Yes, both the LifeStraw Go 2-stage and the LifeStraw Universal use the same filter and our 2-stage replacement filters can be used with either product. Both filters have a lifespan of 4000L or 1000 gallons. The claim of 1000L or 264 gallons for the LifeStraw Go 2-stage is from when we stated the minimum tolerance level of our testing rather than the actual lifespan that was achieved during both internal and external lab testing. You can be confident that either product will live up to our updated claim of 4000L or 1000 gallons.
Our original claims for LifeStraw and LifeStraw Go showed a 1000L or 264 gallon lifespan. However, we are happy to report that after extensive testing in both our accredited internal lab and certified external labs, our filters do achieve a 4000L or 1000 gallon lifespan! We tested older products as well, so you can be sure that the LifeStraws you bought a couple of years ago, carry this same longevity. We are working to update all of our messaging to accurately communicate the correct life of our products.
If your LifeStraw has been used, and is then exposed to freezing temperatures, water inside can freeze and crack the filter. You may not see these cracks, so we recommend never letting it freeze once it’s been used. When camping at high elevations or freezing temperatures, be extra careful not to let it freeze.
Yes it is BPA free and completely safe to drink through.
If you find there is a “new-plastic” taste when you first use your LifeStraw Go, we recommend holding it under the tap and running water through it, or sucking some water up and then spitting it out. The taste should go away after the first couple of uses. There are no chemicals in LifeStraw filters, and the hollow fiber membrane technology does not impart any taste into the water.
No. The heat of the dishwasher could warp the casing and possibly damage the filter. To clean, simply rinse with water, and leave uncapped to dry.
LifeStraw cannot remove salt and cannot be used on sea water, ocean water or brackish water.
The LifeStraw Go is designed for hikers, campers, travellers and other outdoor enthusiasts. It will filter out 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa. Chemicals, salt water, heavy metals and viruses will not be removed. If you are looking for a high capacity filter to remove viruses, the LifeStraw Mission and LifeStraw Family 1.0 remove 99.999% of viruses.
After every use, remove the top of the bottle and back-flush your LifeStraw Go by blowing a breath of air back into the mouthpiece to purge all remaining water trapped within the filter. If you have access to clean water, suck some into the filter and back-flush it again. Leave the cap of the LifeStraw Go open until the product fully dries before storage.
When you use your LifeStraw Go for the first time, or when the filter is completely dry (after storing, for example), it takes a little longer to prime the filter. After filling the bottle at least half full, we recommend letting the filter sit in the water for 30 seconds before using. This will help get the membranes moist and make it easier to pull water through.