Jacuzzi Power Supply: A Complete Guide to Gecko and Balboa Spapacks in the Netherlands

Introduction

A Jacuzzi offers ultimate relaxation and is a perfect way to unwind after a busy day. To ensure that your jacuzzi works optimally, it is crucial to have the right power supply. In this article we discuss the power supply for jacuzzis in the Netherlands, with special attention to Gecko and Balboa spa packs and the possibility of a 3-phase connection. We cover electrical requirements, installation, safety and minimum cable size to fully inform you about the best way to power your hot tub.

Electrical requirements for jacuzzis in the Netherlands

Most Dutch household sockets work on 230 volts and offer a maximum current of 16 amps. However, this may not be enough for a Jacuzzi, depending on the model and spa pack that comes with it. Gecko and Balboa spa packs are popular choices for hot tubs and have different electrical requirements. In general, these spa packs require a single phase power supply of 230 volts and 32 amps. Larger Jacuzzis or spa packs with more powerful systems may require a 3-phase 400 volt connection. In both cases it may be necessary to install a separate electrical group and earth leakage circuit breaker. Swim spas can draw up to 40A.

Installation of the power supply and minimum cable size

Proper installation of the power supply for your hot tub is essential for safety and efficiency. It is strongly recommended to use a recognized electrician for the installation of the power supply and connecting your jacuzzi. The electrician will first install the necessary electrical group and earth leakage circuit breaker. Then he or she will connect the jacuzzi to the power supply with a waterproof cable and plug. Make sure you share the specifications of your Gecko or Balboa spa pack, including the required connection (single phase or 3 phase), with the electrician. For the minimum cable size, it is important to take into account the required power and the distance between the power supply and the jacuzzi. In general, a single phase connection of 32 amps requires a cable size of at least 4 mm², while a three-phase connection of 400 volts requires a cable size of at least 2.5 mm² per phase.

Power options

Power Supply A

Platinum Spas: Tahiti, Trident

Plug and play connection, 220v 16A
The group must be fitted with a C fuse of at least 16A, with no other users on the group. The wiring to the bath must be an outdoor cable of at least 2.5mm² thickness. For more than 25 meters in length, 4mm² is recommended.

Power Supply B

Platinum Spas (Balboa) : Palma, Happy, Refresh, Seville, Barcelona, ‚Äč‚ÄčColombo, Infinity, Kenya, Marseille, Monaco, Maximus, Onyx (40A), Oslo, Santorini, Tokyo, Topaz.
Finesse Spa (Gecko) : Perth, Sydney, Melbourne (40A), Brisbane, Adelaide, Albury, Bunburry.

For 1 phase 32A connection, 220v 32A
The group must be fitted with a C fuse of at least 32A . From the meter cupboard, the cores must be at least 4mm² thick. For more than 25 meters in length, 6mm² is recommended.

For 3 phase (power current) connection
The group must be fitted with a C fuse of at least 16A per phase . From the meter cupboard, the cores must be at least 2.5mm² thick (5-wire YMvK or, if it goes into the ground, 4-wire YMvK-AS). For more than 25 meters in length, 4mm² thickness is recommended.

Power supply C (swim spa)

Platinum Spas Swim Spa Eros

1 phase 32A connection, 220v 32A
The group must be fitted with a C fuse of at least 32A . From the meter box, the cores must be at least 4mm² thick. For more than 25 meters in length, 6mm² is recommended.

3 phase (three phase) connection
The group must be fitted with a C fuse of at least 16A per phase . From the meter box, the veins must be at least 4mm² thick (5-core YMvK or, if it goes into the ground, 4-core YMvK-AS). For more than 25 meters in length, 6mm² thickness is recommended.

Platinum Spas Swim Spa Zelus

1 phase 40A connection, 220v 40A
The group must be fitted with a C fuse of at least 40A . From the meter box, the cores must be at least 6mm² thick. For more than 25 meters in length, 6mm² is recommended.

3 phase (three phase) connection
The group must be fitted with a C fuse of at least 16A per phase . From the meter box, the veins must be at least 4mm² thick (5-core YMvK or, if it goes into the ground, 4-core YMvK-AS). For more than 25 meters in length, 6mm² thickness is recommended.

Platinum Spas Swim Spa Helios

1 phase 40A connection, 220v 40A: The group must be fitted with a C fuse of at least 40A . From the meter cupboard, the cores must be at least 6mm² thick.

2 x 3 phase (power current) connection

The group must be fitted with a C fuse of at least 16A per phase . From the meter cupboard, the cores must be at least 4mm² thick (5-wire YMvK or, if it goes into the ground, 4-wire YMvK-AS). For more than 25 meters in length, 6mm² thickness is recommended.

Safety in the power supply of your jacuzzi

Safety is of great importance when working with electricity, especially in combination with water. Here are some tips to make sure your hot tub is safe to use:
  1. Leave the installation of the power supply to a qualified electrician.
  2. Make sure that the power supply meets the electrical requirements of your hot tub and spa pack, including the single-phase or 3-phase connection.
  3. Place the spa at least 12 feet away from electrical appliances to minimize the risk of electric shock.
  4. Use an earth leakage circuit breaker to reduce the risk of electric shock and to ensure immediate disconnection of power in the event of an earth fault.
  5. Provide sufficient cable thickness to prevent overheating and other electrical problems.

Disclaimer

Always have your electrical installation adjusted by a recognized installer ! Don't take up a hobby yourself.