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Survival. A very simple term that carries a lot of weight. The meaning between life and death. What determines survival? Having the skills and resources to survive any adverse situation you may encounter. You will not survive without the basic life sustaining necessities. One of those is clean water. We know that many of our readers are always looking for ways to stay prepared, so it becomes our responsibility to test gear that will be beneficial to you.
treatment engineer with over thirty years of experience. The end result was a lightweight, portable water purification system which purifies water in a single process. It is said that the PurifiCup eliminates chemical and biological contaminants along with 99.9 percent of over 600 types of bacteria. After reading this, I was very intrigued on how this system would work and fit into my preparedness program. So I needed to put it to the test.
I chose the Purple PurifiCup, Model number 2227, which came in a compact plastic carrier that could be used for storage of the cup when not in use. Included in the package were the cup and very well detailed instructions. After reading the instructions (a few times over), I was ready to put the cup to the test. But before hitting the trail, I had to complete a kind of “break-in” first which activates the filtration system. So once I completed that, my cup was packed into my bag and off to the mountains we went. It was really neat to not have to take a large purification system or tablets. So my pack was a little lighter and my back was happy.
It was important to test the PurifiCup in a real-world situation that you may face and this is why I chose the mountains because of the running falls and standing lakes. In a SHTF situation, some folks will go to these areas to escape any problems in the city. If you have the right gear, you can survive for a long time in an area like this. Having access to a water source is priceless.
One of the first things you will notice about the PurifiCup is the separation of components which allows the user to truly keep contaminated water separate from the finished product. The cup can be connected to generic drinking bottles, Nalgene, and CamelBak bottles. I decided to replenish my water bottles that I packed for my ten mile hike. Once I had the cup assembled, I was able to use the water from the falls to fill my four bottles in minutes. This was awesome in comparison to using purification tablets. I was able to be back on the trail in minutes with clean water. Now for the taste test.
I was very impressed with the finished product. The water tasted clean and no chemical after taste. This was nice to have on a hot and humid day. But in reality, this could be the difference between life and death for you or your loved ones. Keep in mind that not only is the cup a water purifier, but it can be water storage as well. Just make sure to keep the contaminated parts away from your clean water. The filter is a one-micron filter which provides up to eleven gallons (100 to 150 cups) of clean water. So depending on how many people you are providing for, you can plan accordingly on how many filters you will need. You can get additional filters from the company when needed. If you are considering using the PurifiCup for a bug out bag or go bag, I would recommend getting some additional filters to keep on hand. They are reasonably priced, but priceless if you know what I mean.
So what are my thoughts on the cup you ask? I feel everyone should have one of these. While there are certain items you can live without; you CANNOT live without CLEAN water. I cannot stress this enough. You may find a
water source but if it is contaminated it is worthless. The PurifiCup is lighter and easier than some of the battery operated water purification systems on the market. While some will argue that having water purification tablets would be more viable, I would beg to differ. By using tablets, you would need to wait in some cases up to 30 minutes before you can drink the water you are purifying. The cup allows you to have clean water in much less time which could be detrimental for your situation.
The folks at Independence Sales and Marketing, LLC., have taken water purification to the next level. Whether you are hiking, camping, or just want a peace of mind for you and your loved ones, give the PurifiCup a try. For the Prepper who wants to cover all bases, this is a great way to go. I found the design to be simple and easy to use and by being able to fit it in a small bag, you will be able to have clean water anywhere you go. With an MSRP of $59.99, the PurifiCup is a very good candidate for a portable water purification system.
Have fun and stay safe out there.
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