For travelers and outdoor enthusiasts, or those experiencing natural disasters, clean water is something you don’t want to take for granted.

Untreated water can contain pathogens and lead to illnesses ranging from mild to severe. This includes symptoms of stomach and bowel trouble like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea on the mild end to more severe illness like hepatitis or meningitis and can even be fatal.

Thankfully, there are water treatment products that are created to kill harmful microorganisms like protozoa, bacteria, and viruses. In this blog, we will review water treatment drops versus tablets, as portable water purifying options so you can determine the best water treatment for your situation.

Best Water Treatment – Drops or Tablets?

Water treatment or purifying chemicals today are often in the form of tablets, packaged powder, or liquid drops. They are all designed to purify water and as such share some features, but you’ll see which product stands out as the best in today’s market.


Typically, these chemicals contain either chlorine, chlorine dioxide, or iodine that is released when added directly to untreated water, acting as disinfectants that destroy harmful organisms.

ION water treatment drops are a proprietary formula of stabilized oxygen molecules in a solution of sodium chloride carbonate and sulfate. You could also say it is a formula of premium salts from around the globe.

Shelf Life

Each water treatment’s shelf life varies with tablets usually lasting around six months. ION water treatment drops have an indefinite shelf life when stored out of direct sunlight. Once added to water, it will purify and treat the water for 7+ years.


Tablets take longer to dissolve than drops, from 30 minutes to as long as 4 hours before the water is safe to drink. For ION water treatment drops, we recommend waiting at least 15-30 minutes.


Since these fall under the category of portable water products, they are easy to carry. One advantage of tablets is that they won’t leak.


Water purifying chemicals can be very irritating if taken on their own. Possible irritations can be felt in the mouth, throat, and stomach, causing nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Tablets can often be mistaken for other medications or vitamins. Keep them in their own clearly labeled containers out of the reach of children.

ION water treatment drops are non-toxic and created with a formula superior to chlorine and hydrogen peroxide for water storage. It can also be added to juices.


The amount of tablets needed for a gallon of water varies depending on the brand. It’s important to make sure the tablet dissolves completely. Tablets are designed for small quantities of water.

One bottle of ION treats up to 110 gallons of water. You can add a bottle of ION to two 55 gallon containers that will stay drinkable for up to 7 years or more.


Some tablets are reported to have a slight to strong chemical taste, especially the chlorine and iodine ones. The taste can be improved by letting the water breathe or by using an iodine neutralizing tablet. Others have taste-neutralizing properties to help the purified water taste better.

ION water treatment drops actually help the water to taste better.


Besides the water purification product and concentration in the water, this also depends on temperature, pH, how clear the water is, and how long the chemical is left to dissolve. With most water treatment drops, not all pathogens will be completely eliminated, nor will pesticides.

ION water drops are extra effective because of the proprietary patented process. The positive charge linked to a chlorine dioxide molecule has the negative charge removed, leaving a balanced, non-toxic, and stabilized product.

Health Benefits

ION treats water with alkaline water drops, increasing the pH level in the water and helping to oxygenate your blood. ION-treated water creates an environment that is hostile for anaerobic and pathogenic bacteria, viruses, toxins, and inorganic substances while increasing the amount of oxygen flow throughout your blood.

Anaerobic bacteria do not need oxygen to live. They reside mostly in your gastrointestinal tract but are also found in soil, food, and water. This bacteria can cause appendicitis, diverticulitis, gingivitis, and other illness. Pathogenic bacteria create infections like tuberculosis and pneumonia. ION is stabilized oxygen and taking it internally or adding it to water will be effective against these types of bacteria.

ION water drops create alkaline ionized water (of 10 on alkalinity scales). Alkaline water (plus ION’s oxygen formula) helps neutralize the acid in your body that might be in the form of indigestion or inflammation, fatigue, or a chronic illness. Using ION regularly can strengthen resistance to illness when added to water or juice (not lemon juice).


As you’ve seen, ION is the water treatment solution with the most benefits for health and ease of use. ION is perfect for preparedness in an emergency, natural disaster, power outage, or for your camping adventures and survival scenarios.