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Travel Berkey Water Filter - 1.5 Gallons

Sale price $ 345.00 Regular price $ 362.00

The Travel Berkey water filter is simply a compacted system that is excellent to use during travel and any other outdoor activities or unexpected emergencies. This is perfect for small homes or RVs with a little countertop! 

  • The compact Travel Berkey system is the perfect system for small homes and apartments, travel (fits in most suitcases), outdoor activities, or unexpected emergencies.
  • Constructed of highly polished AISI 304 stainless steel.
  • Storage capacity of about 1.5 gallons.
  • Upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 12" in height.
  • Maximum filters: 2 Black Berkey Elements (in upper chamber).
  • System includes upper and lower stainless steel chambers, 2 Black Berkey Purification Elements, 2 wingnuts, 2 washers, 1 priming button, stainless steel lid, spigot, and a rubber gasket to protect the base.
  • Height when in use: 18".
  • Diameter: 7.5".
  • Weight: 6.13 lbs empty.
  • For normal everyday use, this system easily serves 1-3 people.
  • Fully configured, this system can serve up to 33-66 people a day during an emergency.
  • Each Black Berkey Filter is designed to purify approximately 3,000 gallons of water before needing replacement; 2 filters in a Berkey system will purify approximately 6,000 gallons of water before replacement is recommended
  • Maximum Filtration Flow Rate: Configured with two Black Berkey Purification Elements, the Travel Berkey system can produce up to 2.75 gallons (10.4 liters) of purified water per hour.


This system comes standard with the following:

  • Upper and lower stainless steel chambers
  • 2 Black Berkey Purification  Elements
  • 2 wingnuts
  • 2 washers
  • 1 priming button
  • Stainless steel lid
  • Standard spigot
  • Rubber Gasket to protect the base 

Considering that the Travel Berkey water filter may be the smallest filter, its effectiveness in purifying drinking/tap water is completely equal. Its performance specification will surely meet the required classification.

This system removes hundreds of contaminants: Bacteria and parasites, heavy metals like lead and mercury, VOCs, toxic chemicals like benzene, chlorine, and chromium-6, pesticides, pharmaceutical drugs, and more, to levels higher than 99.99%. It is portable.

Take Travel Berkey on your vacation. You will never need to worry about not having clean drinking water. Black Berkey will even filter untreated raw water. For your health, convenience, and pleasure, get a Berkey System.

More About the Travel Berkey:

 Capacity 1.5 Gallons (5.7 Liters)
Diameter 7.5"
Filter Capacity Up to 2 Black Berkey (upper) + 2 Fluoride Filters (lower)
Flow Rate Maximum Filtration Rate can produce up to 2.75 gallons (10.4 liters) of purified water per hour
Height 6.13 lbs (if empty)
Portability The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 12" in height
Height 19" (Includes lid and knob)

1 - 3 People (for normal everyday use). System can serve up to 33-66 people a day (during an emergency)

Weight 6.13 lbs (if empty)
Fluoride Removal

Up to two PF-2 Fluoride and Arsenic Reduction, Filters may be installed in the lower chamber of this system if desired.


Berkey Water Filters can remove: 

  • Fluoride - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Viruses – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Pathogenic Bacteria - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Lead - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Arsenic - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Iron - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Mercury - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Chlorine - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Trihalomethane(THMs) – Removed to greater than 99.8%.
  • Bisphenol-A - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Chloramines - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Pharmaceuticals - Removed to greater than 99.5%.
  • Petroleum Contaminants - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Methylcyclohexane-methane - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Pesticides - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Heavy Metals - Removed to greater than 99.1%.
  • Coliform and e-Coli - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Atrazine - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
  • Uranium - Removed to greater than 97.0%.
  • Gross Alpha emitters - Removed to greater than 98.7%.

Key points on the Black Berkey Purification Elements:

  • A leader in gravity-fed water purification
  • Its formulation has been tested by State, and EPA accredited laboratories to exceed NSF/ANSI Standard 53
  • Re-cleanable and self-sterilizing during the life of the element
  •  2 Black Berkey elements will purify approximately 6,000 gallons of water before replacement is recommended
  • Berkey elements are designed not to remove beneficial minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
  • Elements come with a 2-year, prorated warranty.

