BOOSTane Octane Booster FAQs

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BOOSTane Canada Frequently Asked Questions

Are all octane boosters the same, how do you compare them, and what is the best on the market?

Absolutely not! 99% of octane boosters on the market provide little or no octane enhancement whatsoever.

Some Octane Boosters can result in no performance increase or even a drop in performance, with a worst-case scenario that your vehicle requires a higher octane and you rely on a poor product, and after not receiving adequate octane, damage the engine.

If it comes in a plastic bottle, simply put, it doesn’t have enough active ingredients to provide any real enhancement.

While there are products that do increase octane and performance, now you have to be aware of fuel stability and phase separation of active ingredients, in a comparison of BOOSTane and a competitor that falls our of suspension and causes fouling.

BOOSTane’s proprietary carrier technology and fuel stability enable an industry leading octane delivery and performance. No reliant on clever marketing tactics, just dyno and octane testing, we are committed to providing the best fuel solution on the market.


What is Octane?

The term octane, as we know it, was made popular by fuel companies in the 60s. Since then it has become synonymous with describing the performance of what fuel can offer you.

What we are familiar with is in regards to a fuel ability to retard knock, or stop pre-ignition, inside of an engine. This due to the heat caused by the compression of gases within the cylinder. Basically, the octane rating of gasoline indicates how much the fuel in the air/fuel mixture can be compressed before it spontaneously combusts. Ideally we want that spontaneous combustion point to be right at TDC (Top Dead Center) or ATDC (point right After Top Dead Center) of the cylinder cycle, which is also where our spark plug would be igniting. This would be maximum efficiency.

So in theory we are trying to optimize your octane level to exactly what your engine is requiring. Now depending on your vehicle at its current compression you may or may not need high-octane fuels. Often enough vehicles are mapped or tuned in order to safely operate with whatever fuel can be found at a local gas station or marina. However, if you are interested in getting more horsepower, protecting your engine from some of the gaps created with ethanol and other alcohol additives, a reliable octane additive is what the doctor ordered!


What do octane numbers mean?

Octane is a rating for a fuels ability to prevent pre-detonation, or combusting before being ignited by the spark plug. Fuels achieve octane in various ways, whether through latent heat of evaporation, heavy metals, or refining, all with various pros and cons. Always be sure to understand the fuel that is necessary and sustainable.


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How to use BOOSTane?

Follow either our mixing chart here plus on the back of each can, or download our very own Calculator App from the iTunes App Store here and let it do all of the calculations for you

Please NOTE: The BOOSTane Mixing Chart and Calculator App uses the imperial measurement system.




What is the shelf life of BOOSTane? Opened vs Unopened? Recommended storage?

BOOSTane has been designed to maintain suspension in both your fuel tank and bottle. As a result, unopened, a bottle of BOOSTane will maintain a shelf life of 2 years and opened 1 year. That is as long as it is kept in a cool, dark place. Performance will begin to diminish after these periods of time of elapsed, not before.


Is it ok if I leave BOOSTane in my tank over the winter?

Yes it is! BOOSTane Proprietary chelating carrier not only maintains the stability of our active ingredients in solution but will also help stabilize your Gasoline as well. Especially if you are leaving it for extended periods of time and it contains an amount of ethanol, thus preventing phase separation.


Why is Professional “Not Street Legal” and Premium “Street Legal”?

The reason why we have to put Street Legal vs Not Street Legal is pertaining to the concentration of certain active ingredients (doesn’t contain lead) that the EPA deems not legal for on road use only, when blended above 103 octane.


Does BOOSTane stabilize my fuel?

All of BOOSTane’s products have a proprietary chelated carrier that not only stabilizes its own formula to maintain suspension, but also has the ancillary benefit of stabilizing the gasoline that it is blended with in order to prevent phase separation from ethanol supplementation.


Can octane booster be as good as race fuel?

Yes, octane boosters, such as BOOSTane can offer the same octane and performance as race fuel, if used properly.


How does octane affect engine performance?

The higher a fuels octane rating, the more compression and heat that fuel can handle before spontaneously detonating. If you are able to increase compression (more air and more fuel), you will have a bigger explosion within the cylinder, leading to more performance.


What octane to buy at the gas station?

It is always advisable to utilize AT LEAST the recommended octane that the manufacturer recommends. Many import vehicles and performance domestics are designed to run most efficiently on premium 93 octane fuel. If you are in California or places that cannot provide 93 octane, your vehicle will adapt, but performance and efficiency will be lost.


Why can’t I just make my own octane booster?

Technically you can. People have been trying to do it for decades, and there are easy ways to increase octane. The risks however far outweigh the benefits. The benefit is that you can do it cheaply. However, the risks are that you never know the exact octane that you are achieving unless you send it to a certified lab (very expensive), and the biggest risk of all is that it is more than likely, not sustainable. Many of the cheap and easy solutions out there have active ingredients that over time will cause harm to your engine internals.

Take ferrocene for example. Been used as an octane booster for years, but in fact it is an iron base. Thus over time, when you add oxygen, it oxidizes and rusts, and that is just 1 product, there are millions out there. Even among the octane boosters that do actually work (<1%), the absence of a proprietary carrier also lowers sustainability and puts engine internals at risk over time.

That is why we stress and tested our formula over nearly a decade of racing and laboratory testing. In our engineer’s opinions, there is no substitute for real R&D and results.

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