Tooltorial: Ionizers

Say goodbye to fatal attractions.

Ions are attracted to your sensitive electronics. Gradually the relationship ends in neutralized static—and often ESD damage. Not all connections have to be complicated. Inherently stable ionizers create easy connections. They speed up the neutralization process on insulators and isolated conductors that can't be grounded. With a steady and balanced flow of ionized air, every connection made in your protected area is one step closer to neutrally ever after.

Compare these top sellers from our top brands.

Benchtop

Product Name Part Number Ion Emission Surface Coverage Discharge Time Self-Balancing Multiple Fan Speeds Price
Desco Chargebuster Junior 60500   2 x 4 ft. 1.5 sec. Y Y $612.14
Simco-Ion Aerostat XC 4002612 AC 3 x 6 ft. 1.5 sec.   Y $625.10
Botron Small Boy B486110 AC 1 x 3 ft. 1.6 sec. Y Y $423.71
SCS Mini Benchtop Air Ionizer 960 Steady-state DC   < 2 sec. Y Y $406.60
Transforming Technologies BFN Benchtop BFN801 AC 1 x 5 ft. < 2 sec.   Y $405.73

Gun

Product Name Part Number Ion Emission Surface Coverage Discharge Time Self-Balancing Max Air Pressure Price
Simco-Ion Top Gun 4005105     1.3 sec.   100 psi $761.40
Botron Ionizing Blow-Off Gun B486615AG AC 3 x 3 in. < 1 sec. Y 116 psi $837.80
Transforming Technologies Ptec Air Gun IN6430 AC   < 2 sec.   75 psi $650.00
SCS Ionized Air Gun 980E Steady-state DC   < 1 sec.   65 psi $957.73
Desco Viper Ion Gun 19595         87 psi $698.47

Overhead

Product Name Part Number Ion Emission Surface Coverage Discharge Time Self-Balancing Multiple Fan Speeds Price
Desco Chargebuster Overhead 60473 Steady-state DC 2 x 4 ft. < 3 sec.   Y $1,114.04
Simco-Ion Aerostat SI4063 AC 2 x 4 ft. 1 sec. Y Y $981.00
Botron Cleanroom Overhead B486102 AC 2 x 4 ft. < 2 sec. Y Y $743.24
SCS Overhead Ionizer 991A AC   < 4 sec. Y   $997.63
Transforming Technologies BFN Overhead BFN803 AC 2 x 4 ft. < 3 sec.   Y $810.43

Benchtop or Overhead?

It's a big decision! Or, is it? Benchtop real estate is valuable. If you're in a tight spot, you may prefer a small workstation model or an overhead ionizer. Remember, benchtop devices are used to neutralize a localized work space and are not designed for in-line processes. Also, overhead models and some small benchtops are suspended above the workstation to help ensure no objects are blocking your flow of ionized air.

Under the Gun?

Sometimes removing static and contaminants from surfaces or parts can be tricky. Blow away potential problems on three-dimensional parts or micro-components with small openings and channels. Handheld guns use compressed air to control the flow of ions toward the work area in graphics, optics, electronics assembly, plastics fabrication and other environments. Stick to your guns, and you'll also blow off operator fatigue.

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