Question about Sharper Image Ionic Breeze 3.0 Air Purifier
I bought a pair of ionic breeze air cleaners in 2002 and both has stopped working at about the same time. There appears to be no power when turned on. I opened the bottom and the fuse is good. The units appears to die just when the warranty period has ended (5 years). This is the original model first put out by Sharper Image.
I took the PCB below the power button off and removed the little metal triangles under the tape. I then cleaned the contacts (I just used a screwdriver but a more careful person might use a brush or something) and replaced the metal triangles under the tape (make sure it's concave down), and then replaced the PCB.
This fixed the problem for me. In general, look for corroded contacts.
Posted on May 25, 2008
I was able to find the power-on switch to be defective. The switch is a momentary normally off switch constructed of two contacts on a printed circuit board. After five years, the surface of the switch contacts became oxidized and no longer made electrical continuity when depressed. I rewired the two wires to a new momentary switch and both my Ionic Air Cleaners are working again.
Posted on Feb 22, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
There isn't one. The reason why Sharper Image went out of business is because the Ionic Breeze was proven to be ineffective product and harmful to use in some cases based on Consumer Reports data as well as data from the EPA. They sued Consumer Reports, lost the case, and had to pay all the legal bills.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission is going to making decision on all ionizers by the end of the year. It's quite possible that no one will be selling them anymore.
There is thread I left in the Ionic Breeze section about the EPA data on ionizers and the harmful effects of using them as well as a link about what happen to Sharper Image.
This product should have been regulated a long time ago. Orek and few others are going to be pulling the plug on them real soon.
Posted on Aug 27, 2008
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