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    #4575343 - 08/24/05 05:22 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

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Looking for some input on this ION generator, sounds like a great thing, but is it? that is what i am looking to get answered.

ION Generator 
  The FMRC ION is great for the home grower because it gets the contaminants out of the air. Grain, agar, substrate, and any other work that requires clean air, is now no problem with this unit. You must insure all tools and other items are sterile to begin with, as the Ion only takes stuff out of the air and not off of items............read on. slp/fmrc

The Dual Element Ion Generator....The new answer for clean sterile air. Those of you who have held off buying HEPA filters, large fans, and expensive glove boxes are in luck. Not only do these items cost a lot, they also cost too much just to operate. However, one must have sterile conditions when working with rich agars, spores, and live cultures. Contamination is the number one reason for crop failure. It is a constant battle against contaminants. Your lab, or growing room, is the battlefield. The enemy is not seen until it is usually too late. The air contains millions of bacteria, molds, and many other members of this enemy. They are all waiting to find somewhere to grow. The agar and grain media you prepare to grow mushrooms on will be most suitable for many of these waiting contaminants. To prove this, all you have to do is remove the lid from a petri dish while in a non-sterile area. After only just a short time, place the lid back. Within just two days, there will be growths on the agar surface. You have met the enemy face to face. But now there is a new weapon. It is a new dual action air ionizer. It is better than any other because it not only generates (shoots) negative ions, but it also collects the contaminants (enemies) with a second element (positive charge) in it's base. It shoots billions of negative ions (negatively charged atoms) that attach themselves in a magnet like fashion to any contaminant in the air which in turn attracts them to the closest positive surface. In this case, the positive base of the generator. If they are outside of the shielded area, they fall to the floor. The ones closer in are actually attracted to the special base collector of this new ionizer.
Does it really work? Place a clear glass bowl over the ionizer. Blow plenty of cigarette smoke into the bowl. The instant the ionizer is turned on, the smoke will be gone. It appears to be some kind of trick, but this weapon is for real. This system is just about the only one which can remove and collect dust, pollen, bacteria, and yes, even smoke molecules! Remember that 90% of air pollution particles are under 5 microns. This special Ion Generator will remove particles as small as .001 micron! This is not a typo. .001 micron is correct. It constantly cleans the air. it has no filters to ever change. The contaminants are just held to the wooden base by magnetic force. You can wrap a piece of white handtowel around the base to see it working. Just discard the handtowel and replace with another to check for trash in your air. It cleans 1,500 cubic feet of room! When it is placed inside your home made glove box, you create the utmost sterile conditions. You actually are using "over kill". The flexible emitter allows you to direct ionization where you want it. Now available in "220 Volt" For Overseas and European operations. If you are on 220 volt service, please specify the 220 volt generator when ordering. This unit uses only 1 1/2 watts of electricity. Cost about $1.00 a year to run all the time. UL listed. EPA registered.
THE DUAL ELEMENT ION GENERATOR......$71.00 Overseas and Out of Country $86.00 If you live in UK, you can go to Argos and buy a travel adaptor plug {its for adapting any electrical appliance from Europe and USA to a UK plug socket} it works just fine! The adaptor is about ?5... Send request and payment made out to FMRC, POB 18105, Pensacola, FL 32523 No other hidden charges. Only a dual set up "Negative &Positive" Ion Generator works for sterile control. There are many Ion Generators out there that are not "Dual Element"....this is important. Without the Positive charge on the base of the unit, there is no collection of the particles. What happens next is why people like Paul Stamets for many years said they do not work. Without the "Positive" element, the particles, contaminants, pollens and molds just continue to draw to each other. Then when these huge clumps of crap get heavy enough, they just fall down. Instead of getting 1 or 2 mold spores in your work, you get about 10,000 of them along with everything else when one of these clumps gets in on you. Other vendors have come along and scabbed off all of my research, selling the same units and acting like they did all the research. Some even give their own directions which are wrong. When used properly, there is no better way to get sterile air. There is no better price than FMRC's. I have put in over 2 decades researching all this. FMRC uses them in their labs, and we have sold the very same unit for sterile work done at the Environmental Protection Agency. You can spin your wheels all you want to....you can't clean the air any better, and you will spend more than $71.00. That is why I brought the Dual Element Ion Generator into home mushroom growing. I announced the findings about all this in the #06 "THE MUSHROOM CULTURE", The Journal Of Mushroom Cultivation (TMC) July 1985 Issue, and contamination in home growing projects started to disappear.
Contamination is the number one reason for crop failure. With this Ion, anyone should be able to grow mushrooms. The new and updated ION now has a Carbon "Black" base and no longer has the wood base.

