Violet Wand Electrode Info

 

Violet Wand Electrode info

SIZES: Your violet wand electrode size. As of this writing, there are different suppliers of violet wand electrodes.  MOST come in US standard size 7/16″.  But some suppliers have off-sizes.  Ask for size so you know what you are getting!  There are now a few brands that take only their own size electrodes and don’t fit anything else. You want American standard size accessories and electrodes unless you have an off-size wand.  But that’s not the only difference in electrodes.

DONT TWIST OR FORCE your violet wand electrode: You should never twist your electrodes putting them in or taking them out.  For fragile glass electrodes, they can get hairline cracks down in the endcap with the seal, from putting pressure on them by twisting or forcing electrodes into your wand. Push your electrodes gently into the wand only till they are held firmly, do not force them.  Yes, you may see some of the metal endcap at the top.  Since violet wand collets hold electrodes by friction, push them only till they grip.

DO NOT FORCE! The harder you push your electrodes into an electro-mechanical violet wand, the tighter it will grip them, and your endcaps will come off and your glass electrodes will break and lose their gas.

DIFFERENCES IN QUALITY: There are some electrodes that are made for beauty devices.  They look the same, but they are fragile, unannealed glass and may shatter from thermal shock from the heat generated by a violet wand when you are using them.  A high quality violet wand electrode is made specifically for kink.  They hold up to what you can dish out.  They are made of special grades of glass and fully annealed.

What annealing does, is strengthen the glass.  It’s a process where glass is heated to red hot, then allowed to cool very slowly over several days.  While cooling, the crystalline structures in the glass form very strong .  Mass producers don’t have the time to do this, but American manufacturers who still hand make their violet wand electrodes, do.

Im going to let the following video speak for the difference between an unannealed electrode and a properly annealed electrode.  And the best part is, they are not that much difference in price to get good quality.

The Hook or C-Ring electrode in the video is sold by www.violetwanda.com and www.violet-wands.com

CARE:  Your glass violet wand electrode can be washed in warm soapy water, or disinfected with a solution of 1 tbsp bleach to 2 cups water, or benzalkonium chloride.  Holding onto the endcap, swish the electrode in the soapy water or disinfectant solution.  Remove and dry with a soft clean cloth, or allow to air dry.  If you need a quick clean, you can use hand sanitizer and then wipe off with a clean towel, but make sure the electrode is completely dry before using – hand sanitizer contains alcohol and might ignite on the electrode from a violet wand spark.  Most glass violet wand electrodes, you should not boil or scald.  However, one manufacturer makes fully annealed electrodes that can be boiled or scalded, which may come in handy for their internal insertable violet wand electrodes.  See your individual supplier’s instructions for care recommendations for their electrodes, as the difference in electrode quality and how you need to treat them can be significant.

CHARGING ELECTRODES: You may have to charge your electrodes before first use.  This means putting them in your wand and resting the far end of the electrode on a piece of metal like a table knife, and turning the wand on for 3-4 minutes.  Once the gas inside ionizes from charging the first time this way, you should not need to do it again unless you store them unused for a while.

WONT LIGHT:  A violet wand electrode that won’t light after charging has lost its gas due to seal failure.  This commonly happens with cheaper electrodes when forcing or twisting them into the wand.  Be gentle, and insert and remove with a straight motion only.   A good quality electrode may also lose its gas from a hairline crack that can’t be immediately seen by the eye, but at least one American manufacturer has a lifetime warranty that their electrodes will never lose their seal or their gas.

QUICK FIX:  Its a no-no to twist your electrodes or force them into your wand too hard.  Doing this puts pressure on the end cap and glass.  It can break the glass down in the endcap where you don’t see it, and cause the gas to leak.  Then your electrode won’t work.  BUT If your electrode end cap just comes off, and the glass is not broken, you can fix that quickly and easily by using super glue.  Just allow to dry completely before using your electrode.  Super glue wont fix the broken glass or the gas leak, but it will keep your end caps attached.

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