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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

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LifeStraw is the award-winning personal water filter, designed to provide you with safe, clean drinking water in any situation. The ideal water filter for hiking & camping, travel, emergency preparedness & survival, LifeStraw makes contaminated or suspect water safe to drink.

LifeStraw Buy One, Give One: for every LifeStraw water filter sold, a child in Africa receives clean water for an entire school year. read more

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The LifeStraw personal water filter, a "Best Invention of the Year" (Time magazine) winner, enables users to drink water safely from contaminated water sources. LifeStraw is ideal for homeowners during emergencies such as local flooding which can contaminate drinking water supplies. LifeStraw is also ideal for campers and hikers who may be drinking from rivers or lakes and are unsure of the water safety. Because LifeStraw is lightweight and compact, it is also great for travelers who do not want to rely on the quality of local water.

LifeStraw is the most advanced personal water filter available today. LifeStraw surpasses EPA guidelines for E. coli, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium oocysts, rigorous standards for water filtration.

Eartheasy is the official wholesale distributor and retail launch partner for LifeStraw, which is now available for US and Canadian customers to purchase. Since 2005, LifeStraw has been used in developing countries to assist in achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals for clean drinking water. We’re excited to help launch this useful product in North America.

Features & Benefits

  • Filters up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water
  • Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction), including E-Coli
  • Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction), including Giardia & Cryptosporidium
  • Reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns
  • Ultralight: weighs only 2oz!
  • Does NOT use iodine or iodinized resin
  • Contains no chemicals (and is BPA-free), uses no batteries, has no moving parts
  • Very high flow rate; no after taste (because no iodine or chlorine are used)
  • Easy to clean. Can be stored and used periodically. Just keep uncapped so it can dry thoroughly.
  • Very durable
  • No shelf life. LifeStraw can be stored indefinitely. (Former shelf life estimates have been revised.)
  • Used worldwide in harsh conditions since 2005
  • Award winning & internationally recognized
LifeStraw Buy One, Give One

For every LifeStraw® water filter sold, we provide a child in Africa with clean water for an entire school year.

When you purchase any type of LifeStraw® filter, we use part of the funds to donate LifeStraw® Community institutional water purifiers to schools in Africa. LifeStraw® Community is specifically designed to deliver clean, safe water to school children by removing waterborne pathogens and dirt commonly found in source water.

Eartheasy's goal is to provide clean water to 500 schools in Kenya in 2014. Thank you for supporting this mission!

What LifeStraw removes/filters:

LifeStraw filters down to an incredible, 0.2 microns in size! This removes virtually all the bacteria (99.9999%) and protozoa (99.9%) from contaminated water, and reduces turbidity (muddiness) by filtering out suspended particles.

Bacteria removed include:

  • Escherichia coli,
  • Campylobacter,
  • Vibrio cholerae,
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa,
  • Shigella
  • Salmonella

Protozoa removed include:

  • Giardia lamblia ("Beaver Fever")
  • Cryptosporidium Parvum
  • Entamoeba histolytica.

Specifications:

  • Length: 9 inches
  • Width: 1 inch
  • Weight: 2 ounces
  • Construction: durable plastic. Does not require replacement parts or batteries, or any chemicals.
  • Capacity: filters up to 264 gallons (1000 liters) of water.
  • Included: Comes with a lanyard, and a cap for the mouth piece and end piece

How to use:

The patented LifeStraw is a small tube with specialized filters inside. Place one end in unfiltered water (a glass, water bottle, river, or puddle!), and suck the resulting clean water up through the top. Anyone who can use a drinking straw can easily use a LifeStraw.

Before use, uncap the LifeStraw and hold it upright in water for a minute. This allows the water to creep up the filter membrane. Then do five quick sucks and the water will flow easily. When drinking from muddy water, you may have to blow back down into it to purge out the turbidity if the flow slows or stops.

