First let me emphasize that I am not affiliated with Nikken, I have never worked for them and I did not buy Nikken Aqua Pour from one of their representatives (eBay is great!). I was, however, introduced to the company by a close friend and relative who has experienced positive, life-altering health benefits from using their products.
Why I love PiMag Aqua Pour: It virtually needs no maintenance, the water tastes amazing, it is really easy to set up, and I don't have to keep buying bottled water. I especially appreciate the option on the ceramic filter that is designed for intense filtration for highly contaminated water. When I rinse it, the intense chlorine smell that accumulates on that filter is proof enough that my tap is not exactly 'drinkable'.
Ease of Use: It is really easy. Sort of like a Brita pitcher type easy. Only with better results and much larger capacity. The set up just requires a few rinsing steps for filters and a couple of run throughs of water before drinking. No plumbing, no need to plug in, just works with gravity, pretty cool. Refilling it is easy too, just lift the cover and pour in some tap water. With the ceramic filter it does take about 5 hours for the 2.6 gallon tank to fill, but it isn't an issue since I always fill it once a day and leave it to do its work. If you only use the microsponge it would take about 40 minutes to fill.
Water Taste: Let's just say it tastes better than any bottled water I have ever tried, even the ones from actual springs. When my mother tasted it she exclaimed "This is just like the spring water in my village!" She was referring to a village in the Russian Ural mountains where she grew up. My mother in law had the same impression, "tastes like fresh spring water". I can't really describe the taste, you would have to try it for yourself.
Maintenance: I've read obout other people having issues with cleaning it. I'm not sure what they are talking about. I think it is pretty easy (maybe they are just lazy?) I never had any mold issues either. Maintaining it is about as easy as setting it up. You do need to change filters every 2,000 liters I believe. But I don't actually count, I'll just wait until the water starts tasting a little different, that is a sign to change filters. The filters are not cheap though, if you are replacing all of them at once expect to pay about $100+.
Downsides: I could not find any actual info on what it filters out. Would be nice to see some third party testing of this too. If you know of any, let me know! The filters are pricey, but you only replace them once a year, or even less often.
If you want the long story on how I actually bought this thing: Long before I knew about Nikken I watched a very powerful documentary about water. In 2006 "Water" won four 1st place awards in Europe, Best Documentary Film of the Year, Best Camera Work of TV Documentary Film, Best Producer Work of TV Documentary Film, and Best Popular Science Film of 2006. It amazed me to such an extent that it immediately changed my entire mindset about water and everything relating to it. It is absolutely mind blowing, I think everyone should see it.
Since that documentary I was on the hunt for healthier drinking water. I knew that bottled water wasn't anything close to the way it is found in nature. I also knew my tap was filled with chlorine, fluoride, PBDEs (chemical flame retardants), antibiotics, birth control drugs, anti-depressants, and even caffeine. Although in trace amounts, these things accumulate in your body over time - by no means are they good for you. I looked at various filtration systems, some too costly, some had negative customer reviews, some just did nothing but very basic filtering. I resorted to buying gallon jugs of New Zealand bottled water at Trader Joe's simply because I could not find a good filter and my tap is by no means drinkable and has a foul taste and smell. Wasn't very 'green' of me, but I was pregnant and did not want to treat my little one to a chemical cocktail!
So then Nikken came along, I spent about a month contemplating whether to work for them or not - I did not think I would make a good sales person, wasn't my thing. But when I found out about Aqua Pour I delved into any info I could find about it and decided it was a go. The only problem was that we could not afford it, so we got a display model on eBay for a lot cheaper and bought some new filters.
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The PiMag Aqua Pour can provide you with Nikken PiMag water no matter where you are. It's a portable waterworks - producing PiMag water without electricity or plumbing. The PiMag Aqua Pour features several stages of filtration. Water flows through a carbon medium, ion exchange resin and zeolite. Pi ceramics are in the filter, to impart "the water of life." Final stage filtration consists of a bed of mineral stones, like the stones that provide natural filtering and minerals in streams and rivers. Nikken Magnetic Technology completes the process, as the water passes through a charged field surrounding the Aqua Pour tap.
• Microsponge prefilter — synthesized from natural material, this porous filter reduces
particulates and other material. It is washable (replacement is recommended every 5
years, or when permanent discoloration occurs).
• Ceramic prefilter — this component is used when intensive filtration is desired or where
more sediment is present.
• Ion exchange filter — serves as a filter and water softener.
• Carbon filter — this filter contains activated carbon. It further reduces the amounts of
contaminants by natural filtration.
• Pi ceramics — pi material is added to create PiMag water, the “water of life.”
• Zeolite filter — a granular substance, zeolite provides additional filtration while reducing
• Mineral stones — these stones contain minerals ...