BeFree Water Filtration System 3.0 L
BeFree Water Filtration System is a foldable water reservoir pack with an integrated filter.
The BeFree Water Filtration System 3.0 L is a 3.0 L gravity powered or hand-operated squeeze filter reservoir pack with a 0.1 micron hollow fiber filter that filters up to 2 L of unfiltered water per minute. It is designed to remove protozoa (99.99%) and bacteria (99.9999%) from fresh water from clear lakes, rivers, streams, faucets or fountain, and made for outdoor activities such as backpacking, camping and hikes or for emergency preparedness. This product was designed by Katadyn, a Switzerland-based company with distribution dealers in Europe, North America and Asia.
BeFree Water Filtration System is available for direct purchase online at Amazon, REI and Campsaver. The Katadyn website also provides a store finder of Katadyn dealers around the world according to location.
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Humanitarian organizations, military, backpackers, hikers, and campers.
The BeFree Water Filter is produced by Katadyn which is headquartered in Wallisellen-Zurich, Switzerland. Approximately 4000 units are manufactured per week at the assembly plant in Kemptthal, Switzerland.
Is this filter designed for individual, household, or community use?
Manufacturer-specified flow rate (L/hr)
Laboratory-evaluated log scale removal rate of bacteria
Does the system use microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, or reverse osmosis?
Laboratory-evaluated log scale removal rate of viruses
Laboratory-evaluated log scale removal rate of protozoa
Reduction levels of heavy metals and/or arsenic through this treatment system
Manufacturer-specified maximum level of inlet turbidity (NTU)
Range or value of outlet turbidity levels (NTU)
Description of materials of construction
Is there safe water storage integrated into this product?
What is the total number of liters that is recommended can be filtered?
The Katadyn BeFree™ Water filtration system 3 L is composed of a hydrapak soft flask with markings on the bag up to 3 L, a drink nozzle and a 0.1 micron EZ-clean membrane hollow fiber style filter. It has a 43 mm wide-mouth opening between the hydrapak and the filter for filling the bag with water from any lake, river, stream or faucet and has two holes for hanging and a handle to carry (see manual). It weighs 100 g (3.5 oz)(dry) and ∼133 g (4.7 oz)(wet), with dimensions 230 x 75 x 440.7 mm (9.0 x 2.9 x 17.6 in).
Components of the BeFree Water Filtration system 3.0 L
There is no technical support provided and users are expected to follow the filter’s performance tips to properly maintain the filter, clean it, test it and define if any components require replacement to ensure best product performance.
This product includes a 2 year warranty from defects in materials and workmanship and has an expected lifetime of 1000 L or 264 galons, after which the EZ-clean membrane must be replaced, as explained in the product manual.
This product is designed to reduce 99.9999% bacteria and 99.99% protozoan cysts, commonly found in fresh water sources. It is designed to have a flow rate of 2 L per minute and to have a lifetime capacity of up to 1000 L of filtered water.
Bachema AG, Switzerland laboratories for microbiological parameters.
Potential hazards related to the improper use of this product or of the use of a damaged or contaminated Ez-Clean membrane include exposure to harmful microorganisms and increased risk of contracting a gastrointestinal illness.
No complementary technical systems are mentioned by the manufacturer.
Material and microbiological tests performed by Bachema Ag, Switzerland laboratories.
The 3.0L Befree™ Water filtration system is based on previous award-winning versions: The 0.6L BeFree Water Filtration system which won the 2017 backpackers choice awards, and the 1.0L which was a Gold winner of the 2016/2017 ISPO awards.
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