Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Water Purifiers: Pre-Mac Trekker Review

This afternoon while tool shopping in 'crack converters' ( a chain of pawn shops) I found an unused Pre-Mac Trekker, complete with vintage picture of Ray Mears on the Package
Ray Mears had a period where he looked a lot like BoB

There are lots of rubbish water purifier systems availible, quite a few so-so ones and a couple of really good ones, each with thier own advantages. Here are some thoughts on the best options I've used.

The MSR miniworks is highly regarded, although perhaps a little bulky, and has an amazing flow rate of 1 litre per minute. The miniwoks uses a filtration system down to 0.3 microns which is enough to remove all bacteria, protozoa, etc. Of course, the ceramic filter can do nothing about viruses. They must be killed pre or post use, by either high temperatures, ultraviolet light, or chemicals like iodine and chlorine. Where you believe the water to be virus free [and you're right] the filtration-only design comes into it's own avoiding the taste of iodine or chlorine.

The british army and some NATO forces use the Pre-Mac Trekker which, while is has an annoying flow rate of only 0.4 litres per minute, does have other things going for it. Designed 'to produce safe drinking water from contaminated sources by elimination of pathogenic organisms - bacteria, viruses and cysts' in tests by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine the Trekker achived total elimination of the bacteria Eschedria coli and a reduction of Poliovirus in excess of 99.9%. One clever feature is the use of a resin that has iodine in it, so very small amounts of Iodine are present in the filtered water - leave the water to stand for three minutes and everything's zapped. I like the Trekker a lot, while it pumps slower and has a slight taste of iodine, it packs smaller, and is the best choice for when you absolutely, positively, have to kill every virus in the cup.

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BeMistified said...

I really need to get me something like this. Just the thought of running out of water, and nothing surrounds you but a cute creek that could kill you, even though it is so beautiful. Thank you for the information. =)

Hippo said...

I know the manufacturers always say, 'it depends on how contaminated the water is' but realistically how many litres can the premac filter before a filter change is required and how difficult is that?

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

I've never run one long enough to find out - use is 250 litres - the filter ain't cheap about £30, apparently they sell a little test kit that confirms efficacy.
The smart thing is that as long as you stand the processed water for 3 minutes the iodine takes care of the nastiness.


The Suburban Bushwacker said...


Glad it's a help, Colorado has a reasonably high incidence of Giardia lamblia and rotavirus so it's defiantly worth taking precautions when out and about. One of those small plastic lemons with pasteurised lemon juice in is a good thing to take with you as it goes a long way to countering the taste of the iodine.