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Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System

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  • The Sawyer Mini is ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and international travel and emergency preparedness
  • High performance filter fits in the palm of your hand; weighs just 2 ounces; 0.1 Micron absolute hollow fiber membrane inline filter
  • Attaches to included drinking pouch, standard disposable water bottles, hydration packs, or use the straw to drink directly from your water source
  • Removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera, and E.coli; removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium
  • Backed by a manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty

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Product Description

Product Description

The Sawyer Mini Water Filter is a second generation filter that is the lightest and most versatile personal filtration system from Sawyer. With a total field weight of 2 ounces it fits in the palm of your hand. This tiny filter does the same job that the Sawyer PointOne filter does but now in a more compact, personal size. The Sawyer Mini filter is perfect for everything from camping with the kids to traveling abroad where tap and bottle water cannot be trusted. The filter removes 7 log (99.99999%) of all bacteria (like salmonella) as well as other harmful bacteria which causes cholera and E. coli and 6 log (99.9999%) of all protozoa such as giardia and cryptosporidium. These removal rates equal or exceed other filter options. EPA guidelines allow ten times more protozoa left in the water than Sawyer PointOne filters allow. The Sawyer Mini Water Filter is backed by a manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty. Since 1984, Sawyer Products has offered the best, most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water, and injuries -- everything from first aid kits developed for wilderness to point-of-use water filters that filter contaminated water to levels cleaner than U.S. bottled water.

Product Description

The Mini Water Filter is the lightest and most versatile personal filtration system from Sawyer. It weighs 2 ounces and fits in the palm of your hand. While incredibly small and convenient, this filter was tested to 10 million parts of bacteria and one million parts of protozoa without a single breakthrough, the highest testing level for filtration.

The size, convenience, and performance of the Sawyer Mini filter make it perfect for everything from camping with the kids to traveling abroad where tap and bottle water cannot be trusted.

Drink Using the Included Pouch
Drink Using the Included Pouch
Attach to Standard Water Bottles
Attach to Standard Water Bottles
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Use the Included Straw
Sip Directly with the Included Straw
Attach to a Hydration Pack
Attach Inline to a Hydration Pack
Filter into a Water Bottle
Filter into a Water Bottle

Versatile, Use Anywhere, Take Anywhere Size and Features

The Sawyer Mini is one of the most versatile personal filtration systems available and comes with all the accessories you need to use this system in any of the following ways.

  1. Attach to the included 16 ounce reusable squeeze pouch to drink directly from the filter or squeeze water into a water bottle
  2. Attach to most disposable water or soda bottles
  3. Attach inline on a hydration pack - no adapters required
  4. Use the included personal drinking straw and drink directly from the source or scoop up a bottle of water directly from any freshwater lake, river or stream

With all these options, the Sawyer Mini becomes a great solution for camping, backpacking, hiking, hunting, fishing, international travel, emergency preparedness and more.

Absolute Micron Filtering Technology Makes The Difference

illustration of filter microtubes
"U" shaped micro-tubes allow water to enter into their core

The proprietary element of Sawyer’s water filters is comprised of tiny "U" shaped micro-tubes that allow water to enter into their core through tiny micro-pores. The high number of those tiny tubes and their surface area allows the filter to have one of the fastest flow rates in the world. This high flow rate eliminates the need to store water, reducing the possibility of water contamination after the filtration process.

Each filter is certified for absolute microns; that means there is no pore size larger than 0.1 in size. This makes it nearly impossible for harmful bacteria, protozoa, or cysts like E. coli, Giardia, Vibrio cholerae and Salmonella typhi (which cause Cholera and Typhoid) to pass through the Sawyer Mini filter. Sawyer filters have been tested by independent and qualified research laboratories and found to remove 7 log (99.99999%) of bacteria and 6 log (99.9999%) of protozoa, exceeding US EPA standards. The filter does not remove chemicals, dissolved solids, or viruses. However, viruses are very rarely found in North America or when traveling to foreign cities.

Sawyer's revolutionary filter technology is in use by hundreds of groups, including non-profit organizations, relief agencies, and governments in more than 70 countries around the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know when the filter is full?

The flow of water will slow down. However, it will never fail. Once the filter starts to slow down simply backwash it and it will be as good as new.

Is this good for kids at camp?

Yes! It is easy and safe. It couldn't be more perfect! Its small, lightweight and priced so that everyone can have their own filter. It doesn't need all the small parts and accessories of first generation filters to move from a hydration pack to a bottle to a pouch. It has it all!

Can I put the filter inline on my hydration pack?

Yes, connectors for your hydration pack hose are built into the filter.

Can I put the filter on a different / smaller bottle?

As long as the bottle has a "standard" thread you can. Most soda and disposable water bottles made worldwide use this thread.

How often should I clean the filter?

For longer filter life, you should backwash and sanitize the filter after every outing.

If I backwash it, will the bacteria in the city water grow in the filter?

Sawyer recommends sanitizing the filter before storing it. If you backwash the filter and then use it, bacteria from the city water will not grow.

Is it going to get clogged while I'm out on a trip?

Even with very high particulate /turbid water you should get 5 to 10 gallons through the filter. If this is not enough water for your trip you should either plan on field backwashing your filter.

