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Alkaline Plus PH Ionizer Pitcher by WellBlue


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The Alkaline Plus PH Ionizer Pitcher by WellBlue - the Best Portable Water Ionizer Pitcher I have ever tested!

A lot of people ask me, "What's a good product to use to start drinking alkaline ionized water?" My answer is usually to buy the Alkaline Plus Pitcher. I've tested many other alkaline water pitchers before settling on the Alkaline Plus PH Ionizer Pitcher. The Alkaline Plus Pitcher consistently proves itself to me as a superior ionizing pitcher. I normally use an electric water ionizer, but I use this pitcher regularly, whenever I travel. Then, when I'm not traveling, I store it for later use. Compared to other pitchers, here's what you can expect from the Alkaline Plus PH Ionizing Pitcher:

  • The Alkaline Pitcher lasts the longest, and produces the best pH and ORP (antioxidants).
  • This awesome Alkaline PH Pitcher raises pH and lightly Ionizes the water better than any other pitcher I've tested.
  • I've seen this PH Pitcher produce Negative ORP stronger than other pH pitchers, transforming regular water into antioxidant water.
  • A slow flow through active carbon filters the water, nicely removing chlorine, heavy metals, organic impurities, odor and many other chemicals, such as some fluoride. But it isn't rated to remove all fluoride.
  • The Alkaline Plus PH Pitcher is BPA free! Made with safe, AS & ABS food-grade plastics.
  • Reduces heavy metals: The WellBlue filter permanently absorbs metals, such as lead, copper and aluminum, so your drinking water will be cleaner.
  • This portable pH pitcher improves the taste of water to give you great alkaline plus drinking water.
  • Contains alkalinizing minerals which will help you alkalize your body.
  • Portable water ionizers have four main ingredients: Active carbon, ion-exchange resin, ORP balls [magnetized ceramic balls], Magnesium balls.
  • The PH alkaline filter will last about 150-200 liters [up to 70 gallons].
  • Any Alkaline Pitcher will give you the best filtration at the rate of 1 quart at a time

Here's a blog post and video that shows my extensive testing of this Pitcher


How do portable water ionizer pitchers work?

Portable water ionizers use a technology developed over a 10-year period by Dr. Hayashi and others working in the water ionizer industry. The technology uses magnesium and magnetized ceramics in such a combination that excites the water to ionize spontaneously without electricity. There are several products that have sprung up using this technology, and I have tested just about all of them. Some don't work at all [or very poorly], but some of these portable water ionizers will lightly ionize and give you a slight raise in pH and about -100 ORP [which is a fair amount of antioxidants for a portable device, but not anything close to what an electric water ionizer can do]. The Alkaline Plus Water Filter Pitcher by WellBlue is the best portable water ionizer pitcher that I've ever tested. It will bring the water [even reverse osmosis water] up to 8.5-9.5 pH and the antioxidant levels to an exceptional -100 to -400 ORP, depending on how much water you ionize at one time; whether or not you give the filter a break between filtrations; and how close to filter expiration you are getting.

The Alkaline Plus PH Pitcher Will...

  • Filter up to 1 1/2 quarts/liters] at a time
  • Produce Negative ORP [as strong as -100 or -200 and I've seen it up to -300 ORP at times], transforming regular water into antioxidant water.
  • BPA free! Made with safe, AS & ABS food-grade plastics.
  • Soften the tap water: Ion exchange resin remove hardness [Ca+,Mg+].
  • You can purchase the Alkaline Pitcher with or without the timer.

With or Without Timer?

The pitchers with timers are on backorder until July. Actually the timer is not necessary to the function of the pitcher. All this little counter does is count the days. It calculates the filter expiration, based on the number of users you select. See the below for instructions.  If you place them in the refrigerator, because of possible condensation, you could potentially short out the timer and make it unworkable. [We do not guarantee these timer pieces.] The pitcher will last many more years than the timer will, so for that reason alone we recommend that you purchase the pitcher without timer.

Instructions for the Alkaline Plus Portable Water Ionizer Pitcher -- Setting or Re-Setting the Timer

Push and hold the set button on the Alkaline Plus Pitcher until you see one or more faces in the screen. Then push and let go several times until you see the number of faces you want. One face per gallon of daily expected use should give you the right time to change the filter. At one gallon per day the filter should need changing in two months. You don't need to use the timer to know this. A calendar or mental note will do. The timer is electronic and shouldn't get wet. It is not a guaranteed feature, and is there for convenience and/or decoration only, as it has no relation to the proper functioning of the filter. Once you see the right number of faces, then push/hold once more until you see the face(s) stop flashing and you see a filter icon to the right of it. Now it's set. If you set it to one gallon per day then in about two months whenever you press/hold the start button and look at the icon -- it will have an "X" over the filter. After one week of showing an "X" over the filter it will go to a blank screen awaiting you to re-program it. It's not suggested to store the alkaline drinking water pitcher's lid in the refrigerator if the lid has a timer. What could happen is that condensation could possibly form inside the timer and short out the electronics.

