Tuesday, October 21, 2008

HHO Vs Popular Mechanics

I've been following Popular Mechanics' Mike Allen lately as he writes about testing HHO devices and I've got to say I've been very disappointed so far.    At the time I spoke to him, he had a Water4Gas manual on his desk and when I asked him a question about an EFIE, he flipped to the section of the ebook and read a couple lines to show he was aware of the issue.  But he did not have one installed at the time.  

Here's the problem.  Mike Allen says that people who experience HHO gas saving improvements are imagining  the results based on a change in their driving habits.  They accelerate less quickly, lay off the gas more often and in general drive in a way that maximizes gas mileage.   Here's the problem I have with that.  People I've spoken to actually report having more torque with these devices and say that they drive faster not slower.  Allen looks sort of funny claiming he's tested these devices and that his pretest conclusions were right when in fact he ends his article by saying he's been testing them just like everyone else has been--flat road testing with an electronic gadget attached to the computer to detect mpg changes.   So based on that, he tells us these things don't work. Then he tells us only a dynamometer test would be conclusive.  Well, which is it?   It's not surprising, Allen insisted these units had no value even before he ran a test.   Then he ran a test and concluded they had no value but then ends his article with an admission that his was another of the invalid tests he criticized.  Do you see what I mean here?  

Here's what I think.  I think Mike Allen should use his pulpit to encourage real testing done by labs authorized by the EPA to run scientifically accepted tests to prove or disprove the efficacy of these devices to save gas.    Is it really going to kill his career to simply say, "hey, I adamantly detest the idea that these things actually work but I have to be honest and admit that  running the type of test required to once and for all establish the truth of HHO gas devices."  Is that going to kill you to say it, Mike?    The EPA has been running tests on these things for 30 years. Trust me, they know how to do the testing. We dont need Popular Mechanics to pretend they know how to conduct the test. 

In the meantime, thousands of people continue to report success with these HHO devices including the gentleman from whom Mike Allen purchased his kit.  

Keep in mind that the National Hydrogen Association has endorsed HHO gas devices which they refer to has hydrogen fuel injection systems. 

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