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HHO fuel cells.

 

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Username: Southernrebel

Monroe, Louisiana 3 DD3515s, 2...

Post Number: 6741
Registered: Mar-04
Ok, we have all seen these all over the web...usually in conjunction with "big oil conspiracy" websites. Well I'm about to build one, prolly going to get what I need after work today.

Reason:
Talked to my brother-in-law last night and he built one for his '91 F150. He was getting 9-10mpg and went up to 14-15mpg. Also, my Uncle built one for his '04 Silverado Z71 w/ the 4.8L...he claims 28mpg.

Not sure if they are blowing it out their azzes or what, but I'm gonna build one for the hell of it. Prolly not going in my truck, but I'm just gonna build it. The chance of vapor-lock spooks me...lol


Anyone here ever seen one in a vehicle?
 

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Username: Bestmankind

Post Number: 22269
Registered: Oct-05
i haven't seen one but do post a sh!tload of pics. i am really interested.

also did they lose some power in their cars?
 

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Username: Southernrebel

Monroe, Louisiana 3 DD3515s, 2...

Post Number: 6742
Registered: Mar-04
My brother-in-law said that his truck actually runs better now.
I haven't seen it in action yet, but I will in a week or 2.
I'll get some pics of his conversion.

And yea, I'll post a chitload of pics when I build mine.
I get off work at 3pm and we are slow today, so I'm putting together a shopping list.
Gonna hit Lowes right after work.
 

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Username: Van_man

Boston South, MA

Post Number: 4267
Registered: Mar-06
interesting. Are you gonna install it?
Got any links to a good plan?
 

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Username: Wingmanalive

A pic is worth 1000 posts!!

Post Number: 18150
Registered: Jun-06
How much will this cost to install?
 

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Username: Southernrebel

Monroe, Louisiana 3 DD3515s, 2...

Post Number: 6743
Registered: Mar-04
I may try and talk my dad into letting me put one on his Honda Foreman.
 

Gold Member
Username: Jtown

Texas

Post Number: 3208
Registered: Mar-07
I'm curious, subscribed
 

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Username: Southernrebel

Monroe, Louisiana 3 DD3515s, 2...

Post Number: 6745
Registered: Mar-04
Just talked to my Uncle. He runs them on all 3 of his vehicles...Suburban, Camaro, and Silverado.

He went from 19-20mpg on the Silverado to 28-29mpg. Camaro (in town) did the same.
 

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Username: Southernrebel

Monroe, Louisiana 3 DD3515s, 2...

Post Number: 6746
Registered: Mar-04
Ok, I built one.
Kinda went out on a limb and built it different than the ones I had seen pics of.

It produces Hydrogen, but my canister is leaky, so I can't collect much. It was enough to light and blow the lid off the container though...lol

Here is a cost break down:
2" pvc coupling ---$0.86
25ft 1/4" tubing---$2.68
19ga wire----------$1.97
Hot glue------call it $1
I had a Powerade bottle, zipties, and the locking container at the house, so call that like $2.

Total---$8.51...and that's estimating high.


Pics:

grabbed this cheap galvanized wire, its not a good thing to use but this was just something to use for the hell of it.
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Username: Southernrebel

Monroe, Louisiana 3 DD3515s, 2...

Post Number: 6747
Registered: Mar-04
My roommates thought I was building a bomb...I just smiled and wouldn't tell them what I was building.

The second layer of wire, used the zipties to space the layers.
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Hotglued it to keep the zipties from slipping and the wires shorting.
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I did this on the cheap...really cheap.
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Username: Southernrebel

Monroe, Louisiana 3 DD3515s, 2...

Post Number: 6749
Registered: Mar-04
Vid:
http://s111.photobucket.com/albums/n151/southern1inla/HHO/?action=view&current=b ubbles.flv
 

Gold Member
Username: Big_edge_head

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Post Number: 2641
Registered: Mar-07
I was looking into this a lot several months ago. Never really did anything though lol. But maybe I'll look back into it.
 

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Username: Wingmanalive

A pic is worth 1000 posts!!

