Pulsar Disruptor Filter - A Game Changer

Pulsar Disruptor Filter - A Game Changer
By Mark Timmons
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New Pulsar™ Disruptor® Filter with Ahlstrom Media

The Pulsar Disruptor Filter is a disruptive technology, in that it displaces an established technology and shakes up the industry or a ground-breaking product that creates a completely new industry. When the PC replaced the typewriter, it forever changed the way we work and communicate. Cell phones were “disruptive technology” because it allowed us to communicate from almost anywhere and the Pulsar Disruptor Filter System is “disruptive technology” in that a filter system can now reduce or remove the following contaminants:
  • Bacteria
  • Iron
  • Virus
  • Copper
  • Cysts
  • Lead
  • Tannin
  • Chromium VI
  • Endotoxins
  • Selenium
  • Legeonella
  • Tannic Acid
  • Silica
  • Humic Acid
  • Heavy Metals
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Fulvic Acids
The Pulsar Disruptor filter is manufactured with Nano Alumina Fibers that have a Zeta potential of 51 millivolts. A CZF cartridge retains bacteria, virus, cryptosporidium oocysts and even tannin with its strong Zeta Potential. To removes cysts and bacteria. Unlike mechanical filters which rely on “pore size” the Charged Zeta Technology literally “secures” the contaminant. It is “absorbed” in a very real way. The filters have a long life and are easily replaceable. The Pulsar Disruptor filter media is manufactured from a naturally occurring element called boehmite, which has no known Health Side Effects. In fact, boehmite has long been used as an additive to food products and digestive analgesics. Additionally, it has passed testing for NSF/ANSI Standard 42 and 61 for potable water and USP Class VI testing and endotoxin testing. Pulsar Disruptor filter media is engineered with this 51 millivolt charge covering the entire volume and depth of the media. A Pulsar Disruptor filter accomplishes submicron filtration with a “charge” rather than “pore size” filtration, which allows for virtually zero pressure drop and high flow rates. If you compare the Pulsar Disruptor filter to “ultrafiltration” membranes, you will find dramatically higher flow rates with less pressure drop. In summary, with the Pulsar Disruptor filter, you get the following:
  • High efficiency reduction
  • Electroadsorptivereduction of virus
  • Electroadsorptive and mechanical reduction of bacteria and endotoxin
  • Mechanical removal of cysts
  • Higher flow rates and lower pressure drop than membranes
  [caption id="attachment_6048" align="alignleft" width="240"] DOE or SOE Filter Cartridge[/caption] However, the filter choices and performance often depends upon on the seal integrity within the filter vessel. Double Open End (DOE) or Single Open End (SOE) gasket cartridges on some brands of cartridges  may have very high efficiency capability but their reliance on a “knife” or pressure seal may not maintain a positive  seal sufficient to stop the migration of microbial contaminants due to pressure shifting or pulsations changes from varying flow rates, which can break the seal! Without a proper seal, microbial contamination is likely to occur right from the start. Cartridges using a knife or pressure seal do not have the tolerances sufficient to act as a microbial barrier. [caption id="attachment_5729" align="alignright" width="300"] Pulsar Disruptor Filter with 222 Filter Seal[/caption] Filter cartridges with a double O-ring seal such as a 222 or 226 (or similar design) that fit into a receiver, within the element vessel, and that provides an O-ring compression necessary to prevent by-pass are the type of filters that should be used. The Pulsar Disruptor Electro-adsorptive technology is now available at US Water Systems, and it does not rely on pore size exclusion for high levels of microbial reduction. It also does not release the retained contaminants in an event of an integrity breach. The electro-positive charge captures and retains contaminants throughout the depth of the pore structure. This method reduces microbes via adsorption + mechanical filtration not simply pore size exclusion. The electro-adsorptive charge provides a net adsorption efficiency of ~.002 um and mechanically with a mean pore size of approximately 1.2 microns. The charge field removes the negatively charged, submicron particles while larger particles are captured within the fiber structure of the media. This method reduces virus by > 4 LRV with a mechanical mean pore size of approximately 1.2 microns. Electro-adsorption provides “retention” of the organisms through these charged structures within the media and small integrity breaches, which may occur, does not produce a catastrophic release of organisms. Mechanical pore dependent membranes and filters do not enjoy this benefit. This filter media has over 400 layers of pore depth created by a wet laid non-woven manufacturing process. This results in a media having a torturous flow pattern, high flow rates at low pressure drop. The charge field results in a high initial removal efficiency as well as high loading capacity. This results in high energy saving. This media has been sold commercially for years with great results. When used with appropriate and proper pre-filtration for particulates, it provides efficient life cycles between cartridge changes. While the media performance is excellent it still requires good manufacturing practices and the integrity of the finished product is just as critical as membranes. This media requires manufacturing knowledge and experience as it can be difficult to pleat due to its 1 mm thickness and composite structure. A quality control procedure with 100% NDPT (Non Destructive Performance Test) or reverse bubble testing in alcohol solution is required at the production facility for every cartridge to insure the integrity. Spent elements and cartridges that remove microbes become a bio hazard and without an antimicrobial additive to control these microbes cannot be disposed of as normal waste. This issue is most often overlooked and the elements and cartridges are typically disposed of in the trash. The Pulsar Disruptor filter is manufactured from a naturally occurring element called boehmite, which has no known Health Side Effects. To date, US Water Systems has had excellent success in removing or reducing tannin, lead, silica and chromium 6.  
