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The Average Life Span
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The life span of a Hydrogen Booster is determined by several factors:

(1) The quality and thickness of the stainless steel.
(2) The amount of current that the booster is using.
(3) The type of catalyst that the booster is using.
(4) The total amount of plate edges that are exposed to the current and catalyst.

Unfortunately, hydrogen boosters do not last forever. If they are constructed correctly, some can last up to five years or longer. If they are not constructed correctly, the life span could be reduced to about one to two years.

Fortunately, at Hydrogen Boost Now we do not use inferior designs. We only use designs that have a proven long life span.

(1) The proper material to use is 316-L stainless steel. This can last up to five times longer than other grades of stainless. The L stands for low carbon. This grade has very good anti-corrosion characteristics. Even if it is thin, it can last for years in a properly designed hydrogen booster. All boosters that we sell are manufactured from 316-L stainless steel, the best kind of stainless to use for this application.

(2) The total amount of current that passes through the cell is one of the major determining factors on how quickly the plates or electrodes will deteriorate. Using a pulse width modulator (PWM) can reduce current flow, which can extend the life span of your stainless steel plates. Also, using the right amount of voltage between each plate is very important. There are some other tricks but we won't get into that now as our competitors will probably read this.

(3) The catalyst that is used is also important. Some people are using too strong of a mixture in order to improve performance, but this can shorten the life span of your hydrogen booster. We recommend a mixture of 15% of KOH or less. This increases performance without severely affecting the life span of the electrodes. In fact, it seems to keep them nice and clean and reduces maintenance. KOH is not consumed during the electrolysis process, but to keep it clean, it should be changed about once a year.

(4) The edges of the electrodes will deteriorate first. If you have no edges exposed to significant amounts of current, your plates will last a very long time. Some are working on designs right now that are completely sealed and none of the edges are exposed to any significant amounts of current. This can get to be quite complicated when it comes time to add water to your booster. The sealed series cell design of the M-4 reduces the total amount of edges exposed to current by approximately 80%. We can't tell you exactly how this is done, but it is a simple idea that works really well and reduces deterioration and current draw considerably, while maintaining simplicity in design.

In closing, the M-4 has an expected life span of 4-5 years, thanks to a great design, low current draw and high-quality materials.

Replacement plates will be available in 2009 although nobody will need them.

Just as an example..

The picture above is not a very good design. The cell spacing is wrong! The fluid level exposes all of the edges of the tubing being used. This will definitely cause the cell to use more current than necessary, which will deteriorate the stainless steel tubing faster than if the edges were insulated.

Unfortunately, this is one of the more common designs being sold today.

Even with the above design, the life expectancy of the cell is around 2-4 years.






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