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Pelican Advantage Series Salt Water Softeners

Pelican Advantage Series Salt Water Softeners

1-3 Bathrooms
Pelican Model:
Limited Lifetime
Suggested Retail Price:
$1,647.00 $1,523.47*

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4-6 Bathrooms
Pelican Model:
Limited Lifetime
Suggested Retail Price:
$1,956.00 $1,809.30*

Item 24-48 Hours To Ship

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
Jan 22,2015

products are wonderful...we have the whole house filter and the water softener...both are great and trouble free. Mark is a fantastic customer service aid...can't say enough good things about the products and the service!

- Teri
Corrales, NM
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Jan 22,2015

We have had the unit in about three days and I am amazed how it has cleaned the water and changed the taste. The unit is beautiful and well designed. I am very pleased. Thank you, Patrick!

- Dr.John Smith
The Villages,Fl.
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Jan 22,2015
Very Pleased

I am very happy with my new whole house water system that takes out not only chlorine, but fluoride too. My hands are not dry from doing dishes like they used to be. My skin feels so soft. And, the water is delicious to drink. There is nothing better to have in this world than good water. May I add?....the Pelican representative was a man of his word. Pelican is a business that you can trust.

- Jane Ferries
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Jan 21,2015
Great customer service

I contacted Pelican Water Systems by phone and spoke with Mr. Mark Hughes and was pleasantly surprised on how friendly and helpful he was addressing all my Questions and concerns. When meeting Mr. mark Hughes in person he was very professional and knowledgeable. I felt very comfortable purchasing my whole house filter system. Thanks for the great customer service.

- Angela Dardini
Deltona Florida
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Jan 20,2015
Wonderful Solution

Salesperson, Patrick was very helpful in helping me decide on the proper unit(s) for my home. My initial problem was mineral buildup on shower heads and faucets. Plus the hardness and quality of the water varied as the municipal supply changed over from reservoir to well water during the year. With the new Pelican system I don't worry about hardness or impurities and get a much better tasting supply of water for my home. Thank you for a wonderful product...

- Alan Copeland
Stony Point, NY
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Jan 19,2015
Happy Customer

Because I have more than one Pelican product, it's just easier to address the wholesale satisfaction my family is getting from the systems. The Whole House Carbon Filter to the Shower Head with Aromatherapy systems are great!

- Hugh Webb
Orcutt, CA
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Jan 18,2015
Good Product

Have had my unit 3 months now and no problems so far. Seems to be working great. Water tastes good.

- Bob
Peoria, AZ
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Jan 17,2015
Great Experience

I live in an area with very hard water and noticeably high levels of chlorine. One of my children battles eczema and there are countless articles about the negative effects of showering/bathing in chlorinated water—for everyone, but particularly for people with health issues. I had poked around for a couple of years but ultimately I chose the Pelican system because it does not require a system flush (i.e., water waste) and because of the significantly positive reviews. This system is fantastic and delivers on both quality and taste. We noticed results immediately but once the carbon tank has been active for 30+ days you really start to see the benefits. Our water tastes better than bottled water and no longer smells of chlorine. An added benefit is the significant reduction in hard water deposits we used to see on our fixtures and shower doors not to mention how much softer our water has become. Lastly, I have been able to let my son sit and play in the bathtub knowing that he isn’t sitting in harmful water and we have not seen one flare-up since our system was installed. I would absolutely recommend this company. A+.

- Jason
Newport Beach, CA
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Jan 17,2015
Service Rep: Richard

Your service representative, Richard, was extremely friendly and helpful in choosing this product. The ordering process was easy and explained fully. Thank you.

- Bonnie Eklund
Pleasanton, Calif
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Jan 17,2015

Thanks for a wonderful solution to bacteria prevention! Thank you!

- Holly
Wellsville, KS
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Jan 15,2015
Nothing short of TERRIFIC!

Thank you awesome customer service and ultimately fixing our water! Our water specialist Jeff Knox made our experience fantastic! Thanks, Nor and Char

- Norwood
Amarillo, TX
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Jan 14,2015

Good experience--thanks. As a math person I did use my calculator on the spam bot prevention equation though (kidding)

- Ben
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Jan 14,2015
great product, easy install

I ordered the combo series PSE 1800/PSE2000 along with post hot water filter after the tankless gas heater. everything was very easy to install. water seems great. I love most though is not going through the hassle of adding salt. It saves on electric and doesn't waste any water

- Paul LaRoche
Apollo Beach
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Jan 13,2015
Big difference in cleaning

We have had several water salt softners over the years, but had gone about six months without one when our last one broke down. It has been wonderful to get back soft water with a no hassle system. What a blessing not to have to get heavy salt bags and refill a tank. Sinks and toilets are staying cleaner longer and we are using less cleaning products.

- Robert Baglin
Brandon, FL
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Jan 11,2015
Great feeling and smelling water

I live in Asheville, NC which is supposed to have some of the best water in all of NC, however, the water coming into my home consistently had a strong chlorine smell and taste. However, once our whole home filter was installed we could tell a big difference. It even feels different to take a shower; feels more like fresh lake water than pool water. Hard to explain, but my wife and I are very pleased with the purchase.

- Chad
Asheville, NC


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.

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