TRAVEL Berkey Water Filter System Includes 2 Black Berkey Filters

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  • 1.5 Gallon
  • 18" Height - 7.5" Diameter
  • 304 stainless steel
  • 1-3 people
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The Berkey Travel system offers the same great taste and purity of the water you get from your home Berkey filter, with an additional filtration step that could make all the difference on your next vacation or business trip. The Filters are filled with our unique Activated Carbon that enhances the taste of your drinking water and also filters . Available in black and stainless steel, this flexible set-up can be used as a standalone home filter or in conjunction with the Triton countertop model -- so you always have access to  healthy drinking water at a moment's notice!

Simple and Easy - No Tools or Complex Instructions. It’ll be ready for use minutes after you unpack it.

Portable -The Travel Berkey water  system is travel friendly. At 6 lbs you can take it along on hikes and overnight trips to filter water from streams, lakes, and ponds.

Fast - the powerful filtering system gives you 2.7 gallons (10.2 liters) of crystal clear water in just one hour.

Perfect for emergencies - since it works with no electricity, this is great for situations when there is a power outage and no fresh water available! Fully configured, this system can serve up to 33-66 people a day if needed.

Convenient - Up to 1.5 gallons can be placed into the upper chamber at once, and it filters through to the bottom chamber in just a short time, leaving you with ready-to-drink water. (For normal, everyday use, this amount will easily serve the needs of a family of 3.)

Counter-friendly size - at just 18” tall and 7.5” in diameter, it will leave plenty of space on your counter. And it even looks nice and modern!

Easy to store - the upper chamber can nest into the lower chamber for transport and stands only at 12" in height when collapsed.

Long lasting - the  Element has a lifespan of 6,000 gallons for a two-filter system.

Lots of stuff, and it’s not good are in the water . You want to keep yourself, and your family, safe from all the invisible contaminants in tap water. That’s why you need a Berkey with our Gold Standard in Gravity-Fed Water Filtration, and Berkey® Systems equipped  Elements,

1.5 GALLON CAPACITY- The portable Travel Berkey  System effortlessly filters water for about 1-3 people each day. The system is just 18” tall and 7.5” in diameter.
POWERFUL FILTERATION- Berkey systems equipped with Black Berkey  Elements filters water—
ECONOMICAL, LONG-LASTING- A pair of Black Berkey  Elements lasts for up to 6,000 gallons before needing replacement. Black Berkey  Elements average just 2 cents per gallon of cleaned water.

Travel Berkey:

Portable & Travel Friendly - Since it doesn't require any plumbing or electricity, easily take it along on your trips & outdoor activities.

Works During Power Outages - No access to fresh water? Simply use your Berkey to convert any water into drinking water.

Save Money - No need for cases & cases of expensive bottled water. With the sleek Berkey filter, you’ll have endless & convenient access to delicious, healthy water.

Great For Environment - Each time you drink from a Berkey Water Filter System, you’re saving plastic bottles from landfills.

Simply place it on a tabletop, fill it with any water, and enjoy clean FRESH water!


Travel Berkey

  • Capacity:

    1.5 Gallon

  • Height:


  • Diameter:


  • Weight:

    6 lb.

  • Material:

    304 stainless steel

  • Finish:


  • Max Flow Rate:

    2.75 gallon per hour when upper chamber is full

  • Weight - Filled:

    18 lb.

  • Spigot Material:

    BPA-free high-impact FDA-grade black polypropylene plastic.

  • Storage Dimensions:


Included in the box

  • Upper and bottom chambers,
  • 2 black filters,
  • Spigot,
  • 2 wing nuts,
  • Primer ring
  • Starter kit
  • Red dye
  • Prime rite 
  • Air lock clip

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How To Assemble The Berkey Water Filter (Step-by-Step process)

Step 1:  Starting from the bottom, place the black rubber ring on the bottom of the lower Berkey chamber.

Step 2:  Install your spigot. See the video for detailed instructions for both the plastic and the stainless steel spigot.

Step 3:   Install your filter elements onto the top berkey chamber. They are installed on what appears to be upside down so sticking up inside the upper chamber. Place the large sealing washer onto the threaded stem of the element. Place the filter element down into one of the holes inside the top chamber. Secure the filter into place by screwing the nut onto the stem from the outside bottom of the chamber. Repeat with desired amount of filters.

Step 4: If you have holes remaining without filters in them, plug the extra holes with the provided plugs. Blocking plugs may vary. For the solid rubber plugs: insert them tightly into the holes. For the white blocking plugs, screw them into the empty holes until tight.

Step 5:  Run some water into your top chamber and make sure your filters and plugs are installed correctly and no water is leaking from where it shouldn’t be. Place the upper chamber onto the lower chamber.

Step 6: Install the knob on the lid. Take care when unscrewing the small screw from the knob not to lose the tiny washer. Hold the knob over the hole one the flat side of the top. Place the tiny washer on the screw and screw the knob onto the top until tight. You can use a small screwdriver to snug up the knob but be careful not to over tighten. You want it just tight enough not to turn.

That’s it! You’re now ready to fill your Berkey!

Step 7: To add the optional fluoride filters: set your assembled Berkey top chamber upside down on the counter with the threaded ends of the black filter elements sticking up. You’re going to screw the fluoride filters straight onto the threaded ends of the black filters. Make sure the flow arrow on the fluoride filter is facing the correct way { it’ll be pointing to the ceiling if you have your upper chamber sitting upside down on the counter}. Make note of the label on the fluoride filter and screw it onto the black filter stem making 8 full rotations. More than 8 rotations could damage the filter so be sure to count full rotations as you screw the fluoride filter on! Flip the top chamber back over and place on the bottom chamber.

