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Choosing the Right Backpacking Water Purifier

Author: Time: 07/19/2016 Read: 1098

There are a number of considerations to keep in mind when choosing a purifier for use in the backcountry. All water filters are different–in size, in shape, in weight, in ability, and in style. There are pump handle filters and straw water filters. There are ultra-filtration membrane filters and carbon filters. There are filters that take out bacteria, protozoa, and viruses, and some can soften the water.

Portability — Size and weight are incredibly important factors. You need to be very aware of how much your purifier weighs and how much space it will take up in your backpack.

Output — How fast can the filter produce clean water? This is an important question to ask, because you need to know how long it will take you to purify an ounce, a liter, or a gallon of water.

Removal Abilities — What can the purifier do? What kinds of nasty, stomach-turning bugs can it terminate? Most water filters can take care of bacteria and protozoa, including giardia and cryptosporidia.
Once you’ve become clear about what you need from a water purifier, then it’s time to choose the right model. This can be hard, considering how many good brands there are out there.
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