Best Survival Water Filters
Survival Water Filters
Survival Water Filters are those that can turn muddy water into clean, safe drinkable water. They are also called Emergency Water Filters because you can use them in an emergency to filter water from any source into safe drinking water.
They are excellent for preppers and as a hedge against any rough times when clean drinking water is not readily available or accessible. They are manual type filters in most cases, because you don’t want an electric filter when electricity may not be available, during an “emergency” situation.
Survival Filters usually won’t remove heavy metals or fluoride, but will remove the microbes and pathogens that can cause severe illness. They can get you by when the going is rough. They either use gravity (Gravity Water Filter) or Manual Pump to pass contaminated water through the filter and into a clean container for safe drinking water.
Emergency Water Filters
The best Emergency Water Filters should be manual filters (like the Katadyn Water Filter) because they require no electricity. You push a lever or shaft up and down to force the contaminated water through the filter into a safe container. These are great for hiking or camping and easy to carry in a backpack or small bag.
The Gravity Water Filter types, that have an upper chamber, a filter between, and then safe drinking water comes out of the bottom end into your cup, bucket or canteen. These all have advantages, mostly depending on whether you are camping, hiking or in an auto or RV.
There are also straw type water filters like the LifeStraw, where you just suck the contaminated water through the filter, like a straw action, and get clean, safe drinking water directly into your mouth. These are the smallest filters, and filters of last resort. I would definitely have a few of these on hand in your pocket for emergencies, but will rely primarily on my Katadyn or Platypus for more complete water purification.
UV Water Purifier
UV Water Purifiers use Ultra Violet Light to purify the water. The Steripen UV Water Purifier is not really a filter, but a purifier. It won’t remove sediment but will kill off the harmful organisms, like Giardia in stagnant water sources like lakes, and ponds. These use either small rechargeable batteries, or can be charged via solar or USB port on any electronic device (computer, laptop, vehicle, smartphone.)
Drum Water Filter
A Drum Water Filter is a type that you can use to store larger quantities of water that can be manually pumped into a 5 gallon or smaller type container. These are the true emergency water pumps that can be used for family emergency or survival water purification and storage.
Hiking Water Filters
If you are a backpacker, hiker or camper, then you will want to also check out the water filters that are made for stuffing in a backpack or daypack that you can use while trekking around in the wilderness areas.
These include pouch type gravity filters that you can hang on a tree branch and are very light, and foldable when empty. If you plan to adventure on some great hikes, we have you covered. Visit Best Backpacking Water Filters for more information.