Following two catastophic natural disasters in quick succession, the Tsunami (2004) Indian Ocean and Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans (2005), British inventor Michael Pritchard set out to create a portable water filtration device capable of providing a sustainable source of safe drinking water. After many attempts, Michael eventually created the first LifeSaver bottle in 2007. This was the world’s first portable water filter capable of removing the smallest known waterbourne viruses.
LifeSaver soon established themselves as an effective solution to drinking water issues in the Humanitarian world. By 2010, LifeSaver had caught the attention of the British Army, who chose the LifeSaver bottle as their portable water filtration solution for personnel operating deeper in the field, beyond regular base supplies.
“This great British product was selected by the Army after an extremely stringent technical and commercial assessment, the conclusion of which was that it was selected as the most efficient and cost effective solution.” – Senior Military Advisor, Minister of Defence, Burma Camp, Ghana
As LifeSaver’s involvement in the Humanitarian sector grew, LifeSaver began to work in partnership with Oxfam to develop a new product which would be even more suited to the needs of people in the wake of a natural disaster, or displaced communities. This partnership led to the creation of the LifeSaver Cube. Using the same ultrafiltration technology as the bottle, the Cube stores up to 5 litres of water and provides a family of 4, daily drinking water for a whole year. The Cube’s distinctive shape is specifically designed to be efficiently stacked for shipping as many as possible on to pallets in emergencies.
With a growing range of products designed to be portable, durable and capable of filtering thousands of litres of water with a single cartridge, LifeSaver water filters also attracted more varied audiences in the retail sector. Outdoor enthusiasts, campers, backpackers, travellers, overlanders, adventurers, explorers and preppers have all found a LifeSaver filter which perfectly suits their individual needs, often via a combination of our products.
Manufactured in the UK, LifeSaver products are portable water filters that are pressurised with a hand pump. This air pressure forces water through the pores of an ultra filtration cartridge and out through the exit nozzle leaving microbiological contamination behind. LifeSaver filtration technology provides a physical barrier against viruses, bacteria and cysts. No chemicals or electrical power is required.
This, combined with our unique and patented ‘failsafe’ technology – which ensures that the product stops working when the filter needs to be changed, protecting the user – delivers a product range that is unmatched.
Our LifeSaver water filters meet an adaption of NSF Protocol 231 based on recommendations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). LifeSaver bottles filter bacteria to a minimum of Log 6 (99.9999%), Viruses to a minimum of Log 4 (99.99%) and Cysts to a minimum of Log 3 (99.9%). See our test certifications here.
LifeSaver filtration technology will filter unreliable municipal water supplies, rainwater, water taken directly from lakes, rivers, ponds, and even muddy puddles, to allow you to make thousands of litres / gallons of clean safe water.