LifeStraw Personal Portable Water Purifier is ideal for hiking, backpacking, camping, travel, and emergency preparedness. The straw-style filter design of LifeStraw Personal Portable Water Purifier lets you turn up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water into safe drinking water. The LifeStraw® Personal is a revolutionary technology and it contains a specially designed hollow fiber ultrafiltration technology, most commonly found in industrial water treatment plants that clean a city’s water supply. The inside of the LifeStraw® Personal consists of a large number of hollow fibers that resemble angel hair spaghetti, but much thinner. Each fiber has pores in its walls with a diameter of 0.2 microns or five hundred times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. When water is forced through the hollow fibers, only clean water can fit through these pores, blocking bacteria, parasites, and dirt from reaching the user. This purely physical method of filtration does not contain any chemicals.
LifeStraw Personal Portable Water Purifier Product Specification
- Filters up to 1,000 liters of water
- Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria
- Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites
- Reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns
- Ultra-light: weighs only 57 grams
- Width: 2.5 centimeter, length: 22.5 centimeter
- Ultralight: weighs only 57 grams
- Meets US EPA drinking water standards
- Portable: only 9” (22.5 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter
- Requires no electrical power, batteries or replacement parts
- BPA free and contains no chemicals
- Raw materials meet US Food and Drug Administration regulations and standards
- No aftertaste: LifeStraw doesn’t use iodine or iodinated resin chemicals
LifeStraw Personal Portable Water Purifier User Guide
LifeStraw® filters water quickly and easily. The product requires no batteries or replacement parts, and filters at least 1,000 liters of water over its lifetime. LifeStraw® can be used to drink directly from an open body of water, like a river or lake, or a container, like a bottle or a glass. Its lightweight and slender design makes it perfect for hiking, travelling, and camping in areas where water may be unsafe to drink due to contamination by bacteria or parasites. LifeStraw® uses advanced microfiltration membrane technology that removes up to 99.9999 percent of bacteria (e.g., Escherichia coli, Vibrio cholerae, and Salmonella typhi) and 99.9 percent of protozoan cysts (e.g., Cryptosporidium parvum, Giardia lamblia) that produce waterborne diseases. LifeStraw® therefore greatly reduces the risk of contracting illnesses such as diarrhea, dysentery, and Giardia.
The LifeStraw® story LifeStraw® technology was originally developed in 2005 as an emergency response tool to filter contaminated water following natural disasters and is now used in water filtration products globally. The technology has also been beneficial to people living in developing countries who lack access to safe water.
LifeStraw® is a personal water filtration tool and should only be used for filtering water. The quality of the filtered water is not guaranteed if the product is submitted to conditions other than those encountered during its normal use. To prevent breakage, do not drop or hit LifeStraw® against a hard object. Do not drop the product in polluted water as this might contaminate the membrane. Always keep the mouthpiece cap closed when product is not in use. Stop using LifeStraw® if cracks are noted on the main LifeStraw® body and especially on the dark blue bottom part.
How to use LifeStraw Personal Portable Water Purifier User Guide
Start using LifeStraw® by uncapping both ends and standing it up in water for 10 seconds. Then take 5 quick sips from the mouthpiece.
How to clean LifeStraw Personal Portable Water Purifier User Guide
Regularly blow air through your LifeStraw® after drinking to keep the filter clean and prevent it from clogging. LifeStraw® filter will no longer filter water when the product has reached the end of its working life. Inability to sip water through LifeStraw® indicates that the product should be replaced.
Upon first use or anytime the filter is dry, uncap both ends and stand it up in safe water (keeping mouthpiece out of water and dry) for 20 seconds to allow water to prime the filter. Then take 5 quick sips to get water flowing. When returning from a hiking trip, rinse with safe tap water, uncap both ends, and let dry before placing it away in storage.
Drinking untreated water may expose you to harmful microorganisms and increase your risk of gastrointestinal illness. Improper usage of LifeStraw® increases your risk of exposure to harmful microorganisms and increases your risk of gastrointestinal illness. Reduce your risk of becoming sick by following these safety instructions and by educating yourself on backcountry water safety. Never use LifeStraw® to filter seawater or chemically contaminated water, including water from mining tailing ponds or from near large agricultural operations. DO NOT DROP or place pressure on this product in any manner. The intentional or unintentional impact of this product on a solid surface may damage the filtration mechanism within the LifeStraw® and render it inefficient and unusable. This product must not be used by children without the supervision of an adult.
Disclaimer from Manufacturer
LifeStraw S.A. and its affiliated entities and related companies shall be neither liable for any damages arising out of or as a result of the use of LifeStraw® for any purpose other than for which it is clearly intended, nor for any malfunction resulting from the failure of the user of LifeStraw® to strictly abide by the usage and safety information contained in this manual. Stated microbiological and longevity performance of LifeStraw® is conducted under standard laboratory test conditions; more information regarding test results and conditions can be found on www.buylifestraw.com. The effectiveness of LifeStraw® may be limited by environmental or hygienic conditions that could contribute to the recontamination of water after it has passed though the product’s internal filter. These conditions include but are not limited to:
- Use of the LifeStraw® with dirty and bacteria-contaminated hands
- Placement of LifeStraw® in a mouth contaminated with bacteria
- Use of the LifeStraw® in a dense coliform environment
- Failure to maintain a sterile mouthpiece on the LifeStraw®
- Sharing of LifeStraw® between two individuals.
- Use in or exposure to extreme heat or freezing temperatures Read these usage and safety instructions carefully before using LifeStraw®.