Zodiac Pool Systems (Vista, CA) has introduced JXi gas heaters featuring VersaFlo integrated-bypass technology. The bypass system maximizes the hydraulic efficiency of pool equipment pads by reducing pressure drop across the heating system when the heater isn’t in use, thereby making an energy-efficient heating system even more efficient. For details, click here.
S.R. Smith (Canby, OR) has introduced the TX-30 LED Pool Lighting Kit – a complete lighting system that includes a low-voltage power center and one, two, or three Treo LED pool lights. The lights feature six colors and operate in both fast and slow color-changing modes. The system enclosure is made of corrosion-resistant polycarbonate. For details, click here.
Coverstar (Lindon, UT) offers AutoDrain, an optional, built-in cover pump that rides on the top of the cover and starts automatically when its sensors detect water. The unit is attached to a swing arm that retracts under the lid with the cover, eliminating the need to place and remove a cover pump manually and enhancing cover durability and safety. For details, click here.
Solar Pool Technologies (Scottsdale, AZ) offers Solar-Breeze NX, a floating pool cleaner that removes dirt, debris, pollen and even suntan oils from the surface before they sink. By day, the system operates off of solar cells and stores energy in a rechargeable battery for extended operation. The unit has UV-resistant top housings and obstruction sensors. For details, click here.
CL Industries (Orlando, FL) offers CrystalStones, a durable, natural pebble finish designed for use in pools and spas. The material applies easily using traditional or spray techniques and is available in 28 color mixes and two pebble grades – a smaller size that provides an evenly textured, smooth surface and a larger size that suggests a sandy beach. For details, click here.
Waterway Plastics (Oxnard, CA) has released its 2016 Pool & Spa Product Buyer’s Guide. The 336-page, two-color digital document covers the company’s lines of pumps, filters, blowers and jets as well as valves, drain covers, skimmers, manifolds, unions and plumbing components. Technical specifications and replacement parts are covered as well. For details, click here.
Inter-Fab (Tucson, AZ) manufactures a complete line of pool and spa stair and hand railings that can be mounted directly to the top of a deck or on steps or floors – no core-drilling required. The railings are available in stainless steel or with any of five powder-coated color options as well as a corrosion-resistant thermoplastic finish. For details, click here.
Hayward Pool Products (Elizabeth, NJ) has introduced AquaRite 900, a salt chlorination unit featuring an extended-life TurboCell that produces 25 percent more chlorine during its service life. Available in two Expert Line models – one for pools holding up to 25,000 gallons, the other for pools with up to 40,000 gallons – the systems can cut chlorine costs in half. For details, click here.
Aquatic Access (Louisville, KY) manufactures a custom canine lift for use around pools and spas. The platform rotates 360 degrees, operates on water pressure from a hose or dedicated line, can support up to 200 pounds and features removable gates at both ends. The platform and gates are made of polyethylene; the railings are stainless steel. For details, click here.
EP Minerals (Reno, NV) now offers CelaPool, a low-dust diatomaceous-earth pool-filtration aid that is easy to handle and creates less mess. The product comes in a leak-proof, thermally sealed plastic bag, is available in six-, 12- and 24-pound sizes and clears and cleans the water in the same way conventional formulations do – but without the dust. For details, click here.
Hayward Pool Products (Elizabeth, NJ) has unveiled AquaPod 2.0, a wireless, handheld remote that now features a 4.3-inch touchscreen interface and an over-molded sealed design. Waterproof and rechargeable, the units offer intuitive control of pools, spas and other outdoor features from inside the home, out in the backyard or even in the water. For details, click here.
Speck Pumps (Jacksonville, FL) now offers the BaduJet super-sport II, a swim jet featuring suction and discharge in a one-piece, dual-nozzle housing with recessed jets, a volume control, power switch and LED light located on its face. Designed for new construction or retrofits, the unit has an anti-entrapment cover that provides undetectable suction. For details, click here.
Zodiac Pool Systems (Vista, CA) announces the release of the MX8 Elite suction-side pool cleaner. Featuring a wide cleaning path with cyclonic scrubbing action, the units offer deep cleaning with brushes that constantly stay in touch with pool surfaces all the way up to the tile line to spin, scrub and remove fine and stuck-on debris including algae. For details, click here.