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Splash Pools Zappy Vac

Splash Pools Zappy Vac

  • Automatic system eliminates hand vacuuming
  • Trouble-free operation
  • For 36-inch and 42-inch deep pools
  • Filter must be rated for 1,000 gallons per hour

works with your existing filtration system to eliminate hand vacuuming. Operation is simple and trouble-free. Cleaner connects directly to the skimmer. For 36-inch and 42-inch deep pools. Filter must be rated for 1,000 gallons per hour

List Price: $ 99.99

Price: $ 49.99

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April 10, 2013 at 1:31 am
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  • April 10, 2013 at 1:45 amR. Rice

    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Great idea for really large above ground pools, but does not work with all Intex pools, May 19, 2010
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    R. Rice (TX USA) –
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    This review is from: Splash Pools Zappy Vac (Lawn & Patio)

    Zappy is billed as an automatic pool cleaner for “smaller” above ground pools with modest pumps.

    The promotional materials describe Zappy as being designed for Intex pools. Since we just put up an Intex 14 foot by 42 inch above ground pool that will get heavy daily use by my kids this summer, I thought Zappy might be a useful labor saving device. While the idea is great, this is probably not all that useful for most above ground pool owners – unless you have a very large above ground pool.

    One problem – it is impossible to tell before you buy Zappy whether it will work with your particular aboveground pool. As of this review (5/2010) there is no information available in the internet other than nearly identical ads, all with more or less the same ad copy.

    The ads tout Zappy as being suited to “Intex, Sand N Sun, Bestway and Summer Escapes pools and will work with other similar type above ground swimming pools. Ideal auto vacuum cleaner for smaller pools with filter pumps as small as 800 gallons per hour.” OK – but which pools, which pumps. No way to tell, because there is no information available. I decided I’d buy one, see if it would work and if not I’d return it.

    Zappy is a plastic device that will crawl around the bottom of your pool, slurping up dirt, sand, leaves, and other junk that gathers at the bottom of your pool. A hose connects the Zappy to the suction side of your pool’s filtration/circulation system. This means that in order to use Zappy, you have to be able to make a good connection between the Zappy hoses and the suction side of your pool’s filtration system. That is the sticking point.

    Zappy includes two adapters. In theory, you unscrew the basket like cover over the suction side port, screw on an adapter and attach the Zappy hose. However, neither of the included adapters fit my just purchased Intex pool. One adapter was much too large, the other far too small.

    This points out the real flaw of Zappy – there is no way to figure out before you buy, whether you will be able to connect Zappy up to YOUR pool. There is no information available on the internet, no manufacturer’s website, no manual or FAQ – just a lack of information.

    Also, unless you have a really large above ground pool, Zappy is probably way more pool cleaner than you really need. Having looked it over, it is pretty clear to me that even if I had an adapter that meant I could easily hook up Zappy, it would be more trouble than it was worth for my 14 foot diameter pool. I can vacuum the pool pretty quickly with an inexpensive Intex pool vacuum that attaches to your garden hose. By the time I had wrestled the Zappy in and out of the pool, hooked it up to the suction side of the filtration system, I am not sure I’d have saved myself much time. I’d say this makes sense only if have the largest of the round metal frame pools, or one of the large rectangular metal frame pools.

    Also, for a roughly $100 item, I’d have expected to have a way to purchase replacement parts. There is no manufacturer’s website listed in the instruction sheet or on the box. There is no list of replacement parts or instructions on how to order parts. So, if you cracked or lost the suction port adapter, a $1 piece of plastic, your entire Zappy would be worthless. Googling the manufacturer’s name turned up no website.

    So, my Zappy is getting returned. I never even put it into the pool – there was no point since I couldn’t connect it up to the filtration system. So, I have no experience to offer on whether it works as advertised. The deal killer for me was the lack of an adapter that actually fit my pool.

