Sport Berkey: on-the-go filtering water bottle
If you've been a reader here for very long at all, you've probably heard me rave about our Royal Berkey water filter.
Our Berkey is a counter-top water filtering system that is effective, affordable, and perfect for disaster readiness, as it filters without electricity and can even filter rain water!
Read more about the Berkey here. We bought ours 3 years ago from More Than Alive and love it! We're still using the original filters, which should last another 3 years yet. At 1.6 cents per gallon over the lifetime of the filters, we are so blessed to have clean water for cooking and drinking that is practically free!
The Sport Berkey Portable Water Purifier is a water bottle with the same great black Berkey filtering element, set up for on-the-go instant filtering. More Than Alive offered to let me try out a Sport Berkey, along with giving away one here. (Scroll down for giveaway details!)
Initially, I wasn't really sold on the idea of the Sport Berkey filtering water bottle. After all, the water from our Royal Berkey is so inexpensive, and I am completely infatuated with my Contigo water bottle. Plus, I'm at home 95% of the time so I just carry water with me when I go out.
However, I am really liking the Sport Berkey water bottle! I decided it wasn't really fair to compare the price of its filtered water to the Royal Berkey, but instead, compare to bottled water.
The Sport Berkey isn't exactly cheap, at $29. Using water from any source (think a rain barrel, stream, or river!), you can refill it 160 times, making each bottle of water 18 cents.
If you're refilling from the tap (city water or well water), you can refill about 640 times, decreasing the price per bottle to just FOUR CENTS. FOUR CENTS, people! And that's for a 22-ounce bottle.
What I love about the Sport Berkey:
The filter in the Sport Berkey can be replaced for $17. This makes subsequent refills even cheaper than 4 cents. Now, I haven't had my Sport Berkey long enough to need to replace the filter, so I can't attest to how well the actual bottle holds up over the years.
I would not want to use the Sport Berkey water bottle to replace our counter-top Royal Berkey water filter. We use lots of water for cooking and drinking, and there's no way a little bottle would supply those needs!
--You are not the head of a household and want something personal-sized
--You travel a lot
--You have limited space
--You're on a limited budget
--Or you currently buy bottled water
...then I think the Sport Berkey could be a great investment!
How well does the Sport Berkey water bottle actually filter? Well, I did a food coloring test to find out. I was giddy over the results, and have photos and video proof of red water turning crystal clear!
For my filtering experiment, I used some food dye we had on hand.
I put a bunch of food coloring in the Sport Berkey water bottle.
Suck (or in this case, squeeze!) to filter the colored water.
The results? Completely clean drinking water!
Watch my video of this process:
That's just the visual test. The taste test comes when you can take smelly, chlorinated tap water and turn it into delicious, pure-tasting drinking water!
Tap water varies a lot, and here in the Seattle area our tap water tastes pretty good. In Ohio, the city tap water smelled and tasted awful, and wasn't always safe for drinking (not by my estimation, but by city officials). We were relieved and excited when we got our Berkey water filter and it actually worked on that horrible water! (We had been buying reverse osmosis water, and were accustomed to that.)
More Than Alive is giving away a Sport Berkey water filtering bottle to a reader here! If this product is of interest to you, this is your chance to get one for free! Log in and leave a comment on this post saying you would like to be entered. Giveaway is open today and tomorrow ONLY, Thursday and Friday, April 14-15, 2011.
More Than Alive sells quality bulk herbs, bulk foods, and more -- including our favorite household necessity, the Berkey Water Filter. If you've been waiting to order a Berkey water filter, this discount will give you $20+ off your order!
Use this discount code to receive 10% off your order from More Than Alive today and tomorrow ONLY, Thursday and Friday, April 14-15, 2011.
Full disclosure, as always: When we purchased our Berkey water filter from More Than Alive several years ago, we were so thrilled with it that I signed up as an affiliate with More Than Alive. Purchasing through my links helps support this website!
I don't review something unless we would spend our own hard-earned money on it, and such is the case with the things we have purchased from More Than Alive. I'm delighted to be able to offer giveaways and discount codes for More Than Alive! :)