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- 99.99999% contaminant reduction
- Removes chemicals & pathogenic organisms
- Removes microscopic viruses
- Optional LED illumination
- Purifies without electricity
- Needs no water pressure
- Rugged Tritan™ copolyester shell
- Lightweight & portable
- Discount pricing available, see description for details
Berkey Light Water Purifier-Filter
The Berkey Light® System is the newest development in Berkey water purification. The shell is super tough, made of .050" thick, BPA-free Tritan™ copolyester. Every Berkey Light has a capacity of 2.75 gallons, can accept up to four purifying elements, and comes equipped with either two or four Black Berkey® purifying elements (depending on model selected.) The Berkey Light purification process is gravity driven, requiring no electricity or water pressure. This makes Berkey systems completely and easily portable.
Two illuminated models: In addition to the standard non-illuminated model, the Berkey Light is available in two models that offer LED illumination in either white or cobalt blue color. Solid state LEDs have no filaments to break. Their power consumption is extremely low, and life span averages 100,000 hours—more than 11 years of continuous use. Water purification performance is identical for all three Berkey Light models (the LED's themselves do not have any role in purification.) The LED-equipped models provide illumination that guides users to the water supply at night when other lighting isn't available, and also provide area lighting that's bright enough for reading near the purifier (the white is much brighter than the blue.) The LED lamps can be powered by the included AC adapter, and rechargeable internal batteries, also included, will operate the LEDs all night on a single charge from the AC adapter.
A recent national study found 316 different contaminants in U.S. drinking water. Berkey purifiers remove pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites while extracting chemicals including herbicides, pesticides, organic solvents, VOCs, detergents, cloudiness, silt, sediment, foul tastes and odors. They reduce heavy metals such as cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, aluminum as well as nitrites, without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs.
“Fantastic purifiers. We’ve been ordering from Pleasant Hill for about ten years now. Your service, customer service especially, your products and your prices have always exceeded expectations. We do not drink water that is not purified by Berkey filters, period.”
– Alonzo K., MO
Berkey purifiers with Black Berkey elements use proprietary micro-pore technology to achieve contaminant reduction of 99.99999%. This extreme level of purification, called “7 log” reduction, means that no more than one part per ten million of the original contaminant remains. This standard is a thousand times more stringent than what's required to label a system as a simple “water filter.” Systems achieving 7-log reduction provide ultra-pure water not only in normal conditions, but also in circumstances of extreme and highly dangerous contamination. And unlike many purifiers, Black Berkey elements are cleanable: A Scotchbrite™ pad is all you need to remove exterior buildup and extend element life. Each element can clean up to 3000 gallons of water.
The media within Black Berkey elements removes contaminants by a surface phenomenon called adsorption, the molecular attraction of substances to the surface of the media. The exclusive purification elements are also impregnated with proprietary media that promote ionic absorption of pollutants within the micro-porous elements. A key reason Berkey systems are so effective in removing contaminants from water is their long contact period. Most systems blast water through their filters at 60-90 PSI, limiting contact with their filter media to only a fraction of a second. Water molecules passing through the revolutionary micro-pore structure of the Black Berkey purification elements are drawn gently by gravity and remain in contact with the trapping media for several minutes. This makes the Black Berkey filter media much more effective at capturing contaminants.
Berkey purifiers using the Black Berkey purification elements are proven to reduce pathogenic bacteria (including E. Coli, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Giardia and Cryptosporidium) by 99.99999%. Berkey systems have been tested with the highest pathogenic contamination levels that can be produced in a laboratory. When contamination levels exceed a billion pathogens per liter of water (10,000 times the density of contamination used in the standard test protocol for bacteriological removal) they're classified as TNTC (too numerous to count.) Under normal testing protocol, one pathogenic organism is tested at a time, each with a fresh purifying element. For this test, however, the laboratory was directed to combine three separate pathogenic TNTC cultures. Tested under this extreme contamination level, absolutely no pathogens were able to make it through the purification elements. The laboratory then incubated the water, and nothing grew. When the purified water was viewed under an electron microscope not even inviable microbes were detectable—nothing was present but pure water. Furthermore, contaminants including trihalomethanes, radon 222, and volatile organic compounds including benzene, 2,4-D, Heptachlor, MTBE, styrene, tetrachloroethylene and toulene, among many others, were reduced to below detectable limits.
Viruses: Far smaller than bacteria, viruses typically range upward in size from about 30 nanometers (nm). Black Berkey purification elements have been proven in independent testing to reduce the MS2 and Fr Coliphage viruses, which are among the smallest viruses at about 25nm, to Log 5 (99.999%). No other gravity fed water filtration system even comes close to this performance.
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The striking superiority of Berkey purifiers can be demonstrated with food coloring. When bacteria are viewed under a powerful microscope, food coloring is often used as a contrast enhancer to make the bacteria easier to see. Food coloring consists of particles so small that even under magnification strong enough to show fine details in a single bacterium, the food coloring still appears only as solid, uniform coloration. Yet Berkey purifiers effectively remove food coloring from water. Berkey systems are the only purifiers in the world that can do this.
Berkey purifiers are available in several configurations. All Berkey Systems using Black Berkey purifying elements meet or exceed the EPA's stringent "7 log" (99.99999%) contaminant reduction specification. Systems using Black Berkey elements within transparent Tritan™ copolyester shells are known as Berkey Light Purifiers. Systems using Black Berkey elements within 304-grade stainless steel housings have the same purifying performance, and are known as Berkey Stainless Purifiers.
