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Water Filters (Portable)

We will search for the most asked questions about portable water filters on the market. These portable water filters are perfect for any one who is going hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, mountain biking & climbing or even going to another country where you're not sure what the water will be like. 

What are portable water filter?

Portable water filters are small compact units that look similar to a large straw. One of them isn't much bigger than a straw. When you drink water through these filters, it cleans the water taking the bacteria out and keeps you from getting sick. In our reviews, we cover five filters that are currently on the market. These filters are meant to use in the back country or in a country you're going to and are not sure just how good their water is to drink, right out of the tap. 

Are these filters expensive?

It all depends, if you buy a filter for under twenty dollars and it gives you clean drinking water for a year, then that's pretty cheap water. If you pay fifty or sixty dollars and only get a few uses out of it, then that's pretty expensive water. Some are better than others, some work good right out of the box, while others don't. I've seen some really mixed reviews, so like everything else, you must do your due diligence and decide for yourself as to what's expensive or not. Personally, I've packed a LifeStraw around in my SUV for the last 10 years. I keep it in the glove box and it's there whenever I need it.

What is a micron?

A micron is the size of the filter opening (allowing the water to flow through). One micron is 1/1,000 of a mm. In order to stop bacteria, you need a micron of at least 0.4 filter and to remove parasitic eggs and larvae from water, you need to have at least a 0.1 micron filter.

What's better, lake or river water?

Flowing water is always better than still water. Even in a creek or river, you can have back eddies where the water isn't moving. There is a sickness called beaver fever that have caught many people by surprise, thinking that because it was from a creek it would be safe. When water is flowing, it doesn't give the parasites a chance to breed and multiply like it does in still water. Saying this, we drank lake water for years and never got sick, running water was when you actually ran with the bucket of water. In conclusion, it's better to be safe than to be sorry. If you need to drink from a lake or standing water, use a water filter that has 0.1 microns.

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