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LifeStraw - LifeStraw Steel

The LifeStraw Steel from LifeStraw is a durable, portable water filter that removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, including E. coli, and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa, including Giardia & Cryptosporidium. LifeStraw Steel also reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns. The activated carbon filter removes some chemicals (like chlorine) and some pesticides and fertilizers.

Technical specifications & features

Weight 160 gr. (5.6 oz)
Color Blue
Mfg Sku/Part Number LSSTEEL032
Treatment Type Other Accessories
Filter Material Hollow Fibers
Field Maintainable Yes
Protects Against Protozoa and Bacteria
Dimensions Portable: only 9” (21 cm) long and 1 inch (3 cm) in diameter
Other Features • Filters up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water
• Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction), including E-Coli
• Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction), including Giardia & Cryptosporidium
• Reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns
• Ultralight: weighs only 2oz
• Does NOT use iodine or iodinized resin
• Sturdy and durable design
• Replaceable activated carbon capsule
• Meets US EPA drinking water standards
• Requires no electrical power, batteries or replacement parts
• BPA free and contains no chemicals
• Food grade stainless steel meets US Food and Drug Administration regulations and standards
• No aftertaste: LifeStraw doesn’t use iodine or iodinated resin chemicals

Can the LifeStraw Steel be frozen?
If your LifeStraw Steel has been used, and is then exposed to freezing temperatures, water inside can freeze and crack the filter. You may not see these cracks, so we recommend never letting it freeze once it’s been used. When camping at high elevations or freezing temperatures, be extra careful not to let it freeze.

Can the LifeStraw Steel be used on sea water?
LifeStraw Steel cannot remove salt and cannot be used on sea water, ocean water or brackish water.

Does the LifeStraw filter out sea water, heavy metal, chemical, or viruses?
The LifeStraw Steel is designed for hikers, campers, travellers and other outdoor enthusiasts. It will filter out 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa and some chemicals like chlorine, some pesticides and fertilizers. LifeStraw Steel does not remove salt from salt water and should not be used with ocean water, sea water or brackish water.

How do I clean my LifeStraw Steel?
After every use, backflush your LifeStraw Steel by blowing a breath of air back into the mouthpiece to purge all remaining water trapped within the filter. You can also suck water and then blow it back through the filter. This will help remove air that might be trapped. Leave the caps off until the product fully dries before storage.

I'm having trouble sucking water through my LifeStraw Steel -- any tips?
When you use your LifeStraw Steel for the first time, both stages of filtration are completely dry (after storing, for example), and it takes a little longer to prime the filter. We recommend that you hold the filter vertically in the water, with the water half way up the filter, for 30 seconds before using. This will help get the membranes moist and make it easier to pull water through.

Can I replace the carbon capsules in my LifeStraw Steel?
Yes- you can get LifeStraw Steel carbon capsule replacements

How will I know when the LifeStraw Steel has reached the end of its life?
The flow rate of your LifeStraw Steel will decrease, and then stop pulling water through once it reaches the end of its life. You can increase the lifespan by cleaning the LifeStraw Steel after each use. It is important to change your carbon capsule every 3 months after first use to ensure that the first stage of filtration is working well.

How long will my LifeStraw Steel last?
The LifeStraw Steel can filter up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) and the replaceable carbon capsule should be changed every 3 months.

How does the LifeStraw Steel filter
The LifeStraw Steel removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, including E. coli, and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa, including Giardia & Cryptosporidium. LifeStraw Steel also reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns. The activated carbon filter removes some chemicals (like chlorine) and some pesticides and fertilizers.

How does the LifeStraw Steel work?
The LifeStraw Steel has a 2-stage filtration process. The activated carbon filter removes some chemicals like chlorine and the hollow fiber micro filter removes 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of protozoa.

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