Conditioning the Plates in a WFC
You cannot use current (amps) to condition plates or tubes in a cell. The best conditioning occurs with radiant energy (negative electricity) because conventional current destroys the oxide layer faster than it can be formed. If you do not have a way of restricting current, the current will find a way to ruin the oxide layer over time, preventing true conditioning from ever taking place. A given cell will never “charge up” the way it will with radiant charging.
The conditioning process can be processed very quickly with high voltage radiant pulses, and a tiny fraction of current.
The other option is to follow Meyer’s extremely difficult method of using a tuned LC circuit with charging chokes to block the current. The charging chokes are ok, but it is more difficult to implement and more expensive than just using a radiant energy charger that produces negative electricity.
If you condition a WFC with any amperage at all, then you will not get the same results. You will ruin the dielectric oxide faster than it can form. As an example I will use my simple experiment:
Using pure negative electricity, I conditioned my cell for 12 hours using several batches of water. After this, I decided to hook up the cell directly to the wall mains outlet with 120 volts through a bridge rectifier. The resulting input to the cell was 2.0 amps at 120 volts DC @ 120hz, directly from the wall mains outlet, with no pulsing circuit, or charging choke coils.
I replaced the filtered water, and put regular unfiltered tap water into the cell. The cell started out at 2.30 amps. From that point on the conditioning process began going backwards! The amp input increased to 2.60 amps. After another change of water, the amperage went up to 2.80 amps. Eventually there was no change either up or down, and conditioning just stopped occurring altogether.
With direct power from the 120v wall mains, the input current clearly increased over time. This is not good. The protective oxide was being destroyed by the excessive current flow, decreasing impedance in the water bath.
After hooking the cell to a radiant charger again, and supplying negative electricity, it was apparent that the cell had been damaged. The conditioning was reversed, and behaved as though it had never been conditioned.
An important thing to know is that the appearance of a white oxide does not accurately represent the real dielectric. The real dielectric is too thin to be seen with the naked eye and exists beneath the white oxide layer. The white oxide layer is porous, therefore the water soaks into it. The dielectric is much thinner that what you see on the plates. This fact explains why you cannot tell the condition of your cell by merely looking at the white film on the cathode (negative).
Example: While using amps I was damaging the conditioning process and decreasing impedance across the plates, however I noticed no visible changes to the white coating. The point is, you should not worry about what the white coating looks like. The most important point is that you get your cell to have extremely high resistance. Just because it has a white coating, does not mean you will have high resistance. The true dielectric is too thin to be seen with the naked eye. This invisible oxide layer is the real dielectric, not the water, or the white chunks.
Some have claimed that Meyer's tubes were inspected, and there was no visible oxide coating on the tubes. This is proof that the oxide coating is too thin to be seen with the naked eye, and the presence of a white powdery coating is not necessarily the dielectric.
More reading from various sources
This looks like a good way to add an oxide film onto stainless steel. But it may be unnecessary.
"Stainless steel is rapidly attacked by sulfuric acid and is therefore unusable in the electrolytes of the present art.
I have discovered, by dissolving a small amount of titanyl sulfate in sulfuric acid, that stainless steel, particularly the types composed essentially of iron, chromium and nickel, such as the No. 300 series, may be exposed to or immersed in the solution without being attacked. The amount of titanyl sulfate added to the sulfuric acid should desirably be sufficient to provide a substantially saturated titanium ion content. The addition of the titanyl sulfate appears to completely passivate the stainless steel. I have further found that stainless steel, of the types mentioned, may be advantageously substituted for silver as the cathode material in tantalum-sulfuric acid capacitors, if a small amount of titanyl sulfate is added to the acid. The addition of the titanyl sulfate inhibitor does not adversely affect the operation or characteristics of the capacitor."