If you haven’t bought into the idea of using your smartphone or tablet to make your work life easier, you might want to reconsider, as apps keep entering the market to help users benefit more and more from their devices.
PSN looked for pool industry apps that can help service technicians and dealers when out and about. These apps tend to fall in one of three categories:
- Catalogs and purchasing: Many manufacturers and distributors offer apps that help figure out what product is needed for a job, and some can be used to purchase the necessary parts and equipment.
- Pool management: These apps assist in either managing the pools on a route or multiple techs in a business. They tend to be helpful with logging customer and work-order details.
- Calculators: For those who don’t have the time or the confidence to perform the chemical calculations used to get pool water balanced, these apps will be helpful.
Product catalogs and purchasing
Bel-Aqua for Mobile
Updated earlier this year, the Bel-Aqua for Mobile app provides an on-the-go way for service techs to order new or replacement products from the distributor. Orders can be placed online any time of the day. Users can check product stock and availability, as well as track their shipments. Exploded product views and technical specifications are available. The mobile cart can also sync with the cart on the distributor’s website. The company’s entire catalog is available on the app. To aid in finding the appropriate products for the job, the app has been updated with a bar code scanner.
Details: Bel-Aqua Pool Supply Inc.; available for iOS and Android devices; free. SEE MORE: Products That Feature Apps
GLI Pool Products
Details: GL International LLC; available for iOS and Android devices; free.
Hayward Omni Interactive Sales App
Details: Hayward Pool Products; available for iOS devices; free.
Pentair Pool IQ
Designed as a sales tool specifically for pool service techs and dealers, Pentair’s Pool IQ for iPad offers users access to a selective product catalog and various calculators. The app, available since June of this year, currently focuses on three product categories: pool cleaners, variable-speed pumps and salt chlorine generators. Informative videos and schematic details for each integrated product are included. Future updates will add products, videos and other useful information. The app also features a calculator that pool pros can use to show the costs of running a pool with and without specific Pentair products. Additional calculators include residential pool pump energy savings, pool volume, and one that calculates salt requirements.
Details: Pentair Aquatic Systems; available for iPad; free.
If you haven’t bought into the idea of using your smartphone or tablet to make your work life easier, you may want to reconsider, as apps keep entering the market to help users benefit more and more from these devices.
Unicel’s app has been available since 2012, and is marketed toward service technicians and more hands-on homeowners. Unlike many product apps from manufacturers, Unicel doesn’t allow users to order new filters through its app. Instead, the app finds the nearest retailer who sells the needed filter. A cartridge replacement identification tool is available that details product type and dimensions. Users can track their pools to manage the filter-change history and set inspection alarms. Included in the app are instructional videos that cover troubleshooting the company’s filters and cleaning the cartridges.
Details: Unicel; available for iOS devices iOS 5.0 or newer; free.
My Pool Chart
Details: My Pool Chart; available for iOS and Android devices; free, though service requires monthly payments.
Pool Boy Pro
Details: Pool Boy; available for iOS devices; $2.99 upfront, then free to use.
This is one of the spendier ones. While the app itself is free, the service costs $40 per month. However, it offers several features. It can support up to 1,000 tracked pools and 1,000 users. The app has a chemical calculator in U.S. and metric units. Chemical testing can be graphed. Techs can log records that are emailed to the office and the customer with pictures. The app offers GPS tracking of employees on job sites and, on Android, NFC tags to verify employee locations. The company says that the data collected by the app is viewable in real time via a cloud back-up system.
Details: eGenesis2, LLC; available for iOS and Android devices; free, with $40 monthly service charge.
The Pool Calculator
Details: pSiFlow Technology; available on iOS and Android; $4.99 (iOS), $2.99 (Android).
Pool Pal (Android version)
This is not to be confused with the Pool Pal for iOS devices, which comes from a different developer and costs $1.99. Pool Pal can track multiple pools for free chlorine, bromine, hydrogen peroxide, pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardnress, stabilizer, salt, borates, water temperature, backwashing, combined chlorine, filter cleaning, flow, pressure and TDS. A volume calculator is included . The app displays the Langelier Saturation Index and the Calcite Saturation Index for current readings and goals. Math is done for the user and features the recommended chemical dosages.
Details: Pirate Loves Bacon; available on Android; free.