Product Review - 3M Water Filter Systems (AP 902 & AP Easy Complete)

~ Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:17 AM ~

Over 3 months ago, I received an email pitch from 3M asking whether I would be interested to review their water filter system and the first thing that came to my mind was 'Huh? 3M? Water filter system?' I had previously reviewed some products by 3M, such as their Scotch™ Premium Kitchen Scissors and Scotch™ Kids Scissors and never would have imagined they also have water filter systems in their product range. After exchanging emails to and fro between 3M representative, we decided to attend their product briefing at their Innovation Center to learn more about their products.  

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For your info, we have been using our current outdoor water filter system (to be referred in this post as 'brand B') for about 5-6 years and it has a backwash feature which hubby will occasionally turn on to backwash and clear off the filter. As for indoor, we did not install any water filter system at all.

Now, before I start off with our review, I just want to share that a lot of procedures have been done in order to ensure our product review and testing is done correctly and we have results to show for it.



Prior to the installation of the 3M Water Filter Systems, one of the 3M lab staff came over to our house to collect and test our current water sample.

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Anyway, back to the collection and testing of our water. The staff took the water sample from our porch outside (after filtered by 'brand B' filter) and reverted with the results to us few days later and also sent us the photo shown above (right side) with the sediments settling at the base of the container which contains our water.



We finally decided on a date for 3M to come over to our house with their technician to install their water filter system. I managed to take some quick shots of our 'brand B' outdoor water filter system in comparison with 3M's outdoor water filter system.

Can you see the 'brand B' one was as high as myself? And see for yourself how small is 3M's water filter in contrast? We initially was surprised and wondered too whether such a small filter is able to do the job, but fret not, 3M has a technology where their filter particles are so extremely small and fine that it does a terrific job!

Anyway, the technician immediately went on to install the 3M water filter systems.

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While the technician drills and installs the 3M Drinking Water Filter System (Model: AP Easy Complete) which is located right underneath our kitchen sink (save space and looks neat outside), I let my kiddos play around with the filter cartridge. Again, a tiny little filter system, not heavy at all for my kiddos to carry! There's a sticker you can stick right on the cartridge to remind yourself when the time is up to change a new filter cartridge.

The cool thing with the 3M Drinking Water Filter System (Model: AP Easy Complete) is it comes with a built-in bypass valve which means you do not need to shut off your water pipe prior to a filter cartridge change! Such an awesome convenience! You can also view this short video on how to change the filter cartridge for AP Easy Complete here:

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Here's how it looks like after the 3M Whole House Filtration SYstem (Model AP 902) was set up. A neat and small water filter system that does not take much space at all! The 3M Whole House Filtration SYstem (Model AP 902) helps to eliminate sediment and rush from the piping system.

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And here's how it looks like after the 3M Drinking Water Filter System (Model: AP Easy Complete) was set up. Just a tiny little faucet jutting out from our water sink, easy to lift black colored tab to turn on and off the water. The 3M Drinking Water Filter System (Model: AP Easy Complete) helps to remove 99.5% of filterable cyst, removing chlorine taste and odour, sediment and rust and also lead & parasitic protozoan cysts. You can read more on the NSF Certification for the AP Easy Complete here: PR3MNSFCert.pdf (682.84 kb).

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After installing 3M Water Filter Systems, we felt more at ease using our water. We washed our food and cutleries with the filtered water, we even use the water filtered for our drinking water (being Chinese, we are used to boiling our water so, we do boil our filtered water first) and I also use the filtered water to make my red bean drinks.

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Below are the snapshots of the report sent to us after 3M tested the quality of our current filtered water:

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To conclude our review, we love using 3M Water Filter Systems as we now no longer need to perform any backwash function (* Do you know that backwash function is not good for the water system actually? Drop me an email and I'll be happy to forward you the Star newspaper article to support this statement)

We feel at ease as the filtered water can be drink directly from the tap and another good thing is last time when we use the 'brand B' water filter, it came with a carbon filter that filtered away the chlorine which actually helps to prevent and counter contamination. Imagine we have been using our water without chlorine for years! Just for your info, it is not good if an outdoor filter have carbon filter because the carbon's function is to reduce chlorine and the water kept inside the water tank needs chlorine to kill bacteria and slow down the bacteria's growth inside the tank.

Maintenance wise, it is easy to change the filter cartridge for both indoor and outdoor water filter and there are also reminder systems to remind us when it is time to change the filter cartridges. Also with products produced by a well-known and trusted brand, it also adds up to our confidence level in continuing on to use the water filter systems!

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You can find out more info from 3M website.

** Updates on Sept 2014 - Please search through 3M website for their products info and comparisons and for pricing info instead of sending emails to ask me as I'm not the products representative nor I get any commission or anything from doing this review. 3M staff will be more equipped to answer your questions instead of a blogger like me ;)

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the product by 3M in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

Things I Needed for My Labor Bag...

~ Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 7:55 AM ~

Sharing pictures taken of my labor bag as I realised I have never actually had a proper checklist to keep track or remind myself what to bring when I am due to give birth! I packed this when I was at my 36 weeks pregnancy.

Stuff for myself:

* A pack of disposable panties (the hospital I am going to give birth at only provide the 1st maternity pad which is those string type where they tie at the sides, but other than that no free panties or maternity pad for you)

* A nursing bra

* A T-shirt and a long pants for myself when I checked out from the hospital (will be wearing hospital gown during my stay after labor so no need to bring any extra own clothes until I leave hospital)

* A pack of maternity pads

* Some light snacks (though I can get hubby to bring more from home if I needed to)

* Books to pass time (hopefully can read when baby is asleep)

(Not in picture yet: My mobile phone and charger, hospital health booklet, my identity card)


Stuff for newborn baby:

* A pack of newborn diapers (we don't need to bring the whole pack but I'm lazy to open it up and bring some so just going to lug the whole pack over to hospital since the hospital will not be providing any to us also)

* 3 pairs of baby clothes (short/long sleeve and pants)

* 2 packs of baby wipes

* Talcum powder (just in case need to use)

* Towel (though we can get from hospital as well)

* Few hankerchiefs

* Baby blanket and some comfu swaddles

In case you are wondering what about baby formula powder, bottles and pacifier, well, we never have it for our previous 2 kiddos. Our birth hospital is pro-breastfeeding and they ban any form of baby formula powder, bottles and pacifier so that's the reason we don't need to pack these items in my labor bag.

Let me know if there is anything I should bring along! Thanks!

iPad App Review - There’s a Map on My Lap!

~ Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 8:36 AM ~

Our 4.5 years old boy loves maps! So when I received an email pitch on this app, I immediately requested to review it as I could definitely see the potential in our learning aspects! Without further ado, here goes my feedback...

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* Title: There’s a Map on My Lap!
* Price: $3.99
* Category: Books
* Released: 28 Aug 2013
* Version: 2.3
* Size: 49.2 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"Come along with The Cat in the Hat as he travels the world to teach Sally and Dick all about maps. Learn the many uses of different types of maps, including city, state, world, topographic, temperature, terrain and more. Find out about various map formats (flat, globe, atlas, puzzle) and tools used to read them (symbols, scales, grids, compasses)."

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* It is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* I like how we get to learn the many types of maps and how to interpret the symbols and legends on the map.

* I can imagine the possibilities of using what we learned from this app and applied it to the world map we have in our kiddos' playroom. Exciting!

* I find myself learning new things from this app too! An eye opener!

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You can purchase the "There’s a Map on My Lap! " app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"