This water bottle cost me $150 USD. I’ve had it since the fall of 2009. Since then it’s saved me 3 to 4 times it’s initial cost, because I never, ever buy bottled water anymore.
Whether I’m at home, or backpacking, or camping on an island … I always have sterile, safe, great tasting water (because I buy the easily replaceable carbon filters and pop one in every ~4 months, which cost about $7 a pop).
It works without fail. No matter how “ok”, or how dangerous the water is, I pour it into the bottle, pump it out, and presto — awesome water. You can even pee in it up to three times in a row, although I haven’t gotten past two yet.
Anyway, this thing really does save a crap ton of cash. It’s a little bulky, but it’s the single best investment I’ve ever made for traveling, because it saves me hundreds of dollars a year. Really, I watched my camera guys spend over $4 dollars a day on bottled water in London this past May/June. I was there for almost 6 weeks. Had I spent that much on water every day, on this one trip alone, I would have spent over … you guessed it, $150. The price of a brand new Life Saver Bottle.
They also have a larger 6,000 L model, but I don’t think I will even break 4,000 L within the first 2 years, at which point you have to replace the main filter anyway (regardless of whether or not you’ve used the full capacity of the primary filter).
You can also view a video here (link) from the creator demonstrating and discussing the bottle, and how it filters out damn near everything — even polio.
— Anthony Dream Johnson
ps — if there’s ever a viral zombie outbreak, I am totally set. =D