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PostHeaderIcon Update on materials used in making the hydrogen booster

After a couple weeks of running the diy hydrogen booster in my car, I have noticed some very important things and found a few problems.

At first, the lid kept coming loose. It is very hard to work the lid down tight on a brand new pvc pipe and threaded cap. It may seem tight, but it is not screwed all the way down. After driving the car a bit, the vibration will work the threads loose some. The cap kept coming loose on me. Oddly, this caused the hydrogen booster to suck out all the water from my backfire suppressor. All the water drained into the main h2o booster tank.

So, I kept tightening the lid after every use and refilling the hydrogen booster tank with the correct level of water. Finally, after a few days, the lid was on tight and all was well.

Then, I noticed that at the end of each day the gas production was minimal. I would open it up, clean everything and add new water and potassium hydroxide and drive on. After a few hours of use the gas production was down again. And the positive terminal on my cap was starting to get melted.

After many hours and days of tearing it apart and putting it back on again, I found the problem. Using stainless steel spatula handles is not a good idea. It is very hard to get a good contact between the spatula handles and the stainless steel plates. There was a tiny little point on the positive side that was arcing. This was causing heat to rise up the spatula handle and into the screw terminal, which was melting my hydrogen booster lid. Eventually the arcing would burn out the contact point and limit current flow and gas production. Each time I opened the booster and cleaned it, the tiny contact point would be moved to a new position, allowing better gas production for a bit until it burnt out in that spot.

I bought some heavy gauge stainless steel wire and some stainless steel crimp on electrical connectors. The wire is about ten gauge. I used the stainless steel wire and crimp on connectors inside my diy hydroxy booster between the stainless steel plates and the stainless steel screws on the lid of the booster. Now, the hydroxy booster is running well with no problems.

PostHeaderIcon Hydrogen Booster is working well in my old Honda

I have driven a few tanks of gas through my old Honda while using my new homemade hydrogen booster and here are the results:

No savings on gas. Huge performance boost. The car has a lot more power and the motor runs much smoother than ever before with the DIY H2O booster turned on. Now, please note, I have done nothing at all to the motor or computer previously.

So, next I adjusted the timing a bit. Since hydrogen ignites extremely fast, you should advance the timing to see a gain. They hydrogen will ignite before the fuel-air mixture. The exploding hydrogen will blast the fuel into tiny little molecules and ignite the fuel. This gives a better, more complete burn of your fuel. The results should be an increase in engine power and better fuel economy.

I advanced the timing a few degrees by loosening the three screws that hold the distributor in place. Some cars have one or two screws. Anyway, I loosened the screws and advanced the timing just a little bit. Do not do this with the car running or you may get a pretty nasty shock.

Immediately, the car sounded like a race car. The exhaust was louder and stronger. The car runs very strong now. Running up steep mountain inclines are no problem at all. I can even accelerate up steep hills.

Again, no gain in gas efficiency. The computer adjusts for everything you do to save fuel. They are designed to keep the perfect balance that they were programmed for. And they do a very good job of it. No matter what you change, in most cases, the computer will compensate for it.

I will continue using the hydrogen booster during the coming weeks and see what happens.

Next, I will try to extend the O2 sensor. I have read many experiments and claims about a performance and fuel economy gain through this.

PostHeaderIcon Healthy Eating Facts / Organics and Pesticides

Here is some important information about the foods that we eat every day that contain pesticides and plastics and their effect on our health.

Some of the information posted here comes from a yahoo article.

The average American is exposed to 10 to 13 different pesticides through food, beverages and drinking water every day and nine of the ten most common pesticides are EDCs (endocrine disrupting chemicals).

The endocrine system is made up of all the glands and cells that produce the hormones that regulate our bodies. Growth and development, sexual function, reproductive processes, mood, sleep, hunger, stress, metabolism and the way our bodies use food — it’s all controlled by hormones. So whether you’re tall or short, lean or heavy — that’s all determined in a big way by your endocrine system.

See, an apple a day may have kept the doctor away 250 years ago when Benjamin Franklin included the phrase in his almanac. But if that apple comes loaded with obesity-promoting chemicals — nine of the ten most commonly used pesticides are obesogens, and apples are one of the most pesticide-laden foods out there — then Ben’s advice is way out of date.

Eating an organic diet for just five days can reduce circulating pesticide EDCs to non-detectable or near non-detectable levels.

