LifeStraw: Personal, portable water filter
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LifeStraw Personal Portable Water Filter

The amazing personal, portable water filter.

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The LifeStraw Go Bottle is a sturdy water bottle with an integrated LifeStraw.
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  • The LifeStraw Go Bottle is a sturdy water bottle with an integrated LifeStraw.
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Designed to remove 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, the slender LifeStraw Portable Water Filter features no moving parts, requires no power supply, and never needs maintenance.

Each LifeStraw can filter up to 264 gallons of water and stows easily in a pocket, glove compartment, or backpack. Originally designed for use during natural disasters, the LifeStraw is also perfect for hiking, camping, or whenever your travels take you to remote areas.

For more convenience, purchase the LifeStraw Go Bottle — a 22-oz refillable water bottle and filter in one!

Each LifeStraw purchase ensures that a child in a developing country is given clean drinking water for a year.

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Features & specs

  • Dimensions (Straw): 9" x 1" diameter
  • Dimensions (Bottle): 9.5" x 3" diameter
  • No moving parts, batteries, or replacement parts
  • Chemical-free
  • Removes 99.9999% of bacteria
  • Eliminates 99.9% of parasites
  • Treats over 250 gallons of water (1000 L)
  • Lightweight (Straw: 2 oz | Bottle: 6.5 oz)
  • Reduces cloudiness of water
  • Bottle holds 22 ounces of water

Filter water quickly, easily, and wherever you are

LifeStraw is an astounding water filtration device. It's small, highly portable, simple to operate, and possibly life-saving.

Keep one with your camping gear, in the glove compartment of your car, and in your pocket anytime you're hiking in a remote area.

Man safely drinking water from a stream with his LifeStraw water filter.
Enjoy clean, filtered water anywhere you find it!

Requires no batteries or replacement parts

Simply immerse the bottom of the LifeStraw into any water source (except seawater) and drink. Water is drawn up and filtered solely by your suction. The LifeStraw requires no external power source, has no moving parts, and requires zero maintenance.

The LifeStraw is made from BPA-free plastic and chemical-free filtration membranes. A single LifeStraw can filter 264 gallons (enough for a person to live for a year) and removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of parasites. 

Features and specifications of the LifeStraw Water Filter.
The LifeStraw is a portable water filter with no moving parts, no batteries, and nothing to replace.

Lightweight, slender design is ideal for camping

Anything can happen in the great outdoors. Should you or a loved one end up in a sticky situation, the LifeStraw could mean the difference between life or death. The LifeStraw weighs a mere 2 ounces and can fit in your pocket. With it and a Swiss Army Knife, you're good to go.

The LifeStraw Portable Water Filter is great for camping.
The LifeStraw weighs only 2 ounces and is a mere nine inches long.

Removes up to 99.9999% of bacteria

The filters inside the LifeStraw remove anything 0.2 microns or larger. This means that 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of parasites are extracted from your drinking water.

Here's a list of a few of the diseases that LifeStraw will prevent: cholera, cryptosporidium, cyclosporiasis, diarrheal disease, dysentery, gastroenteritis, giardiasis, guinea worm, hepatitis E, typhoid fever.

In the United States, one of the most common waterborne illnesses is caused by the legionella bacteria which is also filtered out by the LifeStraw.

Man drinking from a small pond using a LifeStraw Water Filter.
The LifeStraw can filter up to 264 gallons of water before needing to be replaced.

Turns your water crystal clear

Until we met the LifeStraw, us here folks at Vat19 were unfamiliar with the term "turbidity". Now we know that it refers to the cloudiness of a fluid caused by suspended solids (aka funk).

The LifeStraw, in addition to ridding the life-threatening diseases that may be present in natural water sources, also turns cloudy water crystal clear.

LifeStraw reduces turbidity of water.
The LifeStraw remarkably reduces the turbidity of water.

Originally developed as an emergency relief aid

The LifeStraw is a world-changing invention that was initially designed to provide life-sustaining aid during natural disasters. It is also being used in many developing countries where access to sanitary water is limited.

Your purchase of a LifeStraw guarantees that a child in a developing country has access to clean water for an entire school year.

LifeStraw is used with great success in developing countries.
With every purchase of a LifeStraw, the manufacturer donates a unit to a child in need for an entire school year.

New! LifeStraw Portable Water Bottle!

The fine folks at LifeStraw have cleverly integrated an improved two-stage LifeStraw within a sturdy and lightweight water bottle. The hollow fiber membrane used in a stand-alone LifeStraw is paired with an activated carbon capsule for even better filtration. The carbon capsule additionally reduces chlorine, bad odors and tastes, and even potentially harmful organic chemical matter such as pesticides, herbicides, and volatile organic compounds.

To use the bottle, simply dunk it into any natural water source and sip through the mouthpiece. Voila! You've got safe drinking water. Clip it onto a backpack with the included carabiner. Holds 22 ounces of water.

The LifeStraw Go Bottle is a sturdy water bottle with an integrated LifeStraw.
The LifeStraw Bottle incorporates its award-winning purification technology into a refillable water bottle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Does the LifeStraw ever run out?

Answer: The LifeStraw can filter up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water. It has no removable or replaceable parts. After 1,000 liters, simply discard the unit.

Question: Will it work with really nasty water?

Answer: Yes. We've seen (and participated in — see below) video demonstrations where the water looks more like sludge than a liquid. With the LifeStraw, they are able to extract perfectly clean drinking water.

This is an amazing device that may actually be the most curiously awesome product we've ever sold.

Question: How do you clean the filter?

Answer: It is recommended to regularly blow through the LifeStraw after drinking to clean the filter and prevent clogging.

Question: How do I know when I've used the LifeStraw for 1,000 liters?

Answer: The LifeStraw can actually perform for more than 1,000 liters, but that is the recommended lifespan from the manufacturer. Once you can no longer draw water through the straw, it is time to dispose of it.

Question: Will it filter salt water into regular water?

Answer: Nope. Salt is far smaller than the bacteria and viruses that LifeStraw is intended to filter. Remember, the purpose of the LifeStraw is to make natural water sources (such as lakes, rivers, creeks, and ponds) safe to drink.

Question: What's the deal with the LifeStraw GO Bottle?

Answer: It's a sturdy and lightweight (only 6.5 oz) water bottle with a built-in two-stage LifeStraw for extra convenience. It's particularly designed for camping, hiking, and running.

Simply dip the bottle into any nearby water source (river, lake, stream) and drink through the plastic mouthpiece for perfectly clean and perfectly safe drinking water that's been charcoal filtered for improved taste.

At this time, replacement LifeStraws for the LifeStraw Go Bottle are not available.

Question: Can I drink urine, vomit, or other disgusting things with the LifeStraw? Prove it!

Answer: Please check out the videos below!

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