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Topic Title: Automatic pool cleaners
Topic Summary: Can they really be 230V ?
Created On: 07 May 2010 10:53 AM
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 07 May 2010 10:53 AM
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Morning fellow voters,
The college where I work are considering buying an Auto. pool cleaner. The ones they are considering appear to be 230V input(although the literature says they operate at 24VDC with integral transformer etc) and they are not rechargable/cordless
Now I know BS7671 does not specifically apply to portable appliances, but what are your opinions on these, bearing in mind the manufacturers are obviously promoting their use in the water.
Common sense would say they won't be in operation when the pool is in use. No different to a pond pump really ?

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 07 May 2010 12:00 PM
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The only one I've had any dealings with plugged into a 16A RCD protected socket and this was attached to a transformer unit with a long cable to the 'thing'. It appears to be propelled by a water jet and wondered all over the pool on its own. Clever bit of kit.

 07 May 2010 01:47 PM
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I can't remember the make, it's American, of my friends pool cleaner but
the transformer/controller is separated from the cleaning unit by a very long
flexible cord so that the 230V can be well away from the water. The XFMR is
splashproof and the 230V plug is on a longish rubber cable.

Fear not for the unit, just the 13A socket location

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