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« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2010, 05:27:39 PM »
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 I was needing some spare MSR water filter parts and some new water bags, and wasn't willing (I'm too cheap) to spend that kind of $ at cascade camping for the spares. Here in australia the extra $ involved in getting some of the stuff is a joke.

After searching countless sites I found these two, for platypus bags, and MSR spares and other camping goodies.


www.waterspecialist.com.au
www.gogogear.com.au

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« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2010, 11:58:27 AM »
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Another option is the Steripen. It's a portable UV light filter, and kills bacteria, protozoa, and viruses (many filters don't remove viruses). It also doesn't leave any weird taste in the water and is relatively fast (a litre a minute or so). However, it does rely on batteries (NiMh AA for the normal or Lithium for the one with the digital display) (I would recommend this over the Miox which also relies on batteries). It is ideal for filtering tap water (it works only with fairly clear water and does come with a pre-filter for clearing out sediment). It's kind of expensive but is tiny, stops the use of wasteful bottled water and will pay for itself in a couple months of solid use (assuming a price of 15 cents a bottle of water or so). 
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« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2010, 06:26:27 PM »
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Kilgore, I'm curious, why would you recommend the Steripen over the Miox?
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« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2010, 07:35:11 PM »
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The Miox requires you to have both batteries AND the rock salt. You run out of the salt, it doesn't work. (Although the Miox is good if you're purifying water for a large group, you can do huge batches at once, whereas the Steripen you can only do a half litre or one litre at once.)
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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2010, 07:36:41 PM »
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Right also no residual taste with UV light filters, whereas there is a bit of a flavour with the Miox.
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« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2010, 10:02:07 AM »
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I use the MSR Miox Purifer and I found that if you don't use too much salt the water won't have any taste at all (it takes a couple tries to figure how much you need, it's easy you just need to use as little as possible and the purifier will tell you if you didn't use enough salt). I don't think that the fact it uses salt is an issue as salt can be found anywhere and it is very cheap, plus the little bag included with the purifer last forever. Also the Miox is lighter and more compact (about half the size) than the Steripen. However Steripen is an excellent product, it is really a matter of prferences, and just so everyone know CycloCamping.com will be carrying some of their models pretty soon.
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« Reply #21 on: August 20, 2011, 07:35:07 AM »
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Collecting rain water that is dripping off of anything is very risky, any of the waste coming from birds, lizards or other critters will contaminate the water, Salmonella as well as other unfriendly microbes are commonly found in water from these sources.
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« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2011, 05:23:11 PM »
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I definitely think that you should take the filter.  If you have read about the effects on the people who drink the water from the Ganges, you will filter every drop that you drink.  Even if it appears that the water is fine, I would make sure to filter it.  The risk is too high that you get sick or have long lasting effects from dirty water.  Even at home, I make sure my refrigerator filter is changed regularly.  Dirty or chemical saturated water is no good for anyone!
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« Reply #23 on: June 06, 2012, 05:08:21 PM »
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Hi!

Wow this is an old response, but have you considered a water filter pitcher or water filter bottles?  I have both of these and they are just amazing. I could not imagine drinking water any other way. I even use the filtered water in cooking, even though boiled water is supposed to get rid of the chemicals in the city water.
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