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Water from powered water filter is an easy, tasty treat

Humans need water. But sometimes, the places we go, that water is, well… gross. A prime example of that is Quartzsite. Yuck. There are a number of options for us including buying bottled water, but filtering out the yuck is another option and one that I prefer. 

Recently I got to test out the BKLES portable electric water filtration system and found this is going to stay in my camper. 

This is a portable battery-powered water filtration system that could fit into the cup holder in the vehicle you’re heading out to that hike in. The whole thing is made up of the main pump and an external pre-filter. Included hoses connect the main pump to the external filter and a second hose is there to fill whatever you’re filling, or even yourself. 

All of this can be contained in an included bag that has fittings to attach to a carabiner or to one’s belt. 

Portability

I mentioned that this is portable, and it really is. There are lots of water filtration options for us RVers, but this one is the most portable one I’ve seen that is also convenient. 

Essentially all you do is pull the thing out of the carrying bag, attach the pre-filter to one hose and then push a button on the top. The built-in pump sucks the water out of the source, runs it through the pre-filter and then spits it out the top. As mentioned, there’s a second hose you can fit into the top spigot. 

You can even use this to fill a larger container if that’s your thing. In fact, I used this to fill the Dometic GO Hydration Water Jug using water I sucked out of the Rio Grande. Seriously. 

In some ways, I feel like an aquatic version of George Carlin. A place for my water. I took this little filter and used it to fill a larger container. 

What gets filtered out

Using the built-in five-stage filtration system, BKLES has independently certified that it filters out 99.999% of impurities and harmful substances. 

The pre-filter on the hose is what you submerge into wherever you’re getting your water from. This removes the larger particles. It then goes through four more stages and comes out the top tasting good. 

I was surprised at how well this little thing did. 

Powered

What makes this really convenient is that it’s a powered pump. I know there are manual water filtration systems out there, but this is much more convenient. 

For example, when filling that Dometic GO jug I just put the pre-filter into the river, pushed the little button on the top of this thing and goofed off while it did all the work. So you could have the water you need for drinking or making coffee or something like that without having to really attend to the filtration and retrieval process. 

The company claims the pump will process about ten liters (338 ounces) of water in 20 minutes. The battery is good for about ten days of use providing water for a single individual. Okay. 

If you are out and about, I suggest the Go Power! DuraPack solar battery charger to charge this. This is another really handy off-grid gadget. 

One more thing. This does have an LED light on it, as well. This can be useful when illuminating wherever you’re getting water from. 

My thoughts

I’m not a big fan of bottled water for a number of reasons. I do like this and it’s going to find a home in our new travel trailer. But I also have it for an off-grid camping rig that I’m planning. 

It’s very portable, does a noticeably good job and seems well-made. In fact, the carrying case, hoses and all the pieces feel very well-made. I can charge it with the portable solar panel I have, or just plug it into the car when I’m driving around. 

The funny thing, with all the off-grid gadgets I’ve been looking at and buying, quite frankly, I seem to have caught the attention of the gods of the Internet who have labeled me as a prepper. The end-of-times videos and other things I’m being served in my adverts is a bit sad and also unnerving, quite frankly. 

I had mentioned an off-grid camper and I am putting together a second RV, of sorts, that I can take for short jaunts including into the backcountry away from “it all” (whatever that is). My vision is to have just the right setup so that I can spend a few days away without needing to utilize services when off the grid. 

This water filtration system completes the gear I need for that camper. Now all I need is the camper itself, although it’s not much more than the pickup and camper shell that I have now, but the present rig is only two-wheel-drive. 

But, back to this filter. It’s a really useful device to get water when you’re away from it all but don’t want the water to taste like you’re away from it all. 

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Drew
1 month ago

We use a jumbo canister filter which has always done a great job. You can get filters that will stop anything down to .5 of a micron. We always have great tasting water right from the tap.

chris
1 month ago

What’s wrong with Quartzsite water? Subscription fault… again this week.

