Water Alkalizer Machine Review & Comparison Chart
Kangen – Enagic Leveluk SD501 Platinum Water Ionizer
Kangen – Enagic Leveluk SD501 Water Ionizer
Bawell Platinum Model 2195 Water Ionizer
Alkaviva Ionways Jupiter Athena Water Ionizer
Kangen Leveluk DXII Water Ionizer
Alkaviva Vesta GL Water Ionizer
Bawell Fountain Model 1775 Water Ionizer
Alkaviva Jupiter Melody Water Ionizer
Kangen Leveluk JRII Water Ionizer
Bawell Premier Model 1195 Water Ionizer
Alkaviva Jupiter Venus Water Ionizer
Alphion Water Alkalizer Machine
Kangen Leveluk R Water Ionizer
What does the Design & Construction of your Alkaline Water Machine say about its Quality & Intended Lifespan?
In general you can separate ionized alkaline water machines into two classifications based on their design. Older designs will utilize a transformer for a power system and a single filter. Newer designs will have a Switch Mode Power Supply or SMPS power system and a dual stage filtration system. Aside from the warranty and return policy, this should be one of the major water ionizer consumer comparison guidelines to utilize when shopping because it indicates the quality and lifespan you can expect to get out of any particular machine.
A common characteristic is that units which have transformers as a power system tend to have shorter warranties. This is because transformers may or may not last a long period of time, in general they tend to burn out depending on the amount of use. The benefit of using a transformer is that they are very cheap, so machines which have a transformer as a power system tend to be lower in price in addition to having a shorter warranty. You should consider units with transformers to be of lower quality and have a shorter lifespan. The benefit here is that you can get a machine relatively cheaply when compared to other more advanced designs. The exception of course is the Enagic Kangen alkaline water machines which are sold through multi-level marketing networks, or direct selling networks, or whatever else they are calling it these days. In this type of selling structure many people earn a commission on the sale of the device (this is the defining characteristic of the sales structure), which leads to very high retail prices to pay out the commission structure. In reality the Kangen water machines are not being sold by distributors so much as too make money off of the sale, the distributors are primarily trying to recruit you into their marketing network by getting you too then sell Kangen water ionizers yourself under them. This allows them to make a commission off of your sales as well if you ever sell a machine. This sort of marketing, where you make money or a commission off the work and sales of others in your group or sales team is called Multi-Level Marketing or MLM for short.
The focus here is not to simply sell machines to consumers, but to recruit individuals into your sales team so you can then in turn make money off of their sales. Thus you are not only selling the product produced by the MLM, you are ALSO selling a position in the sales chain’s commission structure. Theoretically you will then build a larger and larger sales force underneath you and be on your way to making a substantial income by earning commissions on the sales of every one in your sales team. This selling structure tends to resemble a pyramid scheme, with distributors at the top being the distributors who jumped on board at the initial start of the selling plan and have all other distributors beneath them (these would be the few success stories that the MLM will proudly showcase to potential new recruits). Due to the funneling of commissions up the sales chain it is a mathematical certainty that nearly all players who join the marketing network late in the game will exit the sales structure at a net loss, since they are purchasing a position at the bottom of the sales chain. The sales chain would need to grow exponentially forever for ALL new distributors to build up a substantial sales force beneath them, this is an impossibility due to the law of diminishing returns and a finite population of potential recruits.
A Near Mathematical Certainty of Failure
In order to survive, the MLM needs to constantly bring in new recruits, of which new recruits suffer a near 95% failure rate due to the factors mentioned above and since it is very hard to sell the product which the MLM’s produce since they are significantly overpriced when compared to competitor products. Not only are the MLM’s products over priced when compared to competitor products, often times they are also inferior. This is because the MLM will seek to reduce as much as possible the production cost of its products so that it can devote a larger share of the profits pie to paying out commissions in its distributor network.
