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This is an R1 clearance item. Please check the tables below to see how we rate our clearance items.
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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– Debbie H., TX
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
Please note: Berkey Light® systems are not yet available for shipment to Iowa. More details about this regulation can be seen here.
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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!
Descriptions of Ratings for Clearance Store Items
Description (Expanded descriptions in next table)
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Standard Return Policy
Returned. Non-working surfaces have new or nearly new appearance. Working surfaces may have slight wear marks.
Returned, nearly-new appearance. Slight to moderate flaws on non-working surfaces.
Varies by item
Brief demonstration use only, not previously sold.
Varies by item
Varies by item
Varies by item
Varies by item
Scratched and/or dented, or otherwise blemished.
Varies by item
New old stock.
Varies by item.
The ratings are for cosmetic condition only. All Clearance Store merchandise is guaranteed to function perfectly.
Items are offered under normal terms of sale: Please review policies before ordering.
Discount percentages for R1 and R2 items are minimum discounts... Some items are marked even lower.
Some clearance items ship in plain (but carefully boxed) packaging, rather than the manufacturer’s original carton.
Important: All clearance items may have been exposed to various allergenic foods.
Bottom Line: If you’re a highly detail-oriented person, we recommend sticking to “R1.” But after a week’s use, the only real difference between one of these items and a brand new one will be the money you saved.
Expanded Ratings Descriptions
Very close scrutiny is required to tell that the item isn’t brand new. Working surfaces may show slight wear; for example, the bottom-inside of a Bosch mixer bowl may show swirl marks because Bosch mixer whips are designed to “float” against bottom of bowl. Non-working surfaces (cabinet, control panel) look essentially new. Carton may not be perfect.
Typically has a small scuff or mark on a non-working surface like a mixer cabinet or the top of a pressure cooker lid.
Mostly returned items which have been brought fully up to new-equipment performance specs at the factory.
Demonstration items have been operated briefly at Pleasant Hill Grain.
These items have never been used but we no longer sell them at full price in our store because it was discontinued by us or by the manufacturer.
Has had light use.
Has moderate damage or blemish on a non-working surface, such as a scratch or dent in the housing, or paint blemish.
A brand new item that isn't the newest model.
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2 Black Berkey Elements
Berkey H2O Purifiers
26.5" with base, 21" without base
Product Weight (lbs.)
2 year prorated warranty calculated in 6 month intervals
We stock this product in our Nebraska warehouse. Most of our shipments are by FedEx Ground or Home Delivery and you should receive your order in four business days or less from ship-out. Click here for more information about shipping.
They were easy to work with and the lady who called me about my order was very nice and very helpful. I would recommend them again!
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By Marjorie M. in OHon 1/6/2020
- Verified Buyer
Ordered this for gifting to family in Texas. It arrived in excellent condition and works fine. They are very happy and are enjoying great tasting water. Thank you to Pleasant Hill Grain for helping me.