Sometimes I get the chance to review products in exchange…
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I received a sample of this product from the brand or its representatives in exchange for a review.)
Sometimes I get the chance to review products in exchange for an honest review. This time, I got one of these filters to take with me on my Appalachian Trail hike, and it worked really well. Not hard to figure out and does what it's supposed to, as long as you follow the directions. Great for backwoods/water/streams etc for filtering water so that it's drinkable. Even if it's slightly dirty.
- Easy to use
- Filters out eggs
- Strong casing
- Flow rate is slow
- A little cumbersome
As the member of another website, occasionally, I have the amazing opportunity to test awesome products in exchange for a review. This time, I received the Renogy Portable Outdoor Water Filter for my AT trip!
Now, let me first say that this pump will not kill viruses. For that purpose (sometimes you need to kill them), you have to go with a UV type of device or something else that is specific to that need, but to de-bug your water from bacteria, eggs (yes, it takes care of amoebas and eggs), and other nasties, this is your guy. It filters to .1 microns and you can do business with 792 gallons on one filter! It's not the fastest to use, but it does exactly what it's supposed to do.
The instructions aren't complicated, and even someone that's never used a pump like this before can easily put it together and make it work. It does take practice, though. It'll take you a few minutes to pump a liter of water, but unless you are in a race to fill your water bottle the fastest, this really isn't a problem. Just make sure not to touch your dirty tube to your clean water once you are done.
I found that once you have detached and drained your tubes, if you plug the bottom hole with your finger while you press the plunger in, it helps to release the rest of the water inside the filter. Some water will remain, but doesn't really seem to cause any problems.
You want to back-flush with the syringe if it gets hard to filter and won't pump easily (read: dirt gets inside the filter), and then again when you put it away after your trip, but all those details are in the instructions.
Things I liked:
- Pretty easy to use...IF...you read the instructions and practice
- It's fairly small
- Does what it's supposed to do if you use it right
- Seems to have a casing on it that could stand a bit of abuse (metal)
- Comes with a storage pouch
Things I didn't like:
- A bit labor intensive, especially if you are tired and thirsty
- Takes longer to filter a liter of water than some devices
- The storage bag has no divider in it in which to store your dirty and clean tubes. I felt like if I put my dirty tube that still had water on it in with the clean tube, then I was going to contaminate the clean one.
Bottom line, it worked really well, and I'd use it again, especially if I knew I needed to have a reliable pump for eggs and worms (think tapeworms….ick). Not pleasant to think about, but really good to know that if I used this pump, I wouldn't have to think about them again.
DISCLAIMER: I'm not a doctor or chemist or biologist or have any degree in water safety. I'm simply reporting on this device as I have interpreted the instructions. I felt very confident drinking the water I filtered, and have not gotten ill. Please use whatever method makes you feel comfortable to clean your water in the backwoods.
Disclosure: The reviewer received a sample of this product from the brand or its representatives in exchange for a review.