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Colloidal Silver FAQ - Our Most Frequently Asked Questions


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Colloidal Silver FAQ:

This section has been designed to display our past most frequently asked questions about colloidal silver, the colloidal silver generator, process of making silver water and some troubleshooting issues. However, we highly suggest visiting the actual colloidal silver generator page for the most recent questions.

 1. What is ppm?
 2. What is a colloid?
 3. PPM - How many parts per million (ppm) does your generator make?
 4. What comes with your generator?
 5. Are there instructions?
 6. How many volts is your generator?
 7. How long do the batteries last in your generator?
 8. How can I check the batteries?
 9. How can I test the generator for voltage?
10. Should I use saline solution?
11. What is Argyria?
12. My generator is not working! What do I do?
13. What is a TDS Meter and how do I use it?
14. Using saline solution as a diagnostic tool
15. Is it OK to heat my water using a microwave?
16. How long does your generator last?

What is ppm?


ppm is the acronym for parts per million. The concentration of colloidal silver and many other substances in science can be measured in ppm. This measurement is equivalent to the following: 1 ppm = 1 mg per Liter.

PPM - How many parts per million (ppm) does your generator make?


The ppm concentration produced is dependent upon the time you run the process and the temperature of the water you use. This is a variable that you can control. We include a table in the instruction manual that gives estimated concentrations based on time and temperature of the process. Most people run the process between 30-45 minutes creating likely between 5-15 ppm. On a different note, each 4-inch set of silver wire will produce approximately 25 gallons of a 5-ppm suspension.

What comes with your generator?


Each generator comes with a 20-page instruction manual, one set of silver wires (item SSW), a scouring pad, a plastic spoon, and the generator itself.

Are there instructions?


Each generator comes with a 20-page instruction manual explaining how to operate the generator.

How many volts is your generator?


Our generators are all tested individually to ensure at least 27 volts of power. However, our generators consistently test between 29 to 30 volts before being shipped.

How long do the batteries last in your generator?


This is completely dependent upon the user. Obviously, the person who uses the generator every day will need to replace the power source sooner than the person that uses the unit once per week. Although we cannot guarantee the performance of the manufacturer, we estimate that you will receive 6-12 months of operation before needing the replace the batteries.

How can I check the batteries?


You can check the power of the generator by using a voltage tester. Simply touch the black-wire testing probe to one of the connectors on the generator and the red-wire testing probe to the other connector to receive a voltage reading. If you do not have a voltage tester, here is where the saline solution comes into play. Add some tap water to a glass. Then add a few drops of saline solution or salt crystals to the glass. Place the generator over the glass as you normally would to produce colloidal silver. If you see bubbles on one wire or the typical white cloud of silver chloride emitting from the other wire, be assured that your generator is functional. If the saline test works, you are most likely not allowing the unit to operate long enough and may need to warm up your water to see better results. Please refer to the instructions for suggested times and warming the water.

Should I use saline solution?


Originally, people used the saline solution to increase the conductivity of the water to drive the silver producing process more quickly. However, when producing CS using saline solution, a compound call silver chloride is produced. Recently the FDA made a statement that silver chloride may lead to Argyria. We are not aware of supporting research, however, it is not a point worth disputing as it is completely unnecessary to use saline solution to produce colloidal silver. Therefore, we recommend not using it to produce colloidal silver. We do suggest using it as a diagnostic tool.

What is Argyria?


Argyria is a condition that is caused by mild silver proteins (MSP) or colloidal silver proteins (CSP). Silver can be combined in industry with proteins to stabilize the silver in liquid suspension. This was more commonly done in silver suspensions used in nasal sprays back in the 40's and 50's. The problem with this procedure is that these particles are large enough to become trapped in body tissues. Once exposed to sunlight, the silver grains are exposed just as a photograph creating a gray hue to the skin tissue. However, when making colloidal silver with a generator, such as the CSG unit, using the electrolytic process, no evidence has been reported leading to this condition.

My generator is not working! What do I do?


The greatest mistake made by first time users of our generator causing the generator to not work properly is incomplete insertion of the silver rods. You must be sure to push the silver wires into the generator completely. Lay the generator on its flat, back side. Use your thumb and index finger of both hands to grasp the silver wire and push the wire into the connector. If this does not work, you can also check the power of the generator by using a voltage tester. Simply touch the black-wire testing probe to one of the connectors on the generator and the red-wire testing probe to the other connector to receive a voltage reading. If you do not have a voltage tester, here is where the saline solution comes into play. Add some tap water to a glass. Then add a few drops of saline solution to the glass. Place the generator over the glass as you normally would to produce colloidal silver. If you see bubbles on one wire or the typical white cloud of silver chloride emitting from the other wire, be assured that your generator is functional. If the saline test works, you are most likely not allowing the unit to operate long enough and may need to warm up your water to see better results. Please refer to the instructions for suggested times and warming the water.

What is a TDS Meter and how do I use it?


TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids. Such a meter is designed to measure the concentration in parts per million (ppm) of substances that are dissolved in the water. When measuring colloidal silver, we see one major problem...colloidal silver is a suspension and not a dissolved solid. By definition, a colloid is a particle that is suspended in a liquid medium. In this case, silver particles are the colloid and the water is the liquid medium. It would make sense that the TDS meter is more likely testing for impurities that have dissolved into the water and not actual silver colloid. One of the largest manufacturers of the TDS meter agrees. We have spoken extensively with this manufacturer about the accuracy of using a TDS meter to test colloidal silver and they agree that it is not an accurate tool for such measurement. The TDS meter is probably best left for testing your distilled water purity. Many people offer this meter as a means of accurately testing colloidal silver ppm. Be aware that this is not considered an accurate method for testing such concentrations.

What is a colloid?


A colloid is defined as a particle in a liquid medium suspension. In this case, the silver is understood as the particle and the distilled water is the liquid medium.

Using saline solution as a diagnostic tool


Saline solution can be used as a simple diagnostic tool to ensure that the generator still has power. Here is how to perform the test. Add some tap water to a glass. Then add a few drops of saline solution to the glass. Place the generator over the glass as you normally would to produce colloidal silver. If you see bubbles on one wire or the typical white cloud of silver chloride emitting from the other wire, be assured that your generator is functional. If the saline test works and your generator is not producing bubbles when using distilled water and no saline solution (as recommended), you are most likely not allowing the unit to operate long enough and may need to warm up your water to see better results. Also, check your silver wires and be sure they are fully inserted into the connectors. Please refer to the instructions for suggested times and warming the water.

How long does your generator last?


As long as you take care of the generator, it will bring you years of use. You will of course need to change batteries every so often. If you are referring to how long to expect the silver wires to last, they are theoretically able to product 25-30 gallons of a 5ppm suspension.

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