LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Now I am not going to tell you that this LifeStraw saved my life, though I am sure that it could if it came down to that. Instead, I am going to tell you about some of the fun I have had with it since I got it...
When I found this thing online, I thought it could come in handy during an emergency. Fortunately, emergencies are few and far between in my neck of the woods. But that has not kept me from using this personal waterfilter whenever I can find a contaminated or nasty water source that is otherwise undrinkable.
When I first got it, I wasn't all that brave. I took it out of the package, read the instructions, and went to find something I could test it with.
My first experiment was with a homemade glass of salt water. It was more of a mug of saltwater realy... It was wide enough to stick the LifeStraw into without making a mess.
When I stuck it in the saltwater, I started to suck on the little end as if it was a straw in a can of soda. It wasn't going to be that easy. I found out real fast that It was going to take a lot more effort to get the drink I was hoping for.
To get this thing to produce even a sip of water, I had to suck on it as if my life depended on it. It was like having one of those thick shakes from Wendy's with a cheap straw that collapses in on itself as you suck.
Eventually, I did get my drink of water and I could not even tell that it came from a salty mug of water.
After that, I took it outside and went to a rain barrel I have on the side of the garage. I used to keep that water fairly clean, but as of late, it has been neglected and it is full of mosquito larvae and whatever else comes off the roof of the garage.
I sunk the filter end into the barrel and started sucking. As the filter was already full, I started getting fluid right away. Knowing that this was still the salt water, I kept on sucking until I was sure that all of that was out and that I was getting the nasty rain water I was looking for..
I must say, both experiments worked great. In both cases all I could taste was good ol' H2O. Not even a chemical flavor from the filter.
When I first got it, I could smell the plastic, but that went away after a day or two.
I'll save you the nausea of hearing the other experiments I attempted with this thing. Let's just say they are not stories you should tell in public. None the less, it worked like a champ.
I doubt that I will ever need this thing in an emergency, but I will take it with me when I go to Mexico or other countries that have questionable water. Till then, I'll just have some fun with it and show it off to friends.