Water Ionizer Cleaning Systems: Why DARC II auto cleanse is the best electrode cleanse.
We drink alkaline ionized water to enjoy the profound benefits created from the transformation of water through created through electrolysis – or more loosely “water ionization”.
Here is the situation: Water has minerals/electrolits. Minerals build up on the electrodes and membranes and these are the two components in your water ionizer that transform the water. Scale essentially “coats” these components, compromising their ability to transform/ionize the water. This mean a decrease in pH, ORP and H2 -water ionization performance, which in turn, reduces any benefit you receive from the water – precisely what you bought your water ionizer for in the first place.
All water ionizers have cleaning systems for electrodes, but all plate cleaning systems are not created equal. Most water ionizers employ outdated plate cleaning systems that have been around for years without any advancement or technological improvement.
What you need to know about water ionizer cleaning systems…Before you buy a water ionizer, it is crucial that you understand what type of electrode/plate cleaning cycle it employs. This is one of the most important considerations because it determines how well your water ionizer will perform over the long haul. If you are shopping around, ask about the type of electrode / plate cleaning system and how it works. If all the salesperson can do is quote a gimmicky cleaning system name, but can’t tell you the specific acidic to alkaline ratio in their system, or tell you specifically how it works…run. Fast! Then call us. We’ll tell you precisely how DARC II works and why it is the best water ionizer cleaning system available.
The DARC Advantage.
AlkaViva set a new industry standard in 2006 when it launched the patented Dual Automatic Reverse Cleaning system (USA Patent No. 6,951,225). DARC was, and still is – thanks to the patent protection – revolutionary because it cleans the electrodes in the water cell with every use, eliminating damaging scale buildup. It accomplishes this by reversing polarity each time you use the water ionizer.
The revolutionary DARC cleaning system eliminates mineral scaling on the electrodes – protecting your investment and ensuring years of healthy water from your water ionizer. DARC is highly effective because it works in the background to clean your electrode, each time you use your water ionizer and while you are actually using it. The result is a vastly improved acidic to alkaline cleaning ratio, which is critical to keeping the electrodes cleaner than other systems that offer a 15:1 ratio or a 30:1 ratio. The Kangen Enagic™ SD501 which retails at almost $4000, only cleans using a 30:1 ratio1. The importance of this breakthrough cannot be understated.
Additionally, with the dual solenoid system that directs water flow (actually what is patented and what DARC refers to), you never have to wait while your water ionizer cleans to get your alkaline water – an industry first! AlkaViva’s Jupiter Athena JS 205 Classic and UltraDelphi IO 400 U water ionizers employ DARC cleaning for electrodes.
The Best just got Better: the New and Improved DARC II electrodes autoclean system .
AlkaViva once again sets a new industry standard by launching DARC II in its new H2 water ionizer series. Over the 11 years since we released DARC we have learned a few things and consequently saw how it could be substantially improved. DARC II offers you the same highly effective cleaning as the original DARC, and convenience of never waiting, but now gives you increased DURABILITY.
Because the original patented DARC solenoid system is outside the water cell, the solenoids DO NOT benefit from the acidic cleaning. The electronic solenoids in DARC contain a metal actuator that operates on a very tight tolerance. Once it gets even a hint of scale, it becomes susceptible to failure. Over 11 years since we launched DARC this was not an uncommon issue in hard water areas.
We improved DARC II by eliminating the electronic solenoid containing the metal actuators. We eliminated the potential failure of the electronic solenoid and also now employ a mechanical ceramic valve (replacing actuator) that is 100% resistant to any scaling. We did not stop there. Reversing the polarity each time you used the water ionizer did not in reality create the best possible acidic to alkaline ratio – which would be 1:1. Imagine you fill an 8 oz glass, then one liter, then a 16 oz glass, then a gallon and on and on. You don’t come close to a 1:1 ratio – even over the life of the water ionizer. We now reverse the polarity every 5 liters – which creates a ratio much closer to 1:1, thus improving the effectiveness.
