Berkey Light with 2 Black Filters and 2 Fluoride Filters
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- Berkey Light System includes; 2 black filters, 2 fluoride filters, BPA-free canisters (upper & Lower) & base, fabric lid, spigot and 2 hole plugs.
- Purifies up to 4 gallons per hour with a holding capacity of 2.75 gallons. The Berkey Light system can provide enough water for groups of up to 10 to 20 people.
- Light and durable, the see-through container makes it easier to determine the amount of water in the upper container without the need to have the water-view spigot
- Black Filter Elements' life span is up to 6,000 gallons for the two included black filter elements (3,000 gallons per filter element)
- Fluoride Filter life span is up to 1,000 gallons for the included pair.
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Constructed of a shatter resistant, high impact strength non BPA copolyester; the system comes complete with two purification elements, a base and utilizes the latest technological advances. This system has a storage capacity of about 2.75 gallons and when in use it stands 26.5 in height with a diameter of 9. The system stands 21 when used without the base (included). Configured with two Black Berkey purification elements the system can purify over 4 Gallons per hour. The Berkey Light system is designed for use during travel, outdoor activities and 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 outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.
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I will try switching out the upper chamber with my old one and when It comes time to replace the filters, all of it will go in the trash and I will be buying a different filtration system.
-water tastes better. No chlorine and less copper in water. pH slightly raised.
-black filters and chambers seem to work fine
-easy to assemble
-friendly and helpful-but slow-customer service
-fluoride filters are still leaking dust. Still can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. Gave up on them.
-plugs that ship with the unit impart a heavy rubber taste to water. Must contact customer service for some gum plugs, then soak the gum plugs in baking soda paste for a day to deodorize them before installing.
I've had my Berkey Light for about thirty days now, and I am ready to tell about my experience using it and my impressions of it.
First of all, and probably the most important bit; the taste of the water. There's no doubt. The filtered water tastes good. It isn't the best tasting water I've ever had, but it's far from the worst. You can probably find bottled water that tastes just as good or better regardless of your personal preference, but you won't get bad tasting water from the Berkey (after you put it together properly).
Secondly, my experience putting it together and using it.
Assembly was easy enough. The instructions were clear, but there are also video tutorials available online.
On the first day, the black filters seemed to work properly, as I detected a noticeable improvement in taste after I ran my tap water through them.
The fluoride filters, on the other hand, were a bit trickier to work with. I'm pretty sure that I had followed the instructions to a T, yet the filters left a powder (I believe Berkey calls it process dust) in the water, causing it to taste bitter and awful. After several attempts at getting the fluoride filters to work and reading up on how effective they were, I decided that I wouldn't bother with them.
I then proceeded to use my Berkey light with the black filters for a few days, but another problem arose. The water took on a strange taste, something that reminded me of tire rubber. I was concerned that either the filters or chambers were leeching plastic or chemicals. I contacted Berkey's customer service, and they decided that my issue was being caused by the black rubber plugs that shipped with my unit. (My Berkey had openings to house four filters. The unit ships with two filters, and two black rubber plugs to stop up the extra openings). They informed me that they had switched over to gum plugs, and shipped me some promptly and courteously. However, a day after I installed the gum plugs, the filtered water took on the taste of the plugs.
At this point, I was considering getting a refund on the whole unit, as I felt that I had gone through too much trouble to get it to work for me. I decided to try one more thing before making up my mind. I mixed some water with baking soda to create a thick paste, and I covered my gum plugs in the paste for a whole day. After I installed them, the water tasted perfectly fine.
There was one more thing for me to do, and that was to test the efficacy of the water filters. I don't have hundreds of dollars to send water samples to a lab to test, so I opted for a home water testing kit from Home Depot instead. Assuming that the testing kit is reliable, I can confirm that the black filters are removing chlorine, reducing the copper content in my water by half, and raising the pH of my water from 7 to 8.
I don't have access to extremely dirty water, but I wish that I did so that I could really see what these filters can really do, particularly regarding virus and bacteria removal.
Oh, on the subject of bacteria, Berkey recommends that you replace the filtered water after three days, as the filters remove all the chemicals in tap water which inhibit bacterial growth. I sampled 3-4 day old water for an E. coli detection test, and the test came up negative. My tap water also tested negative though, so this probably isn't saying much.
Finally, my general impressions.
Overall, I am happy with my purchase, but I do hate how much work I had to put in to get it the water to taste good, not mentioning the fact that I still can't get the fluoride filters to work. I might try them out again one day, but I'm perfectly happy with my Berkey without them. In the meantime, they'll continue to sit on a shelf. I currently have no reason to doubt Berkey's claims about how powerful their black filters are, but I have no means of testing all their claims myself either. I will continue to use the Berkey and, if possible, keep this review updated on any changes that arise.
I’m the only one using it and fill it up about once per week maybe twice.
My filters have never been changed nor flushed since I first assembled it in August 2018.
My water still comes out tasting great.
When I hit the one year mark, I’ll flush the filters and reinstall.
From my research the same filters should last me a few years due to I’m the only person using this system.
My faucet water is horrible taste & smell, so this is why I Bought this Berkey.
We filled it and in a few hours, we had a leak that we thought we'd traced to the spigot. We emptied, cleaned up and tightened up. So far, so good. The thing is top heavy and feels like it could tip if you were careless (or have a few kids) so mind the placement.
However, the water (that hasn't leaked everywhere) is very good and if I can say that about Florida tap water..that's something. Tastes better than bottled.
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The next person to draw filtered water, sees (in the show glass) that the filtered water level is getting low in the bottom container, and is trying to help, and fills up the top container, not knowing, that a very short time (minutes) before, the top container had been filled. Since only a short time has passed, there still was enough unfiltered water in the system. With refilling the top portion, there now is too much water in the system, and it will cause the bottom container to overflow.
In buying the BERKEY LIGHT, with its see through plastic containers, you eliminate the possibilities of overfilling, because you can always clearly see the water levels, in both (top and bottom). An additional benefit is that you don't need to order the extra show glass, thus saving more money, plus, if I remember correctly, the BERKEY LIGHT is/was cheaper than the SS model.
I would say it tastes "hard" versus Reverse Osmosis water which to me tastes "soft". Vs something like Evian (which I like)...to me Evian tastes "fresh pure and clean" not quite "hard" or "soft", just in between, Dasani tastes "hard". It would be closer to Dasani but with less "mineral" taste. Tastes are individual of course, but just wanted to give folks an idea for anyone with similar tastebuds. I got used to taste after about a week
With that said our little town has terrible drinking water with high metal lead ect with awful taste and it now does seem to be palatable.
We got this for when we can no longer buy water due to Covid -19.
Stay safe out there.