- Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 8 inches ; 1.6 pounds
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- ASIN: B00AI91958
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
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First Need Xle Elite Purifier
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- Product Weight 16 oz.
- Cartridge capacity: 180 gal.
- Output: 2 qt/min.
- No iodine needed
- Self-cleaning pre-filter and gravity assist system included
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First Need XLE (Elite) retains all the great features of the First Need XL and introduces more robust survivability and extended capacity with a new convenient, sanitary back rinse port, to remove accumulated debris without changing hose connections. The XLE canister is interchangeable with many earlier First Need systems. Removes bacteria, cysts, and viruses. "Direct Connect" fits most water bottles and hydration packs. Output: 2.0 qt/min. Cartridge capacity: 180 gal. Wt: 16 oz.
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The other, a LifeSaver bottle is 50% more expensive initially but the filter lasts for 1,000 gallons vs the 180 gallons of the Xle filter. On the other hand, the LifeSaver filters are more expensive and have a shelf life of 2 years after you open them. The Xle filters have an unlimited shelf life.
The LifeSaver bottle only holds 0.75 liters. To fill a 3 liter bladder you'd have to fill and empty the bottle 4 times. With the Xle filter, you can pump endlessly into a bladder or other container. This is a big benefit especially if you're hiking in a group.
The LifeSaver bottle also requires enough water depth that you can fill the bottle by submerging it. The Xle filter only requires a couple of inches of water to submerge its pre-filter. And that pre-filter keeps larger contaminants from prematurely clogging the filter. That, plus a clean out port means the Xle can better deal with poor quality water.
Both filters can produce clean water at a rate of about 2.0 liters per minute which is very good in my opinion.
Either solution is viable and the life cycle costs aren't all that different in the long run. I choose the Xle because it seemed to offer more real world convenience and functionality than a LifeSaver bottle especially if you're hiking with more than just yourself.
A little on the heavy side for backpacking, but makes up for it with speed and filtering out viruses and bad taste. I used a collapsible bucket to carry water to camp and everyones bottles were refilled in a few minutes. On the trail I had to move a rock from the sand to make a hole deep enough in a stream to cover the prefilter, from there it pumped over a liter per minute.