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Katadyn Combi Water Microfilter

by Katadyn
4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • All-around filter for 1 to 4 persons
  • Perfect for camping or trekking expeditions
  • Long lasting and extremely reliable
  • Cleanable ceramic filter element--also filters very cloudy water
  • Measuring gauge supplied--indicates when the filter element should be changed
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Product Description

Product Description

The most versatile water filter. The only portable outdoor water filter that can be converted for RV, emergency, or temporary home use. # 1 selling water filter for emergencies.

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The Katadyn Combi Microfilter combines a silver impregnated ceramic element and a refillable, activated carbon cartridge. It is effective against bacteria and protozoa and also reduces chemicals and bad taste. With the optional "PLUS" package, the Combi can be connected to a water faucet for multifunctional use in campers, cottages or boats.

Key Features:

  • 2-stage filter (active carbon, ceramic) not only removes disease-causing agents, but also chemicals and improves the taste of the drinking water
  • Simple change to 1-stage operation (only ceramic without activated carbon stage) reduces use of active carbon granules and ensures maximum use of capacity
  • Long lasting and extremely reliable
  • Tap add-on kit "Plus" offers simple connection to a tap in a kitchen, caravan, camper or boat--the only water filter for both indoor and outdoor use
  • Cleanable ceramic filter element--also filters very cloudy water
  • Measuring gauge supplied--indicates when the filter element should be changed

Ceramic filters have a micro porous structure with impregnated silver which delays the growth of bacteria. The pore-size of Katadyn ceramic filters is 0.2 micron (0.0002 mm). Bacteria range in size from 0.2 to 5 micron and, like protozoa (1 to 15 micron), are efficiently filtered out. Ceramic filters can be mechanically regenerated and the filter capacity is measurable.

Activated carbon is used for its ability to reduce harmful organic and inorganic substances in the water. It removes unpleasant tastes, odors, chlorine, pesticides (lindane, DDT) and trihalomethanes (THMs). These substances adhere to the large surface area of the activated carbon. Activated carbon granulate cannot be regenerated.

Specifications:

  • Technology: 0.2 micron ceramic depth filter and activated carbon
  • Output: ca. 1 liters/minute
  • Cartridge Capacity: up to 50,000 l (depending on water quality)
  • Carbon Capacity: up to 400 l (2 fillings)
  • Weight: ca. 580 g
  • Size: 27 x 6 cm (10.6 x 2.4 inches)
  • Includes: Prefilter, bottle adaptor and carry bag

Why Treat Water?
A crystal-clear stream or lake usually contains microorganisms that can make you sick. Water contaminants like protozoa, bacteria and viruses, can cause serious illness. Optimize your travel preparation and use a portable drinking water system from Katadyn.

About Katadyn
Katadyn of Switzerland has been producing high quality portable water systems since 1928. Their history has been one of innovation and durability. Katadyn products are used by militaries, health organizations and outdoor adventurers world-wide. No other water system provides higher quality or longer lasting performance. Katadyn is the global leader in portable water treatment. With subsidiaries in the United States, Germany, France, and Singapore; Katadyn develops, produces and distributes high quality products which are used whenever safe drinking water isn't available--for travel, camping and humanitarian operations.


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0007U00YY
  • Item model number: 8013620
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,213 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

i have had my katadyn combi since 1995 it gives you not only safe drinking water but good tasting with the carbon filter and it's cheaper then the katadyn pocket filter made of plastic but it's really tough. i found if you use a coffee filter on the hose the ceramic filter lasts longer
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My wife and I bought this for back-country camping in the UP of Michigan and it worked awesome. The filter is very sturdy and well built. I was not worried about "breaking it" when we were using it. It also is fairly simple design and straightforward to take apart. Plus, it provided good tasting water!!

We are looking forward to taking it to Isle Royale and giving it a good workout there!

UPDATE 6/3/10 - We have used this filter multiple times now (Porkie's SP in MI, Isle Royale, Pictured Rocks NLS, backpacking in Utah) - it has stood the test of repeat use over a few years now!

