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alan de enfield

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Re: Anyone use a Sawyer Mini Water Filter ?
« Reply #30 on: 18:37:18, 02/06/18 »

I have used it 'at home' but not out in the 'field'.
Its simple to use and appears to do a good job (slightly cloudy pond water to clear potable water), not the fastest thing in the world but does the job and in my tests left no noticeable 'taste'.
Drop the end in the pond and the pre-filter takes out the 'big stuff', a few pumps and clear water starts to come out.
When the ceramic filter gets clogged you give it a rub over with the supplied emery paper and its good-to-go again. I have not used it enough to need to clean it.
It just sits in the 'spares' cupboard with various tents, sleeping bags, stoves etc.




You may have gathered I have a 'thing' about taste in the water, it doesn't matter if it is a 'plastic' taste, a 'chemically' taste or an 'earthy' taste. I just cannot abide any of them.

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Re: Anyone use a Sawyer Mini Water Filter ?
« Reply #32 on: 01:14:55, 10/06/18 »
Here is a couple of videos of the 'Soldier Filter' in use.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mdSEV0O_4s&feature=youtu.be


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1fXS9iyGqk


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYg9tRm0Wvw


I was so impressed with the video reviews I have seen for the "Soldier Filter" (sometimes called the "Paratrooper filter" in the US), that I decided to return my unused MSR Trailshot and get my money back.  I have now ordered a Soldier filter, for under 18 with free postage, direct from China.  There are two versions available...One comes with a draw cord carry pouch printed with a digital woodland Camo pattern and the other comes with a hard carry case, very much like the one you carry a pair of glasses in, but slightly bigger...I went for the drawcord pouch as it should be slightly lighter.  A couple of things I picked from the review videos:  1) The O-ring on the filter's plunger is lubricated in the factory with some form of grease. This grease has a "chemically" taste to it which is passed to the first couple of litres or so of water that is pumped with it, so you need to either discard the first 2-3 litres of water you filter with it, or before use, take out the plunger and wipe the grease off it...Water itself is a lubricant so it's probably not essential to lubricate the O-ring, but if it is, then I would use a very light coating of cooking oil rather than grease, as it is edible and doesn't have much taste to so it won't taint the taste of the water so much.  One reviewer mentioned using "plumbers grease" to lubricate the O-ring...I am assuming this is some sort of non-toxic grease that has very little taste to it, but to be honest I really don't know.
2) Under pressure the angled outlet pipe fitting on the top of the filter body can pop off.  The easy solution is to keep it pressed down with the thumb of the hand you are holding the filter body with, while you pump with the other hand.
3) Replacement ceramic filters are available for under 13.
4) One reviewer complained that he thought the outlet tube was too short...Both the inlet and outlet tubing can be swapped for longer tubing if you wish.

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Re: Anyone use a Sawyer Mini Water Filter ?
« Reply #33 on: 08:09:53, 10/06/18 »

I was so impressed with the video reviews I have seen for the "Soldier Filter" (sometimes called the "Paratrooper filter" in the US), that I decided to return my unused MSR Trailshot and get my money back.  I have now ordered a Soldier filter, for under 18 with free postage, direct from China.  There are two versions available...One comes with a draw cord carry pouch printed with a digital woodland Camo pattern and the other comes with a hard carry case, very much like the one you carry a pair of glasses in, but slightly bigger...I went for the drawcord pouch as it should be slightly lighter.  A couple of things I picked from the review videos:  1) The O-ring on the filter's plunger is lubricated in the factory with some form of grease. This grease has a "chemically" taste to it which is passed to the first couple of litres or so of water that is pumped with it, so you need to either discard the first 2-3 litres of water you filter with it, or before use, take out the plunger and wipe the grease off it...Water itself is a lubricant so it's probably not essential to lubricate the O-ring, but if it is, then I would use a very light coating of cooking oil rather than grease, as it is edible and doesn't have much taste to so it won't taint the taste of the water so much.  One reviewer mentioned using "plumbers grease" to lubricate the O-ring...I am assuming this is some sort of non-toxic grease that has very little taste to it, but to be honest I really don't know.
2) Under pressure the angled outlet pipe fitting on the top of the filter body can pop off.  The easy solution is to keep it pressed down with the thumb of the hand you are holding the filter body with, while you pump with the other hand.
3) Replacement ceramic filters are available for under 13.
4) One reviewer complained that he thought the outlet tube was too short...Both the inlet and outlet tubing can be swapped for longer tubing if you wish.



I'd be interested in your thoughts on it - particularly as a comparison to other types that you have used.
I have only used the Sawyer Mini and the 'soldier' and to be honest, apart from different methods of getting the water into them, there is not much difference in the result.
Both appear to have the same specification for filter size (1 micron)


I have the 'hard case' version of the 'Soldier', it is handy to keep the cleaning sand-paper, a couple of condoms (you never know when you might need one !!!), and a small plastic bag to keep the 'dirty' pick up pipe in to avoid cross contamination.

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Re: Anyone use a Sawyer Mini Water Filter ?
« Reply #34 on: 12:16:54, 10/06/18 »

I'd be interested in your thoughts on it - particularly as a comparison to other types that you have used.
I have only used the Sawyer Mini and the 'soldier' and to be honest, apart from different methods of getting the water into them, there is not much difference in the result.
Both appear to have the same specification for filter size (1 micron)


I have the 'hard case' version of the 'Soldier', it is handy to keep the cleaning sand-paper, a couple of condoms (you never know when you might need one !!!), and a small plastic bag to keep the 'dirty' pick up pipe in to avoid cross contamination.


Good idea...One youtube reviewer showed dirty water can stay in the pick up pipe after use and the only way to get rid of it is to pull off the pipe to release the slight vacuum that is holding the water in it...With certain types of tubing this would gradually stretch the end of the tube where it pushes onto the filter so it no longer seals up, but I am guessing the Soldier filter uses flexible silicone tubing?  If so, it should keep its shape for longer . 

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Re: Anyone use a Sawyer Mini Water Filter ?
« Reply #35 on: 14:01:57, 13/06/18 »
I've got mine fitted inline on my bladder bigger mouth opening and larger capacity means less filling. When I make camp I can hang the bladder and use it as a gravity filter