You may well know that we love gadgets here at Gadgets.ie, expecially the outdoor variety. Anything that helps you to break down the metaphorical walls of our comfortable and central-heated lifestyles gets our vote, and this lightweight, portable water filter lets you do just that – Break out into the wild and expose yourself to nature with the amazingly ingenious Lifestraw from Vestergaard, a superbly useful device capable of removing water-borne bateria and parasites from 1,000 litres of water without the need for batteries, chemicals or long waits….just stick it in the water and suck it up.
The Lifestraw contains what’s known as ‘hollow fibre ultrafiltration technology’ – it’s the same sort of system found in industrial water treatment plants. The hollow fibres are packed inside the Lifestraw and look a bit like spaghetti, just an awful lot thinner. Each fibre has pores in its walls, each pore has a diameter of just 0.2 microns (five hundred times smaller than the diameter of a human hair). The pores work by preventing bacteria and parasites and letting just pure water filter through. The result of this purely physical method of filtration means that the filtered water is free from chemicals (chemicals can add a strange aftertaste to filtered water).
The LifeStraw filters a minimum of 1,000 litres of water, removing 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites. It filters out the following bacteria and parasites
The Lifestraw isn’t just a useful gadget to take with you on your camping trip, it was designed and developed to help in humanitarian and natural disasters. Lifestraw technology has already been used in over 70 countries in the aftermath of major natural disasters – in Haiti, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines to name a few.
As well as being useful for those impacted by natural disasters it’s also a useful device to have at hand and as an added incentive it’s makers, Vestergaard, have partnered with WaterNLife to provide clean drinking water for a child in Sub-Saharan Africa for a year for each LifeStraw unit sold. According to the World Health Organisation a child is dying every seventh minute due to the lack of access to clean drinking water. 750 million people worldwide do not have access to sage drinking water. WaterNLife is dedicated to helping alleviate the global water crisis.
The Lifestraw weighs just 56 grams and measures 2.4 centimetres wide and 22.5 centemetres long. It’s a big straw but at just 56 grams it weighs next to nothing and will almost definitely be the most useful piece of kit in your backpack.
As you can see there are currently no stockists for the LifeStraw in Ireland, if you would like to become a stockist of the LifeStraw or know somebody who might then get in touch with Adam at EskimoAgency.com (who have kindly gave us this LifeStraw for review)
Yes, as always here at Gadgets.ie we try our very hardest to give you a chance to play with the Gadgets that we get our hands on. Eskimo Agency have kindly offered the lovely readers of Gadgets.ie a chance to win a LifeStraw – all you have to do to enter is leave a comment below saying why you would like to have the LifeStraw. The winner will be chosen by Gadgets.ie and Eskimo Agency on the 9th of June 2014 (normal t’s & c’s apply). Good luck Gadgeteers, get commenting! You have to be in it to win it!