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  chris

Sorry you’re having problems, Chris. I’ve sent your two comments regarding “Subscription fault” to our IT folks to see if they can figure out what’s going on. (I know absolutely nothing about that kind of stuff.) Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Diane McGovern

thanks. No one but me is having that problem?

Last edited 1 month ago by chris
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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  chris

Hi, Chris. Sorry for the delay in responding. I heard back from Kim, our IT dude, and he said the issue you were having was regarding the comments (which I didn’t know). He said there had been a couple of comments about it but I think those were both yours. And I apologize that your comments from last week didn’t register in my brain, because I didn’t know what you were referring to. So, I’m not sure what the problem could be. Gremlins? Hopefully it will clear up. But at least some of your comments are coming through. Let us know if it continues and we’ll check into it further. But if it’s only happening to you, there’s probably not much we can do about it. Sorry. Take care. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Diane McGovern

No, my issue isn’t related to specific comments, it’s when I try to “subscribe” to the thread to get email notifications of new comments. If you wouldn’t mind, scroll up to the ‘Subscribe’ pulldown and see if it works.

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  chris

Hi, Chris. Just found your comment. Was catching up on the almost 300 comments that have come in so far today. The list of comments I see doesn’t have the same options as what our readers/commenters see. So I’m writing this reply in the post, rather than our master list of comments for everything. I never knew there was a “Subscribe” pulldown, since I don’t use the public version for commenting. I see that box from here, though. You get your choice to be notified of “new follow-up comments” or “new replies to my comments.” Then click the blue arrow to the right of your choice.

But I also see under the box where I’m typing a bell with a line through it, next to the Post Comment button. If I hover my cursor over it, it says, “Notify of new replies to this comment.” If I click on that bell it takes the line out, i.e., turns that option on.

So maybe you have to tell it which you want to be notified of, when you select from the “Subscribe” pull down, and then have to turn it on with the “bell” under each comment?

I didn’t get any notification of “Subscription fault” so I have no idea what’s triggering that. Sorry. But thank you for your patience while I’m trying to figure out this system. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

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chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Diane McGovern

It defaults to ‘new comments’, no selection necessary, just your email addy and check the box allowing you to use it, then click the ‘right’ arrow. It’s always worked until last weekend. If you haven’t been flooded with complaints about it perhaps nobody but me uses it !! 🙂

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  chris

Sorry, Chris. Maybe you can Unsubscribe and then Subscribe again? Do you see the little (really tiny) “up” and “down” arrows on the right side of the subscription box? Can you tell I’m just guessing at all of this stuff as I go along, since I never use it? 😆 –Diane at RVtravel.com

chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Diane McGovern

I don’t think we’re seeing the same things. There is no Unsubscribe, and no tiny up and down arrows. Can you access this as a regular user?

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  chris

I just did and took a screenshot to email to you. Is your email as you have it listed in your comments? What I see is 6 letters of your last name and then c, but I don’t want to spell it out here. Or you can email me at diane(at)rvtravel.com and then I’ll have your address to communicate and send you a screenshot of what I see. Thanks, Chris. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

xctraveler
1 month ago
Reply to  Diane McGovern

FYI I just tried to subscribe to these comments and received the “subscription fault” notice using both options under those almost invisible arrows.

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  xctraveler

Sorry you’re having that issue as well, xctraveler. I’ve just sent your comment to our IT folks in the hopes they can figure out what’s going on. (Chris and I exchanged many emails yesterday trying to figure it out, but had no luck – probably because I’m not techy at all.) Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  xctraveler

Chris and xctraveler, I just heard from Jessica, one of our IT folks, who said that the comment subscription feature is down right now, but we are aware of the issue (thanks to you two reporting it) and working to resolve it. So, you’re still able to comment, but just not subscribe with your preference regarding receiving follow-up comments. Sorry. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Diane McGovern

thanks!

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  chris

You’re welcome, Chris. Take care. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Bob p
1 month ago

Will this remove the sulfur taste in most of the FL water systems?

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