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First Need® XL Elite

The First Need XL Elite portable Water Purification System uses General Ecology, Inc.’s propriety Structured Matrix™ technology to provide great tasting purified water without  harmful chemicals or electrical connections. Structured Matrix technology has been independently tested and documented to meet the EPA Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Water Purifiers against bacteria, cysts, and viruses.

  • Purifies water instantly
  • Removes: bacteria, cysts, giardia, crypto, viruses, particles, foul taste, odors, specific organic chemicals
  • Bottled water quality at a fraction of the cost.


  • First Need XL Elite — P/N 322200
  • For Cold Water Use Only – Does not Desalinate
  • Particle Retention — 0.4 micron
  • Average Flow Rate — 2 (qt./min.)
  • Nominal Capacity* — 180 gallons (1,440 pints)
  • Minimum Operating Temperature — 33°F (0.5°C) DO NOT FREEZE
  • Max Operating Temperature — 100°F (38°C)
  • System Weight — 16 oz.
  • Pump Length — 6.25”
  • Replacement canister — First Need XL Elite Replacement Canister P/N 302220

*Performance may vary according to influent water quality.


“I’ve had the First Need XL since 2012 and it has not let me down, ever. It’s well designed, rugged and easily maintained.” – J.C.S.

“The taste and quality of the water is awesome.” – Gayelan T.U.

“I keep coming back to the First Need XL. It pumps water fast and is by far the best tasting water I have ever had. It also gives me peace of mind that it purifies the water, removing pretty much everything.” – Pete G.

“The First Need XL is the best water filter I have used… period. I strongly recommend this product for water purification.” – Kerry M.

All General Ecology products are designed, engineered and manufactured in the U.S.