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Ionizer Comparison - Enagic, Tyent,
Life and Jupiter.

There are a number of websites on the web in regards to alkaline water or Kangen water™.  Many of these websites tend to misguide or mislead when it comes to Enagic and the ionizers they produce.  Many of these claims are simply not true or are deceptive by design in an attempt to drive the market to buy their products.

In an attempt to justify of why I believe the The SD501 is the best residential water ionizer on the market, I have placed  the facts regarding this product as well as the company on this page.  The reason I choose to lay out the facts regarding this ionizer, was my attempt to justify the relatively high price of $3,980 (USD) as well as to address some of the attacks coming from other dealers who represent other ionizers.

Listed below are some bullet point truths about Enagic and The SD-501.

Enagic and The SD501


1.  The first license is issued by Osaka Prefecture that is a Governmental Agency that is responsible for the province of Osaka Japan.  

2.  Enagic's Second license was issued by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Government of Japan. ( This would essentially be the same as our F.D.A. in America) The license # is 27B2X00070 and recognizes the SD-501 as a MEDICAL DEVICE.

3. The Company Enagic™ operates as a O.E.M. (Original Equipment Manufacturer), which means that Enagic does not outsource any components. They are all made in-house including the shipping materials.4. One craftsman is responsible for building every water ionizer from start to finish that increases the quality control significantly.  The only device in Japan that is recommended and recognized by a non-profit organization (The Association of Adult Preventative Medicine) made up of over 6,500 Doctors and Surgeons in Japan.  Enagic is recognized because its products are high quality and relevant for hospitals.

•Enagic™ has been awarded Certificate # ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for its most environmentally friendly products.  These are prestigious awards that recognize Enagic™ as a leader in REDUCING MEDICAL COSTS IN JAPAN.

•On April 18, 2004 Enagic received the International Earth Environment University (IEEU) achievement for outstanding Achievement in the environmental sciences and the Linus Pauling International Earth Environmental Roundtable (IEER).
•The SD-501 has a FULL and COMPLETE WARRANTY based on one condition- that the electrolysis chamber is kept clean with a citrus cleaning cartridge, applied twice a year. The first one comes with the machine.  (Many companies claim to have a full 5 year warranty but are either limited or have a number of exclusions.)

•There are no daily, weekly, monthly or yearly limits set as to the amount of water that can be produced from our machines. You can produce an unlimited amount of water.

•Enagic's Ionizers do not shut down from overheating because these machines don't overheat.

•Enagic's Ionizers have twice the flow rate of our nearest competitors. As a matter of fact, The Sd-501 will produce 8-liters/ minute which is almost 3 times the flow rate of the Jupiter.  The effective flow rate of the SD-501 is right around 5 to 5.5 liters/minute.  Effective flow meaning the flow rate when the -ORP and alkalinity is not compromised.

•Hard Water is a huge problem with ionizers but not a problem with Enagic's line of Water Ionizers.  Usually, hard water is not a problem. In the event that it is a problem, Enagic will disassemble and clean the electrolysis chamber for $40.(That is a great deal when you consider that some of the competitors charges upwards of $800 to replace their chambers)

•The Enagic Water Ionizers have a 100% organic citrus acid cleaning filter that can be bought for $18, which will clean and remove the built up calcium off of the platinum/titanium plates. No other ionizers have this key function. Do not overlook this feature.  This is a HUGE benefit of ALL of our water ionizers that extends the life many years to come.

•The Enagic ionizers have a minimum life expectancy of 15 to 20 years and possibly beyond.  This is based on Engineering and Results.

•The SD-501 is self-cleaning and will clean after every 15 minutes of use but will not start self cleaning if you are using the machine. I have experienced this many times while filling up 20 to 30 gallons at a time for people who are drinking the water.

•Enagic's SOLID, DIPPED platinum / titanium plates have a surface area that is 445% larger than that of Jupiter Aquarius / Orion alone.

1. As an example, The SD-501 electrolysis chamber( see the picture to the right ) has 7 SOLID plates with a total surface area of 490 sq. in. (7 plates x (7"x 5") x 2 sides). This requires a large 230-watt transformer.  A greater surface area requires a greater heating element.

2. As a comparison, the Jupiter ionizers have a total surface area of 110 square in. ( 5 plates x (2.75" x 4") x 2 sides) and have a inferior heating element that requires a maximum of 80 watts of electricity to run.

Also, notice that the chamber has 7 wires that are attached to the side as well as the screws on the front of the chamber that can be removed for easy cleaning.  Enagic charges $40 to clean the electrolysis plates in the event that the mineral deposits cannot be removed.

•The Enagic Solid Titanium Plates are DIPPED IN PLATINUM, not sprayed, resulting in a heavier and more consistent spread of platinum over the plates. Platinum is one of the more expensive metals at around $1,000 per ounce. The Enagic  ionizers have much more platinum on the plates especially when compared to those plates that are sprayed vs. dipped.  Also, the platinum used is Medical Grade Platinum (the highest grade platinum available). The special process by which they make the plates results in a high quality alkaline water known as Kangen water™.  Kangen water™ is able to hold ionized water at its elevated state longer compared to other ionizer machines using inferior plates and heating elements.

Taking apart the Jupiter Athena and Platinum Series.

