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Old 01-27-2011, 07:33 PM
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I plan to buy an Aquarain water filter this week.

My main reasons being:

1) Made in USA

2) .2 Micron ABSOLUTE filtration

3) Price


Are there ANY other reasons I should consider another filter?
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Does it have activated charcoal?
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Does it have activated charcoal?
Yes,from coconut,I believe. They don't mention if it filters flouride,which is one of my concerns.
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That's good to know. I didn't remember the specs. I have a Berkey, but looked hard at the Aquarain a few years back. I need a second filter and haven't decided which to get yet either.
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That's good to know. I didn't remember the specs. I have a Berkey, but looked hard at the Aquarain a few years back. I need a second filter and haven't decided which to get yet either.
Thanks Mike. I'll get back to you tomorrow when I have more time. If you get a chance check their website. Good info and comparisons,from unbiased sources.
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Thanks Mike. I'll get back to you tomorrow when I have more time. If you get a chance check their website. Good info and comparisons,from unbiased sources.
I'm heading out of town to a gun show tomorrow. Won't be back till monday. I'll definately spend some time comparing them when I have a bit of time though.
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Thanks for your question about the Berkeys, i will give my 2 cents here.

In relation to the berkeys compared to the aquarain systems, while the aquarain systems are good systems, the black berkey elements in the berkey systems are superior over white ceramic filters inside the aquarain. White ceramic filters are good filters, but do address viruses, and do not remove as much chlorine from the water as the black berkey elements.

Also, the info on the aquarain does say "made in the usa", but in order for a product to be made in the usa, it does not have to be 100 percent made in the USA.

Also, .2 microns is good, but does not mean it removes more contaminants than the black berkey elements. More is removed from the black berkey elements, as they use absorption to remove the contaminants. The coconut shell carbon is more powerful at removing contaminants than whiter ceramic.

I hope this info helps, as they berkey systems may cost a little more than the aquarain, but a lot of people we talk to are more concerned about quality than price.

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I'm looking for a water system as well. I'm kinda leaning towards the Berkey but I'm shopping/educating myself prior to commitment. Do these things ever come on sale? My sister has an Aquarain so I've visited their site but they don't specify the size capacities of their models, any ideas.

theberkeyguy: You got anything to back up your claims regarding the above black/white filters? What does "as much" relate to? .2 microns seems to this layman mind would filter more than .5, seems like it's all absorption to me? What proof is there regarding coconut shell vs white ceramic? What part of the Aquarain is made outside of the U.S.? Where is the Berkey system manufactured?
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Bereky gets my vote. I own a system for the house and the Berky sport bottles are awesome in an EDC bag.
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I'm getting closer to making the purchase myself. I have artesian well water here with lots of iron and calcium (? - leaves a white residue that can plug water jets like a shower head). Now the following questions if answered may help the OP:

Berkey vs. Aquarain

2 filter vs. 4 filter - what are the advantages? 4 filters are faster?

How long are the filters good for? Expensive to replace?

Do the filters remove iron and calcium?

Water source - can you just scoop standing water (within reason of course) and drink it after filtration?

I think these are valid questions to help all on this thread who are close to spending the money. Can any experts (Berkey guy or anyone) chime in? Thanks - good thread!
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Go to http://www.berkeywater.com/start.main.html and click on the "Black Berkey Element". As I understand it more filters equate to more water filtration/longer between replacement.
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I look forward to hearing what the "experts" have to say.
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Yes, inquiring minds want to know!
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Maybe a little bump will move this forward?
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I'm getting closer to making the purchase myself. I have artesian well water here with lots of iron and calcium (? - leaves a white residue that can plug water jets like a shower head). Now the following questions if answered may help the OP:

Berkey vs. Aquarain

2 filter vs. 4 filter - what are the advantages? 4 filters are faster?

How long are the filters good for? Expensive to replace?

Do the filters remove iron and calcium?

Water source - can you just scoop standing water (within reason of course) and drink it after filtration?

I think these are valid questions to help all on this thread who are close to spending the money. Can any experts (Berkey guy or anyone) chime in? Thanks - good thread!
I will answer these about the Berkeys specifically.

4 Filters has to do with more flow rate, and does not mean it will work better, only quicker.

2 Black Berkey Elements last 6000 gallons, or last 2-3 years or longer.

The black berkey elements remove the red part of Iron, and do not remove calicium.

You can scoop water out of a stream or lake, and pour it in the berkey systems.

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I like the fact that we have a real representative here from Berkey. I like that he sometimes has contests and has given away free stuff to support these boards.

In my opinion, they are very close in quality but the berky (specifically through him) has better deals. You can get a big berky and travel water filter bottles for a really great price... unless you guys stopped doing that.

I've seen a Berky filter our red dye. They seriously work great. More importantly, Pa always said, never go to a Barber that can't remember your name. He's right here, answering your questions, and that should mean something.
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Thanks Berkey Man for the info - much appreciated. As Crutch mentions - good to have a rep here on the boards. I bookmarked your Berkey site and will order from there. Thanks!
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Not a technical answer here but I got the Berkey Light a few months ago and love it so far. I am on city water but it has a strong chlorine/chemical taste to it. Using the filter my water now tastes great. We used to go through several bottles of bottled water a day but now we hardly ever use them. We even use filtered water in a refillable bottle for my daughter's school lunch.
I bought mine right before Thanksgiving and at the time they had a deal to get 5 sport Berkey water bottles. I have not tried these out yet (I will this Spring) but they are in each of our bobs.
I want to order the flouride filters and a few spare filters but have not got around to it yet.
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Not a technical answer here but I got the Berkey Light a few months ago and love it so far. I am on city water but it has a strong chlorine/chemical taste to it. Using the filter my water now tastes great. We used to go through several bottles of bottled water a day but now we hardly ever use them. We even use filtered water in a refillable bottle for my daughter's school lunch.
I bought mine right before Thanksgiving and at the time they had a deal to get 5 sport Berkey water bottles. I have not tried these out yet (I will this Spring) but they are in each of our bobs.
I want to order the flouride filters and a few spare filters but have not got around to it yet.
Filtering out Flouride is the smartest decision you ever made.

Oh, and I also really like your quote under your name. Anti Raider.

How many people planning on being a raider, will expect to wake up dead when they are the hunted instead of the hunter?

GJ man.
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A little help needed,please.Can you store water from the berkey,with/out bleach and for how long,thanks for the info,we just got ours today
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