LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

June 29, 2013 - Comment

A Time Magazine Invention of the Year winner, LifeStraw® contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz! It is perfect for the ultralight backpacker, camper, hiker, traveler, boy scout, hunter or for emergencies. Unlike many similar filters on the market

A Time Magazine Invention of the Year winner, LifeStraw® contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz! It is perfect for the ultralight backpacker, camper, hiker, traveler, boy scout, hunter or for emergencies. Unlike many similar filters on the market today, LifeStraw® has met EPA standards for water filtration in independent testing.

LifeStraw® has been used around the world under extreme conditions for humanitarian relief. Does not filter chemicals, salt, viruses, heavy metals, taste. Shelf life has been extended to 5 years! Please NOTE: It takes roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter.

How to use:
While you can drink directly from puddles or streams, it’s easiest to scoop water with your wide-mouthed water bottle and drink from it using the LifeStraw.
When new, the filter membrane is very dry. Uncap the top and bottom caps and insert the base of the straw into the contaminated water. Let it sit for 30 seconds for water to creep up the membrane, then take 5 strong sucks to get the water flowing. When done drinking, blow a breath of air back down into the LifeStraw to purge the water out, shake, then recap. If you drink from murky water and the water flow stops, blow back into it to purge the water and mud from the filter.
When you return home from a hiking trip, drink some tap water with the LifeStraw, purge the filter by blowing back into it, then leave it to dry with the caps off.

Product Features

  • Removes a minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria per manufacturer.(>LOG 6 reduction)
  • LifeStraw® offers easy access to clean and safe drinking water away from home!
  • Filters up to 1000L of contaminated water per the manufacturer.
  • Removes a minimum of 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites per manufacturer.
  • Reduces water turbidity by filtering particles of approximately 0.2 microns.

Comments

attaboyBrad says:

2oz, great flavor, battle tested, 1000L For the weight, I believe there is no better backcountry water treatment available. The LifeStraw imparts no strange flavors like its chemical brethren, its flow rate is perfectly acceptable for active pursuits, it has no moving parts to break or filters that need replacing every couple of days, and it does all this at a fraction of the cost and weight of other Filter and UV water treatment options. Besides, what other water treatment system has been tested successfully by people on a daily basis in the most contaminated parts of our planet?

Super Happy "Happy" says:

Best choice for convenience and safety I have used all types of water filtration – PUR Hiker, UV sterilization, and chemical.And… I have had giardia. I guess some say you always have giardia – don’t know about that, but it is nasty stuff. I actually got it by washing my face in a contaminated stream – didn’t even have to drink any water.Water filter openings are measured in microns. Since bacteria size is between 0.2 and 2.0 microns in width, a 0.2 micron filter would filter out bacteria and would also filter out protozoa which are larger than bacteria. Viruses are the smallest living organisms known to man can measure as small as 0.005 microns.Therefore, there are limitations to this filter at the viral level.However, by combining this filter with a UV sterilizer such as Steri Pen you can easily add the viral layer of protection.Here is what I do for a liter of high quality H2O:1. 1L Nalgene bottle – this will always be considered “dirty” or…

J. D Philipson "Joemomma17" says:

This will save your ass… Just got back from a trip to Nepal and Cambodia. I used life straw dozens of times. Most notably while I was in the jungles of Cambodia I found myself dangerously dehydrated and my two water bottles were already empty. There was NO SAFE WATER for me to drink. I did eventually stumble onto a well used by some monks. After figuring out how to prime and pump up the water I used the life straw to drink my fill. I was so relieved, I was miles from the nearest bottle of water and I managed to get my drink on. I didn’t have to take a risk that would have put me in an awful situation (severe diarrhea) , and it only cost me $25 and the weight of the straw is negligible.In fact, I’ve decided that whenever I’m leaving the country to take this guy with me. Why not?

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