Vinyl static ionizers who's used them?

There are 2 that I know of the DS Audio ION-001 Vinyl ionizer or the CS Port Static Eliminator IME1. Are they worth the asking price? 


There is also the Furutech Destat lll

If someone has already spent $5K - $15K on the TT, the $350 price of the Furutech is only pocket change?  

Bigtwin not really the same, I've borrowed a Destat III and I'll admit it worked for maybe 5 minutes the effect quickly wears off. The other 2 static eliminators continously throw out those neg ions while your LP is spinning although at a significant cost.

Destat III works well for me too.  Wouldn't be without mine.  I am speculating that if more static is building up in just minutes that something might be done to improve grounding.

i own three turntables, and own -2- CS Port IME1’s and a single DS Audio ion-001.

so one for each turntable.

the advantages of the stand mounted version is continuous emitting of negative ions to reduce static and lower noise. and you turn them on and they are passive. just play records.

the only challenge is finding a spot on your plinth or rack to set them in proper proximity so you get full effectiveness. which is why i own 2 different types.

hand held products such as the Destat III provide temporary improvement, less than a full side (5 to 10 minutes). and require a pre-treatment process for every side you play. that will get old quickly. i have three or four older versions of the Destat III in my tweak drawer gathering dust. then it’s a door stop, effectively.

cheap tweaks you never use are expensive.

better tweaks you really use and make the music sound better every time are priceless.

Poor man's CS Port IME-1/DS Audio Ion-001?

As the article states, this product will be introduced next week at a coffee makers show in Oregon. To sell for $150.  Since vinyl is said to accumulate electrons and thus to develop a negative charge on the surface of an LP, I wonder why the DS Audio is designed to secrete both positive and negative ions.  Seems you could get by with only positive ions (to neutralize negative charge on the LP).  My brief attempt to research the subject of ion generators suggests that positive ion generators also make negative ions, en passant.  And there are very few such products on the commercial market.  Whereas one can buy negative ion generators by the boatload and for low to high dollars. for room air cleanup.

If I were to purchase the item described above, I would point the positive ion emitting end at the LP surface during play.  The design would seem to permit that.


Anyone heard of using, or uses, a Plasma lighter? An acquaintance uses one and likes it.

He said: " I just ordered a $10 plasma lighter off Amazon for static control, apparently it works as well as / better than a Furutech DeStat / Milty Zerostat for pennies on the dollar + way cooler to use"

Another vote for Destat III. I will use an anti static brush after using the Destat. The Destat removes the static that causes dust to adhere to the vinyl.   I’ve noticed that there is almost no buildup of dust particles on the cartridge surface since using this method. Also greatly reduces the pops when playing whether they were caused by static or particles on the vinyl. For me it’s been a win win. 

I’ve been interested in finding an inexpensive answer for the static issue with records.  I have an original Discwasher desist gun which a slow process and a hassle.  I was looking at these ionizing fans that are used for electronics.  “Ionizing Air Blower Fan Ion Anti-Static Elimination Ionizer”.  They’re cheap and I’m sure noisy but I was thinking of mounting it next to where I open the records and only turn it on while unsleeving the record.   Then hold the album under the destatic fan for a few seconds before putting it on the turntable.  Then turn it on again when putting the album away.  I do also use an anti static record cleaning turntable arm while playing the record which should keep static down while playing.  I thought of putting the anti static fan near the turntable to blow on the record but it’s not quite enough to use while playing music.  Or maybe that is a better spot to only use the fan while putting the record on then letting the ionizing fan run for a few seconds before starting to play the record.  If the Acaia Ion Beam would shoot the field out far enough that isn’t a bad investment to put right next to your turntable.  Then again I wonder how much noise it emits?

In that device, what keeps the positive and negative ions in the air flow from combining with each other before excess charge of either polarity that may reside on the target can be neutralized?

I really don’t know.  I’m trying to figure out what might work but maybe an inonizer isn’t the perfect answer to destatic vinyl records.  That’s why I’m posting to see what might work.  It just seems that whenever you take a device and label it as an audio product the price multiples dramatically.  
I also noticed that it’s not good to run an ionizer continuously while in the room.  So if something like this would work to destatic vinyl it should be only be used for brief times I guess.  Here are the specs of this unit:


Current Consumption: 0.25A or 0.12A 

Air Velocity: 45CFM-110CFM (Adjustable) 

Air Flow Characteristics: 40cm*60cm 

Operating Temperature: 0~50℃ 

Ion Balance(Offset Voltage): 0±10 V. 

