Here is a quick and dirty AquaCure Machine startup, operation and drain video:
Here is the initial AquaCure Operation Manual (version 170815) note that it is out of date…
I’m behind on my video instructions.
Lye mixing can be seen in the first part of this video (of my ER50 electrolyzer).
NOTE: NO CITRIC ACID ANYMORE! FAQ here… Mix electrolyte solutions with ONLY lye.
I note a couple of MAJOR LACKS in the AquaCure model H160 Instruction Manual.
I did not include ‘technical help’ contact information or a troubleshooting checklist/chart.
If you are having issues with your AquaCure, please try emailing me FIRST. I don’t yet have a team (athough I intend to) to handle technical questions so I’m doing it all myself. eMail is MUCH MORE efficient (because I can give you instructions in writing) and allows pictures to be sent back and forth.
I do NOT put my email out in the public because I’m already slammed with at least 500 spam a day and it making the email public makes it much it worse. So please don’t ‘share’ it.
If we need to talk on the telephone or Skype (I prefer Skype because we can video and I can SEE your issues) then we will do that after initial eMail contact. I will give the appropriate phone number to whomever needs it.
In the meantime, I’m working on the troubleshooting checklist and upgrading the videos.
Note: the bubbler bottles are NOT dishwasher friendly (they’ll melt). Wash by hand ONLY.
MIxing 1 ounce of citric acid and 1 ounce of lye in a quart (about 1 liter) of water makes a very benign electrolyte solution. A 4% lye solution is considered benign.
Note that you CAN put as much as 4 ounces of lye in the AquaCure without damage to the machine but we do NOT recommend this except in special circumstanses.
One of the reasons we use such a lean electrolyte (catalyst) mixture is to limit the gas production of the AquaCure to a range safe for most people to breathe.
HydrOxy is EXPLOSIVE when pure and still explosive if the hydrogen (in air) exceeds 4%. So (for absolute safety) when you breathe in the HydrOxy, you want to be sure the hydrogen content is less than 4%. I give some math on how to calculate this on my protocols page:
So, if you use a more concentrated catalyst solution, you’ll have the ability to make MORE gas with the AquaCure, which is good if using in a bath or bubbling water for fish, or enhancing water for plants, or welding/slodering, etc. But not for breathing.
Personally, I breathe a 9% mixture of hydrogen because I operate in a static free environment and do not think there’ll ever be a spark up in my nose (I use ONLY nose cannulas, NOT a mask).
If you are producing too much gas for breathing, you CAN simply attach the torch and use it’s adjustment valve to lower the gas exiting the AquaCure. Thus the gas output of the AquaCure can be regulated to any volume.
Pure water does not conduct electricity (it is a dielectric)
Electrolyzers (water splitting machines) require a catalyst in the water to allow the electricity (that splits the water) to flow.
The catalyst stays in the electrolyzer (or at least it is supposed to) so all you need to add, after the first charge of catalyst, is pure water. Do NOT keep adding catalyst when you refill your machine (unless for some reason, you’ve lost your catalyst).
Lye (aka NaOH or Sodium Hydroxide) is our choice of electrolyte catalyst
You’ll hear ‘experts’ say that KOH is more efficient than NaOH. In theory that is true. In practice it depends on MANY factors. My electrolyzers are optimized to use NaOH (Lye).
DO NOT put KOH in the AquaCure!