What is ionization? Ionization occurs when water comes into physical contact with positively and negatively charged plates. Having a greater surface area allows the water to come into contact with the plates for a longer period of time, creating a stronger, more stabilized ionic charge. More surface area means more effectively ionized water.
The electrodes or “plates” are the heart of an ionizer. Their construction is critical, as they work the hardest and have the most important job in the process of ionization. They provide the electrical charge that allows for the critical process of ionization. For best results, the plates should be solid construction, which creates the greatest amount of surface area. Some of the cheaper ionizer brands promote their use of mesh or slotted plate electrodes, which are plates with holes in them, saying that they somehow create a greater amount of surface area. In theory, a flat surface with holes in it could create this effect, but the plate would have to be very thick in order to accomplish this, which is NOT the case when it comes to the mesh plate electrodes in the majority of the discount ionizers. Most mesh plates are very thin, and the connection that passes electricity to them is an weak post wedged into some of the mesh screen and sticking off of the plate. These mesh plates are advertised as superior to solid plates, but this is far from the truth.
Takeaway: Mesh plates reduce the cost of manufacture, which is why they are used. Given the thickness of the plates, the holes do not increase surface area. If anything, the surface area is reduced! Mesh plates reduce costs, but do not increase performance.
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