Never go thirsty again.
These bottles by UK-based company Lifesaver take water to a whole new, sustainable level. As you probably know, drinking from outside sources like lakes, rivers, streams, or even the ocean is just not safe at all.
It’s contaminated with all kinds of bacteria, viruses, parasites, and microbiological waterborne pathogens that you can’t see or filter out by yourself. Bringing clean drinking water in jugs and/or bottles is essential if you’re going to be out hiking, backpacking and/or camping.
But you don’t always have to make sure that you brought enough safe water to drink.
These new water bottles are the first and only that can filter out all bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, fungi and other microbiological pathogens – without the use of power, or bad-tasting chemicals like iodine or chlorine.
The bottles can store and carry up to 750 ml of dirty water until it’s ready to be filtered – because once the water has been cleaned, it can easily get contaminated again.
Simply just fill it up when you’re near a water source, and it can be cleaned as soon as you’re ready for a drink – leaving no risk of possible re-contamination.
So, how do they work?
The bottles are designed with ultra-filtration (UV) technology, and use a pressurized hand pump to clean out the viruses, bacteria, and parasites. When you get thirsty, you simply pump and force dirty water through the pores of the bottle’s cartridge – and then out through the exit nozzle, clearing out all of the microbiological germs and pathogens in the process.
Of course, they have been repeatedly tested, and meet an adaption of NSF Protocol 231 based on recommendations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Here was another Independent Test Certificate they received.
The filtration units are made in a variety of sizes – including the Lifesaver Bottle 1500VF, 4000VF, and 6000VF.
- If you’re on a budget, and just looking for a small, personal bottle, look into their smallest option – the 1500VF. It can filter nearly 1,500 liters of water per cartridge, with an initial flow rate of about 1.3 liters per minute.
- A military favorite, the middle option, 4000VF, is great for one or two people. It can filter about 4,000 liters of water per cartridge, with an initial flow rate of about 2 liters a minute.
- If you’re looking to go the long haul, with a larger-sized group, you may want to consider the biggest size, 6000VF. Their longest-lasting option works well for 1-4 people. It filters about 6,000 liters of water with each cartridge, with an initial flow rate of about 2.5 liters a minute.
These water bottles are groundbreaking in a lot of ways. They not only give us a more sustainable way to stay hydrated while we’re out hiking and camping, but they’re also a wonderful invention for the military, and even just the global need for clean drinking water in undeveloped countries.
The cartridges inside the bottles don’t last forever. But you can easily find replacements online from the manufacturer for the 4000VF and 6000VF.
Here’s a short, 48-second clip of these sustainable new filters in action:
For more information – and to score your own Lifesaver water bottle – check them out on their website here.
What do you think? Would you like to take one of these water bottles on your next camping trip?