How Good Is Your Water Filter?

With so much information about the contamination of drinking water supplies in the news lately, many people run right out and purchase a home water filter to reduce and remove contaminants of health concern. While we agree, the best way to battle the ever increasing threats to our drinking water is to use a water filter, not all filters are created equal.

Turns out the most popular water purification products DO NOT reduce or remove the most dangerous water contaminants. As consumers, we have a right to know if the products we buy do what they say they will do. For water filtration, we expect the unit purchased will clean our water and make it safe to drink. But, is the filter purchased doing the job? How do we know?

Enter NSF International

NSF International is an independent agency dedicated to public health and safety. NSF does not mean National Science Foundation as some may think. NSF was founded in 1944 as the National Sanitation Foundation, they changed our name to NSF International in 1990 and expanded their services beyond sanitation and into global markets. The letters in the organization’s name do not represent any specific words today.

Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification programs that help protect the world’s food, water, consumer products and environment. Their mission is to protect and improve global human health. As an independent, accredited organization, they develop standards, and test and certify products and systems. They provide auditing, education and risk management solutions for public health and the environment.

NSF and Water Purification

When making a water filter purchase, it is important to do the research. Look for the NSF seal of approval. Then read the fine print. Products are certified for many aspects by NSF. The seal on some water filter products is actually not for the contaminants it reduces, but rather for the durability of the unity itself. So look at the fine print to see what is actually certified. Or better yet, visit NSF International’s website and look up the brand you are considering. Find out why it is certified.

Here is a good image comparing some popular home water filtration products.

Everyone should use a quality home water purification system to insure that their water is safe to drink. The purchase of a water filter must be taken seriously so the correct filter is purchased. There is a lot of information on the quality of home water treatment products. Make sure you are purchasing the one that will reduce the most contaminants.

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Ride home stopping at landmarks in Headless Cross Redditch, chocolate box,Archers and water towers

After helping my Father in Law paint his fence i decided to take some video and pictures of landmarks in Headless Cross Redditch, chocolate box,Archers and water towers

My video skills aint good so be patient lol

I have decided to do some giveaways, Things like Battery BMS, ebike battery chargers, 18650 battery chargers, It will be all prizes to do with the DIY ebike enthusiast,
To be in with a chance of winning these please Subscribe. this will start once i reach certain land marks like 100,500,1000 subscribers. and maybe when i have a video reach 1000 watch`s etc. This will be shipped world wide so don`t worry about where you are from. i wish i could ship batteries too but that is too hard to ship outside of europe
Ebike from cheap ebay kit to a hotrod 50mph.
Will be making a series of videos of how i upgraded from a £150 ebay kit to a hotrod capable of 50mph and how i built the batteries.

plus a few rides around on the bike

What inspired me to make my own was watching other ebike/battery channels
Vortex inspired me for more speed
Andy Kirby inspired me to make the lighting
Rohin super genius inspired me to go ahead and use used laptop cells and make a battery

So i am using their ideas of what they have done but doing it on a budget, My total build comes in at less than £500 but i already had the bike frame. hopefully when i have finished making all the videos on how i have built it, You will be riding something similar


Solar Power bank with 20000 mAh Battery, Wireless Charging, 3 USB, Led light & Water Resistant

Hi all, Bought this Solar Power Bank with 20000 mAh Li-polymer battery with Qi protocol Wireless charging, (three) 3 USB output for Charging and having Led light as backup with 786 lumen and with ip65 rating yes it is water proof too.

If you don’t want to watch entire video or jump to your desire part at given play time.

Weight Measurement at : 00:58
Size Measurement at : 1:20
Wireless charging at : 1:41
Led Light comparison at : 2:23
Water proof test at : 3:55
Watts measurement at : 7:55
Draining the battery to zero at : 9:26
Solar Charging at : 10:25
Watts output measurement at : 11:49

After through test, i like to share my experience, First of all the backup power, this solar power bank comes with 20000 mAh
lithium polymer battery pack, according to my test, it should have the capacity of at least 15000 mAh or more, with an average of 4000 mah for a mobile phone, it can recharge 4 times for sure.

From 100% power, it charged 73% of iPad with battery capacity if 11,560 mAh is = 8438 mAh
GoPro 3 batteries with capacity of 1220 each 1220×3 = 3660 mAh
Samsung Note – 5 charged from 50% full capacity is 3000 mAh = 1500 mAh
Testing led lights, wireless and USB = 2500 mAh
Total mAh transferred = 16098 mAh

# SECOND (output ports) : this solar power bank has THREE USB output with 11 (Eleven) watts max from a single port or three ports combined and 5 watts for wireless charging if used separately, Wireless charging is very helpful while you are driving or traveling, just the keep the phone over it that’s it simple.

