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Berkey and Sterasyl porous size?
« on: May 14, 2014, 12:28:17 AM »
hi Jeff?
what is the filtration size of both these filters?

I tred to find the data in the respective sites but to no luck.

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Re: Berkey and Sterasyl porous size?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2014, 03:42:43 PM »
hi Jeff?
what is the filtration size of both these filters?

I tred to find the data in the respective sites but to no luck.

Here is the official answer why the micron size is not mentioned, the quick answer is that carbon adsorbs, which makes the micron size irrelevant:
What is the Micron Rating of the Black Berkey™ purification elements?
With respect to the micron rating, we do not use or publish a micron rating for the Black Berkey™ elements for the following reasons.

There is much confusion with respect to nominal and absolute micron ratings. An absolute micron rating is one that states the maximum pore size expected within an element.  The nominal micron rating is the average pore size within the element. This means that if 90% of the pores are .02 microns and ten percent are 2 microns, one could claim the nominal micron rating as .2 microns, which would imply that pathogenic bacteria and parasites would be totally removed.  But in reality the bulk of the water would channel through the larger 2-micron pores and thereby allow both bacteria and parasites to pass through. Therefore a nominal micron-rating claim can be very misleading.

With respect to the absolute micron rating, there is also confusion because there are two different standards to determine absolute; in the US the standard is 99.9% removal, but the international standard in 99.99% removal or 10 times greater removal.

Clever marketers of products can use the confusion over the above differences to make product "A" appear to be better than product "B" when product B may be far superior in reality. For example, we used to report an absolute rating using the international standard because we have a large international customer base.  Several years ago we published a rating on our ceramic filters.  A particular company began to publish that our elements were .9 microns whereas theirs were .2 microns. However, our micron rating was based on absolute (international) while theirs was based on a nominal(US)rating.  When tested at Spectrum Labs, it was found that at the .2 to .3 microns range our filter removed more particulate than the other brand. Unfortunately many people make there purchasing decisions based on a micron rating that can be legitimately distorted and to a significant degree.

We soon became weary of trying to explain the above to our customers and so we decided not to participate any longer in publishing a micron rating.  Rather, we think an absolute pathogenic bacteria removal rate is a far better gauge because it is far more difficult to abuse.  Based on that criterion, the Black Berkey™ elements remove greater than 99.9999999% of pathogenic bacteria such as E.coli. To our knowledge, no other personal filtration element can match that capability. In fact, the Black Berkey™ elements are so powerful, they are unique in their ability to mechanically remove red food coloring from water.

It is time for me to replace my filter elements but I have a different brand name of gravity filter. Will the Black Berkey™ elements fit my system?
Yes the Black Berkey™ purification elements are interchangeable with other gravity systems and the PF-2 filters can be used as well.