The Katadyn Mini is an extremely light and compact filter, it is the ideal choice for travel and day hikes where weight and space is at a premium.
The Katadyn Mini has a 0.2 micron ceramic filter which eliminates bacteria, protozoa, cysts, algae, spores and sediments. Though more suited to filtering clear water it still works well for cloudy water and is easy to clean in the field, which may be necessary if the water is cloudy. It gives a good output of around 0.5 litres per minute and the filter itself is impregnated with silver to delay the growth of bacteria, helping to keep it working efficiently. The Katadyn Mini includes a gauge to indicate when the filter needs changing and has a long life of around 7000 litres.
As it is a Microfilter it does not remove all water bourne viruses. For this you usually use a chemical additive to kill the viruses. Please read How to Choose a Water Filter for more information.
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After searching the Internet for a long while on the different ways to make water safe to drink, I decided a filter was the way to go for me. Of all the filters on the market with there different pros and cons this was for me the best all rounder. *It's the smallest it's really pocket size 8cm by 18cm by 5cm *its the lightest only 210g *its uses a silver impregnated ceramic filter and removes bacteria and protozoa down to 0.2 microns! *the filter is good for 7000 litres. Yes 7000 litres its not a typo *the filter can be used in dirty water if needed and has a pre filter gauze mesh on the inlet pipe. This filter is regarded as single person use on lightweight hikes or short stays as it takes around a minute to pump half a litre. But I don't mind this as tend to filter little and often anyway and as its so neat its no problem to wip out when needed. The filter is "field cleanable" and comes with a small kit to do just that. With the katadyn mini you get; The filter Inlet pipe with pre filter Outlet pipe Cleaning kit and carry bag The inlet pipe can be stored inside the unit. It has a drop down bottom to push it all into. The outlet should always be stored in a CLEAN ziplock bag and never cross contaminated. To summarise the mini is a very compact, very lightweight, long lasting dependable filter. Yes it's on the expensive side but will last for 7000 litres! And so far trouble free. It's pocket size and made by a trusted brand. You could get a steri pen but that doesn't take out the crud you could use bleach etc but that tastes rank and kills the good bacteria in your stomach. You could get a cheap filter but would you trust it?
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