Black Berkey® filtration systems are an integral part of the ideal solution for treating virus-contaminated water supplies. The accepted standard for using chlorine to kill waterborne viruses is 2 PPM (2 parts of chlorine per 1 million parts of water.) 2 PPM is achieved by adding 8 drops of straight chlorine (common chlorine bleach) to 1 gallon of water. For "good measure" the recommendation is often made to use up to 16 drops per gallon. But what if you don't want to consume all of that chlorine? Berkey® Purifiers solve this dilemma. Black Berkey® elements remove the chlorine from the treated water after the chlorine has completely killed any viruses present. You're left with only what you want... ultra pure, ultra safe, great tasting water!
Save on Berkey purifiers and accessories! The table below shows the special pricing that's available for Berkey products.
|Order must include a Berkey Light purifier from this page, or a stainless Berkey purifier from this page, plus a second Berkey item to be eligible for a bundle discount. Some replacement parts aren't eligible for bundle discount pricing. Discount will appear in cart.|
Berkey Bundle Discounts
|Up to $750||5%|
Please note: Berkey Light® systems are not yet available for shipment to Iowa. More details about this regulation can be seen.
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Pleasant Hill Grain has been among the largest distributors of Berkey water purification systems for many years. In business for over three decades, we're here to help you with any questions now, and we'll be here later to meet your future needs. Please call (866) 467-6123 or email us if you'd like to discuss Berkey systems. We'd appreciate your business, and we look forward to serving you!
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|Brand||Berkey H2O Purifiers|
|Height||26.5" with base, 21" without base|
|Product Weight||5 lb.|
|Flow Rate||8.5 gallons per hour when full, if four elements are installed (4.25 gallons per hour with two elements installed). (This is 204/102 gallons in 24 hours.) The flow rate of all gravity filters is highest when the prefiltered tank is full.|
|UPC||Does not apply|
|Warranty Length||2 year prorated warranty calculated in 6 month intervals|
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By Schuyler G. in VT on 3/1/2015 - Verified BuyerI didn't realize how little water I drank until I got the Berkey purifier. Now I drink it all day long because it just tastes good and is so satisfying. Our town's tap water is highly rated for purity, but it doesn't deserve to be. It now tastes to me like "tap water, " in the worst sense of the word—the chlorine is very apparent. Once through this filter it now tastes like spring water, I am not kidding. I also use it to water my plants, a whitish deposit tended before to build up on the surface of the soil. I'm also sure that my unfiltered water interfered with the vitality of my sourdough starters, which is why I got it in the first place.9 out of 9 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Frances J. in TX on 8/26/2016 - Verified BuyerOriginally I bought the Berkey just in case the electricity went out (we have a well and the pump would go down without power), I would be able to use it for rain water, etc. But it works so well and the water is so clean I now use it full time and filter the well water also.4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Rey on 11/28/2017 - Verified BuyerThe quality of the filtered water is amazing! I could NOT be happier with the quality of the water. The amount of the water is nice. You have a nice supply waiting for you to use. It filters at a good enough speed. We've not experienced a problem with not having enough water. I am disappointed in the quality of the apparatus. It is extremely thin plastic with a flimsy spigot that feels like it will break every time you use it. It has basically a shower cap for a lid and nothing more. It is plastic sitting on top of slick plastic, hoping nothing shifts the house enough that it will fall down. I expected a much better quality where I was purchasing it. I do not expect that part to last long at all. That all is poorly designed, and not made to hold up to family daily use. Then I've spent a lot of money on filters is what it comes down to.Moderator:
We're confident that you'll find the Berkey Light not only up to the job, but virtually bombproof. The lower chamber sits down in the base piece, so it can't slide off. The copolyester materal is as thick as it needs to be, and tough as nails. You could knock it across the room all day with a baseball bat, then put it right back into service. It might not even show any marks from the ordeal. Spigots also are very durable and reliable, and we've found the cap design to be ideal. The whole system is up to daily use for years and years and years. We do have Berkey systems available in stainless steel too, for those who prefer to go that route. Thanks for your review, Rey.3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Michael B. in SC on 8/7/2017 - Verified BuyerI like it because I know the water I'm drinking has been processed thru a very high quality filter. If I buy bottled water there is always some question. Besides, even if the water's the same, I don't have to lug heavy cases of bottled water to the shopping cart, to the car, into the house, put it up - over and over again. I've had a Berkey Lite for years now providing all my family's drinking water needs, and saved money, physical exertion and storage space at the same time. Very happy with its performance.2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Susan D. in CA on 5/11/2016 - Verified BuyerHelpful, friendly, and efficient service! My order arrives in 3 business days! I'm a repeat customer because of the great products and service at Pleasant Hill Grain!2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Christina in CA on 12/1/2017 - Verified BuyerWe bought a Berkey Light with fluoride filters. So far we are very pleased with the entire unit. Water tastes great!1 person found this review helpful. Did you?
By James W. in AL on 6/19/2015 - Verified BuyerIt does a really excellent job for its size.1 person found this review helpful. Did you?
By Joseph G. in OH on 6/13/2016 - Verified BuyerWe just love our plastic Berkey -- it lets us check water level at a glance. The purification is amazing as it removes color and odor perfectly. We drink a lot more water now that the taste is so good... and coffee tastes better too! !9 out of 10 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Laurence W. in MO on 10/16/2014 - Verified BuyerI already have two of the stainless steel versions and wanted additional redundancy plus the ability to filter more water when guests arrive.4 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Gary M. in TX on 8/6/2015 - Verified BuyerHaven't used it yet but the construction of all the parts appear to be sound and the design looks good.3 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?
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