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Pelican Advantage Series Salt Water Softeners

Pelican Advantage Series Salt Water Softeners

1-3 Bathrooms
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Limited Lifetime
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4-6 Bathrooms
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Limited Lifetime
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The Pelican Advantage Series Salt Water Softener provides softened water using salt or potassium. All Pelican Advantage Series salt-based water softeners are metered and only backwash when needed to waste as few gallons as possible.

All systems come standard with high capacity resin tanks, turbulators and a 5-year warranty on the electronic head. If you are looking to purchase a salt-based system and you want the very best then the Pelican Advantage Series is your answer.

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The Pelican Salt Water Softener back to top
  • Large tank size
  • High capacity resin
  • Turbulator included
  • Easy-to-program metered electronic head
  • High flow rate
  • Standard bypass included
  • Chrome tank jacket standard

The Pelican Advantage Series back to top
  • 5-Year Manufacturer's Warranty on Electronic Head
  • Premium Bypass Valve Included for Easy Maintenance
  • Premium 5-Button Programmable Pro Series Electronic Head For Quiet and Efficient Performance
  • Metered Delayed Backwash for Minimal Water Waste, Only Backwash When You Need To!
  • Treated Water Regeneration - For Optimum Performance and Cleaning

How does a salt-based water softener work? back to top

There Are 3 Important Steps To Softening:

  1. Backwashing Phase: This removes dirt from the mineral tank and is part of the regeneration process
  2. Regeneration Phase: The mineral tank is recharged with sodium from the brine tank solution and displaces calcium and magnesium, which is then washed down the drain during the Backwashing Phase.
  3. Rinse Phase: The mineral tank is rinsed with fresh water and loads the brine tank so that it is ready for the next cycle.

As water passes through the mineral tank, the positively charged calcium and magnesium ions are lost to negatively charged plastic beads. The brine tank holds a solution of water and salt that will flush the mineral tank and replace the calcium and magnesium ions with sodium. Recharging cycles are controlled by the meter on the top of the tank (normally once every 7 days).

The Pelican Advantage Series Programmable Head Features back to top
  • Solid state microprocessor with easy front panel settings
  • Three modes of operation: Meter Immediate, Meter Delayed, Time Clock Delayed
  • Double backwash feature, offering optimum regeneration, cleaning and efficiency
  • 36 Selectable pre-programmed regeneration cycles
  • Days override featured 1-28 days available
  • Backwash and brining ability to 21" diameter tanks
  • Downflow regeneration
  • Stores system configuration and operation data in non-volatile memory
  • Battery back-up with up to 8 hour power carry over
  • 12 Volt transformer provides safe and easy installation
  • Provides optimum service and backwash rates
  • Treated water regenerant refill

Modes of Operation back to top

Meter Immediate - When the Water Volume Remaining display has reached zero gallons, a regeneration cycle will be initiated immediately.

Meter Delayed - When the Water Volume Remaining display has reached zero gallons, a regeneration cycle will be initiated at the preset Regeneration Time Of Day chosen during setup (i.e. 1:00 am).

Time Clock Delayed - When the valve reaches its set Days Since Regeneration, a regeneration cycle will be initiated at the preset TurbulatorRegeneration Time Of Day chosen during setup (i.e. 1:00 am). This event occurs regardless of the Water Volume Remaining display having reached zero gallons.

What is a Turbulator? back to top

A turbulator can replace a standard riser tube in most "down-flow" designed water softeners. A turbulator physically moves the resin from the bottom of the bed to the top, stirring up the resin to increase sediment removal and conditioner efficiency. Using a water-stream compression device, a turbulator propels resin beads at high speed to the top of the resin bed, then allows them to settle back to the bottom. Small sediment that may have accumulated in the bed (like dirt or iron) are scrubbed from the resin beads and washed to the drain. So the bed is constantly turned over and reclassified. The result? Resin beds stay cleaner and last longer!

PRO-RO 6-Stage Reverse Osmosis
Are you buying a salt-based softener? Please consider adding an RO.

If you are interested in buying a salt-based water softener, you might consider adding the Pelican 6-Stage Reverse Osmosis System to your order. This system removes the sodium from your water and filters additional items, it also adds the beneficial minerals back into your water which is essential for drinking and cooking. Learn more

Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied.

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Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 28,2014
Best Water Period.

We live in a small mid-western town. The water tastes terrible, changes color from time to time, and makes the dishes turn white and stain our faucets. With the whole house filtration we have water that tastes better than bottled water! Can't imagine why bottles water doesn't taste the same, but it doesn't. No more white dish residue, no more crusty faucets, just clean awesome tasting water. We have frequent water boil incidents and with our UV filter we don't worry about them either. Terrific product. Love love love it!!

