This is where you’ll find all the information you need to decide on which brand of portable water filter suits your needs best, based on price, durability, effectiveness and other features. Whether you prefer camping outdoors, preparing for emergency situations or might encounter natural disasters, find the right water purification tool for your personal protection.

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Why a Website on Portable Water Filters?

I started this website because I’ve traveled overseas a lot and know what it’s like to be sick and feeling like crap while trying to enjoy a holiday or when working in foreign countries. And believe me, you never want to catch the Giardia bug. I dropped over 20 pounds in two months trekking in Asia before reaching home to get proper medical care.

You don’t have to travel overseas to be exposed to contaminated water sources. Even the crystal clear mountain streams of the backcountry can be tainted with intestinal parasites. And how do you protect your family when a hurricane or tornado knocks out the power supply and your access to safe, treated water for days or weeks ?

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If you’re searching for a lightweight, quick way to purify water, the SteriPEN Adventurer Opti may be just what you’re looking for. Released in 2011, the Adventurer Opti is the latest in a range of SteriPEN products. This new model has ironed-out a few of minor defects and made some improvements on previous models.

The Adventurer Opti uses what the company refers to as a ‘revolutionary optical eye to sense the water’. This technology utilizes a UV light to kill viruses, bacteria and protozoa that purifies the water in only 90 seconds per liter of water.


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Manufactured in the UK, the LifeSaver 4000 Bottle is a relative newcomer to the portable water-filtering market. Described as the world’s first water bottle to remove all cysts, parasites, bacteria, fungi and other aquatic pathogens without chemicals, UV light or power; this water bottle has set the standard high. 

The patented technology enables water to be filtered down to 15 nanometres; the world’s smallest known virus (Polio) is 25 nanometres. That’s incredible and blows away the competition on what it can filter out!

This high-tech design sounds impressive, so let’s drill-down on some of the specific advantages and disadvantages of this product. The real value of any water microfilter is how it meets your overall requirements in the field, not just getting all the bugs out.

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Swiss-made Katadyn water filters are highly regarded amongst outdoor enthusiasts. As part of the impressive Endurance Series, the Katadyn Combi model is considered as one of the most versatile and durable water filtering systems available.

If you’re looking for a water filter that you can use in a range of environments, this model is well worth your consideration.

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If you need a reliable hiking companion for general camping and backpacking excursions, then the lightweight Katadyn Hiker Pro water filter is a solid choice.

Remember that Katadyn’s popular pocket microfilter is in the Endurance Series. It’s more suitable for rugged adventure, remote work locations and in places where the water is nasty. It’s also pricey, but it lasts a lifetime.

The Hiker Pro is the standard in the Backcountry Series, which offers a more reasonable price so anyone can get safe drinking water at an affordable price. It works best for 2-3 hikers over supplying the water load for everyone in the base camp. Plus, there are other advantages like cheaper replacement filters and less cleaning.

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The Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter is one tough and efficient outdoor product. Made to last, it is designed by a Swiss company (think Army knife and fancy watches) and built to withstand years of use to provide clean water in the most remote places or difficult situations.

Purchasing a high quality pocket water filter is not cheap, so this review will cover what makes the Katadyn Pocket a top-of-the-line product, some specific insights from actual users and even a few negative comments to ensure that your money is well spent.

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