Noise level: <57dB 

Air volume: 1.0~2.0㎥/min 

Ion Needle Material: Pure Copper 

Silicone power cord length: 1.7m 

Test Results 

  • Test Voltage: 1KV-100V 
  • Ambient Temperature: 22 ℃ 
  • Test Humidity: 75%RH 
  • Test Distance: 300mm 600mm 900mm 
  • Neutral Time: positive 1.2s 2.5s 3.9s 
  • negative 1.3s 2.6s 4.1s 
  • Residual Voltage: positive 8V 5V 4V 
  • negative -7V -6V -3V

I also found a small battery or USB powered version that would mount easily on a stand next to your turntable but apparently this also should only be used for a short time.  
maybe an ionizer isn’t a good device to use for records?  I’d love to hear what others think.  I was just hoping to find an inexpensive alternative to these expensive devices. 

“It’s not good to run an ionizer continuously…”

That cautionary note applies only to devices that generate ozone. The devices we’ve mentioned so far don’t produce ozone.

On second thought, that plasma igniter might produce a tiny amount of ozone, but you’d not run it constantly, and the amount of ozone produced would be trivial.

I’ve usually heard good things about the Destat 3 but too expensive for me.  I’m a retired tube electronics tech (mostly tube anyway) and on a tight budget.  Have built most of my equipment or at least modded it.  So looking for a cheap way to accomplish  this.  The Ion Beam sounds pretty good and mountable but still $150.  Wondering if a simple small negative ion generator like this might work.  It also is not AC powered so could be near the turntable and only $60.  Maybe could be mounted on the turntable frame on the opposite  side away from the phono cartridge and pointing towards the record.  Anyone has ideas on this?

There is a thread of sorts at WBF about using plasma lighters to eliminate static. It is a plasma field and you hold it above the surface 1.8 inch.

Harpo, If you google "positive ion generator", you will note that they all also produce negative ions, and you can find on both eBay and Amazon simple devices that appear to produce positive ions on one lead and negative ions on another, usually denoted by white and black leads, respectively.  (On the other hand, you can also find devices that look exactly the same but produce negative ions only.) These cost $30 or even less, about the size of a small inductor or box-shaped capacitor.  The problem for most of us would be how to implement the module to harness its output. (On the input side, you can use 12VDC or 120VAC.  It seems to simple to be real, but take a look, and you may find a way to create something useful for very low $$$,

I forgot to add that I would bet several of the expensive ionizers, if stripped of the cosmetics, would turn out to have a heart consisting of one of those $30 devices you can find on eBay or Amazon.


Industry uses ionizers extensively for electrostatic discharge (EDS) control - here is a very basic description - Technical Guide - STATIC REMOVERS (IONIZERS) (

There are many compact bench top ionizers available such as AC powered  TB-3043.pdf ( and DC powered 2020-1j-p16p (  The fans in low speed are generally about 40-45dB, there may be quieter ones.  These blower units tend to have a pretty good reach as shown in the literature, but the neutralization time with distance as shown in the literature.

Ionizers can produce highly toxic ozone, the reputable one will specify an ozone limit such as <0.05ppm.  There are lower cost Chinese knock-offs, user beware. 

lewn you are exactly correct. I’ve been in and out of the audio business during my career and have worked for a few big name audio companies.   I’ve seen companies do exactly what you are saying.  Even to the point of buying a cheap ready made product, changing it slightly, putting it in a fancy case and calling it an “Audio” product and charging  10 times what it originally cost.  That’s why after looking at a few things I thought geez, I can make one of these or just buy something ready made cheap.  And yes I did see the devices you mentioned.

Antinn, I haven’t taken the time to look at your references but there are two types of these devices, so far as I can tell. One type works via electrostatic discharge. That’s the type that produces ozone. Humans should not be in the room when they’re operating . The other type is an ion generator which doesn’t create ozone, at least not to an appreciable degree. I believe the devices we’ve been discussing fall into the latter category, save possibly for that plasma lighter. But it would be benign most likely due to its low power, very local effect, and brief period of activation.

@lewm I saw the Acaia release this last week and it seems awesome. I have a big problem with chaff clinging in my Baratza grinder and will be picking up the Ion Beam. I will definitely be trying it with my turntable to see if there's any benefit. Acaia make great products and I own a few of them and highly recommend them. 

There's an obvious effect that the Destat III has in letting a rocket blower remove dust that otherwise won't blow off. I'm not aware of hearing static pops one way or the other, so I do this just my stylus's sake.

There is something unclear to me though, and the Destat III comes with rudimentary instructions. Is there any benefit to repeating it on the second side? I don't think there is, but static electricity is like black magic to me. If I blast one side with (I think) negative ions am I just creating a positive charge on the other side?

Actual science suggests that the static charge between the LP surface and the platter is unaffected by discharging the playing surface and quickly migrates to distribute over both sides, when you flip the LP to play side 2. This suggests you need to discharge both sides, one exposed surface at a time.

Jwall, my fallback position on the Acaia is that if it doesn’t work in my listening room, I can use it with our burr coffee grinder.

