is returned in,
OR we will return the box unopened at the owner's expense.
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After receiving a Solar-Breeze unit returned for “out of warranty service”, the
manufacturer will evaluate the condition of the unit and contact the owner by email
(preferred) or by phone and inform the owner of the cost of repair of the unit.
Manufacturer will only perform repairs approved by the owner, at the cost quoted after
evaluation of the unit. If the customer shall choose not to accept our offer of service-at-afee, the unit will be shipped back to the owner at the owner’s expense.
Individuals or companies performing repairs on an out-of-warranty Solar-Breeze may
find information about parts availability at ( www.solar-breeze.com ).
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Limited Warranty
Manufacturer of this product, hereby warrants, subject to the conditions set forth below in paragraph 1, 2, 3, and 4, that it will either
repair, or replace, at its option, this product if it proves to be defective by reason of improper workmanship or materials within 1 year
after the purchase of this product at retail or (at the manufacturer's option) refund the pro-rated portion of the original purchase price
appropriate for the remaining portion of the warranty period. This warranty, to be effective, must be registered within 10 days of the
original purchase date.
It may be registered online at ( www.solar-breeze.com ) or by mail with the included mail in warranty registration card. In order to
obtain repairs or replacement under this limited warranty during the first 30 days after the purchase date, you must bring this product
to the original place of purchase OR call the Warranty Service phone number listed, below. After 30 days from the purchase date, you
MUST, to obtain any warranty service, first contact the manufacturer online or by phone to obtain a valid RETURN AUTHORIZATION
NUMBER. The unit must be returned in the original packaging material, and the RETURN AUTHORIZATION NUMBER must be
clearly printed on the outside of the package in large legible letters. The following conditions apply to this Limited Warranty.
1. ORIGINAL PURCHASER. This limited warranty is limited to the original purchaser at retail of this product from retailer or
manufacturer or authorized distributor.
2. UNAUTHORIZED REPAIR, ABUSE, ETC. This product shall not have been previously altered, repaired, or serviced by anyone
other than a service facility authorized by the manufacturer or distributor to render such service: This product shall not have been
subject to accident, misuse, abuse, casualty, vandalism, or operated contrary to instructions, accompanying this product.
3. REGISTRATION. This warranty must be registered within 10 days of the purchase date by registering online at www.solarbreeze.com or by mail, using the Registration Card included with the Solar-Breeze. Your registered unit will be issued a
“registration number” which is required when contacting the manufacturer (online or by phone) for any warranty service.
4. EXCLUSIONS. This warranty dose not apply to any Solar-Breeze unit that has been mistreated in any way, including if the unit
has been:
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Submerged underwater sufficiently to get water inside the motors or electronic enclosures
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Treated roughly so as to break components by what is obviously abuse (such as breaking the solar panels, cracking the
plastic housing, Paddlewheels or other components. )
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Stored or used in a pool of water as the pool surface freezes or becomes too foul to allow its use as a swimming pool, or
allowed to remain in water during sleet, snow, tropical storms, or swimming activity.
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Stored (out of water) with chemicals still remaining in its Chemical Dispenser, or in excessively hot or cold
environments (below 32°F or above 100°F).
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If the Solar-Breeze is used in anything but a well maintained private swimming pools where the owners have control of
persons entering the swimming pool area. Or more public applications where the Solar-Breeze is removed from the public
area during times of pool use. Or if the Solar-Breeze is used for any “off-warranty” application.
Except to the extent prohibited by applicable law, no other warranties, whether express or implied, including the warranties of
merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, shall apply to this product. Under no circumstances shall manufacturer or
distributors be liable for consequential or incidental damages in connection with this product. To the extent manufacturer is prohibited
by applicable law from excluding implied warranties, the duration of such implied warranties which are not excludable shall be 1 year
from the date of the purchase of this product at retail. Some states do not allow the limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts,
so the above limitation on the duration of implied warranties, if any, which are not excludable may not apply to you. Some states do
not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion of incidental or
consequential damages may not apply to you.
Manufacturer neither assumes nor authorizes any representative or other person to assume for it any obligation or liability other than
such as is expressly set forth herein. This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which
vary from state to state.
For warranty service go to ( www.solar-breeze.com ) or call 623-582-2825
Solar-Breeze, Warranty Registration, P.O. Box 41187, Phoenix, AZ. 85080-1187
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SPECIFICATIONS:
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Two Electrical Motors - 3Phase long life brushless DC motors, with Pulse Width
Modulated speed control.
Two Solar Panels - Mono-Crystalline solar cells with polycarbonate cover with
epoxy seal.
Storage batteries: NiCd battery pack for extended night time operation.
Hazard lights, Long life LEDs.
Chlorine Capacity - 2 large (jumbo, 3 inch) commercial swimming pool chlorine
tablets.
Radio Frequency Interference…
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules.
Operation is subject to the following 2 conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference.
2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that
might cause undesired operation.
This Class A digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES – 003, Class B
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Index:
Advanced Pool Care, 18
ALARM, 24, 30
ALARM Indicator LED, 23, 30
algae, 6, 10, 20, 21, 31, 32, 33
Automatic Operations, 16
batteries, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 16, 19, 23,
26, 29, 30, 35
charging, 11, 16, 23, 29, 30, 35
Chemical Dispenser, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11,
12, 20, 27, 33, 35
Chlorine, 4, 10, 20, 21, 22, 24
Cleaning the Solar-Breeze, 33
cloudy weather, 9, 16, 19, 32
Control Panel, 30
film of dust, 5, 7, 8, 26
Filter Basket, 12, 13, 14, 21, 23, 24, 26,
27, 28, 32, 33, 34
Fine Screen, 14, 21, 28
freezing, 6, 19, 35
Front Paddlewheel, 12, 17, 18, 23, 24,
26, 27, 28, 29
FULL SPEED, 9
Getting Started, 11
jammed paddlewheel, 17
LOW SPEED, 8, 9
Lubrication (none), 35
Mesh Bottom, 28
microprocessor, 29
Navigation Lights, 24, 29, 30
night, 8, 19, 23, 26, 29, 30
Obstructions to navigation, 22
Off Season maintenance, 22
Off Warranty Uses, 31
original package, 2
out of warranty, 39, 40
Out of Warranty Service, 39
Paddlewheel Jambs, 17
Paper Towel, 13, 14, 21, 24, 28
Paper Towels (as disposable filter), 13
POOL CARE TIPS, 19
Pool Chlorine, 4
Pool Clarifiers, 5, 10, 20, 21, 22
Rear Paddlewheel, 27
Registration, 2, 38, 39
service, 39
Service, 39
SHOCK TREATMENT, 10
Solar Day, 9, 26
solar panels, 9
Solar Panels, 26, 30, 34
Solar Power, 8
Specifications, 42
stabilizers, 19
storage, 6, 33, 35, 36
stuck, 5, 8, 9, 17, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31,
34, 36
sun angles, 9
surface tension, 7, 8, 26
Troubleshooting, 23
vacuuming, 10, 20, 21, 22, 28
View Len, 28
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