Other than washing the Berkey Light is there any other maintenance required?
We recommend keeping the Berkey Light out of direct sunlight. The only other maintenance we suggest is to wash the lower chamber once per month with soapy dishwater. In areas with hard water, calcium scale may build up on spigot and chambers after prolonged use. To remove, soak affected part(s) in vinegar or a 50-50% mix of vinegar and water for about 15 minutes. Finish by cleaning with soapy dishwater. After prolonged use, the flow rate of your system may decrease significantly. To speed up flow rate, simply scrub exterior of each purification element with a stiff brush or ScotchBrite® pad and re-prime elements.
I have heard that algae can grow in the water when using the Berkey Light. Is this true?
It is possible for algae to grow in the Berkey Light because of two factors. The first is that Berkey systems are removing any chemicals that would inhibit the growth of algae. The second is light. If the Base LED is left on constantly, it can promote the algae growth. This situation can also occur if the Berkey system is put next to or near a sunny window where it receives direct sunlight.
This can be avoided by moving the system or not using the LED lights as much. Another resolution that our customers have reported as working very well is to simply place a pure silver coin, such as an American Eagle (99.999% pure silver) into the lower chamber. Silver is a natural anti-microbial and will inhibit the growth of algae. While we would not know the exact type of algae that is growing, most blue-green algae's are healthful food sources. We suggest you Google 'spirulina' for more information about blue-green algae being healthful.
Does the Berkey Light crack?
This is not something that happens very often. However, it is possible that if there is excessive pressure put on the spigot it may cause stress fractures. There would need to be a great deal of strain or force put on the Berkey Light for it to crack or break.
What are some advantages to using a Berkey Light over a stainless steel system?
What makes the Berkey Light such a popular system is that it is portable, lightweight, and see-through. The Berkey Light also has a great amount of storage capacity at 2.75 gallons. A favorite feature of Berkey Light is its base. The base allows some space between the counter top and the spigot. In addition, when used with the Berkey Light LED Base, the water droplets light up and glow, which result in soothing patterns of light onto the surrounding area.
Berkey Light XRP & VPP Plug Changes
New Millennium Concepts Ltd has made a change in the plugs utilized in the Berkey Light systems. We have slightly enlarged the element holes in the upper chamber of the Berkey Light system. Accordingly, we have also slightly increased the diameter of the blocking plugs. To view detailed information about this change please click here.
Do the Berkey Light systems contain BPA?
In the past the Berkey Light systems were made of food grade polycarbonate that was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Some research suggests that polycarbonates have been known to leach BPA (Bisphenol-A) when either exposed to High Strength Industrial Grade Alkaline Detergents or when they are repeatedly exposed to temperatures in excess of 192 degrees Fahrenheit (over 88 degrees Celsius); neither of which occurs when utilizing the Berkey Light system.
New studies concerning the possible leaching of BPA are ongoing. There has also been a wealth of mis-information circulated over the airwaves and the Internet. The FDA stated in April 2008 that it was not recommending anyone discontinue using products that contain BPA while they continue their risk assessment process.
Even with such statements from the FDA, New Millennium Concepts determined that it was in the best interest of our customers to utilize an alternative to the polycarbonate previously used to produce the Berkey Light system. Fortunately, in 2008, a new product was developed that is BPA FREE. New Millennium Concepts Ltd. replaced the polycarbonate material with this new material to alleviate any concerns that our customers might potentially have. Not only is this co polyester highly durable and dishwasher safe, it is also scratch, stain, shatter and odor-resistant.
PLEASE NOTE: Over the past year there has been an increasing concern over containers that contain the recycle code #7. The recycle code found on the bottom of plastic containers is called Resin Identification Codes. Polycarbonate is simply one type of plastic that falls under the code #7. Code #7 is a catchall code that basically means "Other" and most products that do not fit into categories #1 through #6 are placed into category #7. It is also for products that are made from more than one type of plastic in category #1 through #6. The new co polyester that the Berkey Light system utilizes is also categorized into #7 although it is not a polycarbonate and does not contain any BPA.
Does the adapter for the Berkey Base with LEDs work internationally?
The A/C adapter that comes with the Berkey Light requires 110V AC power. We do offer a voltage converter for our international customers. This converter will convert foreign electricity (220/230 volts) to U.S. electricity (110/120 volts).