|Manufacturer||APEC Water Systems|
|Item Weight||7 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||14 x 6 x 6.5 inches|
|Item model number||RO-CTOP|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Maximum Pressure||100 PSI|
APEC Water Systems RO-CTOP Portable Countertop Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System, Installation-Free, fits Most Standard Faucet
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- Hooks up to most STANDARD FAUCET in minutes. Just plug and drink! Lightweight, installation-free system. It’s NOT compatible with pull-out faucets, special size designer faucets and sprayer faucets
- Top rated brand, high performance reverse osmosis drinking water systems
- Highest grade 4-Stage ultra-pure system provides refreshing crisp taste superior to bottled water
- 90 GPD portable system built with high capacity filters for reliable, long lasting performance, works for water pressure 40-80psi
- Perfect for apartments, condos, motor homes, retirement homes, seniors, students & travelers
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This light and compact RO-CTOP system is specifically engineered to offer exceptional portability, convenience and ease of use. It hooks up to most existing standard faucet in seconds – no installation required! If you want an unlimited amount of bottled-water-quality water that you can take with you anywhere, this is your dream system! Perfect for apartments, condominiums, motor homes, retirement homes and students. Provides safe drinking water with capacity up to 90 gallons per day (at 60 psi water pressure) to fill any water storage container you provide.
Enjoy unlimited ultra-fresh, clean, great tasting water right at home for the best quality water for cooking and making delicious coffee, tea & ice. Save money, time, and hassle of buying costly, heavy bottled water and live healthier with ultra-safe water that is 99% contaminant free. System is designed to remove contaminants such as chlorine, taste, odor, toxic fluoride, arsenic, lead, and chromium.
All US-made super high capacity filters:
1st stage: premium quick-connect 5 micron sediment filter - removes dust, particles, and rust. Protects and extends the life of the membrane.
2nd stage: premium quick-connect coconut shell activated carbon filter - gets rid of unpleasant chlorine, odors, cloudiness, & colors. Also removes VOCs and other common chemicals from the water.
3rd stage: select FILMTEC (Dow Chemical) high rejection TFC reverse osmosis membrane. Removes up to 99% of total dissolved solids (TDS) and contaminants such as arsenic, lead, fluoride, chromium, radium and much more.
4th stage: premium quick-connect coconut shell activated carbon filter -removes any possible residual tastes.
APEC high capacity filters are made in USA with high quality filtration components to protect and prolong the lifespan of your reverse osmosis system. These standard size filters are 10" and feature 1/4" quick-connect fittings for durable and easy filter change-outs
Lightweight and compact for easy packing and transport. Ideal for use in apartments, condominiums, RVs, mobile homes, retirement homes, or college dorms. No tank is needed.
RO-CTOP is designed with simple installation and maintenance in mind. The John Guest quick connection fitting allows quick filter changes, and the included faucet adapters connect to most faucet with little to no effort.
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Our Team of friendly WQA Certified Water Specialists provide excellent and free technical support for the entire lifespan of your system.
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I did not know much about RO systems or much about any water filter or water specifications (what's good, bad or necessary for our health).
I was also looking for an affordable but top quality way of drinking clean water so I had assumed that getting this filter would solve all my problems.
I bought this countertop RO filter (without the calcium carbonate filter which is about $20 bucks cheaper), about two weeks later my husband had his first gout attack.
I then started to do my research and I learned that there are studies suggesting that because the RO filter system removes EVERYTHING (good and bad minerals and impurities) out of the water and because when water is acidic it tends to compesate by taking from other sources on its path, so it will take minerals out of your body. Absolute clean will also corrode metals, it will leach minerals in contact with metals, it will do the same to our bodies. I started to panic on the inside knowing that my husband was suffering in terrible amounts of pain that wouldn't stop and to know that it was my fault, my lack of research. I contacted the seller and they helped me to get the calcium filter that I needed to stabilize the water. To see my husband in so much pain as I hand't seen before I was considering returning the filter. But I did more research and I found that we needed the calcium and other minerals in our water. The RO filter alone can potentially be a problem for some people but with proper research you'll be fine. My suggestion is to buy the APEC countertop RO filter with the CALCIUM CARBONATE FILTER. It's called Alkaline, instead of saving a few bucks. Why? Because studies suggest the importance of minerals in the water and that acidic water will leach the minerals out of your body. Our body will try to balance it out and water does the same thing. Our body needs a certain level of PH, around 7.3 PH, and acidic water will have the PH at the different level that our bodies need. I strongly suggest that if you are considering RO filter to include the filter that balances the PH in the water. Some side effects can potentially show signs long time after you've been drinking acidic water and it's not worth saving a few bucks and putting your health at risk.
If you bought this filter you can buy the calcium carbonate filter and add to this. Simply contact APEC CS if unsure which one, they were super fantastic and helpful.
