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First Need XL Portable Water Purifier

4.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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  • Product Weight 15 oz.
  • Cartridge capacity: 125 gal.
  • Output: 1.8 qt/min.
  • No iodine needed
  • Self-cleaning pre-filter and gravity assist system included
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The most effective portable Water Purifier at any price!  The First Need XL Water Purifier is effective against cryptosporidia, bacteria, viruses and unmatched in removing harmful chemicals. It consists of increased purification capacity, more secure hose fittings for backwashing and a "direct connect" to most water bottles and hydration packs. There is also a flexible sanitary cap directly attached to the pump cover, longer tubing, comfortable handle, greater capacity and fastest flow of all!

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  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0000E5KS4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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By Michael Cody on August 1, 2009
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My son is the quartermaster for his scout troop. We had 3 older (circa 2000) First Need water filters in our troop and they have been used on dozens of trips backpacking all over Michigan and the rest of country. When time the time came to replace the canisters we were not able to find replacements and the older systems had been well used. I came right back to First Need because I knew they worked and was not disappointed. I bought two of these this summer for a trip to North Manitou Island in Michigan for 10 boys & 4 adults. We filtered easily over 50 gallons of water over 5 days from Lake Michigan.. We also had 1 MSR MiniWorks filter... these First Need filters would fill a large Nalgene bottle in about 1 minute, where as the MSR takes 5-6 minutes. We would fill a 5 gallon collapsible water jug at the the lake, bring it back to camp and then, pumping from the jug, fill all the Nalgene bottles (about 15) and everyones water bladders in about 15 minutes using just two of these pumps. Also using the gravity filter option using the storage back works fine but it is slow.. if you have the time or are using a low volume of water, this is very nice feature.

On our trip, lake water has a lot of sand. The first line filter at the end of the plastic tube would plug with sand sometimes so you need to clean it and if the pump slows or becomes difficult to pump you need to back flush "FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS" to get it flowing. We only had to back flush one pump during the 5 days we were out. Make sure when you store them, you back flush w/a few drops of chlorine in the water, from a good water source before you put them away.

The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5, is the the pumps have started very minor leaking around the O-rings and I am concerned about longevity.
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We took this filter on a 12-day trek through the mountains and desert of New Mexico. Fining drinkable water was a huge issue. However, we were able to purify even the worst of water with this filter with no worries of picking up any sort of nasty viruses or bacteria. Our water came from streams that had cattle, buffalo, elk and other wildlife all around, but the First Need XL had it appearing and tasting as pure as bottled water.
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Used it on a recent trip with some semi-questionable water (we need rain) without incident. I was looking for a filter that did both bacteria and viruses. This was the only one that claimed to handle both. I was a bit skeptical so I sent it to my mother who is an engineer with the EPA. She sent it to the capitol to the main guy that handles water treatment. He said that the university of Arizona is well respected in this research field and that he would trust it. Good enough of a selling point for me.
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I have had this for over 7 years. I love this filter. It is a bit heavy, but I am a outdoor leader and I generally hike with a large group. Hands down, it's fast. Water quality after it has been filtered is so good. Taste is better than some of the bottled water I've tasted. I did put an extra mesh around the intake end and found this to help in some of the mucky waters. Another suggestion some made was to trade out a longer hose. I haven't done this yet, but may in the future. I would highly recommend this to others.
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I currently own two of these and have used these on many backpacking trips. Keep this in mind... a water filter gets rid of protozoa and parasites, even bacteria, but it does not remove viruses. A water purifier eliminates all of these plus viruses.

PROS

Produces great water, no need to worry about quality. Pump purifies water on up and down stroke. Comes with carry case to keep hoses and small attachments together. Good lifespan on the cartridges.

CONS

A little on the heavy and bulky side, weighs about 1 pound. The older models have issues with hoses popping off but I fixed with cable ties. Leaks a little around the seals.

OVERALL

Good design, quality product.... It works for me.

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