Continues to work well for our backpacking trips. No issues with it, as long as you take care of it (clean it after every trip; when you put new charcoal in it, clean the ceramic filter after pumping water through it; use a coffee filter on the end to help keep the ceramic in better shape). Good product, I like the design of the pump. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good filter.
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Great water filter, I'd recommend it to anyone going backpacking and camping. We do use it together with a Steripen, though, just to make sure.
But the combination of the carbon filter plus the ceramic filter is great and the best choice! Water tastes fantastic! First we were worried that the "plastic" wouldn't be too durable, but it's very rugged and survived dropping on stone etc so I am confident it's going to last a long time. Definitely worth the money, and although not the lightest, we carry it along for backpacking and it's fine. Pumping only became harder after 3-4 days, so take the sponge with you to wash the filter in between.
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After reading and reading some more about portable ceramic water filters I settled on the Combi by Katadyn. I was NOT disappointed when I started to use it. I bought the counter top attachment so I can use the spout to fill any container needed. The extra $ was well worth it versus trying to use a screw on bottle under the filter. I used this filter with the charcoal at home trying to filter out all the added salt that my community uses in their "water softener" system to no avail. It did not take out the salt but that's okay. I discovered an artesian mineral spring 2 miles from my home that I use now for my drinking water. I am definitely keeping my Combi and extra ceramic filter for emergency use for times when I have to leave my home and be on the road. I know how easy it is to pump and get water and how easy it is to use with the faucet adapter. I was saddened when it wouldn't take out the salt from my home water but it did improve the water's taste!! I figure if I need to use this water filter in an emergency situation I won't have to worry about nasty tasting water that has bacteria in it. This is a very lightweight system that can be easily put into a backpack. The plastic is very tough as well. I don't feel that it will be easily damaged. With a new filter I'll be set for years of good, clean water if need be. Trust me. I shopped long and hard before I spent my hard earned $ on just ANY water filter. I owned Brita pitcher (would not recommend), a PUR faucet model, a Dupont faucet model and a few other assorted big name brands. I found that you could not take them "with you" when you travel to get clean water like you can the Combi. I needed something for a survival or emergency kit and this little filter did the job.Read more ›
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The Katadyn Combi gives you the filter life of the Katadyn Pocket for a lot less money. True it isn't made of all metal, but it is sturdy. The bottle top adapter works well and it is easy to disassemble. Great product.
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I bought the ceramic because if you are in the backpacking/hiking and you have a paper type filter (like the katadyn hiker) and it gets clogged you are up "up $H!T creek without a paddle". The ceramic filter can be easily washed off and continue to work whereas the paper filters are done. This filter is a bit on the heavy side but I know it is built to last and will work every time.

The only thing I did not like was that they assume you are going to put this into a water bottle or Nalgene etc... It does not come with an exit hose. I use Camelbaks and I need an exit hose with the attachment to fill up Camelbaks through the Camelbak's hose. (which is also a great buy, if you haven't updated your Camelbaks in a while now when you are in the field you don't have to take the bladder out, simply take the mouthpiece off with a button and the filter hose attaches to the Camelbak hose, much easier than the old design)
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I've had my Katadyn Combi since 2003. Chose it over the Pocket because of the ability to use Activated Carbon and I got a good deal... $120 including a spare filter and an extra set of gaskets. It can be screwed onto a Nalgene bottle or a regular bottle. The housing is actually quite sturdy but not as tough as the Pocket. It's seen a few backpacking trips in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Inyo National Forest, Yosemite NP, San Jacinto, Ventana (Big Sur) and SE Asia. Pump rate is good at ~1L/min and the pump handle is big and comfortable. Filtered water tastes great. If you're concerned about viruses, add a chemical solution into the filtered water, wait 15 minutes and you're good to go.

Since then I've bought the Ceradyn for home use and a Gravidyn as a gift. Besides being cost-effective, they've all hold up very well. Ceramic filters rock!!!
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