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Which Berkey System is for me? LPH=Liters Per Hour / L=Litres. (the above are estimated figures). Purifies more than 13 liters per hour. Comes equipped with 2 Black Berkey filters. A storage capacity of more than 8 liters.
Expandable to 4 Black Berkey filters. 2.1 gallon storage capacity. 8.5"D x 21"H. High quality stainless steel container. Complete assembly and maintenance instructions.
Produces up to 3.5 gallons of purified drinking water per hour. Available with four Black Berkey Purification Elements. Produces up to 7 gallons of purified drinking water per hour. Below is a chart that compares the Berkey Water Filter to other commercially available household water filters. PER GALLON "COST OF USE". TOTAL COST FOR 6000 GALLONS. YES With the add on Berkey PF-2. This system comes standard with 2 Black Berkey Purification Elements, but can be expanded up to 4 elements. The versatile Big Berkey system is ideal for small to medium families, and for use during travel, outdoor activities, or unexpected emergencies. Constructed of highly polished AISI 304 stainless steel. Storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters). Upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13 in height. Maximum Filters: 4 Black Berkey Purification Elements (in upper chamber). System includes upper and lower stainless steel chambers, 2 Black Berkey Purification Elements (expandable up to 4), 1 stainless steel lid, 1 spigot, rubber gasket to protect the base, 2 wingnuts, 2 washers, 1 priming button, and 2 blocking plugs. Height when in use: 19.25. Configured with two Black Berkey Purification Elements, the Big Berkey system can produce up to 3.5 gallons (13.3 liters) per hour. Configured with four Black Berkey Purification Elements, the Big Berkey system can produce up to 7.0 gallons (26.5 liters) per hour.
Up to 4 PF-2 Fluoride and Arsenic Filters may be installed in the lower chamber of this system if desired. TURBIDITY FLOW RATE TEST[J].
Big Berkey - Our Most Popular Water Filter. The Big Berkey is our most popular and versatile model.
It is ideal for home use and large families from 4 to 16 people or during emergencies. All of our water filter systems are designed to provide purified drinking water for a certain amount of people.
The Big Berkey water filter, in particular, was designed to fit the needs of the average size family. Large enough to provide ample water and still compact enough to fit in areas that bigger units would not.
Ideally suited for home use and families or small groups. This adaptable filter comes complete including instructions and everything you need to start purifying your drinking water within minutes of assembly. Berkey founder Jim Sheppard had a vision of a water filter that could take water from virtually any outside source and produce purified drinking water. That vision all started with the Big Berkey water filter system. In Berkey's early years there were other water filters that could perform this feat, but they were small, had a very limited capacity and were mainly designed for backpackers.
These units relied on hand pumping of the water from its source and were not practical for larger groups of people over an extended period of time. Jim's vision was to produce a filter that would meet these demanding needs with filters powerful enough to last years without needing replaced and big enough to produce drinking water for a larger group. The first Black Berkey purification elements. Used in all of our filtration systems were based on the idea of micro-filtration. This technology had long been used and the core principle was to produce a filter with a pore structure that was so small, that disease causing organisms could not pass through and would become trapped on the very outermost surface of the filtering medium.
As society advanced so did the complexity of the water borne contaminants that polluted our lakes, streams and wells. We needed something more powerful, something that could remove not only bacteria but new threats like viruses, heavy metals and chemicals. What Jim came up with was nothing short of a revolution. Using modern methods and advanced technology he produced a filter that had properties never before seen. Use the same Black Berkey purification element.
This is the same filter that was at the heart of the original system introduced and available in only one model choice; The Big Berkey water filter. This amazing system reduces bacteria, viruses, volatile organic compounds (VOC's) and trihalomethanes to purification standards and lasts thousands of gallons. By comparison, Berkey water filters outperform commercially available water filters from both the portable and household water filter categories. Take a look at these Berkey water filter comparison charts and you can see for yourself that Berkey outperforms the competition in almost every category. Households across America trust water filters manufactured by Berkey.
Water filter comparison should encompass more than initial retail cost. When researching water filter systems, you will immediately find that most of them only qualify as filters. Water filters last 10 times longer than our competition and are so powerful that they even remove viruses.
This ability to filter viruses qualifies our water filters as water purifiers. Side by side, the long-lasting Black Berkey is available at the best price. Berkey water filters rise to the top of all charts that compare water filter systems. With Berkey, you get a quality filter that surpasses standards for filtering out pathogenic bacteria and viruses listed in the Water and Purification Standard used by the Army. For the best filtration at the best price, Berkey water filters have no competition.
