Water Filtration / Purification

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    Survivor Filter PRO – Best Filtration Level On the Market!

Survivor Filter PRO – Best Filtration Level On the Market!

Sometime mid last year (2015) we did a review of the Survivor Filter Personal water filter which is their flagship product and the larger of their two water filters. We really loved the Personal filter so much that we now recommend it to everyone! Recently we were sent the Survivor Filter Pro to review thanks to the wonderful Survivor Filter team.

The Survivor Filter Pro is manual pump operated micro water filter which filters down to 0.01 microns which is the best level of filtration. It weighs only 8 oz (around 227 g) and measures 65 inches long (165 cm) so it is just right… neither to heavy or too long.

The bonus of this larger water filter is that it allows you to filter much more water in a shorter amount of time thanks to the hand pump.

The Survivor Filter Pro comes with a drinking cup and a carrying bag to keep everything organised. Detailed instructions and a ‘How to Use’ manual are included for easy reference.

The Survivor Filter Pro can be used directly from a fresh water source and pumped into attached cup or pumped into any portable hydration pack.
The Filtration System
The Survivor Filter PRO features triple filtration to 0.01 microns, thanks to a Cotton Filter, Ultra Filter and Carbon Filtration and mesh. All 3 filters Filters (Ultra and Carbon) are removable and can be cleaned or replaced by purchasing on Survivor Filter’s website as needed.  It is the only filter of it’s kind that has an Ultra Filter, Cotton Filter and a Particle Filter! The filter produces a SUPER FAST FLOW RATE of 500 ml. (17 ounces) per minute so none of this having to wait around for half an hour just to get a glass of potable water […]

SteriPEN Ultra – BEST Portable UV Water Purifier EVER!!!

I must say that after using the SteriPEN Ultra that I absolutely love it and think it’s the best and most advanced portable UV water purifier around! Best of all it is so amazingly easy to use that even a child could handle it!

I’ve always wanted to get my hands on a SteriPEN as I had heard a lot of positive things about their products and also was intrigued by their amazing UV technology. Thanks to Steve M the marketing manager at SteriPEN, I was sent a brand new Ultra UV Water Purifier to review and ‘test drive’!

The SteriPEN Ultra as I alluded to before is a 100% proven water purifier that utilises UV (ultra violet) light to eliminate over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and protozoa (something that water filters alone cannot eliminate) that cause water-borne illness.

The Ultra’s UV lamp treats up to 8,000 one-liter treatments before conking out.

It is very popular amongst international travellers (especially to 3rd world countries where the water is not potable), tourists as well as everyday prepared people like you and me.

For those interested in the specs, I have included them below:

Weight
4.94 oz

Dimensions
7.3 x 1.6 x 1.3 in

Lamp Life
8,000 treatments

Battery
Internal Lithium-Ion (Included with purchase)

Battery Life
100 .5 liter treatments or 50 1 liter treatments per charge

Minimium Bottle Diameter
20mm (0.8 inches)

Filter Compatibility
Tapered End (PreFilter and FitsAll)

The Ultra also comes inside a nice and handy Neoprene case with a nylon/velcro strap at the back for attachment to your belt or MOLLE webbing.

How to use it? It is so simple which is why we love it!

First turn it on by pressing the blue button once.

Stick it into the container of water that needs purifying. The UV light will then activate.

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LifeStraw Mission Review

Released in late 2014, the Mission is one of the latest in the LifeStraw product line. You may have seen our other reviews of the LifeStraw Personal (their best selling filter and very common amongst the survival community) and the LifeStraw Go (a water bottle filter system).

The LifeStraw Mission is a gravity powered water purifier that uses an advanced ultrafiltration membrane with a 0.02 micron pore size, removing virtually all virus, bacteria and protozoa (99.99%).

Technical Specifications

Here are the technical specifications on LifeStraw’s website and we’ll talk about each of the features indepth in our review below.

Purifies 18,000 liters / 4,755 gallons of water to 0.02 microns (20 nm)
Removes virtually all bacteria (99.9999%), protozoa (99.99%), and viruses (99.999%) that can contaminate water
Exceeds US Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standards
Compact roll bag reservoir available in 5 liter (1.3 gallon) and 12 liter (3.1 gallon) sizes
Reduces turbidity (muddiness)
Flow-rate of 9-12 liters (2.4-3.2 gallons) per hour
Lightweight: 0.43 kg. (0.96 lbs)
Ultrafiltration hollow fiber membrane
Requires no electrical power, batteries or replacement parts
Easy-to-clean pre-filter and purification cartridge
All raw materials are BPA free and US FDA compliant
No aftertaste: LifeStraw doesn’t use iodine or iodinated resin chemicals

What’s In The Packet…
Included with the LifeStraw Mission is the water bag, the filter, tube, carry sack, strap and four spare mesh pre-filters.

Our Review

At the top of the water bag is a strap that clips together and you can hang this from a tree branch so that the water can be purified.