April 30, 2017
Jerry Koudelik
July 10, 2016 at 11:04 PM
I have a 3-year Koi Pond/Water & Plant garden, 5,000 gallons that has been experiencing "Tea colored water" since the start of the 2nd year and getting worse. It was professionally installed, by a very reputable company and member of our Koi Society, with only a bog-type biological filtration and UV light, no chemical/mechanical filtration, liner bottom and sides with NO gravel. It ranges from 2-4 feet deep however due to the tea color I cannot see more than 12" deep or so, very dark color. Our water supply comes from Naperville City out of Lake Michigan, so it is "out of the tap" very clear and safe for human consumption. However we have many Pine trees and a large River Birch directly around the pond dropping needles/leaves especially in the bog/stream area. Our bog is reverse flow, water coming from skimmers/bottom drain, up through the bog and over the water falls/stream. We make weekly 20% water changes and continually remove any leaves/debris from the bottom with a net. We have a Hydrangea plant, which is supposed to have pink flowers under our normally alkaline soil, that are now turning "blue", which seems to confirm acid/low PH conditions. Unfortunately there is no way the trees can be removed or anyway to stop pine needles/leaves from entering the bog/stream area. I prefer not to live with this tea colored water and the limitation is has on enjoying the pond. My pond installer does not believe that using Activated Carbon or other mechanical/chemical filtration will help long-term. We have tried two heavy doses of Potassium Permanganate with little effect. He is now suggesting an Ozone Generator that MAY solve the problem but it costs many thousands of dollars to install with no guarantee of working, just a lot of hope on his part, because of the on-going pollution of pine needles and leaves. I would certainly appreciate whatever recommendations/information you can provide along with product information about your Charged Membrane filtration systems if you think that will help. I read about your water testing service to determining what type of tannins I might have. Please provide information about how to send you a sample. I appreciate whatever you can do to help my wife and I enjoy our pond more and getting that "gin crystal clear" water. Thanks in advance and feel free to reply by email. Jerry Koudelik
Mark Timmons
July 20, 2016 at 10:07 PM
At this juncture, I would not worry about testing for tannin. They simply test for tannin, not type of tannin. Do you know what the flow rate is on the re-circ line? What size is the line?
Barry Heuring
November 20, 2016 at 5:58 PM
Started reading about Charged Zeta Filtration (CZF) and notice the comment about "Pulsar CZF cartridges eliminates staining and scaling". Does this mean CZF filters traps calcium and magnesium ions to reduce / eliminate scale buildup caused by hard water? Cannot find any information to confirm or deny the scale reduction for CZF. Appreciate finding more information about the potential for CZF to reduce hard water scaling.
Mark Timmons
November 21, 2016 at 8:40 AM
Barry, The only system with a Pulsar Filter that eliminates scaling is this one: https://www.uswatersystems.com/green-wave-pulsar.html But it is the Green Wave component that does that, not the Pulsar CZF. The Pulsar removes heavy metals, tannin and the like.
December 2, 2016 at 12:44 PM
I have rust in my well water and was wondering if this filter would work to remove the rust that we shower in or is there an inexpensive way to remove the rust from our water that goes to my shower?
Mark Timmons
December 4, 2016 at 8:48 AM
Nicole, It will remove the rust (iron) from the water, but if there is a lot, it will plug the filter very quickly.