Post Number: 18154
Registered: Jun-06
Cool. So now how does this get applied to a vehicle? What exactly does it do to improve fuel economy?
 

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Username: Van_man

Boston South, MA

Post Number: 4269
Registered: Mar-06
well, From what Ive read, it is plumbed into the intake providing a hydrogen mix into the combustion, making it burn more efficiantly.
Kinda like hooking up a bottle of Mapp gas to the intake, but HHO in a low tech homemade sort of way.

so, did you have any links to a working model?
 

Gold Member
Username: Jtown

Texas

Post Number: 3209
Registered: Mar-07
if it actually does work, I'd love to get/make a kit for my blazer, 20 hwy isn't exactly great
 

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Username: Nd4spd18

Northwest PA

Post Number: 8416
Registered: Jul-06
haha better than my old Blazer. 18 mpg highway
 

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Username: Touche6784

USA

Post Number: 1298
Registered: Nov-04
There is a slight problem. More energy is required to split the water to its gases than is gained from burning them. It is a known fact. How that translates in a vehicle may vary but I have heard of many so called "success" stories which were complete BS, no offense to your relatives. On older cars with little electronic engine management systems it may work.
 

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Username: Southernrebel

Monroe, Louisiana 3 DD3515s, 2...

Post Number: 6751
Registered: Mar-04
Yea, I'm going about this looking at it like its total BS. So, if it actually works...I'll be amazed. I have always thought these HHO upgrades in vehicles where just a 'get rich quick scam', but who knows.

I am going to fill up w/ gas in a day or 2, I'll figure my current mileage then. I going to build another one out of stainless steal and make a dedicated build thread. I'll post my results.
 

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Username: Adddisorder

Palm Beach, Florida

Post Number: 6387
Registered: Jan-06
christopher, from what i have found and tested it does not require more engery to make the gas. i dont remember the exact number but you do come out on top with the amount of gas produced.

Canaan, iv built a few of these just to test myself. With a fuel injected motor and o2 sensors you will have some problems. the o2 sensor will see more oxygen in the exhaust so it thinks the engine is lean, adding more fuel. you will actually get slightly worse fuel mileage with the HHO. They sell oxygen sensor spacers which supposedly counteract with the extra o2 so you get better mileage.

This works good on my truck i dont have any mileage reports due to no odometer, but my motor is carbed.

My friends truck is FI and i built him an HHO generator and he did infact prove the point you will actually get worse milage. he bought the o2 spacers of ebay and im going to put them in this week so well see how it works out. Personally i wouldnt trust it on my own but he insists on it.

I wouldnt bother with this on a FI motor unless you can go threw and reprogram the ecm values.
 

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Username: Southernrebel

Monroe, Louisiana 3 DD3515s, 2...

Post Number: 6752
Registered: Mar-04
Yea, my dad has an '88 Ford truck we are going to try w/ HH0.
Right now it gets horrible mileage, so I may get some good results.

It will be awhile before I get to try it though, the truck is ~90miles away from me.
 

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Username: Touche6784

USA

Post Number: 1299
Registered: Nov-04
Not the most reliable source of info but I am sure others would agree.
{http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrolysis#Electrolysis_of_water,http://en.wikipe dia.org/wiki/Electrolysis#Electrolysis_of_water}
 

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Username: Adddisorder

Palm Beach, Florida

Post Number: 6389
Registered: Jan-06
The wiki artical makes since. However it sounds like they are using it to only measure the amount of hydrogen produced. Well it also produced oxygen and its both the atoms that help increase the combustion efficiency. If you have 1% browns gas added to the normal intake air it will give you good results. And the amount of HP it takes to create power from the alt does not have a negative effect on your power or mileage because the gas more then makes up for it. Most of these systems dont need more then 10 to 15 amps to operate well.
 

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Username: Adddisorder

Palm Beach, Florida

Post Number: 6390
Registered: Jan-06
Canaan also check with your family or whoever has it in there FI engine and see what they did with the o2 sensors and ECM.
 

