Black Berkey Primer

(15 customer reviews)


  • 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

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15 reviews for Black Berkey Primer

  1. Deep Bhayani

    This was very helpful in priming our filters. Easy to use. Painless. Recommend to anyone with a Berkey.

  2. Lynnea Dowell

    I am very handy and tried all kinds of things to get it to seal. It’s just flimsy and the connectors are not at all designed to be air tight. The silicone tubes stretch and the tiny valves are not long enough to provide any kind of grip. Dissapointing.

  3. Missy Guthrie

    I purchased a used Berkey water filter, and the person who sold it to me no longer had the faucet priming button thing. I did some research and found this, which worked to get my filters primed! I also love the fact that if we ever didn’t have the necessary amount of water pressure, we could still keep our berkey going.

  4. Justin Menning

    Bought this primer as this was my first Berkey and i wanted to try and get everything done correctly. This was kind of a waste of money. The components don’t fit well together and i could do the exact same thing with the o-ring and bathroom faucet to get water into the filters. Save your money and just prime the filters without this. The price doesn’t match the usefulness of this product.

  5. Kerri Gross

    Makes priming the black elements so simple. My faucet has a wider spout on it, which makes the regular priming buttons virtually impossible. I will say I had to squeeze the priming pump about 150 times, but that’s it, then the water started flowing. Definitely a must have purchase for priming Berkey elements. Well worth the money and frustration.

  6. Jane Sage

    Kinda needed this and I didn’t realize it until a while after getting my water tank. Buy this when you buy the tank. It’s worth the money! I didn’t buy it at first bc it didn’t seem important but I think it should be added to the package. MUST BUY!!!

  7. Jayne Anctil

    This pump is terrible. Poorly crafted and just all around junk. I know it’s necessary to have when you have a Berkey but they could do a little better. You pump and the connections are coming apart. My husband just ended up sucking the water through the filter instead of using this.

  8. thomas lombard

    Not as great as I had hoped, but it does work and I will keep it and continue to use it.

    For priming, I find that using the standard rubber gasket that comes with the black Berkey filters works fine when I remove the aerator from my kitchen faucet. This gadget isn’t anything special for priming. It shines when you want to dry the filter (but how often do you need to dry the filter?).

    It is probably a 4 star product, but the price is way excessive for these pieces of plastic and rubber (loss of star for being overpriced).

  9. Mary Frances Stahl

    When we got our Berkey, we got rid of our primers, thinking we wouldn’t need them for 10 years. Boy were we wrong! At 6 months our Berkey slowed to practically nothing. I talked to some people and they told me that I need to scrub the filters. I tried that and it still wouldn’t work. I contacted the company and they told me that I could buy new primers for my filters, but I opted for this kit instead. This worked really well. I put the filter in a 1/2 gallon mason jar standing up and primed it that way because I didn’t have a bucket big enough, or that I felt was clean enough to prime my filters in. Each filter was primed in a few minutes and our Berkey is working like new again.

  10. Erica West

    I have a travel Bentley water filter and it was filtering water extremely slow. After reading good reviews I decided to take the plunge. The primer was easy to assemble with easy to understand directions. I was priming my filter in minutes. The flow rate has increased and i saved some cash as can maintain my filter for a longer period of time.

  11. Patricia Hebert

    This was very helpful in priming our filters. Easy to use. Painless. Recommend to anyone with a Berkey.

  12. ted yates

    Works well and can backwash filters, too. No more water all over the kitchen when priming the filters for my Burkey.

  13. Tricia Enderlin

    I used this the moment I received it. I makes drying the elements while purging them possible. The primer also primes the elements for filtration much faster and much easier. You do get a workout squeezing the bladder too. It comes apart easy enough so it can dry out after use, and the instructions are simple to follow. Excellent product.

  14. Donna Allgaier-Lamberti

    Our filter system may sit for a couple of months without use. the flow thru them can be slow for the first couple of days if they are not primed, this unit works perfectly

  15. Michael Mathias

    I purchased a used Berkey water filter, and the person who sold it to me no longer had the faucet priming button thing. I did some research and found this, which worked to get my filters primed! I also love the fact that if we ever didn’t have the necessary amount of water pressure, we could still keep our berkey going.

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Questions and answers of the customers

  1. A Mine doesn't either but it still works well for me. I just wait until the lower tube is full of water.
  2. 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.
  3. 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").
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A This does not work with the PF2 Fluoride Filter, nor can they be dried out.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 ;-)
  10. A I would think so. I'm sure that would have a definite purpose. I would talk to a Berkey dealer to make sure.
  11. A Hello. I do use the priming system on the floride fiters aswell. I dont know if it will adversly affect them. It is a pretty low pressure set up. Hope it is helpful.
  12. 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.