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Hi, I'm in the process of opening a float center, and I'm doing research as to what tanks/pods to use. I've narrowed it down to the new Float Pod, or the model from Float ES. The Float Pod runs about $19,000, while the one from Float ES runs about $25,000, which includes salt, shipping,and installation.


Has anyone had the chance to experience a float in either of these? Are there any concerns/drawbacks, or positive aspects to each? I think a previous post mentioned possible light leaks in the Float Pod. Any information would be appreciated.

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First time hearing about Float ES. Pretty neat looking.

The Float Pod has received some negative attention for being a knock-off i-Sopod.
We got to try one recently: it had about an inch-sized gap where the hinge is (not light-proof at all), the filtration system wasn't skimming (quite a bit of hair on the surface of the water), the intercom didn't work, and the interior light wouldn't turn all the way off. I'm thinking these issues may just be from them being so new and they'll get the kinks worked out.

**Update 9/17/2013**
The center operator has let us know that the intercom probably works, they just didn't have it connected to anything
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Thank you. I'm sure they're working out the kinks, but not something I'm willing to invest $20,000 to "test out". I don't mind the i-Sopod similarities, as i-Sopod ships all the way from Europe to Hawaii, so that's out of the question. I like the design, it seems very attractive to potential floaters, but not worth the kinks. I need total sensory dep.
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Hey Geoff,

I'm afraid I haven't floated in either of those, but we're in the same boat, researching float pods for our center here in Canada and here are my thoughts.

As Caleb noted, the Float Pod is still quite new and it appears there are some issues. I know from talking to the people involved that each pod off the line will improve, and the one Caleb floated in was probably only 4th or 5th, so hopefully things will get better and better. They offer a good warranty and the company manufacturing it is large and stable so should be around to support in the future.

My hesitation with the Float ES is the interior dimensions of 45" x 84" To my mind, 45" is just too narrow, and I would put this more in the "tank" category than pod. I also worry that their 9 gal/min pump is underpowered and won't get you 3 full turns of the water between clients.

We're seriously considering the Genesis Float Pod from James Ramsey in Virginia. He's spec'd his pod with a 70 gal/min pump, 100,000 gallon ozone system with scrubber, and a beefy UV system. It is overbuilt, but this suits me just fine. He also started from scratch on the fiberglass pod, ensuring that the interior surface is easy to keep clean with no seams or ridges. The interior is a roomy 69" x 106" so lots of room to stretch out.

You might also look into the Dream Pod. It looks well thought out, but does lack constant heat (maybe not an issue in Hawaii?) Shipping from China might work out the same as from Indianapolis or Virginia for you!

Please let us know what you decide to go with, and all the best!

Christian
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Thanks Christian,

The Float ES actually filters constantly, even when floating, thus the lower gal/min rate. It's so it doesn't disturb the floater. The guy who does them, Kirk, told me that we should think of it like an aquarium. If you only filtered the water 3 times every hour pushing it through a filter really fast, then the water wouldn't be as good, wouldn't filter as good, and fish wouldn't be as happy as if the water were filtered constantly. There's also a button to push for little oxygen bubbles, which he said was like 1/50th of the size of champagne bubbles. Said it feels good. Really good. Probably oxygenates the body too. He also went to the float conference in Oregon recently, he said some of the pod designs leave too little room by the feet - sometimes the feet hit the sides or edges, disturbing the floater. He also said they are working out some kinks too, like a very small light leak - needs a tighter seal.

I'll look up Dream Pod in a sec. Thanks for your response and let's keep each other updated as we go.
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Hey guys, good to be part of this message board. This is Mike Zev from Dreamwater Float Co. We are the manufacturers of the Dreampod. Feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions regarding our pod. I am always available via Skype (cooldraw) , or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thanks a bunch! M
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It's interesting, this process. It's almost like buying a new car without ever test driving it or even seeing it in person (for me at least, being in Hawaii with no other float centers)
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The maps usually show quite a few centers in Hawaii. They all closed or something?
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Sorry - only three showing up here. I thought I remembered more: http://floatationlocations.com/category/united-states/hawaii/
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I hear you! We actually plan to test-float in each of the pods on our shortlist and will be doing a lot of research to make sure we chose wisely. With four pods times $2X,XXX, it is a huge investment and such an integral part of the business. Choosing products that are new to market and with so few users makes it really tough.

Interesting about the FloatES and constant filtration. I would want to hear more about the float experience with moving water before I'm sold on the idea.
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Thanks Caleb, there are actually none on Oahu. The one in Haleiwa (Oahu) is not in operation. The other locations in Hawaii are on different islands (Maui and the Big Island). I am in Honolulu, the biggest (and only) city in Hawaii on the island of Oahu.
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Hi Whister, that sounds like a great idea, I wish I could test all of them out first hand. I came across the Escape Pod http://www.escapepodtank.com/index.html. At about $7,000 (with added UV filtration), it's definitely more affordable, and one option I might have to strongly consider. I'm going to email them now about specifics - light leaks, condensation dripping, maintenance, warranty, etc.
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I too am considering a couple of tank for a new float center. I am also uneasy about float pod, they would need to make me feel very comfortable. I do like the design and idea. US & warranty. i-sopod awesome but there is a cost barrier. I like the Genesis Float pod and am waiting to hear back from them. I am curious as to when they will be ready.
Have you all seen this craziness http://www.floatcompany.com/index.php
how do you all feel about Floataway? the seem small at the feet.
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