Step by Step

How To Make Colloidal Silver

Using Your SILVERengines proton:

Detailed Step-By-Step Instructions

30 Years of Experience with Colloidal Silver

You’ve bought the most sophisticated and easiest to use colloidal silver generator on the planet.
Now it’s time to put it to work.

There are more details than you might ever need to see on this page. It’s as close as we can come to “holding your hand” while you set up and use your proton for the very first time.

Please study this page very carefully the first time you use your proton.

Once you’ve seen how simple it is to set up and how easy it is to use, you’ll be a “proton expert.”
You’ll be able to “make a batch” of colloidal silver with no more than a couple of minutes of setup and cleanup every time.

Watching this short video will introduce you to your proton.

Please follow these instructions very carefully:

Your proton comes in its own Mason jar.

Let’s start by taking a closer look at what’s in the jar and how to use it.


Rather than waste your money on a fancy cardboard box to throw away, your SILVERengines proton is packed in a 16 ounce Mason jar. All the parts fit neatly inside. This is convenient for travel. Just dry the inside of the jar thoroughly before re-packing it.

When you first open your proton, you’ll find some fluffy, cotton-like packing material that may be discarded. It’s there to protect your proton from shipping damage. The proton itself is taped to a card that serves a dual purpose; it has some basic printed instructions and illustrations, and it also keeps the proton from jostling around in transit. even so, be sure to straighten the silver rods as shown in the picture in case they got bent.

The Mason jar is glass. It has a metal lid with a rubber seal. Although not initially necessary, both may be washed with hot soapy water, and are “dishwasher safe.” After long use, some silver may “plate” to the inside surface of the jar. If and when you do choose to wash the jar, rinse it out with a few ounces of distilled water to remove any detergent residue.

What comes in the jar?

When you unpack the Mason jar, you will find everything pictured here (except the small card, now obsoleted by the large instruction card).
Note: Printed material and detailed shapes may vary slightly from the photos, as we are constantly updating to provide you with the best technology and documentation.

This is everything you’ll need except distilled water and electricity:

  • The Mason jar and lid
  • A half-sheet of “Quick Start” instructions printed on card stock
  • One USB power brick and micro-USB cable
  • One small saddle/holster to support the proton above the jar

Set aside the paperwork and, if you wish, you may wash the jar with hot soapy water by hand or in your dishwasher (the first time you use it only; again, much later, if you want to remove a silver film build-up from the inside of the jar). Give the jar a final rinse with some distilled water to flush out any soap residue.

It’s not necessary to clean the jar after every use, because it has been filled with silver solution which sterilizes it during each use.

What’s this little plastic thing?

This is a closeup of two of the saddles. (Note: Only one saddle comes in the jar, but two are shown here so you can see both top and bottom.

The saddle on the left is upside-down. Notice that it has three “prongs” that end in rounded tips. These three prongs are designed to hold the saddle centered in the mouth of the Mason jar.

The saddle on the right is right-side up. The top of the saddle is flat. Notice at the back of the saddle are two notches. These notches are designed to allow space for the hex screws that hold the pure silver wires securely in place up against the proton circuit board.

Notice the little “clip” at the far back of the saddle. This is to hold the USB power wire in place and keep it out of the way.

How the saddle fits in the jar.

In this next photo, we’ve placed the saddle in the neck of the Mason jar. Notice that the flat side is up and the three points are down inside the lip of the jar, holding the saddle centered.

Notice also that at the back of the saddle, there are two “notches” or depressions. These are to accommodate the bumps on the back of the proton case where the screws that hold the silver wires go.

Please also notice that at the bottom of the threaded neck there is a glass ridge that goes all the way around the jar. Just below the glass ridge, the jar blooms outward. When you fill the jar to the ridge, it holds about 16 ounces.

This glass ridge indicates the proper level for filling your jar with water. If you fill it lower than this level, it will affect the processing time of your nano silver, and you won’t be using all of your silver rods.

CAUTION: If you fill the jar higher than the bottom of the neck, you could get your proton wet, damaging it and voiding the warranty.

You’ll know you have it right if only the silver wires touch the water, and if the tips of the wires are slightly (about 1/8th inch) above the surface of the water.

Next, we’ll see how the proton fits in the saddle.


Placing the proton in its saddle.

Here you can see the proton being lowered into its saddle.


As you lower the proton into the saddle, note that the “bumps” at the back of the case fit smoothly and easily into the supporting saddle because of the presence of the two notches at the back of the saddle.

We have been amazed at some of the “creative” ways that customers have managed to assemble the proton and the saddle. Please pay attention to these pictures, because there is only one correct way for the proton to fit in the saddle.

It is possible if misassembled to get the proton case wet, voiding the warranty. That’s why we emphasize and illustrate how it ought to go together, and why we’ve asked you to pay close attention the very first time.

Taming the power cord.

In this next photo, the proton is properly seated in its saddle, and the saddle is properly situated in the mouth of the Mason jar.

Notice that the USB power wire has been inserted into the little “clip” at the far back of the saddle. This is to help keep it out of the way. If the USB wire is too stiff, you may also wish to place a rubber band around the jar to help hold the wire in place.

When properly seated in the Mason jar as pictured here, and when the jar is filled to the proper level – to the ring at the bottom of the neck of the jar (see the photos that follow), then the proton is suspended safely above the water level. Only the silver wires touch the water.

Once you are sure that you’ve assembled your proton correctly, please remove it from the jar and lay it on the table so that you can fill the jar with pure, distilled water.