See the complete list of contaminants that Berkey Water filter reduced/removed and Laboratory Testing Results of our filters.


***Does not ship to Iowa.

Convenient Size – Travel Berkey.

Water serves as an important component of our daily lives, we do so many things with it, and without its presence, there would be tasks and important matters that won't work well and can't be done.

You might be living in places abundant with water, but the problem is not limited only to the amount but also its cleanliness and safety for consumption.

People unaware of the possible effects of consuming contaminated water won't really worry much about certain peculiarities on their tap; smell, texture, or slight discoloration are actually signs of contamination.

The toxins and pathogens present in untreated water may bring you more risk than the benefit of consuming it; even treated water sometimes has harmful sediments left.

We consume water several times every day. Thus, water consumption does not only take place at home.

Sometimes we travel out with our family, go on picnics and camping; when we are out in these moments, what do we have to protect us from consuming contaminated water in the area?

It is advisable to have enough clean water to consume; Why would there be a need for clean water? How would it be possible?

The Importance of Clean Water

The water source is supplied or naturally exists; none are safe for immediate consumption.

Water as a hydrating matter is very important to our body, what we intake may leave sediments and substances behind.

If you think that being hydrated is all that matters, you have misunderstood the real essence of water for our health.

Water is considered to be a cleansing agent on our body, and we intake it to clean the toxins and unwanted substances left by the food we eat.

Since it is a cleansing agent, it is expected to minimize the existing toxins in our body; but what would happen if the water itself is full of toxins?

As you gulp into contaminated water, everything that goes with it will end up inside of you and might cause complications and illnesses.

If you think clean water is not an issue since you have clear water, then you must know that not all harmful substances are visibly seen; bacteria, pathogens, fecal matters, and hazardous chemicals are only a few of the many toxins that are not visible to the naked eye.

The impact of drinking contaminated water may vary from less to severe depending on several aspects; the volume of intake, level of contamination, type of contaminants, the duration that you've been consuming contaminated water, and the health status and age of the person.

Contaminants in water range from typical dirt to hazardous matters, to name a few; E.coli, Nitrates, total Coliforms, nitrates, bacteria, herbicides, and pesticides. 

How to Diminish Water Contaminants

The popularity of waterborne diseases has existed for decades, and with all those years passed, many technologies and methods were created as a possible solution for treating contaminated water.

However, if you aim to solve the problem with limited space, are always busy, or are out to travel, Travel Berkey Water Filter might come in handy to you. 

Our Berkey Water Filters are capable of cleaning 99.9% of toxins and unwanted sediments, including bacteria and metals on your water, despite being smaller in size, it could surpass the cleaning ability of another water filter on the market.

It is very easy to use and does not require much effort when treating your water, it is also portable and could be placed anywhere you desire.

Understanding the Growthrough Process
Bacteria thrive in damp areas, such as filtration elements inside a water purification system. When the right conditions for growth are present (certain environmental conditions, temperature, pressure, etc.), combined with sufficient nutrients, cells can multiply and penetrate the walls of a water purification system’s filters. This is known as “growthrough”. And since carbon-based filters remove chlorine (which is used to combat bacterial growth) from drinking water, it is that much more imperative that a system’s filter elements are self-sterilizing.

Growthrough and Filter Lifespan Claims
Growthrough can occur after just six months using typical tap water, or even sooner when filtering contaminated water—long before many filters would realistically reach 3,000 gallons (a commonly advertised filter lifespan). So when you are comparing systems, it’s important to find out if growthrough is accounted for in the manufacturer’s lifespan calculations.

Risks Posed by Growthrough
In the absence of a feedback mechanism to determine when growthough has occurred, this presents an especially concerning health risk. Once growthrough occurs, post-filtered water can actually be more bacteriologically contaminated than the original pre-filtered water. And since the process occurs at a microbial level, you’d never be able to identify it just by looking at it. However, a water quality test from a contaminated water filter could definitely be very eye-opening.

