Chi Machines Buyers Guide
Imitation Chi Machine Comparison Chart - Buyers Guide Pt 2.
Popular models including
the Chi Exerciser, Chi Vitalizer and Chi Swing.

Below is a COMPARISON CHART of imitation 'chi machine' - also known as Chi Exercisers - which was difficult to formulate because:

a) All sites vary with their facts, specifications and prices, with many often selling identical imitation 'chi machines' but under a different name and label.
b) Sites present vague, minimal information, and many have zero info about their manufacturer or company background.

Merchants selling imitation 'chi machines' have limited background information other than the standard specs of their own imitation, since all Chi Machine data, history and info has originated from the original Chi Machine, the Sun Ancon. Imitation 'Chi Machine' websites actually copy Chi Machine info, data and history, misleading the consumer into believing it belongs to their own imitation chi exerciser machine.
Plagiarized info and graphics taken from the original Sun Ancon information is common, and some attach the trademarked name 'Chi Machine'. Some imitations add gimmicks. Many have different prices with different brand labels for the same model. This all becomes very confusing for the customer as to which machine is THE REAL ONE.


The Original Sun Ancon Chi Machine creator and his exclusive chosen distributor, Dr. Shizuo Inoue and Hsin Ten Enterprises (HTE) Chairman Gordon Pan.
Dr. Inoue, the Japanese creator of the original Chi Machine, gave his vision to Skylite Corporation in Japan, who then proceeded to create The Chi Machine . Exclusive rights to sell this machine, belong to HTE (Hsin Ten Enterprise International) and no other company.

HTE logo.Sun Ancon Chi
                        MachineChi fish.
The 'Chi Machine' is a registered trademarked name belonging to HTE (Hsin Ten Enterprise Inc). 
The Sun Ancon is the first and only original Chi Machine , created by Dr. Inoue in 1990.
The company green and gold logo is located on the machine and on and the timer.
Sun Ancon Chi Machine goldfish symbol has been taken and used by multiple imitation "chi machine" websites.


Imitation chi machine merchants vary machine name depending upon their marketing outlet and country. Imitation prices begin at $79.99.

The original Chi Machine is
NOT sold on eBay or by HTE independent distributors, a strict company policy.
Only the original Sun Ancon Chi Machine was showcased on the Dr's TV Show - Imitation machines have fraudulently claimed it was theirs.
Prices in US$
for comparison.
The Original
Chi Machine
Known as Sun Ancon
$480.00 (regular sale price)
Swing Machine
Stress Buster
Chi Vitalizer
Chi Energizer
Vitality Swing

$175.00, $195.99
$199.99, $249.95
Chi Swing
Chi Energizer
Chi Swing
Exerciser Elit
Passive Exerciser
Surge of Chi
surge chi
Speed: One set speed.
Swing travel 12 degrees.
Variable Speeds
+ Gimmicks
Variable speed

One speed 5 Variable Speeds
Swing travel 1.75"
3 Variable Speeds
Swing travel 1.75"
34-3w motor to create inherent figure of 8 motion.
20w DC Motor
DC Motor/high torque motor
45w DC Motor
Weight: 15.5lbs/7kg 17lbs 15lbs - 17lbs
11lbs 18lbs 15.6lbs/7.1kg
Oscillation/min: 140 oscillations/per minute (RPM).
Scientifically and medically approved, for general heart rate, blood pressure and spinal alignment.
78-156 RPM
90-150 RPM
147 RPM
120-160 RPM
80-160 RPM
Patents: 26 global patents.
Four American patents.
unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown
Licensed Medical
Licensed as a medical device in Japan, Australia, Canada.
none none none
Powered exercise equipment.
(CFR) 890.5380

ETL Approved.

Alleged to be Class 1 medical device on UK website, but no source/documentation given to verify.

Medical Research, Clinical Trials: Flinders University,
none none none none Practitioner Trials 2005
Year launched:
Created by Japanese scientist,
unknown unknown unknown 1999-1st generation
4th Generation 2007
Hefei, China unknown
Not specified
Company: HTE - Exclusive rights to the original Chi Machine.
unknown unknown Clark Enterprises. Energy For Health
Head Offices: Asia, Australia, Canada, USA.
USA, Canada, UK USA, Canada
USA, Canada USA  UK, USA
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Honesty and transparency are two words merchants need to embrace.
The public are demanding these values more often and on many different levels.


For detailed information, please go Part 1: Imitation Chi Machine - Buyer Beware

GUIDLINES: When buying a machine for health and wellness, customers should research and inquire if there is:

1) A patent number.
2) Documented medical research or clinical trials, plus date, and name of facility.
3) A medical license and number.
4) Ask for the name of the company, check their background - ask how long in business.
5) Ask where the machine is manufactured.

6) Ask how many years on the market.
7) Ask how long is the life expectancy of the machine.
Ask what the main components of the internal mechanism are, plastic or metal parts.
9) Compare specifications to the original.



December 2015 - Insulting false claims, illegal use of trademarked name, deceitful use of TV show.
1) Imitation chi exercise machines or passive exercisers as they now call themselves, continue to surge thru the market, as fast as one machine is discontinued, another pops up, but numbers have leveled out, and such is the nature of any business. The problem is that imitations continue to persist in illegally attaching the trademarked name 'Chi Machine' to their unit.

