So I've read about these Lifters that lots of crazies attribute to antigravity or whatever. Obviously we know that it's caused by the ionic wind. But how does that work, exactly? One description I read says that the high voltage of the top conductor ionizes air (by removing or adding electrons?), which is then attracted to the bottom conductor. On its way to the bottom conductor it collides with neutral air molecules, and imparts momentum to them. The neutral molecules are not attracted to the conductor, so they just keep on moving in the same direction, creating the wind. The charged particles keep going until they hit the bottom electrode, give up their charge, and become free-floating neutral particles again. (If this is the correct way to think about it, how is power transferred from the source to the load? What effect does the change in momentum of the moving particles have on the electrical properties of the air? Do the collisions look like added resistance to the circuit? Could you stop the air from moving and see a change in resistance?) They say that the lifters don't work as well if they're arcing, which would seem to mean that the corona discharge works better because the charged particles are more dispersed and interact with neutral air molecules more often, so this description makes sense to me. Another description seems to say that the force seems to come from neutral air molecules becoming polarized and attracted to the top conductor, then being repelled from the bottom conductor. Is this really just the same thing as above? It almost looks like it's supposed to be expelling a constant stream of negatively charged ions, which can't possibly be true, can it? The lifter and power supply would then become more and more positively charged, and the negative particles would flow right back. Things like this and those "ionic breeze" air "purifiers" claim that they release ions into the general atmosphere surrounding the unit. But is that really true? Wouldn't the ions just travel from one electrode to the other? Maybe they really mean the byproducts of ionization like ozone... Also, stop calling them "asymmetrical capacitors". Capacitors have this thing called an insulator between the two plates that prevents charge from flowing. Ionized air is not an insulator. I saw this in a related thread from 2004: That's a really awful attitude. Don't censor it; debunk it. Otherwise they'll never learn and keep coming back. Haven't you ever been to a crackpot website? "Go to our website to find out what They don't want you to know!!!" Censoring them just makes them even more crazy.