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Having access to safe drinking water can be a problem for campers and backpackers. Carrying enough drinking water for extended trips is literally a back breaking task. Some rely on water purification tablets as an alternative as they are easy to carry. They make water safe to drink but depending on the water source, it can be an unpleasant experience. A much better idea is to add a water purification bottle like the LifeSaver Liberty to your camping gear.

The original LifeSaver bottle came into fruition after the inventor personally experienced the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Survivors were forced to drink from unfiltered and unsafe water sources. Water purification bottles with built-in filters that can filter out almost 100% of all bacteria, cysts and viruses are not uncommon. However, the filtration rate is often slow. Producing enough drinking water is a slow and arduous process.

The Lifesaver Liberty solves this problem by adding an inline hand pump built right into the bottle itself. To filter water, just open the top cap, scoop in water to fill the bottle. Then unscrew the bottom of the bottle to release the pump and give it 2 to 3 quick pumps and you are ready to drink.

What makes the Lifesaver Liberty even more useful is the inclusion of a scavenger hose. This hose attaches to the bottle on one end and you can drop the other end into the water source. With the hose attached, you can continuously pump and filter water to be stored in a bigger container. Continuous pumping can generate a flow rate of about 1.2 litres per minute.

This is a very decent flow rate and a single Lifesaver Liberty bottle should be sufficient to filter enough drinking water for a small group of people. The filter in the bottle can last up to 2000 litres of water before it has to be changed.

At 425 grams when empty, the Lifesaver Liberty is not a lightweight bottle by any means. Adding it to your gear will only make sense if you are going for longer trips or with a larger group of people.

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