Self-Cleaning Black Berkey Purification Elements Prevent Growthrough
Authentic Black Berkey Purification Elements are independently tested to address over 200 contaminants in tap water or raw, freshwater sources such as lakes and ponds. Moreover, Black Berkey Purification Elements are made with a proprietary formulation that includes a bactericidal media, which prevents growthrough from occurring. Thus, you can drink confidently.

Gravity-fed water purification systems made by Berkey Systems are based on a simple and efficient process that uses gravity to pull water through microporous filters or elements. This traps contaminants while allowing beneficial minerals to pass through. Berkey systems are powerful, very cost-efficient, and require no electricity or special plumbing, which makes them an ideal choice for everyday use and emergencies.

This particular water filter was designed to cater to the needs of those who love to explore and travel from one destination to another. Moreover, to people who also live in a portable kind of lifestyle (e.g., living in an RV)

What are the Features of the Travel Berkey Water Filter?

The Design and Its Components

The Travel Berkey Water Filter is designed with a well-constructed, highly polished 304 stainless steel for both the upper and lower chambers. In addition to that, it also comes with a complete package essential kit containing:

  • 2 Black Berkey purification elements
  • 2 wingnuts
  • 2 washers
  • 1 priming button
  • Stainless Steel Lid
  • Standard Spigot and;
  • Rubber Gasket to protect the base of the Travel Berkey

The Travel Berkey Water Filter system can filter 1.5 gallons (5.7 Liters) of water per hour. In addition, it can serve reliable and drinkable water to up to 1-3 person/son a normal usage. However, in case of any problems regarding water supply, the Travel Berkey has got your back since it can serve water to up to 33-66 people in a day.

Even though the Travel Berkey water filter is considered the smallest water filter system, aside from the Go Berkey, its ability to purify and filter water is still as competent and reliable as the other Berkey water filtration systems. You can still guarantee yourself that this small water filter can still bring you huge, outstanding results when it comes to providing you with safe and drinkable water. 

How is it Reliable?

The Travel Berkey Water Filter can remove 99.99% of water pollutants and contaminants that are in the mix. This includes protozoansbacteriatoxic chemicals (e.g., Benzene, Chlorine, and Chromium-6), parasitespesticides, and pharmaceutical drugs. Furthermore, it can also remove heavy metals such as mercury and lead. Not only that, but it can also reduce the amount of fluoride and arsenic elements that are found in the water through the PF-2 Fluoride and Arsenic Reduction Elements.

So, for those who enjoy exploring places and those who enjoy a small living lifestyle, the Travel Berkey will be the most suitable and convenient for you. Especially, for outdoor escapades and camping activities, with the Travel Berkey Water Filter, you need not worry anymore about having access to safe, drinkable, and healthy water. 

The Travel Berkey Water Filter can purify and filter any water that comes from different sources. Of course, if you are on a camping trip with friends and family, most likely you will enjoy the presence of rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, and all the like. With the Travel Berkey Water Filter, you can no longer worry about having a sufficient water supply. Because, with the Travel Berkey Water Filter, you can just get the water you need from any of the water sources available and leave the purification and filtration process with the Travel Berkey. The Travel Berkey Water Filter will be the one in charge of providing your friends, family, and yourself the best tasting, high-quality drinkable water there is. 

You can enjoy your outdoor activities at full blast while staying hydrated all throughout the day. 

Purification AND Filtration

If you noticed, the Travel Berkey Water Filter is considered as a water system that can both purify and filter water. Yes, you read that correctly, and that is indeed correct and proven. Through the help of its Black Berkey Purification Elements, it reached a higher level of efficiency that made it strong and reliable to filter contaminants and pollutants from water.

There is a bar set to be classified as a purification water system, and that is to be able to remove at least 99.9999% of pathogenic bacteria and reduce viruses by 99.99%. Well, for the Travel Berkey and all other Berkey Water systems, with the help of the Black Berkey Purification Elements, which are the core feature of all the Berkey water systems, it can remove 99.9999999% of pathogenic bacteria and 99.999% of viruses. Those numbers have exceeded the average standards. Hence, it is now not only considered to be a filtration machine but also a purifier.

