If you're tired of relaxing in chemicals, and would like to greatly reduce their use and save 80% - 90% on the cost of chemicals, then this is the system for you. Space technology designed to sterilize water on long-duration spacecraft applied to hot tub and spa water purification led to a system that uses two silver-copper-zinc alloy electrodes that generate silver, copper and zinc ions when an electric current passes through them to kill bacteria and algae without chemicals. Mineral purification of water, both drinking AND recreational, is millennia old. Copper (Cu) as ions in swimming pools, spas or any circulating body of water is lethal to bacteria, virus and algae, yet is a safe and healthy alternative to chemicals.
Mineral ion purification of water is easy, effective and in all cases, safer and more forgiving than typical chemical only treatment. It provides softer, gentler water and a more comfortable environment. It's much less expensive than chemical treatment regimens and will also increase the life expectancy of everything around the hot tub, from bathing suits, pumps, filters, heaters and seals. An Ionizer will save you money every year and will give you the following benefits:
How it works.
This technology utilizes minerals to purify water naturally and applies a principle known as electrolysis. The purification process begins by an ultra-low voltage charge running through a sacrificial mineral electrode installed in the return line. This direct current causes the release of copper, silver, and zinc ions into the flow of water which aids in the destruction of algae, bacteria, viruses and mold. To maintain clean, clear water all you need to add is a small amount of sanitizer (chlorine or non chlorine shock) to your hot tub after each use to kill all the organics in your hot tub. So, stop relaxing in harsh expensive chemicals and enjoy the spring like water of an ionized spa with the Sun Ionizer.
What is different about the Sun Ionizer?
The electrodes are made of a custom made copper, silver, and zinc alloy designed for water treatment and are four times larger than most spa ionizers so our electrodes last longer and the replacement electrodes are a better value. Check out our electrode weights and compare. Other ionizers use only copper, or just copper and silver, which is not as effective as our three metal electrodes.
What about passive cartridge ionizers like Nature 2?
You should not use a cartridge ionizer. Besides being very expensive and needing to be replaced every few months, you have very little or no control of the amount of ionization being produced. They are sold without a test kit so you never know what the ion level is and if it is safe to reduce the sanitizer level. The best method of ionizing a hot tub, and the lowest cost over time is with an electronic ionizer.
Beware of copper only ionizers with electrodes and a control box that may look like our Ionizer as they are a cheap copy of our ionizers with outdated electronics. It costs 3 times more for electrodes made with silver in the electrodes. Beware of high percentage silver electrodes. The silver content in ionizer electrodes must be between 1% to 3% to be effective and never higher as silver in high concentrations is very toxic and causes staining problems. Our huge Ionizer electrodes contain 83% copper, 15% zinc and 2% silver.
|1. Low Copper Level||Output Control setting to low||Increase Output Control setting.|
|Insufficient Sanitizer||Shock water with chlorine and test for at least 5 ppm 30 minutes later.|
|Worn Out / Clogged Electrodes||Check electrodes for wear or clogging. Clean only if clogged. If they have worn to small stubs, they need replaced.|
|Equipment Failure||Check CELL POWER light. It should always be on.|
|2. High copper level||Output Control setting to high||Set control to MIN until copper level is below 0.3 ppm. This may take a few weeks.|
|3. Cloudy Water
||Insufficient Sanitizer||Shock water with chlorine and test for at least 5 ppm after 30 minutes. Shock if ever the water just begins to cloud.|
|Dirty filter||Check and clean filter.|
|Low copper level||See #1 above.|
|4. CELL POWER light not
||No AC power||Check incoming AC power|
|Cannot see light in direct sunlight||Check in low light|
|Shorted Electrodes||Clean and check electrodes for a short|
|Controller Failure||Contact Dealer for repair|
|5. Scale Build-up on Electrodes||Controller cleaning cycle failure||Observe CELL POWER light to see that the color is changing from red to green equally every five minutes. Control may need to be set at MAX temporarily to observe light|
|Electrodes need manual cleaning||A blue scale on electrodes is normal. If there is a heavy scale build-up between the electrodes, then clean electrodes.|
|6. Blue or copper colored stains on
Note: With proper operation and proper water chemistry your ionizer will not stain.
|Copper level to high||Set control to MIN until copper level is below .3 ppm. This may take a few weeks.|
|pH to high||Add acid to lower pH. The pH should always be tested weekly and maintained at 7.2 to 7.6|
|Insufficient Sanitizer Level||Shock water with chlorine and test for at least 5 ppm after 30 minutes|
|Improper application of granular chlorine||Granular chlorine should be pre-dissolved before adding to pool water. Never use Calcium Hypo-chlorite as it adds scale and hardens to water.|
|Other high mineral levels in water such as iron||See #7|
|7. Black or brown stains on surface||Insufficient Sanitizer||Shock water with chlorine and test after 30 minutes for at least 5 ppm. Because of the low level of chlorine in an ionized Hot Tub a few stains may occur from minerals or dirt in the water This is not from the ionizer minerals.|
|Other high mineral levels in water such as iron||Treat water with a stain remover. Your ionizer will need to be turned off for at least a week. Maintain 3 ppm of chlorine during treatment.|
Please see the Water Purifiers & Conditioners section of the Virtual Store for pricing and on-line ordering.