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Katadyn / Micropur Purification Tablets - 30 pack
worked in the back country on some nasty water filtered through a cloth to remove dirt and the tabs did the rest.
no longer will you have to suffer through the butt pee now that there's micropur. this stuff works great but sometimes you feel like you're drinking a swimming pool.
I lead backpacking treks all summer long in New Mexico, and we always use micropur tablets. Granted we get them for free, so I've never had any inclination to use anything else, but I've gone an entire summer using these on some pretty sketchy water, and I've never gotten sick. Tablets don't break like pumps, they're quick, light, and low maintenance. just fill up your bottle, throw in a tablet, then enjoy 30 minutes later.
I used the Micropur tablets for several years before stumbling across the newly released Sawyer Squeeze filter. The micropur worked for me because it fulfilled a niche of lightweight filtration prior to the Sawyer.
Performance wise, the wait period for the Micropur can, at times, be a big much, often forcing the user to carry multiple water bottles to give each one time to filter. This method results in dead weight on your pack, and on your back. Some people also note a "metallic" type taste to the water treated with Micropur (though I never did).
The bigger filters, such as the Katadyn Hiker have similar filter components to the Sawyer system, weigh more, and are more expensive. Streipen's are often battery carnivores (although useful when viruses need filtering, generally overseas).
If you'd rather wait an hour for your drink, and to carry extra bottles at all times, than suffer the cost of some higher end filters, the Micropur will work great. However, aqua iodine tablets are cheaper and work faster while hollow filters like the Sawyer filter far quicker and are more compact and lightweight as a component piece to a water system.
These tablets only take 30 minutes instead of 4 hours to treat water completely and the taste is great. I recently went on a trip to Africa and had these 4 hour tablets and thankfully someone brought extra 30 minute tablets. For similar price, it is worth it to have the quicker working ones. ALSO REMEMBER TO SHAKE SOME WATER OUT AFTER 5 MINUTES! you have to be sure to do this so the seals and edges of the bottle get treated as well.
I have an PUR Guide Filter/Purifier with the old Iodine Filters, and am wondering if I replace the filters with the new filters (w/o Iodine ring) will the water be pure enough to drink straight from the filtration?
Do I need to take some of the purification tablets as well? I'll be spending 8 days in the back-country of Belize and could really help knowing how to handle their water. I've used the PUR Guide here in the states with nothing but great results, but what about there in Belize.
in rough countries like Mexico or Africa I use my Katadyn Hiker Filter to get the little stuff then I still hit my water with some type of tablet. It just isn't worth the pain of getting sick and losing out on a summit. Get the 30 minute tablets though.
Great stuff. Very mild taste, I barely noticed it...way better than iodine. Packaging is a little difficult, but I got the hang of it after a few and only rarely needed to use a knife or something to help open the packaging.
I used these tablets everyday while on a 3 month expedition through the Congo River Basin. Some days the only water I had to drink was rancid swamp water. But thanks to these tablets I never got sick once, even my Baka Pygmy porters fell sick on occasion and they've lived in the forest since birth. I still ran my water through a pump so dirt wouldn't get in my teeth. And always plan in advance, because 4 hours is a long, long time to wait when you're out of clean drinking water!
can you use just these tablets and no filter? or are they only used in conjunction with a filter?
Well that is kind of the idea, but you want to probably boil it first and at least strain it. I keep these with my gear, but only really take them out in really boggy beaver infested areas. I find a good pump filter does just fine, like their hiker pro
As is, kills bacteria, protozoans and viruses without the need for filtering. These just leave a bit of a chlorine smell and the faintest taste. The only reason you might want to do any filtration would be to remove particulates. The only thing you want to be aware of is the quality of the water and how long you need to allow the tablet to work. That said, in most places in the US, usually safe to drink in about 30 minutes. Effective stuff, but running water through a filter instead is a much more pleasurable experience, especially when the water starts warming up and the chlorine taste starts intensifying.
used once only but it worked great, the smell of the water had a strong klorine smell but the taste was good.
I have enjoyed using Aqua Mira Drops as my sole water treatment while on the trail, but recently I decided to pick up a Frontier pro filter to use in conjunction with the chemicals. The AM drops will kill the little stuff in 15 minutes (depending on water temp and turbidity) and then the filter will remove the big bad guys (Giardia & Crypto). So, I also decided to keep weight down, I would pick up some tabs (they weigh less than the drops).
