All kinds of “ioniser”. What’s the difference?
When we first started The Ioniser Site, the word “ioniser” was only used describe air ionizers. There were various special types of air ioniser on the market but they were still referred to just as “ionisers”.
In recent years, many products are being described as ionisers 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 moves” or “to move”
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 – or other minerals – 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)
Ionisation 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 ionisation to work, they can be grouped into several categories using different forms of ionisation with quite varied end uses.
Air Ionisers for healthy atmosphere
Domestic “home and office” room ionisers
Commercial premises ionisers
Animal housing ionisers
Air Ionisers for specialised industrial use (
Static control ionisers
Clean room / dust removal
Water ionisers for “medicinal” purposes
Drinking water – acid / alkaline
Water ionisers for purification
Swimming pool ioniser
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