LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review

The LifeStraw personal water filter is a small, portable, durable and of course lightweight device that the user hangs around their neck to provide them with drinkable filtered water. It’s relatively inexpensive thus very affordable for anyone that may want to purchase it.

The LifeStraw is mainly used by hikers or people on adventures. It allows them to drink from natural water sources like rivers, streams or even swamps and eliminates the risk of getting sick. The LifeStraw is basically a hollow-membrane filter that is built into a straw. Sucking water through the membrane fitted straw, forces it through the filter that is meant to remove 99% bacteria and protozoa.

It however does not remove minerals that are microscopic, chemicals or even viruses. It therefore protects the user from any waterborne diseases which can be fatal. The straw can filter up to 1000 liters of water before being replaced. It has an average of 5year shelf life.


Who ​Is ​It ​Made ​For?

The straw mainly targets an audience that is always on the move in areas that clean drinking water is hard to find. This involves campers, hikers, base camps and people on adventures in forested areas and people. Provided there’s a water source where these people are, all they need is one of these LifeStraw personal water filters and they are guaranteed of clean drinking water that is free from bacteria and waterborne diseases.

Product ​Features

The convenient portable filter comes with various features that ensure it delivers the service it is supposed to offer. These features include:

  • Removes a minimum of 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and protozoans. This in turn protects the user from contracting waterborne diseases and infections which can be fatal if contracted. The users are thus guaranteed of a waterborne disease-free experience.
  • Does not require batteries and has no moving parts. It filter up to 1000litres of water without the use of iodine, chlorine or the other chemicals that are normally used in cleaning water. It also has a shelf-life of 5years meaning that for these years it is safe to use and will still deliver.
  • Complete compact kit. The LifeStraw comes in a sealed bag that is perfect for storing inside a bagout bag or any other prepper gear supply kits that the user may be using. It measures 9 x 1 x 1 inches making it highly portable as it carries very minimal weight.
  • High flow rate from drinking source. The Lifestraw can be used to drink form water sources directly and does not need to channel the water to any depository first. It therefore gives the use instant clean drinking water without having to for any other processes to take place.
  • It is EPA approved. The product has been tested and approved to be safe by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This means that the users do not have to worry about the integrity of the LifeStraw thus they can use it without doubts on its safety.
  • Fiber membrane technology. The filter uses advanced 0.2 micron hollow fiber membrane technology. The hollow membrane works by trapping pathogens inside the straw and only allows clean water to escape to the opening on the sucking end. This ensures that the user is protected from these disease causing pathogens thus delivering the promised output.

How To ​Use ​The ​Straw

To use the straw, one simply needs to take the cap off both ends of the straw and insert the wider end into the water source or bearer and ensure that the mouthpiece stays dry. Let the wider end stay in the water for around 20 seconds to allow the water to rise up the membrane. After this period take a few quick sucks to start the water flow up the straw. The straw requires no battery power and has no moving parts. However, after using it, it’s wise to blow back some air through the straw to clear any residues that may be left inside the straw. The size of the straw makes it essential to carry it around on field exercises and similar outdoor activities.

Maintaining ​The Straw

The LifeStraw’s life span is after 264 gallons of filtration. At this point the pores are clogged with debris causing the flow of water to stop or limiting it. One method to maintain the straw and increase its lifetime is by flushing the straw after use by blowing air back into it to clear any residue. Also, to prevent large residues from entering the straw the user can place a coffee filter over the water source thus only allowing small residue through.

What we liked

  • Lightweight: The straw, unlike other water filtering equipment, weighs 2 ounces which is equal to 54 grams thus making it highly portable and easy to carry around as it adds negligible weight to your luggage and can easily be hung around the neck.
  • Inexpensive: The Lifestraw personal filter only sells for an average of $20 which is very cheap considering how many times the straw can be used before disposal. It’s therefore ideal for even people working on a low budget.
  • Quick: Since the ​ water filter works instantly and doesn’t need storage first before drinking the water, it makes it very quick and efficient in its usage.

What we didn't like

  • Does not transfer treated water into another vessel. This means that the filtered water has to be drunk immediately it is filtered from the water source and cannot be stored for later consumption.
  • Sometimes sipping through the straw can be difficult especially if the user has no place to collect the dirty water first which would require them to drink directly from the water source.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it filter out chemical toxins?

Can you use the Lifestraw with sea water?

Where is the filter system manufactured?

Does it get rid of fluoride?

How many gallons can the straw filter?

Final Verdict

​LifeStraw personal water filter is among the least expensive and reliable water system. The user gets a compact and simple system for treating water which is also lightweight making it very portable and adds close to no weight on the users luggage. The Lifestraw personal filter even filters out particulate in the water and the user does not drink dirt or any other small bits of solid contamination. Considering it is EPA approved, the straw is a safe water filtering system that delivers what it promises.

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