Published on September 3rd, 2015 | by Greg0
Filter Freely With The Lifesaver 6000UF
Safe drinking water is something that’s easy to take for granted in many parts of the world. But then disaster strikes- drought, earthquakes, or any number of manmade or natural phenomenon that can negatively affect the water supply- and suddenly it’s a precious commodity. Even if you’re not focused on contingency planning though, it doesn’t hurt to have a way to filter and clean some aqua, whether for hiking or camping or traveling in a foreign country where there may be issues with contaminants.
That’s exactly what the Lifesaver 6000UF offers- it claims to be the “world’s first and only portable water filter to filter out all waterborne viruses, bacteria, cysts and parasites by filtering down to 15 nanometers”. How does it work? Thankfully, without relying on chemicals, power, mechanical means or UV light. No need to boil the water or use special tablets, and it fits easily into a bag. There are a couple of models, and this one is the high-capacity version- the 6000 in the name actually refers to the amount of water it can filter in it’s lifetime, in this case 6000 liters. That’s enough for a single person to get their daily hydration for more than five years.
The outside looks basically like a plastic bottle, though it’s definitely heftier than your normal one. But inside are activated carbon filters which reduce everything from chemical residues (including pesticides, endocrine, disrupting compounds, and medical residues) to heavy metals such as lead and copper. The results are not just healthier but tastier too, as the Lifesaver eliminates things like chlorine and sulphur (though not salt). It couldn’t be easier to use too, as you manually pump the water through the filter, meaning that it is available basically on demand without having to wait. No more having to carry water bottles either.
There’s a pre-filter to handle any mud, dirt, sand, rocks, or other larger particles that can get stuck and clog up a filter- sediment and cloudy water can damage other filters but the Lifesaver is equipped to deal with them. We tested largely using local water sources that were likely safe, and did notice some initial plastic notes that made us rinse the unit several times during our first use (it is BPA-free though). After that, all was well and even out on lakes and rivers, we found the water eminently drinkable. It’s not without minor issues- pressure can build up inside, and the seals weren’t perfect. But as a handy, simple, and long-lasting tool, it’s a survivalist’s dream and a possible actual Lifesaver. It’s available now, online and in stores, for around $175.