Just as with most manufactured items, you usually get what you pay for and water ionizers are no different. Questions you should be asking yourself are do I want an ionizer or do I want home deliver of Nitric Oxide Water?:
- What is the quality of construction?
- What is the pH range of the produced water?
Before you buy an ionizer you need to understand how they basically work. A quality water ionizer machine should first filter water through a multi-stage filter that meets NSF guidelines. It should include an antibacterial active carbon filter and be able remove lead, chlorine, rust, muddiness while at the same time not eliminate important minerals. These minerals, like Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium, are needed by our body for its suitable functioning. Drinking standard water devoid of these minerals is an invitation to health problems down the line. That is why drinking Distilled Water and Reverse Osmosis Water are not good options.
Next, it should flow through an electrolysis enhancer to aid in the production of both strong acidic and highly alkaline water. And finally, it should flow through a multi- electrode plate mechanism which ionizes and splits the water into alkaline and acidic waters. Both alkaline and acidic water have uniquely beneficial uses.
The primary cost in a water ionizer is what some companies refer to as the “engine”. Basically, when you purchase a unit with a higher quality engine, you pay a higher price. In this case the engine is a packaged set of electrodes connected to platinum coated titanium plates. Solid plates are more expensive than mesh ones. But the real costs are not the titanium plates, but the grade and amount of platinum that is applied to the plates.
Platinum is very expensive at around $1,500.00 US per ounce. Medical grade platinum is obviously more expensive to use than lesser quality platinum.
Some manufactures spray platinum on their plates while others dip them. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that large solid plates dipped in medical grade platinum are going to be much more expensive than smaller sized mesh plates sprayed with platinum.
The amount of surface the water travels over during the electrolysis and ionizing process also affects the quality of the output. Lesser quality ionizers may have a little as 110 square inches surface area, while the highest quality ionizer will have as much as 490 square inches of surface.
As you can well imagine, a lesser quality engine with smaller mesh plates take much less energy to operate that those with larger solid plates. Lesser quality ionizers will use 80 watts of power, while higher quality ionizers as much as 230 watts.
Another problem with the lower quality ionizers is that they will automatically shut off after 5 to 10 minutes of operation so as to avoid overheating the engine. Higher quality ionizers will not overheat or burn up due to heavy use.
This brings up another issue with ionizers and that is their warranties. The warranty of on quality ionizer will be a minimum of three to five years and have no limitations on the amount of water produced daily, weekly, monthly or have yearly limits. Nor will it be restricted to customers with hard or soft water.
Recently the warranty on a lesser quality ionizer read “The warranty is void if more than 2.5 gallons/day are produced”. Another ionizer manufacturer states “The warranty is voided if used in hard water areas.” That is approximately half of the US. One manufacturer stated that all machines that are used for high volume applications such as weight loss/fitness, etc., will void their warranty.
Quality of Water Output
Aside the from cost, design and warranty differences between higher and lower quality ionizers, the real issue is the quality of water that is produced. Quality ionizers will produce not only highly alkaline water with a very low ORP (oxidation reduction potential), but have the ability produce valuable acid water, which is useful for cleaning, anti-bacterial uses, and other applications detailed below.
Higher quality ionizers can produce water with a low 2.5 pH, which is very acidic. A quality ionizer should be able to produce acidic water of less than 2.6 pH. The minimum pH level needed in order to kill 99.9% of all bacteria needs to be 2.6 or less. Water produced at a 3.0 pH level will only kill a percentage of viruses, salmonella, etc.
Conversely, when quality ionizers create the 2.5 pH acid water, the byproduct is 11.5 pH alkaline water. The 11.5pH is needed in order to strip oil pesticides off fruits and vegetables. Lesser quality water ionizers cannot reach these necessary pH levels.
It is also important to know that the effective flow rate of a ionizer unit is very important. Effective flow rate means the flow of water when the Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) and alkalinity are not compromised. Quality ionizers will produce more than 5 liters per minute.