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Pulsar Disruptor Filter - A Game Changer

by Mark Timmons April 30, 2017 48 Comments

New Pulsar™ Disruptor® Filter with Ahlstrom Media

Pulsar™ Disruptor® Filter with Ahlstrom Media

The Pulsar Disruptor Filter is a disruptive technology, in that it displaces an established technology and shakes up the industry or a ground-breaking product that creates a completely new industry. When the PC replaced the typewriter, it forever changed the way we work and communicate. Cell phones were “disruptive technology” because it allowed us to communicate from almost anywhere and the Pulsar Disruptor Filter System is “disruptive technology” in that a filter system can now reduce or remove the following contaminants:

  • Bacteria
  • Iron
  • Virus
  • Copper
  • Cysts
  • Lead
  • Tannin
  • Chromium VI
  • Endotoxins
  • Selenium
  • Legeonella
  • Tannic Acid
  • Silica
  • Humic Acid
  • Heavy Metals
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Fulvic Acids

The Pulsar Disruptor filter is manufactured with Nano Alumina Fibers that have a Zeta potential of 51 millivolts. A CZF cartridge retains bacteria, virus, cryptosporidium oocysts and even tannin with its strong Zeta Potential. To removes cysts and bacteria. Unlike mechanical filters which rely on “pore size” the Charged Zeta Technology literally “secures” the contaminant. It is “absorbed” in a very real way. The filters have a long life and are easily replaceable. The Pulsar Disruptor filter media is manufactured from a naturally occurring element called boehmite, which has no known Health Side Effects. In fact, boehmite has long been used as an additive to food products and digestive analgesics. Additionally, it has passed testing for NSF/ANSI Standard 42 and 61 for potable water and USP Class VI testing and endotoxin testing. Pulsar Disruptor filter media is engineered with this 51 millivolt charge covering the entire volume and depth of the media. A Pulsar Disruptor filter accomplishes submicron filtration with a “charge” rather than “pore size” filtration, which allows for virtually zero pressure drop and high flow rates. If you compare the Pulsar Disruptor filter to “ultrafiltration” membranes, you will find dramatically higher flow rates with less pressure drop. In summary, with the Pulsar Disruptor filter, you get the following:

  • High efficiency reduction
  • Electroadsorptivereduction of virus
  • Electroadsorptive and mechanical reduction of bacteria and endotoxin
  • Mechanical removal of cysts
  • Higher flow rates and lower pressure drop than membranes
DOE Filter

DOE or SOE Filter Cartridge However, the filter choices and performance often depends upon on the seal integrity within the filter vessel. Double Open End (DOE) or Single Open End (SOE) gasket cartridges on some brands of cartridges may have very high efficiency capability but their reliance on a “knife” or pressure seal may not maintain a positive seal sufficient to stop the migration of microbial contaminants due to pressure shifting or pulsations changes from varying flow rates, which can break the seal! Without a proper seal, microbial contamination is likely to occur right from the start. Cartridges using a knife or pressure seal do not have the tolerances sufficient to act as a microbial barrier.

