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Offline Craig Thorum

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Any advantage to using two chargers during electrolysis?
« on: September 29, 2018, 02:16:48 AM »
I am thinking of getting a bigger tank to clean some grills and was wondering if anyone has hooked up two chargers.  The reason I ask is that is appears from the youtube videos I've watched, the best rust removal tends to be closest to where the positive cable is hooked to the sacrificial metal.  Since the griddle is so long, I was thinking of hooking up two chargers near the ends of the sacrificial metal to perhaps draw the rust more evenly.  Does this set up make sense?

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Re: Any advantage to using two chargers during electrolysis?
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2018, 10:43:48 AM »
It is not the amount of current you use, it is how you set up your anode and cathode. There are people here who use variable power supplies. They use fractional amperage and electrolysis to clean cast iron. Focus on using longer sheets of metal, or having one piece of metal rolled to line the electro tank.
It's not how much power. It's where and how you attach it.
Here is a link that shows some of my electro parts:
http://www.griswoldandwagner.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?num=1388694219/0#0
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Re: Any advantage to using two chargers during electrolysis?
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2018, 09:42:51 PM »
Has absolutely Nothing to do with where the Positive Clamps are attached... Shaking my Head...

It is ... as Russell states above... about having the ANODES large enough to handle the task....and making certain your connections are solid.... and IMO 20 AMPS is the ideal current flow... anything else is just an expensive "water heater"....   So you want a charger that has 20 AMP capability in the Lower Range of overall capability... there fore extending the lifespan of the MANUAL charger chosen.

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Re: Any advantage to using two chargers during electrolysis?
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2018, 01:11:25 AM »
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It is not the amount of current you use, it is how you set up your anode and cathode. There are people here who use variable power supplies. They use fractional amperage and electrolysis to clean cast iron. Focus on using longer sheets of metal, or having one piece of metal rolled to line the electro tank.
It's not how much power. It's where and how you attach it.
Here is a link that shows some of my electro parts:
http://www.griswoldandwagner.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?num=1388694219/0#0

That looks like a great set up...question...what are the four tabs for on the SS anode?  Or is this just how you found the piece?

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Re: Any advantage to using two chargers during electrolysis?
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2018, 07:12:01 AM »
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what are the four tabs for on the SS anode?  Or is this just how you found the piece?

They were on the piece as found, but they make for a good spot to attach the charger lead to.