Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System
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- Ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and international travel and emergency preparedness
- High performance filter fits in the palm of your hand; weighs just 2 ounces; 0.1 Micron absolute hollow fiber membrane inline filter
- Attaches to included drinking pouch, standard disposable water bottles, hydration packs, or use the straw to drink directly from your water source
- Removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera, and E.coli; removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium
- Filter rated up to 100,000 gallons; includes 16-ounce reusable squeeze pouch, 7-inch drinking straw, and cleaning plunger
- Kit Includes: 1 – sawyer mini water filter with tip cap; 1 – 16 oz reusable squeeze pouch; 1 – 7″ drinking straw; 1 – cleaning plunger; cleaning and maintenance instructions
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Drink directly from the included collapsible drinking pouch.
Since 1984, Sawyer Products has offered one of the best, most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water, and injuries everything from first aid kits developed for wilderness to point-of-use water filters that filter contaminated water to levels cleaner than U.S. bottled water.
Sawyer Products Mini Water Filter
A lifetime of water at hand
The Mini Water Filter is the lightest and most versatile personal filtration system from Sawyer. It weighs 2 ounces and fits in the palm of your hand. While incredibly small and convenient, this filter was tested to 10 million parts of bacteria and one million parts of protozoa without a single breakthrough — the highest testing level for filtration.
The size, convenience, and performance of the Sawyer Mini filter make it perfect for everything from camping with the kids to travelling abroad where tap and bottle water cannot be trusted. It comes with all the accessories you need to use this system in any of the following ways:
- Attach to the included 16-ounce reusable squeeze pouch to drink directly from the filter or squeeze water into a water bottle.
- Screw onto most disposable water bottles.
- Attach inline on a hydration pack — no adapters required
- Sip from the personal drinking straw and drink directly from the source, or scoop up a bottle of water directly from any freshwater lake, river, or stream.
Versatile, Use Anywhere, Take Anywhere Size
Filter into a water bottle to enjoy yourself or share with others.
Sip from a container (or right from the water source) with the included straw.
Screw the Mini onto water or soda bottles with a standard threaded top.
Attach inline to a hydration pack (sold separately) — hose connectors are built into the filter.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Absolute Micron Filtering Technology?
The proprietary element of Sawyer’s water filters is comprised of tiny 'U' shaped micro-tubes that allow water to enter into their core through tiny micro-pores. The high number of those tiny tubes and their surface area allows the filter to have one of the fastest flow rates in the world. This high flow rate eliminates the need to store water, reducing the possibility of water contamination after the filtration process.
Each filter is certified for absolute microns; that means there is no pore size larger than 0.1 in size. This makes it nearly impossible for harmful bacteria, protozoa, or cysts like E. coli, Giardia, Vibrio cholerae, and Salmonella typhi (which cause Cholera and Typhoid) to pass through the Sawyer Mini. Sawyer filters have been tested by independent and qualified research laboratories and found to remove 7 log (99.99999%) of bacteria and 6 log (99.9999%) of protozoa, exceeding US EPA standards. The filter does not remove chemicals, dissolved solids, or viruses. However, viruses are very rarely found in North America or when travelling to foreign cities.
How often should I clean the filter?
For longer filter life, you should backwash and sanitize the filter after every outing. The Mini is backflushable almost indefinitely, and there are no expensive cartridges to replace, ever. Sawyer recommends sanitizing the filter before prolonged storage.
Will it get clogged while I'm out on a trip?
Even with very high particulate/turbid water you should get 5 to 10 gallons through the filter. If this is not enough water for your trip, you should plan on field backwashing your filter.