LifeStraw for Travel & Backpacking:

Because the LifeStraw is so small and lightweight, it’s great for travel overseas in countries with unreliable drinking water. If you’ve ever been sick while travelling, you know the importance of drinking filtered water! Make sure to drink all water through the LifeStraw.

LifeStraw for Hiking & Camping:

Access to clean water is critical while hiking. LifeStraw accomplishes the same thing as other filters, but does it at just a tenth of the weight. If you’re ultra-light hiking, this is a must. At only 2 oz, it’s the lightest way of filtering water while on the go. If you consume the recommended 3-4 liters of water per day while hiking, LifeStraw will last you for between 250-330 days of hiking. If you’re in a rush, there’s no need to stop and filter water by the lake. Just scoop your water bottle full, and sip from it as you walk. Or, dip the end of the straw right into the lake and drink until you’re hydrated.

As a hiking or camping water filter, the LifeStraw provides great convenience. A purifier or pump filter is great, but it takes a fair amount of time to wait for the purification or filtering to complete. Instead, experience the convenience of drinking directly from the water source using your LifeStraw. Perfect when you are hiking, or relaxing around camp.

LifeStraw for Emergency Preparedness & Survival:

In light of recent natural disasters, many people are realizing they cannot depend on their city water during an emergency. A water filter that’s lightweight, easy-to-use, and portable is important to have in your emergency preparedness kit. Buy a LifeStraw for each member in your household - it's a low-cost investment in security.

Awards and recognition:

LifeStraw has received significant accolades since its original design was invented in 2005. Time Magazine named LifeStraw the “Best Invention of 2005.” In 2008, it won the Saatchi and Saatchi Award for “World Changing Ideas”. Esquire called LifeStraw the “Innovation of the Year.” And Forbes noted that LifeStraw is “one of the ten things that will change the way we live.” Now that LifeStraw has launched in the USA and Canada, we expect continued positive responses.

History:

LifeStraw is manufactured by Vestergaard Frandsen, which is a Switzerland-based company specializing in disease control products for developing countries. Their core business model is centered around corporate social responsibility, and they help countries reach their United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals with products designed to prevent vector- and water-borne diseases. LifeStraws are shipped throughout the world to countries in need including Haiti, Pakistan, and Africa.

LifeStraw Retailers:

Interested in buying Life Straw Personal Water Filter from a dealer near you? Click to see our store locator map, with a complete list of retail stores selling the LifeStraw.

Wholesale Inquiries: Eartheasy is the master wholesale distributor for the USA and Canada. Please email dealers@eartheasy.com for information on selling Life Straws in your retail store.

LifeStraw Family:

LifeStraw Family, the award-winning and internationally recognized water filter, is now available in the U.S. & Canada. LifeStraw Family is a larger capacity microbiological water purifier capable of filtering up to 18,000 liters of water, enough to supply clean drinking water for a family of five for up to three years. Please click here to learn more about LifeStraw Family.

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We want you to be completely satisfied with every purchase you make. If you are in any way dissatisfied with a product you ordered, we'll exchange it, replace it or refund your money within 30 days of purchase. Simply email us the problem, and we'll take care of you. Certain products have extended warranties (up to 50 years!) that are listed on the particular product page. Please call us at 1-888-451-6752 if you need further clarification.

Additional Information

Water Filtered Per LifeStraw Guaranteed up to 1,000 Liters (264 Gallons). (Tested up to 1,600 Liters)
Weight 2 Ounces (0.125 lbs)
Dimensions 9 inches long, 1 inch in diameter
Key Feature Ultralight, innovative, and highly effective. Tested in the harshest conditions since 2005.
Manufacturer Vestergaard Frandsen
Origin Made in South Korea

