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What's new for February? From Water Tech's improved Precision 2.0Li to Hayward's new series of D.E. filters, there is no shortage of new spa and pool products this month.
Allied InnovationsAllied Innovations has expanded its exclusive product line with a new water care treatment product, O-Care. O-Care is an odorless product that safely reduces the amount of chlorine or bromine needed in hot tubs while also keeping skin soft and smooth. O-Care is easy to use — just add two compounds to the spa water once a week. alliedinnovations.com | (800) 237-9937
DeckoratorsDeckorators has expanded its deck railing lineup with the introduction of new aluminum and cable rail offerings. Deckorators ALX Classic aluminum railing in weathered brown and Deckorators SLX Cable railing give deck builders and homeowners more beautiful, modern choices to personalize an outdoor living space. Both offer easy installation and are backed by a 25-year limited warranty on manufacturing defects. deckorators.com | (800) 332-5724
Aqua Creek ProductsThe new PowerWave Pool Bike from Aqua Creek is designed for aquatic spin classes and as a companion product to the TidalWave Pool Bike for rehab applications. The PowerWave features all stainless-steel construction with powder-coat finish in three standard colors, with additional non-standard colors also available to match any facility. An adjustable tension knob with a unique flywheel design makes the bike an exceptional choice for customizing users' aquatic exercise programs, the company says. aquacreek.com | (888) 687-3552
Water Tech CorpWater Tech's improved Precision 2.0Li is now more intuitive and easier to use — just turn it on, drop it in the water and start cleaning, no expertise needed. It offers an easy push-button on/off switch and two rechargeable lithium batteries with both a wall and car charger to charge batteries on the fly. The cleaner is completely cordless with no hoses or hookups. It features a dynamic quick-drainage system, a large 3-liter debris capacity and three reusable filter bags. The vacuum heads can be used on both gunite and vinyl/fiberglass surfaces. watertechcorp.com | (800) 298-8800
Natural ChemistryPRO SERIES ProBlend by Natural Chemistry blends the outstanding benefits of SMARTZyme technology (which reduces non-living, filter-clogging grime) with Natural Chemistry's industry-leading phosphate removal technology to provide superior water quality for commercial aquatic facilities with less work. Available in one gallon, five gallon, 55 gallon and 250 gallon sizes for pool professionals and aquatic facilities treating high-water volumes. naturalchemistry.com | (800) 753-1233
AquaPillThe AquaPill SummerPill offers a patented pre-measured delivery release system to help maintain crystal clear pool water all summer long. SummerPill's multi-action formula is specially blended to help prevent scum lines from suntan lotions and other bather waste, keep water clear and optimize filter efficiency. Treating up to 30,000 gallons of water, this pill can be used with all types of sanitizers and all pool surfaces. aqua-pill.com | (800) 753-1233
Cal SpasThe F-1896-DZ is a dual-zone swim spa made for professional swimmers. The swim zone is an endless current made for an extreme fitness experience, while the spa zone is a full-sized spa for hydrotherapy that can fit up to three people. Built with Swim Spa Jet System V and two River Jets, the swim spa jet current is so strong (stronger than some ocean currents!) that the company added Tornado Jets on each side to keep the swimmer in place. Users can also enjoy special features like a full-size lounger, LED lighting, a bio-clean filter and more. calspas.com | (800) CAL-SPAS
California BlimpsCalifornia Blimps offers three products to help draw attention to any business or special event: inflatable paint cans, helium blimps and cold air tubes. They run off an internal blower that plugs into a regular 110 outlet. The inflatable paint cans and cold air tubes weigh less than 25 pounds in the carrying bag when deflated. They are easy to assemble and take less than one minute to inflate. All products have an internal lighting system to make your message glow and are made in the U.S. Life expectancy is 12 years or more, and each product has a two-year warranty on workmanship. californiablimps.com | (714) 273-7466
CMPCMP introduces Powerclean Salt Ultra, the next generation salt chlorinator designed to be durable, affordable and serviceable. With simple salt, produce pure chlorine without chlorine tablets or shock. The clear cell housing takes the guesswork out of maintenance because users can actually see when it's time to clean. The cell plates are completely removable for easy cleaning with no dangerous acid. c-m-p.com | (800) 733-9060
HaywardThe DEP 500 Series pleated element D.E. filters are Hayward's first pool filters engineered with cartridge convenience and D.E. technology. These pool filters provide superior water clarity and make maintenance simpler and faster than ever, the company says. Trusted D.E. filtration offers greater dirt-trapping capabilities while a reduced number of pleats significantly decreases cleaning time. It also includes a heavy-duty, tamper-proof, one-piece clamp that provides quick access to internal components without disturbing plumbing connections and a two-year extended warranty. hayward.com | (908) 351-5400
IOWAT GroupHandyGrid is a new, extremely strong spa base made from recycled plastic shopping bags that can be installed in less than 60 minutes at a fraction of the price of cement. For installation, users simply need a shovel, rake, level and some clean gravel. The patented design allows the base to support 100 tons per square foot and will lasts a lifetime in extreme cold and hot climates in all types of soil. iowat.ca | (613) 822-3223
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