Lifestraw personal water filter

It often happens that even in short trips or trips, the moment comes when the water runs out and there is no place to collect it, but next to you there is a river, stream, lake, swamp, or in extreme cases a puddle. This has happened to us more than once. But how to drink from them? You can boil water, thereby killing all harmful bacteria, but it takes a lot of time. And if there is no time? Then the Lifestraw personal water filter comes to the rescue. This is a filter for one person, just drop it in any body of water and start pulling water through it. It is very easy to use, not expensive, compared to similar water filters on the market, lightweight and compact. Let's look at it in more detail.

As the name of the filter implies, it is a filter for individual use. Stylish design, lightweight and price make this filter damn attractive for travelers around the world. Of course, there are better filters, but their price is several times higher.

It uses a filter cartridge with hollow fibers with a pore size of 0.2 microns, which allows you to filter out unnecessary particles, bacteria, and protozoa in water. As practice shows, this filter works better in clean water, but turbid water can also be filtered. According to the manufacturer, the filter is able to filter out up to 1000 gallons of water, which is about 4000 liters, impressive isn't it?

The filter works using suction power. Filtering occurs instantly. This is an excellent system for emergency filtration due to its rapid filtration of water. But one of the minuses of this filter is that it cannot store water in itself. In this case, the way out of this situation is to carry dirty water with you and, if necessary, filter it in place.

Lifestraw is one of the lightest filters in its category. Its weight is only 1.75 ounces. You can take it with you everywhere, it will not interfere. It can be placed in the side pocket of a backpack, in a pocket, or worn the neck ( for this it has a removable cord ).

As mentioned above, it is very easy to use, no pre-settings are required. You only need to find a source of water, insert the filter into the water, and start pulling water. But sometimes it is inconvenient to do this in hard-to-reach reservoirs, you can unbalance and fall or just be uncomfortable to drink. A steep cliff is perfect for such purposes, or you can drink while sailing in a boat.

It is worth noting that during the first use in the first few seconds you will not get water, since the filter tube must first be filled with water itself. After that, you can get clean water without any problems. But it is worth considering the cleaner the water in the reservoir, the stronger the flow of intake water, if the water is cloudy, then the flow will decrease significantly.

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And so what do we have? Lifestraw personal filtration system is perfect for one person on short trips. It cannot store water in itself, but filtering occurs instantly. Great for emergency use. Due to its features and price, this is the best option on the market.

Jimmy Rai is a life long adventurer and a long distance hiker. He can often be found in the expanses of Alaska, the Caucasus, North Korea and near the Alps. Rai writes about his experiences with gear he used at one point or another.

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  • The thing is very useful. I have been using it for several years and am very pleased. Takes up little space, always take it with me on any trip, you never know what can happen. Already three times this filter helped me out.

  • I bought one for myself last summer, before the trip. And used it for the whole season only two times. This year I also want to take it with me. But I don’t know if he is still working, or is it necessary to change the filter? How to understand this?

  • I had it last summer. In the Himalayas, it was very useful, since there are few sources of drinking water.


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