Katadyn 8014931 Vario Video Transcript
Hey everyone, Aquaman here with FilterDoctor.com. Today we’re looking at the Katadyn 8014931.
This is the Vario, an easy to use filter pump designed specifically for outdoorsy people, or really anyone drawing water out of a potentially dangerous source; water that may have microbial cysts, pathogenic bacteria, parasites or other contaminants that you simply don’t want in your drinking water.
Now, the Vario features three filter media. It has a 1 micron, ceramic pre-filter disc, a 0.3 micron glass fiber media, and a granular activated carbon core. In combination, these three media have passed the EPA testing standard for microbiological water purification, which means you can count on the Vario to reduce 99.99% of microbial cysts like cryptosporidium and giardia, and the same level of protection for pathogenic bacteria like salmonella, e coli, and cholera.
Now, the Vario has a number of features that I’d like to talk about. One is that it fills your vessel very rapidly, because it has a dual action pump. It has two pistons, which means every stroke whether up or down is pumping water into your vessel. In ‘fast flow’ mode, the Vario can produce 2 liters of water per minute. That is a very good rate for a hand filter pump of this type.
Now, let me show you how to do this. You remove the pumping mechanism, and here you see the ceramic filter discs. You probably can’t read it on camera, but this white arrow is pointing at the words that say ‘longer life.’ You put it in this mode when you’re dealing with water that you think has a high level of sediment. Maybe it’s a dark water, a turbid water, and you want to protect your 0.3 micron glass fiber media from becoming clogged with those things. So you engage the ceramic filter in ‘longer life’ mode. But if the water source is clearer, has less sediment and you’re not concerned about filter life and you want faster flow rates while pumping, simply rotate the ceramic disc to the other side and point it at the ‘faster flow’ mode. Then, of course, reattach the pump and you’re back in business.
Now, changing out the granular activated carbon and the glass fiber media are equally easy. Simply pop off the ceramic disc, which of course can be cleaned using the provided green Scotchbrite, under running water, scrub the surface, reinstall and you’re back in business. The glass fiber media is found here; very easy to change that out. Inside in the core is the granular activated carbon. Simply remove the green filter sponge on the end here and pour that out into the garbage, then pour a new packet of GAC back in, reinstall the green filter sponge, put the cap back in, and you’re back in business.
Now, the glass fiber media has a filter life of approximately 530 gallons, while the GAC lasts about 100 gallons, and of course the ceramic pre-filter can be reused and washed many many times. Eventually it will wear thin and you’ll know that you need to replace it at that point.
Now, the Vario comes complete with everything you see here, including, of course, this source water line which has a float, a weight, and a pre-filter strainer; which is designed to keep large particles from getting in and clogging your filter. Then, of course, an outlet hose which is attached to the bottom of the Vario and sent into whatever holding vessel you choose. They’ve also included a complete set of O-rings and the appropriate food grade silicone lubricant for those O-rings and for the pistons. And everything you see here fits in this handy carrying pack. Put it all in here, chuck it in your backpack, and you’ve got safe filtered water wherever you go. Whether you’re drawing water out of a stream, a river, a lake, a pond, or even a deep puddle, the Vario will keep you safe.
It will even attach to Nalgene bottles on the bottom; you can pump directly into those. It is a full featured pump.
Again, this is the Katadyn 8014931, the Vario, and I’m your host Aquaman with FilterDoctor.com.
Thanks for watching.
See detailed specifications and purchase the Katadyn 8014931 Vario here.