So, with that, you get to have the best of both worlds with only a price of one. This amazing function is not only limited to the Travel Berkey Water Filter but all the Berkey Water Filtration systems available. 

More Information about the Travel Berkey Filtration System

How do you know when to change the filters?

That is the right time to change every 6000 gallons filtered by the Black Berkey Purification Elements. However, it is sometimes difficult and time-consuming to go and figure out if you have already reached the 6000-gallon limit. So, the other way that makes this process a little bit more convenient is the Red Food Coloring Test

What is the Red Food Coloring Test?

The Red Food Coloring Test is a standard procedure to do to see and determine if your water filters are effectively working or not. You can perform this right after purchasing the product and every after reaching the limit of filtered water by your chosen Berkey Water filtration system. This test only works for the Black Berkey Purification elements alone and not other filter elements in that matter. 

To proceed with this test, you must have an artificial Red Food Coloring that uses reds FD&C 40 and 3. There are other kinds of food coloring in the market, but this specific food coloring is the best recommended one to determine the accuracy of your Black Berkey Purification Elements. Other food coloring products are highly safe for consumption but pass through the Berkey filters easily. So, you might think that your filters defect, but as a matter of fact, they are not. 

How do you perform the Red Food Coloring Test?

The red food coloring test is composed of simple and easy steps. Just follow the following instructions below:

  1. First, start out by emptying your upper or lower chamber. Also, remove the PF-2 filters if there are any installed.
  2. Next, place an empty and clean glass under each Black Berkey Purification Element in the lower chamber.
  3. Now, fill up the upper chamber with water. 
  4. For every one gallon of water, put in 1 teaspoon of red food coloring. So, if you poured 2 gallons of water, put 2 teaspoons of red food coloring as well. 
  5. Leave it there for about 5-10 minutes.
  6. After, check and see if both or either of the glasses contains any red or pinkish mixture. If it is clear, then the Black Berkey elements are working or are still okay if they're both or any of the glass has a red or pinkish mixture, then it must be both, or the respective filter element is defective (if purchased newly) or needs a replacement already (if already owned).


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  • Powerful- Berkey purifiers remove a broad universe of contaminants, from toxic chemicals and minerals to pathogenic bacteria and viruses, while leaving in the healthy minerals your body needs.
  • Efficient- Berkey purifiers are the fastest-producing gravity-fed water purification systems on the market, purifying water up to eight times faster than other available systems.
  • Convenient- The purification elements may be cleaned, eliminating frequent replacements.
  • Effortless- The design replaces slow and exhausting manual pumps with the natural force of gravity. At the same time, the system remains simple to use, making it a breeze; whether in the kitchen or deep in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Portable- Berkey purifiers travel easily and function without electricity or water pressure.
  • Durable- Constructed of highly-polished surgical grade AISI 304 stainless steel, the housing is built to last.
  • Economical- Two Black Berkey Purification Elements, which come standard with most systems, average 2 cents per gallon of purified water, and last up to 6,000 gallons, or approximately 5-8 years with typical use.
  • Proven- Used by individuals, missionaries, and relief organizations worldwide, Berkey systems have truly stood the test of time.

Berkey Water Purification Systems address a broad universe of potential contaminants, including viruses, bacteria, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, and even radiological while leaving in the healthy minerals your body needs. Confidently use your Berkey System as a final barrier solution daily.

Made for the Extreme, Enjoyed Every Day

Berkey Systems are powerful, freestanding water purifiers that sit on a countertop or stand. Simply pour water from virtually any source into the top chamber of the system, and dispense purified water easily from the lower chamber through a handy spigot. The systems are easy to use—no electricity, tools, or plumbing is needed. Enjoy clean, delicious purified water that retains the healthy minerals your body needs for an average of fewer than 2 cents per gallon.

The Gold Standard in Gravity-Fed Water Purification

Berkey Systems equipped with Black Berkey Purification Elements remove greater than 99.999% of viruses and greater than 99.9999% of pathogenic bacteria, while also removing or dramatically reducing protozoa, trihalomethanes, inorganic minerals, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, VOCs, petroleum products, perfluorinated chemicals, rust, silt, sediment, and even radiological. Each pair of long-lasting Black Berkey® Purification Elements can treat up to 6,000 gallons (or about 5 years of typical use) before needing replacement. If desired, Berkey PF-2™ Fluoride and Arsenic Reduction Elements may be installed on each Black Berkey Purification Element.

