If you are already an owner of an above ground pool, or are thinking of buying one, and and want to upgrade from a traditional chemical chlorine method of pool hygiene to a salt chlorination system, then it can be a little bewildering when looking at the choices available and trying to understand the technical specifications.

We have assembled all the tools that you will need to decide which above ground pool saltwater system is most suitable for your pool.

Intex Saltwater System Benefits

  • Lower chlorine level
  • No chlorine smell
  • Soft silkier feeling water
  • No more “red eye”
  • Less maintenance
  • Cheaper to sanitise the pool
  • Consistant sanitation
The initial cost to set up the above ground pool saltwater system can be quite high. But the popularity of the system means that pool owners are prepared to spend extra to enhance the pool experience.

  In fact from the first season the saltwater system will start paying back the cost of setting it up by virtually eliminating the need to buy traditional chemical additives. Ease of use and peace of mind, well we can’t put a value on that.

How To Choose Your Intex Saltwater System

Knowing your pools capacity is the first obvious step in knowing which system to choose. We have provided a convenient table of typical Intex pools and pool sizes below.

ABOVE GROUND POOL

Pool DimensionsPool Capacity (90%)Startup Salt RequirementTopup Salt Recommendation
Typical Pool ProductsFeet / InchesGallonsPoundsPounds

EASY SET POOLS

15' x 33" 25876520
15' x 36" 28226520
1.2 Intex Easy Set Pool15' x 42" 32848020
15' x 48"37369520
16' x 42" 37549520
16' x 48" 427311030
18' x 42" 478612030
18' x 48" 545513535
18' x 52" 589415040

CIRCULAR POOLS

15' x 36" 32828020
15' x 42" 386110020
1.2 Intex Metal Frame Pool15' x 48" 444011030
16' x 48" 506112530
18' x 48" 642316040
18' x 52" 698117545
20' x 52" 863822060
24' x 48" 1148329075
24' x 52" 1248131085

OVAL POOLS

18' x 10' x 42" 28856520
INTEX oval frame pool20' x 12' x 48" 439311030
24' x 12' x 48" 540713535
28' x 12' x 48" 642016040

ULTRA FRAME

16' x 48" 506112535
18' x 52" 698117545
18' x 9' x 52" 454511530
24' x 12' x 52" 840321055
32' x 16' x 52" 1436436095


For pools other than the specific Intex range listed above here are some easy equations to follow.

Remember the volume we are looking for is water volume NOT total pool capacity. Typically water volume will be between 85 and 90% of total capacity.

SHAPE of POOL

FOR GALLONS

Rectangular 

L x W x Av Depth x 7.5

Circular 

D x D x Av Depth x 5.9

Oval 

L x W x Av Depth x 6.0

  Our best advice when buying an above ground pool saltwater system is to always choose a size capable of treating a bigger pool than the one you own.  This will reduce the amount of time the unit needs to be run per day and prolong system life.

It is possible to “overtreat” a pool, but not by buying a larger capacity saltwater system.

Saltwater System Only or COMBO Filter Pump and Intex Saltwater System

SALTWATER SYSTEM ONLY COMBO FILTER PUMP AND SALTWATER SYSTEM
Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System with E.C.O. (Electrocatalytic Oxidation) for up to 15000-Gallon Above Ground Pools,...
1115 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System with E.C.O. (Electrocatalytic Oxidation) for up to 15000-Gallon Above Ground Pools,...
  • Maximum pool size: 15,000 gal (56,800L). 110-120V with GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter)
  • Requires a filter pump with a flow rate between 700-3,000 gph (2,650 - 11,355L/hr)
  • Chlorine output: 12 g/hr. 24 hour auto-clock cycle
Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System with E.C.O. (Electrocatalytic Oxidation) for up to 7000-Gallon Above Ground Pools,...
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Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System with E.C.O. (Electrocatalytic Oxidation) for up to 7000-Gallon Above Ground Pools,...
  • Max. pool size: 7,000 gal (26,500L). 110-120V with GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter).
  • Requires a filter pump with a flow rate between 700-3,000 gph (2,650 - 11,355L/hr)
  • Chlorine output: 5 g/hr. 24 hr. auto-clock cycle.
  • Please refer User Manual, Trouble Shooting step under product details.
Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater Water Sanitizing System 54601WL
21 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater Water Sanitizing System 54601WL
  • Provides sanitized & sparkling, chemical-free pool water. No more red eyes or adversely affected hair, clothes & pool liners.
  • Produces natural chlorine from saltwater which attacks bacteria.
  • Copper ionization feature releases highly active disinfectant ions which creates a potent biocide and attack algae more aggressively than chlorine alone or other packaged pool chemicals.
  • 110~120 Volt - Self-Cleaning Titanium-Coated Electrolytic Cells, for continued performance
  • New GFCI outlet feature adds additional safety and security
Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System with E.C.O. (Electrocatalytic Oxidation) for up to 7000-Gallon Above Ground Pools,...
  • Titanium electrolytic cell uses environmentally friendly natural salt to create chlorine.
  • Soft, fresh, clean water without the potential harsh side effects of packaged pool chemicals.
  • Electro catalytic oxidation splits water molecules into highly powerful oxidants that destroy organic contaminants such as bacteria and algae.
  • Redesigned sleek compact casing and control panel for easy use.
  • Requires a pump with a flow Rate between 700 and 3000 GPH.
Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System and Ozone Filter
90 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System and Ozone Filter
  • Requires a filter pump with a flow rate between 1,500-4,000 gph (not included)
  • Ozone output: 150 milligram/hr.
  • Chlorine output: 11 gram/hr.
  • 24 Hour auto-clock cycle with timer
  • 120V with GFCI
Hayward Goldline AQ-TROL-RJ AquaTrol Above-Ground Swimming Pool Salt Chlorination System
189 Reviews
Hayward Goldline AQ-TROL-RJ AquaTrol Above-Ground Swimming Pool Salt Chlorination System
  • Quick and easy 30-minute installation. RJ models mount the cell directly to the return jet (on the outside of the pool)
  • Comes with an integral time clock for control of the pool filtration pump
  • The best water quality - soft silky feel - no more red eyes or dry skin; always crystal clear and ready for swimming
  • Digital salt display and 7 diagnostic indicators. Straight blade 120V/15A linecord/receptacle. Adapters for return jet mounting
  • Selectable super chlorinate function
Hayward Aqua Trol Above Ground Pool Salt Water System-18,000
  • For all residential above-ground pools up to 18,000 gallons.
  • Suitable for new above-ground pools or retrofit.
  • This system can be installed within 30 minutes.
  • Digital salt display, and a patented Turbo Cell for maximum chlorine generation.
  • Can be made to work with 1 1/2" or 2" plumbing.
Solaxx CLG10A Saltron Retro Self Cleaning Salt Chlorine Generator with Built In Timer for Inground and Aboveground Pools Up...
161 Reviews
Solaxx CLG10A Saltron Retro Self Cleaning Salt Chlorine Generator with Built In Timer for Inground and Aboveground Pools Up...
  • Handles Pools up to 20,000 Gallons
  • Easy Installation on New and Existing Pools - No Plumbing Required
  • Helps Maintain Constant Sanitizer Level
  • Programmable Digital Timer
  • Mere 3,000 ppm Salt to Operate


