At that stage there was no other choice available for a water ionisers and to give a time frame it was around the year 2008.
With the UltraStream being powered so to speak simply by the pressure of water, the recent electrical outages we were experiencing quickly became a problem of the past. With both the UltraStream and the electronic ioniser using activated charcoal as a filter medium, the water from the tap from both units became a lot more pleasing to the palate with the chlorine taste eliminated from the filtered water.
The electronic ioniser, a Jupiter Alphion did what i considered a great job even if it didn't remove the fluoride and if there was no electricity, there was no filtered water.
What it did do was alkalise the water to around 8.5pH and changed the tap water ORP (Oxidisation Reduction Potential) from +150 milli amps (mA) to a minus reading of around -450mA. Basically it was oxidant water coming in and anti-oxidant water coming out.
Residing in Australia where the temperature of the water supply does increase in temperature, the water suppliers add a fair bit of chlorine to minimise bacterial growth and calcium to maintain water pH. Downside side of that is the water ioniser or more to the point the solenoid in the water ioniser, doesn't like calcium.
The calcium builds up on the electrolysis plates as well as in the solenoid. The end result is the calcium sticks to the electrolysis plates calcifying them thus minimising the electrolysis. When calcium builds up in the solenoid and stops the flow of water coming out from the ioniser. So then its into the repair shop so the solenoid can be replaced and a costly in both time and money cycle begins as the calcium in the supply water continues to calcify the system.
To change the game for the better, in 2014, the first of the real-player non-electric ionisers called the UltraStream was released by an Australian based company called AlkaWay. The brain child of the man named Ian Hamilton, instead of using platinum/titanium plates energised with electricity to ionise the water, the UltraStream use ceramic magnets, tourmaline and o-dobi beads to charge, sweeten and soften the water.
|Ceramic magnets stabilise the pH and hydrogen by creating a strong magnetic field that is positioned after the O-Dobi to maintain its effect.||Tourmaline is a gem, considered semiprecious with the unique ability to soften water and impart far infra red energy. It's been used in electric ionisers for many years to sweeten and soften the water coming out.||O-Dobi is a ceramic encasing pure magnesium and calcium. It slowly releases these elements to alkalise and to infuse the water with hydrogen gas. Tested to show 3x the hydrogen delivery of a $4000 electric ioniser.|
So now we have a system that creates anti-oxidant water without the use of electricity.
The downer about the electric systems is the platinum/titanium plates used for the ionisation process deteriorates as with any electrical ionisation. The truth is that after 6 years of use, the Jupiter Alphion doesn't do what it first used to do when it was brand new. The plates decompose... they start pitting from the very first time the unit was used and continually attract calcium deposits thereby further minimising ionisation.
This is the beauty of the UltraStream! You see every time you replace the filter, you have a brand new ioniser!!! The ionisation process returns to maximum with every filter change. And cost wise its a ripper. This is how i work it out.
A brand new electric ioniser; (lets say i paid $2600AUD which i did) which is middle of the market just touching top end. Remembering i still have to replace the filters which i replace at least twice a year as water is the most valuable and necessary form of nutrient the body requires. The cost of the replacement filters is around $120AUD per filter.
Over a five year period (to have alkaline, ionised water) the cost including the initial purchase of the machine ($2600) plus $120 x 10 ($1200) is $3800. Keep in mind the ionising plates are still deteriorating every time we use it. Lets say i get an UltraStream which has a retail price of $599AUD so lets round it up to $600. The replacement filters cost RRP $200.
If i replace my filters once a year for five years the cost to me in replacement filters is $1000AUD plus the initial purchase of the UltraStream $600 leaving me a cost of $1600AUD. From the electric ioniser scenario of $3700, not only have i saved $2100AUD compared to the electronic ioniser, every time i replace my filter i have a brand new unit. Plus the UltraStream removes fluoride, heavy metals, bacteria's and the need to be send a broken unit to the workshop to be fixed will never come up.
And best of all, it's far better tasting water than i ever received from any electronic ioniser. WINNER!!!