Today, we're going to take a look at how water ionizers work and what each individual ionizer part does. If you're someone who's interested in getting an ionizer, or if you already own one and are eager to know how it all works, you've come to the right place. So, let's dig in.
What does a Water Ionizer do?
A water ionizer is a machine that uses the chemical process of electrolysis to produce alkaline or ionized water.
Now let's take a look at the important components of a water ionizer
Water Ionizer: The Plates
Water ionizer plates are the most important components in the ionizer and are generally platinum-coated titanium plates. When the ionizer is working, these plates come into action, and with the help of an electric current, water is separated into acidic and alkaline streams.
There are 3 different types of plates and manufacturers have their own preference on what type to use in their ionizer machines. So, let's take a look at these plates.
1. Solid Plates
Solid plates are an older technology and are not used much nowadays. They are known for their durability but not so much for their efficiency. Solid plates don't conduct electricity as well as newer plate designs and hence ionizers using solid plates should be avoided.
2. Mesh Plates
These plates conduct much more current than solid plates because of their large surface area. The mesh structure improves the plate’s electrical conductivity and increases the overall efficiency of a water ionizer. However, the mesh design makes these plates weaker and less durable.
3. Solid/Mesh Hybrid Plates
These plates are a combination of solid/mesh technology. They offer the electrical conductivity of mesh plates and the durability of solid plates. Water ionizers using hybrid plates are a bit expensive and only a few companies make these ionizers. Water Ionizers using Solid/Mesh Hybrid plates are more efficient and powerful than other ionizers.
Water Ionizer: Filters
Drinking ionized water is not going to benefit a person if it has impurities or harmful microorganisms that may be bad for health. Therefore, it's important for a water ionizer to have water filters. Most good water ionizers always have a filtration system in place.
When water flows through an ionizer it first passes through the filters. Water ionizers may have a single or dual filtration system. A dual filtration system is preferred because it performs a better job in purifying water than a single filter system.
Filters can be made up of different materials but the preferred choice should be filters having a size of 0.01 micron. These filters are very powerful and can filter out harmful chemicals like chlorine, herbicides, pesticides and much more. This is the same filtration standard used in kidney dialysis machines.
Some ionizers use ceramic filters which are very effective in removing bacteria and other microbes that may pose danger to humans.
Filters are required to be replaced after a specific time period or when they wear out. A quality water ionizer will let you know when it’s time to change your filters.
Water Ionizer: Computerized Control Systems
Water ionizers are very modern machines and high-quality ionizers have computerized control systems, which allow users to adjust their water settings. For example, although pH settings are set at the factory, not all source water is the same, so it’s important to have these controls in order to adjust the pH values of your water. It also offers other features depending on the manufacturer and model.
For example, the Tyent ACE-13 ionizer has features like an LCD control panel, voice announcements and a proximity sensor that allows starting water flow by just placing a hand or finger over the ionizer without touching it.
I hope that this article helped and you learned a little something new about how ionizers work. Do you own a water ionizer? If you do, feel free to leave a comment and let us know. If you don’t, please let us know if you have any specific questions that we can answer for you to help make your decision on which water ionizer to buy a bit easier. Thanks!