- Sawyer Mini water filter with tip cap
- 16-ounce reusable squeeze pouch
- 7-inch drinking straw
- Cleaning plunger (syringe)
|Mini||PointOne Personal||PointOne Hydration||PointOne All-in-One||Water Bottle Filter||Complete Filtration System|
|Usage||Personal||Personal||Personal, Hydration Packs||Groups, Emergency Prep, Mission Trips||Personal||Groups, Emergency Prep|
|Filter Type||0.1 micron||0.1 micron||0.1 micron||0.1 micron||0.1 micron||0.1 micron|
|Delivery Method||Squeeze, Drinking||Squeeze, Drinking||Squeeze, Drinking||Squeeze, Drinking, Gravity||Drinking||Gravity|
|Included Containers / Pouches||One 16-ounce pouch per Mini||One 32-ounce pouch or three pouches (16-, 32-, 64-ounce)||One 16-ounce pouch||One 32-ounce pouch||1-liter bottle||One or two bags (2- or 4-liter)|
|Hydration Pack Adapters||✓|
|Bucket Adapter Kit||✓|
|Squeezable Pouches||Fast Fill Adapters||Inline Hydration Adapters||Picaridin||Permethrin||B4 Extractor|
|More outdoor products from Sawyer||Pouches for Mini and PointOne squeeze filters in 3 sizes (16-, 32-, and 64-ounce)||Quickly fill your hydration bladder without removing it from your pack||Convert your Sawyer Mini or PointOne filter into an inline hydration system||Long-lasting topical insect repellent; effective against Yellow Fever Mosquito (transmits Zika Virus)||Insect-killing repellent for your clothing; effective against Yellow Fever Mosquito (transmits Zika Virus)||Reusable vacuum pump for for snake bites, bee/wasp stings & more|
The Sawyer Mini Water Filter is a second generation filter that is the lightest and most versatile personal filtration system from Sawyer. With a total field weight of 2 ounces it fits in the palm of your hand. This tiny filter does the same job that the Sawyer PointOne filter does but now in a more compact, personal size. The Sawyer Mini filter is perfect for everything from camping with the kids to traveling abroad where tap and bottle water cannot be trusted.
The filter removes 7 log (99.99999%) of all bacteria (like salmonella) as well as other harmful bacteria which causes cholera and E. coli and 6 log (99.9999%) of all protozoa such as giardia and cryptosporidium. These removal rates equal or exceed other filter options. EPA guidelines allow ten times more protozoa left in the water than Sawyer PointOne filters allow.
Attach the Mini to the included drinking pouch, use the included straw to drink directly from your water source, connect it to hydration pack tubing (sold separately), or screw it onto standard disposable bottles (28 mm thread). The Sawyer Mini Water Filter is rated up to 100,000 gallons. It comes with 16-ounce reusable squeeze pouch, 7-inch drinking straw, and cleaning plunger.
Since 1984, Sawyer Products has offered the best, most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water, and injuries -- everything from first aid kits developed for wilderness to point-of-use water filters that filter contaminated water to levels cleaner than U.S. bottled water.
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When the filter first was connected, you could use just the suction of your mouth and water came through the filter just fine. But after about 4-5 mouthfuls of water, it jammed.
Hopefully this was just a defective unit, and I have a replacement on the way. But certainly glad I tested it BEFORE relying on it out in the field.
The pouch that comes with it is reportedly not that good, however, the threaded end fits my other plastic collapsible bottles as well as ordinary, store bought, water bottles. This, in many situations, will give you better water than store bought bottled water. At least according to my water tester. (see my other reviews for that) I replaced the straw with a better one, the syringe can also be replaced if the need arises.
I can use it drink from my local rivers and streams, puddles as well, just through the straw. (right from my kayak) If I stray from a water source I can then carry water in a bottle with this bolted on the end. Simple. It does not contain a carbon filter, so taste may not be vastly improved, depending where you will use it.
This is a small and compact "ready to go" filter that can fit in a car survival kit, boat, kayak, back pack etc.
The versatility has got me thinking of buying more, one for inline water filtration on my water bladder.
If you take care of it you can get allot of water out, at this price it may be worth buying a new one every few years,
I will update this review later this summer if necessary.
The Life-Straw revolutionized the ability of an individual to obtain clean pathogen-free water infested/infected water sources. This product has thus been used by masses of people in and visiting locations were the water quality is suspect. This system relies on microfibers with pore sizes of 0.2 microns (2 x 10-7 meters). While 0.2 microns pore sizes are used on most water filters, we have found that a proportion of very thin pathogenic water-borne bacteria (enough to then culture: e.g. Leptospira interrogans) can get through 0.2 micron filters (See some of MY published articles). This unit is designed for individual use, costs $ 20.00, contains a useful lanyard, is very light-weight, and is used for purifying water directly from the water source by sucking (i.e. negative pressure only), and is stated to purify up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water.