Charging Input is at 5 watts and it is through a micro USB A port ( which would be better if it is a USB-C port and supports a
wireless charging) IT will take one and half day get completely charged from zero percent,

# THIRD (LED light), If you are a traveler or a frequent hiker or like champing in the wild it can light-up the entire tent
having 10×10 square feet for entire night without any worries, even if it dose not have the power to charge other device

# FOURTH (water resistant) : Yes it is a water resistant, can withstand or survive water splash or rain or snow, as it was
mentioned as water proof in another website (a kick stater website) and tested it by putting it under water for FOUR TIMES
inside the breach, It survived all the dips.

NOTE : Water entered the device while submersed but the device is not effected at any manner,Switches worked fine, the output port worked fine, led lights worked fine and wireless charging worked fine.

# FIFTH the last SOLAR charging: I really had a doubt from the very first of having this Solar powerbank, as this small solar
panel can power up or charge those huge 20000 mAh battery. After completely depleting the power to nearly 5% or less, tried it to charge with solar panel, for first few minutes like 30 minutes there was no sign of power in solar indicator bulb, but after 45 minutes it began to light up slowly and after nearly 4 hours under the scorching sun it charged the battery to nearly 25% the first led (25%) started to show up, it is about 5000 mAh or in between 4000 mAh is charged, that is a great you can charge a 3000 mAh battery device.

Note : the SUN light is very strong and high in my place as it is Summer, The temperature of the power bank went up to 60 degree Celsius, where day temperature was at 38 degree Celsius Max, solar charging is working fine, recharging with solar panel is according to the power of Sun light and it will take some time to charge very few percent of Huge 20000 mAh battery

Pros (+) and GOOD points of this Solar Power-bank

# It powers off automatically without draining power still good for the next time. It has 4 blue LED’s to indicate remaining power

# it will easily charge your phone multiple times.

# It is rugged, solid, and feels heavy duty. It has a nylon loop to be attached to backpack or survival gear, comes with 3 outlets and a portable QI wireless charge

#just a bit bulky, but very useful.

#The light lit can lit a whole room or a camping tent

#Excellent power bank for traveling or camping.

Cons (-)
Only problem so far found is If you submerge or drop the power bank in Water, Water seeps in to the unit but dose not get damaged.

Tried it for few time (nearly 4 times used its full power backup)
So far so good

More info about this Solar Power bank from the seller @

Thank you for reading
Have a Great day..


How to Find a Tankless Hot Water Heater That's Best For You

Do your homework and you'll see that the energy efficiency factor makes finding the best tankless hot water heater worth the effort. Energy efficiency is just one way to look at this. Important points given here will guide you in choosing the best tankless hot water heater to fit your needs.

The measure of efficiency

The DOE uses EnergyStar ratings to help consumers find the best tankless hot water heater, or other appliance that will save them money. Electric tankless hot water heaters are rated .99 Energy efficient, while tankless gas heaters are rated at .80. The difference comes from the loss of heat in the combustion process of gas burners. Tank water heaters have an even lower efficiency rating.

If the cost of electricity is competitive in your area, factor in the long-term cost when making your decision. Even so, gas may still be your best choice for a tankless hot water heater. Only gas can produce enough hot water for a large home.

Here are some numbers to give you a rough idea: Electric tankless models produce a flow of only 2-5 gallons per minute of hot water, while gas models can produce 9-13 gallons of hot water per minute. Using multiple units is a way to custom fit tankless models to fit your needs and reduce wasted energy.

For your reference, a shower, with a water saver nozzle uses 1-to to 1-g gallons per minute. A tub or clothes washer uses about 2 to 2-g gallons per minute.

Energy prices

It was once understood that natural gas was the better value, but times change. Do not assum, compare utility rates for your area. A lot has changed in recent years. The cheap price of gas that once made a 65 percent efficiency rating for home heating needs a bargain has changed.

Now with competitive electric power in some areas a 99 percent efficient tankless electric could really be your best tankless hot water heater.

For instance, in the US:

Electric prices vary from $ 0.06 / kwh to $ 0.23 / kwh ($ 1.76 to $ 6.74 a therm) Gas prices vary from $ 10 to $ 19 per 1,000 cu ft of natural gas ($ 1 to $ 1.90 per therm)

North vs. South

In northern latitudes, where ground temperature may drop to near freezing, it takes a lot more energy to heat a gallon of water. This could call for the power of a gas model, depending on your rate of flow needs. It's these two things: Flow Rate and Gallons Per Minute that determine what size heater you need and whether it should be gas or electric.


