How Should I Store My Robotic Pool Cleaner During Winter?

31 May, 2024

robotic pool cleaner Storage during winter

As the temperatures drop, it's time for pool owners to prepare their pool equipment for winter, and one of the most crucial items on this list is your Maytronics Dolphin robotic pool cleaner. This innovative device, designed for your convenience, has revolutionised pool maintenance. Ensuring its proper care during the colder winter months is key to maintaining its peak performance in the spring and summer when it's used more frequently. In this article, we'll provide a comprehensive guide covering everything you need to know – from the essential pre-winter preparations to maintenance during the chillier season. Let's dive in!

How do I store my robotic pool cleaner during winter

The Significance of Properly Storing Your Robotic Pool Cleaner

Properly storing your robotic pool cleaner is not just a seasonal chore; it's a critical step to ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your valuable pool maintenance device. Neglecting winter storage can have serious consequences, including mould and mildew growth, damage to electronic components, and reduced efficiency. However, following this guide's advice and best practices can protect your investment and save time and money in the long run. A well-stored robotic pool cleaner will be ready to dive into action when the warmer months roll around, keeping your pool crystal clear and your pool maintenance routine hassle-free.

Off-Season Storage for Your Maytronics Dolphin Robotic Pool Cleaner

Properly storing your robotic pool cleaner is essential. Let's go through the steps for adequate winter storage:

  1. Drain the Water: To keep your robotic pool cleaner in top shape, check your Dolphin Robots manual for specific instructions on properly draining the water from it. Typically, you'll find guidance on locating the drainage valve or plug and the recommended steps to ensure the water is completely removed. This helps prevent mould or mildew from growing and ensures your pool cleaner stays in good condition.

  2. Clean the Filter and Install the Filter Basket: Clean the filter basket well to remove debris or gunk. Clean filters are the secret to keeping your cleaner running well and lasting longer. It may even be time to upgrade to new filters for optimum results. Visit your closest Elite Dealer or visit our online store to upgrade in time for the warmer months.

  3. Properly Coil the Cable: Roll up the cable without any kinks. A kink-free cable means it won't get tangled or damaged during storage. When you're ready to use your pool cleaner again, a neatly coiled cable is much easier to handle.

  4. Use a Universal Dolphin Caddy and Caddy Cover for Storage: A Universal Dolphin Caddy made specially for your Maytronics Dolphin robotic pool cleaner, power supply, and cable allows for upright storage, which is easier on its parts. It also keeps things organised and is a good way to prevent pests like rodents and insects from making a home in your cleaner, which can cause a lot of damage if left unchecked. If your Dolphin didn't come with a caddy, consider investing in one. You won't regret it! If you do have a Dolphin Caddy consider investing in an affordable Dolphin Caddy Cover that fits over the top of your Dolphin robot caddy. Ideal for storing your Dolphin and caddy when not in use, it is made from a near-indestructible strength plastic weave, making it windproof, UV, and dust resistant. It is designed with a top opening where the trolley handle can be removed for quicker access, and it is breathable to prevent condensation and moisture from forming.

  5. Choose the Right Storage Location: Store your robotic cleaner in a place shielded from direct sunlight, rain, and frost. Extreme weather conditions can harm the cleaner's electronics and reduce its lifespan. The best storage temperatures are between 5˚-45˚C.

  6. Turn it Off: Ensure the pool cleaner is off and disconnected before storing. Following these 6 steps for storing your robotic pool cleaner may seem like a bit of work, but the payoff is a cleaner, more efficient, and longer-lasting machine. Investing this extra effort in maintenance will ensure that your pool cleaner continues to deliver sparkling results year after year, saving you time and money in the long run.

Ongoing Maintenance Tips for Your Robotic Pool Cleaner During Winter

As your Dolphin robotic pool cleaner rests in storage during the winter, ensuring it stays in good condition is vital. Here are some practical winter maintenance tips to keep it in top shape:

  1. Regular Inspections: Occasionally inspect your robotic pool cleaner for any issues or signs of damage. Catching and addressing problems early can prevent them from becoming more severe. Contact your Elite Dealer and book your robotic pool cleaner for a health check.

    Contact your Elite Dealer and book your robotic pool cleaner for a health check

  2. Prepare for Spring: Plan a maintenance routine as winter ends and pool season approaches. Clean the filters, inspect moving parts, and address any necessary repairs before using the cleaner again.

  3. Battery Maintenance: If your robotic pool cleaner uses a battery, follow the manufacturer's instructions for winter storage. Some batteries may require specific care during the off-season to ensure they remain functional. If the robot hasn't been used for 21 days or more, it may automatically enter sleep mode. To wake it from this mode, connect the charger. Before using it again, ensure you charge the robot fully.

  4. Monitor Storage Conditions: If your cleaner is stored in a shed or outdoor area, check regularly for signs of moisture or temperature fluctuations. Ensure the storage area remains dry and at a consistent temperature.

  5. Protect Your Dolphin from the Elements The Dolphin Caddy Cover is made from a nearly indestructible, high-strength plastic weave, making it UV—and water-resistant. It protects your Dolphin robotic pool cleaner from sun and humidity damage.

Dolphin caddy cover for winter storage


Proper winter storage is essential for your robotic pool cleaner's longevity and efficiency. Following these steps ensures it remains in great working condition and is ready to tackle your pool maintenance when the swimming season returns. Storing it correctly is a valuable addition to your pool maintenance routine, saving you time and money in the long run.

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