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Malcolm Foss
(mfoss01) - F

Locale: North Georgia
Aquamira tablets on 01/12/2009 18:59:05 MST Print View

So, I just got my first batch of Aquamira tablets in the mail. I was planning on using them as my water purification method on an upcoming 5 day backcountry trip. Up until now I have always used pumps to filter water. Anyway, I was a little surprised to read on the packaging that it takes 4 hours to purify a liter of water. I wasn't expecting that. I thought maybe an hour. So, how do you folks who use these tablets handle the logistics of the 4 hour wait? The obvious answer is to always carry 2 liters of water; one that is being treated and one that is ready to drink.

What about the drops? Do they work any faster?

Also, the precautionary statements on the packaging are pretty scary. How serious are they? Do you have to avoid touching these things when you drop them into your bottle, or do I just need to be careful not to confuse them with tic tacs?

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Aquamira tablets on 01/12/2009 22:13:08 MST Print View

Malcolm,

You might want to contact Benjamin Tang on this....he is the resident tablet expert.

If I recall from his prior post, the 4 hours is if you want to nuke absolutely everything in the water.

You may be able to use the tablets for only 20 or 30 minutes and be good for most of the bugs out there.

I happen to use a Sawyer inline filter and only use the Aq drops or tablets as back up.

A search on Aquamira drops will probably result in Ben's advocating the tablets over the drops.

You can always PM him and I am sure he can answer your questions in detail.

-Tony

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Aquamira tablets on 01/12/2009 22:31:39 MST Print View

Someone called? :)

I have a printout from Katadyn Micropur's website -- although I can't seem to find that page anymore. In any case, according to the printout:

1. Water at 20C: 15 minutes treatment time for viruses and bacteria. 30 minutes for protozoa cysts.

2. Water at 4C (near freezing): same 15 minutes for viruses and bacteria. 4 hours for protozoa cysts.

Note that AquaMira makes solid tablets as well -- same stuff as Micropur.

Of course AquaMira also makes liquid drops -- they contain identical ingredients (chlorine dioxide) but diluted. If you read your AM liquid's directions, you will note that it mentions only bacteria -- and not protozoa at all. To match the concentration of tablets, you will need to triple the number of drops (both Part A and Part B).