DARC II is the new standard in on-board water ionizer cleaning systems borne of experience and research and development. Another AlkaViva first.
Reverse Polarity Cleaning.
Each electrode in your water ionizer has either a positive or negative polarity. Reverse polarity cleaning is simply when your water ionizer reverses the polarity; positive electrodes become negative and conversely. When an electrode is “bathed” in alkaline water containing scaling minerals, it becomes susceptible to scaling. When the polarity is reversed, the same electrode is now exposed to acidic water which removes the scale.
All water ionizers clean using reverse polarity. However, the cleaning systems differ radically in how they trigger it, the interval at which they perform the electrode cleaning cycle, and most importantly, how effective they are.
Understanding other Cleaning Systems.
Since it is the acidic water which eats away the scale, for optimal efficacy the cleaning cycle must feature a good “acid to alkaline cleaning ratio”. The more acidic water that is run to bath the electrodes the cleaner they remain and the greater their water ionization performance and longevity.
The way a water ionizer is “programmed” to clean the electrodes is crucial in determining the electrode cleaning ratio. The most common systems have been in use many years without improvement:
- Manual system: you must remember to reverse the polarity and initiate the electrode cleaning cycle yourself.
- Timer system: cleans at a set-interval, such as every 15 minutes of use. After 15 minutes of run time, the next time you turn the water ionizer on, the unit starts the cleaning cycle. Most often you must wait while it completes the electrode cleaning cycle.
- Volume system: Similar to the timer system, but cleans based on a set volume of water (Say for example 10 gallons) passing through the water ionizer. You must also wait.
- Post cleaning systems: while they clean after each use, the clean cycle is extremely short resulting in a poor acidic to alkaline ratio. They also use a finite amount of water to clean – only the water that is in the water cell (since the cleaning is triggered after the water ionizer is shut down). The better post-use systems drain the cell when the cycle is complete, so you do not have contaminated water in the cell that will expel into the drinking water when the water ionizer is turned on. These draining systems are prone to failure at both the PCB and drain valve level.. Not as robust, effective or durable as DARC.
Each has its draw backs: you can forget to trigger a manual cycle, the timer and volume systems have poor acidic to alkaline electride cleaning ratios. The worst drawback is that with each of the above systems you have to wait for the cycle to complete before you can receive alkaline ionized water.
In summary, we love that you have read this far! Because now you can see – emphatically – why cleaning is so important and why and how AlkaViva’s H2 water ionizer Series with its new and improved DARC II autocleanse system for electrodes is your best choice. Consider your searching over!
*1) The Kangen Enagic SD501 water ionizer cleans for 20 seconds for each 10 gallons of use. It would take the Kangen Enagic water ionizer approximately 10 minutes of run time at 1 gpm water flow rate to produce 10 gallons. Therefore, 10 mins X 60 seconds = 600. The water ionizer plate cleaning ratio is then 600:20 or reduced is 30:1.
Water Ionizers Plate Power
Technical reasons why Bigger water ionizer plates implies LESS ionization performance & LESS durability for water ionizers.
Many of our competitors misleadingly claim that when it comes to water ionizers and plate size that “bigger is better”. This is an easy argument to make and savvy – yet misleading – marketing.
For scientific & technical reasons, 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 water ionizers use the same standard source of power – 120 volts in North America/220 volt in UE.
What happens to that power is the critical consideration – not the plate size. When the standard 120v/220v 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.(as found in our Athena & Ultra-Delphi water ionizers) 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/220v 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(brand we used to import in the past) spreads one volt over almost four square inches:
|AlkaViva Athena||Kangen SD501|
|Square inches of plate surface||110 sq in||466 sq in|
|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.
NOTE: WE are always willing to test & compare our water ionizers right in front of you with any other brand using the same source of water.
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 water ionizers be any different?
The truth is they are not.
Bigger water ionizer plates implies LESS ionization performance & LESS durability
If interested please contact us for a more detailed and scientific report on this subject.