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Vitev is expanding to Asia

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Over the summer and fall, we worked closely with a group based in Hong Kong.  They contacted us because of a growing interest in both clean water (many places in Asia are absolutely horrible) as well as alkaline water.

After several months of testing, we solidified an agreement and began customizing our MAXX system for deployment across Asia.  Different connectors, low pressure pumps, smaller tank options, etc.

Those first systems arrived in Hong Kong a little over a month ago and are now being installed with great success across Hong Kong.  Additional shipments are now being readied for a couple of additional locations across Asia to ensure requests from the most popular places can be fulfilled quickly.  More locations will be added, as well as more system choices (right now it’s just the reverse osmosis variety) as Vitev Asia grow, but for now, we just wanted to let you know our footprint is expanding and we are humbled by the opportunity to add them along side our European partners.

If you are interested in more information let us know, or would like to contact them directly, just click the drop down link on our home page.

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Vitev is expanding to Asia

Posted by Bold Commerce Collaborator on

Over the summer and fall, we worked closely with a group based in Hong Kong.  They contacted us because of a growing interest in both clean water (many places in Asia are absolutely horrible) as well as alkaline water.

After several months of testing, we solidified an agreement and began customizing our MAXX system for deployment across Asia.  Different connectors, low pressure pumps, smaller tank options, etc.

Those first systems arrived in Hong Kong a little over a month ago and are now being installed with great success across Hong Kong.  Additional shipments are now being readied for a couple of additional locations across Asia to ensure requests from the most popular places can be fulfilled quickly.  More locations will be added, as well as more system choices (right now it’s just the reverse osmosis variety) as Vitev Asia grow, but for now, we just wanted to let you know our footprint is expanding and we are humbled by the opportunity to add them along side our European partners.

If you are interested in more information let us know, or would like to contact them directly, just click the drop down link on our home page.

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Why is your REMIN more expensive than others I’ve seen?

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Over the last few years, we’ve seen a growing interest from reverse osmosis users who want an alkaline water. They’ve begun to realize that in an effort to eliminate the bad, they’ve also been drinking a water void of the good as well.  

So they want to put the minerals back in.

The market has responded to this need with a flood of “alkaline” or “remineralizing” cartridges.  Huge companies like Culligan, Rainsoft, etc have jumped in because their customers are asking for a solution.  

Not because they believe in the benefits of the water or know anything about it, but because there are sales opportunities.  

As you go down a tier, there are a lot of mid-sized RO companies also looking for a solution and many of them have contacted us.  We even had one ask if we had fluoride cartridges.  Not to remove fluoride, but to ADD IT BACK IN! We’ve gotten a lot of crazy questions over the years, but that one made our eyes bleed.  

So what’s the point of all this? 

We are often asked why our REMIN is more expensive than the $79 versions available many places online.  The short answer is that those cartridges are only interested in bumping the pH a little bit.  That’s it.  They don’t address ionization and they don’t help with the hydration qualities.  

Most of them are full of calcium powders, usually a combo of
calcite and corosex.  Powders which deplete very quickly and produce a very uneven distribution of calcium and resultant pH.  There are no other minerals provided.  There are no antioxidant qualities imparted.  What you end up with is a clean, low alkaline, oxidating, non-hydrating water.   

We believe you need a better more complete water.  Instead of comparing the REMIN to a cheap calcium cartridge it needs to be compared to a multi-thousand dollar ionizer.  One that improves not only the pH, but also ORP, free hydrogen levels and hydration capability.

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Why is your REMIN more expensive than others I’ve seen?

Posted by Bold Commerce Collaborator on

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a growing interest from reverse osmosis users who want an alkaline water. They’ve begun to realize that in an effort to eliminate the bad, they’ve also been drinking a water void of the good as well.  

So they want to put the minerals back in.

The market has responded to this need with a flood of “alkaline” or “remineralizing” cartridges.  Huge companies like Culligan, Rainsoft, etc have jumped in because their customers are asking for a solution.  

Not because they believe in the benefits of the water or know anything about it, but because there are sales opportunities.  

As you go down a tier, there are a lot of mid-sized RO companies also looking for a solution and many of them have contacted us.  We even had one ask if we had fluoride cartridges.  Not to remove fluoride, but to ADD IT BACK IN! We’ve gotten a lot of crazy questions over the years, but that one made our eyes bleed.  

So what’s the point of all this? 

We are often asked why our REMIN is more expensive than the $79 versions available many places online.  The short answer is that those cartridges are only interested in bumping the pH a little bit.  That’s it.  They don’t address ionization and they don’t help with the hydration qualities.  

