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Gear Review: The SolarBag Water Purifier

Avatar for Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Gear Review: The SolarBag Water Purifier

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One of the first rules of preparedness is to ensure that you have an adequate supply of water to sustain your drinking, cooking and hygiene needs in the days and weeks following a disaster.  To that end, I am positive that we each do the best we can given space and budget constraints.

Now what if I were to tell you that with a 4 ounce BPA free plastic bag and some sunlight, you could take raw water and purify up to  2 gallons of water a day?  Impressive right?  Well there is more.  What if I told you that the same bag could be re-used hundreds of times.

Solarbag Water Purifier

Today I would like to introduce the SolarBag Sunlight Activated Reusable Water Purifier. Plus, in keeping with the Summer Survival Blast, offer one Solar Bag for free to a lucky Backdoor Survival Reader.  More about that in a moment.

The Puralytics SolarBag

First let me tell you a little bit about the SolarBag itself.

It was developed and is manufactured here in the United States (Oregon actually) by Puralytics. It is simple to operate, using only sunlight to activate the nanotechnology coated mesh insert to purify water. No chemicals or pumps are required, and it can be reused hundreds of times.  Best of all is so easy to use that a child could do it.

According to the specifications, it filters out all sorts of contaminants including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, pesticides, herbicides, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, arsenic, lead and mercury.  Read through that list again because it is important.  You did know that typical particle filters, tablets, and even boiling, do not remove the chemical toxins in drinking water, right?

Rather than tell you how it works, let me show you.

Adding non-potable, non-drinkable water into a bucket.  This is the “free” water we use in our garden.

Fitting the Filter

Fitting the included filter bag over the top of the bag.  The filter is attached to the bag and is also reusable.

SolarBag Adding Water

Adding water was easy; I just poured it into the bag using a water pitcher.

SolarBag Tea colored water

Tea-colored raw water – definitely not drinkable.

Adding blue timing drops

Since this is the first time using a SolarBag, I added a drop of the included blue drops to turn the water blue.  When the water is clear, the purification process is complete. You only need to do this once for each type of weather condition.  The purpose is to let you know how long the purification process will take.

SolarBag Ready to Go

Set the SolarBag out where it will be exposed to sunlight or open sky.  It should be purified in two to three hours on a sunny day, or four to six hours  on a cloudy day or if the source water is tea colored like mine.

If you are interested in more detailed instructions, you can download a fact sheet here.


How to Enter the Puralytics SolarBag Giveaway – The Rules

Here is the part you have been waiting for.  All you need to do to enter the giveaway is to select one or more of the options on the Rafflecopter form below.  You can sign in with your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.

The best way to start is by clicking on “Easy Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

Please note that the winning item can only be shipped to an address in the United States or Canada.

The giveaway will end on Thursday, July 17th at 6PM PDT and the winner will be notified by email on or before July 19th.  Note that the winning entry will be verified and the winner will have 48 hours to respond.

The “Rafflecopter”

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Final Word

I had no idea that something like this even existed.  It is so easy to get caught up with the need for solar panels to power electronic gizmos that we forget that the sun can be harnessed for other, equal if not more important uses.

I was impressed and I know you will be to.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Oh, and by the way, the SolarBag is featured in the new movie, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, opening this week.  How about that for good timing?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:  The Puralytics SolarBag Water Purifier is an easy to use water purification system that is lightweight and portable.  Where is really excels is in removing contaminants from water, plus, it can be used hundreds of time.  Highly recommended!


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