Black Berkey Primer
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- A hand priming pump that makes it possible to prime Black Berkey® Purification Elements offline, without the need for faucets or hose connections. Priming the Black Berkey® Purification Elements saturates the filters with water prior to their use, allowing for clean water production anywhere
- If you have a small sink or short faucet, the Black Berkey® Primer makes it easy to prime your Black Berkey® Purification Elements
- The Black Berkey®primer also purges(or back-flushes) the Black Berkey Purification Elements using air instead of water to clean the pores of the compressed carbon filter wall. Purging the Black Berkey® Purification Elements cleans the pores of debris that has accumulated with use and reduces the time and effort needed to dry the filters prior to storing them
- Specifically designed for use with the Black Berkey® Purification Elements
- May be cleaned with mild soap and warm water. Do not microwave the Black Berkey® Primer
- Store in a cool, dry place and keep out of direct sunlight
Black Berkey Primer™ is 100% manufactured & assembled in the USA
Questions and answers of the customers
- A Mine doesn't either but it still works well for me. I just wait until the lower tube is full of water.
- Q My new pump fills with air very slowly. Attachments seem secure but it feels like there is a hole in the pump. Water comes out bubbly. Is this normal?A When water begins to saturate the filter it does bubble. It takes a long time to push water into the dense filters and push air out. Preparing new filters for your Berkey is no quick process, but worth it. The Black Berkey primer makes the filter priming task much easier.
- Q I get water out the top but air bubbles are still coming out of the filter into the chamber before the bulb. Do I need to keep pumping?A My understanding is that you need to fully "prime" the filter. I ran an 18 oz water bottle through the filter and it appeared to then exit most parts of the filter (which I take as a sign of "priming").
- A Yes, they do. But FYI, I have had more success with Submerging the Filters in clean water for 3 hours, then installing them and filling the upper tank immediately. The filters are quite porous, and will dry out quickly, so when I refill the top tank, I make sure to douse the filters from the top in water as I fill the tank. If you wish, you can install the filters in the upper tank, then fill that tank as you normally would, being mindful of dousing the filters from the top. The Primer does an adequate job, but in my personal experience, the filters will start to dry out as soon as the primer is detached -- my experience only.
- A The water will go into the black element and the outside of the element will slowly bead up and around the element. When it has completely beaded up the element is primed. You will probably want to discard the first one or two batches to make sure that the water used to prime the filters is totally expelled from the system.
- Q After using this primer to force the water out, how long (hours or days) do I need to wait for the elements to be completely dried before I can store?A It depends on your climate. I live in the desert and the air is very dry therefore it will dry very quickly. I usually wait 24 hrs. and I don't store it in an airtight container. If you live in a humid climate maybe you can use a blow dryer to have it dry faster.
- Q Can this primer be used to dry berkey fluoride filter? If not, how do you dry the berkey fluoride filter?A This does not work with the PF2 Fluoride Filter, nor can they be dried out.
- A I fill the upper unit almost to the top and usually within 30 minutes I can filled 24 OZ drinking glass. I have never timed it to see how long it takes for the top unit to empty. For all I know, when I get a glass after about 30 minutes, it may all be filtered and in the bottom unit. Sure make great tasting water.
- A Hmmmm...... the top section holds a gallon and filters into the bottom section that holds a gallon. I have not checked accurately but it seems like it takes an hour or two to make this transfer so i suppose a gallon an hour would be the max. I plan ahead ;-)
- A I would think so. I'm sure that would have a definite purpose. I would talk to a Berkey dealer to make sure.
- Q I dont understand the need to prime a filter. Is it to just get it Saturated before use? If so, could I just soak the filters in a bucket before use?A You can soak them, but it takes awhile to get all the dust off & air out. With the primer it is faster & gets the air out better than just soaking. The main reason i purchased was to clean the filters via back-flushing, priming was just a bonus.