If you ever stumble on one of these, get it.

Makes a Destat act like the 90 lb. guy next to a sumo...

With a fresh C cell, it'll bite hard enough to surprise and drop it....which is why only spouse and self handle it.

Not made anymore, or I've not noticed any here in the states since bought back in the mid '80s'.

Another thing to pry out of my dead hands...;)

Dust? What dust?

Don't know about the others, but vacuum cleaner usually removes static completely. 

I have been using static eliminator products for many years, starting with the Milty ZeroStat back in the early 80's. I use the Furutech Destat that I purchased back in 2007 which is the first generation of the product. It has worked flawlessly for 15 yrs. When used properly the surface of a record will become neutral, no static charge present.

There seems to be some confusion on how to use the Destat. You can not place the record on your turntable and then use the Destat. You must hold the record in your hand and then use the Destat. I do 2 revolutions around the record and only on the side that I am going to play. Doing the both sides at the same time will not better your results. When you flip the record over to play the other side, you will still have to use the Destat again to neutralize that side of the record.

To validate the process, I use a Simco FMX-004 Electrostatic Field Meter Static Tester. Placing the record on the turntable then using the Destat, static charge is still present on the surface. It can be anywhere from 15 to .10 depending on the record. Point being there is still static present on the record surface.

If you hold the record in your hand and then use the Destat, the record surface will become totally neutral, no static charge present on the record surface. Using the Simco the meter reads 0.00 across the whole record. This is the same for every record that I do with the Destat, it is consistent and repeatable.

I am a little confused when people state that some other product works better than the Destat, how? You can not get any better than neutral. The record surface can not be more neutral. So I am still trying to figure that one out.

Just for the record I think the Milty ZeroStat is a great product but I never got the record surface to be neutral with the Milty ZeroStat. It worked to reduce static on the surface but there was still some static present.

After playing a record, I measured to see how much static was now on the surface, it would vary from record to record but it would range from 2.0 to .10. So yes, some static did return to the surface but mainly because of the stylus moving through the grooves. That is a small amount of static which is easy to remove with the Destat.

Benjie, you’re confusing us with actual data. I’ve been stewing on the question of whether or not to buy that Simco that you own and which I agree could settle all these questions. After nulling the charge in a hand held record, does charge reappear when you then place it on the platter? Does charge increase from baseline after play? Thanks for casting some light on the subject.

One reason for interest in other products that might work is the $350 cost of the Furutech.


Sorry I am confusing you, let me try again. I am going to just get an album out of my collection at random and perform all of the step listed here.

Placing the record right out of the sleeve (anti-static) onto the turntable give a reading of 4.0 to 2.0 across the record when measured with the Simco. Using the Destat with the record on the platter drops the static reading down to 1.6 to .04 across the record. No matter how many times I use the Destat I can never get the record to neutral 0.00 when the record is on the platter.

Holding the record in my hand and using the Destat the record drops from the initial reading of 4.0 to 2.0 across the record to neutral 0.00, static charge no longer is measured on the record surface. Next placing the record on the turntable and taking another reading the record is still neutral 0.00. So placing the record on the platter does not introduce any static charge back on to the record.

I play the record all the way through to the end and take another reading and I get anywhere from 0.00 to 0.04 across the record. So playing the album only produced a small amount of static back on to the record surface.

Now here is the crazy part. When I remove the album from the turntable and take another reading with the record in my hand the static charge is back to its original reading of 4.0 to 2.0, give or take a few points but basically it has returned to its original static charged state.

I would be interested in how much static returns to the record surface when using the DS Audio ION-001 Vinyl ionizer or the CS Port Static Eliminator IME1 upon removing the record from the platter. I’ll bet the static charge is back.

when using the DS Audio ION-001 Vinyl ionizer or the CS Port Static Eliminator IME1 upon removing the record from the platter. I’ll bet the static charge is back.

Yes I'm sure the static would return when removing the LP but at that point who cares? Just saying

Benji, thank you for answering my questions, and I don’t see where I was confused. The questions I asked were based on my understanding of your original post. Many people have claimed in the past that the act of the diamond stylus rubbing against the groove is a major cause of the electrostatic charge accumulating. In fact, if you look at the websites for these very expensive devices we have been discussing, that notion perpetuated .. Many years ago, the Shura corporation did a fairly scientific controlled study of static charge on records, and they concluded that friction between the Stylus and the groove is not a major cause of static accumulation. Your results are completely consistent with those of the Shure corporation. So that’s very interesting. And that’s what I wanted to know. My opening statement that you were” confusing us with actual data “ was meant to be facetious. Most claims made here are pure speculation or personal opinion. You contributed real information that you acquired using one of the best handheld meters to do the job.


