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Lifesaver Bottle 4000UF: Hands-On Review

By Matthew Klickstein , Apr 29, 2013 04:46 PM EDT

There's no question that considering the vastness of the deleterious effects we're seeing from natural disasters that continue to pelt the planet -- as well as the inhabitants of it -- something needs to be done as regards how we're handling everything from climate change to water purification for those most negatively affected.

Perhaps no natural disaster gained more global notoriety over the last few years than the incredibly destructive Hurricane Katrina of 2004 whose effects are still lingering throughout the regions around New Orleans and beyond. Indeed, one of the most devastating consequences of the hurricane -- and many other such disasters that are particularly water-based such as tsunamis and other hurricanes that have been lambasting other regions across the globe as of late -- is the lack of an immediate clean water supply in those regions.

It's for this reason that the Lifesaver 4000 Ultra Filtration Water Bottle was released as a means of helping those who are most affected by these tragedies, as well as for common use by campers and their ilk who might be travelling to areas where clean water supplies are scarce. This is essential as we're seeing more and more evidence that our planet's water supply is growing further tainted by ever-growing industry and further disasters along the lines of what we've seen recently with rising sea levels off the South Carolina coast.

The Lifesaver Bottle 4000UF is a simple-to-use means of purifying just about any water supply -- ranging from that of a tap system to campground area. With the bottle, the user needn't worry about chemical residues or even water-borne pathogens, as once filtered through the bottle's unique method, the water is rendered safe to drink.

As the world's first "all-in-one ultra filtration water bottle, the Lifesaver Bottle makes easy-to-use, portable water filtration a reality for travelers and outdoors people everywhere," according to its description on Amazon.com, the Lifesaver Bottle 4000UF comes with the following features:

  • Bottle storage capacity: 750 milliliters
  • Chew-proof, replaceable drinking teat
  • Watertight, snap-fit lid
  • Cap seal
  • Pump tube
  • Protective sleeve
  • Removable anti-slip base
  • Twist lock pump handle
  • Removable carry strap
  • Dry weight of bottle including cartridge: 635 grams (approximately 22 ounces)

When we used the Lifesaver Bottle 4000UF at the iTech Post office, we discovered that the bottle's cleansing process -- employing a purification filter and carbon filter -- was as easy to use as the box (and Amazon description) promised, with the end result taking five minutes to achieve. We were left with tasty, fresh water that had been cleansed from that of a particularly untoward-seeming bathroom tap.

The Lifesaver Bottle 4000UF is also light-weight, and with its carry strap, something that any camper or traveller could bring along on a journey without its becoming too cumbersome. The rubber teat from which the filtered water is pulled allows one to suck of the bottle without any discomfort. The unique pumping feature of the bottle also permits a degree of control over one's cleansed water supply via the bottle that makes it an even better buy for any outdoorsman.  

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