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Plate Power in Water Ionizers

Many of our competitors claim that when it comes to ionizers and plate size that "bigger is better". This is an easy argument to make and savvy - yet misleading - marketing. It is simply not true. The truth is that efficiency and the resulting performance are a direct result of how the electrical power is applied to the plates. Not plate size.

It is a fact that all ionizers in North America use the same standard source of power - 120 volts. What happens to that power is the critical consideration - not the plate size. When the standard 120v power is applied to the smaller sized plates, the power is more concentrated. The concentrated power is also delivered more efficiently by our industry leading mesh plate design. The mesh grid provides specific channels which very effectively distributes the electrical power in an even and controlled manner across the surface of the entire plate to achieve better alteration to the pH and ORP.

The opposite occurs in larger plates. When the same 120v input voltage is spread out over a larger surface area it diffuses or dilutes the power. The larger plate size also provides more resistance requiring our competitors to use a faster flow of electrons (amps). This actually creates more stress on the plating, making it susceptible to more degradation over time. Additionally solid plates (as opposed to mesh) do not provide a uniform means to channel the current. This results in a very diffuse delivery of power which is inefficiently or unevenly dispersed and a less efficient and effective alteration to the pH and ORP.

This information is easily depicted in the table below. You can see that our plates deliver almost one volt for every square inch of our plate; our competitor spreads one volt over almost four square inches:

Athena
SD501
Square inches
of plate surface
   
110 sq in
466 sq in
Voltage
120VAC
120VAC
Watts
110W
230W
Amps
1a
2a
Volts per square inch
110 sq in / 120v = one volt per every .916 sq in
466 sq in / 120v = one volt per every 3.88 sq in
Watts per square inch
110sq in / 110w = one watt per every square inch
466 sq in / 230w = one watt for every 2.02 square inch

More concentrated power delivered more evenly and efficiently is why we can do more with less. The easiest way to substantiate the effect on performance is to view the Certified Independent Laboratory Testing. This EPA analytical lab clearly showed our smaller mesh plates with more concentrated and efficient power delivery out perform the competition's larger plates.

In summary, our competitors use more watts and amps, spreading the same input voltage over a plate surface area that is over four times larger. They do not deliver the power evenly or efficiently and must do so with greater resistance.

More power means more heat, which means the platinum plating breaks down faster on the surface of the electrode. This equals poor performance over time.

So now you can see that in truth, bigger is not better. This is why the electronics industry (and others) has shown that when technology advances, it typically results in smaller, more powerful and devices. Why would ionizers be any different? The truth is they are not.
If interested please contact us for a more detailed and scientific report on this subject.



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