Dual-voltage capability and two auxiliary relays mark Jandy pump changes
Rocco Russo is a national trainer for Zodiac Academy, a service provided by Fluidra, which hosts a series of weekly hands-on technical training workshops across North America.
Russo and his fellow instructors teach product installation,
service, repair and troubleshooting, and when the Carlsbad, California,
manufacturer launches new and improved products, they teach pool pros the
features and benefits.
The VS FloPro 2.7 HP and VS PlusHP 2.7 HP pumps have been
upgraded, while the VS FloPro 1.85 HP is new. All three give professionals and
homeowners more flexibility with pool pad setup by offering several
installation possibilities, and provide an answer to a federal regulation
mandating the use of variable-speed pumps by 2021.
Russo says the 30 or so installers and service technicians in
each of the classes have been excited for what they’re learning about the
equipment, specifically the multiple ways there are to run the pumps.
“We have the
ability to operate additional components through speed programming, so the
exciting part is that the pumps will now fit into more applications,” Russo
says, “especially when the
mandate takes effect, giving service guys more opportunities to upsell
homeowners into variable speed.”
All three pumps have a new variable-speed foundation, with
features including auto-sensing dual voltage power options at 115 and 230
volts, and two independent auxiliary relays to run additional pool equipment
with no need for separate timing mechanisms.
Steve Jones, product manager for hydraulics at Fluidra, says the
pumps can automatically sense whether they are connected to 115 volts or 230
volts, so if a service provider visits a homeowner who’s having trouble with a
single-speed pump and has one of the new pumps in his truck, it’s an easy
“[The pros] can
take that VS FloPro and operate it at either voltage and get the pool up and
running before it turns green,” Jones says. “It can fit in tight places, and it operates at both voltages.”
Jones says the VS FloPro 2.7 is the company’s smallest pump.
Before the upgrades, it was a medium-head pump used for light duty, like the
basic filtration of smaller pools. But customers requested it become a
high-head pump, or high-performing pump, that can complete multiple tasks like
filtration, spa jets and light features.
“We did a
complete redesign of the wet end to give it higher head pressure and higher
flow rates, so it’s now our smallest pump and highest performing pump as far as
head pressure and flow rates are concerned,” Jones says. “[It’s] a big upgrade for our customers
with smaller pool pads.”
The company says the upgraded VS FloPro 2.7 produces a 20%
increase in hydraulic performance. Jones says the two auxiliary relays will add
flexibility; one relay turns on when the pump speed hits 1750 rpm and the other
at 2250 rpm.
For example, a pro can set up a saltwater chlorination system on
the 1750 rpm relay and not worry about programming it, Jones says. When the
pump hits 1750 rpm, the relay completes the power connection to the saltwater
chlorinator and it automatically turns on.
“[It’s not only
convenient], but it also removes the risk of having the saltwater chlorinator
operating when there’s no flow, which can create excessive gas within the
piping and can damage equipment within the pool equipment system,” he says.
When the pump reaches 2250 rpm, the second relay will turn on
whatever is connected to it, says Jones, adding that Jandy recommends a booster
pump for the second relay because the booster pump needs additional flow to
drive the automatic pool cleaner.
need to program anything different, no need to have a separate time clock that
tells the booster pump when to go off and on,” Jones says. “You simply program the variable-speed pump
to operate for one or two hours a day above the 2250 rpm limit and now your
booster pump runs and you don’t even need to worry that the equipment may go
out of sync if there’s a power outage.”
Two more features of the pumps include a larger compartment for
wiring and zero clearance, meaning the motor draws cooling air from the side
rather than the back, making installation in tight spots easier.
The all-new VS FloPro 1.85 has the same features as the VS FloPro
2.7 HP. Jones says its creation was a response to customers asking for a pump
in that horsepower range, and that the VS PlusHP 2.7 boasts a 40% larger basket
than comparable pumps.
Russo says that in addition to the flexibility the pumps offer
pool pros, the pumps can provide energy savings for homeowners. He says the
decrease in energy consumption comes from proper programming of the
variable-speed pump, not simply the replacement of a single-speed pump with a
“If we can get [pros] to utilize the pump the way it’s supposed to be through programming,” Russo says, “then we’ll really make a difference in energy consumption with our industry.”
“The direct final rule for dedicated-purpose pool pumps published on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5650) became effective on May 18, 2017. Compliance with the dedicated-purpose pool pumps standards in the direct final rule will be required on July 19, 2021.” U. S. Department of Energy Code of Federal Regulations