75 lph is NOT the ‘specified’ volume of the AquaCure.
75 lph is the MAXIMUM volume if everything is optimized for gas production. What the electrolyzer is CAPABLE of...
NOT what I recommend for health application.
I’ve deliberately throttled back on the gas production and I do not tell people what they'd need to do to get maximum gas production because I'm afraid they'd DO IT, thinking MORE is Better...
…And kill themselves if the gas explodes in their lungs.
For therapeutic use, more is NOT better. Once the blood is saturated with hydrogen you breathe out as much as you breathe in AND TOO MUCH IS EXPLOSIVE. Any air mixture that contains more than 4% hydrogen is EXPLOSIVE. 4% concentration is PLENTY to bubble in water (to saturate it) and to breathe (to saturate the blood). Most of the scientific studies use 2% hydrogen (all studies have had positive results).
For health application, my calculations are that an adult male shouldn't get more than about 18 lph to keep the hydrogen content under the 4% limit. So anything over 18 lph is dangerous and not needed for therapeutic use.
For therapeutic use, forget 'vigourous' gas production and think 'enough' gas production.
If the AquaCure is producing up to 18 lph, it's FULLY operational for therapeutic use.
All that said, I DO also promote the AquaCure as a ‘machine that can do everything’ so you may want to do things like:
- Fuel a microtorch
- Provide breathing gas for more than one person
- More quickly infuse HydrOxy into water
- Infuse HydrOxy into larger volumes of water
- Make New Water
- Use HydrOxy for carbon-fuel combustion enhancement
So I will tell you the MAIN thing you can do to increase gas production…And the caveats…
Simply add more lye. If you add more lye, up to a mixture of 25% by weight (so 1 kg of water and 0.25 kg of lye) the AquaCure will go to near it’s maximum volume production (it will also rise a bit more as it warms up).
I use a lean electrolyte mixture (1 ounce of lye per quart of water) for several reasons:
- It’s only as caustic as strong soap. Not enough to cause chemical burns (though you still want to keep it out of mucus membranes and wash it off until the slippery feeling is gone). So a lean mixture is safer.
- This lean mixture keeps the gas production of the AquaCure down into the safe range for a breathing gas.
- A lean mixture is much less likely to foam (make soap bubbles) so there is less ‘carry-over’ of lye into the filter and humidifier. (also keeping the liquid level lower helps this). Again, safer.
I do not recommend (and seriously caution against) increasing gas production UNLESS you have a micro-torch (or some sort of restriction valve) so that you can adjust the gas volume for safe breathing.
I personally breathe a 9% mixture of hydrogen, but I’m aware of the risk and take personal responsibility. I use ONLY nasal cannula (masks are MUCH more prone to explosions), ground myself (and the machine) so that there is no ‘static voltage’ potential difference and have it set up in a static free environment.
Don’t think an explosion ‘can’t happen to you’ or get complacent. It CAN happen and HAS happened several times to people using hydrogen for health. NO ONE has been hurt (yet) because they have followed my protocols.
A man was using BG to treat the arthritis in his hand, so he had his hand bagged (so it was a high hydrogen concentration (BG is 66% hydrogen)) and his dog needed to go outside to poo. He took the tube out of the bag, but left the bag on his hand and shuffled across the carpet to the door and as he reached out to the doorknob, a spark jumped (to the OUTSIDE) of the bag and the potential difference of voltage (from the inside to the outside of the bag) ignited the BG and the bag went BANG.
He was not hurt, because it’s like a balloon popping, but his dog pooped on the floor.
The second story is about a man who was breathing the BG and his amorous wife was rubbing his thigh. I’m told she is prone to building up static electricity anyway and happened to touch the humidifier lid. Again, the spark OUTSIDE the plastic ignited the BG inside and blew the lid off the humidifier. The man got a slight bruise from flying plastic but otherwise, no damage.
They bought a new humidifier and are still using the AquaCure… But this brings up another point… GLASS! MANY people are asking me if they can use glass (and/or are doing it without asking). GLASS is DANGEROUS because a BG explosion will shatter glass and glass shards flying are MUCH MORE DANGEROUS than plastic.
I use ‘food grade’ plastics so please do not be concerned with VOCs or other poisons. And if you MUST use glass, then do NOT use the AquaCure.
If your machine (ER50, AquaCure or other BG electrolyzer) is producing too much gas for therapeutic breathing, seriously consider throttling it back using the micro-torch valve, (or some sort of restriction valve).
A strong lye concentration is more prone to foaming and misting, so WILL put more lye into your filter / humidifier, resulting in the need to change out the ‘scrubbing water’ more often.
You’ll know if there is lye getting into your drinking water if the water ‘tastes bad’.
If you use a strong lye mixture in the AquaCure, keep the liquid level lower when you are breathing. However, for maximum gas production you’ll want to keep the liquid level at about the 80% to ‘full’ levels.
Do you feel that the maximum concentration of hydrogen necessary for blood saturation is 4%?
NO. I feel that 4% is the maximum SAFE concentration to breathe. 4% is far above the concentration necessary to achieve full blood saturation (2% is proven to adequately achieve saturation). Once blood is saturated with hydrogen, you start breathing OUT as much as you as breathing IN. So more does nothing (or very little) therapeutically.
A higher breathing percentage does saturate the blood (or water, etc.) faster, but once saturated is of no benefit that I know… And is potentially explosive so I CANNOT (in good conscience) recommend breathing anything over 4%.
Then the question is, why do you personally breathe 9%?
As an experiment using myself as the guinea pig. To see what will happen. So far, I haven’t blown myself up.
And, how do you adjust to 9% if it comes out of the cannula at 66%? Is that by virtue of the dilution that occurs in your nasal passages and with higher lpm flow from your personal machine?
Correct. I don’t adjust, I just breathe the mixture as it comes out.
If I wanted less (a lower percentage), the AquaCure is designed to be able to do that using the torch valve, as I described in the previous answer.
George, Would just using a gallon ziplock bag be a simpler way to get a ballpark estimate for gas flow?
I’m thinking not accurate. Too many variables. How do you seal it? How do you know when it is full?
But it is better than nothing… Maybe ‘ballpark’.