A group of us recently manged to take apart the two ionizers pictured to the right.  This was our chance to compare the inside of the Jupiter Athena and another competitor.

Notice the below pictures. The Athena mesh plates were compared to the SD501 plates.  Take a notice of the size difference.




Oily Pesticides and Insecticides removed.

•The SD-501 makes medical grade true 2.5 pH high acid and true 11.5 pH high alkaline water as a result of the saline solution stored in the removable electrolysis enhancer tank. Enagic takes this very seriously as this high acid water is used for medical reasons within the various hospitals in Japan.

This feature should not be overlooking. 2.5 pH is 50,000 times as acidic as neutral 7.0 pH and will kill 99.9% of all bacteria, pathogens, viruses, the Aids Virus Topically and salmonella. 11.5 pH, on the other hand will emulsify oil-based pesticides off of fruits and vegetables.

Note: The amazing power behind these solutions is the SALT or saline solution that is added to the water during the electrolysis process.  Only Enagic produces water ionizers that use the salt solution.  The saline solution is necessary in order to produce hypochlorous acid (strong acid) and sodium hydroxide (strong alkaline).

•All of our water ionizers use transformers. Transformers are used because they are the most reliable on the market. The SD-501 uses 230-Watt Transformers.

Be sure to watch the KTLA News video regarding strong acid and strong alkaline waters.

•Enagic will refurbish and rebuild your titanium/ platinum plates for only $40. This is made available to those who live in very hard water states and who do not use the citrus cleaner at least twice a year. Very rarely needed but a good insurance policy from the company just in case.

•Our filters will last up to 3,000 gallons of use. Service centers in 4 U.S. Cities.

The Truth about Life, Tyent & Jupiter Ionizers.


Life, Tyent and Jupiter.

•Not all have a full 5 year warranty but Instead have a 3 to 5 year LIMITED WARRANTY based on the fact that certain conditions are met.


•In the case of Life Ionizers, they have recently changed their warranty and now reads, " ALL MACHINES THAT ARE USED FOR HIGH VOLUME APPLICATIONS SUCH AS WEIGHT LOSS/ FITNESS, ECTS...WILL VOID THEIR WARRANTY."  How many gallons is considered "High Volume"?   A few months ago it read,"THE WARRANTY IS VOID IF MORE THAN 2.5 GALLONS/ DAY ARE PRODUCED". 

•Very few ionizers produce 2.5 pH high Acid or 11.5 pH strong Alkaline water even though some websites claim they do.  It is simply not true.  When you research the company's websites ( as an example Tyent), they admit that there water ionizers produce up to 11.0 pH and 3.0 pH water.  3.0 pH acid water will only kill a certain percentage of  viruses, salmonella, etc.  The minimum pH level needed in order to kill 99.9%, needs to be 2.6 or less and 11.5pH is needed in order to strip oil pesticides off of fruits and vegetables.  Life, Tyent, Jupiter and the other water ionizers cannot reach these necessary pH levels.

•All of these ionizers are built from assembly companies.  In other words, the parts come from different parts of the world and assembled at one location.  Most ionizers today are assembled using this method.

•Overheating is a problem and will automatically shut down their machines.  The manufacturers claim that this is a benefit; however, in reality it is a flaw in design. Their heating elements use 80 to 90 watts max.

The same manufacturer, Emco Manufacturing (Korea), builds all of the mesh titanium/ platinum plates by first SPRAYING a large titanium sheet with platinum ( Platinum is expensive $1,000/ ounce) and then cutting into smaller baseball card sizes.  The company then stamps these plates that result in an inconsistent and thin layer of platinum on the mesh plates. 

•Their titanium/ platinum plates are stamped mesh. STAMPED MESH PLATES ARE AN INFERIOR PRODUCT and is a cost savings to the manufacturer.  There are websites claiming that mesh is superior.

•These ionizers are not designed to handle hard water and do not have an ability to effectively clean off the hard water minerals off of the plates such as a corrosive citrus acid-cleaning filter.  Having the ability to clean the hard mineral deposits is absolutely key in sustaining the life of any water ionizer.

Over time, if this problem is not dealt with, these ionizers will not effectively produce the life changing ionized alkaline water, that they are designed to do.

•These companies charge upwards of $800 to replace the platinum/ titanium electrode plates.  Remember Enagic only charges $40.

•Their meshed plates are small in surface area.  In the case of Jupiter, the surface area is only 110 sq. inches.

The Case for Solid Plates.

Some Facts:

The primary reason for solid plates is that it is durable and will handle many years of usage.  Also, water tends to erode and break down what it comes in contact with.  The Grand Canyon is a great example of this force.

Additionally, in order to produce high quality alkaline water, it is necessary to elevate the active hydrogen to a higher elevated state. (refer to Doctor Carpenters' video.)

Lastly, it is more difficult for mineral deposits to attach to smooth solid plates thus improving the performance of the machine. 

With mesh plates, the calcium binds in the peaks and valleys (holes) of the plates making it very difficult for the calcium and other deposits to be removed.

Over time, (this will depend on the hardness of your tap water) it becomes very difficult to remove these mineral deposits off of mesh plates and your ionizer will become less and less effective and eventually will no longer produce alkaline water. 

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