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Two ways to prime: Black Berkey® purifier elements need to be primed when they're put into service. Priming simply involves forcing some water through the element under a little pressure to make sure all of the purifying medium gets wet, which ensures that you'll benefit from each element's full flow rate. For this purpose, elements come standard with a Priming Button—a small foam rubber ring that allows you to prime the element at a faucet. The optional Black Berkey Primer is an alternative way of priming that may offer you some advantages.
The Black Berkey Primer™ is a hand-powered priming pump that makes it possible to prime Black Berkey elements easily without the need for faucets or hose connections. Priming saturates the elements with water prior to their use, allowing for clean water production anywhere. The primer also purges (or back-flushes) elements using air instead of water to clean the proprietary pores of the compressed carbon filter wall. Purging the elements accomplishes two things: (1) It clears the pores of debris that has accumulated with use, and (2), it reduces the time & effort needed to dry the filters prior to storing them. To use the primer, just immerse the Black Berkey element in water and attach the primer to the stem of the element. Squeezing the primer's center bulb draws water into the center of the element. As soon as the element is saturated, water squirts out the top end, and the element is ready to use.
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By Ernest Guy C. in FL on 9/27/2016 - Verified BuyerAfter realizing I had misplaced the original priming plug for the filters in my Burkey water filtration system, and was simply going to order the plug, I noticed the Berkey Primer product. so I ordered this product instead. I am so thankful I did! For anyone purchasing the Burkey water filtration system, I strongly urge you to purchase this primer also. The filters are rated at 3000 gallons. Personally, up to this point, all the water I have put into my Berkey filtration system, has come from filtered water through a kitchen faucet attached PUR filter. I purposely bought the traveler size because in future camping or fishing or Road trips, I would be able to use any water source available And have every confidence as to the quality of water I would be drinking. This particular product is necessary to remove and cleanse the filters after exposure to non-potable water. I believe this is such an important addition to the Berkey filtration system, that it should be purchased along with the original purchase.2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By randyscj429 on 9/4/2016 - Verified BuyerThis is excellent and does a fantastic job. You can't have the Big Black filter units working properly w/o this! Thanks, be safe, take care, "GOD Bless", sincerely Randy.1 person found this review helpful. Did you?
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