A few words about distilled water.

Please note that it is essential to use DISTILLED Water with your proton.

NOT purified water. NOT reverse osmosis (R/O) water. NOT spring water. NOT filtered water.

At the beginning of every nano silver batch, your proton tests the quality of the water you are using. If the water contains any minerals or chemicals, making it at all conductive, your proton will detect the contaminants and refuse to operate.

Always start your proton in the jar.

This is for your safety! If there are minerals, salts, chloride, or other chemicals in the water, the silver may combine with those contaminants and produce silver salts or silver chloride. These compounds of silver are not beneficial for you.

For your own safety and well being, do not attempt to operate your proton in anything but pure, distilled water. If the proton detects any conductive contamination in the water, it will begin rapidly blinking red or pink (see below) and will not operate.

Filling the Mason jar with distilled water.

Now that your proton is properly assembled in its saddle, fill the Mason jar to the bottom of the neck.

If you look at the image above, you will see there is a glass ridge between the jar and the threaded neck. That is the proper level to fill the jar.

Notice also that while the jar is being filled, the proton and its saddle are lying, properly assembled together, on the table behind the jar. It is very important to keep the proton itself dry. Only the silver wires should ever come in contact with the water.

Proper water level in the Mason jar.

Please pay very careful attention to the water level in the jar and to the way that the proton rests in the top of the jar, well above the water level. The illustration to the right indicates (with a red line) the proper fill level at the base of the neck of the jar.

Another way to be sure that you have achieved the proper fill level is to measure 16 ounces of water with a measuring cup and add it to the jar.

Historically, 90% of all proton failures have been due to improperly mounting the proton and getting the case wet as a result. If the proton case gets wet, the circuit board may become damaged, voiding the proton warranty.

But, please don’t stress over this; if you set up your proton as shown here, you’ll never have that problem.


Place the proton in the Mason jar.

Please look closely at the photo below.

When your proton is properly seated in its saddle in the mouth of the jar, and when the jar is filled to the proper level with distilled water, ONLY the silver wires are touching the water. Notice in the photo that the tips of the silver wires are projecting slightly above the surface of the water. This is intentional, resulting in the smallest possible particle size and the highest quality results.

Notice also that the silver rods are evenly spaced apart. The holes in the bottom of the proton case are spaced one inch apart. You should check to be sure that the soft silver wires are likewise spaced one inch apart along their entire length.

Always start your proton with the wires in the water.

This will enable it to test the water quality before it begins operation.

Time to plug it in.

Finally, we’re ready to power up the proton. Be sure the silver wires are in the water when you plug it in.

Colloidal Silver Generator
Colloidal Silver Generator
Colloidal Silver Generator

When you first plug in your proton, it tests its color LED system by turning on each color in sequence – first RED, then GREEN, then BLUE. This happens very rapidly, and so if you are not watching, you might miss it.

Testing the water.

Next, your proton will blink ORANGE as many as eight or nine times as it tests the quality of the distilled water.

Remember that at the beginning of every nano silver batch, your proton tests the quality of the distilled water. Any minerals or chemicals in the water will make the water conductive. If the water is conductive, your proton will detect the contaminants and refuse to operate. Always start your proton with the wires in the water. This will enable it to test the water quality before it begins operation. This is for your safety! If there were any minerals, salts, chloride, or other chemicals in the water, the silver would combine with those contaminants. Silver salts or silver chloride would be created. These compounds of silver are not beneficial for you, and that is why your proton will refuse to operate if it finds any contaminants. Once the proton tests and finds the water to be pure and distilled, it will begin to slowly blink BLUE.

Note: It is possible, if you wish, to use a counter-top steam distiller to distill your own water. If you choose to do this, you will very likely need to double-distill the water; in other words, pass it through your steam distiller twice, in order to reach the quality necessary for the proton to operate.

Normal Operation.

Once the proton has tested and found the water to be pure and distilled, it will begin slowly blinking BLUE. This means that it is operating at a constant current, adding silver ions to the distilled water.

At room temperature, and starting with pure distilled water, this process will take about four hours. During the process, your proton is constantly measuring the concentration of silver ions (Ag+) in the water, periodically altering the direction of current flow to stir the solution and keep the silver rods clear of excess silver oxide, and gradually reducing the voltage potential between the silver rods in order to maintain a low, steady surface current on the silver rods.

Colloidal Silver Generator
Colloidal Silver Generator

When your proton detects that your nanosilver has reached the desired target concentration, the BLUE blinking will change to slowly blinking GREEN. When you see the GREEN, you know that your nanosilver is ready to use.

The result of this carefully and automatically controlled process is a very high quality solution of silver ions and nano-scale colloidal particles.

Error indicators.

If your water is not distilled, you will see rapid RED or PINK flashing as in the photo below. This means that your proton has detected some conductive contaminant in the water.

Empty the jar, locate a source of pure, distilled water, rinse the jar with a few ounces of that good water, refill, and start over again.

Another error indicator you might see is a slowly flashing  WHITE  indicator.

This could happen if you accidentally touch both stainless steel screws on the front of the case during start-up, putting the proton in setting mode. Simply unplug the unit, be sure you are not touching the screws, and plug it back in.

After each use, you may gently wipe the silver rods with a piece of paper towel, being careful to keep them spaced one inch apart. However, if you are using the proton at the recommended, default setting of 10ppm, wiping the rods is not essential.

We do, however, recommend pouring the resulting silver solution through a paper coffee filter before using it, for reasons explained in this article.

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