Connecting Accessories like a Blower.
Typically, accessories like a blower will connect using a 3 core cable. They will use just one of the output voltages and this does differ from Spa Pack to Spa Pack. For example, you can see above on the ACC pack that the pin out combinations are totally different for an Air blower than on a pump. For a Balboa pack, they generally use the Line voltage plus the neutral and the ground. You should definitely check the wiring diagram of the specific pack that you have purchased if you are not sure. The good thing is that with an accessory, you are unlikely to damage it if you get the pin out wrong. It will just not work.
Hot Tub Wiring – Configuring a Balboa Spa Pack
If you are using a basic setup, and by basic I mean a regular dual speed hot tub pump with a single speed blower, out of the box, your Balboa pack is likely to work without any additional configuration. However, if you are not using a separate circulation pump, the chances are you will need to “configure” the pack using the details below.
On the underside of the Spa Pack covers, you will see a circuit diagram that looks something like this.
Firstly, you need to work through the setup table at the bottom on the left hand side and work out which setup number you need. For example, a 2 speed pump and a single speed blower will need setup #12.
Next, you need to change the DIP switch settings to match your setup. Once you have the right combination of DIP switches, using the topside control you should do the following to change the pack’s setup mode to #12.
To go into the low levels follow the following steps please.
- Turn tub off.
- DIP switch 1 move to ON.
- Turn tub on
- On the top side control, Press “WARM” twice
- Press “LIGHT”
- Press “WARM”
- Then use “WARM” to move down to the low levels until you get on the set up number you need.
- Turn off tub
- DIP switch one back to OFF
- Turn on tub
Getting the right setup and config is important for the pack to function correctly and the buttons on the top side to do what you expect them to.
Balboa DIP Switches Explained
Most of the Balboa Spa Packs have a set of DIP switches that can seem a little confusing in the setup. In the most basic form, you are telling the Spa Pack how many pumps or blowers you have connected and how many it should allow to run before it turns off the heater (or let them all run at once). The reason for this is if you are limiting the amount of current the pack can draw. You are also telling the pack wither you need additional cool down times if you are using an gas/propane/ASHP additional heater. This to stop the kettling effect you can get in the heaters.
Check the circuit diagram that is on the inside of your Balboa pack and do not just copy the settings I explain below as they may be in a different order. The “logic” behind them is the same so just check what each of the DIP switches says it does.
Fixed-fuction DIP Switches
A1 Test Mode (normally Off).
A2 In “ON” position, add one high-speed pump (or blower) with Heater. (If you have 1 pump and NO blower use this)
A3 In “ON” position, add two high-speed pumps (or 1 HS Pump and Blower) with Heater. (If you have a pump and a blower use this)
A4 In “ON” position, add four high-speed pumps (or 3 HS Pumps and Blower) with Heater. (If you have two or three pumps and a blower use this)
You should only enable one of the A2, A3 or A4. You can use them in combinations, but it is easier just to use one.
A5 In “ON” position, enables Special Amperage Rule B. In “OFF” position, enables Special Amperage Rule A.
Special Amperage Rule A No Limitation (if you are not sure, set it to this. Worst case, your electric will trip if you don’t have enough current available)
Special Amperage Rule B 2 High Speed Pump Maximum, in Setups 1 – 9 1 High Speed Pump Maximum, and also Blower turns off with 1 High Speed Pump, in Setups 10 – 18 (avoid this if you can)
A6 Persistent memory reset (Used when the spa is powering up to restore factory settings as determined by software configuration).
A2, A3, and A4 work in combination to determine the number of high-speed devices and blowers that can run before the heat is disabled. i.e. A2 and A3 in the ON position and A4 in the OFF position will allow the heater to operate with up to 3 high‑speed pumps (or two HS Pumps and Blower) running at the same time. Heat is disabled when the fourth high-speed pump or blower is turned on.
Note: A2/A3/A4 all off = No heat with any high-speed pump or blower.
Assignable DIP Switches
A7 In “ON” position, enables a 5-minute cooldown for some gas heaters (Cooling Time B). In “OFF” position, enables a 1-minute cooldown for electric heaters (Cooling Time A).
Hot Tub Wiring – Configuring an ACC Spa Pack
These instructions on wiring and installation are provided as a guideline to assist you. Some experience of electrical wiring and do-it-yourself is required to install the light. If at any time you are unsure of how to proceed, you must consult a qualified electrician.
The parts supplied by www.buildahottub.com are designed around a 4-wire 240V system. We do not supply parts in our configurations for 110V systems as they tend to be underpowered.
Therefore, you need to make sure you configure your system for 240V.
The system is 240V, 41A @ 60HZ
Please use #6 AWG Copper Conductors
Neutral in the middle.
Line 1 to the left.
Line 2 to the right.
Should look something like this when connected.
As we are using 240V you also need to move two cables over. The Blue Cable (which is the pump) and the Red & White Stripe Cable (which is the blower) need to move from the neutral connector, over to the Line 2 as shown in the photograph below. (Solid White cable stays where it is)
When you have moved the cables, it should look something like this.
The pump cables that are supplied with the ACC Smart Touch have the following colours.
Black Wire is the High Speed.
Red Wire is the Low Speed
Green goes to Green on the Pump
White goes to White on the Pump
Generally, the systems supplied by www.buildahottub.com involve dual speed pumps and a blower.
The blower will plug into “Air Blower” and the pump will plug into “Primary Pump”
Depending on the model of pump supplied, you will need to check the wiring diagram to see which is high and which is low speed terminals.
Do not connect the Pool Light supplied by www.buildahottub.com to the control unit. It is not compatible.