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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2012
I purchased this item from Amazon a week and a half ago after my wife read in some magazines about the benefits of negative ions for SAD during the winter time. I figured for 30 bucks, why not. I am a science professor, so I wanted to look at some of the proof. After reading some of the articles claiming the benefits of negative ions, it was fairly clear that it provides some relief of SAD. Double-blind studies with a significant result from treatment for those with SAD or regular depression. So there is science backing the idea up. However, there are some things you have to realize with this product.

1)It is not a magic cure. I did not smell any "after rain" smell, nor did this make me miraculously happy. What it has done consistently is improve my mood. Emphasis on IMPROVE. Our jobs are very stressful, and when I get home, we plug this in next to a humidifier. Most nights we find ourselves in a better mood than without. It takes the edge off. It did not make us happy, but it took the edge off the stress. As a result, we have been happier for the past week. However, if you are in a bad mood, you will stay in a bad mood. It does not make you happy, it just seems to refresh and take the edge off. Don't expect a magic cure.

2)It might take awhile for it to have an effect, depending on room size and your proximity to it. A huge room might take forever, or never. Put it closer to you, it will work quicker. If you do not notice an immediate effect, just leave it plugged in and go about your business. Later on, you will likely find yourself saying "Huh, I am in a better mood."

3)Ions don't move well in dry air. This is one of the problems with using this for SAD. Ions do not move well in very dry air, which is why static electricity happens in the first place. I was reading the reviews and asking myself, "Why does this work great for some, and not others?", when I realized perhaps it was the humidity level in your air. We plug it in next to a humidifier, and it seems to work MUCH better.

4)Know thyself. I had this plugged in 24/7 for the first 4 days. I found myself irritable and not feeling right after long exposure. That's just me. Obviously other people don't have the same effect, based on some of the reviews. You need to figure out what works for you. I plug it in at work in the morning by a humidifier (thankfully have my own office), and the same in the afternoon. I only do this for ten minutes or so. It refreshes me. Then I unplug it. Find what works for you. Leaving it plugged in all day didn't work for me. Also, I personally slept worse with it plugged in. So I don't plug it in at night. Be cognizant of how your are feeling. If it has been plugged in for a long time, take a break. Moderation works great for me.

Other than the product arriving slightly smudged in appearance, I have no complaints. Once I figured out what works, I am very happy with it. After teaching a three hour class, I am tapped out. This helps me recharge. Then I unplug it.

Hope this helps you.
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116 of 121 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2011
I was skeptical of the claims of this unit's manufacture that it produced 2 million -ions/cm but bought the 2-units anyway. When I tested each unit with a AlphaLab Air Ion Counter (a precision and relatively expensive meter that tests either positive or negative ions), I was somewhat surprised that it did, indeed, "peg the needle" with the meter on its highest setting of 1,999,999 ions/cm! The meter was within a foot or so of the unit! There's the verifiable proof! End of debate.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2011
My allergies are getting worse as I get older, and I've had two really serious respiratory infections over the past two years. At the doctor's recommendation, I was looking for two air purifier units to cover my whole house but the air purifiers that had an ionizer were really expensive. So I read up on the benefits of ionizers (do I need that?) and decided to get both an air purifier and an ionizer, but separately, so I could have the benefits of both at a reasonable cost. I read all of the reviews on several different ionizers, and decided to try this one. And, as it happened this single ionizer unit arrived before the air purifiers. The air in my bedroom was thick, heavy and stale, and I haven't been sleeping well, and waking up with big circles under my eyes. I could not open the windows to clear the air in there because the pollen, biting gnats, and biting no-see-ums are so bad this year from all of the rain. Since the bedroom air was so bad, I thought I would try the ionizer first in the bedroom to freshen the air. I plugged it in and left the room (10'x 16') closed the door and went out to finish my evening chores in the front of the house. About an hour later I walked back into that bedroom area without thinking about the ionizer and was the beautiful smell of crisp clean clear air hit me like a ton of bricks, like it just rained in there!! I kept going back in there to smell the air and the change was so profound I just could not believe it. I have been moving this thing around the house to clear up the air everywhere and I am ordering more of these for my house and our office space. If you are tuned-in to your body and your environment you will notice an immediate and profound difference having this plugged in, especially in a smaller space where the impact of its working will be very apparent in a short time.

I want to note on two other things mentioned in other reviews. Mine also made some tiny clicking noises last night when I moved it back into the bedroom, due to static electricity, but as the air environment in there reached new norms that stopped on its own. Also I did get one from the production batch that has the red indicator light on it instead of the other color, to indicate it's working. For me that's not an issue, because when the light came on I knew it was getting juice from the outlet, but it was very clear from the condition of the air in my bedroom that this thing is worth its weight in gold. Highly recommended if you're allergenic and tossing and turning at night for no apparent reason. I have slept through the night for the past three nights since I've had this in my bedroom, and I can't remember sleeping through the night without meds for years. I am ordering two more today to place throughout my rambler home so I have complete and continuous coverage.

I have friends at work and family members who have allergy issues and trouble sleeping so I am recommending this to them as well. Highly recommended. Good luck with your health and thanks for reading my comments. Try it- best 20 bucks you've ever spent. Cynthia
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
... Look, there's a whole lot of opinionated ignorance about ions being posted on the Internet as truth. Apparently people can't be bothered with high school physics anymore.

Ions do not remove smells from rooms. Ever. They DO help to remove particulates from the air, such as dust and most similar contaminants. It doesn't remove molecular contaminants, such as chemicals and smells. Buy some febreeze.

What does remove smells is ozone, because ozone reacts with practically everything, BUT in large amounts, it also smells awful itself and is damaging to lung tissue. This is why arc welding is supposed to be done in well ventilated areas.