It pays to do your homework here too. Few contractors are experienced in advising you on choosing the best tankless hot water heater and how to install it. Look for experienced people and get multiple estimates. Gas tankless hot water heaters need to be installed by a knowledgeable technician.

If you are comfortable with your handyman skills, consider installing an electric tankless, if you are on a low budget. These are much easier to install. A good how-to book and the manufacturer's manual should be help enough.


HHO Gas Car Conversion – Convert Your Car To Burn Water

HHO gas car conversions have been seen in the news. Why are these conversions gaining in popularity? It is because they are increasing gas mileage by 20-50%. Some are seeing these vehicles as a water hybrid car by supplementing HHO gas with you gasoline or diesel fuel you could save money at the pump.

HHO gas kits do not come cheap. Even ones found on popular auction sites sell for hundreds of dollars. If you have a few vehicles you would like to convert this could add up.

How this gas works is that it is generated in a cell full of water and a catalyst such as backing soda is contained in that cell alone with a few or many plates usually stainless steel that is similar to a battery. The designs can vary. The cell is hooked to your cars battery to help with the process of electrolysis to generate a gas. The gas is introduced into the intake manifold of your car or truck using the assistance of your vehicles vacuum. By using this gas it should increase the efficiency of your engine so resulting in better gas mileage. Larger engines may require 2-6 cells but that is not usually an issue a typical cell is about the size of a quart jar.

You may have seen reference to these HHO gas cells online or in forums as hydrogen on demand or even hydrogen cell. This is not exactly pure hydrogen it produces but the effect is similar.

The parts to build a home HHU gas conversion can easily be found around town. A really savvy shopper can build a cell for around $ 60 and anyone who uses their hands or likes to build stuff should have not problem constructing a home conversion kit. When the conversion is made to the motor very little modification is needed to the vehicle.

HHO gas technology is still considered experimental but it is a supplemental fuel additive of sorts that could help you increase mileage, increase horsepower, reduce emissions while providing a quitter and cleaner engine. So why not convert your car to burn water?


Why Should You Change Your Refrigerator Water Filter Every Six Months?

The life of refrigerator water filters is dependent upon the volume of contaminants in the water as well as the amount of use of the filter. Well water is more likely to contain contaminants not found in publicly treated water and may need more frequent filter changes. As a rule of thumb, the filter should be changed as specified by the manufacturer or at least every six months.

Carbon is the primary substance used in water filtration methods because carbon has the potential to absorb many of the chemicals found in water. Most refrigerator water filters, which meet NSF / ANSI 42 certification standards, use granular activated carbon (GAC) to attract chemicals and impurities responsible for bad taste and odor, such as those that are a by-product of chlorine. These filters are not capable, however, to rid water of more dangerous, health-threatening contaminants. The method by which water is channeled through GAC filters does not allow sufficient time to complete the absorption of such substances. Various bacteria are formed, trapped and allowed to multiply, which further contaminates water processed by the filters. Carbon is not capable to absorb heavy metals, such as lead. GAC filters may trap some heavy metals and sediments, but allow others to filter through to the output water. Failure to change the water filter, every six months, allows unabsorbed water contaminants and newly formed bacteria to saturate the filter, forcing the filter to leak contaminants back into processed water. The water output may contain more contaminants than the filter was intended to remove in the first place.

Technology has lead to the development of more absorbent carbon-based filters, solid carbon block filters. These filters include solid blocks of carbon to absorb contaminants from water. Water takes longer to strain through carbon blocks than it does carbon granules, so that carbon blocks provide sufficient time for the absorption of more health-reducing containments. While carbon block filters are capable to absorb toxins, pesticides, TTHM's and other contaminants, they can not absorb heavy metals or contaminants that are by-products of agricultural fertilization, such as nitrates or sulfides. The composition of carbon blocks allows them to restrain heavy metals and bacteria away from output water, however, nitrates and sulfides are not filtered. Even so, carbon block filters are sufficient to meet NSF / ANSI 53 certification standards. Failure to change carbon block filters, every six months, allows contaminants to saturate the filter, forcing the filter to leak contaminants into the processed water. When sediments are not removed from water, those sediments buildup and corrode filter fittings and water fixtures, causing them to leak. This type of damage to filters and fixtures may cause the output water to contain more contaminants than the water input to the filter. Failure to change the filters may also reduce the water pressure, within the filtering system, forcing it to be ineffective.

Some refrigerator water filters may include fiber water filters. These filters are made of tightly wrapped fibers of rayon or spun cellulose, which trap rust, lead and other sediments found in water. When used alone, these filters are ineffective in reducing any chemical or health-reducing contaminants. Fiber filters are best suited for use with other types of filters to reduce the concentration of sediments. They should be replaced, every six months, to avoid a build-up of sediments that would force the filter to leak the contaminants back into the processed water.