2) Three imitation companies have proclaimed themselves to be the most superior out of all the imitation machines (including the original). Here is one imitations quote "the most advanced model available globally". Another imitation company quotes "superior to the original Chi Machine in numerous ways" but declines to illuminate. This same company uses the Dr's TV show video clip, failing to mention it is the original Sun Ancon Chi Machine and not their imitation.

One imitation company states " Early chi exercise machines were designed for the typically smaller and lighter body types of Oriental people." First there is no such thing as earlier chi exercise machines, there was only one, and it has a trademarked name, The Chi Machine from HTE. Secondly, the Chi Machine was NOT designed specifically for 'Oriental' people. This claim insinuates that "Orientals" (insulting label), are all the same race (insulting), with no differences in height or weight, whilst also insinuating that "non 'Orientals" have different anatomies, bigger and heavier. Whilst the USA in general appears to have an obesity challenge, many people will definitely take offense. The original Chi Machine was created for ALL body types and all ages regardless.

The Chi Machine is registered as a medical device in three countries because the specifications of the patents, the oscillations per minute, the precise and deliberate single speed and the swing travel, all directly relate to the highest medical benefit the Chi Machine will give to the human body with no chance or injury or any negative side effects.

3) There are numerous false claims that can be read on, in regards to the original Chi Machine. Here is one such false claim: "Their original patent was for a variable speed unit, but once we came out with the Chi Vitalizer, they decided to differentiate by claiming there's only one speed that works. " The original Chi Machine has NEVER had more than one speed, and the imitation Chi Vitalizer was created many years later, having multiple brand labels, names and prices.

Imitation brands 2015 include: Chi Exerciser, Chi Vitalizer, Chi Energizer, Chi Swing, Swing Master, Footshaker, Zen Chi, Evergain, Passive Exerciser, Oxy-Flow, Chi Flow, Zen Chi, Surge of Chi, Aussie Wobbler ... and eBay have an abundance of imitations.

April 2013
The Sun Ancon Chi Machine made a fourth TV show global appearance, but if any imitation machine attempts to use the video footage or make any reference in any form after the show airs, legal action will be taken by the TV show producers.

November 2012
Beware plagiarized facts as well as false information written by imitation machines - eBay and most commonly.

December 2010:

Many thanks to 'The Doctors TV Show'  showcasing the original Sun Ancon Chi Machine and bringing it to the attention of the public across the USA and Canada.

FYI: The owner of this website was the individual responsible for The Doctors TV showcase of the original SUN ANCON Chi Machine and also the TV showcase in 2013 on the Dr. Oz show. Please feel free to notify us if you discover an imitation company claiming their imitation "chi machine" was showcased on either of these shows as the producers will take legal action.

TV Show 'The Doctors' showcased the Sun Ancon Chi Machine.
The four Sun Ancon Chi Machines used on stage, were donated to the show by HTE.

September 2009:
All the machines on AMAZON.COM are imitations. The real Sun Ancon is listed, but every time we check it is 'sold out' - this is a scam to get the buyer to purchase an imitation, because the Sun Ancon Chi Machine is not sold on by HTE.

Many people who saw the Sun Ancon Chi Machine on The Doctors went to Amazon and purchased an imitation machine without knowing they had not bought the real Sun Ancon Chi Machine. Imitation companies then proceeded to scam the public using 'The Doctors TV show' video footage, falsely claiming it as their own imitation product!

October 2007:

Too many imitations to document. The consumer is advised to always research products in depth and draw conclusions for themselves.

October 2005:
Several imitation 'chi machine' websites no longer exist, but there are still quite a few that persist. HTE the exclusive distributor of the Original Sun Ancon, are aggressively pursuing these deliberately misleading merchants for copyright, fraud and patent infringement.

If an imitation harms someone, breaks down or does not do what the original does, this is a bad reflection on the original WHICH WORKS and was created to help people.

March 2004:
Many of the imitation chi machines have now resorted to having gimmicks attached to the machines including infrared features, heating pads and magnets, besides adding multiple speeds. Quite honestly, a pogo stick, a hula hoop or a trampoline are safer and more beneficial. If you cut costs with your health, you pay a non-refundable higher price in the long run. To compare the REAL Chi Machine, the Sun Ancon, to any existing imitation machine, is the same as trying to compare a go-cart to a Ferrari.

Fit For Fun, the leading German health and consumer magazine in Europe, tested the original Sun Ancon against the imitations. Sun Ancon won hands down.

October 2003:
Some websites have re-worded and changed deceitful information since first being presented here. To date, all of them still remain medically unproved with NO clinical research  unlike the Sun Ancon Chi Machine.

Everyone is entitled to sell any product they choose, but selling products under false pretenses in order to make a profit -  in this case at the expense of your health - is dishonorable, greedy and plain wrong when it comes to something as important as your health.

How to instantly recognize an Imitation Chi Machine (Chi Exerciser Machine):

HThe ORIGINAL Chi Machine is known as Sun Ancon, as written on the machine, and also proven by its green square logo.
HThe ORIGINAL Chi Machine is distributed globally and sold exclusively by HTE.
HThe ORIGINAL Chi Machine has NO variable speeds.

Strong, durable, solid and quiet.
Known to last 15-20 years.

Sun Ancon Chi

Available in 110v or 220v.

The Original Sun Ancon Chi Machine
The Real Thing!


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