Some ion generators claim to produce smaller/better ions or ion clusters. They do not.

Ions are uniform in size, always. Ion clusters are real, but machines cannot control their size. Positive ions already present in your room will stick to the negative ions emitted when you first plug in your generator. After it's been on for a while, the positive ions will pick up stray electrons from the device (turning them into negative ions), and the clusters will fall apart. This claim that certain generators produce different sized ions or clusters is completely untrue. Ask any chemistry or physics teacher.

Negative ions are proven to improve mood, energy levels, and sleep in high concentrations. If you live in a damp climate, you probably don't need one, because they're all around you already. Falling water, crashing waves, and streams make tons of them. If you are the sort of person that instantly feels better when you walk outside after a rain, you should probably get one and put it near your computer to neutralize the positive ions it and other electrical equipment burps up. Almost anything that forcefully moves air, including wind, creates positive (bad) ions.
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I've tested this gizmo and confirmed that it creates negative ions, and not positive (this is good, as it only takes a simple engineering mistake to screw it up). I've noticed that I have more energy and am less irritable when it's on... With the exception that I'll occasionally disembowel someone when they start talking about 300 dollar ion generators that make 'tiny ions'.

It's possible that this is the placebo effect, but I don't think so, as I've tried about a dozen herbs to combat high desert and winter moodiness, and they didn't help. Like others have said, it's not instant happy, just lighter over all mood.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2013
After using this negative ion generator for about a month, I can understand why some customers have rated it very highly and other customers indicate is does not work. When I initially plugged in this ionizer, I could feel a very slight "ion wind" being generated from the front of the device and I could smell a very light ozone scent. The next day I could not detect either of these indications that it was operating. I noticed a small black "brush", which I assume is the electrode from which ions are generated, just inside one of the holes in the front of the device. After blowing a few puffs of air into the vent hole (across the black brush), I could then detect the slight ion wind and ozone scent again. This happens on a daily basis. Apparently the negative ions are attracting dust or pollutants from the air and this dust is then shorting out the electrode, thus preventing it from generating ions. As long as I remember to blow a puff of air through the ventilation hole in the front of this unit every morning, it seems to work ok.

I want an ion generator that continues to work without the need for daily cleaning. Therefore, when I purchased my next two negative ion generators, I purchased the "Sani-Mate Plug-In Ionic Air Purifier". The "Sani-Mate Plug-In Ionic Air Purifier" costs about $14 more but it has a greater rate of ion generation and it works continuously.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2011
I just received the Purely Products Ionic Lifestyle Negative Ion Generator a few hours ago and ..........wow.......this little thing is incredible. My home office air has improved 100% in just a few hours. The unit was making a slight intermittent clicking noise so I sent Purely an email and received a response back in a matter of minutes. I will share their response.

"So delighted you can already tell a difference in the air. The slight and random clicking noise is normal - typically a build-up of static electricity from time to time - and is not a problem. Your Ionic Purifier is guaranteed for 2 years but will operate well beyond that. As long as the indicator light is on, it is working perfectly cleaning the air and emitting refreshing negative ions."

I am extremely impressed with this product and plan on purchasing additional units to place around the house.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2011
I have COPD, emphysema, on oxygen, and this little gem helps me so much. It feels like it enables me to work without the oxygen as it greatly enhances the processing of oxygen into the blood stream. Removes floating micro-dust particles and toxins from the air, and I sleep much better now. I love the pure smell in the room now, (like after a rainstorm.)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2012
I got this ionizer a few days ago and found that it has contributed something useful to the air. I wanted something that would supplement my HEPA grade filter, that would ionize some of the pollutants and make them stick to the filter more quickly and also to just recharge the air of missing negative ions. At first I wondered if it was even outputting ions. I can usually feel an ion stream from some of the older units. This one seems to work on a different principle that is more subtle. I checked the unit with an EM meter and found it registered activity. It is like a broadcast ionizer. The one possible reservation is that it crackles intermittently when in use. The volume of the sound is like the mechanical ticking of a fairly quiet portable wind up clock. It seems related micro surges in the power line and also it seems to stop when I put my finger about two inches in front of the emitters. In a way, I like the sound because it shows the unit is working. I am mentioning it, because, while it is very quiet, I can imagine some people not wanting to get the unit because it is not perfectly quiet.

I have not sensed any ozone output from the unit. I have noticed that my sinuses feel better, even though we are having a massive pollen event locally. It does seem to help give a little more energy. I am tempted to get another one. I prefer this unit already to the more expensive ones (even in terms of noise). It takes up very little room.

Update: I may have to re-evaluate. The noise got worse, the clicking got more frequency, the next day and even more on the next day. I am submitting the item for a return. I did not notice other reviews mentioning this challenge. It is probably a defective unit.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2011
I'm writing this review to share what I found out about this product after contacting the factory about the indicator light that only glowed Red and never Yellow as the packaging stated(for indication of a working unit). The factory apoligized and assured me that the product with the Red glowing light is functioning properly, they had a shipment of product that was manufactured and sent out to customers where the unit's indicator light was accidently made in Red instead of yellow, They are correcting the problem but there are some items that were sent out to people that will have the red light that indicates the unit is operating instead of the yellow. So for those of you that bought this unit and have a RED light instead of yellow,have no fear the unit is working correctly.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2013
nice products ...that actually gives off negative ions that are good for you ... That may sound like a joke, but it's not... I have 4 other home ionizers made by wein and others, that give off positive ions...which are bad for you...or they give off no ions... doing absolutely nothing ...
but the purely products are made the correct way
don't pass them by ...check out their night lights..i love them
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