Common Alkaline Water Ionizer Scams , Myths, and Hype!

The water ionizer scams I will be covering include:

  1. Mesh VS. Flat Plate
  2. Sprayed VS. Electroplated Plates
  3. Do Ionizers Overheat?
  4. Inflated ORP and Ph Ranges
  5. Exaggerated Claims for Ionized Water

Whether it's competition or simply greed when it comes to Water Ionizer Scams the "mud-slinging" and misinformation is alive and well in the industry.

Why? I'm not sure whether it's because you have a multitude of competing independent Distributors (many different MLM or Network Marketing companies) slugging it out or whether the competition for sales is tough. Perhaps it's because there is such a high profit margin on water ionizers that it's bound to bring out more aggressive marketing tactics.


Mesh vs. Flat Ionizer Plates

The first alkaline water ionizer scam has to do with the Mesh vs. Flat plate technology. A little background:

Flat plate technology - this has been, and continues to be, the standard technology for water ionizers beginning with the Kangen Enagic Water Ionizer, the grandaddy. Most water ionizers use this technology.

Mesh Plate - Mesh Plates have a slight advantage and several downsides. The advantage is that there is more surface area because of the mesh having multiple surfaces as opposed to a flat plate. Claims for: Mesh can increase ORP 5-15%. Claims against: Mesh plates can 1) generate more resistance from water flow which can wear them out faster 2) are harder to clean and require more frequent cleaning.

Some companies charge more for MESH technology and claim that the 5-15% improvement is worth the difference.

Conclusion: I don't think it will make much difference in the results between eitehr type, and I doubt some of the claims. I'd look past the marketing hype and try to find a good valued water ionizer - either flat plate or MESH. I wouldn't pay more for MESH and I'd lean more toward flat for the longevity factor and ease of cleaning.



Sprayed VS. Electroplated Plates

This next topic is neither a water ionizer scam, myth, or hype. It's more a scientific difference.

Today most of the high quality water ionizers use titanium and platinum for their plates which are both expensive materials. The reason for these materials are that platinum is highly conductive of electrons to ionize the water and titanium is extremely hard, non-magnetic, and heat-resistant, making it a pefect metal for the electrolysis process.

There are two methods for creating these plates.

#1 Electroplating - this develops a more consistent layer of platinum (and there are many more versions of electroplating which can affect electrical flow which I will save for another discussion). Chrome plating a car would be an example of plating where it bonds the metals together

#2 Sprayed is a method where titanium is sprayed at high heat onto the plates, like spray painting a car. The results are plates that are less expensive to produce, and will produce ionization, but the electrical potential is less consistant across the plates. Today most water ionizers use electroplating.

Conclusion: I'd suggest electroplating. It's more consistant, stable, long lasting and durable.


Do Ionizers Overheat?

A: No.

A simple water ionizer scam has been the promoting of heat protection "circuit breakers" and other names. I'm not sure where this myth developed but marketers make a big deal about "heat protection" implying that some machine "heat up" or even fail. I've not seen an example of that.

The certifications for selling an electrical device in the US and Europe include the following certifications and each prevents such problems.


Inflated ORP and Ph Ranges

This is an area of alkaline water ionizer scams which has many sides and allows a lot of room for marketers and manufacturers to stretch (exaggerate) their claims and their numbers.

Let's look at a list of what affects ORP and pH levels:

1) "Source Water" - this term simply means "Where you water is coming from". Namely from your municipal water system, a well, rain water, etc. Some well water is so stripped of minerals that no matter what a manufacturer claims you will not get good ORP levels. On the other hand most city water (tap water) has enough minerals for health, but the range can be broad enough.

2) Minerals - Since minerals affect the ORP and pH levels some companies actually add, suggest, and/or sell chemicals (usually salt) to increase the ionization and to stretch their numbers. Comparing these models side by side you'd swear that one works better but it may be the added chemicals making the difference (which would happen with any machine).

(In some cases the added water also has trace amounts of chlorox, so you're actually putting chlorox into your boy!)

Conclusion: Avoid companies that suggest adding chemicals to the water to boost ORP and pH levels.


Exaggerated Claims for Ionized Water

Because the pH of the body is one of the primary foundations for health I don't doubt that in some cases ionized alkaline water has the effect of allowing the body to health or remove problems. Even serious problems. We all know about anti-oxidants

But since that doesn't happen in every case, and there is little research (at least in the U.S.) I don't believe water ionizers should be promoted that way.

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