US Water Pulsar

Pulsar Disruptor Filter with 222 Filter Seal Filter cartridges with a double O-ring seal such as a 222 or 226 (or similar design) that fit into a receiver, within the element vessel, and that provides an O-ring compression necessary to prevent by-pass are the type of filters that should be used. The Pulsar Disruptor Electro-adsorptive technology is now available at US Water Systems, and it does not rely on pore size exclusion for high levels of microbial reduction. It also does not release the retained contaminants in an event of an integrity breach. The electro-positive charge captures and retains contaminants throughout the depth of the pore structure. This method reduces microbes via adsorption + mechanical filtration not simply pore size exclusion. The electro-adsorptive charge provides a net adsorption efficiency of ~.002 um and mechanically with a mean pore size of approximately 1.2 microns. The charge field removes the negatively charged, submicron particles while larger particles are captured within the fiber structure of the media. This method reduces virus by > 4 LRV with a mechanical mean pore size of approximately 1.2 microns. Electro-adsorption provides “retention” of the organisms through these charged structures within the media and small integrity breaches, which may occur, does not produce a catastrophic release of organisms. Mechanical pore dependent membranes and filters do not enjoy this benefit. This filter media has over 400 layers of pore depth created by a wet laid non-woven manufacturing process. This results in a media having a torturous flow pattern, high flow rates at low pressure drop. The charge field results in a high initial removal efficiency as well as high loading capacity. This results in high energy saving. This media has been sold commercially for years with great results. When used with appropriate and proper pre-filtration for particulates, it provides efficient life cycles between cartridge changes. While the media performance is excellent it still requires good manufacturing practices and the integrity of the finished product is just as critical as membranes. This media requires manufacturing knowledge and experience as it can be difficult to pleat due to its 1 mm thickness and composite structure. A quality control procedure with 100% NDPT (Non Destructive Performance Test) or reverse bubble testing in alcohol solution is required at the production facility for every cartridge to insure the integrity. Spent elements and cartridges that remove microbes become a bio hazard and without an antimicrobial additive to control these microbes cannot be disposed of as normal waste. This issue is most often overlooked and the elements and cartridges are typically disposed of in the trash. The Pulsar Disruptor filter is manufactured from a naturally occurring element called boehmite, which has no known Health Side Effects. To date, US Water Systems has had excellent success in removing or reducing tannin, lead, silica and chromium 6.

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November 08, 2018 Ricki

I’m wondering if this technology should be my choice for removal of bacteria from rainwater stored in a cistern. I had been planning on a UV treatment system and am a bit nervous about moving away from established technology for something as important as purification of my drinking water. What do you think?

January 06, 2019 Deana

I live in Ontario on Lake Ontario and have a shorline well.
The water is not contaminated but it smells and is brown.
I haven’t done the tannon test as our cottage is shut down for the Winter.
I’ve been doing a ton of research and only finding that tannons are very difficult to get rid of.
Reverse osmosis may not even do the trick.
I came across your Disruptor filter and this sounds quite promising. It makes sense to electrolyze the molecules to separate.
Do you deliver to Canada or have a distributor in Ontario?
What kind of warranty and or return policy do you provide?

January 07, 2019 Mark Timmons

The absolute worst thing you can do is try and apply a remedy to a problem without knowing exactly what the problem is. Not only do you need to do a tannin test, but you also need to test for iron, pH, TDS, silica, manganese, sulfur, iron and sulfur reducing bacteria and several other competing contaminants.

This is the test you should do with all the options:

The options include tannin, IRB, SRB and sulfur.

When you have problem water, it is better to measure twice and cut once. We do not make any money on our water tests – we just pass the pricing along, but it’s the most important part in choosing a system that will work.

If your water smells and is brown, odds are some other type of treatment will be needed. Tannin is not that difficult to remove… if you do it properly and I would not assume that you have tannin without a detailed water analysis.

Our return policy depends upon a number of things… the policy is here:

February 05, 2019 Bart

Hi, I have a house on community water that has 26ppm silica. Will the new filter reduce or remove the silica without going the expensive RO route for the whole house? I do have particulate 5 micron filter for iron and manganese and a water softner.

February 10, 2019 Mark Timmons

There is no hard and fast rule. In my opinion it is worth the risk before spending all that money.

May 25, 2019 Ray Morgan

bought the whole house disruptor 4.5″ × 20″ filtor. stopped tannins as advertised but only for two weeks. filter was claimed to last for 6-12 months. Not my experience. Will not be reordering. $220.00 filter.

May 26, 2019 Mark Timmons


We have had excellent results in removing tannin, but it does not always work. In fact, if you bought the product from us, you know that on our website, we say this:

The Disruptor electro-adsorptive filter media takes out a very wide spectrum of contaminants, including bacteria, virus, cysts and Chromium 6. However, iron, sulfur and manganese must be removed ahead of it.

This system’s performance is dependent upon incoming water quality and factors such as iron, sulfur, manganese, sediment and other particulates need to be addressed ahead of the US Water Disruptor Filter.

Life expectancy of the filter varies with the water supply, but many users experience filter change intervals of between six months to one-year when coupled with proper pre-treatment. It is an excellent idea to have a 1 Micron Filter ahead of the US Water Disruptor filter.

