I have a friend who is a missionary over in Africa and when I saw that they were using a British Berkefeld water filter, that just really sold me on these as well. British Berkefeld is the German made model of the Berkey.
In the picture you can see that my Berkey is filtering crystal clear water from red food dye colored water. How impressive is that! Just think of the small contaminants that it can trap.
The two black Berkey filters will filter 6,000 gallons (3,000 per filter) of water before needing to be replaced and the two fluoride/arsenic filters together will do 1,000 gallons of water, meaning that the fluoride/arsenic filters need to be replaced more often than the black filters.
One exceptionally cool feature of the Berkey Light is that it comes with optional night lighting in the base of the stand. I like the see-through ability that also comes with this filter. A Berkey Sight Spigot can be purchased for the stainless steel versions, since obviously we can't see through stainless steel, but by purchasing a sight spigot the water level will be easily visible at all times.
I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about these filters and if purchased, I will also help you with any questions about set-up.
Please see the different sizes below and please feel free to CONTACT ME with your questions. The Berkey comparison video below will explain the differences in more detail along with giving the dimensions of each filter.
Note: These filtering systems can be installed using 2 filters or 4 filters (exception: Imperial can accommodate up to 6 filters and the Crown up to 8 filters). If you purchase the system with 2 black filters then you will need 2 fluoride/arsenic filters (if you want to use fluoride/arsenic filters). If you purchase 4 black filters, then you will need 4 fluoride/arsenic filters, etc. There needs to be a matching number of fluoride/arsenic filters to black filter elements. The advantage of purchasing 4 or more filters over 2 filters is that the filtering time will be faster and the filters will not need to be replaced as often. If you purchase the 2 filters instead of the 4 or more filters, then at any time in the future, you can still add additional filters, since the system comes with plugs to plug up the unused holes.
I recommend this one. These short videos include how to prime and install your black filters and your white PF-2 Filters.
Also there is a video of how to do the red food coloring test.
Pictured from Left to Right in
above right picture:
Travel, Big, Royal, Imperial, and Crown
Travel Berkey (holds 1.5 gallons)
uses 2 filtering elements
filters up to2.75 gallons/hr
7.5 inches wide
19 inches tall
Big Berkey (holds 2.25 gallons)
uses 2 filtering elements
filters up to 3.5 gallons/hr
8.5 inches wide
20 inches tall
Royal Berkey (holds 3.25 gallons)
uses 2 or 4 filtering elements
2 elements - up to 4 gallons/hr
4 elements - up to 8 gallons/hr
9.5 inches wide
24 inches tall
Imperial Berkey (holds 4.5 gallons)
uses 2- 6 filtering elements
2 elements - up to 5 gallons/hr
6 elements - up to 16.5 gallons/hr
10 inches wide
26.5 inches tall
Crown Berkey (holds 6 gallons)
uses 2 - 8 filtering elements
2 elements - up to 6.5 gallons/hr
8 elements - up to 26 gallons/hr
11 inches wide
30.5 inches tall
For Crown - 13 inch
For Imperial and
Royal Systems - 10 inch
For Big Berkey and
Travel Berkey Systems- 7.5 inch
If I buy the 2 Black Filter set, will I be able to add 2 more black filters at a later date? Yes, the 2-element units do have four purifier-mounting holes, two of which come plugged, so you can operate 4 elements later if you wish. The reason for adding the 2 extra elements would be to filter the water at a faster rate.
Can the LED Lighting system be purchased and added later? Yes, the price is $90..
How long do the filters last?
2 black elements will filter 6,000 gallons and 4 black elements will filter 12,000 gallons.
A pair of PF-2s (fluoride/arsenic) will filter 1,000 gallons before needing to be changed
.Do I need the black filters AND the fluoride/arsenic filters at the same time?
Yes, if you want to filter fluoride arsenic (requiring the white filters), and no if you don't.
There needs to be the same number of white filters to black filters.
holds 2.75 gallons
uses 2-4 filtering elements
2 elements will filter up to 4.25 gallons/hr
8.5 in. wide
27 in. tall with base
21.5 in. tall without base
Optional LED's are directional and can be used separately for portable lighting. The white LED's are much brighter than the blue.
Powered by AC and rechargeable batteries that are included.
Blue LED Lighting
White LED Lighting
For Stainless Berkeys, See Options Below
For Berkey Light, See Options Below
For Additional Berkey Parts, See Options Below
Fluoride and Arsenic Filters