This listing is for the Big Berkey System (included 2 black Purifiers) and 2x PF-2 Fluoride Filters. If you require further info regarding this listing, contact 0333 322 0902. Want to know how much water is left in your Berkey system without having to open the lid every time? Then check our other listings for the "Sight Glass Spigot". 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. Compatible with the Berkey PF-2 Fluoride Filters. Available with two Black Berkey Purification Elements. 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.
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.
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. This was a simple idea that left very little to go wrong.
150 years ago this water filtering process was an effective way of producing drinking water. 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. Dont just take our word for it: Do your own research and find out why Berkey water filters are the ultimate in water filtration.
Even though our portable water filter systems are smaller in size, they all contain the same Black Berkey filter element delivering the same clean water you expect with our larger models. Our travel sizes make it convenient to use our dependable filtration systems in small RV campers, summer cabins, or anywhere storage space may be limited.
Use one of the 2 methods below. Take the number of Black Berkey. Filtering elements in your system and multiply it by 3,000.
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. We are on well water. Do we need to add the PF-2 filter elements? The Berkey fluoride reduction filters. 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.
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. Simply remove the elements from your system, and clean the Black Berkey element by scrubbing the exterior of each element under running water with a green scrub pad 3M or ScotchBrite brand, etc.
Its simple to do and takes less than a minute per element. Many news stations have reported that pharmaceuticals have been found in the water of many cities in the U.
Do the Black Berkey elements remove drugs from the water? There are simply too many varieties of pharmaceuticals that could end up in drinking water. "Too many" means that it is impossible for Berkey to test for them all. However, we do know from testing, that the purification process used by the Black Berkey filters remove more pollutants than any other system available on the market today. I just started using my Berkey purifier system but it is hardly filtering any water at all. Typically the problem you are experiencing is due to high water tension, which prevents the air from purging from the micro pores of the new filtering 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. If not, make sure the wing nuts on the filters are securely tightened then re-run the test. If you have the PF-2 fluoride filters installed, remove them prior to performing the red dye test. NOTE: Red food colouring works well in USA as it contains artificial ingredients where as some other food dyes do not.
However the red food colouring available in the USA is actually banned for sale in the EU due to the artificial ingredients. So you will need to use a specific red food colouring dye. 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.
Do the PF-2 elements replace the Black Berkey elements? The Black Berkey filter elements and the Berkey fluoride reduction elements. Are used together at the same time.
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? All Berkey models are easy to disassemble and clean.
The lower chamber should be cleaned by hand in dishwater once a month. The Black Berkey elements may need to be cleaned typically after 6-12 months of use.
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.
Fluoride: Sodium Fluoride, Sodium Fluorosilicate, Fluorosilicic Acid (aka Hydrofluorosilic Acid). Arsenic: V and pre-oxidized Arsenic III. Other residual heavy metal ions. Made from safe, non-leaching Polypropolene #5 that is BPA-free. PF-2 Fluoride and Arsenic reduction Filters are designed to be used in conjunction with the Black Berkey Purification Elements only. Attach to the bottom of the Black Berkey Elements and sit in the lower chamber of the Berkey unit. Number of PF-2s in the bottom chamber must match the number of Black Berkey Purification Elements in the top chamber; for example, 4 Black Berkey Purification elements would require 4 PF-2 Filters. Set of 2 PF-2 Filters need replacement after 1000 gallons of use. Berkey Fluoride Filter (Set of 2). The Berkey water filter fluoride reduction elements work by adding the ability to remove the contaminants listed below. When threaded directly onto the Black Berkey® purification elements the fluoride reduction element is an effective way to take control of targeted harmful contaminants in your drinking water. These fluoride water filters work as a post filter to the Black Berkey and is compatible with all Berkey water filter systems. Effectively reduces the following water contaminants.
Pre-oxidized Arsenic III and Arsenic V. Filtering Fluoride From Your Drinking Water Controversy.
The Berkey fluoride water filter uses a time tested method that was developed to reduce fluoride in your drinking water. Berkey developed this filter to address the concerns of the many who find the practice of adding fluoride to drinking water questionable or unacceptable.
Fluoride has been deliberately added to many municipal water supplies since the 1950's. This common practice is now becoming more controversial to say the least. New reports and studies about the harmful effects of adding fluoride to drinking water are emerging. The health and hygiene benefits of applying fluoride directly to the surface of teeth are a well known and seldom disputed.
The dispute begins with fluoride that has been added to drinking water only comes in contact with the teeth for a very short amount of time and in a very diluted form. After this contact the fluoride is than swallowed and the human body is subject to the well known ill effects of the fluoride compound for hours after ingestion. Critics claim that in this age of high fluoride tooth pastes that are correctly applied directly to the surface of the tooth, the benefits of fluoride in the water supply are negligible and quite possibly unnecessary. Berkey fluoride water filter allows you to make this decision about your health for yourself by reducing the amount of fluoride in your water by 95%. REPLACEMENT: It is recommended that each set of two Berkey PF-2 fluoride water filters should be replaced after 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters).
Example: If you had a Big Berkey system (2 gallon capacity) and you refilled the system 2 times per day, you would be using 4 gallons of water per day. Under these conditions the PF-2 fluoride water filter elements would last 250 days 1000 gal. Divided by 4 = 250 or a little over 8 months. Actual replacement period for the PF-2 fluoride filter is dependent on how much water you would use and the presence of other competing contaminants in the source water. High levels of arsenic, fluoride and certain heavy metals may negatively affect the efficiency and capacity of the PF-2 elements.
REMEMBER: Turn for a total of 8 revolutions, no more as it will damage the filters. If this is the case we will inform you and invoice the difference.
- Non-Domestic Product: No
- Model: Big Berkey
- Modified Item: No
- Colour: Silver
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Custom Bundle: Yes
- Filtration Method: Carbon/Charcoal
- Type: Water Filter
- MPN: BK4X2-BB
- Number of Filtrations: 2
- Room: Kitchen
- Brand: Berkey
- Bundle Description: Big Berkey with PF-2 fluoride filter