Add the dependability of our filtration systems to the flexibility to use them under a wide range of situations and environments and it is easy to see why so many people already turn to Berkey for their water filtration needs. Frequently Asked Questions about Berkey Water Filters. When do I need to replace the Black Berkey filter elements in my system? Use one of the 2 methods below. Take the number of Black Berkey. Filtering elements in your system and multiply it by 3,000. This number will be the (Total Life) in gallons. Estimate the average amount of water you filter through your Berkey per day. This number will be the (Total Use) in gallons.
Then simply divide the (Total Life) by the (Total Use). This number represents how many days your filter will effectively treat your water before needing to replace them. As a reminder, with a permanent marker write the date that you calculated the need for Berkey replacement filters on the bottom of your unit. Example: If you have a 2 filter Big Berkey and your used 4 gallons of water per day. You would multiply 2 (#of filters) by 3000 = 6000 (Total Life), then divide 6000 by 4 (total use) = 1500 days the filters will last, That's a little over 4 years!
The Black Berkey filters in your unit will never stop working; the rate that the filters produce water will slow down, this is an indication that the filter need cleaned. This brings us to the second method. If after cleaning your elements they do not filter any faster; it is time to replace them. I hear a lot about the Big Berkey, is this the best system for me? Is our most popular system.
All of our Berkey water filter systems have the exact same filter elements inside, so all produce the same quality of water. As you upgrade to larger units, the capacity and flow rate becomes higher.
This gives them the ability to provide drinking water for larger groups of people. The Big Berkey is our most popular model because it produces enough water for 8-16 persons and still compact enough to be portable, making the Big Berkey ideally suited for most of our customer's needs. The Big Berkey was also the first water filter model offered by Berkey. Over time the Big Berkey has accumulated a huge following in the missionary and emergency relief organization field. This large following of dedicated users has produced much press making it a popular choice. Use the recommendations information on our Berkey Filter Model's. Page to determine the specific filter that best matches your water filtering situation.
Should only be used if you are on city water, you have confirmed with your city that they are adding fluoride to the water and you want to remove the fluoride. The PF-2 elements are not needed if you are on spring water. What are the basic differences between the Berkey Light and the stainless steel systems? Model is designed for outdoor use therefore it is about three pounds lighter in weight than the equivalent capacity of our stainless steel system. This is the only difference, all Berkey models produce the same high quality purified water. The Travel Berkey system is also designed for outdoor use and is the smallest of the stainless steel systems. It is compact enough to fit inside a portable suitcase, because unlike the Berkey Light system, the upper chamber nests within the lower chamber during travel.
This is the preferred system when mobility is a primary issue. The four multi use filter systems are designed for indoor, everyday use so they are heavier and larger than the above systems but these systems can also be used outdoors or during unexpected emergencies when a source of potable water may not be available. I have been using my system for about 6 months and the flow rate has slowed down considerably. Do I need to replace the filters? Unlike other filtration elements, the Black Berkey filters. What typically causes the filters to drip slowly is turbidity and sediment clogging the micro-pores of the elements.
Included with your Black Berkey filters is a priming button and priming instructions. Take out the Black Berkey filters, prime, and re-install. Is there a way to test my Berkey purifier system to make sure it is working properly? You can test the Black Berkey. Filter elements by filling the upper chamber with water, and then adding a teaspoon of artificial. Food coloring for every gallon of water within your upper chamber. If the food coloring is removed entirely, your system is working properly.
Do not use gel based food colouring, and ensure it does not have any added sugar, glucose and thickeners. Another thing you can try is blowing air through the purifiers (where the water drips out from). If you feel a lot of resistance, then this means the filter is tightly sealed to the plastic tip as it should be.
But if you don't, then you will notice the air coming out from the sides of where the plastic meets the filter media. This will mean the adhesive has come loose and the purifiers will not function correctly. Instead, I think I received an extra black washer in the box. The instructions say to use the tan colored priming button. Please check in the box which held your Black Berkey filters. The box should contain two elements.
Attached to each element should be a black rubber washer and a wing nut. Also in the box, should be what could look like another single black rubber washer. This is your priming button.
The water flows through the Black Berkey elements, then the PF-2 elements. "PF" in PF-2 stands for Post Filter. When properly installed the the PF-2 elements will hang loosely from the black filters and may seem wobbly which is normal. The PF-2 elements are secure. I installed my Berkey PF-2 elements but my water is a bit cloudy, and why does it have a bad taste? Insufficient conditioning (priming) of the Berkey Fluoride. Elements may result in an undesirable taste and/or cloudiness in the water. The odd taste is from process dust that may not have been washed free from the filters during the conditioning process.
Please remove the PF-2 elements and prime them again for no less than 60 seconds (longer may be needed) on both ends. This should expel any residual process dust and fix the problem. Can I filter sea (salt) water through my Berkey system?
The concentration of salt in sea water will more than likely ruin the elements fairly quickly. I have a water softener installed in our house, can I filter that water through my Berkey? Some people do, but we do not recommend it. It is best if you put water in your Berkey that has not gone through your water softener (the excess salt will likely shorten the life of the elements).
