Day: December 25, 2016

Big Berkey w 2 Black Berkey Water Softener Reviews

Big Berkey w/ 2 Black Berkey

  • 2.25 Gallon holding Volume
  • Height = 19.25″ ; Diameter = 8.5″
  • Purifies 3.5 Gallons / Hour
  • High Grade 304 Stainless Steel
  • 2 Black Berkeys good for 6000 Gallons

The versatile Big Berkey system is the ideal system for use at home with small or medium sized families, travel, outdoor activities or during unexpected emergencies.

This powerful system purifies both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.

The Big Berkey system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury.

This system is so powerful it can remove food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.

Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel, the system comes complete with two purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances.

This system has a storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters) and when in use it stands 19.25″ in height with a diameter of 8.5″. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13″ in height.

Configured with two Black Berkey purification elements the system will purify up to 3 1/2 Gallons (13.3 liters) per hour.

List Price: $ 275.00Price: $ 249.99

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This review is from: Big Berkey w/ 2 Black Berkey

I L O V E T H I S W A T E R F I L T E R . . . ! Gravity makes it work (no electrical cost and works during power outages), two black Berkey filters lasts a year if you purify 3 gallons a day. CHEAP! I have two PF-2 filters added to mine to filter out the fluoride added to our city tap water (and any arsenic).

I have a sense of peace and satisfaction I have never gotten from another product other than maybe my first car. (I have mostly retired my car do the cost.)

Buy one of these babies SOON because there is and is no doubt going to be a run on good water filters. You’ll be glad you did. (And NO I don’t sell them nor do I know anyone who does — though I sure would like to sell them).

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I decided against distillation, since there are many cons with that process: it produces acidic water (I used to buy distilled water from the store until I started noticing my gums were getting itchy from it), and recaptures chemicals with lower boiling points than water.

This was unacceptable to me since California’s municipal water sources are heavily chlorinated. It’s so nasty, you can smell the chlorine coming out of the taps. I can’t stand the taste or smell of it. I decided against reverse osmosis because of its costs and the amount of waste water it produces.

After much research, I settled on a gravity based microfilter, and Big Berkey came with lots of recommendations.

So far, after nearly filtering 200 gallons, the Big Berkey is pulling all free chlorine out of the water. Here is a pic that demonstrates:

The water on the right is tap water mixed with a chlorine/bromine indicator solution. The color indicates that the tap water in Monterey, CA has more chlorine than a healthy swimming pool. YUCK! The water on the right is from the Big Berkey. The indicator solution shows there is no detectable chlorine! SWEET!

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Not to be a buzz kill, but I spend DAYS researching these berkey filters. I even tracked down a gentleman who claimed to be one of the heads of the Toxicology Department, Dr. Portier, at LSU. He said that LSU did infact do ONE water sample on the Black Berkey over 8 YEARS ago and that neither he or LSU endorses their product.

He also said that while the test did take place, that not Himself or LSU authorized a document to be placed on the internet. He said the reason that he was so quick to call me back is because he has had nearly 20 different inquires in the past 8 years asking about this “so called” lab analysis document that Berkey puts on their website.

He also went on to say, that SOMEONE had to of manufactured the “LSU document” because he did not provide ANYONE with that document.

So, even if LSU did do a sample, and if everything went alright, then why did New Millennium Concepts have to manufacture a LSU lab analysis report?Then I got to thinking, if New Millennium Concept (the company the main distributor for Black Berkey filters) is soooooooooooo confident in their product, then

Why don’t they have any Quality Assurance procedures put into place?

Why don’t they have their filters annually tested?

Why don’t they get an NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) certification.

Why don’t they have a Micron Rating for their filter…Nominal or Absolute?

Lets be fair here, if you are skeptical about Truesdale lab not getting their filters checked out in 15 years…. is there really a difference in the 10 Years that Berkey Filters have waited?Bottom line is that the Berkey filters make some pretty awesome claims, but do very little to PROVE this to their consumers.

As for Spectrum labs and the University of Arizona… I have yet to hear back from them.This review is not meant to be negative in any way, it is solely to spread information and get to the bottom of this. When I called New Millennium Concepts, Valerie answered the phone was was extremely pleasant with me.

She spent 30 minutes explaining to me how long they have been in business and that the filters were made in the USA and that they were quality and have had ZERO issues with them. Again, that is all fine and well, but where is the proof? You can’t simply say that no one has gotten sick so that is why we know our filters work…

I mean I have been drinking tap water for 30 years now and I am not SICK. That being said, everyone knows how BAD tap water is for you over a cumulative time!From what I can tell for sure, the best part about the filter is that the water collects in a 304 polished stainless steel basin which is far superior to plastic! For this reason alone this filter might be worth buying?

If you want more info on how to contact New Millennium Concepts, or University of Arizona, or LSU toxicology department….feel free to contact me at […]. If we put enough pressure on Berkey, they may spend the extra money to bring peace of mind to its consumers, that is if they past the lab tests?!?

After being contacted by some concerned people regarding my review on the Berkey Filter Elements I have decided to include the following statements. More will be to follow as I get the information. The following information was sent to me via T.ross. I am including T. ross entire reply.

Everything in lower case is from T. ross post and everyting in BOLD is my response to the post. I am not sure if T.Ross contacted the manufacturer or some distributor, but it appears that T. ross, like myself, are still are not getting straight forward answers.

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As a Berkey owner I was concerned when I read this so I forwarded it to them asking for an explanation and this is the response. Also I have found similar reviews made towards other water filters so I am seeing a trend here.

There are several versions of this posting/e-mail of which we are aware and all contain a number of erroneous statements. For More Info. Visit Best Water Softener Guide

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