Comparison of Berkey® Systems FAQ’S



We would like to spend the least amount of money for a system that
can meet the needs of a larger group, what would you recommend?
When determining the best size for your situation, please consider that the
larger the systems capacity, the less often it will need to be refilled. All of
our systems are available configured with two Black Berkey® Purification
elements however; the four larger stainless steel systems are expandable
which means that your first consideration should be to purchase the
system, which has the capacity to best meet your groups needs. If at a
later date you determine that you require more gallons per hour, you will
not have to invest in another system, you can simply order additional
purification elements to expand your current system.  Below is a list of our
various two element systems, their capacities and the maximum number of
elements each system can accommodate.
What is the filtration rate per hour for the various Berkey® systems?
The chart below shows the gallons per hour for each system, when configured with two
Black Berkey® purification elements and when expanded to accommodate the maximum
number of elements. Flow rates calculated with upper chamber full to top.  Flow rate
decreases as water level declines.


Comparison of Berkey® Systems FAQ’S

We would like to spend the least amount of money for a system that can meet
the needs of a larger group, what would you recommend?
When determining the best size for your situation, please consider that the larger the
systems capacity, the less often it will need to be refilled. All of our systems are
available configured with two Black Berkey® Purification elements however; the four
larger stainless steel systems are expandable which means that your first consideration
should be to purchase the system, which has the capacity to best meet your groups
needs. If at a later date you determine that you require more gallons per hour, you will
not have to invest in another system, you can simply order additional purification
elements to expand your current system.  Below is a list of our various two element
systems, their capacities and the maximum number of elements each system can
accommodate.
SYSTEM
TWO ELEMENTS
FULLY EXPANDED
Travel Berkey®
~1.5     GALLONS
2 Elements
Berkey Light™
~2.75   GALLONS
2 Elements
Big Berkey®
~2.25   GALLONS
4 Elements
Royal Berkey®
~3.25   GALLONS
4 Elements
Imperial Berkey®
~4.5     GALLONS
6 Elements
Crown Berkey®
~6        GALLONS
8 Elements
What is the filtration rate per hour for the various Berkey® systems?
The chart below shows the gallons per hour for each system, when configured
with two
Black Berkey® purification elements and when expanded to
accommodate the maximum number of elements.
Flow rates calculated with
upper chamber full to top.  Flow rate decreases as water level declines.
SYSTEM
FLOW per hour
FULLY EXPANDED FLOW
Travel Berkey®
~2.75     GALLONS
N/A
Berkey Light™
~4.25   GALLONS
N/A
Big Berkey®
~3.5    GALLONS
~7.00 GALLONS
Royal Berkey®
~4.0   GALLONS
~8.0   GALLONS
Imperial Berkey®
~5.5     GALLONS
~16.5 GALLONS
Crown Berkey®
~6.5     GALLONS
~26.0 GALLONS
We are going to be traveling to a third world country and will require a
system for a large group of people.
Which system would you recommend?
As a rule of thumb you will need two gallons per day per person for sustained use
and 1/2 to one gallon per day per person for short-term emergency use.  The
difference being that for sustained use more water is required for drinking,
cooking, cleaning, and hygiene whereas for short-term emergency use, drinking
water alone is calculated. Please make a determination as to the number of
people within the group and whether or not the system will be used for
sustained or for emergency use, then review the above FAQ’s to make a
determination as to the best system to meet your groups needs. You might also
want to consider taking several Sport Berkey® purification bottles as well.  
These systems are very compact personal purification systems and were
developed for use in third world countries. They often come in very handy
when travel requires that you be away from the location of your larger
purification system.

What are the basic differences between the in the Berkey Light™ and the
other stainless steel systems?
The Berkey Light™ system is designed for outdoor use therefore it is about three
pounds lighter in weight than the equivalent capacity of our stainless steel
system. The Travel Berkey® system is also designed for outdoor use and is the
smallest of the stainless steel systems.  It is compact enough to fit within a
suitcase because unlike the Berkey Light™ system, the upper chamber nests
within the lower chamber during travel. This is the preferred system when
mobility is a big issue.

The four-multi use systems are designed for indoor everyday use so they are of a
heavier construction than the above systems but these systems can also be used
outdoors or during unexpected emergencies when a source of potable water
may not be available.