In case of an emergency, can I take water from our pool and filter it with my Berkey system? Will all the chlorine be removed? The Berkey water filter systems can make chlorinated pool water safe for consumption. However, keep in mind that such a use will cause the elements to wear faster. So, you should only do so in case of emergency. Which of the three methods of water filtration, reverse osmosis, distillation or Berkey purification is the healthiest for drinking purposes? With respect to the healthfulness of the water, most health experts that are up to date on current research are no longer recommending drinking RO or distilled water on a long-term basis because these methods remove all the beneficial minerals from the water making the water an acidic "hypotonic" solution.
A chemist will tell you that any time a hypotonic (de-mineralized) solution comes into contact with a "hypertonic" (mineralized) solution, the minerals within the hypertonic solution will transfer out and into the hypotonic solution until equilibrium is achieved. What this means is simply that when one drinks hypotonic water, the minerals in the blood and lymphatic system, which are hypertonic, transfer into the hypotonic RO or distilled water that is consumed and the minerals are flushed out of the body upon urination. In an effort to re-mineralize, the blood and lymphatic systems then begin to scavenge for minerals from other parts of the body, such as bones and other organs, and this process repeats itself every time de-mineralized hypotonic water is re-consumed. Several studies suggest that people who drink de-mineralized water (hypotonic) over a long period of time tend to be more prone to degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis. Berkey purification systems do not remove the beneficial minerals from the water but they do extract harmful heavy metals such as lead and mercury as well as sedimentary minerals such as iron oxide. Therefore, the TDS (total dissolved solids) reading will not typically change much unless there are a lot of heavy metals or sedimentary minerals in the source water. With respect to maintenance, how does reverse osmosis, distillation and Berkey purifier systems compare?
Reverse osmosis systems can have up to four filter elements, with each needing to be changed at differing intervals from four months up to two years. This requires that the water pressure be shut off and part or all of the system to be disassembled for maintenance. Additionally, the bladder tank should be washed with a chlorine solution at six-month intervals to kill any colonizing bacteria.
What is the pathological removal capability of a reverse osmosis system vs. Reverse Osmosis does not remove pathogenic bacteria and that is why it is often necessary to add an additional UV light to the system. However, the UV sometimes does not kill all the bacteria because any turbidity in the water can create shaded spots preventing some bacteria from being exposed. Typically, the UV is installed before the bladder tank, however, it is in the bladder tank that bacteria usually colonize.
Therefore, if the bladder tank is not sterilized on a regular basis, it becomes a source for bacteriological contamination that is never exposed to UV. Additionally, the carcasses of the dead bacteria remain within the drinking water with an RO system whereas they are removed by the Black Berkey filters. With respect to cost, how does reverse osmosis, distillation and Berkey systems compare? With respect to upfront cost, RO systems typically are the most expensive due to the cost of the system and the additional expense to have the system plumbed in. Next in cost would be a distillation unit.
A Berkey system will typically be the least expensive of the three. With respect to cost per gallon of water, calculated upon the cost per gallon for replacement filters and energy costs, distillation systems and RO systems properly maintained typically cost between 35-65 cents per gallon. A Berkey system typically costs about 1.6 cents per gallon. What is the difference between the Black Berkey purification filters and the white Ceramic filters? Let us start by giving you brief history about Berkey. Berkey is the original North American distributor for British Berkefeld, a company who makes the finest ceramic water filter available.
After many years of research Berkey developed the Black Berkey purification element. This filter gives you all of the benefits of the ceramic filter with the added abilities mentioned above. Black Berkey purification element significantly raised the bar to a level that no other gravity flow water filters are currently able to attain. Are the filtering elements in the SportBottle as effective as the Black Berkey purification elements? Yes, the replaceable filter in the Sport Berkey is made of the same material and has the same ionic properties as the larger and longer lasting Black Berkey filter element found in all of our larger Berkey water filter models. How to assemble and Prime your filters IMPORTANT! If this is the case we will inform you and invoice the difference. The item "Big Berkey Water Filter +2 Black Purifier Filtration System Stainless Steel UK" is in sale since Friday, June 8, 2018. This item is in the category "Home, Furniture & DIY\Appliances\Small Kitchen Appliances\Water Purification\Water Filters". The seller is "berkey-purifiers-uk" and is located in London . This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.
- Model: Big Berkey
- Modified Item: No
- Colour: Silver
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Custom Bundle: No
- Filtration Method: Carbon/Charcoal
- UPC: 094922528254
- EAN: 94922528254
- Main Colour: Silver
- Type: Portable/Travel Filter
- Non-Domestic Product: No
- MPN: BK4X2-BB
- Number of Filtrations: 2
- Room: Kitchen
- Brand: Berkey