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Big Berkey Water Filter-2 Black Filters and 2 Pf-2 Fluoride Filters

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4.1 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
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  • Complete stainless steel water purification system
  • Can filter up to 3.5 gallons per hour
  • 2 Black Berkey Purification Filters
  • Holds approximately 2.25 gallons of filtered water
  • 2 PF-2 Fluoride and Arsenic Reduction Elements
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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 two 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 two Black Berkey purification elements the system will purify up to 3 1/2 Gallons (13.3 liters) per hour. This system can be expanded to use four purification elements and is capable of purifying up to 7 Gallons (26.5 liters) per hour. The PF-2 reduction elements screw onto the bottom of the Black Berkey water purification elements and work in conjunction to adsorb the following unwanted elements found in drinking water. * Fluoride * Arsenic V and pre-oxidized Arsenic III * Other residual heavy metal ions

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Technical Details

Part Number BK4x2
Item Weight 8.7 pounds
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 8.5 x 19.2 inches
Item model number BK4x2
Item Package Quantity 1

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4.1 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #227,087 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
Shipping Weight 8.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available November 3, 2009

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I want to love my Berkey. I know people who love theirs. And it certainly is attractive. Unfortunately, we had to replace the filters 3 times in the first 6 months. The first time we noticed the chlorine taste returning to our water. After that, we just spot checked periodically with the red dye. Sometimes we could flush the filter and it would take care of the problem, other times not. Then we would call the company, who would very nicely send out another filter set (FREE, please note that we weren't charged for new filters each time). One time the filter caps fell right off (the company said it was a bad batch).

So now I'm paranoid. If we don't test every batch of water, how do we know the filters are actually working? Most of the time, we couldn't tell by taste that they were failing; it was only the presence of red dye in the water when we tested that alerted us. I wouldn't feel comfortable at ALL trusting these filters if my health depended on it, like in a disaster or third world country. It makes me wonder how often everybody else is red dye testing their water. Probably not very often, if my experience is anywhere near typical.

On top of that, I gave up completely on the fluoride filters, which were one of my main reasons for purchasing the Berkey. No amount of flushing could get rid of the taste.

Now the plastic spigot handle has broken off (two pieces of plastic 1/16" in size at most were holding it on, one of them broke). It'll only cost $19 to replace it. My husband stuck a key ring in the hole and we're getting by until I throw the whole thing out the window or breakdown and buy the part. I'm shopping for alternatives if anybody can recommend a better filter.
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My husband and I have been using Brita style water filters for years -- not only does our area (Metro DC) have atrocious bleachy water, but our condo building shuts off the water for monthly repairs and it always runs cloudy white and silty brown afterwards. (You should see the muddy-metallic buildup in the toilet cisterns.)

But we use so much water between us for tea and coffee and the home carbonation system, that poor little filter jug would get filled countless times per day, and that's without using it for cooking water. What I hadn't noticed was I had eventually stopped drinking water, at all. I had grown to hate water so much that I was disguising it with herbal teas and juice. That's not right. As soon as I drank my first glass of Berkey water, I could not believe how sweet and light it was. Pretty much exactly what water should be! Gone was the dreaded heavy flatness of the old filter water. It has now become a sought after beverage -- we still have to work on developing the habit, but it's quite a pleasure.

The 4 filters take up a lot of space in top and bottom reservoirs, but there's still a ton of water on tap; we don't even fill it daily now, so I am sure we will have a full year of use before cleaning and changing the filters out.
My next purchase will be the glass sight spigot, since it's cumbersome to lift the top section to check on the lower levels, and I don't really have the grip for it when full either.

The instructions are quite involved, but I figured it all out quickly enough. They tell you to put the conical white washer inside, narrow end to hole, and the flat black one outside, but it leaked with a slow drip.
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I posted this elsewhere on Amazon for the Big Berkey and two black filters. This is the same product and actually my purchase came with both the black filters and these two fluoride filters, so I'm re-posting to make sure that buyers beware. The Big Berkey (BB) has been a regular source of frustration and, ultimately, a significant waste of money for me. I would advise everyone to avoid this carelessly designed water purification system. Compared to a Brita or Pur water pitcher, the BB is a significantly bigger up front layout of cash. Doing some research and reading reviews, I was convinced it was worth it, both for superior water filtering and long term savings in water filters. As far as the filtering, I'll never know. What I can tell you is that the Black Berkey Purification Element design is exceedingly poor. After all this time on the market, you'd think some engineer for Berkey would care enough to have figured out a satisfactory method of securing the filter to the upper chamber. This isn't the case, however. You have to poke the spindly "threaded mount" onto a washer, then through a hole in the chamber, then secure the element by screwing on a wing nut. Sounds simple enough and it is. Except the wing nuts routinely--and I've been through three or so--strip the threads on the stupid filter. Then it doesn't seal to the upper chamber. Then you have unfiltered water drip into the lower chamber. I bought another expensive set of black purification filter elements, just to get my hands on another wing nut. Same thing happened. And yes, I was very careful. If the wingnuts aren't tight, unfiltered water seeps into the lower chamber where you expect filtered water. I tried the new filters with the wingnuts. Same thing happened to one of them.Read more ›
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