Most of them are full of calcium powders, usually a combo of
calcite and corosex.  Powders which deplete very quickly and produce a very uneven distribution of calcium and resultant pH.  There are no other minerals provided.  There are no antioxidant qualities imparted.  What you end up with is a clean, low alkaline, oxidating, non-hydrating water.   

We believe you need a better more complete water.  Instead of comparing the REMIN to a cheap calcium cartridge it needs to be compared to a multi-thousand dollar ionizer.  One that improves not only the pH, but also ORP, free hydrogen levels and hydration capability.

Read more


Reverse Osmosis is not filtration

Posted by Bold Commerce Collaborator on

We regularly receive questions about whether a reverse osmosis (RO) system can eliminate a specific contaminant or not.  99% of the time, the root of the question is a misunderstanding of how a RO differs from a filter.

The best way we’ve been able to differentiate the two is to think of a filter like a sponge and RO like a wall.

Filters in one form or another capture the toxins suspended in the water as it passes through the filter media.  Sometimes it’s an absorption, like with carbon, and in others it’s more like a net.  With sediment filters or carbon blocks, you’ll see a micron rating.  The smaller the rating, the smaller the particles it can grab.

At least to a point, when the rating gets too small, the filters can clog up very quickly.  Which is a problem because many of the toxins we need to eliminate are smaller than filters can handle.

Which is why you need RO.

All ROs are built around the membrane.  It’s what does the heavy lifting and really cleans the water.  To keep it in good working order, it needs to be protected.  Which is why all ROs also have filters as a pre-membrane stage.  In our case with the MAXX, we use a 10 micron sediment cartridge first to get the largest particles out.  If not, these could quickly plug up the membrane. From there the water hits a very high-end wood carbon to take care of chloramines and chlorine.  Chloramines are particularly important because if they are not eliminated, the membranes can essentially be eaten away and become ineffective.

It’s at that point the water encounters the membrane and it’s .0001 micron rating.  Depending on the filter rating, that’s an improvement factor of at least 100,000x. Think of them like a wall that only lets the cleanest water molecules through…not the junk hanging on to them. That junk we don’t want to drink heads down the drain tube. If you’re more visual, here’s a spectrum to illustrate the vast differences between what a RO eliminates and your typical filter. {click image for a larger view}

Notice the size differences. It’s enormous. This is why it’s important to remineralize RO water.  It strips nearly everything out, including any beneficial minerals.  The membrane is highly effective and unless you are getting a cheapy one from China, they are all made by reputable companies (DOW, Filmtec, etc) and work nearly identically. A membrane is a membrane.

Which is also why the answer to that original question is so easy.  Yes, ROs take whatever you are concerned with out of the water.  [Before you ask, Yes, that includes biological contaminants and pharma residue/waste as well.]

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Reverse Osmosis is not filtration

Posted by Bold Commerce Collaborator on

We regularly receive questions about whether a reverse osmosis (RO) system can eliminate a specific contaminant or not.  99% of the time, the root of the question is a misunderstanding of how a RO differs from a filter.

The best way we’ve been able to differentiate the two is to think of a filter like a sponge and RO like a wall.

Filters in one form or another capture the toxins suspended in the water as it passes through the filter media.  Sometimes it’s an absorption, like with carbon, and in others it’s more like a net.  With sediment filters or carbon blocks, you’ll see a micron rating.  The smaller the rating, the smaller the particles it can grab.

At least to a point, when the rating gets too small, the filters can clog up very quickly.  Which is a problem because many of the toxins we need to eliminate are smaller than filters can handle.

Which is why you need RO.

All ROs are built around the membrane.  It’s what does the heavy lifting and really cleans the water.  To keep it in good working order, it needs to be protected.  Which is why all ROs also have filters as a pre-membrane stage.  In our case with the MAXX, we use a 10 micron sediment cartridge first to get the largest particles out.  If not, these could quickly plug up the membrane. From there the water hits a very high-end wood carbon to take care of chloramines and chlorine.  Chloramines are particularly important because if they are not eliminated, the membranes can essentially be eaten away and become ineffective.

It’s at that point the water encounters the membrane and it’s .0001 micron rating.  Depending on the filter rating, that’s an improvement factor of at least 100,000x. Think of them like a wall that only lets the cleanest water molecules through…not the junk hanging on to them. That junk we don’t want to drink heads down the drain tube. If you’re more visual, here’s a spectrum to illustrate the vast differences between what a RO eliminates and your typical filter. {click image for a larger view}

Notice the size differences. It’s enormous. This is why it’s important to remineralize RO water.  It strips nearly everything out, including any beneficial minerals.  The membrane is highly effective and unless you are getting a cheapy one from China, they are all made by reputable companies (DOW, Filmtec, etc) and work nearly identically. A membrane is a membrane.

