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A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to get a cool new piece of survival gear to review. I was a bit skeptical on the claims made by the vendor that sent me this product. But as with every product that I decide to review, I promised to put it through it’s paces and see if it is something that I would approve. I have to say, I’m quite impressed.
I have used most types of on-the-go water purifiers & filters. I also remember my early days where iodine tablets were basically the only choice available. So when I received the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter, it was something exciting. It was small, well built, light and had the following specs:
- Ultralight: weighs only 2 ounces (57 grams)
- Meets US EPA drinking water standards
- Portable: only 9” (22.5 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter
- Requires no electrical power, batteries or replacement parts
- BPA free and contains no chemicals
- Raw materials meet US Food and Drug Administration regulations and standards
- No aftertaste: LifeStraw doesn’t use iodine or iodinated resin chemicals
Not only have I tested the Lifestraw in the field in various types water sources but I also take it with me when I travel. I teach the NTC Method around the world. At times, the locations that I visit have questionable water gathering methods. Reaching into my pack and being able to use my Lifestaw has definitely saved me more than once. For that, I am thankful for the convenience of the Lifestraw.
Features & Benefits
- Filters up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water
- Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction), including E-Coli
- Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction), including Giardia & Cryptosporidium
- Reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns
- Ultralight: weighs only 2oz!
- Does NOT use iodine or iodinized resin
- Contains no chemicals (and is BPA-free), uses no batteries, has no moving parts
- Very high flow rate; no after taste (because no iodine or chlorine are used)
- Easy to clean. Can be stored and used periodically. Just keep uncapped so it can dry thoroughly.
- Very durable
- No shelf life. LifeStraw can be stored indefinitely. (Former shelf life estimates have been revised.)
- Used worldwide in harsh conditions since 2005
- Award winning & internationally recognized
“For every LifeStraw® water filter sold, a child in Africa is provided with clean water for an entire school year.” -Eartheasy
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