Shipping Information

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  • From Cindy at 9/13/12 9:19 AM
    • I am wondering if the family life straw is available for purchase yet? According to a past question, it was to possibly be available in mid 2012. Thank You in advance for your answer :)
    • We expect to have the LifeStraw Family available for consumer sales in the US and Canada in the Spring 2013.
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  • From joden at 5/21/12 6:19 AM
    • Hello, I live in Auckland, I want to know whether or not to shipping, thank you.
    • We are sorry but we do not ship overseas. Perhaps you have a contact in the US who can order it for you.
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  • From Wes at 3/25/12 2:50 PM
    • if i am on a hunt and use it for a couple days will it be good for the next years hunt?
    • Yes. It does not matter how long the LifeStraw is stored between uses. It will still work fine.
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  • From lynnann at 2/4/12 8:05 AM
    • I'm concerned that bacteria, once the straw is contaminated, will continue to grow in the dampness between uses....what will keep this from happening?
    • LifeStraw users expel residual water by blowing outward when finished drinking. This removes most of the water. The small amount of remaining moisture evaporates quickly since there is a volume of air within the LifeStraw. There have been no issues with any contaminant buildup within the LifeStraw.
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  • From Dave at 1/2/12 7:34 AM
    • Can this be used / stored in Winter? Will use in Winter shorten lifespan?

      I am thinking of carrying one on my snowmobile for emergencies and as such it could be exposed to severe cold.

    • Yes, The LifeStraw personal water filter can be used in winter. The winter weather will not shorten the filter's lifespan. Water must be fully thawed however to draw through the filter.
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  • From Jon at 12/11/11 11:08 AM
    • How do you store lifestraw between use? Does the filter need to be dried/cleaned if planning to store for an extended period of time between use?
    • After using LifeStraw you simply blow outwards to release any retained water and it is ready to store. There is nothing else that is needed to do regardless of how long LifeStraw is stored between uses.
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  • From Morgan at 10/26/11 11:46 AM
    • What size of contaminant does Lifestraw filter? Down to 0.5 microns?
    • LifeStraw filters down to 0.2 microns.
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  • From Daniel Benitez at 10/11/11 7:50 AM
    • Do you ship to Spain?

      Thanks in advanced.
    • We are sorry, but our system is not set up to handle overseas orders.
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  • From Curtistine Earnest at 10/10/11 8:08 PM
    • Once the LifeStraw has reached the end of it's life, are there replacement fliters or do you just buy a new LifeStraw?
    • The LifeStraw is not designed for filter replacement. You would need to buy a new LifeStraw.
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  • From Sandra at 10/10/11 11:02 AM
    • if lifestraw removes turbidity, muddiness, then it must become very dirty and clogged up long before 1000 liters are filtered. How can it be cleaned? Also, how can you you when you are nearing the 1000 liters of use.
    • After every use, you just blow the water out of the LifeStraw to clean it. If you are consistently drinking from very turbid water then the LifeStraw may have a shortened lifespan, but by consistently blowing the water out after each use this should be mitigated.

      You can tell when you are reaching the 1000 liter limit when it becomes very difficult to suck water through the straw. When you are no longer able to suck water through the LifeStraw it has reached the end of it's life.
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By smilely on 4/20/14

I watched the video on lnternet and like what I saw . Definetly put in my pack soon.

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Great Product and Great Price!

By Robby P on 4/10/14

This filter is a must have. Works great and I have used mine several times during our annual survival camping trip. I have only bought three items I would say are 100% five star all the way. One being this filter, Two being my Survival Seed Bank, Third would be my SOG machete!

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One of the best products used and owned

By Jamster on 3/12/14

Great product small and light great for camping and hiking with the family we all have one and go out hiking and don't have to carry so much water and that is great cause water is the heaviest thing a hiker has to carry and one of the most important

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A PURE LIFE SAVER EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE IN THEIR BACKPACKS.

By STORMYLEX on 11/29/13

Wish everyone I know would order this item; not just for themselves but for others as you so generously state.

Wish I had a supply on hand to sell during this holiday season> this item is a life saver< and people need to consider this before purchasing that tie for Dad.

