Does Ariel Operate at Night?
During the day, the solar panels on Ariel will generate enough power to run the unit and charge the on-board battery so that she can operate several hours after the sun goes down. Ariel’s battery may run low at some point during the night, causing her to shut down. The power light will flash at a rapid pace, indicating that the Power is “ON” but the battery charge is low. At the same time the charge light will appear and burn a steady red.
At night, the clear navigation lights will begin to flash so that she is always visible to you. The clear navigation lights flash when the sun is down and no power is being generated by the solar panels.
At some point during the night, Ariel may shut down all lights in order to preserve power and ensure that there is sufficient power left in the battery to re-start in the morning.
Does Ariel Operate in the Early Morning?
In the early morning, you may still observe the Ariel’s power light flashing at a rapid pace and the charge light burning a steady red. This indicates that there is not yet sufficient solar energy available to charge the battery.
As the sun comes up some more, the indicator lights will show the Charge light and Power light flashing green at the same rate. This indicates that the Power is ON, the battery charge is below operating range and the solar panels are charging the battery.
Once the battery is charged to operating level, the motors will begin to run and the Power light will burn a steady green. The Charge light will continue to flash green as the solar panels continue to charge the battery while the pool robot is running.
Occasionally, if a pool has a lot of shade in the morning, Ariel may run for a while as described above and then stop with the charge light showing steady red, again, and the Power light flashing. This indicates that Ariel drained down the initial power she received and had to stop again to recharge. Ariel may go through this cycle a few times in the morning before she obtains enough power to operate continuously.
How do I reset Ariel?
On rare occasion, Ariel may display operating parameters and indicator light modes that are not consistent with what is described above. Should this occur, simply reset Ariel by holding the power button down for 5 seconds or until the indicator lights go out completely. This will reset the circuit board and all data in the software. Restart Ariel by pressing the Power button once. Wait a few seconds for the motors to beginning rotating.
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