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Handheld water purifier recomendations
« on: September 07, 2017, 13:27:17 »
Does anyone have any hand held water purifier recommendations?

Ideally looking for something to sustain 1 to 2 people for 1 to 2 weeks.  I was wondering too if the water pumps that screw directly onto a Nalgene bottle are any good?
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Re: Handheld water purifier recomendations
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2017, 13:33:12 »
I use this: https://www.msrgear.com/water/miniworks-ex-microfilter and have zero complaints. It's a little "slow" at about a litre a minute, but whatever.

Says the cartridge life is 2000 litres.

I've renewed mine in the field, no issues.

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Re: Handheld water purifier recomendations
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2017, 16:12:40 »
This is the one I've had for 20 years. Designed by PUR then sold to katydan.
https://www.katadyn.com/us/ca/164-8018280-katadyn-hiker-pro
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Re: Handheld water purifier recomendations
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2017, 16:46:27 »
I've had this MSR one for a few years and like Scott zero issues with the MSR brand (fan of their stoves, too).  I do wish it had come in a hard case.  I carry a Lifestraw for a backup (also goes in my legpocket during overland and helmet bag any other time). 

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/4017-271/Sweetwater-Microfilter-Purifier-System

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5036-087/LifeStraw-Water-Filter
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Re: Handheld water purifier recomendations
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2017, 16:59:04 »
And for those times when you have SFA else to do, fill the Dromedary bag. Cheap-ish, considering, and super packable to get into a site and then have loads of water at the ready.
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Re: Handheld water purifier recomendations
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2017, 19:58:53 »
Thanks for the links I'll check for deals on those.  I've been using water tabs with a life straw for emergencies (never had to use it) but I feel like coming into the 21st century.
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Re: Handheld water purifier recomendations
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2017, 06:49:23 »
Your local MEC, and even the website, will contain loads of info to help you make decisions - no matter which product you set your sights on.
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Re: Handheld water purifier recomendations
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2017, 12:04:35 »
I just bought a Sawyer Mini to add to my aircraft survival kit. Internally, it's the same technology as a lifestraw, but the form factor is a little more convenient in that you can screw it onto a water bottle or the provided squeeze bag rather than drinking directly from the water source. You can also put it inline on a water bladder hose. Unlike the lifestraw, it comes with a large syringe for pressure backwashing the filter element when it starts to get clogged, so it's rated for 100000 litres (or is it gallons?) which is quite a bit more than the lifestraw. They are about the same price - $20 or so, and I think they have the same filter porosity - 0.1 microns.

Correction: The lifestraw pores are larger at 0.2 microns.
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