Intex Krystal Clear 2150 GPH Sand Filter Pump & Saltwater System with E.C.O. (Electrocatalytic Oxidation) for Above Ground...
379 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear 2150 GPH Sand Filter Pump & Saltwater System with E.C.O. (Electrocatalytic Oxidation) for Above Ground...
  • Designed for use with above ground pools from 4,800 to 15,000 gallon capacity
  • 110-120V with GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter)
  • 16 and No.34; Tank diameter; 0.95 hp motor; Pump flow rate 2650 gph. System flow rate 2150 gph
  • Chlorine output: 11 g/hr. 2 pieces of 1.5 and no.34; (38Mm) hoses
  • 2-Year warranty
Intex Krystal Clear 1500 GPH Sand Filter Pump & Saltwater System with E.C.O. (Electrocatalytic Oxidation) for Above Ground...
379 Reviews
Intex Krystal Clear 1500 GPH Sand Filter Pump & Saltwater System with E.C.O. (Electrocatalytic Oxidation) for Above Ground...
  • Designed for use with above ground pools from 2,600 to 8,500 gallon capacity
  • 110-120V with GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter)
  • 14 and No.34; Tank diameter; 0.5 hp motor; Pump flow rate 1,600 gph. System flow rate 1,500 gph
  • Chlorine output: 7 g/hr. 2 pieces of 1.5 and no.34; (38Mm) hoses
  • 2-Year warranty
Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump & Saltwater System with E.C.O. (Electrocatalytic Oxidation) for Above Ground Pools,...
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Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump & Saltwater System with E.C.O. (Electrocatalytic Oxidation) for Above Ground Pools,...
  • Easy to use control panel
  • Use with maximum pool size: 7,000 gallons (26497 l).
  • System flow rate: 1,050 gph (4542 lph)
  • Pump flow rate: 1,200 gph (3974 lph)
  • 24-hour timer; 110-120V with GFCI. Product Size:For Pools 2500 to 7000 Gal

Maintaining An Index Saltwater System

One of the most compelling reasons to convert to a saltwater system pool is the ease of maintaining a proper chlorine balance in your pool. Theoretically after it is set up correctly it should run on autopilot. This is true to a point.

Most systems have an indicator alert when chlorine levels are starting to run low and it is just a simple matter of adding a little more salt to increase the salt content Ito your pool. The normal values for correct pool hygiene are between 3000 and 3500 ppm (part per million).  At these concentrations the added salt cannot be noticed buy taste nor chlorine smell.

In our table above we show the recommended top up quantities when the Index saltwater system shows  a “Code 91” low salt alert.  These values are just guide lines, so add cautiously and check as the ppm readings rise.

However from our experience we recommend doing a manual salt ppm check prior to adding more salt as the salt level monitors on many makes of generators can give misleading readings.  There are various reasons for this but the most common is calcium build up on the plates in the salt cell giving a false reading.

  As anyone who does any cooking knows it’s easy to add salt but difficult to take it away

That’s why a manual test is our preferred first option. Manual salt testing kits are cheap and easy to understand. They should be a part of any saltwater pool owners kit.

Finally run the saltwater system long enough to build the system content back up to the desired levels, then cut back the timer to maintain the level.

Intex Saltwater Systems Sorted By Pool Capcity

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