This item could be the last line of defense for good water when times get awful.

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I would like to buy it

By Aswin Simatupang on 11/21/13

I just see LifeStraw coincidentally from local online store. The first impression, LifeStraw is a must have tool for my hiking activity. Read all the review in this site, I feel it's an imperative to buy this one.

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Reliable device in times of great need

By Carl T. on 11/12/13

I have used the LifeStraw in my camping trips and bought several boxes to give away to those affected by Super Typhoons in Asia. This device is easy to carry, very durable, has no shelf life and provides users with clean, drinking water anytime they need it, no matter the situation. I love this product!

Is there a way you can subsidize the cost so I can buy in bulk to give away to Haiyan survivors in the Philippines? They have no access to clean water now as the devastation on the land was total. I hope we can help them.

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Gamechanger lifesaving product - care to ship a whole bunch to Tacloban, Philippines (decimated after Category 6 SuperTyphoon Haiyan)?

By Hannah on 11/11/13

I would be happy to help coordinate.

I am a Filipino-American public health physician in San Francisco. I had heard about your brilliant product from the 'Fixes' column in the NYT. You richly deserve all the recognition!

The Philippines' lead climate negotiator in Warsaw today announced that he will fast, starting today, in solidarity with the thousands of people from Tacloban who are unable to find food and water.

Let's bring LifeStraw to where it's needed and actualize why you made this product in the first place. Let's actually make it count.

Thank you.

Hannah de los Santos, MD
Cell 510-432-5296
San Mateo Medical Center/SAn Mateo Health System Family Health Services

Peace

Editor's Note: Thank you for your suggestion and your offer to help. We are working with Rotary International to provide safe drinking water to survivors, and a coordinator for LifeStraw is already on the ground in the Philippines. We are also providing one-to-one matching donations of LifeStraws independently.

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I love this product

By Mac on 11/2/13

I got this product for my daughter for her trip to afganastian and she says it's a life saver thanks lifestraw

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Bought for missionary friend

By Liz on 10/13/13

I bought one for me and one for a missionary friend in Uganda. The villagers walk 4 miles a day for water from Lake Victoria. Until a well is dug for them some day, it will be a useful tool. Planning on buying several more for them as I can afford it;

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Mrs

By adellag on 6/5/13

I think you should have a giveaway on Facebook. People should know about this~~

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Suggestion

By blkgemini32 on 6/1/13

Why not give a million to those poor kids in Africa who drink dirty water without a choice??? We in England have never got far to go for a clean drink ffs!!!!!!!

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Outstanding

By rattler on 4/25/13

Picked up one several months ago from local gun shop (Kelowna, BC). Always with me on the quad or in the boat. Have recommended to friends. Get two, they are not expensive (less than $20.00).

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yes

By jakob on 4/14/13

I love it

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Ship it to the rest of the world!!

By marshal on 12/30/12

Why is it only shipped to the US? most of the people who could use these aren't actually living in the US..u should expand your company or ship these to the rest of the world!!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Good

By Kyle on 12/19/12

I would tell people 2 buy it

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Best feature is size

By dan on 11/19/12

I really like this filter. Easy to use--whether from a puddle or a cup. My only, and it's picky, complaint is that there is no way to filter water for cooking. I suppose you could suck and spit, but...

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Likely

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Fantastic idea...just having a current problem in getting any.

By Colin on 11/6/12

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Go on different adventures for charities and personally think this would be a great product to be able to donate to those in much need,just back from Cambodia and wish i had a supply of these to hand out as we do charity nights to help out in such cases...hope to be able to have a charity night so we can purchase many lifestraws for when we head on our next adventure.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Very Good

By Bob Gates on 10/30/12

It works great. When my 5 year old son used it accidently in the toilet water, he said it tasted just like normal water! 5/5

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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From mom

By your mom on 10/30/12

my son uses this!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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tough!

