congrats may be you have decided to buy a water ionizer and you are in process to select which is a best quality machine which serves best in long term with all healthy benefits alkaline water
SOLID/FLAT PlatesOriginally, all water alkaline machines used large solid plates, the first-generation technology. They are strong and durable, making them long lasting. But the electricity focuses on the outer edges of the plates, making them less efficient in generating ample antioxidants in the water. Some water ionizers today still rely on flat plates because they are the cheapest plate technology. If you are considering this type of equipment, make sure its wattage is sufficient enough to produce alkalized water with optimal ORP because even if the surface area is large and high all the area does not participate in electrolysis electrolysis happens only on outer edges of the plates.
MESH/SLOTTED PlatesMESH plates technology is considered an advanced version of the above plates design. Before the solid plates are electroplated, they are treated with mesh plating. Just like window screens, mesh plates have many edges that are excellent in conduction of electricity.the total area on plate participate in electrolysis.Unlike flat technology, mesh design allows the electricity to pass through the whole plate because the plate is full of edges where as solid plate has less no of edges. As the surface area enlarges, the electrolysis improves without adding to its existing plate size or increasing the energy. With low wattage, alkaline water machines have long term durability. However, electricity tends to reduce the durability of the SLOTTED plates. Also, if you are using hard water, it can cause limescale buildup on the plates and membrane seperating plates. If you are looking for the optimal ORP per unit of pH, water ionizers with mesh technology must clean the electrodes continuously. Continuous-plate cleaning is necessary to improve electrolysis.
HYBRID Plates HYBRID is a combination of both solid and mesh designs. The only difference is that the titanium plates contain electrolysis distribution holes. . To create conductive edges, the holes are drilled onto the plates. The holes do not affect the durability of the plates but it boosts the overall surface area. They are large enough not to get clogged with limescale.. After drilling, the plates are dipped with platinum several times. For the coating to survive wear and tear, the plates are baked. HYBRID plates are very durable with unmatched water ionization.
Myths About Platinum-Coated Titanium PlatesYou may hear about titanium and platinum poisoning. It is a myth. Surgeons and dentists use implants made of these elements. If they are hazardous, you should hear about them in the news. Until now, no one has reported such incident. Usually, high-quality alkaline ionized water machines use pure platinum titanium plates for the ultimate water ionization. Furthermore, they do not disintegrate or corrode during electrolysis. The cheap ones, especially from Taiwan and China, don’t use them as they are expensive. Instead, they use Platinoridium, an alloy of platinum and iridium, that are 7 times cheaper than platinum titanium. Japanese and Korean made alkaline water filtration systems do not use iridium. It is not suitable for drinking water because it can pose adverse effects on your health. You also need to avoid any ionized water purifier that uses electrodes with white gold plating. It is not pure gold as it is an amalgam that consists of a minimum of 62% silver. Platinum costs more than 100 times when compared to silver. If the white gold can improve electrolysis, the Japanese or Korean manufacturers would have used it. Iin short, the best water ionizer for your whole house should have titanium plates coated with platinum. Does The Number Of The Plates Matter?Today, you will find natural alkaline water machines with 5 to 13 plates. The number of plates can determine the power consumption. When the electrodes use more power, the water ionization and the flow rate improves. You will have higher -ORP water for health benefits. The more plates the water alkalizer has, the better for the water ionization. However, more plates means the price tag will be more expensive. Don’t buy any water alkalizer with 3 plates. It may not give you a good flow rate because the electrolysis requires more time to complete. In other words, it reduces the pH and ORP range.