- Darren
Villisca, Iowa
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 21,2014
excellent product

My wife was having scalp issues with the water here in Ft. Myers. As a stop gap measure I ordered the filter hoping to correct or relive the problem. The filter was the answer and everyone is happy! One day service didn't hurt your cause either.

- henry dubois
ft. myers, Fla.
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 18,2014
is great

Over all does as advertised, better tasting, softer, less scale, so is doing as advertised. NOTE; the installation by Jim's Plumbing here in Pahrump was great ++, R. E. Pike

- R. E. Pike
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 17,2014
Great Hair!

Been struggling with my water for years and how it affects my hair. Just installed the shower filter (super easy by the way), and couldn't wait to try it. So took my second shower of the day and OMG! My hair is behaving its naturally curly self! I'm soooo happy. Great purchase for curly girls everywhere! :-)

- Laura Childs
Laurel, Md
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 16,2014
very good

Great advice from Mark H installation was easy

- Bob
New York
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 15,2014
Great product

Best purification system ! Really does the job & does not change the taste or smell. Very little maintenance. Highly recommend this product.

- Scott
New Braunfels TX
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 15,2014

Since we had this unit we have really enjoyed it. Our water feel and smell so much BETTER. Even when we have guest over they always asking about the system

- Stanley Adams
Humble, Texas
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 15,2014

We just ordered our second filter. Love the difference in the way my skin and hair feel. Skin is not dry anymore and my hair is shinier. My husbsnds back would get so dry it was breaking out, but not now. Love this filter. Great customer service too.

- Regina
Kansas City, KS
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 14,2014
Very pleased

Excellent product, my life has changed: H2O now is soft and we can drink right off the faucet.

- Jutta Baumgarten
Deland, Fl
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 14,2014
Professional and welcomed service.

So about a year after moving to the country in Virginia, I was about to do a major kitchen remodel. But before I was going to drop $2,000 dollars on new appliances I wanted to make sure the water quality was not going to degrade my new appliances faster than normal. With my well water being slightly acidic I needed a way to raise the pH and Pelican was happy to help. They spent about 45 minutes on the phone with me to determine what products would suit my needs best. By the end of my phone call I had a new carbon filter and a calcite tank ordered and would arrive in about a week. It's been 4 months since I installed the products and our water quality is much better. Our water tastes great right from the tap, our skin and hair fell much better after a shower, and our laundry feels better to the touch. To sum up: Great products, great customer service, and better quality of water. When friends ask I'll be sending their business to Pelican.

- George
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 14,2014
Great product with great service

I have been communicating with Matt on the subject products and the service from Matt is excellent. He attended to and solved my enquiries promptly and without delay. I am happy with Matt's service.

- Peggy
Hong Kong
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 14,2014

Beyond pleased with product

- Patti
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 14,2014
Pelican shower filters

I struggle with dry hair dry skin when I moved to Texas. My hair felt like a Brillo pad and I always had an uncontrollable itch. I later realized it was hard water that was causing the problem. I purchased the Pelican shower system and noticed a change. Als I need to mention the excellent customer service provided. I received my product quickly. Thanks Pelican.

- Ce Ce
Texas City, TX
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 14,2014
my skin is much softer

excellent product

- diane kirchner
tomball, tx
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Oct 14,2014
Matt - most helpful

To Whom it may concern: Matt has been very helpful as we have been evaluating our changing needs while wanting to keep Pelican as our supplier for our water system needs. We had been purchasing bulbs yearly but now have determined we don't need to, as the amount of water used averages to usually less than 300 gallons a day. When we do need anything associated with our Trojan Max be assured we will be calling on Pelican as you have always served us well and as Matt has continued to work out how Pelican might best meet our needs. Sincerely, Linda Campanella

- Linda Campanella
Mahopac NY


National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Certification back to top
Structural Tank - NSF/ANSI 44

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why should I choose the Pelican Water Softener over the others on the market?
The Pelican line of water softeners is designed with the highest quality materials on the market today. Pelican Water Softeners utilize the top of the line electronic heads along with features that save you time and money. Quality costs more to make, we would rather build quality than apologize for its absence. Pelican Water Technologies is a leader is advanced water treatment and is dedicated to the future of water treatment methods and ways to improve water for the end user.

Q. Can the Pelican Water Softeners be installed outdoors?
The Pelican softeners should be protected against the weather. The electronic head should be shielded from water; a weatherproof cover is available for most models.

Q. How long does the resin last in the Pelican Water Softeners?
The resin life depends on a few factors, amount of chlorine, quality of resin, and number of regenerations. The average life of resin should be 7-15 years. If the chlorine is removed from the water preventing it from reaching the resin with a carbon pre-filter such as the Pelican PC600 or PC1000 than the resin could last up to 25 years.

