Designing a new controller for Dolphin Advantage
Like a lot of others have posted here, my mom's dolphin advantage has quit working. The unit will run for about one minute and then stop. It will not restart until the power supply is shut off for about 5-10 seconds and then turned back on. It then runs for about a minute and shuts off again. A good friend of mine repairs cnc equipment and we are designing a new controller for this to eliminate all of the circuitry and complications inside the motor box.
I never paid much attention to this thing when it worked properly and had a couple of questions as to it's operation. The drive motor I noticed runs at two speeds. What is the reason for the slower speed? Does it do this when it is climbing the pool walls? I also noticed that the propeller that moves the water was delayed in starting when the unit is initially powered up. Is it supposed to always run after it comes on?
Somewhere I remember seeing it advertised that these pool cleaners average about fifteen cents per cleaning. My mom does not feel that she got her money out of this thing in that regard. Judging by some of the other comments here, I think that she did much better than others. I cannot say as I have only used her pool about 3 times since she bought her house. Spent many a time helping with the cleaning and maintenance though. :)
ADMIN REPLY: The motor runs forward and backward. When you have the controller up and running I will advertise it here!