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What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/03/2009 6:50 AM

Can any one tell me the best Negative Ion Generator to but and do the work as they say, I want one for a friend that has problems with low winter light ,SAD.I have read what they do for dust and pollen . Thank you .

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Re: Negative Ion generator

12/03/2009 10:07 AM

Google is your friend.

If you're handy with electronics and know exactly how to safely work with high voltages (7,500 volts in this case), you can buy the new guts of a negative ion generator here and put it in your own enclosure. Price: $10.95 unit price, $3.50 each in quantities of 100.

These (and other ion generators) produce ozone which, in very low amounts, can freshen-up a room and help destroy odors (I'm building a negative-ion generator for my shop to help freshen it up a bit, as the previous owner of our property used the room for his dogs. Ugh!).

Hope this helps.

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Re: Negative Ion generator

12/04/2009 12:35 PM

Hello and always great to read the inputs, positive and negative, (joke intended.)

With you leading the way in the design, I was wondering if this design could be shared? I have been looking at a "whole house" freshener but for one reason or another the available designs were/was not what I wanted. May be interested in a room unit also and of course would customize to suite. Just a thought.

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/03/2009 2:41 PM

I also suffer from SAD, and I've found that the air ionizer we use in the lab for static protection seems to help my mood. I think it blows both positive and negative ions though.

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/03/2009 4:16 PM

Thanks for the reply . Brian

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/03/2009 11:40 PM

I also have SAD and have found that working in a brightly-lit room helps a great deal. Along with brightness, the dominant wavelength of the light can influence its overall effectiveness. Blue light has been found to be especially helpful in treating SAD, and the light need not be so dazzlingly bright as the traditional incandescent light banks marketed to SAD sufferers. Thankfully, high-brightness blue LEDs have greatly come down in price in the last few years, making it economical for SAD sufferers to build illuminators every bit as effective as the outrageously expensive commercial units.

This time of year is a great time to purchase blue LEDs, by the way - in the form of Christmas lights. If you'd like to build a DIY illuminator, be sure buy extra strings as a source of replacement LEDs. Christmas LEDs aren't typically of top-drawer quality, so expect a few duds in the lot. If, on the other hand, you can afford them, Cree's high-power blue LEDs are probably the best blue LEDs money can buy.

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/04/2009 12:15 AM

When we used UV erasable EPROMS, I had an eraser with a UV lamp that shone on an aluminum surface. I would get a strong ozone odor when I opened the enclosure after an erase cycle. I can't remeber any mood alteration, but I do recall that my throat would feel scratchy just like the L.A. smog used to do.

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/04/2009 10:00 AM

There's good ozone and there's bad ozone. Smog is the bad kind.

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/04/2009 4:16 PM

Please, what does SAD mean, in this case?

Is there any English acronym´s "dictionary" in line?

Many thanks,

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/04/2009 4:35 PM

Seasonal Affective Disorder - we get depressed when the days get short. One treatment involves sitting in front of bright lights to extend the apparent length of the day. I just mope and drink a lot.

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/04/2009 4:39 PM

Seasonal affect disorder, lack of day light .I am looking for the best negative Ion generator to buy or to build . thank you

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/05/2009 2:10 AM

"Is there any English acronym´s 'dictionary' in line?"

Plenty. Some of the listings for SAD in addition to Seasonal Affective Disorder:

Single/Available/Desperate
Supplementary Alteration Drawing
Structured ASCI Design (ASCI = Application-Specific Integrated Circuit)
Special Asset Department
System Appreciation Document
Systems Architectural Directorate
Symptomatic Abdominal Distension
Support Air Direction
Special Activities Directorate
Status Advisory Display
Standard Auto Discount (insurance)
Site Adaption Data
Submarine Anomaly Detection
Staging Area Director
Square Air Diffuser (compare with HAD: Hip Air Diffuser)
Students Against Destruction
Special Assignment Division
Service Application Description
Safety Assurance Diagram
Station Arrival Date
Solution Architecture Document
Static Airbag Deployment
Safety Analysis Diagram
Station Address Directory
System Administrator/Administration
System Application Design
Self-Aware Data (next: Self-Conscious Data)
Scan-Axis Directionality
Stock Assessment Driven
System Analyst Designer
System Allocation Document
Summary of Audit Differences
Seniors Against Discrimination
Splitter-And-Delivery (network architecture)
Software Assembly Descriptor
Safety & Arming Device
Senior Art Director
Sjedinjene Amerièke Države (Croatian for the United States of America)
Security Association Data
Situation Awareness Display
Small Angle Diffraction
Stanford Athletic Department (just follow your nose)
System Activity Display
Stand-Alone Dump
Sit-Alone Dump (like Stand-Alone Dump, only more.....tidy)
Safety Analysis Document
Serial Analog Delay
System Architecture Document
Source-Axis Distance
Salon des Artistes Décorateurs (French artsy-fartsy group)
Small Area Data
Sistema de Adquisición de Datos (Spanish for Data Acquisition Systems)
Speech Activity Detector (often seen paired with a matching STFU Emitter)
Subacromial Decompression
Seizure-Alert Dog
Software Architecture Description
Solar Array Drive
Safety Assessment Document
School of Architecture and Design
Silicon Avalanche Diodes
Sierra Army Depot
Single-Awareness Day (obscure euphemism for Valentine's Day)
Sorry About Dresden (band)
State Active Duty (National Guard)
Sociedad Anónima Deportiva
Selected-Area Diffraction
Slovenská Autobusová Doprava
South Atlantic Division
System Analysis and Design
Sum of Absolute Differences
Separation Anxiety Disorder
Stay Another Day
Single Administrative Document
Security Association Database
Standard American Diet (is FAT an acronym?)
Stand And Deliver
Seek And Destroy
Search And Destroy
Schizoaffective Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Supply And Demand
Sons And Daughters (band)
...and so forth...

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/05/2009 12:01 AM

Just be specific on your question.

1. Can any one tell me the best Negative Ion Generator ?

2. I want one for a friend that has problems with low winter light ,SAD.I have read what they do for dust and pollen ?

The Forum answered your questions but you are expecting an answer to question no. 1 only?

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/05/2009 6:30 AM

I thought I was being specific . Can any one tell me the best Negative Ion Generator to buy?

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/05/2009 2:42 PM
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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/07/2009 6:01 AM

The 'kill or cure' technique?

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/07/2009 3:49 PM

Spot on. Now, if we could only shrink that Tesla coil to pill-size, the pharmaceutical companies would be all over it, laughing all the way to the bank - like they do now.

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/23/2009 4:21 PM

Bioaire use to be about the only manufacturer. I had one for decades. I have given several away also. If the voltage is too high [some manuf] to boost ion production, there is too much ozone created. and sometimes not the beneficial ozone. also the electrode will "detiorate" rapidly. I am moving soon and will replace my missing ion gen with the Bioaire model[s]. when up close everyone loved the barely detectable aroma. I have never owned the larger models.

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Re: What's the Best Negative Ion Generator?

12/25/2009 3:50 AM

There is not a 'beneficial' type of ozone versus other types of ozone. Ozone is O3. The significant factor is the quantity of ozone produced. There is only one type.

The electrode deteriorates rapidly at high levels of ozone production because ozone is a very powerful oxidizer. This also accounts for ozone's toxicity at high concentrations.

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