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1. There are a few very misleading ionizers comparison sites now on the internet. These are not true comparison sites but sites put up by an importer to make sales by showing dishonest or misleading information.
It pays to check the "facts" and talk with internet dealers that sell many brands for their opinion of what is best and the most reliable. IonLife tries to hold a high ground, but will provide independent comparison test results from a truly Independent Laboratory upon request.
2. Emco Tech (previously Jupiter Science) is the only Manufacturer of water ionizers in Korea and one of only a few in the world. Other companies are simply assemblers (buying parts from elsewhere) with no ongoing Research and Development. All Emco Tech cells are manufactured in Japan by Emco Tech's own Research Department.
3. 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 record here.
These models can disappear as quickly as they have appeared, leaving customers without any backup service, filters or parts. Emco Tech has been making ionizers since 1982 and produces 90% of all water ionizers in Korea with a production plant capable of over 100,000 units a month.
4. AlkaViva Vesta. Melody, Aquarius, Athena and Delphi ionizers are still the only ionizers to always give alkaline water (even when cleaning). This patented system means that there is no waiting, no risk of drinking acid water by mistake and also means that scale build up on the plates is minimized.
5. ** 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 do 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.
Also there are new models on the market using '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 an ounce while Silver is about $12 an ounce. Obviously all the Japanese manufacturers and Jupiter Science etc would use "white gold" if it was any good.
Some companies use cheap plates that are dipped in iridium instead of been baked which is a more expensive and effective method.
Emco Tech is the only company in Korea that manufactures their own plates (in Japan). All other companies are just assemblers importing their plates from Taiwan or China.
6. ** Enagic® models are so expensive not because they are better than all the other brands at a lower price, but because Enagic® needs to markup prices in order to be able to pay out 8 levels of sales representatives. Ask why their filter replacement is well over $100 and ask to see their compensation plan. For further comments please see our Report on Kangen Water®.
7. A few manufactures make a lot of profit from replacement filters.
While most brands have reasonable filter prices there are some that don't. But regardless why buy an ionizer if the filter does not remove most of the contaminants in the water?
8. 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). Effective conductivity is the primary determinant - not electrode size - of effective delivery of voltage into the water needed to create electrolysis. The larger electrodes draw 3-4 times more power decreasing the electrode life with no additional benefit to the water quality. See our report on "Why Bigger is Not Better" Here
Generally the larger electrodes have poorer conductivity due to inferior plating processes or the grade of materials, so they have to be larger.
10. When looking at what brand to buy look also at the level and quality of ongoing support you will be getting.
11. By US tested we mean that the company have been selling in the USA for at least five years. It takes a number of years to show that a water ionizer is reliable (less to show it is not).
Tyent, for example, after only one year, is now longer selling the first model they imported into the USA and now sells a new unproven model - the MMP7070.
12. 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.
13. 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 get 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.
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