Benefits that Offer You Freedom

● In control and confidence- Take control of your tap water. Berkey water purification systems address a broad universe of potential contaminants, giving you peace of mind.

● Loving every sip- When your water tastes great, you drink more of it. Enjoy nourishing purified water that retains the beneficial minerals your body needs.

● Ready for any adventure– Travel the world, hit the trail, or relax at the lake. Portable and powerful Berkey water purification systems reduce harmful contaminants from raw water sources like streams, lakes, and ponds.

● Prepared and empowered– Be ready for natural disasters and sudden emergencies. Berkey water purification systems can purify raw, untreated water in situations where a potable water source is unavailable.

Specifications for the Travel Berkey® System

The 1.5 gallon Travel Berkey System comes standard with 2 Black Berkey Purification Elements and is ideal for 1-3 people for everyday use.

● Holds up to 1.5 gallons of purified water

● Includes 2 Black Berkey® Purification Elements standard

● System is 7.5" in diameter x 18" in height

● Shipping weight: approximately 7 lbs.

● AISI 304 stainless steel construction Included in the box:

● Upper and lower chambers

● 2 Black Berkey® Purification Elements

● 1 stainless steel lid, knob, and screw

● 1 spigot

● 2 wing nuts, 2 washers

● 1 priming button

Berkey stainless steel chambers are assembled from the US and imported parts in the USA. Black Berkey® Purification Elements are made and assembled in the USA.

Multi-use systems are not available in CA or IA.

Reduce over 200 contaminants

Portable and easy to use, Berkey gravity-fed water purification systems are essential for hiking, camping, and fishing trips. Powerful Black Berkey Purification Elements have been independently tested to remove or dramatically reduce over 200 contaminants in raw, untreated freshwater sources like rivers, ponds, and streams, including:

E. Coli
Escherichia coli (more commonly known as E. coli), is a large and diverse group of bacteria that live in the lower intestines of humans and warm-blooded animals. Most strains of E. coli are not harmful. The types of E. coli that can cause illness (or “food poisoning”) may be transmitted through contaminated water, food, or through contact with animals or people.

During precipitation, E. coli may be washed into ground and surface water, including creeks, lakes, rivers, and streams. When these are used as sources of drinking water and the water is not treated or inadequately treated, E. coli may potentially end up in your drinking water and inadvertently ingested.

Berkey systems equipped with Black Berkey Purification Elements have been rigorously tested to reduce coliform bacteria (including E. coli 0157) to greater than 99.9%, giving you a reliable source of potable water when you go off-grid. For more information, read our article: E. Coli Bacteria Explained.

Customer Reviews

Based on 295 reviews
Gail Shaw
Love My Berkey

I really do love my Berkey. It's easy to use, clean and I love the taste of my water. Even my cat could tell the difference between our tap water and the water out of the Berkey. I feel better knowing my water has been purified. I have encouraged others to try it for themselves.

Rhonda Davis
Carbon filters

Please watch “Top ten mistakes with Berkey water filtration” (YouTube).”. Started having very slow filtration. This was with strictly Ice Mountain gallon bottles. A few inches of unfiltered water does remain in top chamber. Weekly maintenance essential to scrub the carbon filters smooth again. Already have non-functioning set of carbon filters with less than 100 cycles. Know two people that bought system and earned them how to avoid problems.

Second to none

Berkey has a product second to none. This was our 6th Berkey , three given as gifts. When you think Berkey think long term and how much you would spend on bottled or delivered water. Our 1.5 is for upstairs and we enjoy fresh clean water anytime day or night. Get one today, dont miss out.

Patricia Carroll
Love it!

Why did I wait so long to buy my Berkey?! The water tastes so clean and refreshing- I find myself drinking more water these days! Hooray!
Highly recommended!

Bernadette Padavana

Love my Berkey water taste so much better that I have one at home and got one for work. Now I have a friend who is buying 2 as well one for her home and one for her daughter.