In the comparisons chart above, you can clearly see that all of the Kangen water ionizer machines utilize the older cheaper design which has a transformer for a power system, a single filter, and a shorter warranty. While they utilize the older design, other companies have incorporated newer designs which use an SMPS power system in place of a transformer. The biggest advantage here is that the SMPS power system has a very long lifespan. These power systems can last for twenty to thirty years or more and do not burn out like transformers due. As a result you can see that machines with SMPS power systems tend to have a longer warranty, since they are constructed of longer lasting higher quality components they generally will never need warranty servicing and are given lifetime warranties. Newer designs also have better dual stage filtration systems in addition to built in automatic cleaning systems so you do not have to clean them manually.
There are 3 types of water ionizer plates being used today, Flat and Solid, Mesh, and Slotted.
The most widely used plates are flat plates followed by mesh plates and some machines have slotted plates.
FLAT PLATES MESH PLATES SLOTTED PLATES
But what are the advantages and differences of the three plate designs? And which plate design is best for me? The owner of the water ionizer machine?
Flat plates are the most durable plate design with the longest lifespan, which is why they are the most widely used. With the flat plate design, the water can only run over the surface of the plate, it cannot go between the plates as with the mesh and slotted plate design. This makes the flat plate the most durable and least prone to calcium buildup. Because the plate is flat and smooth, there is less friction / erosion of the plate over time from the flow of water when compared to mesh plates and slotted plates. Since the plate is flat and smooth, calcium can only deposit on the flat smooth sides, and is easily washed away by the cleaning process. With mesh or slotted plates, the calcium can form in hundreds to thousands of holes and corners within the plate, making it very hard to clean these hundreds or thousands of holes and corners everyday after each use.
With mesh plates, because of the fence like mesh design, water runs over and between all the openings in the mesh design, which creates more internal friction and leads to a shorter lifespan as the mesh plate is more prone to deteriorating. The mesh plate is also weaker than the flat solid plate, simply because it is not solid and rigid but a flexible mesh with hundreds of holes, like a chain-link fence, while a flat and solid plate is more like a flat wood fence, and is stiff and is not flexible. Because of all the small openings in the mesh water ionizer plate it is more prone to calcium buildup, since the calcium has so many tiny corners to begin to build up in. This also makes the mesh plate harder to clean, since calcium which begins to form in all the corners of the mesh design is harder to wash away than calcium which forms on only the surface of the flat solid plates.
Corroding mesh plates with calcium buildup.
An easy way to think about this mathematically is to look at the picture of the mesh plate and the solid flat plate. You will see in the mesh plate there are hundreds of openings or holes and tiny corners, where as in the flat plate there are no openings and no corners, only two flat sides. The calcium has a much easier time gaining a foothold on the mesh plates, since it is much harder to clean those hundreds of holes and corners on each mesh plate than it is to clean only the two surfaces on the flat sold plate. Multiple this by the number of plates inside the machine, 3 5 7 or 9 and you can get an idea of how many corners and holes there are in an electrolysis chamber of a alkaline water machine system that uses mesh plates compared to that of a water ionizer machine which uses solid flat plates.
Mesh plates with calcium and particulate buildup.
Lets just say our water ionizer machine has 5 plates inside. If these are mesh plates like the plate in the photo at the top of this page which has almost 500 holes and 1000 corners in that one mesh plate (you can count them if you like) and if I have 5 of these plates in my electrolysis chamber, then there are a total of 2,500 holes and 5,000 corners in the plates which make up my electrolysis chamber in the mesh design. Plates are laid out in parallel inside the electrolysis chamber and the water flows from top to bottom. With this large number of holes and corners in the electrolysis chamber which uses 5 mesh plates, think of how hard it is to clean it and keep it clear of calcium, day by day, year after year, to keep it functioning optimally and prevent it from clogging. This is the problem with mesh plates, there are so many holes and corners in the design, the plates tend to clog up very quickly with calcium, much faster than flat solid plates. In addition the mesh plates are not very strong, since by their design they are full of holes and are flexible, which leads to them corroding and breaking down very quickly.
