Durability Details

We drink alkaline water to enjoy the benefits created from the transformation of water through ionization. Here is the situation: Water has minerals. Minerals will build up on the electrodes over time. The electrode is the piece of equipment in your ionizer that alters the quality of the water. Mineral build up or “scaling” decreases an electrode’s ability to transform the water. The compromised electrode will then not be able to transform the water efficiently – unable to give you the benefits you bought the ionizer for in the first place.

Before you buy an ionizer it is crucial you understand its cleaning cycle. The cleaning cycle will protect your investment and ensure that your ionizer gives you many years of quality water.

Each electrode has either a positive or negative polarity. Reverse polarity simply switches the charge. While it is true that all ionizers clean through what is known as “reverse polarity cleaning” – all reverse polarity cleaning cycles are certainly not created equal.

Two Parts to Reverse Polarity Cleaning:

  1. A reversal of the polarity on the electrodes which repels anything that is sticking there.
  2. A washing or “bathing” of the electrodes in acidic water – the only effective way to clean scale

The Efficacy of the Cleaning Cycle

  1. For optimal cleaning, the cleaning cycle must feature a good acidic to alkaline cleaning ratio. The more acidic water is run to bath the electrodes the cleaner they remain and the greater their performance and longevity. This is not unlike putting in extra “elbow grease” to clean a tough spot – a brief once over will often not do the job effectively.
  2. The way an ionizer is “programmed” to clean the water cell is crucial in determining the cleaning ratio. Some units clean each time you start water flow (you must either wait or override the cycle). Some units operate on a timer system that initiates cleaning on an interval such as every 12 hours. Some are set to trigger cleaning after a set volume of water passes through the ionizer. Some even require manual cleaning, where the user has to initiate cleaning. Each has its draw backs: you can forget to trigger a manual cycle, you have to wait or override a pre-use cycle, the timer based systems and in fact all these systems have poor acidic to alkaline cleaning ratios (or not enough elbow grease). The final drawback is that with each of the above systems you have to wait for the cycle to complete before you can receive alkaline drinking water.

Setting the Standard: The Research & Development Advantage

The AlkaViva Athena - an entry level ionizer - sets an industry standard by employing an Automatic Post-use Self Cleaning mechanism – meaning it cleans with every use by reversing polarity each time you use the ionizer. This provides a better acidic to alkaline cleaning ratio than other reverse polarity programs. Additionally, with its Patented Reversible Chamber you never have to wait to get your alkaline water – an industry first!

The revolutionary new patented DARC cleaning system eliminates mineral scaling on the electrodes – protecting your investment and ensuring many, many years of healthy water from your ionizer. The new cleaning system is 100% effective because it creates a true 1:1 acidic to alkaline cleaning ratio keeping the electrodes cleaner than other systems with a 15:1 or 30:1 ratio. The importance of this breakthrough cannot be understated.

DARC stands for Double Automatic Reverse Cleaning. The DARC system achieves the 100% effective 1:1 acidic to alkaline cleaning ratio by cleaning the electrodes while you are making alkaline water – each and every time. You also never have to wait for or even think about your cleaning cycle. The revolutionary patented DARC Cleaning System is a standard feature in all AlkaViva water ionizers.

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