Ion Cleanse vs. The Competition
The IonCleanse® units are the only ionic foot baths on the market to
have passed FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and CE (European Conformity) electrical safety standards. While several
of our competitors claim to have the same approvals,
our testing confirmed that none of the units passed all of the safety
tests that the IonCleanse® Premier™ or Solo™ has.
A Major Difference, Inc. hired EMC Integrity Incorporated and
Compliance Integrity Services to evaluate six ionic foot bath units.
The units were tested for Radiated Emissions and evaluated based on IEC
(International Electro technical Commission)
Standard 60035-1. The units evaluated were:
The summary of the results is outlined in a comparison chart below.
Please click on the link to view a full screen version of the chart.
Click on the links below to view the safety evaluation summaries for
each of the products tested.*
Several of these companies claim to have CE, FCC, and UL approvals.
To view the electrical safety reports on the IonCleanse® please click on
the links below.
Ask the manufacturers for a detailed copy of their safety reports
(approximately 150 pages).
We offer the best
product quality and the best customer service in the ion therapy
If you feel your unit is not functioning properly, just call our
customer service center.
If we cannot resolve the problem over the phone, we will overnight a
temporary unit to you,
at our cost, so your downtime is minimal.
Lifetime Customer Service & Support
The use of ionization devices is far more complicated than simply
putting someone's feet in water and turning on
the switch. The reason for A Major Difference's popularity and success
is the clinical support it provides to both practitioner
and individual on a continuing basis. We teach you how to use the unit
safely and effectively; we are available during
business hours to help guide you through your personal or practice
challenges and we offer ongoing educational
opportunities through seminars and professional training.
Beware of Knock-Offs !
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in the case of our
IonCleanse® product, the imitations are mostly cheap junk
with little resemblance to the quality parts, circuit design and safety
features of the IonCleanse® product. Furthermore,
most of the knock-offs and other competitive units have not passed the
mandatory FCC, electrical safety, and other mandatory
tests required to be sold in the United States to households or to a
What could go wrong?
Electric Shock Hazard
This can result if a poorly designed unit is repeatedly
overloaded. A thin piece of paper insulation
in the power transformer is all that separates the array output from the
120 volt AC power line input. If the paper insulator in
the transformer is overheated repeatedly because the array has been
overloaded, it may fail. The resulting failure could expose
your client to 120 volts AC with amperages that pose an extreme hazard.
The IonCleanse® has passed and is certified as specified
under Electrical Safety by Council Directive 73/23/EEC EN60335-1-2002.
The power supply is protected from overload and has
been tested to comply with UL standards for leakage current and for
electrical shock hazard.
Premature System Failures
A poorly designed power supply connected to an array circuit
without a current limiter
will cause the circuit and array to fail prematurely. The IonCleanse®
unit was designed to prevent damage to the control unit
under normal operation due to poor water conditions or operator error.
We show the power output readings to the array in volts
and amps. If a condition occurs that can damage the unit, the computer
program will warn the operator and shut off the array.
As a result our failure rate is less than 1 unit in 1,000 sold. Some of
the other units on the market have failure rates as high as 80 to 100
Poor Power Supply Filtering
Unregulated and unfiltered alternating current (AC) flows will
interfere with the body's
electrical system. Side effects from this phenomenon include but are not
limited to: fatigue, dizziness, physical weakness, depression,
disorientation, headache and increased electrical sensitivity. Many of
the knock-off units we have tested show high levels of AC ripple
in the array circuit due to poor power supply design. The IonCleanse®
unit provides a clean, noise free DC output to the array.
If a fault or overload occurs, the internal safety circuits will warn
the operator and disable the array output.
- Static discharges
are common in the dryer winter months. A static spark from the human
cause the destruction of the computer control circuit board or make the
unit operate in an unsafe or unexpected manner.
The IonCleanse® has been tested and certified to meet the standards of
EMC (89/336/EEC and amendments). One of the many
tests of this standard is to place an 8,000 volt discharge on every
surface of the IonCleanse® control unit. The unit must operate
perfectly in order to pass this test.
- All electronic
equipment using computer chip or switching power supply may generate
These devices must pass tests for compliance with FCC regulations in
order to qualify for public sale in the United States.
The IonCleanse® has passed and is certified under FCC class B by the
Hewlett Packard Hardware Test Center, which is accredited
by A2LA (accreditation No. 905.01)
How can you tell if a vendor's
unit is safe?
Listed above are
several exhibits with over 150 pages of test reports detailing all the
tests passed by the IonCleanse® attesting to its safety. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) mandates that any product
that uses a computer chip must pass these
radio emission tests before it
can be sold to the public. Ask your vendor for his FCC
certification report and for their UL and CE safety
certifications to make sure you are purchasing a safe unit. Get the full
not a simple process, especially for people on medication. None of the
vendors I've spoken with understand how an
ion type detoxification unit operates during the detoxification process.
How can a practitioner expect to consult with the maker of one of
these knock-off devices when they do not understand the operating
principles of the technology they are selling? We have highly trained
doctors on our staff, and we do clinical consults to help you work with
your more challenging clients. What do the other vendors offer?
The Ion Cleanse is not recommended for Pregnant or Nursing Women, Anyone
with a Pacemaker, Children under 4 Years old or anyone that has metal joints or discomfort from any metal in the body.
We are a
eight-year-old company and we are now distributing our fourth generation
of ionization therapy devices. We always use the
highest quality parts with built-in safety features. We are certified
under several U.S. and international safety standards.