In the hierarchy of resources essential for survival, clean water is near the highest. As the old saying goes, humans can survive as little as three minutes without air, three hours without shelter (in extreme climates) and three days without water. But even when you might have access to a close-by lake or stream, chances are high the water is contaminated with microorganisms that can cause violent illness. To avoid this, you need to first purify the water. British water purification company LifeSaver, whose products we have now reviewed prior to now, recently launched a recent compact purifier called the LifeSaver Wayfarer – the corporate’s smallest and lightest device.
The LifeSaver Wayfarer is designed to suit easily in a pocket or small backpack and weighs only 11.4 ounces. As with all LifeSaver products, it’s manufactured within the UK and tested to exceed NSF/ANSI P231 standards for the removal of bacteria, protozoal cysts and viruses. It also removes chemicals, microplastics, heavy metals and bad taste/odor from water. In addition, Wayfarer includes corporate Failsafe technology which shuts off the water flow when the filter reaches the top of its life, ensuring that contaminated water doesn’t go through the filter.
The Wayfarer consists of a black polymer housing with a retractable pump handle, inlet tube and outlet tube. A 4.2-foot purge hose is connected to the inlet after which placed into the water tank; integrated float prevents sinking to the underside. The shorter clean water hose connects to the spout and could be placed in a water bottle or hydration bladder. Pumping with the handle forces water through the primary stage ultrafiltration (UF) cartridge and the second stage activated carbon disc. Both components are interchangeable – the cartridge lasts for five,000 liters and the disc for 100 liters.
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We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the LifeSaver Wayfarer will retail for a suggested retail price of $99. Many purifiers within the sub-$100 price range are made in China with questionable testing standards or no mention of lab testing in any respect. So the Wayfarer looks as if a solid value compared.
LifeSaver says the Wayfarer shall be available on February 1, 2023, and we won’t wait to see it in person later this month on the SHOT Show. For more updates, keep a watch out IconLifeSaver.com.