This page shows some of the different types of Rife plasma tubes or sometimes called Rife Tubes, that we manufacture and which are used with the various kinds of Rife technology systems and devices. These are tubes which have been developed with a view to providing a variety of choice to experimenters and users of this technology. They are experimental, as is the assortment of equipment and systems with which these tubes are used. Along with each picture is a short description of the tube with some specific comments. Anyone wanting further and/or detailed information about the tubes shown, or who may have a particular tube design in mind, are invited to call or e-mail me. You can also view or download (depending on how your browser is configured) a recently updated pdf catalog on my RIFE PLASMA TUBES by CLICKING HERE. This file is in Adobe Acrobat pdf format for which you'll need Acrobat Reader to view the file. If you don't have Acrobat Reader installed, you can get it for free at the Adobe website.

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Plasma Tubes Currently Available For Use With the

Rife/Bare, EMEM 2/3 and Similar Systems

  This newest Phanotron tube is one which we have recently developed.. It is an exact duplicate (with the exception of the end caps) of the Phanotron tube that came with the original 1939 Beam Ray Machine that Aubrey Scoon acquired and then reverse engineered. The tube is made from Pyrex and filled with Helium. The original tube and machine can be seen at Aubrey's WEBSITE. From initial reports, the tube is working very well with the reverse engineered machines and works equally well with the modern Rife/Bare devices. The tube is pictured below.



'39 Phanotron tube shown energized.




Along with the standard Phanotron tube displayed on the first page of this web site, the tubes shown and described below are available for sale for use with Rife and related systems.

A recent development in the application of the Phanotron tube is it's use with the low cost EMEM devices which can be seen at Dick Loyd's WEBSITE. From feedback received to date, the Phanotron seems to generate effects with much greater intensity and effectiveness than the normal straight tube as well as eliminating the necessity for anyone to hold onto or have physical contact with the tube.

Anyone wanting information about or on the use of any of these tubes are invited to contact me.


This first group of tubes are designed and built to be used in a Rife/Bare or similar type of RF system.


In collaboration with Jim Bare, we have very recently developed a high pressure straight Quartz tube that's specially designed to work with his newest R/B system. The tube measures 1 inch in dia. and is 18 inches long, and is filled with a gas mix of Argon, Neon and Helium. Initial tests indicate that this tube packs an incredible punch and is very effective...we're actually quite excited about the potential of this tube. It has been run up to 400 watts with no adverse effects to the tube. Needless to say, the tube gets very very hot at these power levels. You can see this new Quartz tube pictured below. It is being energized from just a set of copper collars.


Here is an Argon filled Pyrex bubble tube shown energized. Note the external copper sleeves to which the leads from the antenna tuner are attached.


Typical plasma tube setup




Energized Quartz Bubble Tube


Above, is the same size bubble tube made in Quartz glass. Note the blue/purple color outlining the outside edges of the glass. This is due to the ability of Quartz to transmit and pass all wavelengths of light. Many users consider this feature to be a major advantage in terms of the effectiveness of the effects generated. As well, this tube generates very noticeable amounts of Ozone, particularly the H-gas version, which is considered to be a major plus by those into Ozone therapy.


Below, is the Pyrex tube shown with the antenna tuner. The main advantage of using the copper sleeves is that they can be easily moved back and forth along the straight tube portion for easiest lighting. SWR's can also be slightly optimized by repositioning the sleeves.


Energized BubbleTube



This is a close up view of one of the copper collars that is used to deliver the energy to the plasma tube. Note the clear plastic shield on the flat braided cable attached to the collar.

Copper collar electrode



Here we have an Argon filled Pyrex "straight" tube (shown energized), bent 180 degrees to form a U shape. This allows for best space conservation. Note the use of copper sleeves for external electrodes to which the leads from the antenna tuner are attached. The sleeves are clamped to a board which then allows the tube to slide back and forth to allow for easiest lighting. The tube is bent in such a way so that the glass wall thickness of the tube at the bend does not thin out but retains the same wall thickness as the rest of the tube.



This is a detailed view of the copper sleeves used with the U-tube. The sleeves are clamped to a board and the leads from the tuner are attached, one to each clamp. If the user prefers, the tubes can be externally wire wrapped with equally good results.

The tube gets pretty "hot under the collar", so to speak, and I suspect that the softer, less durable glasses used by most neon shops would fail fairly quickly.


copper collar electrode



Below, are two sizes of straight tubes that are the most common plasma tubes used with Rife/Bare systems. The first picture is a 27 inch Pyrex tube that utilizes an external wire wrap to energize it, which can easily be seen along the length of the tube. The second photo is an 18 inch long Quartz straight tube that is energized by using a set of external copper collars as electrodes.

straight tube with spiral wrap


straight tube using copper collar electrodes




Latest Developments

As most users of this technology know, a major problem exhibited by the various types of plasma tubes is the sometimes unpredictable instability, behavior and color change of the energized plasma in a plasma tube of whatever type and make. This can result in unreliable and unpredictable operating conditions which makes it very hard for users to get consistent performance.

