All kinds of "ioniser". What's the difference?
Different types of "Ionizers"
When we first started The Ionizer Site, the word "ionizer" was only used describe air ionizers. There were various special types of air ionizer on the market but they were still referred to just as "ionizers".
In recent years, many products are being described as ionizers but they are in fact, very different types of equipment.
To understand the difference, we need to briefly refer back to basic physics.
The word "ion" originates from a Greek word which translated means "something that goes or moves"
In physics and chemistry it is used to describe an atom, or group of atoms (a molecule) that carries an electrical charge through a fluid. (which can be a gas or a liquid)
Ions can either be formed:
(a) when a substance is added to the fluid (eg. table salt dissolved in water allows it to conduct electricity)
(b) be part of the fluid itself (for example in a strip-light when neon is ionized the gas itself glows red)
Ionization is fundamental to both physics and nature. It is all around us and part of how everything (including our own body) works.
So, although in a technical sense, all the following items use ionization to work, they can be grouped into several categories using different forms of ionization with quite varied end uses.
Domestic "home and office" room ionizers
Commercial premises ionizers
Static control ionizers
Clean room / dust removal
Drinking water - acid / alkaline
Swimming pool ionizer