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Royal Berkey Water Filter System RB4X2 with 2 Berkey Black Filters and 2 Fluoride Filters
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- INCLUDES: Royal Berkey Stainless Steel Containers (Upper, Lower & Lid), 2 Black Berkey Filters, 2 Fluoride Filters, 2 Hole Plugs, 1 knob, 1 easy flow spigot, and 1 set of easy to follow assembly instructions
- CAPACITY: Holds 3gallons of purified water & Filters up to 4 gallons per hour (running with the 2 included filters)
- BERKEY BLACK FILTER ELEMENTS LIFESPAN: Each (1) Black Berkey Filter Element has a lifespan of 3,000 gallons. That's an incredible 6,000 gallons for a two-filter system. This is possible because of the Black Berkey filter elements' unique ability to be cleaned up to 100 times using a 3M Scotch-Brite pad.
- BERKEY FLUORIDE FILTER LIFESPAN: Each (1) Fluoride Filter attaches onto the stem of the Black Element, as a post filters, and can filter up to 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters)
- SIZE AND SPECS: The Royal Berkey Water Filter is designed for large families and groups. It Êcan hold up to 4 (individual) Berkey Black Filter Elements. ÊOnly 2 filters are included, however additional filters can be purchased separately to increase the flow rate and reduce the time waiting for clean purified water. Made with High Grade 304 Stainless Steel and measures 9.5"D x 24"H when assembled. When not in use the chambers nest inside each other for easy storage and transportation
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INCLUDES: (1) Royal Berkey Stainless Steel unit (Upper, Lower & Lid), 2 Black Berkey Filters, 1 knob, 1 easy flow spigot, and 1 set of easy to follow assembly instructions. The Royal Berkey is constructed from High Grade 304 Stainless Steel, and can accommodate up to four Berkey Purification elements and four Fluoride filters. However, only TWO Black Berkey Filters are included and two Fluoride Filters. Berkey Filters provide the cleanest water, because they are super filters, also known as purifiers due to their ability to remove 99.99% of pathogens. Each (1) Black Berkey Filter Element has a lifespan of 3,000 gallons. That's an incredible 6,000 gallons for a two-filter system. This is possible because of the Black Berkey filter elements' unique ability to be cleaned up to 100 times using a 3M Scotch-Brite pad. Designed for small families, of up to four. With the two Berkey Filters installed the system can produce up to 4 gallons of filtered drinking water per hour.
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Our unfiltered tap water was generally acceptable by the lab with the following notable exceptions:
1. Arsenic: 2.5 parts per billion (ppb) - lab considered this reason for "caution"
2. Uranium 238: 3.1 ppb - also "caution"
3. Aluminum: 94 ppb - caution
4. Fluoride: 0.8 parts per million (ppm) - EPA has not established levels for this category
Here are our results with the Big Berkey (using 2 black filters and 2 fluoride/arsenic filters):
1. Arsenic: less than 1 ppb - lab considers "acceptable"
2. Uranium 238: less than 1 ppb - acceptable
3. Aluminum: 19 ppb - acceptable
4. Fluoride: 0.4 ppm (I wonder if we used 4 fluoride filters instead of 2 if the fluoride would be removed completely)
Items of note, the lab that tested the water is a professional lab (not a home kit) and there are three levels of interpretation: acceptable (safe), caution (consider filtering) and unacceptable (contact municipality and consider alternative sources). The lab uses ICP-MS method to test the water.
Hope this helps. Disclaimer: I have no relationship to the company....I just wanted to know whether or not the filters work!
Cons: If you're putting this together for the first time remember to prime your flouride filters. I recommend you repeat the priming process 3 or 4 times! Don't use what they suggest (30-60 second intervals). To remove the bitter taste I had to disassemble my unit and prime each filter 4 times for 90 seconds on each end. That, in theory, is a total of 8 priming attempts! As you switch from end to end you will see a glimpse of milky water. Repeat until you do not and don't skimp on the duration. I still taste an extremely minor bitter hue to the water, but again it's not noticeable. If you want to save yourself some time and frustration, bite the bullet and prime these filters BEFORE HAND. The Black Berkey filters, however, prime wonderfully according to the instructions.
NOW ONTO THE SPIGOT. I came home to a soaked floor three or four times. The beveled washer will not sit flush as easily as they depict. Remember to visually line up the washer so that you can see no gaps when tightening it. I also recommened you tighten it a quarter turn as they say, but tighten the nut inside the unit as much as you can. I got fed up on the last attempt. I woke up to a wet floor, grabbed gloves, and fiddled with the nut while water was still in it. This way I could MAKE SURE it didn't leak. Long story short you need to overtighten the internal nut in order for it to not leak. If you don't get lucky lining it up then you will have water everywhere.
NO SUCH LUCK. But first, when I flushed out the filters, I had a problem with a flouride one. They are filled with white grains, and there is a little netting to hold the stuff in. You should expect some grains to come out at first, but on one, it seemed the netting was missing or faulty. I called the number in the box, and they said they would send a new pair (they only come in pairs). I wanted to try the water immediately, so I plugged up that side and filtered my first tank.
It tasted of RUST. So I emptied it and scrubbed and tried again -- same problem. TIP: before you assemble, carefully check the inside for any rust. You might even let a little water stand in the bottom overnight and taste the water. Once rust is started, you cannot stop it by cleaning! So TAKE A PHOTO BEFORE CLEANING IT AND SEND IT BACK!. I called again and sent them photos -- they immediately sent a new bottom and a pair of flouride filters, and emailed a return shipping label. It works great and the water is amazing.
Another note, they say you can hand-tighten the spigot. I have the travel-size, so the curvature is greater than on the larger sizes. I don't know whose hands they think are that strong, but mine are not! I had to use pliers (carefully) and keep testing until no water dribbled out. I gave it a 1/8 of a turn each time, and it took 4 times before the water stopped dribbling - test OVERNIGHT - the last leak was very slow. Do not turn the spigot, it is not that strong -- turn the inside nut.
In spite of my "lemon" experience, I love the product. And the customer service # was answered on Sunday! And I received the new parts on Thursday!