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LifeStraw Home Pitchers

Setup, Cleaning & Storage Info

Simple Setup

  1. Remove and rinse filter housing. Wash the pitcher.
  2. Remove filter housing cap and install Activated Carbon + Ion Exchange Filter.
  3. Place housing in pitcher, ensure water spouts align.
  4. Fill with water and discard once filtered.
  5. Ready to use! Enjoy fresh, filtered water.

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Replacing Your LifeStraw Home Activated Carbon and Ion Exchange Filter

Each Activated Carbon and Ion Exchange filter has a lifetime of approximately 40 gallons (150 liters). We recommend changing it every 2 months.

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Replacing your LifeStraw Home Membrane Microfilter

Each Membrane Microfilter has a lifetime of 264 gallons (1,000 liters). We recommend changing it once per year.

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Cleaning & Storage

For storage with daily use, store on counter-top or in refrigerator. For non-use greater than 2 weeks, refer to video for long term storage instructions

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LifeStraw Home Dispenser

Setup, Cleaning & Storage Info

Simple Setup

  1. Unwrap the carbon filter attached to this card. Rinse under cold, running tap water for 1 minute. .
  2. Clean filter housing and dispenser. Remove filter housing and rinse with water only. Hand wash the dispenser body with a mild detergent and rinse.
  3. Rinse Membrane Microfilter.Put the filter housing back into the dispenser, run one batch of water through the filter (membrane micro-filter is pre-installed) and discard water.
  4. Install the Carbon Filter. Remove filter housing, pat dry. Pull down and twist the bottom cap of the filter housing to remove. Install carbon filter into housing cap. Press cap back onto housing.
  5. Final Rinse. Put the filter housing back into the dispenser. Run one batch of water through the filter. Discard water.
  6. Ready to Use! Enjoy fresh, filtered water. Note: Flow rate may be slow for the first few batches as air is displaced from the filters.

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Replacing your filters

Each carbon filter has a lifetime of 150L or approximately 20 months. Each Membrane Microfilter has a lifetime of approximately 1,000L or one year.

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Cleaning

  1. Remove filters from dispenser housing and rinse all components other than filters with soap or detergent.
  2. To clean the membrane microfilter, wash or let sit in a solution with a small amount of bleach (½ tsp with 2C of water). Do NOT wash with soap.
  3. To clean the carbon filter, simply rinse with water.

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Long-Term Storage

  1. Discard remaining water. 
  2. Remove filters from unit and store in a sealed bag.
  3. With next use, clean filters, dispenser body and filter housing per cleaning instructions.
  4. Re-install filters and resume use.

For non-use longer than 2 weeks

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Frequently Asked
Questions

How do I know when it is time to replace my filters or when they have stopped working?

The LifeStraw Activated Carbon and Ion Exchange filter lasts approximately 40 gallons (150 liters). We estimate that it should be replaced every 2 months. This assumes that a household uses approximately 2.5 liters per day or refills the 7-cup filter housing approximately 5 times per day. If you are using the product less, you can adjust your estimate of length of time needed before you must replace the activated carbon and ion exchange filter. Another way to tell if the filter has reached its lifetime capacity is if you can detect that the taste of your water has returned to the original tap taste. This may be more apparent for some people than others. Heavy metals and chemicals rely on prolonged exposure to cause sickness so if your activated carbon and ion exchange filter has a short lapse in timespan, you should not be at immediate risk.

The membrane microfilter lasts 264 gallons (1,000 liters). We estimate that it should be replaced once per year. This filter ends its lifetime when flow rate becomes drastically reduced or completely blocked out of the filter. It will never allow bacteria, parasites or microplastics to filter through it. This is critical as these contaminants can cause immediate sickness unlike most chemicals and heavy metals found in water.

Does your filter measure total dissolved solids? How does it perform against them?

In general, concentration of heavy metals such as Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Chromium, etc. in tap/ground water (excluding sewage, industrial waste water) is only in ppb level (part per billion) and is extremely low compared with concentration of normal minerals such as Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, etc. in the same source of water which is in ppm level (part per million)

Our activated carbon fiber and ion exchange filter is specifically designed to selectively remove heavy metals while keeps healthy minerals in the water through a complex process: physical adsorption resulting from Van der Waals forces and chemical adsorption where chemical bonds are formed to trap heavy metals in the porous and high surface area of the adsorbent material. In theory, this process can reduce TDS in the water but only in µg/L level which cannot be detected by a normal reading when taking into account the deviation of TDS in raw water (e.g city tap water), accuracy/repeatability of TDS meter & measuring operation.

In general, we caution against the use of TDS as a measure of efficacy and you can read more about why on our recent blog post: https://www.lifestraw.com/blogs/news/do-you-know-what-s-in-your-tap-water

What is the capacity of the filter? How long does it take to fill?

It takes approximately 5 to 6 minutes to filter each batch (filling the filter housing to the top). It takes about 3 fills to get to the bottom of the handle (which is the max fill line). The capacity is 7 cups (approximately 1.66 liters).

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