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Username: Touche6784

USA

Post Number: 1300
Registered: Nov-04
Read the wiki again and you will see that even with oxygen accounted for the maximum theorized efficiency is 94%. Then when you account for loss of energy in the process of operating the alt, let alone the energy losses from combustion of the gas to power the alt you get a much lower efficiency. I don't know about you but that means you have a net loss of energy. Any time you force any thing in the universe to push in a direction that is opposite of what is "natural" it requires energy. It is called the second law of Thermodynamics.
 

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Username: Southernrebel

Monroe, Louisiana 3 DD3515s, 2...

Post Number: 6754
Registered: Mar-04
I'll check w/ my uncle. I know he said something about changing the ECM settings.

I know 12v...he knows engines.
 

Gold Member
Username: Adddisorder

Palm Beach, Florida

Post Number: 6392
Registered: Jan-06
I dont really know what to say to that christopher, or how to prove otherwise. Im no engineer but I have been speaking with two the past few months designing cells for diesels.
 

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Username: Southernrebel

Monroe, Louisiana 3 DD3515s, 2...

Post Number: 6756
Registered: Mar-04
Well I just talked to my dad, and he got my uncle to put an HHO generator on his truck.

I'll have some actually #'s from whether or not it works in a few days.
 

Gold Member
Username: Adddisorder

Palm Beach, Florida

Post Number: 6395
Registered: Jan-06
Christoper, I was thinking about it and an internal combustion engine is not 100% efficient, I dont have time to search for the actual numbers but i believe its in the 70% area + o - 10%. The browns gas helps the combustion process so it harnesses some of the wasted energy, which would make up for the generators inefficacy.
 

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Username: Touche6784

USA

Post Number: 1301
Registered: Nov-04
It is more on the order of like 30%. Most HHO systems that I have seen rely on the onboard electrical production system to supply the electricity for splitting the water. Even if the combustion engine was 100% efficient, a system leeching off if it that is 99% efficient will bring down the overall efficiency of the system down. If you are producing the gas outside of the system like in a plant or at home in a tank then the car system's efficiency will go up, but your overall energy usage will go up.
 

Platinum Member
Username: Insearchofbass

Post Number: 10528
Registered: Jun-04
Regardless of the theories this is a cheap experiment and building it will prove whether it increases the gas mileage or not which is the goal here. Besides canaan already mentioned someone he knows usng this and increasing gas mileage.
 

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Username: Touche6784

USA

Post Number: 1302
Registered: Nov-04
He also mentioned that he was doing it with the belief that it is total BS. But I guess you didn't read that part. Sean, its not theory, its scientific fact.
 

Platinum Member
Username: Insearchofbass

Post Number: 10543
Registered: Jun-04
No I did not see it. But the fact hes building it still gives us the chance to see if it will work. Not trying which seems to be your stance wouldnt at all which is my point. And if your comment on scientific fact is saying that the system wont increase the gas mileage I know a guy who is using this same type of system and got like 4 mpg more out of one vehicle but the next vehicle they tried it on didnt improve at all.
 

Gold Member
Username: Touche6784

USA

Post Number: 1303
Registered: Nov-04
What was that car getting beforehand? What kind of car was it? Did the person drive using the same driving habits or did they change when the system was added? Were the same car accessories on like the AC or the radio? Were the windows opened when driving? Going from one tank to another can have a difference of more than 5 MPG depending on where you drove to and what kind of roads they were on. No matter how you dress them up, ambiguous claims are ambiguous claims.
 

Platinum Member
Username: Insearchofbass

Post Number: 10548
Registered: Jun-04
Its clear to me that no matter what someone says your going to refute it so im not going bother answering your questions. Christopher you seem like an intelligent person but you seem to let your ego "an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others" get the best of you.
 

Gold Member
Username: Touche6784

USA

Post Number: 1304
Registered: Nov-04
Sorry sean but that would be far from the truth. I am questioning the validity of these "claims" made because they don't make any sense when thought about in a more scientific manner. The claims always start with an ambiguous feat then when dug deeper into the feat it ends up being BS. matt said he had friends that claimed it worked, I showed him it couldn't. HHO systems have been talked to death on auto forums all concluding that it is a bunch of BS. Sorry if you don't think that way but blaming me for pointing these things out doesn't help.


If you make a claim, back it up.
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