It may or may not trip the breaker. Water is not a very good conductor and
small ammounts can just cause a small current flow. It may even heat up the
water. Had a water heater that the element cracked and was causing the
water to heat up way too much. That was casude by some of the current
bypassing the thermostat and directly heating the water. Still did not trip
That's also how some of the vaporizers that they sell in the drug
stores to use when you have a cold work. They heat the water by just
using 2 electrodes near each other submerged in a plastic tank of
You only need to add salt if the water is low in minerals. Most tap
waters work fine. I've had various vaporizers of that type and never
had to add salt. In the directions, they talk about adding a small
amount of salt if it doesn't work without it.
On Sun, 15 Mar 2009 08:24:48 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
When the kids were little we used one. My wife HATES deposit build-up
in kettles etc, so it was run on distilled water - and it worked.
Better than salt is a bit of washing soda or Borax.(if you need to add
I have kids. And I also know how mistaken you are if you think only kids
can use such devices.
Adding salt to the water is not necessary and is specifically prohibited
for warranty purpose of any such device we've ever had.
The work fine without adding anything to the regular drinking water.
Considering this thread was started by a troll and taken on by a buncho
of egotists with nothing worthwhile to do, every single person so far
has missed the actual reason WHY they work as they do. No one has
mentioned the material used in the posts of these things, and althoug it
was obliquely referenced, no one pointed out that current flow will
depend on the distance between the two probes in the water and the
surface area of the probes at first. Once the process gets started,
it's self sustaining as long as any water is still touching both probes.
Me, I'm done with this thread; my only reason for reading it was to
see who the dummies might be. It's quicker than long lurks.
I diidn't see any problem with the thread and no one else seems
upset. Also, what makes you think that no one else here knows that
the current flow will depend on the surface area of the probes. Oh,
BTW genius, the current doesn't just depend on the surface area
initially, it depends on the surface area all the time.
Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
*You reminded me of a commercial kitchen that I serviced many years ago.
One time the manager complained that it was taking a long time for the
coffee urn to heat the water. No problem with the temperature, but it took
a few hours to get hot. I knew that there was a 2000 watt element in the
urn so it should have heated up faster. I took the unit apart and found
that the element had practically disintegrated. The water was being heated
by the current flowing through it.
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