Blackfoot Tall
January 5, 2017 at 5:33 PM
Does the CZF remove Fluoride? Are there lab tests showing this? Thanks
Mark Timmons
January 13, 2017 at 9:54 PM
No, the Charged Zeta Filter does not remove Fluoride.
February 1, 2017 at 3:26 PM
We have a fairly new deep well (8 months old), it was tested, and came up with arsenic 7.5ppm, also yellow stain on fixtures, have been told most likely tannin, have a new fleck softener, no more iron trouble. My question is, will this remove both arsenic and tannin, or do I have to buy multiple systems?
Mark Timmons
February 5, 2017 at 12:07 PM
Your arsenic is below the Minimum Contaminant Level, so I would just recommend a Reverse Osmosis System for your drinking water: https://www.uswatersystems.com/drinking-water/reverse-osmosis-systems For the tannin, you will need this: https://www.uswatersystems.com/us-water-1-charged-membrane-filter-system-10-to-20-gpm.html
May 31, 2017 at 10:08 AM
Would you install the Pulsar system vs RO system for a whole house on well water?
Mark Timmons
May 31, 2017 at 2:04 PM
Neither one is a stand-alone technology. I would need to see a water analysis to make that determination.
Paul Ruggiero
October 11, 2017 at 10:10 PM
My daughter just bought a house that has well water. I come from a city water upbringing so don't know much about this subject. She has a system that appears to have an iron filter, carbon filter, chlorinator tank and a water softener plumbed one after another. It is leaking and is also in what could be a coat closet. We wanted to replace and move the system into a storage room so she could use the closet for other purposes. She had the water tested at the tap and all is well. I tested the water out of the pressure tank and the results are as follows: no nitrates or sand, Turbidity is 257.2 NTU, pH is 5.9, Hardness is 76 and the Iron is 13.1. What system do you recommend if we updated it? Thanks for your help. Paul
Mark Timmons
October 16, 2017 at 12:22 PM
Not a simple fix, but it will work if you do this: Step 1: Sediment/Turbidity Filter https://www.uswatersystems.com/fusion-superfilter-professional-backwashing-filter-for-sediment.html Step 2: pH Neutralizer https://www.uswatersystems.com/fusion-calcite-backwashing-neutralizer-filter-system.html Step 3: Iron Removal System https://www.uswatersystems.com/infusion-backwashing-filter-for-iron-sulfur-and-manganese-removal.html Step 4: Water Softener https://www.uswatersystems.com/fusion-nlt-professional-grade-metered-water-softener.html Step 5: Intercepter Filter https://www.uswatersystems.com/module-1-us-water-interceptor-pre-filter.html Let me know your thoughts!
March 2, 2018 at 5:16 PM
The filter states it's effective for removing bacteria, would I be correct in saying that it would then be an effective filter for water that had total coliform present? I am awaiting the rest of the results for my water test, but for now just want to see if this filter would be effective in this area and an option for whatever system we need to install based on the results we receive.
Mark Timmons
March 3, 2018 at 12:23 PM
I would not be comfortable in answering that question until I could see a detailed water analysis. Competing contaminants can affect performance.
March 4, 2018 at 11:04 AM
My water has 12ppm iron and a low ph of 6. The following has been installed but I still have tannin at the end and wondering what your recommendation is? 1. Sediment filter, 2. Aeration pump with 10x53 cylinder 3. Fleck 10x52 neutralizer with 80/20 mix of calcite/corasex resulting in 7.5 ph 4. Mangox iron filter 8x42 with magnesium oxide resulting in 0 iron. 5. UV system. Resulting in 6gpm flow. The tannin has gotten worse since installing the aeration system? I am backwashing daily on both the mangox filter and neutralizer. There is no measurable iron in the water. The funny thing is if I turn off the aeration the water becomes clear but has 1.2ppm iron and starts staining?
Mark Timmons
March 6, 2018 at 3:32 PM
That seems a little convoluted but I would first need to see a detailed water analysis. Do you have one?
March 11, 2018 at 9:42 AM
Hi Mark, I do have the analysis. Where should I send it to?
Mark Timmons
March 11, 2018 at 3:52 PM
You can send it to my e-mail: mark@uswatersystems.com
Ed Warner
April 12, 2018 at 10:12 PM
I have the Big Blue 4.5x20 blue with a NLT Hybrid with a Fluoride filter before it enters the drinking water system of the house. Can I put the 1" Pulsar Disruptor filter as the last element in my system or after the Big Blue?
