HHO conversion kit assembly is far easier than most people think. Like most things, you still need decent instructions. In fact, after thirteen HHO conversions of my own, for friends and family, I still need to periodically refer to one of my manuals. Any kit will work quite adequately, but as technology improves it is worth getting the latest instructions available.
A proper working HHO conversion kit should comprise of an HHO generator, a vaporiser, an electronic control unit, an electrical circuit and a few feet of hose. The vehicle’s battery and ignition system are connected to the electronic control unit and HHO generator. The hose passes via the vaporiser to the carburetor’s intake hose.
Just out of interest, the top US states for HHO conversion, in descending order are Florida, Texas, Minnesota, Idaho and New York. Most kits are fitted to a Ford, GM, Toyota and VW vehicles.
The materials should cost between $100 and $200, depending on whether you choose platinum or stainless steel for your catalyst. Although a standard household toolbox should contain everything necessary for construction, if you really do need the help of a mechanic, he shouldn’t charge more than about $150 for assembly and fitting. This compares with spending over $6,000 on a pre-built kit which will perform no better than making your own.
Bear in mind that the IRS will give you a tax deduction of $2,000 if you add an HHO system to your vehicle. Look up their site. You will need to retain all your receipts as proof of conversion.
Elements of an HHO Conversion Kit
The generator is the most crucial component. It comprises of a housing and a catalyst. The housing must be capable of coping with very high temperatures. Something like CPVC is ideal for this.
A catalyst, or electrode, is placed within the casing. As an electric current, drawn from the vehicle’s battery, is passed through the water in the casing, the water reacts with the catalyst and HHO is formed. This oxyhydrogen gas rises to the surface and is passed via the vaporiser to the engine. This gas burns four to five times better than gasoline, which is where the savings are made.
Refer to your manual for the best type and design of catalyst. They are quick and easy to make (or simply buy) but opinions vary on the best material and design.
The vaporizer, or bubbler, is positioned between the generator and carburetor hose simply to avoid moisture entering the engine. They can be bought for a few dollars.
The control unit basically controls the electrical circuit and earths the system. They can be bought off the shelf or made yourself. A good unit will allow you to monitor and adjust the amperage passing through the water. If your own design looks fairly crude, you may want to mount it beneath the dashboard or in the glove compartment.
HHO conversion kit assembly really is as simple as that.