Design Features - Auto Pool Reel
COVERS in Play innovative automatic, electric pool blanket reel was developed to remove the hassle and effort of covering and uncovering your pool. The Auto pool Reel is comprised of two end supports, a main reel and control motors, all controlled by a built in microchip. A pool blanket, when attached to the main reel, is pushed through two edge guides on and off the pool with ease by simply pushing the button.
Each Automatic Pool Cover has two end supports to hold the main reel, the edge guide arms, house the electronic components and the Micro Controller. The supports are designed with a low profile, modern look and is made from durable plastic that can withstand the elements for years of use.
Control motors are used to automatically wind and unwind the pool blanket on the main reel. These motors replace the manual hand crank operations that are typical for manual pool Covers. The motors are synchronised for consistent operation and are housed in protective cases against the elements.
The Auto Pool Reel is fully automatic, It has a micro controller that controls the motors by electronically synchronizing the motors, while at the same time sensing the correct position of the Cover on the main reel for precise and repeatable final position.
Edge Guide Arms
The Edge Guides are positioned to the edge of the pool coping with the use of the Edge Guide Arms. These arms are adjustable and slide out from the End Supports to allow the main reel to sit back slightly from the pool edge to account for any contour of the coping.
The main reel is made from aluminum tubes that adjust to fit the pool width. These tubes are secured together with screws and at each end attached to the end support with the use of tube plugs. The tubes are designed to support the Cover as it winds and unwinds over the pool area.
Pool Blankets that can be used
The Auto Pool Reel Blanket can be used with your existing cover or our thermal blanket or solar cover. Our thermal blanket is more resistant to tearing, puncturing and ripping as well as insulating better than other common Covers on the market.
To ensure correct positioning of the Cover for winding or unwinding requires guides. If no guides are present then tracks, ropes or hands are required to constantly ensure the material is running correctly. Even then alignment can still be an issue. Adjusting at the end or middle of the cover with a rope or by hand is not very effective, and is the wrong location to make adjustments. The Auto Pool Reel's patented design ensures constant alignment by using edge guides on both sides of the Cover just in front of the main reel where alignment is required the most. This allows for smooth and repeatable rolling of the Cover on and off the reel and makes it hassle free.
Lock Down Handle
Once the Auto Pool Reel is positioned at the edge of the pool coping, it is recommended the unit be secured to the pool deck. Securing the End Supports is done with the use of anchor plugs placed slightly below the pool deck and inserting the Lock Down Handles into the anchor plug. This locks the Auto Pool Reel into position and prevents the unit from moving around, or entering the pool. To move the Auto Pool Reel the Lock Down Handles can be removed from the anchor plugs at any time.
With a simple push of the button the Auto Pool Reel will automatically cover or uncover the pool. No extra effort is required, just watch it go. To stop the Cover just push the button again and the cover stops immediately. To reverse the direction of the Cover just push the button again. The push button operation is very similar to a garage door opener.
Prior to operating the Auto Pool Reel the safety key is required. This key must be inserted into the unit and rotated 90 degrees. This will turn the micro controller on and the Auto Pool Reel is ready for use. To prevent anyone from using the Auto Pool Reel just remove the key.
End Support Wheels
Each End Support can be positioned on the pool deck independently at the edge of the pool coping with the use of the pivot End Support Wheels and locked in final position. These wheels also allow the Auto Pool Reel to be rolled out of the way if necessary when not in use.