What comes with each Sawyer Mini?

(1) Sawyer MINI Water Filter with Tip Cap

(1) 16 oz Reusable Squeeze Pouch

(1) 7" Drinking Straw

(1) Cleaning Plunger (Syringe)

Cleaning and Maintenance Instructions

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 3 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: SP103-P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,306 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

563 of 575 people found the following review helpful By EJD on December 23, 2013
Size: 1-PackColor: Blue Verified Purchase
So first off, let me say I ordered this with my Prime account, and it comes with free 2-day got here in 1 day. I immediately took it out in the frontcountry for a day hike with the dog to give it a test in the field.

We made it to a nice frozen shoulder of the Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula. The temp was below freezing, i'de say 20-30°F, or somewhere around there. I chipped through an ice shelf on the creek and dunked the bag into the ice cold water. Filling it was easy with the current but I can see some wishing it came with a bigger bag because it doesn't look like much when the bag is filled. I use a 32oz Platypus bag I have, and carry the included 16oz bag as a backup! Anyway, I screwed the filter onto the bag, tipped it upside down and water came out with a very effortless squeeze. After I got done laughing about how simple this was, I gave my boy Yoshi a drink as well (my English Bulldog). He also took to it well, as he's a big fan of drinking from water bottles anyway. So yeah, this is a dog friendly design!

Also out of curiosity I affixed the straw directly to the filter and drank directly from the creek and it was quite easy to do. The amount of suction required was similar to drinking a milkshake, and the flow rate was surprisingly great. At that point one can either shake the filter free of the water still inside the filter, and/or blow through it providing the same effect. (I should note that if using this in freezing temperatures, to prevent the filter from freezing after use, you will want to keep it on or near your body's core).

When I got home I did the back flush with the syringe twice, and the thing flushed perfectly. This thing was a piece of cake to use, and was exactly what I was looking for to carry in my Heli Pack.
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127 of 128 people found the following review helpful By WB on July 15, 2014
Size: 1-PackColor: Blue Verified Purchase
I used this Sawyer water filter to provide drinking water for my wife and I on a wilderness camping trip. The filter is light small and performed perfectly. We noticed nothing strange about the water or it's taste.We were using very clean looking water likely containing "Beaver Fever" and cryptosporidium. We used a 2 liter bottle as a dirty water bottle and found it to be easy but slightly time consuming to squeeze fill our respective Water bottles but still way better than carrying water in. Careful freezing destroys membrane of filter not for sub freezing temperatures. Bought this brand filter over others because of its versatility to use with straw or any soda bottle and it's long life of 100,000 gallons. Check out images of the product I uploaded.
EDIT After 1 year: This filter is still working great after over a dozen backpacking trips using this filter and several hikes. It is truly very nice feeling to drink the water right out of the river or lake your camping next to vs carrying in bottled water. Have used the the syringe to clean it several times and does seem to keep the flow going fast enough. I use a filtered funnel to scoop water up and into my soda bottle before filtering to keep filter as particle free as possible. I tried to use a platypus bottle bag with this filter but it does not fit quite and leaks, 2 liter bottle works best for us. Still totally satisfied wil buy another when it plugs up.
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190 of 196 people found the following review helpful By Speedy on April 4, 2014
Size: 1-PackColor: Blue Verified Purchase
In general, the water filter works wonderfully. Specifically there are a couple of limitations built in to the product. First, it isn’t really gravity fed, the filter is fed by pressure provided by squeezing the container holding the pre-filtered water. I’ll admit that the pressure doesn’t have to be much to provide a steady stream of water. I suspect that the problems people have with the bag is that they try to force the water through the filter too quickly and tear the bag.

One of the built in problems is that the container which has the unfiltered water in it and on it is above the filter and the container that will hold the filtered water. One would want to wipe the unfiltered water container of most of the water on its exterior to keep the filtered water container as clean as possible.

I bought the filter with a sixteen ounce bag for the dirty water. Using the filter convinces me that the 16 ounce bag is too small. The bag isn’t completely emptied when it is used so collecting a half gallon of water for example would require many repeated filling and draining of the water bag. There are two easy solutions:
A. Buy a 32 ounce water bag
B. Bring along a two liter plastic bottle. Emptying a two liter plastic bottle is much quicker than and equally as easy as emptying the bag. Neither the bags nor the plastic bottle have valves so eventually a partial vacuum forms in them although it is an easy matter to invert the filter and container and release the coupling to allow air into the container.
When the filtering operation is finished one must remember to move the dirty water container away from the clean water container to avoid accidental contamination because the bag retains a little water.
All in all this is an excellent water filter for the backpacker and I'm very happy with my purchase.
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120 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Greg 'Envirobot' on February 11, 2015
Size: 1-PackColor: Blue Verified Purchase
I have been using this filter in Haiti for 3 months, and have installed them for others who don't have access to purified water. From a health standpoint, I give the product high marks. I have not been sick since using the filter. Water-borne viral illnesses are rare in my community, so the inability to filter viruses is moot. My main complaint to the plastic housing. The design is good, making it convenient to attach the filter directly to a water spigot. However, the plastic material does not hold up to many cycles of attachment/detachment from the spigot, and the threads get worn out. Metal would be a better material for this part of the housing.
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