As part of our ongoing preparedness discussion, this week we’ve got a review and giveaway featuring the PurifiCup® water filter.
What is the PurifiCup® Water Filter?
The PurifiCup water filter is a compact, easy to use water filter for personal use.
Each orange tap water filter provides up to 24 gallons (330 cups, approximately 91 liters) of pure water. The green and purple filters, designed for natural water sources, filter approximately 12 gallons. The PurifiCup’s absolute 1 micron filter (recommended by the CDC) will more consistently remove bacteria such as cryptosporidium (Crypto) than a nominal filter.
PurifiCup’s patented design uses a three stage filter technology:
- Ion exchange resin: Removes heavy metals (lead, copper, cadmium, mercury, etc) and calcareous ions (magnesium, calcium).
- Activated carbon filter: Removes chlorine and organic compounds such as THM (Trihalomethanes, many of which are carcinogenic), organic solvents and pesticides. Reduces fluoride.
- Silver membrane and Absolute 1 micron filter: Silver is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. This membrane eliminates 99.9% of the pathogens in tap water, including E.coli, giardia, cryptosporidium. The silver membrane is located on the inlet and exit of the filter circulation channel to prevent contamination from entering the filter cartridge. The absolute 1 micron filter provides an additional layer of protection against bacteria.
What’s really handy and unique to me about the PurifiCup Filter is how it can quickly and easily be used to fill just about any standard container, such as a canteen or water bottle. Heck, you could even fill an ice cube tray with no fuss. Simply assemble and prime the unit (the filter needs to be soaked to get out the air bubbles). Then attach the filter to the small cup or container of your choice. Fill the large cup and lock it onto the filter, and watch the water filter through, fresh and clean, in just over a minute. When you’re finished, the parts assemble like a set of Russian nesting dolls to neatly store until needed again. You can see how easy it is to use in the video below.
Where can I buy a PurifiCup?
The filters are available online and at Bed Bath and Beyond, Sears, Camping World, The Sportsman’s Guide, Survival Store and Basic Living.
Is the PurifiCup BPA free?
PurifiCup water filters are free of BPA (Bisphenol A) and Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates). BPA may be linked to increased risk of heart disease, intestinal damage and reproductive issues. Phthalates are endocrine disruptors, and have been linked to symptoms such as low sperm counts, disruption of genital formation and premature breast development in young girls.
What does the filtered water taste like?
Pretty good. The folks at PurifiCup aim for a slightly alkaline end product (pH 7.2), which is supposed to be more palatable for most people. Testing it on our unfiltered well water (the orange filter I tested is designed for tap water), it took out the sulfur stink very well.
I am a PurifiCup affiliate, so should you choose to purchase a filter through a link on my site, I do receive a small affiliate payment. I received nothing from PurifiCup for writing this review, other than the filter.