Mark Timmons
April 28, 2018 at 1:56 PM
The Disruptor should be the very last things.
May 7, 2018 at 6:25 PM
Hey Mark, so I have a surface spring w/ around 1.0ppm manganese, no iron, 400ppm tds, 3 grain compensated hardness, seasonal tannins. Not so worried about hardness so no softener. Installing a pou 5 stage RO w/incorporated UV at the kitchen and ice machine. What about using a pulsar disruptor in one of the three 2.5" x 10" filter sumps for tannin removal? seems like I have a pretty good shot at making this work. I know that the UV lamp/sleeve will need attention / no big deal. Any ideas? Which sump? I was thinking sediment pre-filter then 5 micron carbon block then pulsar filter. GAC post storage tank filter to UV. Think that I am on the right track? Any thoughts would be awsome. THX, M
Mark Timmons
May 10, 2018 at 8:34 PM
The 1 ppm of Tannin will mess things up. How much? It's hard to say. Give me a call - I'd like more details. 800-608-8792
Ricker Breard
May 22, 2018 at 10:28 AM
Mark, I am filtering surface water through a media filter with Hydrogen Peroxide injection then a UV light. I have pH of 8.0, Iron .084 PPM, Manganese .023 PPM, Dissolved salts of 120 PPM hardness of 2.8. I am still having a tannin issue. If I fill a bathtub it is hued slightly yellow. Would this turbidity filter work? Thanks,
Mark Timmons
May 26, 2018 at 3:38 PM
It does in about 95% of the cases. Those are pretty good odds.
Melissa Lawson
June 18, 2018 at 11:14 AM
I am interested in a device to remove tannin from the water entering my house. I have been looking at Pulsar Disruptor Filter. Is this a device that you put on your water line before it enters your house?
Mark Timmons
June 24, 2018 at 3:40 PM
You would install it after all water treatment devices in your home. Never install it on untreated water.
Kerry Williams-Freeman
June 25, 2018 at 2:30 AM
Question: Does the Pulsar remove arsenic?
Mark Timmons
June 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Some, but not enough to rely on it for that!
September 20, 2018 at 3:39 PM
Hi Mark, what is your solution that replaces Quantum Disinfection at an affordable price?
Mark Timmons
September 21, 2018 at 11:32 AM
We have not replaced Quantum Disinfection and it has came down in price. I think it is very affordable.
November 8, 2018 at 7:52 AM
I'm wondering if this technology should be my choice for removal of bacteria from rainwater stored in a cistern. I had been planning on a UV treatment system and am a bit nervous about moving away from established technology for something as important as purification of my drinking water. What do you think?
Mark Timmons
November 10, 2018 at 2:50 PM
I prefer this: https://www.uswatersystems.com/us-water-silecte-quantum-disinfection-system.html\ Howver, we are working on a systems that combines both.
January 6, 2019 at 3:04 PM
Hi, I live in Ontario on Lake Ontario and have a shorline well. The water is not contaminated but it smells and is brown. I haven't done the tannon test as our cottage is shut down for the Winter. I've been doing a ton of research and only finding that tannons are very difficult to get rid of. Reverse osmosis may not even do the trick. I came across your Disruptor filter and this sounds quite promising. It makes sense to electrolyze the molecules to separate. Do you deliver to Canada or have a distributor in Ontario? What kind of warranty and or return policy do you provide?
Mark Timmons
January 7, 2019 at 12:44 PM
The absolute worst thing you can do is try and apply a remedy to a problem without knowing exactly what the problem is. Not only do you need to do a tannin test, but you also need to test for iron, pH, TDS, silica, manganese, sulfur, iron and sulfur reducing bacteria and several other competing contaminants. This is the test you should do with all the options: https://www.uswatersystems.com/us-water-lab-water-test.html The options include tannin, IRB, SRB and sulfur. When you have problem water, it is better to measure twice and cut once. We do not make any money on our water tests - we just pass the pricing along, but it's the most important part in choosing a system that will work. If your water smells and is brown, odds are some other type of treatment will be needed. Tannin is not that difficult to remove... if you do it properly and I would not assume that you have tannin without a detailed water analysis. Our return policy depends upon a number of things... the policy is here: https://www.uswatersystems.com/shipping-returns
February 5, 2019 at 9:21 PM
Hi, I have a house on community water that has 26ppm silica. Will the new filter reduce or remove the silica without going the expensive RO route for the whole house? I do have particulate 5 micron filter for iron and manganese and a water softner.