Lifestraw Personal Water Filter
Subsequently, hollow fibre technology has been used to obtain smaller uniform and absolute pore sizes of 0.1 (all bacteria, parasite eggs, protozoal cysts and trophozoites) and 0.02 (all pathogens including viruses) microns! This technology has been extensively developed by Sawyer (USA) who now provide the best water filters in the world, which are guaranteed to filter up to 1 million gallons of water, are light-weight, and at very reasonable prices.
The smallest of the Sawyer water filter systems is called the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System costs a mere $ 20.00 as an individual ($17.00 each for the 4 (blue, green, orange and pink) colored unit), is supplied with a straw for direct (negative pressure) use from the water source, a small 16 fluid oz. (500 ml) bag which can be filled with water, directly connected to the filter unit (screw threads), and squeezed (positive pressure) through the filter, and a 60 ml syringe which is use to back-flush the filter unit to prolong its life which is stated to be up to 100,000 gallons!
Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System
IMPORTANTLY, THE SAWYER MINI FILTER UNIT CAN BE COUPLED TO A FAWCET FOR POSITIVE PRESSURE FILTRATION USING A FAWCET/TAP TO TUBE ATTACHMENT (AVAILABLE FROM HARDWARE STORES OR CONTAINED WITHIN THE ALL-IN-ONE SAWYER WATER FILTER SYSTEMS). THUS, YOU COULD USE THIS SYSTEM FOR FIELD FAWCETS, OR FAWCETS IN HOTELS AND HOUSES WHERE THE WATER SUPPLY MAY BE SUSPECT. IN ADDTION, THIS UNIT CAN ALSO BE USED FOR GRAVITY FILTRATION AS ALSO USED IN THE SAWYER 2 AND 4 LITER AND ALL-IN-ONE FILTER SYSTEMS.
Thus, Sawyer Mini Water Filter System can be used with either positive (active fawcet or squeeze-bag force, or gravitational force) or negative pressure (sucking force) unlike the Life Straw which can only be used with negative (sucking) pressure, has a slightly smaller, but important, pore size than the Life Straw (0.1 versus 0.2 microns), costs the same ($ 20.00) as the Life Straw, can filter much (> 380 times) larger volumes of water than the Life Straw (100,000 versus 264 gallons, the Sawyer Mini is supplied with a squeeze bag and you can get more even large capacity bags ($ 9.00 for 3 x 1 liter bags), the Sawyer but not the Life Straw is supplied with a syringe for back-flushing, and (for those who care) the Sawyer Mini Filter comes in five different colors!
Sawyer Products Squeezable Pouches
For those interested, you can even get the Sawyer Mini in 5 different colors so you do not get confused who owns each of the different filters. One is provided in black as a limited edition model, while those of blue, green, orange and pink can either be obtained individually or as a 4 pack ($ 67.51 = < $ 17.00 each). Thus, I bought the latter 4 pack and there will be no confusion regarding who in each expedition/travel party owns each of these water filters!
Thus, I STRONGLY believe that anyone who has compared these two water filters would clearly find that the Life Straw has clearly been surpassed by this Sawyer Mini Water Filter System in absolutely every aspect and therefore I rate the Sawyer Mini Water Filter System as a 5 star product!
Thus, while the Life Straw was a revolutionary product at one time I can only give it a 3 star rating, since it is clearly been surpassed in every aspect by the incredible Sawyer Mini Water Filter System.
The author declares that No Conflicts of Interest Exist in the review of these products or any other products mentioned in this review.
P.S. While the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System is designed for 1-2 people, readers who wish to purify water for a much larger group of people should look at the Sawyer 2- and 4- liter bag water filter systems, the Squeeze Water Filter System and the All-In-One (0.1 or 0.02 micron) Squeeze, Fawcet or Gravity Water Filter Systems: e.g. some of the many different Sawyer Water Filter Systems on Amazon:
Sawyer Products SP194 Two Bag Complete Water Purifier System, 2 Liters Each
Sawyer Products Two Bag Complete Water Filtration System
Sawyer PointONE All in One Filter
Sawyer Products SP191 Point Zero Two Bucket Purifier Assembly Kit with Faucet Adapter
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