Compared to a machine which has only 5 solid and flat plates, there are a total of 2 surfaces per plate, for a total of 10 surfaces in this electrolysis chamber which uses flat solid plates. Thus this setup is much easier to keep clean, the plates are laid out in parallel and water flows from top to bottom. Any calcium deposit will be on the large flat surface of the plate and since the plate is very smooth it is easily washed away by the cleaning function of the machine. This is why flat solid plates are the most used plate design with the best water alkalizer machine ionizer system reviews, because the plates are much easier to keep clean and will last longer than mesh designs. In addition the flat solid plates are much stronger than the flexible mesh plates, flat solid plates are more durable due to this increased strength and do not corrode like mesh plates which are full of holes.
Electrolysis Chamber using Flat Plates
So why do some water ionizer companies use Mesh plates?
The answer is cost and surface area.
Mesh plates are much cheaper and cost less than flat solid plates. This is because mesh plates are lighter, they are full of holes, and this thus allows them to use less of the platinum and titanium metals in their construction. Compared to a flat solid plate of the same size, a mesh plate typically weighs only 30% to 40% of the weight of a flat and solid plate. This translates to big savings for the manufacturer and a much lower unit cost for the machines which use mesh plates.
Mesh plate designs allow manufacturers to claim increased surface area with a decreased amount of plate material and plate cost. This is a geometry problem. With a flat plate there are only two sides, front and back. With a mesh plate there are 8 sides, front and back, and 6 internal surfaces created by a hexagonal hole punched into the plate. Thus by cutting out holes in your plates, you increase the number of sides from 2 sides front and back, to 8 sides front back, and 6 interior sides. Their for by punching out hundreds or thousands of holes in a sold flat plate, you can increase the surface area while decreasing the weight and cost of the plate since you are now creating so many additional surfaces and sides in the plate by punching out these holes.
So why do some manufacturers and sellers advocate mesh plates over other plates?
Once again it is because machines which use mesh plates are cheaper to produce, the platinum and titanium plates inside a water ionizer are the single most expensive part of the device. If you can skimp on this part of the machine and make people believe the lower cost option is better, you can increase your profit margin. Thankfully most water ionizer machines, about 90% of the market use solid flat plates. Only a very small percentage of machines come standard with mesh plate designs, and most machines that use mesh plates actually have an option for mesh plates and an option for solid flat plates, so you can choose.
And what about slotted plates?
Slotted plates attempt to blend the manufacturer benefits and cost savings of mesh plates with the strength and durability of flat solid plates. Slotted plates reduce the cost of the plate while increasing the surface area of the plate by cutting out the “slots” just like how mesh plates have punched out the “holes”. But slotted plates also want to keep the strength and durability of solid flat plates by keeping a more rigid sturdy plate design, more closely resembling a flat plate, and placing the slots inside the plate to increase the surface area of the plate while also decreasing the weight of the plate and the cost of the plate.
However there is a reason why slotted plates attempt to stick with the flat plate design and simply insert the “slots”. This is because the flat solid plate is the most durable, longest lasting, and easiest to clean plate design.
BUYER BEWARE: there are many fake water ionizer buyers guides and consumer reports.
These “Buyers Guides” are being used by companies to promote their own brands and models at shoppers expense. They distribute a cornucopia of marketing hype and spin in addition to plain old lies. You would not know them if you saw them, and you may have already been exposed to and read them yourself. They are influencing your purchase decision and since they have constructed themselves to appear as an unbiased 3rd party which “approves” or has “rated” or has “awarded” a brand or model to be the “top pick” or “best choice” or “ionizer of the year” you will never know.
Most insidiously, the common theme among them is misinformation which teaches the new and naive shopper that the only way to obtain a “quality water ionizer” is to pay top dollar for a higher number of plates, a greater number of watts, or the use of scare tactics like “titanium poisoning” which is pretty much impossible, because like gold, titanium and platinum do not corrode. These “consumer reports” also label all lower priced units as inferior, convincing you that you must pay high prices for “higher quality” and “peace of mind”.
