Choosing The Right Water Ionizer

 

A checklist that will guide you in the right decision

 

There are literally a plethora of water ionizers on the market today and this trend has been increasing more rapidly as awareness increases. It is not the objective of this webpage to point out which water ionizer you should purchase but rather to point out the pros and cons of what to look for in a water ionizer.

When looking for a water ionizer, one of your top concerns should be to look for an ionizer that will produce quality alkaline water for a long period of time because the end game is to increase the health of you and your family. So, looking for the cheapest water ionizer on the market may not be the wisest decision. The following is a checklist that should guide you in your decision.

 

  • The Company

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An important element in searching out a water ionizer is to look at the credibility of the company that produces the ionizer. Was the company established to make a good quality ionizer or was it established to make a quick buck and to close its doors when the returns start to pile up? Does the company simply outsource the production and assembly or does it actually take a role in either the assembly or manufacture of the water ionizers? Generally speaking, companies that take on an active role typically produce a higher quality unit and thus the end user is happier.

While not a deal breaker, is the company recognized by important foundations or agencies? Does the company give back by producing a quality product that helps increase health and awareness and do they have certificates and awards of recognition? Has the name of the company changed more than once or has the company simply closed the doors on one ionizer and started a second chain?

 

  • The Product

The look and feel of a water ionizer is important. After all, your ionizer will be displayed year after year within your home or place of business. More importantly, however, is what is under the hood. The engine of your water ionizer should be able to handle what you throw at it. If you are planning to make 10 gallons a day of ionized water to give out to neighbors, family or friends, then you want to make sure that your ionizer can handle that load. There are ionizers out there that cannot and will over heat simply because the transformer and electrolysis chamber are under sized. If you are planning to make just a few gallons a day, an ionizer with a smaller surface area of platinum/ titanium plate may suffice depending on the quality of material and if you live in a non hard water area.

 

  • Materials

Do the water ionizers you are viewing look flimsy or do they appear to be solid units made from a quality plastic? Do you know a few things about the electrolysis chamber and transformer also known as the engine of the ionizer that zap's the water to produce the ionized waters. A high quality platinum over titanium makes the best chambers. Dipped platinum is better than sprayed platinum because of a thicker and more consistent layer of platinum over the titanium plates. Is the chamber constructed in such a way that it can be easily cleaned in the event that hard water is deposited on the plates? In regards to the transformer, is the transformer large enough to energize the platinum plates? If there are incosistencies between the transformer and the electrolysis chamber, then the ionizer may experience overheating and other issues.

 

  • Electrolysis Chamber & The Transformer

As stated, the transformer and electrolysis chamber make up the engine of all water ionizers on the market today. Thus, it is particularly important to understand what to look for or you may be out a few thousand dollars a year or two down the road when your ionizer stops working. A good rule to follow is to make sure you read the fine print of the warranty. In some cases, the warranty will list exclusions to such things as the amount of water that can be produced per day and the hardness of water allowable to name a few. These are generally signs of an ionizer that are experiencing problems and is a way for the company to protect itself. As a rule of thumb, the transformer and electrolysis chamber should be large enough to handle at least 10 gallons of water being produced daily.

Another thing to take into account is the surface area of the platinum plates. In other words, what is the surface area in square inches or centimeters that the tap water will pass over? Typically, the larger the surface area and the larger the transformer will produce a more potent ionized water measured in ORP or Oxidation Reduction Potential. It is more advantageous to look at water ionizers that incorporate larger plate size. Don't be fooled by lots of plates. Be sure to add up the surface area. A surface area of 200 sq in or more is a good place to start.

 

  • Solid plate vs. Mesh Plating

mesh vs solid plates
There is some debate to whether or not solid plates or mesh plates are of a superior design. Mesh plating (see the picture) essentially is a machine stamp of a solid platinum plate thus creating a slightly larger surface area because of the mesh. The stamping process creates holes whereby calcium and other minerals can build up if left unattended, however. Additionally, the titanium is exposed due to the stamping unless the mesh plates are dipped in platinum vs. the typical spraying process.

Solid plates tend to be a bit thicker and more rigid and there is no stamping process applied. Likewise the titanium is not exposed meaning that every bit of water that passes over the plates will be used for the production of ionized water. The process of dipping titanium plates in platinum is a better application than simply spraying platinum of the plates. The dipping process allows for a thicker and more complete coverage that will allow for a higher quality alkalized water.

 

  • Hard Water Areas

hardness of water

All water ionizers are affected by hard water. The higher concentrations of hard water affect every water ionizer in a negative way because hard water minerals such as calcium and magnesium attach to the walls of the hose, platinum plates and other areas shortening the effective life of any water ionizer unless frequent maintenance is maintained. If you live in one of the hard water areas, then you will need to consider purchasing an ionizer that can handle this hard water more effectively.

Hard water is defined as the concentration of calcium and magnesium in ml per gram in our drinking water. View the map to the right to determine if you are affected by hard water. Better yet, view this information with your local water company. If you live within the higher concentration of these minerals, then make sure that the company supplies or covers any damage that these minerals may cause. Additionally, read the fine print in the warranty to make sure there are no exclusions for hard water areas.

Your ionizers' self-cleaning mode will only do a moderate job at best at keeping your platinum plates free of minerals. Heavier cleaning applications such as some form of grandular hypochloric acid will need to be used to keep your ionizer running efficiently.

 

  • Self-Cleaning

All water ionizers should have the ability to self-clean. Self-cleaning is simply the ionizer reversing the polarity on the plates automatically and on a regular basis to help aid in loosening hard water deposits. In the event that you live in a hard water area as stated above, there may be a need to resort to heavier cleaning applications or else you risk damaging your ionizer to an unrepairable statues.

 

  • The Filter

Ideally, filters should last between 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of use. There are some filters that are designed to only last 1,000 gallons or so which means that the ionizer company's prime objective might be to make money on selling filters every 6 months or so. Have ever noticed that ink printers are generally inexpensive to purchase? The cost of the ink, however, is not. Without a doubt, companies that produce ink printers, make a majority of their revenue from selling the ink for that particular printer. The same applies to cheaper ionizers, so be sure to check the filters life span.

Second, be sure that the filter is designed to take out the majority of the junk in the tap water such as chlorine, rust, mercury, arsenic and even fluoride if possible. In some cases, it might be more prudent to incorporate a quality 3-phase filter between the water ionizer and the cold water supply eliminating the factory filter altogether.

 

  • Strong Acid and Alkaline Waters

One of the great benefits of owning a water ionizer aside from drinking the water is being able to produce strong acid and strong alkaline waters. Keep in mind that not all water ionizers are able to make these strong waters and if they claim they do, then the effective pH range should be between 3.0 to 2.5 for the strong acid for the elimination of viruses and 11.0 to 11.5 for the strong alkaline for the effective removal of pesticides and insecticides off of fruits and vegetables. Incorporating a saline solution is also a plus.

 

  • The Warranty

warrantyLastly, the product warranty is a key to understanding the product. If the warranty is written in such a way that it is weak in exclusions or if the product becomes null or void due to hard water deposits or overheating then, these are red flags as to the effectiveness of the ionizer. A good warranty should be a full and complete warranty with no or very few exclusions. If a company is going to stand behind their product, then that will be reflected in the warranty.

In conclusion, it is important to remember that the reason you are purchasing an ionizer is for the many benefits that it will add to your and your families overall good health. Paying a bit more for a better water ionizer that fits your objectives would be well served.

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