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LifeSaver: How to Choose the Right Portable Water Purifier for Your Needs

How to Choose the Right Portable Water Purifier for Your Needs

How to Choose the Right Portable Water Purifier for Your Needs

Posted 1 year ago

If you enjoy spending time in the Great Outdoors regularly, I’m sure you’re aware of the importance of staying hydrated. It’s inconvenient to bring the required drinking water for the whole trip with you from the outset. Not to mention the environmental issues involving solutions like bottled water. Instead of carrying many heavy litres of water with you, taking a portable water filter or purifier gives you the option of travelling lighter, by sourcing water along your route.

When it comes to choosing the right solution to take with you, there are many important considerations. The decision is not to be taken lightly, as getting very ill on the trail, especially in more remote areas, could leave you in a potentially very dangerous situation.

That’s why Tip #1 is: Don’t Take a Chance on Your Health

There are 3 main types of waterborne microbiological contaminants which can cause serious illness if consumed. These are Bacteria, Cysts and Viruses.

It’s a common misconception that viruses are not a concern when hiking in North America or the UK. It’s understandable that this lackadaisical attitude has developed, because viruses are by far the rarest of the three types. The reason waterborne viruses are rare, is because they generally originate from human waste. Despite the relative rarity of viral outbreaks on trails, we believe it’s only common sense that any product you choose to take out with you, should protect you from all 3 types of contaminants. Err on the side of caution!

If you’re still questioning “Do I need to worry about viruses when I’m hiking in North America or the UK?” please consider that viral outbreaks do occur every year (typically rotavirus or norovirus) and usually in the most popular hiking and camping destinations. Furthermore, of the 3 contaminant types mentioned, viruses often cause the most severe and most prolonged illnesses. So why take the risk?

Tip #2: Understand the Difference Between Water Filters and Water Purifiers

First things first, let’s get our terminology straight. Although often incorrectly used interchangeably, there is an important difference between portable water filters and portable water purifiers.

A water filter only removes bacteria and protozoa, but not viruses. While, a water purifier removes or inactivates all 3 types of disease-causing microorganisms, including viruses. While waterborne viruses are rarer, they still pose a threat. As per Tip #1!

Don’t filter. Purify.

Focus on choosing water purifiers only from now on.

Tip #3: Look for Independent Testing and Certification

In an unregulated industry filled with dubious claims, it’s essential to look for products that have been independently tested and certified. LifeSaver products are rigorously tested to meet the gold standard – the NSF P231 protocol. This demanding test involves 11 days of water purification using both Type 1 and Type 3 (Challenge) Water to ensure that our products can handle real-world conditions. So when you choose a LifeSaver purifier, you can rest easy knowing we’ve got your back (and your health)!

Tip #4: Consider the Technology Behind the Purifier

Different water purification brands use different technologies to remove contaminants from water. Our LifeSaver purifiers use ultrafiltration technology with hollow fibre membranes, which have a pore size of approximately 15 nanometers or 0.015 microns. Our membranes physically trap viruses, bacteria, and cysts, while still allowing water molecules to pass through to the user.

Ultrafiltration technology is the only portable purification technology that is innately Failsafe: meaning as the pores in the membrane become blocked over time, water will stop passing through. This might seem inconvenient initially, but it’s actually a vital safety feature. The gradual reduction in flow rate gives you a clear sign that you need to replace the cartridge, ensuring you are never unknowingly drinking unsafe water.

Manle hiker purifying water from a river with a LifeSaver Wayfarer, while a female hiker drinks purified water.

Tip #5: Assess Your Specific Needs

Over the last 15 years, LifeSaver have developed a comprehensive range of portable water purifier, to cater to all situations. Consider the types of activities you’ll be doing and the locations you’ll be visiting. Will you be hiking in remote areas or camping near water sources? What kind of contaminants are you most likely to encounter? How many people will be using the purifier? These factors will help you determine the size, capacity, and features of the purifier you’ll need.

If you’re out exploring, the last thing you need is a bulky, complicated water purifier slowing you down. The LifeSaver Wayfarer was designed for hikers, with portability, speed and ease of use in mind, a perfect companion for your adventures.

If you will be vehicle camping or simply want a backup water supply for emergencies, our LifeSaver Cube or LifeSaver Jerrycan purifiers offer more storage capacity and comfortably purify thousands of litres of water.

Tip #6: Value for Money – Longevity and Cost

When choosing a water purifier, consider the lifespan of the product and its replacement components. LifeSaver portable water purifiers are built to last, and our replaceable filter cartridges have a long service life, ensuring you get the most bang for your buck. While the initial cost of a quality purifier may be higher, investing in a reliable and durable product will save you money in the long run.

All our water purifiers are proudly Made In Britain. Quality manufacturing is at the heart of what we do, which is why we offer a two year warranty from the date of purchase, whether you bought from us directly or one of our Approved Resellers.

Conclusion: Make an Informed Decision

By considering all the above, you’ll be well-equipped to choose the perfect portable water purifier for your needs. With LifeSaver, you can trust that you’re making a wise investment in your health and well-being, allowing you to confidently venture out into the great outdoors or protecting your family if there’s an issue with your water supply at home.

Put safety first.

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