MyBerkey does recommend that you run the red food coloring test once you get your filters primed and put into your new Berkey. ONLY DO THE RED DYE TEST ON THE BLACK FILTER ELEMENTS, NEVER ON THE FLUORIDE FILTERS!

How to Prime Berkey Filters with the Prime Rite Tool

STEP 1:  Attach Prime Rite to a faucet and put it up the water spout as possible.

STEP 2: Remove wing nut and washer from Black Berkey Filter.

STEP 3: Hold the filter in one hand and gently put the stem of the filter into the small opening of the Prime Rite.

STEP 4: Hold the filter and slowly turn on the water until it's a low but steady flow. Use cold water.
If the Prime Rite inflates or forms a bulb, turn the water pressure down. 

STEP 5:Run water through the filter until beads of water appear on the sides of the filter—approximately one minute.

STEP 6: Turn off the water and remove the filter from Prime Rite. Prime all filters before installing them in the system.

How to Prime Berkey Filters with a Priming Button

Included with all systems and filters, the Berkey Priming Button is a thick tan washer. It can be used with either of the filters. It funnels water into the filter interior to saturate the media and flush out air and manufacturing dust.

Step 1 - Place the washer, wing nut, and tan-colored priming button on the Black Berkey Filter.

Step 2 - Place the stem of the Black Berkey Filter between the fingers, and using the wing nut for grip, press the priming button against the faucet.

Step 3 - While holding the priming button against the faucet, turn on the faucet slowly, allowing the water to fill the inside of the Black Berkey Filter.

Step 4 - Allow the exterior wall of the Black Berkey Filter to sweat beads of water for about 10 seconds.

Step 5 - The Black Berkey Filter has now been successfully primed.

How to Prime Berkey Black Filters by Soaking

When water pressure is not adequate or available, use this method to Prime Black Berkey Filters. The priming method can also be used if PrimeRite isn't compatible with certain faucets. Filters must be left overnight or for an extended period of time to become fully saturated.

Fluoride Filter cannot be primed effectively without water pressure.

Step 1 - Place the filters upright (stem up) in a container such as the bottom chamber. Place a mug or glass over the filters to weigh them down.

Step 2 - Let soak for at least eight hours.

Step 3 - Remove mugs. If filters float, they may need additional priming. If they sink, they are now primed.

How do I perform a Red Food Coloring Test?

Add 1 teaspoon of artificial red food coloring (we Recommend McCormick’s Red food coloring or any artificial food coloring) for every gallon that your Berkey® System can hold into the top chamber.  Place a cup under each Black Berkey® Purifier in the bottom chamber to catch the water.  As long as the water in the cups does not have a red or pink hue, the purifiers are working properly.

Ensure that you do not have the Berkey PF-2 Elements installed in the system when performing this test.  This test should be performed upon initial setup and every six months after that.

How do I store my Black Berkey® Elements?

If you are going to be leaving the system unattended for 3-4 days or less, remove the elements from the top chamber and drain out any water within them.  Once drained, place them in a sealable bag while the carbon is still damp and force out any air in the bag.  Store the elements in the front of your refrigerator to maintain freshness while not exposing them to the colder temperatures in the back of the fridge.  Store the elements this way for no more than two weeks.  Re-prime the elements before reinstalling them in your Berkey® System.

If you will be storing your elements for more than 3-4 days, remove the elements and thoroughly dry them.  You can do this by either placing them on a windowsill that’s exposed to sunlight for 1-2 days, or by drying them with the Black Berkey Primer.  Once they are bone-dry, store the purifiers in a sealable bag at room temperature.  The elements will have an indefinite shelf-life as long as they are stored this way.  Re-prime the elements before reinstalling them in your Berkey® System.

How do I clean my Berkey stainless steel chambers?

You can follow these simple steps to clean your Berkey stainless steel chambers:

  • To dissemble the Berkey water system:   remove the Black Berkey  Elements (and fluoride filters, if applicable) and store them in a clean, safe place where they will not roll around or break. Remove spigot and washers ( and blocking plug, if applicable). For stainless steel Berkey Systems, remove the lower chamber rubber base ring.
  • To  wash the chambers: you can either  place them in the dishwasher with mild dishwashing soap, or you  can   wash them by hand using warm water with a mild dishwashing soap. Rinse afterwards, and ideally, allow to air-dry. 


  • Reassemble your Berkey filter by replacing all parts and ensure that they fit snugly. 
  • Now you can once again enjoy using your cleaned Berkey water system!

4. How often do I need to clean my Black Berkey elements/chambers?

With repeated use, miniscule pollutants   become trapped on the surface of the filter. This will cause filtration speed to slow. Clean your  elements whenever you notice a decrease in flow. Depending on frequency of use, you would need to clean the filter elements  approximately every 4-6 months and your chambers once a month. 


If you just purchased your Berkey system and the filters are hardly filtering water, the problem is typically due to high water tension. The more you use the water filter, the more it gets clogged so the slower it will get. This high water tension prevents the air from being purged from the micro pores of the new elements. It's important to change the water filter cartridge at the recommended time.


The average Berkey water filter flow rate is about one gallon per hour with two Black Berkey Elements. Since the Big Berkey holds 2.25 gallons, it will take about two hours and fifteen minutes for the entire upper chamber to be filtered through to the bottom chamber.  For each additional pair of Black Filters, you can expect the time to be cut in half.


This is an essential procedure to make sure your filters are filtering at an optimal rate. If you don't, they will filter extremely slowly, to the point where you could leave it all night, and barely any water will filter out.

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