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A Time Magazine Invention of the Year winner, LifeStraw® contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz! It is perfect for the ultralight backpacker, camper, hiker, traveler, boy scout, hunter or for emergencies. Unlike many similar filters on the market today, the Life Straw® has met EPA standards for water filtration in independent testing. LifeStrasw® has been used around the world under extreme conditions for humanitarian relief. Does not filter salt, viruses, heavy metals. Shelf life has been extended to 5 years!

Better that a Berkey Water Filter, the LifeStraw is must have!


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Product Description

LifeStraw is lightweight and compact, which makes it perfect for hikers, ultralight backpackers, boy scouts, hunters, outdoorsman, and in case of emergencies, camping or traveling. Compared to other portable water filtration solutions, Life Straw is one of the most inexpensive, high capacity water filters in the world today.

 Life Straw is backed by science, not hype. It meets or exceeds EPA standards for water filtration of bacteria and protozoa (cysts), and has been field proven in major disaster areas around the world. The technology behind LifeStraw has been featured on CNNFast CompanyBBCTime, and the New York Times. LifeStraw is also Time Magazine invention of the year, 2005, Saatchi & Saatchi Award for World Changing Ideas, 2008, Well-Tech 2006 Innovation Technology Award, "Gadgets for Disaster Zones" BBC May, 2011. LifeStraw offers you access to clean and safe drinking water away from home.

Features (according to manufacturer)

  • Filters at least 1000 Liters or 264 Gallons of water
  • Removes a minimum of 99.99999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 7 reduction)
  • Removes a minimum of 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction)
  • Reduces water turbidity by filtering particles of approximately 0.2 microns
  • Contains no chemicals and is BPA-Free
  • No batteries or moving parts to wear out
  • High flow rate
  • Lightweight and easy to clean

Specifications (according to manufacturer)

  • Weighs only 2 ounces
  • 9 inches long, 1 inch in diameter
  • Ultralight, innovative, and highly effective
  • One year manufacturer's warranty

Additional Information

What Does LifeStraw Remove

The manufactuerer claims Life Straw removes the following bacteria:

  • Escherichia coli
  • Campylobacter
  • Vibrio cholerae
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Shigella
  • Salmonella
And all other waterborne bacteria pathogens

The manufactuerer claims LifeStraw removes the following protozoa:
  • Giardia lamblia
  • Cryptosporidium Parvum
  • Entamoeba histolytica

And all other waterborne protazoa pathogens

 Where Can LifeStraw Be Used?

Meant for recreational waters in the great outdoors it is perfect for travel, hiking, disaster preparedness, survival gear and more. LifeStraw can be used almost anywhere. The ultra lightweight construction makes it perfect for any activity including ultralight backpacking, biking trips, hiking, camping, hunting, safari, road trips, emergency preparedness, or travel in the developing worldIt makes the perfect gift for any outdoors enthusiast and is a must-have for emergency preparedness.  As with all water filters, LifeStraw has its limits.  Due to the fact it does not filter viruses, for example, it would not be the filter of choice for waste contaminated water.


How Does LifeStraw Work?

LifeStraw works when suction is applied by the user to draw water through the microporous filter material within the "straw" itself. When done, the user flushes the water remaining in the filter back out through the bottom by blowing through the mouthpiece.


Does LifeStraw Remove Turbidity?

LifeStraw does not remove complete turbidity from water; however, it removes the bacteria and parasites as well as undissolved particles down to the finest microns. If you need to consume turbid water, use LifeStraw to drink only from the surface i.e. the top layer. Excessive intake of turbid water would clog the filters and therefore regular backwashing would be required.  The lifespan of LifeStraw will be reduced the more turbid the water that is filtered.

 How Do You Unclog LifeStraw If It Gets Blocked?

At regular intervals, it is recommended to do 'backwashing' that can be done by blowing out some air through the LifeStraw. This will clean the pre-filters of whatever sand, silt and debris that might have got deposited in the textile filters.

Additional Information

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price $24.95
Manufacturer Vestergaard Frandsen
Dimensions N/A
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Batteries N/A

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