After having worked with the engineers at Corning Glass for several months, the cause of these problems have been identified as moisture in the form as a hydroxyl (OH) contaminating the inside of the tube. All glass types and formulations contain this moisture which is normally locked within the molecular structure of the glass itself. However, the action of an energized plasma can cause the release of this moisture from within the glass to the inside, thereby creating the plasma instability problems. The only notable exception to this is Quartz, which is pure silica and as such, does not contain any moisture within it.

To solve the problem of this moisture contamination, I've introduced the optional addition of a "getter" to the inside of my Pyrex plasma tubes. Basically, a getter is a specially processed combination of several rare earths whose job it is to permanently absorb any impurities and contaminants from within a vacuum vessel, such as a plasma tube, thereby assuring a permanently ultra clean environment within the tube. The other big advantage of using a getter in a plasma tube is the absorption of any residual air after vacuum pumping. No vacuum pumping system is 100% perfect, and the getter removes that small trace amount of air that the vacuum pump did not get. It should be mentioned here that the Noble gasses (Argon, Neon, Helium etc.) are not affected or absorbed by the getter.

Getters are also commonly used in very high quality industrial vacuum tubes such as high power lasers, X-ray tubes, image intensifier tubes, etc. Once the getter is activated, it remains be always on the job, so to speak.

The photo below shows a getter button (actual size) mounted on a glass rod in an energized 1 inch Argon filled Pyrex tube.


getter in plasma tube


Recent additions to the plasma tubes for use with Rife systems are what I call the "Super Tube". This tube was developed jointly by Jim Bare and myself, and after extensive testing Jim has determined that the Super Tube is one of the most powerful in terms of generating effects, particularly if the tube is pulsed.

It is a 24 inch long straight tube that's 2 inches in diameter....much larger than what's been available to date. The tube normally comes filled with an Argon/Neon gas mix The tube is very easy to light and has a very stable plasma. You do need to run this tube with at least 150 watts...more is better.

The other version is the same size tube which has normal 100% Argon in it. This tube is also very easy to light and very stable and runs very nicely at the lower power the 90 watt range. The color of the plasma is the typical Mauve of Argon.

The Super Tube photo below is shown in an energized state.



The most recent development in the Super Tube line is a Super U-tube. Essentially, this is a straight 27 inch tube that is bent in the shape of a "U". The diameter is 2 inches. This tube is proving to work extremely well with average powered Rife systems of 100 to 200 watts. This tube lights extremely easily and is very stable....more so than the straight version and offers the same advantages as the straight versions of the Super Tube. You also have the big advantage of the space saving features of the U configuration.

energized U-tube



Now that we've started to get into the big tubes, presented below is a special order design that measures 40 inches end to end and has a special tapered shape with a 3 inch ball in the center. the taper is intended to concentrate the plasma beam. The tube is shown below. It is designed to be energized by using 2 inch dia. copper collars that fit over the "protrusions" at each end. Don't have a name for it yet, so if anyone has any suggestions, please pass them along...maybe I should run a naming contest. Some have called it the "Bow Tie" tube.

special glass tube

This tube measures 40 inches end to end and is filled with Argon. Note the pen below the tube for size comparison.

This next tube is a Double Bubble tube. It can be fabricated from Pyrex or Quartz and with or without internal electrodes. The one shown in the picture below is made from Pyrex and has internal electrodes. The idea behind the bubble or bubbles in a plasma tube is that the extra volume of energized gas will create effects of greater intensity over greater distances compared to a straight tube of similar length without a bubble or bubbles. Some have dubbed this tube the "Boob Tube".....not too sure why. As with most other tubes we make, this tube can be filled with straight Argon, H-gas, or my Argon/Krypton gas mix.

The bubbles in this tube are 4 inches in dia. and the tube has an overall length of 20 inches.

Below, is a Quartz only Mini tube, just 7 inches long. It was developed to be used with a modified CB unit only....modified meaning that the CB is adjusted to have it's output power level increased to about 10 to 15 watts. And it works very well in this situation. This allows one to put together an "economy" Rife system that does not require the use of expensive antenna tuners and linear amplifiers. The tube is filled with 100% Argon.

As it turns out, it also works great with a standard Rife system having typical power output levels of 50 watts or better. As a matter of fact, it has extremely low SWR's (in the range of 1.1) in all frequency ranges, is very stable, and always lights very easily. Being made from Quartz, this tube lets users get into Quartz tubes at a fairly low cost. See the photo following.

Quartz mini plasma tube-energized


The next five tubes shown below are tubes that were developed and made on special request to suit the experimental and operational needs of the users. They are variations of the Phanotron tube which was the tube type that Rife used in his experiments It should be said here that the Phanotron tube can be used with either the Rife/Bare type of RF device or with the EMEM 3 system.

This first tube is a mini hand held Phanotron. It was developed to be used with either a Rife/Bare or an EMEM 3 system. The idea of this small tube is to be able to get very close to the body and work on very specific areas as well as using it to activate specific acupuncture points to accelerate the body's own healing response as well as clearing the body's energy field in specific areas. And from recently received feedback, this tube is proving to be extremely successful in these uses.

