Trail Blazer Ultra Light Filter 5.0L/m 6.5″ Length
Likely Users: Emergency preparedness, Missionary workers and do-it-yourself clients
Two 2 gallon buckets and a spigot make an ideal drip system and a 5 gallon pail with a gamma lid will store and hold all the parts together for an emergency. User drills 1/2″ hole in the bottom of a pail and inserts RapidPure Trail Blazer filter.
- The filter is extremely light in weight and comes in three different sizes: 1.4L, 2.5” (1.9oz.), 3.6L, 4.5” (2.1oz.), 5.0L, 6.5” (2.5oz.).
- The filter has a 1/2″ long threaded shaft with a hose barb connection point.
- Filter includes 2 sealing washers and a wing nut so it can be installed in a pail or a water bag.
RapidPure Trail Blazer filter elements can be used as a replacement for any stainless steel can or bucket and even a bag based gravity drip water system. The 6.5” filter can even filter a larger container of up to 10 gallons of water in less than an hour giving you clean flesh water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, washing, hygiene and any other purpose clean pure water is needed for daily use.
RapidPure filter elements are light in weight, can withstand rougher handling, very easy to pack and carry unlike heavier ceramic filters that bump, crack, and break. The Trail Blazer element could also be used as a straw to drink from a murky water source and the life expectancy of the filter is greater.
ASSEMBLING a Bucket Drip System using a RapidPure Trail Blazer Ultra Light Filter Element
Assembling a filter begins by drilling a 1/2″ hole in the bottom center of the top bucket and another 1/2″ hole through the lid of the bottom bucket. The holes should be directly in line with one another. Ignore drilling procedure if the holes are already there.
This next step may vary depending upon the space that must be filled between the lid of the bottom bucket and the bottom surface of the top bucket. Some buckets have a raised rim at the underneath bottom center of each bucket that will leave a gap for the water to leak through. It may be necessary to use both flat washers between the lid and the bottom of the top bucket to fill the gap so water does not leak into the clean water through the lid of the bottom bucket.
The filter comes with two 1/2″ flat washers. Assuming your bucket isn’t like the one described above leave just one flat washer on the stem of the filter and lower the filter assembly carefully down into the top bucket. As you lower the filter gently align the shaft so it fits through the base of the bucket. If the hole is too tight you can take a pocket knife and lightly scrape the hole to ease the assembly of the shaft.
Take the second 1/2″ flat washer and install it on to the shaft after you assemble the lid of the bottom bucket to the bottom of the top bucket. In other words the second washer goes on just before the wing nut and it is meant to provide a seal if water accidently settles into the lid of the bottom bucket.
Once the lid, the filter and wing nut are fitted together, gently tighten the wing nut to prevent contamination or leakage. Be cautious and do not over tighten the nut so much it stresses and cracks the filter or its stem.
Now let’s do a leak test as follows…take a cup of water and pour a thin layer of water into the top bucket but be careful not to add so much it begins to run through the filter element. Also take a cup and pour a little water into the top of the lid where it attaches to the top bucket. Let the water sit in both places for 20 to 30 minutes and then carefully raise the bucket up and inspect to make sure no water has leaked around the wing nut where the shaft goes through the lid. If there is a leak, it needs to be fixed to prevent unfiltered water from entering the bottom bucket where the clean water is supposed to be. The fix may be as simple as switching the flat washers to a different position as described above.
It will also be necessary to install a 3/4″ spigot to the bottom bucket. The hole is drilled deep into the sidewall of the bucket, but not so far down it makes it impossible to screw the nut onto the shaft of the spigot. When installed the nut fits on the inside wall near the floor of the bucket. If the hole is drilled too low in the side of the bucket the nut will interfere with the floor of the bucket making it impossible to install the spigot. If the holes too high you won’t be able to get all the water out of the bucket. It’s best to use the nut to determine the positioning so you’ll know exactly where to put the spigot hole.
For anyone who’s not good with details, we provide a complete ready-made pre-drilled kit that is already to use in case of emergency. Filter life can be extended if you take a piece of dish cloth and wrap it around the filter element. Securing the cloth with a rubber band is particularly good where extreme turbid water and contaminants are noticeable such as fish scales, fecal matter and etc. When you put water in the top bucket it slowly passes through the filtering element and trickles down through the filter shaft on into the bottom bucket. If the water flow becomes too slow you may have to rinse the filter or clean the screening cloth.
For a small to midsize family it is recommended you have at least two filter kits on hand so you can say “I have a year’s supply”.
How do RapidPure UltraCeram filters work?
Rapid Pure Ultra Ceram filters do not just capture contaminants that impinge the filter element. The electropositive media attracts and retains viruses, cysts and bacteria. Its electropositive fibrous media has high particle removal efficiency as well as 50 to 250 time’s greater dirt-holding capacity than its competitors.
RapidPure filters are also infused with activated carbon and silver. Silver is a self-sanitizing agent that kills bacteria, preventing growth of captured bacteria.
RapidPure UltraCeram is a particulate and electro adsorbent filter. Depending on the laboratory test method the RapidPure media can be plugged with pure solutions of humic acid, bacteria or particulates to the point where water will no longer flow through the media under normal operating pressure of the device.
RapidPure will also adsorb dissolved contaminants such as lead, cadmium, iron, certain forms of arsenic, zinc and others that pass through hollow fiber and other mechanical filters.
In the real world no water stream is “pure”. All waters contain some mix of contamination that will eventually cause any filter to fail to reduce one contaminant or the other. This is why RapidPure has designed a family of filters to allow the user to select the best combination of filters for their particular application.
Certified Performance by Third-party Testing
RapidPure filters have been tested by an independent, certified laboratory using accepted test methods for the reduction of pathogens using filtration devices. The industry established test methods define the contaminants, their concentration and how the test should be conducted. The challenge solution used in testing the Rapid Pure filter contained virus concentration of 3.65 x 105 (3,650,000 virus) per milliliter of water. Bacteria concentration was 3.45 x 105 (3,450,000 bacteria) per milliliter of water. This would be a total of 70.5 TRILLION pathogens in a liter of water! To help put this number into perspective, it would be similar to the discharge of a municipal sewage treatment plant or that of a highly polluted river such as the Ganges.
Percent removal of the challenge species
Bacteria: Raoultella terrgena >99.9999%*
Virus: MS-2 Bacteriophage >99.9999%*
Parasite: 3.0 micron microspheres >99.998%*