Alkaline Water Ionizers
Guide and Checklist
Water ionizers are
not toaster ovens. They are sophisticated electronic appliances
which represent a considerable
investment and should provide you with many years
of high quality, health
producing alkaline water. There are many manufacturers and
models, and an overwhelming amount of
information to assimilate. There is also a
lot of fluff on the internet,
making it harder to decide what is best to do.
Alkaline Water Ionizers
committed to bringing this technology and its health benefits to the world. With that commitment, whether you purchase a Jupiter product or not, we feel
of responsibility to provide you with a checklist of points that we
Guide and Checklist
- 1) What is
your main reason for wanting to drink ionized water?
- 2) Do you
Article on Water"
- 3) Do you
understand the potential health risks associated with drinking bottled
water, R.O. or distilled water?
"Dangers of Distilled Water"
1) What is the quality of your source water?
you on well water or do you have unusually hard water?
welcome to contact us for a free water test consultation).
- 2) What
type of installation would you prefer?
Countertop (sits next to your sink and connects to faucet with a
Countertop plumbed into the water main (usually sits close to sink
but needs no tap diverter to control water flow you turn a knob on
the front of the unit to get ionized water) -
Direct Plumbing Instructions
Undersink (no countertop clutter. Only a small dedicated tap mounted
at the sink, with installation by plumber recommended)
Adaptability to meet changing future needs (can it be converted from
counter top to undersink?)
Fittings does the manufacturer provide a complete set of high
quality fittings that will handle most situations?
Instructions / Manuals are there clear instructions for
installation and a manual explaining the use of your ionizer? Are
they in English and well translated? Some recent imports made for
Chinese /Taiwan markets are not fully US market ready in either the
collateral materials they provide or quality control.
support can you get a qualified technician on the phone to
Manufacturing standards Is the ionizer manufactured to ISO
ISO is the International Organization for Standardization and is a
network of the National Standards Institutes from 153 countries.
ISO certification represents a considerable investment in time and
A lot of companies talk about quality but have they spent the money and
time to have their manufacturing plant certified?
Technology all cars utilize an internal combustion engine; all
engines are not created equal. This same analogy applies to ionizers.
Filters: ALL ionizers have them and they are critical to the
quality of the output. Look for activated carbon with 1 micron
filtration at a minimum. Anything above will not filter
Cryptosporidium and Guardia.
Electrolysis chamber: again ALL ionizers have them and they are
critical. Look for platinum coated titanium electrodes, preferably
using polymer ion separation technology. Some manufacturers are
employing larger electrodes and claiming they are superior. They
hope to fool the consumer into thinking "bigger is better". With
electronics generally speaking, quite the opposite is true. The
larger electrodes draw 3-4 times more power decreasing the electrode
life with no additional benefit to the output.
Cleaning: ALL ionizers have a cleaning functionality,
essentially reversing the polarity on the electrodes. Where products
differ is in what triggers the cleaning cycle (at startup, certain
amount of output, certain amount of time etc...). Look for an auto
cleaning process that has minimal impact on machine use.
Control Panel: yet again, ALL ionizers have them. Look for ease
of use (not too many buttons and knobs) yet true functionality. LED
displays are intuitive to use and very durable.
Parts: look for FDA approved food-grade plastic hoses and
stainless steel output hoses and fittings.
- 3) Size
4) Quality of design (personal preference)
5) Reliability - how well it performs. Does the
product/manufacturer have a solid reputation and track record?
6) Durability - how long it performs. Again, look for a solid
reputation and track record.
1) How long has the company been in business? Look for an established
company who will be around to provide service, filters etc...
- 2) What
type of warranty do they offer? Many products offer only a one year
- 3) Where
is the warranty service provided and by whom?
- 4) What
type of money-back guaranty do they offer?
- 5) How
easy is it to get live help?
- 1) How
important is high quality, healthful and safe water? What is the net
value of your purchase all things considered (quality of output,
features, reliability, service etc...)?
- 2) What
are the on-going filter replacement costs?
Copy models from China/Taiwan are beginning to show up in the
Ionizer Specific Comments/ Helpful Advice
Be careful of products that have not been made for the USA
market and have
no track record here. These models can disappear as quickly as they have
leaving customers without any backup service, filters or parts.
* Most ionizer units use only genuine Platinum Titanium. This is
because Platinum is by far the most effective and stable element
for water ionization. Some models made in Taiwan are using Platinoiridium or Platinum mixed with Iridium. They don't use
platinum titanium because platinum titanium is 7 times more
expensive than iridium. The Japanese and Korean governments does
not allow any company to sell iridium for drinking water
applications because it is bad for your health. The EP units
made for the US market do not use iridium while the same models
in Taiwan/China do use iridium.
The KYK Harmony - another new entry into the USA market - uses
"'white gold' for their plating. This is very misleading as
there is no such thing as white gold since gold is always
yellow. White gold, in fact, is actually an amalgam and contains
at least 62% silver and other minerals. Platinum is over $1250
an ounce while Silver about $22 an ounce. Obviously all the
Japanese manufacturers and Jupiter Science etc would use "white
gold" if it was any good.
** The Enagic is very expensive not because it is a better than
an average model but because it is part of a multi-level
marketing (MLM) company. MLMs require huge markups in order to
be able to pay out all the levels of sales representatives.
A few manufactures make a lot of profit from replacement
filters. While most brands have reasonable filter prices
there are some that don't.
5. Some manufacturers are employing larger plating and claiming
they are superior. They hope to fool the consumer into
thinking "bigger, is better".
With electronics quite the opposite is true (consider how the
radio, camera, computer and TV have evolved). The larger
electrodes draw 3-4 times more power decreasing the electrode
life with no additional benefit to the water quality.
6. The BionTech is different from other water ionizers in that
it is a batch system that uses 4 liters of water to produce 2
liters of alkaline water about every 15 minutes. The
disadvantage is that it is slow to make alkaline water and needs
to have the water added in manually. Advantages is that
you can use it anywhere there is power and you control your
input water. It is also capable of making super acid water
of 2.5 pH.
7. When looking at what brand to buy look also at the level and
quality of ongoing support you will be getting.
8. By US tested we mean that the company have been selling in
the USA for at least one year. It takes a number of years
to show that a water ionizer is reliable (less to show it is
9. We do not recommend models that use UV lighting as a means
for moving bacteria or viruses. UV light has to shine
through a clear surface but in time these surfaces tend to
become opaque or dirty (especially where there is hard water).
Also the UV bulb may stop working and UV light may not work well
with fast water flow. I n comparison anti-bacterial filters will
always work at optimum strength as long as they are replaced in
time. All ionizers that use filters have a filter
10. Some new companies from China, Taiwan and Korea claim to
have an inbuilt ORP meter. Although a good idea this is
still only at this stage gimmickry. It is very hard to get
an accurate ORP reading and an ORP meter needs to regularly
recalibrated and cleaned (since its points quickly gets
oxidized). In our tests using ionizers with inbuilt ORP we
found that the readings were very inaccurate and misleading when
compared to the results from a proper ORP meter.
Hanna Instruments (the leaders in selling ORP meters worldwide)
have the following page on how to ensure you get good ORP
readings. As you can see,
by clicking here, it is not as simple as putting a
cheap probe inside a machine.
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