20 of the tablets weigh in at 0.5 oz in the packaging. Sweet!
The packaging can be a little tough to open, so before leaving I snip the edges of the wrappers with a pair of scissors. This way when I use them I can simply tear at the snip. Still a little tough (especially if my hands are wet) but still manageable too.
These tablets will leave a strong chemical taste to the water if the water is not ran through a carbon filter. During the day I treated the water and then filtered it so I would only wait 15 minutes. The carbon filter removed the chemical taste very well. However, at night I dropped in the tablets and then did not filter the next morning since the tablets had more than enough time to thoroughly work. The chemical taste definitely woke me up! Wow. It was strong! Good thing I had flavored drink tablets to add to it, although they still did not cover the taste completely. (And just for the record, I have never tasted a chemical taste using the AM drops, without filtering.)
So, because of the strong chemical taste, I gave these a 4. Also, considering how expensive the pills are compared to the drops. But, I can only they assume that they do work (I haven't gotten sick anyway), however, they are the lightest water treatment option available. I will continue to use these, but I will definitely bring my filter along too!
2L Platy (1.3 oz)
Ziploc bag (0.1 oz)
Aqua Mira Frontier Pro Filter (1.8 oz)
MicroPur tablets (0.5 oz)
Fill Platy using Ziploc.
Pop in appropriate number of MicroPur Tabs.
Wait 15 minutes.
Attach Frontier Pro to top of Platy and pour clean water into drinking vessel.
Don't want to carry heavy filters around? This is the solution. These weigh next to nothing and you can have clean drinking water within 15 minutes and it kills anything possible after 4 hours. To me the 4 hours isn't a big deal, even if it was really questionable water I also carry multiple water containers so while one processes I can just drink out of the other. Great way to save +10oz off your pack weight.
I always carry a few of these as a backup. I usually use a filter, either a Katadyn or Sawyer gravity setup, but always have a few of these as backups. I keep a couple in each first aid kit too. Lightweight and simple, these are an essential. Wait time sucks and they taste poopy. Get some emergen-c.
I have a Katadyn Pro Hiker but I carry these with just in case. Make sure to let the water sit for a few hours before drinking it. Box contains 30 tablets.
I am traveling to a foreign country with my two year old and the water is not safe to drink. He has a bad habit of getting bath water in his mouth. Could I treat the water with these and then feel safe if he get some in his mouth? How long should it sit in the water? Will it be ok for his skin? Can we wash dishes with the water that has been purified with these?
You're going to blaze through enormous amounts of tablets and money in the bath (1 tablet per liter), and by the time they treat for all possible contaminants (15 minutes-4 hours, depending on the type), the water is going to be no more than tepid, at best. Given that he's two, you may want to bathe him yourself so you can keep him from getting the water in his mouth, and limit the bathing, instead keeping up hygiene by using antimocrobial wipes whenever possible. Most municipal water supplies in the US use some form of chlorination, as do swimming pools, and these tablets are for potable water, but repeated and prolonged, concentrated soakings and steam isn't something I would want to expose my kids to. In the kitchen sink, a good antibacterial dish soap, along with as hot a water as you can stand and drying thoroughly should do the trick on the dishes. If available, the dishwasher is going to be the best solution though. Great question, but it sounds like this one falls to Mom and her magic washcloth.
I'm also going to Peru this summer. Jason, would you take these over the MSR Miox Pen? I'm thinking of using both? Will these pills clean the lid, bottle, and threads of a nalgene the way MIOX will?
The Micropur tablets are all you need. With the Miox, you still have to wait. On the other hand, if you want water you can drink almost immediately, the Steri-Pen is a couple stirs and you're good to go. With any treatment, unless the chemicals, or light, or electrical current makes contact with surfaces like threads or the outside of the bottle, residue won't be treated. A good trick is to use one bottle exclusively for collecting the water, and then transferring that to the bottle you'll be drinking from for final treatment. Miox or SteriPen, bring extra batteries.
once the tab is dissolved invert your container and loosen the cap slightly to release some water to get threads
These worked perfect, just put a tablet in your water bottle before bed and it will be ready by the next morning!