LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness
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- Award-winning LifeStraw water filter is a must-carry tool for hiking, camping, travel, and emergencies; no disaster kit is complete without it
- Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals; does not require batteries and has no moving parts
- Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns; surpasses EPA filter standards
- An alternative to iodine tablets and bulky purifiers, it weighs 2oz for ultralight portability, and has a high flow rate for drinking from the source
- Comes in a sealed bag, perfect for storing in a bugout bag or other prepper gear supply kit; measures 9 x 1 x 1 inches
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Preparedness and Survival
Having a LifeStraw Personal Water Filter at hand provides access to clean, safe drinking water in the event of a natural disaster or survival situation. There are no batteries to replace and no moving parts to wear out. Perfect for a vehicle or home emergency kit.
Ensure peace of mind when abroad. Lifestraw removes 99.99% of bacteria and protozoa, including Salmonella, E-coli, Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Proven, reliable and effective, Lifestraw is the perfect accessory for international travel.
Hiking and Camping
Weighing only 2 oz. (54g), LifeStraw is the perfect water filter for hiking and camping. Drink from a bottle or straight from the nearest stream, puddle, or pond. It’s the fastest way to filter – never pump or wait for chemicals to react again.
Hunting and Fishing
LifeStraw provides a compact, ultralight solution for clean drinking water in the field. Don’t bother carrying heavy water bottles – simply drink from the nearest river or stream.
|LifeStraw Filter||LifeStraw Steel||LifeStraw Go||LifeStraw Go Replacement Filter||LifeStraw Family 1.0||LifeStraw Mission 5 or 12 Liter|
|Applications||Running, Hiking, Survival||Travel, Hiking, Survival||Travel, Backpacking||Travel, Backpacking||Emergency Prep, Base Camp||Base Camp, Group Camp, Emergency Prep|
|What it Removes?||Bacteria and Protozoa||Bacteria and Protozoa; Reduces chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, odor and bad taste||Bacteria and Protozoa||Bacteria and Protozoa||Bacteria, Protozoa and Viruses||Bacteria, Protozoa and Viruses|
|Filter Capacity||1,000 Liters (264 Gallons)||Main Filter: 1,000 Liters (264 Gallons); Replaceable Carbon Filter: 100 Liters (26.5 Gallons)||1,000 Liters (264 Gallons)||1,000 Liters (264 Gallons)||18,000 Liters (4,755 Gallons)||18,000 Liters (4,755 Gallons)|
|Filter Micron Size||0.2 Micron||0.2 Micron||0.2 Micron||0.2 Micron||0.02 Micron||0.02 Micron|
|Weight||2.0 oz (55 grams)||4.2 oz (118 grams)||7.8 oz (221 grams)||2.1 oz (59 grams)||1.6 lbs (725 grams)||5 Liter: 13 oz (368 grams) 12 Liter:15 oz (425 grams)|
|Flow Rate||1.7L (57 oz) / minute||1.7L (57 oz) / minute||1.7L (57 oz) / minute||1.7L (57 oz) / minute||12L (3.2 gallons) / minute||5 Liters / minute and 12 Liters / minute|
|Filter Type||Hollow Fiber Membrane||Hollow Fiber Membrane and Replaceable Carbon Filter||Hollow Fiber Membrane||Hollow Fiber Membrane||Hollow Fiber Membrane||Hollow Fiber Membrane|
|Item Dimensions||0.79 x 0.79 x 7.87 inches|
|Item Display Weight||56 grams|
|Shipping Weight||0.1 pounds|
A Time Magazine Invention of the Year winner, the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz. The ultimate survival tool for hiking, camping, ultralight backpacking, hunting, travel, scouting, and emergency preparedness, its straw design is ideal for purifying water from streams, lakes, ponds and other contaminated sources. No disaster kit or bugout bag is complete without a LifeStraw, an essential component of any prepper gear lineup. Unlike many similar filters on the market today, LifeStraw has met EPA standards for water filtration in independent testing and removes a minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction) and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction), filtering to an amazing 0.2 microns and surpassing EPA standards for water filters. LifeStraw has been used around the world under extreme conditions for humanitarian relief, providing clean drinking water in developing communities. The LifeStraw Personal water filtration straw measures 9 x 1 x 1 inches and weighs 0.1 pounds; includes sealed bag for storage in backpack or survival kit. For each LifeStraw purchased, one child in a developing community receives safe drinking water for an entire school year
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The one draw back to the LifeStraw is that it does take a bit of suction to start and keep the water flowing. When you're at high altitudes in the mountains this leads to longer "drink breaks" since you can get winded pretty easy while trying to suck up water through the LifeStraw. However, its size and weight advantages when hiking mountainous terrain vastly out weigh this minor drawback.
Overall, the LifeStraw is awesome and I recommend it to every backcountry hiker that I know.
One item you can add to this.....paper coffee filters (cone type) are inexpensive. Place one over the bottom of the water filter with a wide rubber band and it will protect the filter with a lot less cleaning. The Water Filter will last 2X as long and cleaner water to drink!
UPDATE - 4-25-2016
After more than 3-years of numerous weekend and 2-week excursions, my very first LifeStraw would not produce anymore clean filtered water. I reluctantly open a NEW LifeStraw to complete the weekend of camping. It is tough to imagine more than 3-years of clean water from streams, lakes and rivers. I really don't know how many liters of water that was used, but I can say this....with the coffee filter attached to this unit it out last my friends LifeStraw more than a year. That alone has gotten to expand the use of this tremendously. Thank you LifeStraw, camping has been simple and healthy. I bought 8 more as backups!
UPDATE - 2-13-2015....
I have now used this camping several times. Now, I use a Portable Siphon Hand Liquid Transfer Pump with this unit. I can now add water to my pots, pans or my 3L water pouch easily. The suction usually will draw water for about 20 seconds; 2 cups of water in about a minute with the Transfer Pump!
So we laugh it off and they make fun of me for the next several hours as we trek back to our car. I was a little downtrodden that I had wasted money on such a worthless product, even when everyone was saying how amazing and lifechanging it was! I was ready to just toss the piece of plastic off to the side and forget it among the trees. But I held on to it.
Once I got home, I looked through the directions - and I realized my mistake. You are supposed to SUBMERGE IT before trying to get the water through. The water has to soak into the fibers totally before you begin sucking. So I grab a cup of water and dunk the LifeStraw into it, letting it soak for a few minutes. After the time passes, I suck... and WATER! I drink the whole cup up with very little issue. Frantically I call my friends and tell them how it wasn't a piece of junk and how we were just stupid guys who didn't read the directions.
Ever since I learned the correct usage, I've used it on every hike I go on. It's an excellent piece of equipment to bring along and works well when you know how to use it. So trust what everyone else is saying - this thing works!
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Tested it in 3 locations
1. Local river --> PASSED
2. Mirror Lake --> PASSED
3. My own Urine -->FAILED
I was curious, I had to try, a little disappointed, that is why I gave it 4 stars.
Bottom Line: Great product if you are a normal person going camping/hiking.