The LifeStraw is the hidden gem of Black Friday — snap it up for $16 at Amazon before it sells out

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A portable water filter for just $13. (Photo: Amazon)

A portable water filter for just $13. (Photo: Amazon)

The sensation that is the LifeStraw is like something out of science fiction. This Black Friday deal brings the price down so low, you should scoop one up for all the outdoorsy folks you know and love—and even the dedicated homebodies. It’s that good.

In case you haven’t met this modern wonder, the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter enables you to make just about any type of water drinkable. Currently just $16.50 for Black Friday (down from $30), the LifeStraw is a great gadget to have around, and a perfect gift. It’s the ultimate stocking stuffer (shaped just right to bulk up a stocking. It inspires adventure in all who behold it. And it’s an amazing tool of survival: the Swiss Army Knife of potable water.

$16.50 $30 at Amazon

Never leave home without it (Photo: Amazon)

Never leave home without it (Photo: Amazon)

The straw contains a microfiltration membrane that removes 99.999999% of waterborne bacteria (including E. coli and salmonella), and 99.999% of waterborne parasites (including giardia and cryptosporidium). The filter also removes the smallest microplastics found in the environment, and reduces turbidity down to 0.2 microns.

You use this like any other straw. Simply remove the cap, place one end of the straw into water you come across in nature, and suck. The hollow fibers inside the straw trap pathogens, so the only thing that touches your lips is clean, safe, drinkable water.

This straw also lasts. The microbiological filter will provide 1,000 gallons of clean and safe drinking water, as long as you use the straw the way it was designed and maintain it. And, if you’re taking it camping, it won’t weigh down your pack: It weighs just two ounces.

$16.50 $30 at Amazon

It's small enough to slip in your backpack or even pocket (Photo: Amazon)

It’s small enough to slip in your backpack or even pocket (Photo: Amazon)

People rave about this straw in the reviews. “I drank from the most disgusting looking crevice filled with brown scum. I thought, this is going to be safe, but taste horrid. WRONG. TASTED LIKE THE FRESHEST SPRING WATER. Better than any tap,” one person wrote. “I’ve used these both in Iraq & Afghanistan. Works as advertised. Extremely reliable and genuinely safe to use filtration system,” another said.

LifeStraw is also big on giving back. For every straw you purchase, a school child in need receives safe drinking water for an entire school year.

$16.50 $30 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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