Which is also why the answer to that original question is so easy.  Yes, ROs take whatever you are concerned with out of the water.  [Before you ask, Yes, that includes biological contaminants and pharma residue/waste as well.]

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How long does your water stay alkaline?

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The short answer…a long time. If you want to fill a bottle and take it to work, or give some to a loved one to drink over a couple days time, you’ll be just fine.

A better answer takes a little time to explain.  

This question typically stems from a framework set by the electric ionizer companies and/or their reps. Electrolysis acts like a turbo charge and quickly elevates pH to extreme levels. Levels not completely supported by the mineral concentration in the water.  Therefore it also crashes quickly. 

As a result, ionizer reps really push the need to get your own system to avoid that quick decline in pH.  

It’s a case of giving good advice (you do want to drink it fresh), but for the wrong reason.  

Naturally created alkaline water can maintain pH levels for months.  Which is one of the reasons you see a growing number of bottled varieties showing up in stores around the country.  Obviously awareness of the benefits of alkaline water is growing, but it also proves pH levels can be sustained for long periods.  

With that said, the reason for choosing an alkaline water created as fresh as possible is not for pH levels.  It’s for the other properties that we’ll discuss in future posts. Our pH levels can last for months.  But that doesn’t really matter in the larger sense.  Just drink it as fresh as possible.

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How long does your water stay alkaline?

Posted by Bold Commerce Collaborator on

The short answer…a long time. If you want to fill a bottle and take it to work, or give some to a loved one to drink over a couple days time, you’ll be just fine.

A better answer takes a little time to explain.  

This question typically stems from a framework set by the electric ionizer companies and/or their reps. Electrolysis acts like a turbo charge and quickly elevates pH to extreme levels. Levels not completely supported by the mineral concentration in the water.  Therefore it also crashes quickly. 

As a result, ionizer reps really push the need to get your own system to avoid that quick decline in pH.  

It’s a case of giving good advice (you do want to drink it fresh), but for the wrong reason.  

Naturally created alkaline water can maintain pH levels for months.  Which is one of the reasons you see a growing number of bottled varieties showing up in stores around the country.  Obviously awareness of the benefits of alkaline water is growing, but it also proves pH levels can be sustained for long periods.  

With that said, the reason for choosing an alkaline water created as fresh as possible is not for pH levels.  It’s for the other properties that we’ll discuss in future posts. Our pH levels can last for months.  But that doesn’t really matter in the larger sense.  Just drink it as fresh as possible.

Read more


Alkaline water with no bells or whistles

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Most of us go through an evolution where we think our parents are the greatest thing ever.  As we hit our teens, that opinion changes by 180 degrees.  But thankfully, over time, it swings back in their favor. 

I remember my Dad saying years ago how he didn’t want anything electronic when he was shopping for a new truck.  He wanted to open his door with a key, not a remote, crank the window down and flip a lever to lock the door.  When asked why, his answer was, “because if those things break, they are expensive to fix and I can’t do it myself. If the door lock breaks, how do I get in?  What if the window is down when the motor goes out?  How do I close it?”  

Hard to argue with logic like that.  Especially when I just had to fix the lock actuator in our van. 

Those words resonated with us when we were designing and choosing our suite of products.  Old school ionizers are prone to issues with any number of the bells and whistles they market.  Plates have to be cleaned, pumps have to work, LCDs have to stay lit, electricity has to stay on, the buttons used to choose pH levels must function, etc.

We’ve trimmed down the Vitev line to make our alkaline water products as simple as possible.  Nothing to break…nothing to clean.  Just turn on the faucet and enjoy the benefits.

Read more

Alkaline water with no bells or whistles

Posted by Bold Commerce Collaborator on

Most of us go through an evolution where we think our parents are the greatest thing ever.  As we hit our teens, that opinion changes by 180 degrees.  But thankfully, over time, it swings back in their favor. 

I remember my Dad saying years ago how he didn’t want anything electronic when he was shopping for a new truck.  He wanted to open his door with a key, not a remote, crank the window down and flip a lever to lock the door.  When asked why, his answer was, “because if those things break, they are expensive to fix and I can’t do it myself. If the door lock breaks, how do I get in?  What if the window is down when the motor goes out?  How do I close it?”  

Hard to argue with logic like that.  Especially when I just had to fix the lock actuator in our van. 

Those words resonated with us when we were designing and choosing our suite of products.  Old school ionizers are prone to issues with any number of the bells and whistles they market.  Plates have to be cleaned, pumps have to work, LCDs have to stay lit, electricity has to stay on, the buttons used to choose pH levels must function, etc.

We’ve trimmed down the Vitev line to make our alkaline water products as simple as possible.  Nothing to break…nothing to clean.  Just turn on the faucet and enjoy the benefits.

Read more