It's been almost a month and we only installed the calcium filter yesterday (feb/ 05/18), my husband is still recorvering from the gout but we believe that this will help him a lot and hopefully never suffer from gout again.
Another thing worth mentioning is that this filter will waste a lot of water but as a conscious green person I cannot bear the idea of adding more waste and not reclycling or reusing what we already have. So, be creative. My creative way of not letting the waste water go to waste is that I fill jars and I reause for dishes or for plants. If you use for plants it's better to let the water sit for at least a couple of days before watering the plants.
To me, it makes sense to repurpose something that otherwise would go to waste. If you don't like the idea of doing your dishes with "waste" tap water then you can water your garden or find some other ways of reausing it.
The TDS result will change when you add the calcium filter but THAT'S OKAY, it's only the good stuff.
TAP = avg of 44
RO (without calcium filter) = 3
RO with Calcium filter = 15
But it also changed the PH level. Please see the images and also note that this isn't the best PH tester because it's one that we bought for the aquarium but we decided to use what we had to notice the difference. We will buy a specific PH tester for drinking water in the filter and maybe I will add it to the review. Because I only had the idea to take a photo minutes later it's not showing result exactly as I first saw it but it will give you an idea.
The PH comparison image:
Notice that that the yellow square highlights the ph. Notice that with the calcium filter that the color is more neutral and to the desired level that we need?
Below the old filter, constitutes this RO filter without a calcium filter. The color looks more pale and acidic.
Inside the pink squares it analylizes the alkalinity of the water.
Again, the colors aren't as vibrant because the strips were drying when I had the idea of taking a photo. But in the future I will possibly add it here the results of my future tests for the specific PH tests.
Bottom line is: We are VERY happy to finally undestand more what is that we need and how to achieve clean and healthy water. Do your proper research to learn for yourself more. It's not worth saving a few bucks to get the filter without the calcium filter. It's better to think long term.
Also, this filter generates water to be wasted can you find ways to reuse and recycle the water?
The customer service was extremely helpful and I can't thank them enough for helping me out. Specially because I was freaking out on the inside to see my husband in such terrible pain. We suspected that it was this issue w/ the water because gout can be formed by many things such as eating meat, which we don't do, we also discarded some other things, which lead us to believe that it was the difference in the water. But, we can solve everything and what I learned from this is the importance of doing extra research to make sure it's a good, healthy decision.
I almost forgot to mention that when you use the filter, the filtered water will pour slower than your tap. Here our tactic plan is to fill up 1 gallon of glass jars while we are in the kitchen taking care of things. I timed and for me it takes me about 18 minutes to fill up one gallon. It's not a problem at all for us because while in kitchen cleaning or cooking I am also filling up the daily jugs of water. We strive to drink 1 gallon of water each.
Now that we figured it out I'd say that this system with the calcium filter is a 10 out of 10. Buy with confidence but do your research beforehand.
Easy to hook up in two minutes.
Has a flow switch to direct water away from the filters if you need to run hot water or do dishes.
Cons: Very slow depending on water pressure. We have regular pressure, not high, and it takes 90 seconds to output 8 ounces.
Also, it produces as much (or a little more) "Do not drink" water as clean water. I've never used RO water system before, and was shocked at the amount of water. I've been catching it in a pitcher and watering flowers, but wow, with a lot of use I can see an increase in the water bill.
Also, the tube to output purified water just hangs out there. I screwed a cup hook into the nearby cabinet to hang the hose and keep the hose off the counter.
UPDATE: I raised it from 2 stars to 5 stars, since it does what it is supposed to do, make clean water. I bought testers, and it lowered the PPM to 19 from 166. I was concerned about the PH, but the water from the tap reads 8.05, and the purified water is 8.35. The FDA says water should be between 6.5 and 8.5 so I am not greatly concerned. I was a little concerned about no minerals in the water, and the minerals being leached from the body, so I have bought drops that can be put into the water to add back minerals. They do sell a version of this that has a filter with calcium that makes the water more alkaline. It is https://www.amazon.com/APEC-Countertop-Water-Installation-Free-RO-CTOP-PH/dp/B06XY8CHL2/ref=sr_1_3
no more dragging bottles to the store, not knowing if or when the filters have been changed.
water tastes like water again..nothing keeps the mind clearer!
a bit tricky with hooking up the faucet screw into the sink( quite a bit of backsplash)..i personally do not leave the filter on all the time- I have it nearby, and hook it up when its time to refill jugs- I did discover that by taking some food grade stainless steel mesh ( from a coffee press filter), and placing 2 small circles inside the faucet head ( that this filter comes with), has completely eliminated backsplash- even when I try! Makes it a lot easier to leave that hardware on the faucet and use between filterings.
Wasn't sure if this was worth it at first, but after the past couple years with superior taste, and the meter proving it..completely worth it!!
even easy to take with me if needed- not heavy AT ALL.