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Difference Between Camping Water Filters And Purifiers

When purchasing one of these devices, it is extremely important that you know the difference's between them. This guide will help you to understand the difference between camping water filters and purifiers.

What they will remove

A purifier removes bacteria, viruses, and protozoan cysts from water, while a filter only removes bacteria and protozoan cysts. These viruses that can be found in this water vary, as does the method by which they are removed from the water.

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The best type of system to use

The type of system that you end up with is highly dependent on the level of security that you desire. Water filters have proven highly effective in most areas of the United States and Canada, since many of the viruses that are found in water are not prevalent in these areas.

Since water filters are generally less expensive as well, they have become a viable option for frequent backcountry campers in these areas, as well as those who only go camping a couple of times per year.

Those who use a camping water purifier do so because it removes almost any harmful substance from the water. Viruses are too small to be trapped by a water filter, but a camping water purifier uses iodine or an electrostatic charge to kill the virus.

Deciding whether you will need a filter or purifier

If you are attempting to make a distinction between the type of system that you will need for your next trip there are a few different things that you can look at in order to come to an informed decision.

The first thing to look at is whether there is a good chance of human faeces being in the water.

The further you get away from civilization, the lesser chance there is of this occurring. Therefore, you should be able to make an estimated guess of whether or not a water source is being used for sewage. In some cases, however, even a small village can be using a lake or river as a sewage deposit, so you can never be too careful when dealing with this issue.

If there is even a remote chance of there being faecal matter in the water, going with a purifier is definitely a good idea.

Another situation where a purifiers are a good idea is if you are travelling to a less developed part of the world. In North America, you are much more likely to run into bacteria or protozoan cysts than you are to come across a virus, which is why so many people go with a camping water filter. That is not to say that it is impossible to contract a virus in North America, but it is certainly less likely than if you were travelling around in South America or the Middle East.

Advisable if buying a filter

A final thing to keep in mind regarding a filter is the fact that it is recommended that you treat the water with a chlorine or iodine solution and let it sit at least 15 minutes before drinking it. This will improve your chances of completely cleaning the water and should remove most of the bacteria. With a purifier, all of this is done for you automatically, which makes the entire process that must easier.

Smart Tip: It's better to be safe than sorry

Whether you decide to use a portable water purifier or any other type of water cleansing device it is completely up to you, but in the end, it's usually better to be safe than sorry because you never know when a virus could completely ruin your trip.

Choosing Water Filters And Purifiers For Camping, Backpacking and Travel

There's a great choice available on the market to suit different budgets and the uses people may have.

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