Review: Pelican EZ-Connect Compact Water Filter System for Home Use

    Pelican EZ-Connect Compact

    Pelican EZ-Connect Compact Water Filtration System

    •    Price: $$
    •    Flow Rate: 5 gpm
    •    Filt. Capacity: 3-6 months
    •    NSF Cert.:
    •    Warranty: Lifetime

    Municipalities have been adding chlorine as a disinfectant to their water supplies for ages. As you are probably well aware, in addition to an unpleasant taste and odor, chlorine also causes dryness damaging your skin and hair.

    The Pelican EZ-Connect Compact water filtration system provides a viable solution to this problem.

    By removing chlorine and other contaminants you will be able to enjoy cleaner water at every tap in your home plus your shower. And although the EZ-Connect is not a drinking water filter, it’ll make your water taste much better.

    You can choose between the PC100 that features 10-inch industry standard filters and the PC200 with 20-inch industry standard cartridges.

    Both are whole house systems and both will eliminate 99% chlorine from your water, says Pelican. Above that, the PC200 is also suited for chloramine treatment (99% reduction).

    The latter is a so-called secondary disinfectant and a commonly used alternative to chlorine in municipal water distribution systems. In recent years, chloramine applications have been on the rise.

    By the way, the issue with chloramine is that it requires longer contact time with the filter media to remove. Thus the larger cartridges.

    What else distinguishes the Pelican PC100 from the PC200?

    Both use a 5-micron pre-filter for sediment reduction. The PC100, however, uses an activated carbon block as its second stage. The PC200 on the other hand makes use of catalytic carbon.

    The flow rate is 5 gallons per minute which is enough for small homes and families with 1 or 2 bathrooms.

    Minimum/maximum required operating pressure: 25 to 80 psi.

    What We Like

    The sediment pre-filter housing is clear so that you can see at a glance how dirty the cartridge inside really is. This takes out all the guesswork and allows for timely replacements.

    We also like the molded design, meaning that the housing cover connects filtration stages 1 and 2. This not only rules out potential leaks, it also simplifies system assembly.

    And lastly, the EZ-Connect is backed by a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects granted by Pelican.

    Pelican EZ-Connect Compact

    Installation

    Hooking up the PC100/200 is not difficult at all. So if you are somewhat handy with tools there’s no need for you to call a professional plumber to do the setup for you – which is nice because it saves you money.

    The basic process looks like this:

    • First, turn off the main water supply and drain all remaining water.
    • Once the bracket is mounted you can connect your existing plumbing to the inlet and outlet ports using 1 inch male threaded adapters (not included).
    • Open the nearest faucet and the main water valve. Check for leaks.
    • Flush the system for 10 minutes to remove any loose carbon fines.

    A bypass with one shut-off valve before and after the system is recommended.

    Video

    The following video walks you through the installation process step by step. Although it features the PSE500 you can also use it to set up the PC100 respectively PC200, since all EZ Connect systems install in the same manner.

    Parts List

    • PC100/PC200 housing cover
    • Filter set
    • Housing wrench
    • Mounting bracket
    • Bolts and washers
    • Silicone grease
    • Installation instructions

    Maintenance

    The good news is that carbon filters do not require a lot of maintenance.

    All you have to do is change cartridges no later than 6 months after installation as per manufacturer’s recommendations. For the sediment pre-filter you may be required to make replacements sooner than that (every 3 to 6 months), depending on your feed water quality and overall usage.

    How much does it cost to maintain the Pelican EZ Connect?

    • For the PC100, you should expect to pay anywhere between $140 and $180 per year.
    • The PC200 is even more expensive with $260 to $320.

    FYI: This is much more than what you pay for most other whole house filtration systems on the market.

    Replacing Filter Cartridges:

    1. Turn off the main water supply or open the bypass in case you have installed one.
    2. Open the nearest faucet to drain any remaining water and leave it open for now.
    3. Use the housing wrench to remove the filter housing (turn clockwise).
    4. Discard the old filter cartridge. You can also dispose of the old O-ring.
    5. Insert a new cartridge and center it on the stand pipe.
    6. Lubricate the new O-ring with food grade silicone grease and put it in place.
    7. Put the filter housing back on and tighten carefully.
    8. Slowly turn on the main water supply. Allow your system to refill.
    9. Check for leaks.
    10. Close all outlets. Done!

    Manual

    A manual for the Pelican PC100 can be found here. The PC200 manual can be accessed on this page.

    What We Don’t Like

    All we can say right now is that, like all other Pelican water filter systems, the PC100 and PC200 are both pretty expensive – especially considering their relatively small size and simple build.

    And like we said, the same applies to replacement filters.

    We would also have appreciated NSF certifications for chlorine/chloramine reduction.

    Our Verdict

    If your municipal water contains excessive chlorine or chloramine and you want to get rid of it, a Pelican EZ-Connect whole house filtration system might be just what you are looking for.

    Your water will be 99% free from disinfectants, it will taste much better (even better than bottled water), and you will like its feel when in the shower.

    Yes, EZ-Connect systems are pricey, but most users are very happy with their purchase. 3.5 stars!

    Looking for More Pelican Information & Reviews?

    For more reviews of Pelican water treatment systems visit this page.

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