This is my 2nd foray into solar pool heating. I bought a similar heater (different brand) summer 2011. When I went to hook it up this spring, one of the connectors broke! Since it is an odd configuration, I could not find any plumbing parts that could repair it, so i ended jerry-rigging it with various parts to get through the season. That made that heater functional, but it did leak, as i couldn't tighten down the connection appropriately. This fall, I bought the Sunheater to extend my swimming time; I am very pleased! The included (standard!) connections worked great; no leaks. My only criticism is that I have an 18' round pool, and while the documentation indicated that one heater would be enough, I think I really needed 2, as the increase in temperature was negligible. I will be ordering a second unit for use in the spring, and it looks like connecting the 2 together will be a breeze!
This shower is awesome, but the hose connection is CHEAP, it started leaking within a couple of weeks. The solar does truly work, just be prepared that you cannot leave the hose hooked up to it - leaking is inevitable.
We bought this so people could rinse before entering the hot tub. So far the water hasn't actually gotten hot so we moved it to another, sunnier location and are waiting to see if it helps. There is no solar panel. The water sits in the metal column to heat up. Water leaks from the bottom hose connect so use a lot of plumbers tape and buy better connector (hoping that will help). Base is plastic and flimsy. We placed three large patio stones to anchor it but in a good wind I think the base will crack. You will need the double female connector to connect the hose. The unit does not come equipped with it (why??). Probably should have cost closer to $*and not $*.
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