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Sailing on Water Is Now an Unforgettable Experience

Traveling has become one of the most sought after mode of relaxation for people with stressful jobs and a way to leave the humdrum behind. Traveling is also a hobby enjoyed by many, after all the thrill of visiting new places and experiencing new cultures can be very enriching. But traveling usually involves air, rail and road transport, which can be repetitive and even taxing, as one needs to plan the entire itinerary from reaching the destination to staying and touring the place etc. But what if all these can be done in a single go by just choosing a cruise and book the tickets.

Cruise trips are adventurous and enthralling with many activities planned along with meals, sightseeing, and entertainment. Board the cruise and it is done, it is a hotel which moves from destination to destination all the while you can enjoy the water and great food.


Passengers can be a bit bothered about a vacation on the water and staying on a cruise for a long time. But cruise holidays have some excitations too like:

  • One need to unpack only once, as the hotel is traveling with the traveler and there is no need to carry ones luggage from place to place.
  • Everything is planned beforehand and there will be no confusion regarding dining, relaxation, activities, sightseeing and even spa and games.
  • As the cruise sail from port to port, one can experience a different culture and places in a single trip.
  • Cruise ships go everywhere, whether small port cities or small islands spread across the ocean. Cruises travel through seas, lakes, rivers and the experiences that come with them are diverse and fun.
  • Food, accommodation, amenities etc are all consistent, though the quality may differ from cruise to cruise. Usually, food changes when cruise moves from one exotic port to another and everything is already paid for.
  • Passengers get to meet some new and interesting people, all the while traveling to different destinations.
  • And one of the best perks is that one one gets to stay near water and enjoy the vast and ethereal beauty of open waters.


Though cruise vacations are always a great affair and one can enjoy it to the fullest. But there can be some things that can irk the passengers a bit like:

  • Accommodations can be a bit crampy and small; one should always check the square footage before booking.
  • Food and entertainment can get a bit boring at times; so find your own entertainment on board.
  • Daily safety drills can get repetitive, but it's for safety so one can go with it.
  • Excursions can get expensive at times; so hire a taxi and explore on your own.
  • Some cruises can charge extra for many facilities; better to go through the details before booking.

These setbacks can be very insignificant when it comes to a great experience of a luxurious cruise vacation.


One should always go through all the basics and details before planning a trip on the water. Things to pay attention to are:

  • Room and accommodation.
  • Itineraries.
  • Food and dining facilities.
  • Trip length.
  • The type of people who will be on board.
  • Guest to staff ratio.
  • On-board payments and extra charges.
  • Ports which will be visited.

From many cruise line options to choose from, one can select a cruise keeping in mind their needs, affordability, and places they want to visit.


Salt Water Battery Charger

In this video, Charley Hogwood reviews this Salt Water Battery Charger from Greenivative.

With this charger, you can recharge your double AA and triple AAA batteries with nothing more than table salt and water.

In addition to AA and AAA batteries, they have created housings to turn your AA and AAA batteries into C and D batteries.

Salt Water Battery Charger:

G-MAG Charger 2000 Power Cell with Double Power Replaceable G-MAG PowerPucks and 6 x 2000 mAh AA Batteries:

GMAG Double Power PowerPucks – 1 Pair Replacements:

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Knife Spine Metal Etching with salt water and a 12 volt battery charger

Knife Spine Metal Etching with salt water and a 12 volt battery charger. We use a craft vinyl cutting machine to cut out the self adhesive vinyl stencils for the metal etching. This how-to video details how the art is created and or imported into the Cameo Silhouette program and then cut into very detailed stencils. We then use a 12 volt automotive battery charted and a little salt water to etch all areas not protected or covered by the vinyl. The knife spine was etched with a 3d chain links but knife makers can use the same technique can be used to etch almost any pattern.

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Check out this link to order the same 3/16 thick, 1095 high carbon steel knife blank used to create the cleaver used on this video.

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Water Resistant Rugged Portable Charger – FosPower PowerActive FOSPWB-10002

FosPower PowerActive is your perfect outdoor companion FOSPWB-10002

– Rugged high capacity 10200mAh power bank (2.1A Power Output) that is perfect for smartphones, tablets and portable electronic devices.
– Tough and sturdy: Designed to be weatherproof, dirt proof, drop proof and waterproof.
– Built-in short-circuit, over-charge, and over-heat protection. Comes with LED flashlight, compass, and a Carabiner
– IP67 certified: dust and water resistance for up to 3ft/1m for 30 minutes under water.

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