FMRC?s ION GENERATOR "The AspenAir" COMMON QUESTIONS & ANSWERS HOW DOES THE ASPENAIR WORK? This bipolar ionizer emits billions of electrons per second, producing a large volume of beneficial negative free air ions as well as negatively charging pollutant particles causing them to be drawn to the nearest charged surface. The AspenAir collector is positively charged and therefore 400 more times attractive to the negatively charged particles than line ground. Our unit can produce about 500,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter of air per second at one meter from the emitter, This output is far greater than that of other negative ion generators on the market, which is one reason why the AspenAir is so remarkably effective.
WHAT IS IONIZATION? An ion is a molecule with an abnormal number of electrons. A positive ion is missing an electron; a negative ion has an extra electron. Ionization is the process whereby positively charged ions become neutrally charged molecules by picking up an electron and negative ions do the same by getting rid of one. This process changes the energy state of air molecules, but not their chemical composition. Evidence of this natural process can be seen by the brown and gray dirt you've noticed on walls and drapes, especially in rooms occupied by smokers. The AspenAir will accelerate this process and also collect a large amount of the dirt precipitated.
WILL THE ASPENAIR IMPROVE MY HEALTH ? There is no doubt that clean, ion-enriched air is better for your health than polluted air. Furthermore, research shows that approximately 1 in 3 people are adversely effected by a lack of free air ions in the environment. Such people feel better when negative ions are restored to the air. Some people find relief from respiratory ailments, as well as an overall increase in their sense of health and well-being. However we make no health claims whatsoever for AspenAir products.
CAN I CONTROL THE ION OUTPUT ? Yes, use the hard or flexible emitter for powerful air cleaning over the widest area, or remove it and use the soft emitter (a black foam plug inside the unit) for gentler air freshening.
DOES THE ASPENAIR REMOVE ODORS? Yes, it does, by removing airborne odor-causing bacteria and pollutants. For example, by leaving the AspenAir overnight in a smoke-filled room you will notice the lack of smoke odor the following day. You will also notice a "fresher" feeling in your home.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY IONIZER IS WORKING? Put your hand over the emitter and you will feel a slight air flow, or hold a lighted cigarette or candle close to the center of the collector (the redwood) and you will see the smoke curling around the collector. If you use the disposable filters, you will notice the dirt building up on the paper. Smokers will notice almost an immediate discoloration - non-smoking households will see a "greying" over a matter of weeks. You can also put the lead end of a pencil right up to the emitter. A blue spark will jump to the point of the pencil. You will feel nothing.
DOES THE IONIZER MAKE ANY NOISE? The ionizer will not necessarily make any noise at all. A soft clicking or crackling noise can sometimes be heard. Such noises do not indicate a problem. The noise level may increase or decrease depending on the time of year or the amount of pollutants in the air. Dry weather increases the noise.
HOW OFTEN DO I CHANGE THE DISPOSABLE FILTERS? A smoker may need to change the paper filter at least every week. It is usual to change it every few weeks as it darkens. A sample filter came with your unit. You can also use a white paper hand towel.
DOES THE ASPENAIR PRODUCE OZONE? The AspenAir does not produce ozone.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD THE HARD OR FLEXIBLE EMITTER BE REPLACED? The emitter should be replaced every year or so. All our emitters are modular and are inexpensively priced for replacement. If you think your ionizer is losing power, it is probably time to replace the emitter. The soft emitter (foam plug) should be replaced about every 6 months. However, in areas of high humidity or if you are using the ionizer constantly it may have to be replaced more often.
CAN I GET A SHOCK FROM THE ASPENAIR ? It is possible to get a mild harmless static shock by touching the ionizer but you CANNOT get dangerous shocks from the unit. Ionized air can cause your body to store more static than usual which may discharge when you touch an object or person, creating a harmless static shock similar to static cling in clothes. However, some people are more "static sensitive" than others and some homes create more static than others.
I NOTICE SOME STATIC WHEN THE UNIT OPERATES? All ion generators are mild static sources, producing a static similar to that of walking across a rug on a very dry winter day. The bi-polarity of the AspenAir is designed to minimize static. However, we do recommend that you place the unit at least 3 feet away from static-sensitive electronic devices such as telephone answering machines, VCRs, computer equipment, touch lamps etc. It is also not advisable to use the same extension cord for such devices and an ionizer.
WHAT ABOUT RADIATION? The AspenAir does not and cannot produce radiation under any circumstances.
WHAT IS A FRESH AIR BUBBLE? It is technically called a "closed electrostatic loop" (but we call it a fresh air bubble)". The "loop" is a highly effective air cleaning and collecting field for pollutant particles as well as a method for restoring free air ions to the environment.
WHAT IS THE FOAM PLUG THAT COMES WITH EMITTER? These are replacement soft emitters. Remove the hard emitter and inside the top of the unit you will see a foam plug. This is called the permanent soft emitter. It acts as an emitter and low level air freshener. Over a period of time it may start disintegrating. If this is the case, unplug the unit, remove the old plug with tweezers and push in a replacement plug. The plug needs to be touching the hard emitter in order for the unit to function at full power. 'If the foam plug becomes dusty, clean with a soft brush or rag. Do not use liquid-this will definitely destroy the foam.

HOW DO I CLEAN THE UNIT? The Black collector can be cleaned with a light soap and water. However, especially in smoking households, we recommend using the disposable filters to prevent sticky tar build-up. Use a mild household cleaner on the black plastic surfaces. Remove the hard emitter before cleaning - use a mild vinegar/water solution on the needles only if they appear dirty. Do not use liquid solutions on the soft emitter (foam plug).

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