HydroBlu Versa Flow Water Filter

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  • 0.1 micron filtration
  • Removes 99.9999% E. coli, Giardia & Crypto
  • High flow rate
  • Lightweight < 2 oz (56 g)
  • Use with plastic bottles, bladders, inline, or like a straw
  • Easy to clean

 

Versa Flow is a versatile compact water filter with a high flow rate. It can be used on most plastic bottles and bladders, inline with your hydration pack, in a gravity system, or as a straw. No pumping required.

The dual-threaded design has a female 28 mm thread on each end to screw directly on plastic water bottles and bladders (except Smartwater & LIFEWTR). You can build a gravity filter system by simply attaching a bottle or bladder on each side. No additional coupling accessories needed. A hose fitting on each end allows you to attach the filter inline on your hydration pack without adding any adapters. Or you can use the fitting as a straw to drink straight from a source. Silicone caps cover the fittings to prevent trapped water from leaking out in your pack.

 

Use on

  • Plastic water/soda bottles, 28 mm
  • Water bladders, 28 mm
  • Gravity filter systems
  • Inline on hydration packs
  • Direct from the source, drink as a straw 

 

Versa Flow has an array of hollow fiber tubes with thousands of tiny 0.1 micron holes in the side wall that block 99.9999% of harmful bacteria, Giardia, E. coli, protozoan cysts, Cryptosporidium and more. All these organisms are too large to fit through the tiny holes. Water is drawn through the side walls of the tubes and down the center of the hollow core while harmful bacteria and protozoa stay trapped on the outside walls of the tube. In a Versa Flow filter the tubes are looped to substantially increase the surface area and ultimately the flow rate of the filter.

Other manufacturers filter water down the core and out through the side walls of the hollow fiber tubes, but this restricts water flow because only so much water can fit through the core opening. If the tube cores become clogged from sediment, flow rate diminishes dramatically.

Versa Flow allows you to easily backflush the filter to clean out particulate, increasing the lifespan of the filter. Simply screw the output end on a plastic bottle or bladder containing clean, filtered water and squeeze to push water backwards through the filter. No extra coupler or syringe needed. And a unique clear inspection window on the side even lets you see when it’s dirty and needs to be backflushed.

Every filter is built to exacting specs and exceeds EPA standards for filtration. 

 

Specifications

Filtration Pore Size: 0.1 micron

Removes

     99.9999% of all bacteria - including E. coli, salmonella, and cholera

     99.9999% of all protozoa - including Giardia and Cryptosporidium

     Will not remove viruses or chemicals. Viruses are, generally, not found in North American water or in municipal water supplies around the world

Flow Rate: 1 gal (3.8 L) per 5 min

Filter Life: up to 100,000 gal (378,500 L)

Operating Temperature: 35-105° F (2-40° C), do not allow filter to freeze

Material

     Filter: Ultra filtration hollow fiber, medical grade

     Housing: ABS

     Caps: Silicone

Dimensions (Dia x L): ø1.52 x 5.32 in. (ø38.6 x 135 mm)

Weight

     Dry: 1.91 oz (54.2 g)

     Wet: approx. 2.5 oz (71 g) after shaking out water

Threads: 28 mm

Hose Fitting (Dia x L): ø0.26 x 0.55 in. (ø6.6 x 14 mm), for ¼ in. tubing

 

 

FAQ

Will this work on standard plastic bottles, like Smartwater, LIFEWTR, Aquafina, and Desani?

Make sure the filter is tightened well on the bottle.

 

Smartwater – No, it leaks

LIFEWTR – No, it leaks

Aquafina – Yes

Desani – Yes

 

Will this work on water bladders, like Platypus, Evernew, CNOC, and Sawyer?

Make sure the filter is tightened well on the bladder.

 

Platypus – Yes

Evernew – Yes

CNOC – Yes

Sawyer – Yes

 

Will this work with hydration bladders, like CamelBak?

It fits inline with your hydration bladder or you can use it on the end in place of the mouthpiece.

 

What size tubing will attach to this filter?

¼ in. tubing.

 

Can I filter cloudy, muddy, silty, glacial stream, or tea-colored water?

Filter the cleanest, clearest water available. Cloudy, muddy, silty, glacial stream, and tea-colored water will clog the filter faster.

 

Can I filter sea water or chemical-contaminated water?

The filter does not make potable water from sea water or chemical-contaminated water. It does not remove chemicals, pesticides, radioactive materials, or particles smaller than 0.1 microns. Do not filter water from mine tailing ponds or near agricultural operations as they may contain chemicals.

 

How often should I backflush the filter?

It is recommended to backflush the filter every 10 L to prevent build up and maintain a high flow rate.

 

When should the filter be replaced?

Replace the filter when the flow rate drops to less than 0.1 L/min and backflushing no longer increases the flow rate.

 

What happens if the filter freezes?

Water expands as it freezes, so any residual water left in the filter will damage the hollow fiber tubes when frozen. Do not use the filter if water has frozen inside the filter. To prevent freezing in the backcountry, shake as much water out as possible, close the caps, and keep the filter near your body and sleep with the filter.

 

Can I disinfect the filter in a dishwasher or microwave?

Never use a dishwasher or microwave to disinfect the filter because the high heat will damage or melt the filter medium.

 

Should I clean out and sterilize the filter before storing?

Clean and sterilize the filter before or after long-term storage to ensure fresh tasting water. To clean out build up, use vinegar. For a more heavy-duty cleaning and sterilization, use bleach.

Vinegar – Place the filter in a bowl/container. Pour undiluted white vinegar into the bowl/container until the filter is totally covered. Wait 30 minutes. Backflush the filter with 1 L of clean, hot water (you should still be able to put your hand in it).

Bleach – Mix a cap full of household bleach, free of dyes or perfumes, with 1 L of water. Backflush the filter with the bleach water. Then backflush the filter with 1 L of clean, hot water (you should still be able to put your hand in it).

Keeping the caps open and mounting it vertical with the flow direction pointing down, let the filter air dry at room temperature. Once fully dry inside, close both caps and store in a cool, dry location.

 

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  • Read, understand, and follow all instructions and cautions before using filter. Improper use increases risk of exposure to harmful microorganisms and increases risk of gastrointestinal illness.
  • DO NOT use to filter sea water or chemical-contaminated water. Filter does not remove chemicals, pesticides, radioactive materials, or particles smaller than 0.1 microns. Do NOT filter water from mine tailing ponds or near agricultural operations as they may contain chemicals.
  • Discard the first few ounces of water on first use.
  • Keep inlet end away from filtered water to prevent cross contamination.
  • DO NOT allow water to freeze inside filter. DO NOT use filter if water has frozen inside the filter.
  • DO NOT use a dishwasher or microwave to disinfect filter. High heat will damage or melt filter medium.
  • DO NOT drop filter. Dropping may damage filtration medium and render it unusable.
  • DO NOT allow use by children without adult supervision.

In no event shall Litesmith, LLC be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, or special consequential damages, to property or life, whatsoever arising out of or connected with the use or misuse of its products.