UPDATE 4/13/2018: I decided not to use the Ionizer for awhile. I’m also dropping it from 4 stars to 3 stars. I think it is discoloring the floor of my pool. I know I have blue staining in the small alcove area (previously the spa area – opened up to pool by removing a wall a few years ago). I’m torn right now. The Remington Solar Pool Ionizer does work. I had no algae last year. I removed the ionizer over the winter and am now battling algae once again. I switched to liquid chlorine based on posts on the evils of the CYA (Cyanic Acid) tablets put into the pool. My CYA level was pretty high. You do need a small amount of CYA to block the suns UV from destroying the chlorine. But too much can cause other issues including damage to your plaster (gunite).
Liquid chlorine is expensive. I’m now using close to two gallons a week ($6.50/week). If I can not get the algae under control, I may start using the Pool Ionizer again and keep an eye on the bottom of the pool. Last year was so nice, crystal clear water, no algae, much easier maintenance. That is why I’m giving it 3 stars. It works. But I deduct 2 stars because it “may” discolor the bottom of your pool. Let me know if you are using the Ionizer and if you have had any discolorations problems.
UPDATE 7/24/17: Still no algae. I’ve been lax in not brushing down the sides or vacuuming the pool weekly. I brush every two weeks or so. The pool is not really used. I get in now and then to cool off. I have the pump go on two times a day for about 2 hours each time. Pool water is clear and still no signs of algae. I have noticed that in the shallow end, we have a small alcove – previously was a jacuzzi area. When we redid the pool, we cut the joining wall to the pool down into a seat in the water. That area does not get much circulation. Used to be worst area for algae. No algae now, but the bottom is getting discolored with blue splotches (marbling) and it appears that some blue tinted water is seeping out of two inflow pipes. The blue marbling on the bottom is probably the result of concentrated copper. However, I use the test strips and they still show less than .5 copper. I will keep you posted. Other than that, I am very happy with the Ionizer. I still need to put one of the new copper cores that I got from Costco into the device. Keeping it at 4 stars due to the jacuzzi area floor discoloration.
UPDATE 6/21/17: Pool is crystal blue, no algae. I may up rating back to 5 stars. Once I got my pool chemicals in line – 1.4 chlorine, 7.4 Ph, 120 total alkalinity, and brushed the sides every 2 weeks, and run pump 4.5 hrs/day, I haven’t had any algae. I just ordered 2 new copper cores from Costco ($60 ship free). I still have copper left on the original, but will probably replace it anyway to start a fresh season. Crossing fingers all stays algae-free. If no problems, I will rate 5-stars. I may cut chlorine to 1.0 to see what happens.
UPDATE 5/22/2017: I dropped one star from the review rating (from 5 stars to 4 stars). Coming off of Winter into a warmer Spring I have noticed small amounts algae in the pool. I found I let my chlorine level drop to zero. I cleaned my diatomaceous earth filter, brought my pool chemicals into line, cleaned, brushed, and vacuumed the pool. I cleaned the Ionizer. The copper core is about 1/2 the size it was when new. I gave the pool a couple weeks to adjust. Without brushing, some algae started on my back wall (North facing) and in the alcove area where water does not circulate well. So far the algae is minimal and with a quick brushing, it goes away. I’m still happy with the Remington Pool Ionizer but not the “Wow!” factor I had when I first started using it at the end of the summer last year. I will replace the copper core soon and keep chemicals up to date and report back in a few weeks. For now, I still like it and think it helps, just not 100% like I thought last year.
Remington Solar Chlorine-Free Sun Shock Pool Ionizer and Purifier – Review
I just purchased this device from Costco for $99. It claimed to produce minute amounts of copper into the pool water creating an environment where algae cannot grow. I was very skeptical but am a big Costco fan and knew if it didn’t work it would be an easy return.
The device looks fairly simple. It is a floater, like a chlorine dispenser. On the bottom side you screw in the provided copper core which is in the center of a wire coil that is affixed to the device. Then you attach a mesh cage over the coil and copper core to catch any droppings from the copper generated. This is to protect your pool bottom from getting discolored.
The whole assembly takes only a couple minutes. Then just drop in your pool and wait.
My Results with the Remington Solar Sun Shock Pool Ionizer
I documented my results in the video below.
I was a little disappointed. No real change. Wanting this thing to work, I thought my weekly algae growth was not as bad as usual. To be fair, the nights are getting cooler and the water temperature is lower. Also, the manual said it takes 3-4 weeks for results – for enough copper to get into the water, depending on the size of your pool. My pool is about 17,000 gallons. One Solar Chlorine-Free Sun Shock Pool Ionizer is good for up to 22,000 gallons. If your pool is larger, you will need two devices.