Hand held mini P-tube shown in its energized state.

Hand held mini P-tube, shown unergized.



The photo below shows a large hand held Phanotron tube. This has the advantage of allowing the user to direct the energy from the tube with great precision. Some users have mounted this type of tube on an adjustable arm, similar to that used on a typical drafting lamp.

energized hand-held phanotron tube



This fourth tube is what I call a mini Phanotron tube or mini P-tube. It was developed to be used with a portable/wearable Rife system. There are a few individuals who are now developing a Rife system that is small enough for a person to wear while going about their daily activities and get the beneficial effects of "Rifing" at the same time.

The tube does of course, work with a normal, full blown Rife system, but how well it will stand up to the higher power levels over time has not been fully tested yet. The first picture below shows the tube energized with a standard Rife/Bare system set at low power.

energized mini-phanotron tube 
Mini P-tube above shown energized. Note the 25 ¢ piece below the tube for size comparison. 


mini phanotron tube 

Mini P-tube, shown unenergized

This fifth P-tube (below) is patterned after one of the largest original Phanotron tubes that was ever used with a Rife system, to the best of my knowledge. It measures a full 16 inches end to end with a whopping 8 inch ball in the center. It's filled with Helium, which is the gas Rife mainly used, according to the best available knowledge. The tube should easily handle power levels in the 3 to 4 hundred watt range.

 8 inch Phanotron tube shown energized.


This next tube has been billed as the "largest Rife/Bare Plasma Tube in the known Universe". It was inspired by Monroe of HOUSTON, TEXAS and therefore has been dubbed the TEXAS TUBE. It measures 6 inches in diameter and is 3 feet long! It comes with a set of specially fabricated internal electrodes and is filled with Argon. The tube is designed so that it can be used with either an R/B system or an EMEM device. It is designed to handle lots-a-watts. It's been tested to the 750 watt level. Ralph Hartwell has been conducting extensive engineering and operational tests on the tube and you can read the results and see some fabulous pictures at his web site by clicking HERE. Below are three photos of this tube.

texas tube 1

The TEXAS TUBE sitting in it's holder. The plastic screen mesh is to protect the tube and to make handling it easier.


energized texas tube

Here is the TEXAS TUBE shown energized.


texas tube getter 

This is a close-up view of the getter assembly in the tube



This next group of plasma tubes are designed to be used with the various systems out there that use hand held tubes to deliver the desired energy or frequencies to the subject.

Typical examples of devices with which these tubes can be used are the BioTech 2000 and the Photon Sound Beam units as well as others using the same approach.

The pair of tubes pictured below fall in the hand held category These tubes are fabricated from Pyrex glass, which I believe is far superior to other tubes which are made from leaded glass. The reason being is that the high lead content of leaded glass tubes actually act to shield or prevent some of the energy from the plasma getting thru the glass and therefore to the subject, since we must remember that lead is a metal and metals have the property of shielding or blocking electromagnetic radiation. The other main advantage of Pyrex is its high mechanical strength and can therefore take much heavier use and abuse. The other unique and important aspect of these tubes is that there is a special mineral incorporated into the tubes that greatly intensifies or amplifies the magnetic field created by the energized plasma. And it is that magnetic field which contributes significantly to the effects generated by the tube. As well, the lead in wires are rated for very high voltage which insures that ALL the energy from your device will reach the tube and not be reduced due to cheaper, poorly rated wiring The wires are super ultra flexible and will not cause your instrument to be pulled about as you move the tubes. The wires are 7 feet long.

 These tubes come filled with either straight Helium, a Helium/Neon mix, or an Argon/Krypton mix.



The picture above shows two variations of the hand held tubes available for use with the BioTech 2000, the Photon Sound Beam and other similar kinds of instruments..

The bulb pictured below is specifically made for the Molecular Enhancer and similar devices. It is 6 inches in diameter and is normally filled with either a 50/50 Helium/Neon mix or an Argon/Krypton mix. Other gases are available on request. These bulbs are made from Pyrex and are very solid and very sturdy. The 7 ft. long pearl colored lead-in cable is rated for very high voltages and is extremely flexable. As with the other hand held tubes we make, we consider the quality and electrical ratings of the connection cable to be extremely important. Please contact me if you wish further details.

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For a list and description of some of the sources and manufacturers of the various Rife types of equipment, check out my LINKS PAGE.

We have created a Rife Info CD which has a wealth of varied information on Plasma Tubes (naturally), Rife systems and devices and experemental electro-medical devices in general, as well as information on alternative wellness approaches. This CD is for informational purposes only and is in no way intended to be a substitute for proper medical advice or diagnosis. The CD is FREE to anyone who writes to us and requests one. Your written request can be mailed to: Phanotron Systems, 9828-79th Street, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6A 3G1. The CD is absolutely free, but if you'd like to throw in a buck or two to help cover the cost of mailing etc., that would be very helpful. Please print your name and address CLEARLY. If we have to struggle trying to figure out what your address etc. is, you won't get your CD.

 And now, for a slight change of pace, here are a couple of other very fine examples of the Glassblower's craft. 



Stay tuned, more to come soon.


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