RA Fischer vs. Traditional Iontophoresis Machines - RA Fischer Co.
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Silicon-Graphite Electrodes

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Active Treatment Display (ATD)

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Direct & Pulsed Current

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3-Button Interface

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Custom pH-Balancing Inserts

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Ergonomic Armrests

The Fischer vs. Traditional Iontophoresis Machines

As the original name in iontophoresis, RA Fischer is the #1 recommended brand by doctors and dermatologists. Our comparison breaks down the differences between The Fischer and traditional devices based on what matters most: safety, ease-of-use, and effectiveness.

Which Is Safest?

Safety features
  •    Silicone-graphite electrodes
  •    No open metal contacts
  •    Flexible underarm attachments
  •    Anti-shock guard
  •    Automatic polarity switch
  •    Precise current control
  •    Pulsed current option

Fischer

7/7winner

Hidrex

2/7below average

Dermadry

3/7average

Drionic

2/7below average

Which Is Easiest To Use?

Ease-of-use features
  •    One-touch start
  •    Three-button interface
  •    Active Treatment Display
  •    Session memory
  •    Non-corroding electrodes
  •    Power plug, no batteries
  •    Direct & Pulsed current in one
  •    Treats hands & feet at the same time

Fischer

8/8winner

Hidrex

4/8average

Dermadry

3/8below average

Drionic

0/8poor

Which Is Most Effective?

Efficiency features
  •    Max current output
  •    Direct Current (DC)
  •    Max voltage output
  •    Constant polarity
  •    Treats hands & feet at the same time
  •    Power plug, no batteries
  •    Non-corroding electrodes
  •    Warranty

Fischer

7/8winner
  • 30 mA (milliamperes)
  • 58 volts
  • 4-years

Hidrex

4/8average
  • 35/20 mA
  • 60/40 volts
  • 5-years (control unit only)

Dermadry

2/8below average
  • 25/15/8 mA
  • 55/48/30 volts
  • 5-years

Drionic

1/8poor
  • 14 mA
  • 9 volts
  • 6-months
  • DP450 Model: max 40 V, means max 20 mA at 2 kOhm
  • DVP1000 Model: max 60 V, means max 30 mA at 2 kOhm (up to 35 mA at lower body resistances)
  • No automatic polarity change
  • No combined hand/feet treatment offered
  • 5-year warranty only covers main control unit
  • “One or both of the aluminum electrodes may discolor after several treatments. … Calcifications on the electrodes can hinder the treatment current.”
  • Predefined treatment times: 20 min for feet/hands
    and 15 min for underarms
  • Max. current: 25, 15 and 8 mA (Feet, Hands, Underarms)
  • Only Pulsed Current (less efficient of the treatment options)
  • Predefined polarity change (every 5 min, which is less effective)
  • Up to 6 weeks (with 3 to 5 sessions per week) before seeing (first) results …
  • “Completely corroded electrodes can prevent the device from delivering current. They are consumables and should be replaced when necessary.”
  • $189 in replacement costs over first 5-years
    • “Every 1-2 years towels, underarm electrodes and tray electrodes shall be replaced.”
      • 2 (replacements) x ($ 9 + $ 27 + $ 36) = $ 144
    • “Every years underarm pockets shall be replaced.”
      • 5 (replacements) x $ 9 = $ 45
  • Aluminum electrodes corrode and need to be replaced
  • These electrodes can release aluminum ions into the water
  • Fingernails are submerged during treatment even though they’re very sensitive and don’t sweat
  • Electrodes need to be unscrewed to be removed
  • Only a 6-month warranty
  • Just a thumbwheel for adjusting the current
  • “Treatment duration up to 60 min per day …”
  • “Treatment will includes all areas submerges beneath the water level …” (which doesn’t completely cover the palms of your hands or the soles of your feet)
  • $100 in replacement costs per year per area being treated
    • “Battery life may vary between 10 and 12 half-hour treatments”
      • Daily use for the first 6 weeks: 6 x 7 days = 56 half-hour treatments
      • Weekly use for the rest of the year: 45 weeks, 45 half-hour treatments
      • About 100 half-hour treatments per year, means battery consumption of 10 batteries per year per single limb
      • Battery costs per year per extremity = 10 x $ 8 = $ 80