Small enough to fit comfortably in a backpack with a filter strong enough to remove 99.99% of pathogens (including viruses), the GoSun Flow portable solar sink and shower couldn’t have come at a better time. Outdoor activities such as camping and hiking are expected to continue rising amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the GoSun Flow introduces a convenient and sustainable way to access clean water almost anywhere and anytime.
GoSun, the Cincinnati-based company responsible for Flow, has already set the bar high for innovative, solar-powered outdoor products including solar ovens, solar coolers, solar chargers and more. The GoSun Flow comes equipped with a compact, all-in-one case including a faucet, pump, filter, powerbank and solar capabilities. In addition to running on solar energy, the battery is also USB-compatible so you can plug the pump into a phone charger.
Customers can purchase an additional package with a heating upgrade and smart thermometer, making warm showers possible wherever you roam. The flexible faucet head, called a “Flex Faucet”, comes with a removable clamp that can attach to places like tree branches, tables and fences to make showering more convenient.
The device takes away the need for hand-pumping mechanisms that come with many traditional water purification systems, usually requiring a great deal of slow or strenuous labor. The USB-powered, automatic pump has a capacity to purify one liter of water per minute and the replaceable filter lasts for 1,000 liters.
The GoSun Flow filter pump includes three levels to help save the filter from clogging and target pathogens through a polypropylene filter disc, a high-efficiency carbon filter and a nano aluminum fiber filter. The filter comes with replaceable parts so that the entire system doesn’t need to be replaced if it becomes broken or worn down.
When the hose is placed into any freshwater source (such as a stream or lake), the water simply runs through the filtration pump and comes out through the second hose into the sink basin or shower head. The hose can also attach into a water bottle to allow you to drink the purified water directly, like a straw.
The GoSun Flow became available for pre-order on Indiegogo on May 12, with a starting price of $149.
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