By reggie on 7/13/12

My daughter dropped her LifeStrraw from the trail and it tumbled down the rocky hillside about 60 '. I was sure it was broken, but it survived with only scratches. What a tough little filter! Thought you'd want to know.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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awesome

By bob on 4/20/12

it was great

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Not sure

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Recommend it!

By Dave Schultz on 3/6/12

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I got this from an Elk's fundraiser that Eartheasy donated the LifeStraws to, and looked it up for more information. I've had a chance to use it a few times and am quite impressed! I can't believe how much water it's rated to filter, compared to other water filters on the market. I'm going to use it for hunting this fall, and expect to be able to travel lighter. I wish it came in camo color though, but it's not a big deal.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Happy with it

By Karl on 2/27/12

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No complaints! Fits in my pocket, I drank from some mud puddles and still feel fine! Joking aside, I'm really concerned about preparedness, and this product is ESSENTIAL in my mind. What good is stored food, guns, and survival stfuff if you don't have reliable water?

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Follow-up review

By Mike on 2/23/12

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Just wanted to leave feedback because I've been using the LifeStraw for a while. When you first use it, it'll take a few strong sucks to get the water flowing. Then once the filter membrane is damp, it's easy to sip through. If the filter dries out again, perhaps over a few days of not using it, it takes another few strong sucks to get the water going.

On a hiking trip it was easy to use for every day. Just be sure to blow back into it if the flow stops or when you're finished sipping, that clears the dirty particles out of the pores of the filter.

When I got home, I rinsed it out and let it dry for a day or so before capping the ends and putting it back in my camping gear.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Really recommend it

By Mike on 12/13/11

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To me, this is the best inexpensive filter on the market. It filters many more gallons than the nearest competitor, and it filters down to a much finer micron size.

It's also made by a company with an incredibly reliable track record. I like the fact that my purchase of this helps support aid work overseas too.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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If you like the outdoors you shouldn't be without it.

By Bill on 10/3/11

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You can read my review on the LifeStraw by going to the link below:

http://billhowardoutdoors.blogspot.com/2011/10/gear-review-lifestraw-water-filtration.html

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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excellent product, worth the wait

By Paul Cavallo on 9/29/11

Our business provides items for emergency stay bags, and we have been following the Life Straw development for some time, and waiting for it to be available to US markets.The samples we received live up to expectations - this is just what we are looking for.
We are surprised that the distribution is narrow for this product, and only available from a couple suppliers at retail. I am emailing your office to inquire about quantity distribution and pricing, thank you.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Highly recommend. Everyone should have one

By Dan on 9/28/11

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Got my shipment of LifeStraws from Eartheasy (thanks it was quick shipping!). Tried one out right away, and the murkey water tasted just fine. The others go in my survival kits.

The comment about not filtering out viruses - well that might be an issue in Africa, but water-borne viruses in America are rare. If you want viruses gone, you have to treat the water with chemicals, which you then drink.

Compared to filters in general, this is one of the very best, at 0.2 microns! I did my research!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Great product but not best on the market

By Mike on 9/27/11

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This little straw is quite the little filter. It is great for hiking because is is so light.
But beware, it will not filter anything below .2 microns, which includes viruses.
It is false that is will purify the most contaminated water. It will take most things out of the water but not everything.
The first gen lifestraw had iodine beads which killed any viruses, but this was discontinued and the second gen lifestraw does not have it.
The lifestraw family on the other hand will filter out viruses because it filters down to 20 nano meters.
Great filter, just do your research.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Likely

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Great little filter

By Richard on 9/26/11

Just got my new LifeStraw a couple days ago and took it out for a test drive yesterday. I found a pretty muddy, stagnant pool that's near my house, got down on my belly and drank right from it with the straw!

I thought it would taste bad but it was alright. It took a few strong sucks through the lifestraw to actually get the water to flow through, but once the water was flowing it was really easy to drink from.

I'm a believer!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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