    I’ll stick with my Intex vacuum Intex Krystal Clear Pool Maintenance Kit purchased last summer for a much smaller above ground pool. Or you might look at Intex’s slightly fancier version Intex Krystal Clear Deluxe Pool Maintenance Kit

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  • April 10, 2013 at 2:08 ammax feldt

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    wow soooooooooooooo good !!!…, September 28, 2011
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    This review is from: Splash Pools Zappy Vac (Lawn & Patio)

    Wow I really love this little pool vacuum I have an intex pool (15’x48”) using a 1500 gph filter pump. I have no idea what is the problem with these nine other people in works fine for me without any problems. I went to Leslies pool supplies because they’re the only people close to me in Houston, TX. And the owner informed me that people with intex pools decide to take the gamble and try it with their intex pool. She also said if you have the strainer on the pool inlet and really can’t fell suction all that much than don’t buy. She said some people do buy in and return it because it doesn’t work and her and her employees just take them and repackage them and put them on clearance so I got mine for 50.00. As soon as we got it home I took it right out of the box and started to put all the hoses together. There are 5 hoses that I have no idea what to do with but it works fine without them. When I was reading product reviews I kept hearing about this little filter basket and when I opened it I was sad to see it was missing, so I called and she informed me that as soon as it goes into the cleaner there is a little compartment with a big strainer like the one on your pool and a fine silk net in their to catch small partials. I took the fine silk filter out and left the big strainer in so the filter would get that stuff and not clog the vacuum. I put it in the pool and let all the air out of the hose and turned the pool pump on and gave the vacuum a shake and it started right away. You think the little green gliding thing on the outside is what does it but your wrong when the suction splits into two lines at the end of that in the head of the vacuum there is a wedged shape weight in there and when you shake it goes back and forth and the green gliding thing rocks it so it goes. It got all of the crap out of my pool even little bits of sand and dirt. I hopes this help mostly because I had to take my pool vacuum out of the pool for that picture. Don’t let people who don’t know what they’re doing keep you from buying a great product.

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  • April 10, 2013 at 2:21 amOneEarWillie

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Better than NOTHING. But don’t pay full price!, September 8, 2011
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    This review is from: Splash Pools Zappy Vac (Lawn & Patio)

    When I read the previous review of this item, I was reluctant to purchase the same product. However, when I found one on clearance at K-Mart at the end of the season for $32.00 (instead of the original $109.00)… I figured it was worth a try. I just made sure to save the box and documentation… just-in-case I ran into the same sort of trouble.

    I’m pleased to report that I made it much further with this product than I expected. I had no trouble at all adapting this to my Family’s Intex 15 ft metal-framed pool. The Zappy came with 3 adaptors that could be combined in various configurations to fit just about any sized pool suction. Setup didn’t require any tools… in-fact my 14 year-old son snapped the hoses together and within a few minutes the Zappy was scooting around the bottom of our pool sucking up dirt and leaves.

    We did get a bit confused upon first operation… not much happened. There was plenty of suction but it just sat there on the bottom with no motion. However, the manual mentioned “shaking” the Zappy if you had trouble… so we did. Immediately it started “clicking” away, and with each click it bounced a short distance along. Within a few minutes the clicking stopped… the VERY SMALL debris reservoir was full. It was simple to empty, and we got it right back to business.

    Initially, it required a lot of attention from us, constantly emptying the trap… but now that the bottom is relatively clean… it maintains it without much trouble.

    Some things to note:
    – The “clicking” can become a bit annoying if you are hanging out near the pool… it seems the water and plastic sides of the pool tend to amplify the sound.
    – Maybe it is because of all of the hose connections… but our pump must be vented FREQUENTLY as it becomes air-bound OFTEN, with the Zappy attached.
    – Also, the Zappy doesn’t sit flush on the bottom of the pool… it sort of bounces backwards with only its nose resting on the bottom. In this orientation, it still works… but I don’t think that is the way they designed it. I can’t help but think it would be EVEN BETTER if it would sit right.

    Overall, I’m pleased… this solved a problem that had been bothering us all season. However, I never would have paid full price for this device. At $32.00, it beats manually vacuuming dirt and leaves.

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