Mark Timmons
February 10, 2019 at 4:34 PM
There is no hard and fast rule. In my opinion it is worth the risk before spending all that money.
Ray Morgan
May 25, 2019 at 11:48 PM
bought the whole house disruptor 4.5" x 20" filtor. stopped tannins as advertised but only for two weeks. filter was claimed to last for 6-12 months. Not my experience. Will not be reordering. $220.00 filter.
Mark Timmons
May 26, 2019 at 12:05 AM
Ray, We have had excellent results in removing tannin, but it does not always work. In fact, if you bought the product from us, you know that on our website, we say this: <strong>READ THIS BEFORE YOU BUY THIS PRODUCT:</strong> <em>The Disruptor electro-adsorptive filter media takes out a very wide spectrum of contaminants, including bacteria, virus, cysts and Chromium 6. However, iron, sulfur and manganese must be removed ahead of it. This system’s performance is dependent upon incoming water quality and factors such as iron, sulfur, manganese, sediment and other particulates need to be addressed ahead of the US Water Disruptor Filter. Life expectancy of the filter varies with the water supply, but many users experience filter change intervals of between six months to one-year when coupled with proper pre-treatment. It is an excellent idea to have a 1 Micron Filter ahead of the US Water Disruptor filter. In a sense, it is like ultraviolet or UV disinfection in that the water needs to be free of sediment, silt, algae, sand, iron, sulfur and manganese. There are hundreds of organics in a water supply that can impact its performance, so there are no guarantees on life expectancy, although in most cases, they do last 6 months to a year. Tannins are somewhat problematic. They are removed in over 75% of the cases, but occasionally, they are impossible to remove, due to the nature of the tannin itself or due to other competing contaminants. If the tannin is not removed by the Disrupter, then the only choice is a Matrixx Tannin Water Filter that uses sodium chloride as a regenerant. The filter has a one-year warranty for structural integrity and manufacturing defects, but is not warranted against plugging and/or failing to remove tannin. You will still use the housing as a pre-filter if you do not use the Disrupter. Many times, Doctors prescribe medication that works for most people, but not everyone. When he changes the prescription and prescribes another, he doesn’t refund the cost of your former prescription. The Disruptor is an amazing, disruptive technology that removes more contaminants than any other filter. In some cases, we replace the Disruptor cartridge with the Magna Cartridge if the Disruptor plugs too quickly. The Magna Cartridge is available in 20, 5, 1 and .5 micron sizes. If you are unsure how to apply the Disruptor, please contact one of our Certified Water Specialists at 800-608-8792 before purchasing it. </em> It works most of the time... but not every time. However, we are in the business of solving water problems, not ripping people off. To that end, we will refund the purchase price for the product against the solution that works every time: https://www.uswatersystems.com/matrixxtm-tannin-water-system-with-smartphone-programming.html Yes, it's more expensive, but the risk you took in trying a less expensive solution won't cost you a dime. Call us and we will make it right!
Dennis teague
July 18, 2020 at 6:15 PM
my well was tested and shows 1.3 iron content. I have a 5 micron sediment filter that knocks that iron # down to .4 before it reaches the new fleck 5600 sxt iron pro 2 64000. My problem is the same one I had with the previous unit , that was an 8 years old sears kenmore. After the unit regens , the water is brown . It takes a while to run it out of the system before it comes clean . ( very annoying especially because This is a new unit and I thought it would solve my problem) I spoke to AWF support, they had me change the regen setting, but still had the same problem. Then they suspected that I had a bad resin tank . They sent me a new one , I installed it . There was no change . Anyway, I was thinking of installing a filter after the water softner to catch this brown water before it gets in all thru the house . I would really appreciate any advise you can give me for a solution . Thank you
Mark Timmons
July 27, 2020 at 9:04 AM
Water Softeners are not very good at removing iron. In certain circumstances, they can, but iron generally needs to be oxidized, not removed by ion exchange. I would suggest an iron filter “ahead” of the softener. That was the softener will not hve to work as hard and use as much salt. Iron filters are also problematic. This is the best non-chemical on one the market: https://www.uswatersystems.com/flexx-oxi-gen-aeration-iron-and-sulfur-filter.html