As manufacturing technology increases, we see preparedness products like Survival Straws become more affordable. To top that, they become more effective in filtration against viruses, heavy metals and chemicals. A couple years ago, affordable water filters meant you could only bypass bacteria, protozoa and giardia (0.1 micron).
This is changing though – with companies like Survival Filter. Recently we did a review of the Survival Filter Pro. The Survival Filter Pro is a larger hand pump water filter. We were amazed at the level of filtration, light weight feel and overall performance.
After owning the Survival Filter Straw, I think it’s safe to say, they are setting a trend with their products. Let’s look at why.
Survival Filter Straw Features
A quick review of the Survivor Filter Pro website says the company was founded by a veteran who used to do military consulting as well. They’re based out of New York, and the product is made overseas.
Most of their sales appear to come by way of Amazon. With that said, in most places in the U.S. you can get the Survivor Filter Straw on your doorstep in 2 business days.
Survival Straw Cost
This is where I’m just impressed – it costs $30. Just about anyone can afford a $30 dollar water filter that gets rid of everything from bacteria & viruses (99.9999%) to the reduction of heavy metals and chemicals.
From the picture above, you can see there is a three-part filtration system with the Survival Filter Straw.
The pre-filter is a thin piece of cotton meant to grab larger debris. Why make your filter work harder than it should, right? (note there are extra cotton filters that come in with the product – approx. 5 or so). If you regularly rinse this pre-filter out, it should last a very long time.
Stage 2 is the ultra-filter. And as listed in the picture, you get a full 0.05-micron size filtration. This is the filter that gets most of the “nasties” out. The fact that you can back flush this filter and get 100,000 liters of use out of it, is amazing.
Let’s look at the last stage though – it’s the carbon filter. This is the part of the survival straw that considerably reduces heavy metals and chemicals. I especially like this addition, because we humans love to pollute water systems. If you’re thinking about using this survival straw for your bug out bag – it’s not a bad idea.
Think about having to take a drink from a water source in an urban area – ugh. But this product would significantly reduce your chances of ever getting sick from it.
|Stage 1 Filter||Cotton||Occasionally replace||Large & Small Debris|
|Stage 2 Filter||Hollow Fiber (0.05-micron)||26,417 Gallons||Bacteria, Giardia, Viruses (to 99.9999%)|
|Stage 3 Filter||Carbon Filter||264 Gallons||Heavy Metals & Chemical reduction|
Like the Survival Filter Pro – you can purchase replacement parts to extend the life of your survival straw indefinitely. The carbon filters go for $15, and a pack of pre-filter replacements can be had for $6.95.
Impressions & Performance
The Survival Filter Straw comes packaged in a black rectangular box not much bigger than the filter itself. Inside you’ll find directions for use and cleaning.
As with the Survival Filter Pro, the Survival Filter Straw is extremely lightweight – because it’s almost all plastic. While I place this in my outdoor and bug out bag in a protected spot, I like light weight items as to not weigh me down.
It’s much easier to use a hand pump model like the Survival Filter Pro, but the flow rate for filtered water is not bad at all.
I’m not going to go on and on about how spectacular this product is, because it’s quite simple. It has 3 phases to keep bad things out of your drinking water.
It works – I’ve used it, pulled it apart, inspected all of it’s internals . . . folks, this thing works.
Areas for improvement
I’d like to see more availability on Amazon for the replacement parts. The reason being? Preparedness minded folks like to have lots of back up parts in case of shortages.
At the $30 price point, and the water filtration performance for said price point? Every member in your household should have one.
You may plan on stocking thousands of water purification tablets, but they eventually expire. It’s doubtful to find a cheaper, better performing portable water filter on the market. Look for more goodness from the Survival Filter company.
Something that might be fun is to show your kids how these work with the exploded parts diagram in this post. It’s a “science-y” type thing, and my kids are always inspecting, trying to figure out “what dad is up to”.
Here’s where you can get your Survival Filter Straw
(and with 2 day shipping if you have Amazon Prime).
So there you have it – it’s the best little, inexpensive survival straw you absolutely need 🙂
Let us know what you think – do you have something you like better? We’d love to hear from you.
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