Go Berkey Kit Portable Water Purification With Sport BottleBy John Davis - October 6, 2015
- Go Berkey Stainless Steel Water Filter
- Black Berkey Filter
- Sport Berkey Bottle
- Vinyl Carrying Case
The Go Berkey Kit Portable Water Purification System is a fully portable way to filter water on the go. There are two different water filtration systems contained in this kit.
First, you’ll notice the Go Berkey Stainless Steel Water Filter. It’s based on the design of the larger Berkey filtration systems, which means that it offers an excellent level of protection against all sorts of unwanted contaminants and toxins.
At three pounds this unit is convenient to carry around, whether you are biking, camping or hiking. Despite its small size, it can filter up to a gallon of water an hour. Some people even choose to use this system in their homes instead of buying a larger Berkey system.
Also included in the Go Berkey Kit is the Sport Berkey Water Bottle. This is a BPA free plastic water bottle that holds 22 oz of water. Inside is an Ionic Adsorption Micro Filter. Berkey states that despite its small size, this filter is capable of removing a wide variety of unwanted contaminants from your water.
The Go Berkey Stainless Steel Water Filter is capable of filtering up to one gallon every hour. That means if you use it continually it could potentially filter twenty-four gallons of water every day. It’s gravity fed and does not depend on electricity.
However, as this system only has a storage capacity of one quart, you’re going to need to give it continuous attention if you want it to work at its maximum potential.
The Sport Berkey Water Bottle works differently. First you fill up the bottle with water from any lake, stream, creek, or faucet. Berkey recommends that if you’re taking water from a polluted source, you add two drops of chlorinated bleach or iodine. This will ensure that the largest range of viruses are killed, and will be later removed by the filter.
After you’ve screwed the lid back onto the water bottle, you prime the system by squeezing the bottle causing water to come out the straw. Repeat this process twice, then you’re ready to start drinking.
The Filtration Process
A single Black Berkey filter cleans all the water in the Stainless Steel Water Filter. The Black Berkey is one of the most advanced filters available on the market today. Its superior filtering ability is so strong that it can remove red food dye from water while leaving essential vitamins and minerals intact.
Many people have found that water that has been filtered through the Black Berkey is the best tasting that they’ve ever had. Numerous reviews on Amazon and the Berkey website attest to this fact.
Berkey states that the filter removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites, herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222, and trihalomethanes.
However, there is one downside with the Black Berkey filter; it doesn’t remove fluoride from your water. If you’re filtering water from a lake or stream this isn’t a large problem, as the fluoride content is lower. On the other hand, if you’re using it to filter tap water this can be a concern because most municipalities add fluoride to their water.
In the Sport Berkey Water Bottle, water is filtered through an Ionic Adsorption Micro Filtration System. On their website Berkey states that this filter reduces up to 99.9% of unpleasant tastes and odors, cloudiness, silt, sediment, chlorine, VOCs, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, trihalomethanes, detergents and pesticides.
This filtration is achieved through two different methods. When water is drawn through the filter it goes through a “tortuous path” which means that it must pass through a series of microscopic channels, that allow water through but block almost all foreign contaminants.
Furthermore, the filtration media within the filter actually attracts toxins to it, drawing them out of the water. This double process of filtration means that the Sport Berkey Water Bottle is able to filter water extremely efficiently despite its small size.
Specification and Design
The Go Berkey Stainless Steel Water Filter has a filtered water storage capacity of 1 quart. That means that you’ll need to fill up and empty the water storage tank four times in order to get a gallon of water.
The system stands at 14”, although it can be compacted to 10” for easier storage and travel. It weighs 2.4 pounds and the base has a 4” outer diameter.
The Sport Berkey Water Bottle weighs 4 ounces and stands approximately 10’’ high. Berkey states on their website that if properly stored, this water bottle has an effective shelf life of 50 years. The filter should not be allowed to freeze, nor should it ever be used to filter hot water.
One problem that several people have had with the water bottle is that while the inner straw on the Sport Bottle is replaceable, the outer straw is not. Some people have commented in Amazon reviews that this outer straw can become moldy and is very difficult if not impossible to clean.
You should also be aware that both of these systems cannot filter fluoride. Furthermore, unlike the larger Berkey systems, you cannot buy an additional fluoride filter. That means that if filtering fluoride is important for you and your household, you’ll need to purchase one of the larger Berkey filtration systems.
How Much Does the Go Berkey Portable Kit Cost?
Upfront the Go Berkey Kit costs $150 and is available with free shipping anywhere to the continental United States.
The Black Berkey Water Filter inside the Stainless Steel Water Filter is capable of purifying 3,000 gallons of water before wearing out. That means that if you filtered water for 8 hours a day, every single day, the filter would still last for a year.
When it’s time to buy a replacement filter, a set of two Black Berkey filters costs $107. As the system can only use one filter at a time, that means you’ll have a backup filter handy at all times.
The replacement filter for the Sport Berkey Water Bottle is significantly cheaper at $16.50. Berkey states the filter needs to be changed after having filtered a bottle full of municipal water 640 times, or a bottle of pond, creek, or lake water 160 times.
You can also buy the Sport Berkey Water Bottle as a standalone item for $24.95.
Warranty and Support
Deciphering the warranty on this kit is rather complicated. That’s because the three different elements in this kit are actually all covered under a different warranty. There is the initial 30 day money back guarantee that covers all Berkey products. After that warranty run out, each product is covered differently.
First, the Black Berkey Water Filter is covered with a two year prorated warranty. This prorated warranty is divided into six month segments.
Next, the Berkey Stainless Steel Water Filter is covered under a one year warranty. During that time, Berkey will repair or replace any product that has been shown to have a manufacturing defect or other flaw.
Finally, the Sport Berkey Bottle appears to fall under a universal six month Berkey warranty. However, the exact details are difficult to figure out. Amazon suggest contacting Berkey to find out exactly how the warranty works for this system.
The good news is that there is a good deal of support for Berkey systems. The Berkey main offices are based in Arlington, Texas. On their website they have a toll free number that presumably leads to someone in the United States. They also have a central office that you can visit.
- Both products are lightweight and easy to carry
- They use high quality filters that remove up to 99% of unwanted contaminants
- Produces a great tasting, high quality water
- Labor intensive filtering process for a small amount of water
- The Sport Berkey Bottle has mixed reviews on Amazon
- Relatively high price point for such a small system
Amazon Customer Reviews
Altogether, the Go Berkey Kit has been rated at 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon. That’s a good rating but not great. 61% of people gave it 5 stars and 14% of people gave it 1 star.
The Go Berkey Kit is a good choice if you need to filter water while camping, travelling, or at any other kind of event. It’s lightweight, convenient, and produces a superior drinking water for its small size.
However, it’s relatively labor intensive and the Sport Berkey Water Bottle has a couple of design flaws that have earned it poor ratings on Amazon. Also, the system has a relatively high initial cost.
Despite these drawbacks, the Go Berkey Kit is still one of the best portable water filtration systems on the market, and in the end, it does do an excellent job of filtering out toxins and delivering a superior, great tasting drinking water.
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