LifeStraw® MAX

What is LifeStraw ® MAX?


LifeStraw ® MAX is a high-volume water filter that effectively removes viruses, bacteria, and parasites responsible for causing most waterborne diseases.  Its patented technology purifies water from virtually almost any source: dirty tap or faucet, rainwater, rivers, lakes, streams, or deep well.

Portable and compact, use with a pressurized water system (tap, water pump, or gravity system) to provide safe drinking water for at least 400 people per day.

Product Features

Safe and Clean Drinking Water

For every day drinking and cooking needs

This product can provide safe drinking water every day for up to 100,000 Liters. Dirt pipes, taps, or faucets is not anymore a problem!

Easy to bring anywhere

Because it is very portable, it can easily be brought for safe drinking water even in far flung communities.

Great for Communities without piped water supply

Families can now drink from rivers, streams, lakes, and natural water sources without fear of catching any waterborne diseases.

Prepare for emergencies and disasters

With proper storage, this product can last for many years providing safe drinking water during emergencies or disasters.

No more need to buy bottled water

No electricity or batteries needed

No chemical disinfectants involved

LifeStraw ® MAX is perfect for…

Areas at risk of waterborne diseases

Communities that rely on water refilling station and purified water because of unpotable tap or suspected dirty pipes

Communities that use rainwater, rivers, and natural springs

Government and private units that incorporate water security in their disaster preparedness strategies

Communities that spend a lot on drinking water due to geographical or even socio-economic challenges

Communities that aims to reduce their carbon footprint by avoiding to buy bottled water

Safe and Clean Drinking Water

Easy to move and assemble

 Estimated filter lifetime capacity of 100,000 Liters

 Exceeds US Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standards

 Reduces turbidity (muddiness)

 Does not require electrical power or batteries

 Requires no running water or piped-in water supply

 Removes 99.9999 % of bacteria (E. coli, etc.) 99.999 % of viruses (Rotavirus, Hepatitis A) 99.99 % protozoa (Giardia, Cryptosporidium), 99.999% microplastics, purifying to 0.02 microns


Membrane Ultrafiltration Technology

LifeStraw®’s membrane ultrafilters are capable of removing:

  • 99.999% of viruses
  • 99.999999% of bacteria (including E. coli)
  • 99.999% of parasites (Giardia, Cryptosporidium, etc.), and
  • 99.999% of microplastics.

Based on WHO standards, this means that LifeStraw® meets comprehensive superior pathogen protection, which also exceeds US EPA standards.

LifeStraw ® pore size is 20 nanometers or 0.02 micron, smaller than most disease-causing viruses, bacteria, parasites, and protozoa.

LifeStraw ® achieved the highest 3-star rating* by the World Health Organization (WHO) on its superior performance in protecting against pathogens.

Other filters:

☆ Flocculation disindection (AquaSure Tab 10, P&G Purifier)

★☆☆ Ceramic Filtration (Tulip Table Top), Flocculation-Biofiltration (BlueQ Amway), UV disinfection, Chemical disinfection(Aquatabs)

Why did GiftingLife choose LifeStraw®?

Superior Technology

Among other filters in the market, LifeStraw®’s membrane ultrafiltration is one of the best.

This has been proven through numerous tests from third—party institutions including the World Health Organization (WHO).  This type of technology also yields one of the lowest carbon footprint, so aside from being for people, it is also good for the environment.

Made for the Community


LifeStraw® was built on a partnership that started over 20 years ago with the Carter Center in a collective effort to eradicate Guinea worm disease by removing the parasite from drinking water.  The personal LifeStraw® that removes bacteria and parasites was introduced in 2005 for people in developing countries and for emergency relief situations – providing safe drinking water to people who do not have access.


This day, LifeStraw® is one of the leading solutions for communities without safe drinking water.  It was built with the community in mind, especially for low-income, marginalized, or developing areas. This perfectly goes together GiftingLife’s commitment to always give back and make sure that world-class high quality solutions are also afforded to people and communities that most need them.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1.) What type of water can I use with my LifeStraw® MAX?

LifeStraw ® MAX can directly filter water from any source – unfiltered tap or faucet, rainwater, river, lakes, flowing creek, or deep wells, without the need for purification tablets or prior boiling.  If the input water has very high muddiness, however, please let most sediment particles settle first before pouring the clearer water into the product’s dirty water chamber.

2.) Can LifeStraw® MAX improve the taste of my water?

LifeStraw ® MAX does not add anything to your water that can change its taste.  It has an active carbon filter that can help reduce nasty tastes and smells.

3) Does LifeStraw® MAX filter lead and other substances?

LifeStraw® MAX is equipped with patented ultrafiltration and active carbon filters that reduce lead, asbestos, chlorine, and organic chemical matter.

4) Does LifeStraw® MaX filter also filter out beneficial minerals?

No, beneficial minerals are not filtered-out and are still retained in the water you drink.

5) What effect does LifeStraw® MAX have on seawater or salty water? Can it make seawater drinkable?

Chemical compounds that make seawater salty cannot be filtered out by LifeStraw® MAX.  This product does not take away salt from water, however, it still removes bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants.

6) What must I do if the filter of my LifeStraw® MAX unit seems clogged?

At regular intervals, it is required to do maintenance and ‘backwashing’ which can be done following the instructions in the attached manual.  This will clean the filters of whatever sand, silt and debris that might have got deposited.

7) What is the shelf life of LifeStraw® MAX?

With proper care and storage, the product itself can actually last for very long.  Please take note of the filtration capacities of the UF and Active Carbon filters (100,000 L for the UF, 15,000 for the Active Carbon).  These filters are replaceable and only legitimate replacement filters from authorized distributors must be used to maintain the quality and effectiveness of the product.

8) How do I know if the 100,000L filter capacity is completely used up?

You will be able to observe that despite constant maintenance and backwashing, water will eventually stop or will have a difficulty to flow from the filter to the clean water tank.  This signals that the filter is already used up and must be replaced.