Water ionizers are not toaster
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.
We are committed to bringing this
technology and its health benefits to the
With that commitment, whether you
purchase a Emco Tech product or not, we
feel a sense of responsibility to provide
you with a checklist of points that we
Specific Comments/ Helpful Advice
1. Copy models from China/Taiwan are
beginning to show up in the USA.
Be careful of products that have not been
made for the USA market and have no track
These models can disappear as quickly as
they have appeared, leaving customers
without any backup service, filters or
2. * 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
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 about $1250 and
ounce while is Silver about $12 an ounce.
Obviously all the Japanese manufacturers
and Emco Tech etc would use "white
gold" if it was any good.
3. ** 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. Many MLMs
require huge markups in order to be able
to pay out all the levels of sales
4. 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
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 not).
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. In 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 counter inbuilt.
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
1) What is your main reason for wanting
to drink ionized water?
2) Do you understand alkalinity? "Scientific Article on
3) Do you understand the potential health
risks associated with drinking bottled
water, R.O. or distilled water? "Dangers of Distilled
1) What is the quality of your source
- Are you on well water or do you have
unusually hard water?
You are welcome to contact us for a
free water test consultation).
2) What type of installation would you
- Countertop (sits next to your sink
and connects to faucet with a diverter)
- 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 faucet mounted at
the sink, with installation by plumber
recommended). See our range of Faucets for Undersink Kit
- Adaptability to meet changing future
needs (can it be converted from counter
top to undersink?)
3) Ease of installation
- Fittings - does the manufacturer
provide a complete set of high quality
fittings that will handle most
- 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. Do they provide an instruction
DVD as well as a good manual?
- Live support - can you get a
qualified technician on the phone to
1) 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
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?
2) 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
- 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
- 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 (personal preference)
4) Quality of design (personal
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
1) How long has the company been in
business? Look for an established company
who will be around to provide service,
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 guarantee do
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
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