Rainman Desalinators

'A COMPACT SYSTEM DESIGNED TO GENERATOR A FRESH POTABLE WATER SUPPLY FROM SEAWATER'

THE RAINMAN ADVANTAGE

SYSTEM TYPES AVAILABLE

You have maximum flexibility in power sources if you wish to keep your system portable. Any of our three platforms can be used as portable. In order of popularity, these include:

AC POWERED
The primary design principle in the AC Rainman is that it must start and run using a Honda 2kVA portable generator. The ubiquity of this generator has helped make it the most popular system in our range. It can also run on a good quality 2kVA inverter. Higher capacity generators and inverters are commonly used as well.

PETROL
An update of the original Rainman, this system can run without any external electricity source. Just add fuel and salt water. We designed this with a Honda GXH50 motor and a simple belt drive system.

12VOLT-DC POWERED
This system was designed with lower power and lower flow rates. Simplicity and low maintenance is retained by utilising a simple triplex plunger pump. Due to the lower productivity and requirement for a shorter power cord, this system is more commonly installed than kept portable.

TWO COMPONENTS – ONE WATERMAKER

The system is made up of a pressure supply unit (PSU) and a reverse osmosis unit (RO). Both parts are required to make a complete watermaker. The PSU lifts the seawater, filters out the sediment and puts the system under high pressure, while the RO unit extracts fresh water from the stream of pressurised seawater. Most of the water goes out to waste as brine output, while about 20% of the volume is extracted as fresh potable water for your tanks. Different RO options exist for you to select with your AC Rainman system, each to achieve their own specific objective.

USING THE WATERMAKER

After a few uses, it will take about two minutes to set up your watermaker for use. More detail is available in the operations manual, but the steps are:

  1. Set the systems up. You may choose to leave the systems in a locker and only move the hoses around.
  2. Hook the black high pressure hose from the reverse osmosis case (RO) into the quick connect coupling on the pressure supply unit (PSU).
  3. Put the intake hose into seawater.
  4. Put the green waste brine hose overboard.
  5. Turn the system on.
  6. Slowly pressurise the system to 55 bar (800 psi) using the control valve. Fresh water will begin coming out of the white product water hose.
  7. Let it run for a short period of time, then put it in your tank.
  8. When tank is full, depressurise the system and put it away.
MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS

While there is limited maintenance on your Rainman watermaker, there are a few things that should be looked after to ensure a long life of your system.

WHEN STORING THE SYSTEM

  • Fresh water flush and pickle the system when storing it for more than a couple days. This may sound complex, but it is an easy five minute process with no specialist knowledge required.

5-50+ hours of use:

  • Change the non-proprietary prefilter after 5-50+ hours of us, depending on cleanliness of the source water.

1-2 years:

  • Change non-proprietary impeller in the lift pump after a year or two, depending on use.
  • Change the high pressure pump oil each 300 hours of use, using SAE-30 weight oil.

5-10 years:

  • Change the non-proprietary sized reverse osmosis membranes after 5-10 years.
  • If your system starts losing performance, the non-proprietary pump seals may eventually require replacing.
AFFORDABLE
PSU TYPE / RO UNIT HIGH OUTPUT COMPACT ECONOMY
AC Electric 1250 watts AU$ 7,504
100-140lph (26-37gph)
AU$ 7,073
50-70lph (13-18gph)
AU$ 6,134
50-70lph (13-18gph)
Petrol (Gas) 1 hr, 700ml, 0.18gl AU$ 8,958
100-140lph (26-37gph)
AU$ 8,527
50-70lph (13-18gph)
AU$ 7,588
50-70lph (13-18gph)
12VDC 32 amps Not
Compatible
Not
Compatible
AU$ 6,789
26-34lph (7-9gph)
ACCESSORIES AND SPARES PRICE
Rainman Autoflush Kit AU$474
Pre-Filter Cartridge (5 micron) AU$11
HM Digital COM80 Hydrotester AU$58
Impeller Replacement AU$53
Brackish Water Flow Gauge AU$466
Pickle Solution Mix – 1kg (2.2lb) AU$40
40″ RO Membrane (Filmtec) AU$443
21″ RO Membrane (Filmtec) AU$428
5 metre high pressure hose AU$111