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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:
$1,599.00 $1,407.12*

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4-6 Bathrooms
Pelican Model:
Limited Lifetime
Suggested Retail Price:
$1,899.00 $1,671.12*

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
Nov 25,2014
Pelican service

Patrick was very helpful throughout the process. So far so good! Peggy Drucker

- Peggy Drucker
Woodland Park
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Nov 25,2014
Love it

this filter worked wonderfully and I did not realize how much it removed until it was full and I began with a rash & itch. I was about to go to a dermatologist when the new filter arrived and I installed it and the next day I noticed a difference. it has been 3 days and the rash is gone and I was able to change the ship date to every 6 months. a nice guy emailed me promptly and helped me change the shipment dates to earlier. wonder people at Pelican! thank you!!

- Pam Cusanelli
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Nov 24,2014
whole house filtration

After looking into may whole house filters we decided upon the Pelican system. We received excellent help over the phone, having many questions about what it does filter and what the homeowners upkeep would entail (minimal). Having called a few times (new questions) the reps were always professional, pleasant and knowledgeable. Also, the day of installation when our plumber had some questions, someone was there to help out. I have referred friends to your company as a result of this excellent service, especially for the fluoride filtration system. thank you!

- Melissa
Concord MA
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Nov 24,2014
Happy customer

I installed the two cylinders myself and am very happy with the system. I also recomended the system to some of my friends.

- John DiMaggio
The Villages, Fl
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Nov 24,2014

We are pleased with this system. It saves on having to buy bottle water and brita filters.

- LaVerne Alvarez
beaumont, CA
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Nov 23,2014
Improved dramatically

I built my home about 10 years ago and quickly discovered my water was not drinkable due to the high iron content. I couldn't buy white sheets, towels or clothing because everything stained. I had one system installed but the water still tasted of iron so I had to use a Brita Filter. I finally found the Pelican system, the answer to my problems. I was hoping for something maintenance free but I've come to the conclusion there's no such thing. I had a little bit of trouble finding a handy man willing to take on the job and the labor was not cheap but I am very happy with the system. The customer service was awesome. Mark Hughes was incredibly patient with my lack of knowledge and spent many hours on the phone with me. I would recommend this system to anyone with high iron content!

- hazel belle mehne
stanley VA
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Nov 22,2014
Just the water

I like a shower that is just the water, nothing I don.t want on my skin. Thanks Pelican

- Lee A. Spears
Port Charlotte
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Nov 21,2014
Great Product

I just recomended my fourth NS3 water softener to a friend. He is so happy with this unit as all the others friends are. Could not beleive the difference in the water. I have mine for two years now and still works like the same day I installed it. I have a black car that I couldn't wash at my house because it left white spots all over. Since I installed it, I can now wash my black Corvette at home. We are four happy customers from Pelican. NICE JOB

- Tom Capaldo
Southington, Cy.
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Nov 21,2014
Excellent Water

The combo series works as advertised. Crystal clear water with no chlorine taste.

- Jim
San Pedro, CA
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Nov 19,2014
The best

I have had my salt less softener for two years now. Best money I have ever spent. I have a black Corvette that I could not wash at my house because of white spots left on my car. I can now wash my car home. Also my three toilet tanks are as clean as when they were new. Taking a shower is a whole did decent experience. It so refreshing to take a shower. Overall it's the best thing since sliced bread. I have recommended this to four friends who bought them and they say the same thing. NICE JOB PELICAN

- Tom
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Nov 18,2014
A 3 Year Journey

Pelican friends, In Nov. of 2011 we purchased our first products (PC600 w/5 micron pre-filter & the Trojan UV device) from you. We built our house in 1986 and installed an on site well. After a water test we were told that our water was "slightly" hard and that there was the need for a SpinDown sediment filter. The negative effects were few outside of the toilet reservoirs & dishwasher, and, of course periodically cleaning of the SpinDown. The cost then of doing anything else to our water was way out of reach, especially with a mortgage & children. Fast forward 25 years. Mortgage done and costs very reasonable for improving our water quality. Within a week or so from the installation of the PC 600 the toilet reservoirs (25 yrs of darkness) were completely clear & dishwasher not needing iron out product. In Nov. of 2014 we purchased the NS3 to compliment the whole house filter & UV device. We are already feeling the positive effect on our bathing. We must admit that we are hard to please and slow to commend for a product that has proven to deliver very positive effects on a very important resource to us. Blessings!

- Michael & Cheryl Deitz
kutztown, pa 19530
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Nov 18,2014
Happy Review

We were looking for a whole house water softener/filter system that was able to give us a good quality water. We didn't know about Pelican Water Systems until we found it online and learned about the salt-free combo system. We thought that it was just great to have salt-free water for our entire brand new house. So, we contacted the factory and talked to a guy, Patrick, who gave us all the information we needed. He was very kind and professional and gave us a very good deal and we decided to purchase the product. Now we are looking forward to using and drinking the water that this product will give us.

- Maria
Carmel, Indiana
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Nov 17,2014
Filter system

Our plumber installed it on the 7 th of Oct. it has done everything you stated water quality is excellent. Showering is much better than expected laundry is great. Can't say enough about product and your staff was great and answered all questions honestly. Your support Tech Steve was great at helping chose the right unit and install issue.

- Robert Simunich
Mooresville NC
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Nov 17,2014


- DAVE Schrecengost
Verified Reviews By Pelican Water
Nov 17,2014

Very pleased with the system. Would recommend to anyone.

- Heidi Velez
Deltona, FL


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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