Whenever Using a New Filter Follow these Basic Instructions:

Then screw the filter into the bin and fill the bin with cold water. Allow the water to filter out of the bin. When the filtered water starts to run clear, it is ready. Here's the manual

Tips for any Alkaline Water Pitcher -- Getting the Best Results

Alkaline water pitchers requires the ability to add alkalizing minerals to the water. They will work best once they are moistened-up and if you just filter about 2-5 cups at any given time. If the filter dries out it tends to get less results than when moist, however it will still get good results. My suggestion for best use is to pour about a liter through it every two hours [something like that] rather than doing all the filtering at once, and letting the filter completely dry out for many hours or until the next day.

Any alkaline pitcher also may work differently according to what your source water is. For instance if your source is reverse osmosis, then the minerals in the filter will surely deplete faster than if you use regular tap water.

After lots of experimentation with the Alkaline Plus Pitcher, here is what I've found:

  • The magnesium balls inside the filter are time-release and they work best when the filter is moist. Then the moist filter allows magnesium to be released in the right proportions.
  • Once it's moist for the day, just use it frequently throught the day (rather than letting too many hours go by between uses.)
  • Another way to ensure best results is to filter a quart or less at a time, which works better than if you fill it to its capacity.
  • A trick I use at nighttime is to store the WellBlue filter in a zip-lock bag. This isn't particularly necessary though. I do it because I'm picky, and I always want the BEST.
  • The filter should last 2-3 months (or more if you use it infrequently, i.e. just for trips like I do) To see if it's still alkalizing, you should make sure to use the right test reagent or strips. If the testing strips or reagent doesn't have a wide enough range it won't give reliable results. The free pH strips we offer through our site will work fine to give you accurate results.
  • If you're going to be not using the alkaline drinking water pitcher for days, weeks or months, then simply let it dry out and store it in a dry place.
  • To dry the WellBlue filter out [for storage] set it, unsealed, in the refrigerator for a few days. Once dry, remove it from the refrigerator and store it in a dry place.
  • When you are newly using the filter or you're ready to use the WellBlue Pitcher again, after storing it, activate the magnesium time-release balls inside the filter by pouring a cup of water [always cold water...never hot] into the pitcher. Then wait about 15-30 min. and it will be ready to go again.
  • If you want to supply ionized water to several people we suggest you use two filters alternately, or buy a couple of WellBlue pitchers.
  • If the filter ever seems to be clogged, follow these simple instructions. 
    • Shake it and then try again. Or, if that doesn't work...
    • Immerse it in cold water and soak it for 10 minutes, then shake and try again. Or, if that doesn't resolve it...
    • Soak it over night and try again.
  • If water is still in the reservoir then either wait to pour or empty the reservoir before pouring.
  • The Alkaline Plus PH Pitcher should be able to filter 1 - 1.5 liters of water at a time.
  • The pitcher becomes top-heavy by nature of having an upper filter-bin. You may have to hold a hand on the lid while pouring (depends on user).

Consider the Following Facts About the Alkaline Plus PH Ionizer Pitcher

  • The pitcher ionizes better when filtering 1 quart at a time, vs 1 gallon. I usually try to keep it to no more than 2 quarts at a time [sometimes I'll use 2 filters alternately if I have a large group to accommodate]
  • It's better to use the pitcher frequently, throughout the day, rather than just once or twice a day.
  • When you're not using it for several hours, but know you want it ready to use then, you can store it in a zip-lock bag to keep it primed and ready to go.
  • If you know you're not going to use it for days, then let it dry out [to save the filter-life]

What causes the variables in the alkaline pH pitcher's ability to ionize?

The source water causes variables. Frequency: The filter ionizes by way of adding magnesium in the presence of magnetized ceramics. The magnesium balls are time-release and only the outer coating softens up to allow magnesium to be released a little at a time. If the filter is used moderately [1 liter per hour or two] then it performs the best. If it's used a lot, then the ionization drops off, because there isn't enough free [softened] magnesium. If it dries out, then the first pouring will be less ionization. However in an hour or two it will be back to peak performance and deliver great alkaline plus drinking water.

Storing the Filter

If you are using it regularly, every couple of hours, throughout the day you don't need to do anything special. If 5-20 hours will go by without using it, it's best to store it in a zip-lock bag so it will stay slightly moist and ready to use. If you won't be using it for a day or more, then let it dry out in the refrigerator (not in a sealed bag). After it's dry, it can be stored anywhere you want.

Cleaning the Pitcher

Calcium (hardness) which is naturally in your water is healthy for you and does not get filtered out of the water by the Alkaline Plus pitcher, but over time calcium does leave a film on pitchers. You can remove it this way: 

FDA and Laboratory Testing, Summary of what the Tests are Saying:

The first test reports show that using the Alkaline Plus PH Pitcher removes chlorine, and heavy metals. [Note: A slow-flow through activated carbon will also remove many other chemicals.] The filter also increases the pH of the water. The second and third tests certify that the plastic materials used in making the alkaline drinking water pitcher and reservoir [bin] are food-grade, FDA-approved to be non-leaching and safe.


Height: 11.5 inches

The materials are certified to be food grade: Certification:: CE/ROHS/FDA, and the manufacturer has ISO certification. The carbon used in the filter is NSF certified.

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