2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #113[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
HydroStar Works Great For FARM SHOW ReaderI got a call the other day from Myron Rhodes, Harrisonburg, Va., who wanted to thank us for running a story in the 2011 Best of FARM SHOW issue on the HydroStar add-on hydrogen generator.
“I’ve been interested in hydrogen fuel for a while so when I saw your story, I contacted the manufacturer, Andrew Herold, and bought a unit to install in my 2006 Dodge mini van. Before installing the HydroStar, I got 23 mpg on the highway and 15 or so on country roads. After installation, I now get an amazing 35 mpg on the highway and 25 on the local roads,” Myron told me.
I’ve heard these kind of stories in the past on older, inefficient engines but almost never on newer computer-controlled, fuel-injected engines. Sometimes people would tell me they had great fuel savings at first but then the computers in the vehicles would “adjust” to the new fuel mix and mileage would go right back to what it was before. So I asked Myron what he did different.
“The key to making it work is the new Volo FS2 performance chip (www.voloperformance.com) which is made specifically for the electronics in your vehicle to allow it to burn supplementary hydrogen fuel. It’s a simple chip that plugs into the OBD-II data port under the dash of all late model cars. It allows the electronics to adapt to the introduction of hydrogen into the combustion process,” says Rhodes. “No fine-tuning needed. Just install, hit the reset button for automatic calibration, and forget it.”
Rhodes has another trick for running his HydroStar unit. “I installed a simple battery-powered digital amp meter under the dash (cost $10 online). I wired it to the unit and also to a toggle switch on the dash. When I turn it on I can see how many amps the HydroStar is drawing. It should be at 11 to 20 amps. I flip it on, see if it’s okay, and then turn it off. If it drops below 11 amps, I top it up with the sodium citrate solution that I use in the hydrogen unit. Every 800 miles or so I empty the tank and refill it, then monitor it with the amp meter until it’s back up to full power.”
The HydroStar hydrogen unit sells for right at $125. Inventor Andrew Herold says he has been hearing more and more amazing reports from users. “One of my customers drives a semi and installed 3 HydroStar units in series, pulling only about 30 amps. He recently drove 19,212 miles across country with the unit, burning 2,479 gal. of gas for a 7.7 mpg average. That’s 1.3 mpg more than before he installed the generators so his savings were about 90 gal. of diesel a week. I have examples from many other customers who are happy not only with the increased mileage but also the boost in power they’ve experienced,” says Herold.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Andrew Herold, 11402 Westview Ct., Beltsville, Md. 20705 (ph 240 715-5000; www.hydrostarllc.com).
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