I have a question about your findings using the Destat III on records. You stated that after pre-treating with the Destat III and playing the record on your turntable the effects only last about 5 to 10 minutes. How were you able to determine that? Did you measure the static charge before and after play? The reason I ask this is because my findings are totally different.

When I treat a record with the Destat and measure the static charge on the record surface it is 0.00, surface is neutral. After playing the record I measure the surface again while the record is still on the turntable and I get a reading of 0.00 to 0.04 across the record. Which shows that the record surface is still static free after playing that side of the record. 0.04 is such a small amount you would never hear it through your system. I have repeated this process many times and with many different records. We seem to have very different outcomes using the same process.

Hey if you would like to get rid of those doorstops for free I will take them !

I use this cheap version I got from Amazon:

YUCHENGTECH Ionizing Air Blower Anti Static Ionizer Static Eliminator ESD Ionizer Static Elimination Fan Benchtop DC Type (110V)

there is fan noise but I only use it between records.

Lance, in your unit, does it have plates inside that you have to clean periodically?

If anyone is selling a Nagaoka Kilavolt No 103 please Let me know.  Thanks!

The ad for CC Port says “static electricity is caused by cartridge friction.” So far as can be determined by a search for actual data, that’s incorrect. DS Audio make the same claim in their ad copy. Doesn’t matter if both products perform, but it’s good to seek a valid hypothesis.

Well as you stated lewm that's CSPORT & DSAUDIO hypothesis right or wrong. It makes sense that some of the static would be caused by the cartridge "dragging" in the Grove but I'm sure there is more to it than that.

Yes, it makes sense until actual data reveal it is not happening.  Which we have first from Shure Corporation who wrote a paper on the mechanism of static charge on LPs where they reported their own experiments that showed no evidence to support the notion that friction between stylus tip and groove causes charge accumulation, and second from one of the responders to this thread who measured static charge on his LPs before vs after play, using a quality meter to do so.  He also found no difference, comparing before vs after.  So maybe you want to consider our data incomplete, but I tend toward believing that the data we do have say the idea is wrong.

James H. Kogen, Phonograph Reproduction 1978, Audio Magazine May 1978, Audio-1978-05.pdf ( goes into some detail on static; what causes it and what does not – the needle in the groove was not a source of static.

I procrastinated on the Acaia, but I did buy an FMX003 static charge meter sold on eBay for $175. First experiment was to rip an LP out of its sleeve as rapidly as possible. Charge on the LP surface read -11kV. I then zapped the LP with my 50 year old Zerostat. This reduced the charge to about -0.25kV. So now I’m wondering why I need the Acaia or a Destat III or etc.

Play the LP and test for static again. The Destat is only good for about the 1st 5 minutes of the record and then it gets charged again.

(1) Who said anything about the Destat?

(2) I don’t own a Destat, used the plain old Zerostat in my experiment described above, but Benjie’s post is in disagreement with your claim (Benjie is here replying to someone else, but his post does contradict your claim.): "When I treat a record with the Destat and measure the static charge on the record surface it is 0.00, surface is neutral. After playing the record I measure the surface again while the record is still on the turntable and I get a reading of 0.00 to 0.04 across the record. Which shows that the record surface is still static free after playing that side of the record. 0.04 is such a small amount you would never hear it through your system. I have repeated this process many times and with many different records. We seem to have very different outcomes using the same process."

(3) There seems to be a consensus based on more careful experiments that playing the LP per se is not the cause of static charge build-up. However, it could be that when we step up to either flip the LP or replace it with another LP, we transfer charge from our body to the LP, which would erroneously support the notion that the stylus rubbing on vinyl causes static charge. And also, discharging one surface of the LP does nothing to any charge on its opposite side. So when you do flip an LP, that charge is now on the new playing surface.

1) Here: So now I’m wondering why I need the Acaia or a Destat III or etc.

2)I can play an LP that has zero on the meter and after the side is done, the reading is way up. I don't remember the exact numbers.

3) I find that every time I play an lp, the static goes up. Perhaps it has something to do with the belt drive on the VPI? I just want to eliminate it.


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I’m glad it worked for you because mine is adding static. I’ve tried grounding to various spots and even tried a 9V battery inline to add some positive, ( thought it would be an idea that would make me rich LOL) but the action of the brush is adding static I really want it to work because it works great to remove dust before it hits the stylus.


My next experiment will involve a carbon fiber mat and grounding the platter with a central conductor ball bearing mounted in the spindle bearing housing. As it is now my platter assembly has no path to ground. I’ll bet that most do not.  My platter is steel.  Might not be possible with acrylic platters.

I check static by hanging some toilet paper and seeing how the record pulls it or not.  The zerostat will neutralize the record but it does seem that some static builds up again while playing.  Makes sense to me that it's from the stylus.

And I like using those silicon rollers to remove dust but that action also causes static.  I don't like those antistat brushes.  I think they push stuff into the grooves.