After a couple trips being postponed I was finally able to get out and try the Purificup outside, with some water you should not be drinking with out sanitizing it.
A quick fishing trip to Patagonia Lake in Southern Arizona brought us to a shady little cove with a narrow opening in the reeds to cast our lines. After a few hours of no luck, I decided I would give the Purificup a try.
As you may have seen in my overview video, using the Purificup is an easy process. Unscrew the white caps on either side, unscrew the filter from the fill cup and remove the filter assembly and drinking cup from within the fill cup (which is also the outer shell when all packed up, as seen in the photo above.)
The filter assembly then sits on top of the drinking cup, Nalgene or similar bottle or even can be screwed onto the opening of a soda bottle. Once the filter is in place you can then put water in the fill cup and install it on top of the filter assembly which then starts the filtering process.
In the video mentioned above the timer went past three minutes to filter the full 10 ounces of water. I have discovered since that video that it actually works much faster than that, and the slowness was due to my error. When putting it all together, give the filter a few good shakes with an emphasis on the downward stroke, trying to set the contents of the filter itself to the bottom spout where the water exits. This helps the water flow through much smoother and you can filter 10 ounces of water in about 45 to 50 seconds!
It was getting close to supper time and I had purposefully only brought enough water for cooking, I was going to be drinking from the lake. I set up the Purificup on a rock and filled the fill cup and let it work. The lake water itself before being filtered was pretty clear, with a tiny bit of floating debris. After having filtered it, it was crystal clear with no odors of any kind.
Then I hesitated. In the past I’ve been a boiler, and on rare occasion I have used a purification tablet, but never have used a filter like this. It was a bit of a mental hurdle for me to accept that this little device could possibly make drinkable water so quickly. Once I got past that, I put the cup to my lips and took a sip.
The water was cool, refreshing, and had absolutely no taste other than the taste of water – if you can consider that a taste. I am happy to report that I am still alive and healthy two days after drinking lake water. I think this thing works!
Aside from making undrinkable water drinkable, one of the best advantages of this filter system is that it does not take up a whole lot of room in your pack. As you can see in the photo above its overall size when packed up is less than a Nalgene style bottle. Coming in at a bit under 11 ounces and being something that could quite possibly save your life, it is something that I will be carrying in my pack constantly. After having done this field test I can easily recommend this product to people look for a lightweight, easy to use filter. At $60 retail, it is a must for any hiker, hunter, outdoors-person or prepper. To pick one up for yourself head over to the Purificup Partners page to find an internet or local retailer!
Unfortunately I was unable to take any video during this trip, but I will be doing a follow up on our next outing.
FTC Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by Purificup for the purpose of using and reviewing.