|Getting ready to treat some mountain lake water with
the Potable Aqua PURE Electrolytic Water Purifier.
How It Works
|On a super hot day, it’s great to be able to treat LOTS of water at once!
What We Liked
- The PURE is small and compact! It fits in the palm of my hand and even with the accessories (chlorine test strips and brine solution bottle), it could fit in a jacket pocket! It weighs only 3.8 oz including batteries.
|Treating some glacial runoff in a very turbid river. No pre-filtering required!
- It was easy to use. Fill up the salt compartments before you go, and when you need drinking water, mix up some brine (salt from one compartment, fill water to top of brine bottle), pour it into the treatment reservoir, select the volume of water you want to treat, and press the start button.
|We treated 10 litres at a time for our family,
but could have treated 20 litres at once if need be.
- Fast, scalable treatment: We prepared disinfectant for 1-5 L of water in seconds. Disinfectant for 10 L took about 30 seconds. No pre-filtering was required, so our friend opted for PURE treated water over her Steripen when we obtained water at an extremely turbid river.
- Fairly idiot-proof: If your brine solution doesn’t have enough salt, an indicator light will turn on prompting you to add more salt.
|I need to keep these munchkins safe & clean drinking water is a big part of that.
- Ultimate safety: While most micro-organisms – including viruses and giardia – are killed within half an hour, if you are concerned about Cryptosporidium, wait 4 hours and virtually everything (99.9%) will be killed. You can further ensure your family’s safety by disinfecting the threads and lids of your drinking containers when you treat your drinking water (instructions on how to do this are provided with the device). I always struggled with keeping untreated water off the threads when filtering or treating with UV light and don’t have to worry when using the PURE.
- The device also comes with chlorine test strips, so you can check the chlorine levels of the water if you suspect Giardia, Cryptosporidium, or the water looks very cloudy or dirty. If the chlorine level is too low, make another batch of disinfectant and treat and test the water again. I like being able to test the efficacy of treatment as I have a very sensitive stomach (after contracting acute gastroenteritis in Thailand, my tummy hasn’t been the same!).
|We brought a collapsible water container (left side),
so we could treat several litres of water at once.
- Solar rechargeable: I love that there is a mini solar panel on the back of the PURE for recharging in case the batteries die. Although the device can purify 150 L on a full charge, it is always nice to have a backup charging method. Allow 1 hr solar charge, to treat 2 L of water.
- Durable: The PURE has been designed for military freeze/thaw, drop and load bearing requirements. I saw a crazy video on Youtube where someone drove over a PURE device and it still worked! I don’t want to try it, but can tell you that I have dropped it a few times and it is good as new.
- No bad taste: If you’ve ever used iodine to treat your water, you know how bad that can taste. The disinfectant that the PURE had a slight chlorine taste and smell, but it wasn’t much stronger than that of city tap water.
- Great value: The device itself is about the cost of a good filter, but is very inexpensive to maintain. The device is rechargeable and no parts need to be replaced (such as filter cartridges). The only items you need to replace are table salt and chlorine test strips.
|You don’t have to go IN the water to treat it, but I highly recommend it!