The first dormant vortex that I opened was that on Steptoe Butte, nearly three and a half years ago. This was with two quite ordinary uncharged TBs as I recall, and that vortex is still going strong after all that time.
In gifting vortices however, it is often the case that I will visit that particular location only once, and will not have opportunity to return later to fix things up if they stop working. It also happens from time to time that there might be only one strong point of a particular dormant vortex location which is accessible, or even only a weak point accessible. An example of the former was in Nara (Japan) where Ed and I could only bury a TB in a narrow path of earth between a concrete curb and a chain-link fence. An example of the latter was near the Ming Tombs north of Beijing (China) where Lapping and I had to skirt a chainlink fence on a hill in which wild animals were kept, and could only reach a relatively weak qi point attached to the vortex.
Since I never know ahead of time how easy access will be, it behooves me to carry TBs of more than common potency. And so, when I make my TBs for this work, I take a little extra care in their preparation.
Some three years ago or so, I observed that the qi of certain water had stronger and more positive vibration than ordinary water, and that when mixed with resin in making TBs, the resulting TB felt stronger. This was not my discovery of course. Others were already doing it, and I just verified it to myself through experiment. There were (and are) a number of ways to “charge” water. Water charged by some of these methods begins to lose its charge immediately when it is removed from the charging mechanism, while water charged from some other methods retains its charge almost indefinitely. I found, however, that orgonite made with either kind of charged water picks up the charge of the water mixed with the resin, and then retains it indefinitely.
Later experiences have led me to suspect that it is not the charge of the water per se, which induces the charge in a TB, but rather the effect of the charged water on the crystal, and then the effect of the derivatively charged crystal on the TB.
A couple years ago I read of charging crystals in a pyramid. I tried it myself, and found that the crystals did charge if placed correctly in a correctly constructed pyramid, and that TBs made with such crystals were quite similar to those made with the charged water. And so I stopped using charged water for a time, since mixing water with resin requires some care.
And then, about a year and a half ago, during Cesco’s visit to the US, we discovered that water could be charged by simply placing it inside the circle of pipes of a CB, near the top. The transmuation to POR takes place in the lower part of the pipes (usually between 6" to 18" from the base), and it is important that the water to be charged be placed above this transmutation point.
Water charged on a CB seems to be as strong as any other charged water I have seen, and it does not lose its charge after being removed from the CB (or if so, only very slowly).
Since then I have continued my habit of not mixing water with resin. I simply put the crystals in the water before charging the water. After about three hours the water and crystals are charged, but usually I just put them on the CB before bed, and then use them the next day.
A caveat though is in order. When crystals are charged (either in the water or by a pyramid), they begin loosing their charge immediately after they are removed from the water or from the pyramid. Consequently they should be taken out only just before pouring the resin.
A second caveat: the crystals can be charged dry in the pyramid, but not on a CB. When charging crystals using a CB, they must be placed in a container of water.
I have found that distilled water is marginally better than purified water, which in turn is marginally better than tap water. So I use distilled water if I have it, and whatever I do have if I don’t. By “better” I mean the degree of positivity of the water after charging.
Don has written that he has tried drinking the CB-charged water and likes it. I personally have not tried it, but intend to in the future.
Water can be charged on CBs made smaller than the standard “Don Croft” model. During my last full day in Malaysia, Hari, Hari’s father Siva, and I made a miniature CB out of 3/4" pipe (about 1/3 rd meter tall) so that Hari could take it to his office at work and charge his coffee there. We arranged the circle of pipes so that his coffee cup would just fit inside the pipes on the upper stabilizer. I have as yet not heard from him how it worked out…