There is also an additional fully adjustable shoulder strap that attaches to the ‘D’ loops at the top of the bag which allows you to either clip it to your pack or shoulder carry it. The bag itself (which is exceptionally lightweight weighing in at less […]

Survivor Emergency Water Filter Review / Comparison

Survivor Filter is a North American company with a simple goal – to provide people with access to clean water in any environment when they need it most. They offer emergency water filter systems for your Bug Out Bag, survival kit or just for the outdoors.  The Survivor Filter Triple Filtration Straw which filters down to 0.05 Microns and the Survivor Filter Pro Portable Pump Filter which filters down to a whopping 0.01 Microns! Today we are going to be taking a look at the Survivor Filter Triple Filtration Straw, so let’s get started.First of all, let’s take a quick look at the features and specifications of the Survivor Filter Triple Filtration Straw:

Triple Filtration to 0.05 microns, thanks to UF Filtration, Carbon Filtration and mesh – 4 times more efficient than the competition at 0.2 micron

Dual Filters (Ultra and Carbon) are removable and can be cleaned or replaced by purchasing on Amazon or Survivor Filter website as needed. Plus, comes with 4 extra mesh filters!
BPA Free and Weighs only 3.5 ounces. Fits just about anywhere (7 inches long X 1 inch wide) and Comes with detailed instructions and How to Use Manual.
Can be used directly from fresh water source, or firmly attached to a soda bottle, making the Survivor Filter the Most Versatile Personal Water Filter Straw Available.
Has a special mouthpiece, an integrated cap to keep the mouthpiece clean and produces a flow rate of 200 ml. (7 ounces) per minute.

To operate, remove the protective cap from the mouthpiece, stick the other end directly into the fresh water source and suck water through the mouthpiece. The threaded end can also be screwed onto standard pop bottles for easy purification on the go.

The Survivor Filter Triple Filtration Straw uses a three-stage treatment […]

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    LifeStraw Go: Great Water Bottle/Filter for Hiking, Camping and Go Bag

LifeStraw Go: Great Water Bottle/Filter for Hiking, Camping and Go Bag

Having access to clean water is absolutely critical for your survival and that of your loved ones. Therefore having the right equipment and knowledge is paramount to increasing your chances of survival be it in a WCS or your next mountain hiking trip. So join us as we take a look at a wide range of different survival water filters and purifiers to find the Ultimate Survival Water Filter appropriate for personal use and emergency preparedness kits (Get Me Home Bags, BOB’s and INCH bags).

Today, we’re going to be taking a look at the Life Straw Go which is next in line in our “Survival Filters 101″ series.
LifeStraw’s range of products is manufactured by Vestergaard, a Swiss company which specialises in disease control products for developing countries.
LifeStraws are world renowned and are widely used in 3rd world countries and in emergency aid supplies.

The LifeStraw Go is one of 3 products in LifeStraws range of filters and features a water bottle with an integrated LifeStraw filter making it possible to drink directly from streams and lakes using the straw, or simply filling up the bottle and taking it with you. So, this is your go-anywhere water bottle!

So first we’ll take a look at the bottle. Its a pretty standard looking sports type water bottle, its blue in colour with the LifeStraw branding down the side of it – nothing special about it really. Its made from BPA free Tritan (a sturdy type of plastic) and can hold 22 oz (0.65 L). So it can hold a reasonable amount of water. It is 9.25” (235 mm) long and 3.14” (80 mm) in diameter making it both portable and compact. With an open-style high flow bite valve, drinking from […]

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Showdown

By Gideon, Staff Reviewer

Having access to clean water is absolutely critical for your survival and that of your loved ones. Therefore having the right equipment and knowledge is paramount to increasing your chances of survival be it in a WCS scenario or your next mountain hiking trip. So join us as we take a look at a wide range of different survival water filters and purifiers to find the Ultimate Survival Water Filter appropriate for personal use and emergency preparedness kits (Get Me Home Bags, BOB’s and INCH bags).

Weighing just 2 ounces and only 22.8 cm long and 2.5 cm wide, the LifeStraw Personal is ideal for hiking, backpacking, camping, travel, and emergency preparedness. Carrying the LifeStraw Personal is made simple with the included detachable neck lanyard. The small size of the LifeStraw Personal ensures that it will easily fit in your Bug Out Bag/emergency preparedness kit and even your pocket provided you have deep pockets.

The straw-style filter design lets you turn up to 1,000 litres of contaminated water into safe drinking water, filtering out protozoa and bacteria. The LifeStraw Personal uses advanced hollow fibre technology and filters down to 0.2 microns. This highly efficient method of filtration requires no chemicals, but still removes 99.9999% of bacteria, and 99.9% of protozoa and turbidity. Once the Lifestraw Personal water filter’s 1,000 litre lifespan has been exceeded, the filter must be discarded and a new filter purchased.

Like other portable water filters though, it has its limits – a LifeStraw can’t filter salt (to filter salt water you’ll have to distil it) or heavy metals, chemicals or viruses. In a survival situation or urban disaster you’ll have to use your head. Avoid drinking from ground water sources in […]

Sawyer Mini Water Filter – Review

Whether you’re hiking out in the woods and run dry or are caught in a natural disaster, an emergency water filter can potentially tip the scales in your favour. A water filter doesn’t have to be too large or bulky to carry. In fact, there are plenty of survival/emergency water filters on the market designed to fit comfortably in a pocket or small pouch. Over the next few weeks we’ll be taken a look at the pros and cons of a wide range of pretty awesome water filteration systems … so stay tuned!
The Sawyer Mini Water Filter

Today we’re going to be taking a look at the Sawyer Mini Water Filter.  I’ve read many great things about this particular water filter and in my search for the Ultimate Personal Emergency Water Filter, I decided to take a look at the Sawyer Mini. Special thanks goes to the distributors in Australia, Sawyer Australia, for being willing to send us a sample for review and testing. There’s so many great things about this product its a task in itself to even find where to begin! Ok, so let’s start with the company. Sawyer (www.sawyer.com) is a world renowned international company based in Florida, USA that has been manufacturing water filters for the last couple of decades. Their filters are used by people in 3rd world countries to hikers and even combat personnel. Often a Sawyer filter means the difference between life and death, obviously because our bodies are composed of 70% water and we need water to increase our chances of survival. Sawyer’s water filters are all made in the USA and the Mini, their most popular product, is no exception.

The Sawyer Mini is one of the lightest, most […]