There are nearly 100 million car
and trucks operating in North America, and no matter what is
invented for the future, those vehicles will continue
operating for several years.
This means our denizens of the highways will continue
polluting and guzzling fuel at then same pace which has caused
our present day fuel shortage and outrageously inflated costs.
An invention that improves fuel economy and at the same time
helps curb noxious exhaust emissions is needed.
Exchange reports on two such devices -- and they would work
well together. One is the electronic device invented by Ben
Polo ( featured in Exchange issue # 5/6 ) and the other is the
Power Pak, a device invented by Charlie brown and Robert
Whipkey of New York.
Brown, a retired Air Force pilot, adn his partner have
recently completed three years of detailed and complex
research into fuel consumption and polluting emissions.
The Power Pak evolved from an earlier device called the "Ring
of Power", and it is literally an air conditioner for
combusion chambers. The inexpensive, easy-to-install devices
works on any car or truck to improve performance, increase
mileage and control emissions.
Vaporizers and the like have been tried, but they don't do the
job. Our equipment humidifies the air so that combustion takes
place under optimum conditions", Brown explained.
"You cannot see humidity like you can vapor, and that's
probably the reason it works so much better."
Brown heads the firm of Charlie Brown Enterprises and also a
group called Mobile Energy Research Center in Miami.
Everyone knows that a car seems to run better in the rain or
when the air is moist. brown explains it this way:
"Precisely what happens within the engine with humid versus
dry air has not been scientifically proven; there are two
theories, but nothing positive. We do know, however, that air
between 90 and 95% humidity gets the best performance.
The fuel/air ratio is optimum, the rate of burn is slower and
more effective and we see a reduction of carbon deposits in
the engine, a reduction of carbon monoxide and a drastic
reduction of oxides of nitrogen (NOx( that pollutes so badly.
"Additionally, our system results in less engine vibration,
longer spark plug life, longer engine life, a quiter engine
and increase effective road horsepower and signficantly
improved gasoline mileage."
That statement sounds like an auto-makers dream commercial.
Can it be true?
"We have spent thousands of hours and many thousands of
dollars in very thorough and precise testing", Brown stressed.
"Despite the promise shown by our testing, we have been
totally ignored by the various branches of our government that
are supposed to be concerned about the problems of fuel
economy and pollution", Brown said with obvious smouldering
"We have offered to supply our units, at no cost whatsoever to
anyone except ourselves, to more than a dozen supposedly
concerned institutions", Brown added.
Letters offering the device for testing without cost have been
sent to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department
of Transportation; the State of Floida; General Motors
Corporation; Ford Motor Company; Chrysler Corporation [ ...
It would seem that if our pollution and fuel problems are so
pressing as the powers that be claim they are, then any one or
all of the above organizations would have excitedly tested a
Evidently that's not how it works in our system.
"I don't think all those bureaucrats buzzing around up in
Washington have any sort of system", Brown complained. "Both
the EPA and the Transportation department flatly refused to
test our device or discuss our concept.
"The state of Florida advises us that they cannot test the
concept on one of their vehicles because the manufacturer
would void the warrantty -- can you imagine that?", Brown said
with a shake of his head.
"We're protected by patents so the auto manufacturers can
surely look into it without threat of a nuisance suit", Brown
added. "But they ignore us. It's a mystery to me".
One of the reasons the auto manufacturers may be choosing to
ignore Brown and his device -- hoping he'll go away -- is the
political pork barrel foisted on the public a few seasons ago
known as the "catalytic converter".
American consumers are paying the additional cost of these
emissisons control units that lower auto efficiency and shave
time off engine life.
"If I've ever seen a boondoggle, those catalytic converters
are it", Brown noted.
"The thing is expensive -- but profitable for the automakers
-- it has no effect on oxides of nitrogen and I've seen tests
which indicate the catalytic converters actually add another
pollutant to the air -- sufluric acid .
"They only reduce carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, and then
only on cars using unleaded gas. For this we have to pay a
price? Beats me!" commented the exasperated pilot and
The EPA ordered the catalytic converters and the auto moguls
feigned frustration at being told to install them, when all
along it added to profitablility and a great deal of free
advertizing via media stories.
One might ask, why not take the thing down to your local auto
dealer and get him to test it?
"The manufacturers have a policy that forbids dealers from
testing new devices or concepts", Brown pointed out.
Meanwhile, millions of Americans are subject to televised
propaganda about EPA mileage estimates designed to sell cars
and major oil companies advertise how hard they are striving
to provide the "energy needed to keep America rolling".
Brown admits that his earlier device, the "Ring of Power"
caused rust problems and was expensive because it was made of
ceramic tile. But the Power Pak solves both problems and fits
easily on all vehicles.
"One of our problems certainly must be the rash of gas-saving
gimmicks that popped up across the country over the last few
years. These useless gimmicks have given all such devices a
Carburetion devices have come and gone throughout the history
of automotive engines, and teh auto makers steadfastly deny
that anything more efficient than what they manufacture has
ever come forth.
Some of the "better ideas" did turn out to have major
drawbacks. The famed Fish carburetor invented by John Fish was
indeed more efficient for racing cars and hotrods, but for
around-town driving it left much to be desired.
The equally noted Pogue carburetor invented by Canadian Nelson
Pogue could indeed obtain fantastic mileage -- but it did not
give the car the necessary performance standards American
However, Brown's Power Pak is in a class by itself. it is not
a mere gimmick; it works and has impressive test credentials
-- and it can be inexpensively installed on present vehicles.
Rather than attempting to force new carburetion sytems down
industry's throat -- as several inventors have tried to do and
failed -- Charlie Brown has found a way to make today's fuel
systems, in both gasoline and diesel engines work cleaner and
California has at least acknowledged Polo's Equalizer; Brown
has been totally ignored. his Power Pak deserves a fair
hearing and trial.
Brown repeated his statement, still incredulous that the
powers that be do not act:
"Here is something that can be inexpensively installed on
existing cars; giving them longer life and better performance
for the investment.
"In addition we help clean up the air and save fuel".
The automakers certainly cannot say that!
A search of www.espacenet.com ( the European Patent
Office online ) yielded no results for Charlie Brown,
&c... except for this related fuel humidifaction system:
system for internal combustion engines
Inventor(s): BROWN ALLAN [GB]
Classification: - international:
F02M25/07; F02D21/08; F02M25/028; F02M25/07; F02D21/00;
-- A humidity
amplification system for an internal combustion engine 1
comprises a conduit 10, eg of heat resistant silicone plastics
material, for conveying a portion of exhaust gas to a point 19
in an air intake 6 upstream of a throttle plate 24 forming
part of the air intake. The conduit 10 may take exhaust gases
from a collector 4 located between a catalytic converter 3 and
a silencer 5 to a vaporising chamber 7 which is heated eg by
thermal connection 8 to the exhaust manifold 2. In a diesel
engine, a vacuum pump may be used to draw recycled exhaust gas
through the conduit 10. The amount of exhaust gas to be
recycled may be determined using a humidity sensor 29. In a
modification, the exhaust collector 4 is located upstream of
the catalytic converter 3 and an auxiliary catalytic converter
(14, fig.3) is provided in the tube 10. An EGR tube (33,
fig.4) may be provided between the exhaust and inlet manifolds
so that the engine management system 22 can select humidity
amplification, eg at high engine speeds, or EGR, eg at low