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Berkey BK4X2-BB Big Berkey Stainless Steel Water Filtration System with 2 Black Filter Elements

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  • Purifies up to 3.5 gallons per hour
  • Filter Life: Up to 3,000 gallons per filter element
  • Holding Capacity: 2.1 Gallons
  • Cleanable, Self-Sterilizing Filters
  • High Grade 304 Stainless Steel
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Berkey BK4X2-BB Big Berkey Stainless Steel Water Filtration System with 2 Black Filter Elements + Berkey BB9-2 Replacement Black Purification Elements, 2-Pack + Berkey PF-2 Fluoride/Arsenic Replacement Filters, 2-Pack
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Technical Details
Part Number BK4X2-BB
Item Weight7.4 pounds
Product Dimensions8.5 x 8.5 x 19.2 inches
Item model numberBK4X2-BB
ColorSteel
FinishStainless Steel
MaterialStainless Steel
Item Package Quantity1
Flow Rate 2 GPH
Warranty DescriptionNew Millennium Concepts, Ltd. (makers of the Berkey Systems) Warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 6 months from date of purchase. Black Berkey purification elements have a two-year prorated warranty calculated in six months intervals. Not available to ship to California or Iowa.
  
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ASINB00CYW3EVO
Best Sellers Rank #8,841 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Shipping Advisory:This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Date First AvailableJuly 11, 2008
  
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The versatile Big Berkey system is the ideal system for use at home with small or medium sized families, travel, outdoor activities or during unexpected emergencies. This powerful system purifies both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available. The Big Berkey system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance. Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel, the system comes complete with four purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances. This system has a storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters) and when in use it stands 19.25" in height with a diameter of 8.5". The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13" in height. Configured with four Black Berkey purification elements the system will purify up to 7 Gallons (13.3 liters) per hour.

Product Description

The versatile Big Berkey system is the ideal system for use at home with small or medium sized families, travel, outdoor activities or during unexpected emergencies. This powerful system purifies both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available. The Big Berkey system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance. Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel, the system comes complete with four purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances. This system has a storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters) and when in use it stands 19.25" in height with a diameter of 8.5". The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13" in height. Configured with four Black Berkey purification elements the system will purify up to 7 Gallons (13.3 liters) per hour.

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Customer Reviews

The water tastes great.
Amazon Customer
The standard berkey filter removes only larger particulates and the black berkey elements are made of activated carbon.
Tennyson Lee
Big mistake, same thing happened again.
Thomas G. Emerick

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222 of 240 people found the following review helpful By myreddoor on December 8, 2010
I searched for the best water purification technique available primarily because I was shocked at the state of our drinking water and I couldn't just go on blindly dumping chemicals into my body. My criterion was to remove all added chemicals from my drinking water including Fluoride and as an Engineer with a scientific background I needed scientific backing.

Note: The usage of Fluoride in our water systems is controversial, but Ninety-seven percent of western Europe has eliminated fluoride from drinking water. goggle "Fluorosis" and "fluoride side effects", read the article on "about dot com" on "fluoride removal". Read the article on "livestrong dot com" on "side effects of fluoride ingestion". I quote, "Fluoride ingestion has been associated with adverse health effects such as IQ deficits in children, depression, weight gain and heart disease. The "Journal of Applied Clinical Pediatrics" reports that "high fluoride intake has a damaging effect on intellectual ability," and human studies from China, India, Iran and Mexico found that elevated levels of fluoride in children resulted in reduced performance and impaired development of intelligence. The U.S. National Research Council has also found that fluoride affects normal endocrine function, which may contribute to hypothyroidism, or reduced activity of the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism can lead to fatigue, depression, weight gain, hair loss, muscle pains and heart disease.

I started off with on a friends recommendation the Nikken Pi-Mag which i soon rejected because they independent lab results were not available, fluorine was not removed from the water and I could not trust a MLM companies claims' that were not scientifically verifiable.
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94 of 100 people found the following review helpful By MJC on June 27, 2012
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After reading many reviews on this site as well as prep sites etc. I bought one of these units last summer (on Amazon, from Big Fly Sports) just prior to the arrival of hurricane Irene intended as a safeguard in case of potable water loss/contamination (and because our tap water tastes like algae anyway). Well, I prepped the black filters as per the instructions and gingerly tightened the plastic nuts so that they were secure but without stripping them and filled it up; the water tasted fantastic and I felt good about the investment. There is no o-ring seal, it's a rubber gasket and both the threaded portion of the filter outlet tube and the nut are plastic so you can't really tighten them down much plus the steel in the base of the upper chamber isn't thick enough to keep it from flexing. I performed the red food coloring test and the water came out with a slightly pink tinge to it but considering that the dyed water in the top chamber was dark red, I thought that it was acceptable. We kept the Big Berkey on it's own stand, filled it with water from a pitcher, didn't take it anywhere and it wasn't mishandled. About a month and a half or so later when I was filling it, I noticed that the filters wobbled more than usual and one simply fell over leaving it's base and what appeared to be silicone adhesive behind; turns out the second filter was no longer adhered to it's base either and was simply sitting there held down by gravity. I was under the assumption that this product came from British Berkefeld, known for the performance of their ceramic filters which are used to produce safe drinking water from contaminated sources. After some research online, I found out that Fairey ceramics in the UK produce the filters for BB and Doulton, I then located the UK contacts at British Berkefeld.Read more ›
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83 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Critical Reviewer on August 7, 2010
I decided against distillation, since there are many cons with that process: it produces acidic water (I used to buy distilled water from the store until I started noticing my gums were getting itchy from it), and recaptures chemicals with lower boiling points than water. This was unacceptable to me since California's municipal water sources are heavily chlorinated. It's so nasty, you can smell the chlorine coming out of the taps. I can't stand the taste or smell of it. I decided against reverse osmosis because of its costs and the amount of waste water it produces. After much research, I settled on a gravity based microfilter, and Big Berkey came with lots of recommendations.

So far, after nearly filtering 200 gallons, the Big Berkey is pulling all free chlorine out of the water. Here is a pic that demonstrates:

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The water on the right is tap water mixed with a chlorine/bromine indicator solution. The color indicates that the tap water in Monterey, CA has more chlorine than a healthy swimming pool. YUCK! The water on the right is from the Big Berkey. The indicator solution shows there is no detectable chlorine! SWEET!
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By U. yang on February 6, 2012
I've been using this for over a year now, and this water filter system is truly a pain in the arse. Before I was filtering and leaving the excess water in the Berkey, but then a mold problem formed with the filters. I started over with new filters and did not have that problem again, because I do not let water sit there overnight anymore. Basically, I filter about 6 jugs to last a few days and then empty the Berkey and let it dry. The filters are fickle, and I've gone through about 4 pairs in a year in a half. One thrown out from the mold problem, another set thrown out because it would just not filter, and another thrown out because after awhile the water started coming out so quickly, as if it wasn't filtering out at all.

I no longer filter it into the stainless steel container. Instead, I set the Berkey on top of 2 glass juice pitchers as seen here:

http://www.amazon.com/Luminarc-Quadro-2-Liter-Glass-Pitcher/dp/B0013Z9NY0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1328550827&sr=8-2

When you do that, you can see which filter works slower or faster than the others. It's eye opening.

I'm already looking for a new water filter and would never recommend this one. I also agree with others, on the ancient tests this company provides, and no longer believe in the product.
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