🪛Pentair Intellichlor Installation

This tutorial shows how to connect a Pentair Intellichlor

RISK OF ELECTROCUTION AND SHOCK - before proceeding with this tutorial please seek advice or help from a certified electrician if you feel uncomfortable with any of the following steps as this tutorial involves working with potentially high voltages and current.

Tools Needed

Before we start hooking up your salt cell, you'll need the following tools:

  • A Clyr Lite or Clyr Controller

  • Ethernet or 4-wire copper cable

  • A small flathead screwdriver

  • A large phillips screwdriver

Step 1 - Connect your controller

Before you begin, please make sure you have powered on and connected your Clyr Controller.

🔌pageConnect your Controller

Step 2 - Remove front panel screws

RISK OF ELECTROCUTION AND SHOCK - Before proceeding, please turn off the breaker to the pump to disconnect the 120-240VAC power.

Locate the screw on the front of the Intellichlor power center.

It should look like this with the panel removed.

Step 3 - Locate the RS485 connector

RISK OF ELECTROCUTION OR SHOCK - Please ensure that the breaker is off before reaching your hand into the panel to locate the RS485 connector. If you are unsure, please consult an electrician.

You need to now locate the red 4-terminal RS485 connector at the back/top of the panel.

You can remove the terminal from its blocks by pulling on it and removing it from the 4-pin seat.

Step 4 - Wire 4-wire cable on salt cell side

Alright, now it's time to start wiring the Clyr Controller to the Intellichlor. In the end, here's what we want to achieve:

In this step, you want to take your ethernet or 4-wire cable and connect wires in the following way. If you have the following wire colors available, please follow this wiring guide:

  • Red - Connect to Intellichlor PC 12V+ port

  • Yellow - Connect to Intellichlor PC RS485B

  • Green - Connect to Intellichlor PC RS485A

  • Black - Connect to COM

IMPORTANT WIRING NOTE - The Intellichlor Power Center must be supplied 10V-24VDC or communications between the Clyr controller and the Intellichlor Power Center will not work.

Wiring is important. It doesn't actually matter what colors you end up using but the colors must match between the pump and Clyr Controller.

Once the wiring is done, please put the terminal block back on the 4-pins inside the Intellichlor Power Center panel.

Step 5 - Wiring Clyr Controller

Now its time to make sure the colors match. If you haven't wired any existing equipment to the Clyr controller, it's a good idea to take our first available network using ports A1 and B1.

What are networks?

🖥️pageClyr Controller RS485 Networks

Per the wiring schematic above, wire up the Clyr Controller so that the A / B wires are wired correctly on the Clyr Controller as they were on the Intellichlor Power Center.

Step 6 - Turn breaker back on

At this point, if the wires are tight and the colors match we're almost ready to add the pump in our app and test it out. Go ahead and turn the breaker back on and then we'll head to the app.

RISK OF ELECTROCUTION AND SHOCK - With the breaker back on and the pump cover still off, please be careful if you go back to the pump and are testing wiring. If you are unsure, please seek help from a certified electrician.

Step 7 - Add Intellichlor in app

You should have already added a Clyr Controller to your pool location in the app at this point. If you haven't check this out first:

🔌pageConnect your Controller

If this has been done you can proceed. Go to your pool location and click "Settings"-> "Devices"-> "Add" -> "Pool Equipment". Once you're on the pool equipment page, we'll select a Salt Cell.

Once you select salt cell, we'll need to configure the Aquapure Salt Cell.

First, choose a name for the salt cell. A good default is "Salt Cell" but you may want to call it "Aquapure" or "salt". Next, in the dropdown, please select Pentair Intellichlor. You can change the default salt percentage (%) if you please. We recommend setting this number to 10% on all cells. This % is only used if the salt cell gets in an unknown state. Finally, don't forget to toggle "Activate Cell" so that the salt cell will be turned on and controlled remotely by the Clyr Controller.

Next, you'll want to select which network you wired the pump up to. Remember that we screwed our A / B cables into "A1" and "B1", so this is network 1. We will leave it as is, but if you used network 2, you'll need to change the network.

Finally, you shouldn't have to do anything to the address.

You're done! Click through the rest of the phone steps and arrive at the final screen.

You can either wait for the Clyr Controller to report back successful communication, or you can skip waiting for this and go test running the pump.

Step 8 - Test the Intellichlor

Now that the salt cell has been added and the power is on, quickly jump to the home screen, go to schedules, and add a schedule for your pump. After setting a quick schedule, the salt cell should change the percentage and report the PPM on the equipment tab.

If you see an orange exclamation and communications error, please jump to the troubleshooting section

🗓️pageSchedules, Programs, and Autopilot

Step 9 - Breaker off and screw on the Aquapure front metal plate

RISK OF ELECTROCUTION AND SHOCK - Please turn off the breaker to the pump when screwing the back plate of the pump back on.

Before putting the metal front plate of the Jandy Aquapure back on the salt cell, please turn off the breaker.

Step 10 - Turn breaker back on

Turn breaker back on and your salt cell is all set.

Next Steps

Now that your salt cell is online, you can do all sorts of great stuff like schedules, programs, autopilot and more. Check out those tutorials.

Troubleshooting

  1. I wired everything up but the salt cell still shows an exclamation mark and says it's not communicating, what can do I do?

Try this first, sometimes the salt cell is in a bad state. Turn the breaker off for 60 seconds, then turn it back on.

Second, check to make sure your wiring matches the wiring schematic above.

Third, make sure all your wires and screw terminals are tight. If you've shoved multiple wires into one terminal, it could be that the wires aren't actually touching. Try using ferrules to join the wires together.

Fourth, take a multimeter and check that you have at least 10V from COM to 12V port on the red Aquapure terminal block.

Last, if all else fails, sometimes the last resort is to try and reattach the screen or iAqualink to ensure that there are no faults/errors that Clyr doesn't detect.

Last updated