A list of bad foods containing pesticides, starting with the worst:

  • celery
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • blueberries (domestic)
  • nectarines
  • sweet bell peppers
  • spinach
  • kale/collard greens
  • cherries
  • potatoes
  • grapes (imported)

And here is a list of the cleaner foods, with little or no pesticides:

  • onions
  • avocado
  • sweet corn (frozen)
  • pineapples
  • mango
  • sweet peas (frozen)
  • asparagus
  • kiwi fruit
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • cantaloupe (domestic)
  • watermelon
  • grapefruit
  • sweet potatoes
  • honeydew melon

Another factor in our health today is hormones taken in through eating plastic. Dont drink out of plastic containers. Never heat food in plastic containers or put plastic items in the dishwasher, which can damage them and increase leaching. BPA leaches from polycarbonate sports bottles 55 times faster when exposed to boiling liquids as opposed to cold ones. Avoid buying fatty foods like meats that are packaged in plastic wrap because EDCs are stored in fatty tissue.

Avoid canned goods as much as possible because they are now being lined with plastics, which leach chemicals into our food.

Many other health problems can be linked to consuming pesticides and plastics. Most of our common nervous system disorders, allergies, cancers, hypertension, blood pressure, diabetes and many more are directly linked to our diet.

I was allergic to most fresh fruits and vegetables. Corn and bananas were the worst of all. Citrus fruits were close behind. I had a poor, weak immune system and was sick most of the time. I also had very bad allergies and sinus trouble. One day, not long ago, I experimented and tried an organic banana. This was the worst food I could ever eat. Surprise – no reaction at all. Since then I have been avoiding most common supermarket foods and only eating organic fresh foods. My allergies are completely gone and my immune system is getting stronger with each passing year.

But you must be careful. Even some organics may have pesticides on them. I have often been very sick for days due to eating something that was labeled as organic, but was sprayed.

The safest option is to grow your own foods or find a local farmer nearby that does not use pesticides. Catch fish yourself in an area that is free of chemical pollutants or buy only wild caught ocean fish.

Within weeks, you will notice a difference.

PostHeaderIcon Set up solar lighting and started testing capacity of solar system

I have installed LED lamps in my apartment to start testing capabilities of my new solar power system.

Even during rainy days, the solar panels are putting out power. We just had a few days of constant rain and very cloudy, dark days and the panels are producing power. Good to know.

I am trying to get away from incandescent lights to save on energy and also to reduce the heat produced in my home. It is just too hot this summer to run normal lights. They are like running little ovens in an already hot room. The LEDs produce very little heat. Most of their energy is converted directly into light. And by making my own LED lamps, I am saving even more on cost and energy. Most LED lamps have some sort of resistors or other controls to limit voltage or current  going to them. I cut out the resistors and added more LEDs in series to get the same effect with no loss of energy.

Homemade LED lamp

Homemade LED lamp

My neighbors said that my lighting looks “cool”. It is a bluish – white light that is given off by my new homemade lamps. I like it anyway.

Later I will hook up my inverter and try using my computer on solar power. I also have a battery operated fan I want to hook up.

More to come….

PostHeaderIcon Testing begins on my hew homemade hydrogen booster

I have installed a DIY hydrogen booster in my 91 Honda Accord to see what kind of benefits I can get from it. My first week results were interesting.

Hydrogen Booster installed in a Honda Accord

Hydrogen Booster in a vehicle

First, there was no real difference. After a few miles of driving, the engine sort of started to smooth out. It just ran better and smoother. Really amazing. I have never had a car run as smooth as this one. Before it did run well, but now it runs very well.

After the first two days the lid unscrewed itself a bit, so I opened it up and found a rusty mess inside. This was no surprise and was expected because I had sanded all the stainless steel metal plates inside before putting them together. This gives a greater surface area and allows the gas bubbles to escape better. Anyway, even after washing, there are still tiny particles left on the plates.

Rusty plates after a couple days of use

Rusty plates after a couple days of use

Hydrogen Booster water rusty after 2 days

Hydrogen Booster water rusty after 2 days

This was a homemade hydrogen booster to improve power and gas mileage in my car. I used simple materials from the local hardware store. Most of the parts are from the plumbing section.

So, I changed the water and put it all back together for some more testing.

After a week of driving, it was time to fill up the tank. I saw only a 5% increase in gas mileage. Nothing spectacular, but with no other changes to the system, this is certainly a surprise. I did not expect to see any gain without modifying the engine or computer somehow.

More to come….