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impatient and thirsty

the vario works great, but i recently went on a climbing/backpacking trip in the ozarks, pumped water from a stream in the dark so I couldnt tell how cloudy the water was, it clogged up the ceramic prefilter and the scrubbing pad hardly did anything, it still worked but hardly, took forever to get water, always carry a bandanna or coffee filter incase you need to wrap the strainer

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I hear you on the clogging of the ceramic filter... I normally just use the "faster flow" setting which bypasses the ceramic filter... you will replace the fiber filter sooner, but sure saves the pumping... Also when the ceramic filter becomes clogged, there is usually a layer of "crud" on the pass through side of the ceramic, I will scrape this off with a knife and back flush in the stream or in the dish washer at home... yeah you might reduce the life by scrapping a little of the ceramic off, but you will save the frustration later!