I could tell there was less algae than usual but still not a satisfying reduction. At least not enough to justify the cost. My pool back wall is North facing so is most prone to algae growth.
Now I’m getting excited. It looks like this thing is really working. No signs of new algae. My chlorine levels are on the low side (2 parts using Taylor’s K-2006 Test Kit). Supposedly you can get by with .5 – 1.5 parts chlorine instead of the normal 3-4 parts. Will this miracle last….?
Ecstatic! No algae. I have not cleaned the pool in 2 weeks and there is absolutely No Algae! I’m now a believer. I’m giving the Remington Solar Chlorine-Free Sun Shock Pool Ionizer and Purifier 5 stars. I will continue to monitor and update this review and reduce my rating if things change for the worse.
The kit includes the solar ionizer device, one copper anode, one mesh cage with a plastic wingnut, a wire brush, and 30 copper test strips. Click on the image below to go to Amazon to read more specs and other reviews.
Now for the Cons…
Cost. The Chemical-Free Sun Shock device is not cheap. $99 at Costco is a good price. Amazon is around $135 Prime free shipping as of this review. Home Depot is about $130. Remington Solar claims you will save money by only needing to use 1/2 the amount of chlorine as usual. Plus no more need to shock your pool or use algaecide or the expensive PhosFree.
The Copper Core. The copper core that you screwed into the bottom costs about $40 to replace. It is estimated you will need to replace every year. As it releases minute amounts of copper into your pool, it also will decrease in diameter size. If I can eliminate algae, $40 a year is fine with me. Home Depot has the copper anode for about $40. Amazon (as I’m writing this) is $52 free shipping. The kit includes one copper anode.
Cleaning. This is not a set it and forget it device to eliminate algae in your pool. You need to clean the coil and core with a wire brush (included) every week or two. It is a little messy but not a difficult task. See my short video below.
Floater blocking skimmer. Like any floater, while your pump is on, it will eventually end up at your skimmer and block it from doing its job. You can tether the pool ionizer so it does not reach your skimmer. I’ve been running my pump in 1 to 1 1/2 hour increments 3 times a day. Seems to be working well for me. My electric bill is lower and pool seems no worse for wear… especially with this new algae eliminator. So if the pool ionizer reaches the skimmer, it is only for a short time.
Lack of sun. I doubt this is much of an issue for most. I live in southern California so I get a lot of sun. But the Remington Solar Chlorine Free Sun Shock Ionizer and Purifier is powered by the sun. Even on cloudy days, the solar panel on the top of the floater will still charge the system.
Copper levels. Small amounts of copper in the water are fine for both the pool, equipment, and swimmers. But too much copper in the water is not recommended. The kit comes with 30 copper test strips. You dip the strip into your water and compare it to the color on the container to visually figure out your copper level. You should try to keep the copper level in your pool to .5 . If it starts to go higher, remove the device for a few days or week until the level drops. This is one extra thing you will have to do and there will be a small expense when you need to buy more test strips. I saw a 25 strip pack on Amazon for $9.95.
Pool chemistry. You still have to check your pool Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and Cyanuric Acid, and maintain proper levels. This is not a con of the device, but you need to be aware this is not a set it and forget it fix. I highly recommend Taylor Technologies K-2006 Test Kit for professional water testing results. I’ve been using my kit for several years and buy refill replacement solutions as needed. Remember, instead of 3-4 parts Chlorine, you should be able to lower it to .5 – 1.5 parts. A certain level is helpful to kill bacteria. Although Remington Solar claims their ionizer also purifies and kills bacteria.
I highly recommend the Remington Solar Chlorine-Free Sun Shock Pool Ionizer and Purifier. It is working for me. Your mileage may vary. I hate fighting algae, I hate having to clean the pool every week (I know, I could hire someone – but I’m too cheap to do that). I don’t mind monitoring my pool chemistry. The Taylor Test Kit makes checking pool chemistry easy and reliable.
If I save money on Chlorine and Shock, all the better. It is so nice to look out my back window and see a pool with sparkling clear water and no yellow algae on the walls. If you want to stop algae from growing in your pool, stop spending a fortune on shock and chlorine and algaecides, give the Remington Solar Chemical-Free Sun Shock device a try.
If you’ve tried it or have a question, please comment below.