TruTec Features (Pump & Filter Not Included - Ionizer Only)
Thomson Tec Above Ground Pool Ionizer 15,000 Gallons or less. 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,
and installation instructions.
The three-inch flow cells are stainless steel for long-term reliability and beauty.
The "tee" is on a 90° elbow flow cell for easy installation in any
Controller is a compact 3½" by 3½" by 1½".
All models meet or exceed UL/CSA requirements.
Operational duty cycle metering
Ionization cycle indicators.
Electrode operation indicators.
Remote mount configuration.
10 Year Limited Warranty
More TruTec Features
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.
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,
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
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
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
During the ionization process, an element gains and loses ions.
An ion is an atom or group of atoms that contain an electrical charge.
An atom contains a nucleus in the center and one or more negatively charged electrons
orbiting around the outside.
The nucleus contains positively charge particles called protons.
An atom usually has an equal number of protons and electrons.
ThomsonTec systems function by passing a low-voltage direct current through a
copper/silver anode positioned in the water circulation system.
The low-voltage charge causes other atoms of the anode to lose electrons. They
become positive ions that attempt to flow across the space between the anode and
cathode and are carried into the water by force of flow.
Once copper ions are released, they create a natural algaecide and bacteriacide
helping you enjoy algae and bacteria-free water every time you use your pool or
In residential pools, there is no legal requirement to use chlorine at all. In
fact, many ion users don’t. They use a non-chlorine shock or ozone and are
very happy. However, we are not suggesting or recommending the ion system is an
alternative to chlorine alone. There are reports that show that a low level of
chlorine and the use of an ion system is a much better way to sanitize than either
We are in favor of any method or combination of methods that will insure safe,
sanitary water and at the same time provide exceptional water quality with virtually
none of the down sides associated with standard sanitizing chemicals. In this
combination the chlorine level is very low (<.5ppm) so it is basically unnoticeable,
plus the ion system is much more effective because of the presence of this low
level of halogen providing constant oxidation. This provides the best of both
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