By Andrew Liszewski
If you have a backyard swimming pool and for some reason haven’t switched it over to a saltwater system yet you know that checking the pH and chlorine levels is an important habit to get into. But you can make your life much easier with this wireless chemical monitoring system that does away with those messy manual test kits.
The system uses a sensor pod that floats freely in your pool and takes constant measurements of the water at a depth of 18 inches as recommended by the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. The pod then communicates with a wireless controller that can function up to 150 feet away meaning you don’t even have to leave the house to monitor your pool. The pH readings taken from the sensor are calculated against the total pool volume and the system will let you know when to add chemicals to bring the pH level to a balanced 7.2 reading. The control center with its LCD display runs on AC power which means you can only use it with an outlet nearby but the sensor pod is powered by a single D size battery which is claimed to last about a year before needing replacing.
The Wireless Pool Monitoring System is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $399.95.