Here’s a true “Buyers Guide” to the ins and outs of the water ionizer industry.
Fact 1: Fake Buyers Guides are predominantly being distributed in the Advertisement sections of search engine results pages, they entice your clicks with “Free Buyers Guide” etc.
Fact 2: Never trust an advertisement as you would trust a 3rd party unbiased source. The entity financing that advertisement is only doing so to further their own agenda.
AN ADVERTISEMENT IS NEVER AN UNBIASED SOURCE
No matter which search engine your prefer to use, a typical search engine query returns results in a similar format, notice the websites listed in the paid for “Ads” sections:
Another search engine query showing more fake water ionizer review sites:
The common theme amoung these fake review sites is that they will give you a free “Buyers Guide” in exchange for your email and phone number. Why do they want you email and phone number? So they can market to you, if you give them the correct information you can expect to receive phone calls and emails from them, all promoting their own brands and models. Some of them will also allow you to download the information without filling out any form.
Another fake water ionizer review site:
The two “review” websites waterionizerexpert and alkalinewaterionizerreviews are actually owned by none other than the infamous life water ionizers/earthtrade water company. If you scroll to the bottom of those two websites you will find this statement:
The same or similar video about mesh plates is on both websites:
The same woman is in another video on another website:
The “water ionizer buyers guide” distributed on waterionizerexpert and alkalinewaterionizerreviews is actually made and owned by life water ionizers/ earthtrade water. No wonder it highlights life water ionizer machines to be the best while downplaying all others. In addition it is filled with lies and marketing spin to get you to purchase the more expensive units costing a minimum $2000.00 or more noting them as “top picks” or “the best in the industry” or “the ones with the highest level of quality”. It focuses heavily on convincing you to purchase a higher number of plates, with a higher amount of wattage, at the higher prices, and it also assures you that mesh plates are the best you can get. This is a common theme, more plates, more watts etc. MORE OF YOUR MONEY!!!! MORE IS ALWAYS BETTER!!! Water ionizers with 5 plates or 3 plates are worthless, even though they have been in existence for over 30 years, they just will not deliver the health benefits you are looking for. You need to pay top dollar to get that, here purchase this 9 or 11 plate water ionizer with 700 watts of power, wait, let me tell you… more lies… etc. etc. etc.
The author of the above fake water ionizer buyers guide is actually the same person who writes the blog post on the company website of the water ionizers promoted in the buyers guide, what a coincidence:
Here is another series of Fake water ionizer buyers guide brought to you by Ionizer Research:
These fake water ionizer consumer reports guides are distributed on ionizerresearch:
This website and the buyers guides which it distributes is owned by tyentusa:
The review guide proudly references waterionizer dot com and alkalinewater dot com as the creators of the guide. It is quite a surprise then, to find out that both of those websites are owned by tyentusa!
NEVER TRUST AN ADVERTISEMENT WHEN LOOKING FOR UNBIASED 3RD PARTY REVIEWS
Never trust an advertisement when looking for unbiased or non-manipulated sources of information. Advertisements and paid for and thus financed by someone with an agenda. The truth of the matter is as follows:
- THERE ARE NO WATER IONIZER AWARDS
- THERE IS NO WATER IONIZER OF THE YEAR
- THERE IS NO ORGANIZATION WHICH RATES OR REVIEWS WATER IONIZERS TO DETERMINE IF ONE IS BETTER THAN ANOTHER
If you do not want to be manipulated into purchasing a product which may be inferior to others, do not trust any “water ionizer buyers guide”. Water ionizer buyers guides are simply marketing materials created by water ionizer companies to make you THINK that there products are better or have received some “award”. Buyers guides in themselves are materials used to push a certain viewpoint or product. Thus you should digest them with a grain of salt. Who after all created the buyers guide? What message do they seek the get across?