by Ben Taylor
This is a list of things to understand about home colloidal production. Home production is a basic and simple procedure using an electrolysis process to erode silver from electrodes and disperse it into distilled water. It generally will not have the consistency of commercial production and naturally should not be expected to be so.
Electricity is produced by either batteries or a transformer and flows from the positive electrode through the water and through the negative electrode back to the source. No matter how your product may vary in color and appearance, it can never be anything more or less than silver and water.
1. Generator Voltage- Check generator DC voltage output with a voltage test meter and compare that with your generator specifications. Our battery unit should be 27VDC at full power and the 120VAC unit should have an output of either 48VDC or 56VDC (depending which transformer unit is available from our suppliers).
2. Electrodes- Our generator kits use only .9999 (99.99%) pure silver. The only different in any of our electrodes may be a different temper from time to time which results in a softer or harder electrode. We usually use a ½ hard silver to make for a longer lasting rod, but occasionally we have to use a softer silver because of availability. It is normal for electrodes to become discolored and to darken with production and for silver oxide to build up on one rod or the other. (Alternating the black and red clips will ensure the uniform erosion of the rods.)
3. TDS Meter- Ionic PPMs can be measured with a TDS (total dissolved solids) meter. The TDS meter will only measure ionic content. It will not measure particle content. Total dissolved solids are ions; not particles.
4. Water- distilled water at 1 PPM or less is best, but distilled water quality can vary greatly. Even leaving water exposed to open air can increase the PPM by several PPMs as it can pull mineral content out of the air. Water quality cannot be determined by a TDS(Total Dissolved Solids) meter reading prior to making the silver. It is more a matter of from where the water is sourced before distillation. All mineral content may be removed from water and it can still have other possible contaminates.
5. Color- Home production color can vary from clear to yellowish to amber. Purely ionic silver is clear since ions do not reflect light. With longer cook times, the 120VAC home units can make a product with some particle content. Particle content is evidenced by color, anywhere from a light yellowish to amber. The darker the color the more particles your product has. Also, ionic silver is usually clear, but it can be somewhat cloudy which may be due to variables with the quality of water used.
6. Silver Oxide- It is common with home generators to see silver oxide present in the water from the electrolysis process. It can range from a grayish to darker material. It is not harmful and can be either filtered out with organic coffee filters or you can simply shake it up and it will usually mix with the rest of the suspension.
1. Ionic silver is clear, since ions do not reflect light.
2. Particle silver has color, since particles reflect light. That color can range from a pale yellow to a darker amber, depending on length of production time.
3. The 27 VDC home generators produce a solution that is from 90-100% ionic and the 120 VAC unit produces a primarily ionic silver that can be 15-25% particle silver.
4. The Home Generators are not commercial grade units, therefore know that the product will not be commercial grade.
5. It is also normal that there is usually a dark residue or discoloration left in your production container.