The Berkey Base
The Berkey Base elevates gravity purification systems enabling containers to fit under the spigots. This allows a gravity purifiers to be used directly on the ground or situated anywhere on a flat surface and eliminates the requirement that the purifier be placed on the edge of a table or counter. The base has an optional eight-lamp LED lighting system. This allows optimum use during no or low light conditions. Used with transparent Berkey Light systems, the light shines through the water causing the droplets of filtered water to light up and glow. The resulting waves reflect soothing patterns of light onto the surrounding area. The lighting effects coupled with the melody of raindrops, combine to create a unique and relaxing atmosphere.
The eight LED lamps within the base are the perfect night light and the WHITE LED's are bright enough to provide a long lasting low energy source of reading light, emergency light, a camping light as well as a beacon for water in no or low light conditions. The COBALT BLUE LED's are beautiful and are a real eye catcher. Additionally, the LED lamps are directional so the base can also be used as a stand-alone emergency flashlight.
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LED lights are unique in that they require very small amounts of energy and yet are very bright, in fact, the LED's can be spotted for over one mile in dark environments. This enables the LED to be illuminated all night long on a single charge of the internal rechargeable batteries. The Berkey Base comes complete with an AC adapter allowing the base to be powered by a standard AC current. When the LED's are switched off, the AC adapter automatically begins recharging the batteries. When utilizing the optional Berkey Battery Adapter case, the low energy LED's will provide light (8 hours per night) for approximately two weeks on a single set of four AA alkaline batteries. Incredibly, you get two weeks of emergency light for the price of one set of small AA batteries. When standard electrical power is unavailable, the optional Berkey MP Solar charger can be used to recharge the Berkey Base batteries during daylight hours for later use at night. The Berkey MP Solar charger also has its own internal batteries which can also be used to power the Berkey Base or other applications.
NOTE: The LED lamps can be powered by the internal rechargeable batteries (included with LED base), the AC adapter (included with LED base), the Berkey Battery Adapter Case (optional) and the Berkey MP Solar charger (optional).
The flexibility of the Berkey Base allows for its use as a long-term source of lighting in environments where electrical power is unavailable. Where electricity is available, the AC adapter allows for continuous use. The bright LED lamps have an average life of 100,000 hours, which is more than 11 years of continuous use.
The 5" Tall Berkey Base is currently available in three versions for you to choose from below:
- Without Lights - $29
- With Bright White LED Lights - $90
- With Blue LED Lights - $90
The base without lights is designed for situations where elevation of the gravity filter (Big Berkey, Travel Berkey, Bekey Light) is desired without the need for any auxiliary lighting. Cobalt blue is designed with beauty in mind and is for use in situations where it is desirable to enhance the ambiance of the surrounding atmosphere. It is simply beautiful. The white LED version is designed for practical use in situations where emergency or auxiliary lighting may be required. The lights are bright enough to be useful as a reading-light, night-light, flash-light or room-light.
The Berkey Light Base is 8.5" in diameter which is the same diameter as the BL itself. The Big Berkey is 8.5" in diameter also. The Royal Berkey is 9.5" and the Travel Berkey is 7.5" in diameter. The BL Base is not specifically designed for these stainless systems and won't fit the Royal and Travel exactly due to the difference in diameters, however many customers request something to elevate their stainless unit and the BL base will accomplish this. It's held in place simply by gravity and the weight of the water.