A mineral ionizer is a device that is used to add minerals, such as copper and silver, to a swimming pool in order to disinfect the water and reduce the need for traditional chlorine-based pool chemicals. The ionizer works by passing the water through a series of electrodes, which are coated with the minerals. As the water flows through the electrodes, it comes into contact with the minerals and becomes ionized.
The ionization process creates positively and negatively charged ions of the minerals, which are then distributed throughout the pool water. The positively charged ions act as an algaecide, killing and preventing the growth of algae in the pool, while the negatively charged ions act as a bactericide, killing and preventing the growth of bacteria. These minerals also help to balance pH level of the water, which is important for swimmers' comfort and the overall health of the pool.
The ionizer typically needs to be connected to the pool's pump and filter system, and is usually installed inline with the plumbing, after the filter. The water is passed through the ionizer on its way back to the pool. It is important to note that the mineral ionizer is not a replacement for traditional pool chemicals, regular maintenance such as testing the water pH and chlorine levels is still required.