In-Ground & Permanent Above Ground Pools
The Beluga is designed to work with both In-Ground and Above Ground Pools right out of the package. In the event your pool has a directional fitting or a pipe with no threads check out our tips and tricks section for a helpful video.
Soft Sided Pools
The Beluga needs an adapter to attach to a Soft Sided pool. These pools are temporary and are purchased at traditional retailers. These pools carry brand names such as Intex, Coleman, Bestway, Summer Waves, and Summer Escapes. Check out our YouTube channel for an installation video.
TIPS & TRICKS
ADJUST THE BELUGA
STRAIGHT PIPE FITTING
WHICH UNIT DO I NEED?
Our solar heater is easy to use on a variety of pool types.
Check out this free resource to see the requirements of your specific pool.
HOW MUCH HOSE DO YOU NEED?
The amount of hose you use is entirely up to you. Fifty feet is sufficient in most cases. Keep in mind that the longer the water is in the hose, the warmer it will be when it exits. A longer hose may allow you to increase the volume of water traveling through the hose and warm the pool more quickly.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAT THE POOL?
This is a difficult question to answer because there are so many variables. The very first requirement is SUN. Hose color, length and positioning are other variables that play a huge role in the amount of heat you achieve. For example, a dark hose on cement will produce better results than a green hose on grass. Another major factor is the volume of water traveling through the hose. If the volume of water is too large, the water will move through the hose too quickly and not be heated. We recommend a stream of roughly ½-inch diameter to produce a good temperature.
WILL IT DAMAGE THE PUMP?
When used properly, this Device has little if any effect on pump operation. At no time should the Device totally obstruct the flow of water to the pool; even in the closed position water is directed to the hose outlet. Compared to the stress a pool vacuum places on a pump, you shouldn’t notice any difference in your pool operation.
WHAT DOES THE BELUGA HOOK UP TO?
The Beluga threads into the fitting where water returns to your pool from the filtration system. This is commonly called the “inlet” or “return” fitting.
MY INLET HAS MALE THREADS. HOW DO I HOOK UP MY BELUGA?
You probably have an eyeball or directional fitting. This fitting has 3 parts and it is common that the last piece is not removed. See our VIDEO on how to remove this fitting properly.
MY INLET DOES NOT HAVE A THREAD FITTING, IT IS JUST BARE PVC. CAN I STILL USE THE BELUGA?
Yes! The Beluga needs a few basic plumbing parts to hook up to this style of fitting. You will need a pipe extender, a small piece of 1 ½” PVC pipe, and a female adapter. Check out the video on how to hook kit up.
I HAVE A “BLOW UP POOL” OR A “SOFT SIDED POOL” CAN I USE THE BELUGA?
Yes! You will need to purchase our adapter to ensure you can connect he beluga but I will work. We have created a video for you to review to install properly. Common brands of these types of pools are Intex, Summer Waves, Bestway, Summer Escapes, and Coleman.
CAN I USE THE BELUGA WHILE SWIMMING IN THE POOL?
In the interest of safety it is best to remove the Beluga before swimming in your pool. Bumping the unit or a child using the unit as a step may damage the Beluga unit and your pool inlet.
DOES THE HOSE HAVE TO BE BLACK?
No! Any dark colored hose will work. Of course the darker the hose the better it will capture the solar heat from the sun.
CAN I PLACE THE GARDEN HOSE ON THE ROOF?
No. The Beluga is not designed to lift water to a height over 5 feet.