In a sense, it is like ultraviolet or UV disinfection in that the water needs to be free of sediment, silt, algae, sand, iron, sulfur and manganese. There are hundreds of organics in a water supply that can impact its performance, so there are no guarantees on life expectancy, although in most cases, they do last 6 months to a year.

Tannins are somewhat problematic. They are removed in over 75% of the cases, but occasionally, they are impossible to remove, due to the nature of the tannin itself or due to other competing contaminants. If the tannin is not removed by the Disrupter, then the only choice is a Matrixx Tannin Water Filter that uses sodium chloride as a regenerant. The filter has a one-year warranty for structural integrity and manufacturing defects, but is not warranted against plugging and/or failing to remove tannin. You will still use the housing as a pre-filter if you do not use the Disrupter.

Many times, Doctors prescribe medication that works for most people, but not everyone. When he changes the prescription and prescribes another, he doesn’t refund the cost of your former prescription. The Disruptor is an amazing, disruptive technology that removes more contaminants than any other filter. In some cases, we replace the Disruptor cartridge with the Magna Cartridge if the Disruptor plugs too quickly. The Magna Cartridge is available in 20, 5, 1 and .5 micron sizes. If you are unsure how to apply the Disruptor, please contact one of our Certified Water Specialists at 800-608-8792 before purchasing it.

It works most of the time… but not every time. However, we are in the business of solving water problems, not ripping people off. To that end, we will refund the purchase price for the product against the solution that works every time:

Yes, it’s more expensive, but the risk you took in trying a less expensive solution won’t cost you a dime. Call us and we will make it right!

July 18, 2019 Dennis teague

my well was tested and shows 1.3 iron content. I have a 5 micron sediment filter that knocks that iron # down to .4 before it reaches the new fleck 5600 sxt iron pro 2 64000. My problem is the same one I had with the previous unit , that was an 8 years old sears kenmore. After the unit regens , the water is brown . It takes a while to run it out of the system before it comes clean . ( very annoying especially because This is a new unit and I thought it would solve my problem) I spoke to AWF support, they had me change the regen setting, but still had the same problem. Then they suspected that I had a bad resin tank . They sent me a new one , I installed it . There was no change . Anyway, I was thinking of installing a filter after the water softner to catch this brown water before it gets in all thru the house . I would really appreciate any advise you can give me for a solution . Thank you

July 27, 2019 Mark Timmons

Water Softeners are not very good at removing iron. In certain circumstances, they can, but iron generally needs to be oxidized, not removed by ion exchange. I would suggest an iron filter “ahead” of the softener. That was the softener will not hve to work as hard and use as much salt. Iron filters are also problematic. This is the best non-chemical on one the market:

January 19, 2021 Jeff

Hi there. I have a softener system for iron /manganese removal which is working well. I do have a problem with organic tannins making the water a disturbing yellow colour. Will this remove the colour? What is the flow rate and capacity before changing please?

February 15, 2021 Mark Timmons

Tannins are very unpredictable. We have found that it works in 75 to 80% of the cases. But there are no guarantees. It’s worth a shot!

March 01, 2021 Bright Deji

Tannin is a common problem in Nigeria, we have tried several tannin resin but all failed after few days with regenerating with salt not working. we are definitely interested in your CZF and the possibility of creating a business relationship if we get result. Please send us your product catalogue, price list including a whole house treatment system.

March 22, 2021 Mark Timmons

Please contact our WholeSale Division – Penguin Water:

July 24, 2023 Craig

I have yellow colored tannic water in a water well. The water is good otherwise. I just want to get the water clear. Can I hook up this Pulsar Disrupter filter to the water supply and depend on it to clear the water ? I dont want a full tank water system. I just want a whole house filter 4.5 × 20 … Also, I saw a comment that the filter only lasted 2 weeks not 6 months. What determines the life of the filter ?

July 25, 2023 Mark Timmons

We have found that this filter works on tannin about 80% of the time. It does not work on some tannin and to date, we cannot tell you why. We have a Pilot Test where you can test a smaller filter at your garden hose in order to see if it works. Here is the link:

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