Model # SPA150
ThomsonTec combines ancient knowledge of the cleansing power of copper with modern technology to bring your pool the highest quality, most effective water purification system on the market. Years of research and development have led to many advanced and innovative features that make ThomsonTec products truly unique.
Each system comes complete with a flow cell, control panel, transformer, anode, test kit, and installation instructions.
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Solid Stainless Steel Flow Vessel (400, 600 and 1000 MPC) The 3-inch-diameter flow vessel does not restrict water flow, and unlike most which are made of plastics, will last forever.
The touch pad, with 99 electronic duty cycle settings, works on any pool or spa with great accuracy.
Auto Current Regulated
The unit works in virtually any water conditions from low to high Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), with ideal conditions from 200 to 1500 parts per million.
Easy Fingertip Access to Anode
The quick mount sanitary clamp makes checking and periodic replacement of the anode a snap!
Install easily on pool filtering systems using either 1½" or 2" fittings. Power 110V, 50/60hz.
Eliminates scale and debris buildup on the anode because the independent cycling maintains full power in both forward and reverse cycles. Weather Tight, Potted Electronics
These are located in the cap, where they remain cool, dry and safe from the elements, to last a lifetime.
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The Science of Ionization
Electrolytic mineral ion systems, such as copper-silver ionization, are a proven, effective, non-chemical method to help control bacteria, algae and viruses. Advantages include improved water quality, effective algae and bacteria control, improved sanitation, reduced chemical usage, automated operation and an environmentally friendly method of water sanitation.
Applications: Copper-silver ion systems are proven effective in many applications. Included are pools, spas, ponds, fountains, cooling towers and other similar closed loop applications.
Background: The principal of using metals for water purification goes back hundreds of years. Silver’s effectiveness dates back to the middle ages; it was used in the viaducts and water vessels. Settlers used coins in water barrels to keep their water pure. It was apparent this worked, but no one really knew why. The first reasonably modern attempts to use this ionization process were made in the 1930's. Then, in the 1960's and early 1970's, the Johnson Space Center conducted a research program aimed at the development of a small, lightweight water purifier that required minimal power and no human monitoring. This program produced an electrolytic silver ion generator, slightly larger than a pager and weighing only nine ounces. One or more units, mounted at various locations in the potable water supply and waste water system of a spacecraft, would dispense silver ions sufficient to eliminate bacteria and sanitize the water within hours. NASA made this design information available to the industry and from this beginning, one of the world’s most advanced water purification systems was developed. It is capable of handling water volumes into the millions of gallons and is used in many different applications. Pools, spas, decorative water applications, cooling towers, injection molding systems all routinely use ionization as a means of water sanitation.
Design: In basic terms, these types of ion systems typically consist of an anode and cathode (electrodes) made of a proportion of copper and silver, placed in a chamber that is mounted in the existing water recirculation system. An electronic controller sends low-voltage, DC current to the electrodes. This voltage causes some of the outer atoms of the electrodes to lose an electron, therefore, turning these into positive ions. These ions attempt to flow from one electrode to another (from anode to cathode), but instead, are carried to the pool or spa by the flow of water. To measure the copper level in the water, a test kit is provided with the system. The user adjusts the controller to maintain a correct level. Full system installation and operation is described in an accompanying operations manual.
How it Works: This is a very basic explanation of how copper and silver work. Both have some algaecidal and bactericidal properties. Copper has the ability to pierce the protective outer membrane of a cell and disrupt enzyme balance, as well as allowing other bactericides and algaecides access to the susceptible parts of the organism. Silver is effective because of its capabilities of interfering with DNA production and accelerating the death phase. Although lethal to bacteria and algae, this process is completely safe to humans. A multitude of scientific tests have been done showing the effectiveness of copper-silver ion systems in different areas including swimming pool and spa applications.
Supplemental or Dual Stage Methods of Sanitation: Ion systems can be used in conjunction with other methods of sanitation including chemical, ozone and ultraviolet systems for improved performance. A report written on a dual stage method of sanitation shows the improved performance that can be achieved from chlorine by combining it with an electrolytic ion system.
The Science of Ionization
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How available is the replacement electrode and how much does it cost?
The replacement anode typically ships within 24 hours of your order. You may view pricing for the replacement anode at the bottom of this page http://www.inyopools.com/sanitizers_thomsontec.aspx
You mention that the flow cell is stainless steel, but the picture appears to be plastic? Is there a difference between flow cell and tee fitting? Also, does the anode contain zinc in addition to copper and silver?
The flow cell for the Spa 150-10 is a 2 inch PVC Tee. The electrodes are lasting for around 5 years life period. The electrodes are silver and copper. Our controller has digital settings for accurate levels of copper. The unit has auto current regulation for the unit to operate in lower levels of TDS (Total Dissolved Solids). Also the flow cell has an o-ring on the plug for easy checking of the electrodes.
Can I use an Ionizer in conjunction with a salt water pool?
No, you cannot use an ionizer in conjunction with a salt water pool. If you would like to switch over from salt to an ionizer you would need to drain the pool of all the salt water, refill with fresh water and then balance your water.
Can I use your Ionizer with BaquaCil?
Ion and Bacqucil is like oil and water, they do not mix. But, you need to remove the Baquacil first with several applications of chlorine. The manufacture has special instruction for the process.