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LifeSaver Jerrycan purifies 5 gallons of water for drinking and showering


April 9, 2013

The Jerrycan offers 18.5 liters (4.9 gallons) of water-purifying and carrying capacity

The Jerrycan offers 18.5 liters (4.9 gallons) of water-purifying and carrying capacity

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The LIFESAVER Jerrycan is a large water purification jug that could be of great use to everyone from campers to inhabitants of remote villages. The Jerrycan incorporates a built-in filtration system which can purify 18.5 liters (4.9 gallons) of water at a time, along with an integrated shower attachment that lets you use the water for cleaning as well as drinking.

We've seen numerous water purification systems here at Gizmag, but usually they filter small amounts of water at a time. In fact, the original LIFESAVER bottle fits this description, as does the Lifestraw and Camelbak All Clear Bottle. On the other end of the spectrum, we've seen some devices capable of transporting large quantities of water, but they don't necessarily filter or purify the water.

The Jerrycan does both.

Essentially a bulk version of the LIFESAVER bottle, the Jerrycan uses the same filtration technology to zap 99.999995 percent of bacteria, 99.999 percent of viruses and "all other microbiological waterborne pathogens," leaving you with 5 gallons of clean, potable water. LIFESAVER also says that its activated carbon can cut down on chemical residue, such as pesticides and heavy metals, but users would certainly be better off avoiding potentially contaminated water sources altogether.

The Jerrycan has some clear utility in first-world terms – purifying bulk amounts of water during camping trips and military missions, for instance – but its real potential seems to lie in meeting third-world needs. The jug can serve as a water transport and cleaning system in rural areas that lack access to clean tap water. It may not be quite as transportation-friendly as the Hipporoller, but its combination of bulk transport and purification capabilities are certainly of value to those that lack access to clean water. LIFESAVER has worked to distribute the Jerrycan in remote villages and disaster areas in places like Malaysia, Haiti and Sierra Leone.

The Jerrycan's replaceable filtration elements are rated at 10,000 liters (2,641 gallons) or 20,000 liters (5,283 gallons), meaning users can fill the can about 540 times or 1,080 times before replacement is necessary. So that Jerrycan users don't have to keep track of those hundreds of uses, the filter itself lets you know when it's nearing the end of its useful life. As it nears the end of its lifecycle, more pumping is required to push water through, and when it officially expires, no water is able to be pumped.

The JerryCan includes a water spout for filling smaller bottles and cups, and LIFESAVER offers a shower attachment. The Jerrycan launched a few years ago and is available starting at £170 pounds (approx. US$260) The shower attachment, which was new to LIFESAVER's product range last summer, is available on its own for £24.99 ($38) or as part of the £305 ($468) Family Survival Pack.

Source: LIFESAVER via Uncrate

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work. All articles by C.C. Weiss

Hi! Yes it does filter out radioactive fallout in water from Nuclear Disasters! Kind Regards Rachael (LIFESAVER systems) www.lifesaversystems.com

Rachael Gordon

It might not filter the radioactive fallout in water from nuclear disasters.


re; RC

Coffee filters filter out fallout.


I think this is a great device for those who go camping and want safe drinking water without having to take it with them whereever they go.


Great product, i can see how it would be good for third world countries, unless the villagers had to pay for them, 260$ is ALOT of money for a villager or even a group of villagers in africa or something. That could be more then they make in a year, but i could see this being a really good item to deliver as aid.

I'm sure the prices could be reduced for sale in third world countries, and maby it would be more realistic if a couple families or even 4 families purchased it together and only used it for drinking and not for showering.

All in all i think it fills a niche that hasnt yet been properly filled and thats the essence of a good product, good job.


Because of the unreliability of the source of water supply RO water filter systems have become quite popular in India. These however require electricity for the pump and waste 80 % of the water. These cost nothing less than $ 300/= on an average. This would sell well if it can do the job in reasonable amount of time.


And at 115 and 150 pounds, respectively, for the replacement filters, you're buying almost the whole product again every 10 or 20 thousand litres, or if ever the filters give out for some reason.

Sounds pretty legit for the third world!


Its a great idea, but they got to bring the cost down for third world countries, in disaster relief its perfect, like New Orleans,The Taiwan tsunami or the Japanese tidal wave , its a temporary thing that's fine but what about long term solutions people who need constant water like villages in Africa. For them its to expensive.

Richard Unger

When was this concrete version of Jerrycan developed? As I understand it is a few years old news? Didn`t find any information about it on source web pages either.

Laura Välik

I think this jerrycan is a great little product, but one thing I do not understand is how it is capable of removing radiation. I know reverse osmosis is the best method for removing radiation and this is almost as good as the reverse osmosis water purification method, but I though that is was a special stage attached to the reverse osmosis system that removed the radiation.

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