Water Filters: Caveat Emptor, If You Want to Really be Safe from Contaminants

After some research into the more popular as well as some lesser-known water filtering units, it turns out that there are mainly two models of water filters out there really doing their jobs properly. Depending on what you want, i e dependent on the contaminants you seek to reduce (or ideally eliminate), the outcome might be slightly different.

For every-day use, water contamination with pesticides, heavy metals, antibiotics and other medical residues should be the focus of your attention. These are most common contaminants in the public water supply in almost every country today. (Water from a private well may still be exposed to nitrate as well as rain-borne contaminants as well as pesticide run-off from agricultur, a. k. a. conventional “farmers”.) To get rid of these, the AcalaQuell filtering system has one of the best set-ups. Also, this filter treats pressurised water that has run through a domestic water system to decompress and let it find its natural characteristics again, which basically means the water can “breathe” or re-naturalise before it is consumed as drinking water.

The German-made AcalaQuell system is available directly from the manufacturers via the AcalaQuell online shop as a rectangular-shaped desktop water filtering jar or a pitcher-style or “pouring can” variant with a slightly more ergonomic handle (or in Germany from Amazon.de as well as their other local-language website versions).

AcalaQuell filters beat those popular Brita filters by miles. Be aware that laboratory tests have found Brita filters (along with “Culligan”, “Pure”, and “Seychelle” filters) to actually INCREASE aluminium contamination in water by 33.9% (ouch). This is possibly due to some aluminium parts within those cartridges, so what’s the point of using Brita, really…), see these in-depth water test results for more! The Acala filter is not known to have these problems. AcalaQuell know a thing or two about Good Water and their filters are among the best thought-out on the market.

There is also a very good US-made filter called ZeroWater. This variant excels at removing heavy metals, including radioactive contaminants like uranium, caesium, strontium, plutonium (and others that might be present during a nuclear emergency and as the “payload” of alleged weather engineering cocktails appearing in regular aircraft exhausts for reasons unknown), from your drinking water. So if general heavy metals filtering or even getting rid of radioactive contamination are the main filtering need, then the pitcher-style ZeroWater filter is clearly and by far your best choice (also available from local Amazon stores like amazon.de or other language versions.

At the end of the day, we got both filtering systems, the Zero Water “just in case” or as a preventative measure along with the AcalaQuell for more regular or “every-day” use. The latter we ordered with a supply of filtering cartridges. Each of them is said to have a useful life of 2 months. This gives you plenty of output for your money and is a lot cheaper and more convenient than bottled water. (Without any fungi issues, it is also the much better option over bottled water).

iOS 10.2 and Newer: Apple Silently Introducing Hard-Wired Ethernet Over Lightning Connectivity

healthy Networking options: hard-wired Ethernet is faster and better for your health

Apple have very silently — one might even call it covertly — introduced a great hard-wired Ethernet (LAN) option into their mobile operating system iOS 10.2 and newer versions. To even SEE it on your device, you FIRST need a special cable though (Lightning to RJ-45 or Ethernet adaptor). Only when that one is plugged in, you will see ‘Ethernet’ between “WiFi” and “Bluetooth” under “Settings”.

We have tested this Ethernet Adaptor for iOS Devices and found it to be working swiftly, easily and overall nicely with both iPhone and iPod touch on one hand as well as iPad tablets on the other. A big plus of these adaptors is their significantly higher transmission speed compared to wireless transmission (WiFi or cellular/mobile networks). Also note that a hard-wired connection is much harder to attack.

The cheapest Apple device supporting iOS 10.2 or above and the “new” Ethernet feature is the current iPod touch 6 model with 32GB, setting you back from just £179.99. All “larger” ones, like 128GB and similar, as well as all “higher-rank” Apple devices like iPads and iPhones are higher-priced options providing the same hard-wired Ethernet capabilities mentioned here.

To be on the safe and EMF-free side, simply use an adaptor like that, power it FROM A GROUNDED power supply and a grounded outlet over a STP Cat-7 cable and you will be able to avoid all RF and most of the Electric Fields as well as DE while still using those apps.