Q. If I am on a sodium-restricted diet or suffer from hypertension is there a substitute for salt that I can add to the Pelican Water Softeners?
Yes, You can use potassium chloride instead of salt. The benefit is that you will be adding potassium to your water instead of sodium. Potassium chloride is a more expensive alternative but well worth the cost when weighing the benefits.

Q. Will the Pelican Water Softeners remove iron from my water?
Yes, the Pelican Water Softeners will remove all ferrous iron Fe. or clear iron. If other types of iron are present in your water the Pelican Iron Removal Filter is recommended in addition to the Pelican Water Softener.

Q. How much salt is added to my water from the Pelican Water Softeners?
It depends on the hardness level of the original water. For example, drinking a quart of softened water with a hardness of 20 grains of hardness will add 150.0 milligrams/quart, of sodium the equivalent of less than a tablespoon of ketchup or a slice of white bread.

Q. What type of salt should I use in the Pelican Water Softeners?
It is recommended that coarse salt be used, which most grocery stores carry in bulk. Block salt should never be used.

Q. Will I notice a pressure loss after installing a Pelican Water Softener?
With all brands of water softeners there will be a pressure drop. The Pelican Water Softeners are of the highest quality available on the market therefore the pressure drop will be very low compared to most other brands.

Q. Can the Pelican Water Softeners drain line be drained into my septic system and what type of affect will it have on the drain field?
According to the Water Quality Association Technical Papers concerning septic tanks, ect. Concerns about salt and soil absorption rates were dispelled. The increased sodium content in the tanks discharge was shown to have no detrimental effect on the soils ability to absorb water in a normal drain field. Interestingly, certain soil conditions benefited from it. Additionally, when the softener's calcium-rich regeneration backwash emptied into the septic system, the discharge could actually improve the soils percolation. The conclusion drawn from these tests is that the softened water is not harmful to a normally operating septic system or drain field.

Q. Can the drain line be located above the softener?
As long as the water pressure at the softener is not less than 40 PSI and the run of the drain line does not exceed 15, your discharge line may be elevated up to 4 above the system. For each additional 10 PSI of water supply the line can be elevated an additional.

Q. Is softened water recommended for use on my plants or lawn?
If you are using sodium chloride to regenerate you resin, overtime, softened water could be harmful to your plants and other vegetation. It is recommended that the outside faucets be bypassed from the softener.

Q. How much salt will I have to add to the Pelican Water Softener?
A typical home with a family of 4 with 2.5 bathrooms and a hardness of 10 will require a 32,000 grains softener that will regenerate every 11 days. The softener uses about 9 lbs of salt per regeneration, so if your brine tank is full (375lbs) from the start, you will not add salt for about 10 months.

Q. Do I need to know what size my plumbing fittings are before I order the Pelican Water Softener?
No, the Pelican Water Softener System comes complete with and 1 copper and CPVC plumbing fittings and also a drain line for your convenience.

Q. Does the softener filter out chlorine and chemicals from my water?
No, the Pelican softener is a water softener/conditioning system. Its sole purpose is to deal with the hardness in your water and not the contaminants. If you are interested in filtering chlorine and other chemicals from your water, you may want to consider the Pelican Whole House Water Filter and Softening Combo.

Installation Diagrams and Guides

Diagrams / Owners Manual back to top
Owner's Manual for Pelican PS48/PS80 (link opens in new window)

Specs and Product Information back to top
Tank Height:
Tank Width:
Flow Rate:
12 GPM
Connection Size:
Operating Pressure:
25-80 PSI
Operating Temperatures:
36-120 F
pH Range:
Grain Capacity: 48,000
Drain Size: 3/4" (50' Supplied)
18" by 33" Round Brine Tank
Tank Height:
Tank Width:
Flow Rate:
18 GPM
Connection Size:
Operating Pressure:
25-80 PSI
Operating Temperatures:
36-120 F
pH Range:
Grain Capacity: 80,000
Drain Size: 3/4" (50' Supplied)
18" by 33" Round Brine Tank

System Includes back to top
  • Pelican Advantage Series system
  • Brine tank with float and drain line
  • Bypass valve and fittings (1”)
  • 50 Ft. drain line (3/4")
  • Installation guide

Manufacturer's Warranty Information back to top

Pelican Limited Lifetime Warranty on all filter housings, tanks, in/out heads, and the bypass valves against manufacturer's defects.

Pelican Water (“Pelican”) warrants to the end user (“customer”) that its tanks, valves, in/out heads, bypass’s, fittings and housings (“Covered Items”) will be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service for the life of the system. No warranty is made with respect to defects or damaged due to neglect, misuse, alterations, accident, misapplication, physical damage, or damaged caused by fire, acts of God, or freezing.

Water Shield Auto-Ship Program Includes Free Delivery Water Shield Program – Replacement Filters & Parts