I'm editing as I go from a conversation I noticed on a facebook group all about Molecular hydrogen for health, responding to the following question:
A: "I just got my hydrogen water bottle in the mail and I've got some questions. I used spring water bought from my store and saw some bubbles. There was no smell and the water tasted just like water. I then used tap water that was filtered and saw a LOT of bubbles. After the process finished, the water smelt like pool water and had a faint taste like pool water. I'm guessing that the chlorine got separated and became gas.
Has anyone had any similar experience? I don't know if I can only use distilled/store bought water with this device. I thought it would have been ok as it does have a bottom receptacle for ozone and chlorine.
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B: They recommend filtered water absent of chlorine.
A:Thanks, B. I’m afraid of getting paying good money for a substandard product. I think I’ll make some more experiments to see what I got. I really hope it isn’t what I think it is!
C; If you use tap water I recommend a prefilter that removes chlorine.
Your H2 bottle is pretty new? Maybe the different bubblesize is due to this.
Normally the PEM membrane takes some hours to be soaked. Some devices can produce chlorine at the anode (instead of oxygen) by oxidizing chloride (Cl-) to chlorine gas (Cl2). But, if your unit uses a proton exchange membrane (PEM), this should not occur, since the anode in this type of unit is isolated from the drinking water by the PEM.
D: PEM devices will work with any type of water, so you may want to try distilled water and watch the H2 gas production. If it performs poorly, and the unit has had a couple of days to break in, it may not use a PEM, and instead be an ionizer/electrolyzer, which requires water with higher TDS water to function properly.
Nobody knows what minerals and chemicals are in ones tap water.
Since the tap water makes chlorine gas with your device, don't use that water.
Because we get nearly all our minerals from food, you might as well use distilled or at least Reverse Osmosis water. The extra bubbles show that the tap water has a better conductivity , thus more gas production. Distilled water has a very high impedance.
In a PEM Cell conductivity has nothing to do with gas production. There will always be enough water to split into H+ an OH- Ions.PEM devices don't need any conductivity, since the electrolyte is embedded (solid polymer electrolyte)...It may be a standard alkaline-type ionizer, although they are rather rare these days. So at least I want to say, that your advice for this device is absolutely correct: the only way to use it is absolutely pure water, because you get no harmful byproducts. Just Hydrogen and Oxygen.
Ian: We've been watching the hydrogen water bottle products for 2 years now. We've tested many and we have narrowed it down to a couple of products that we are currently testing. I don't see them as anything more than an alternative way to get molecular hydrogen on the run. The impracticality of them is that they hold only a small amount of water relative to your hoped-for daily intake so basically it's 8 çhargeups a day for 8 glasses of water.
The products we are testing have the advantage of being able to double-charge to get better H2 levels. I think this is an essential, and also they separate out ozone and chlorine from the water process. If you're going to drink h2 water it's simply dumb to use poor quality chlorinated water. That's why here at home we are testing for super pure UltraStream water.