STERIPEN CLASSIC SAFE WATER SYSTEM
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- Battery powered (UV) water purifier. System pack includes Pre-Filter, water bottle and Classic carrying case. Pre-Filter stores on water bottle.
- Purify a half-liter in 48 seconds or a liter in 90 seconds. Easy operation: activate, place lamp in water and stir. Shuts off when finished.
- Destroys over 99.9% of harmful bacteria, viruses and protozoa, like Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Certified by the Water Quality Association.
- Fast, safe, effective and chemical-free. Doesn't alter taste, pH, or other water properties. Reusable to purify up to 8,000 liters.
- Purifies 100 liters on one set of lithium batteries. Requires 4 AA batteries (not included)
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Providing everything needed for cleansing and purifying drinking water while camping, hiking, or traveling, this pack consists of a SteriPEN Classic handheld water purifier, a pre-filter for cleansing dirty water, a 32-ounce wide-mouth water bottle, a user's guide, and a nylon case for the water purifier.
The water purifier destroys viruses, bacteria, and common protozoa. It weighs just 8 ounces with four AA, disposable batteries (not included) and purifies 16 ounces of water in 48 seconds, or 32 ounces in 90 seconds. Measuring 7.6 inches long, the purifier employs ultraviolet light (UV) to destroy the DNA of microorganisms, making them unable to reproduce and cause illness. It's effective against outdoor microbes like giardia and cryptosporidium; pathogens that cause diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis, and Legionnaire's Disease; household germs such as bird flu, E. coli, and salmonella; staph and strep; and natural-disaster risks like botulism, cholera, smallpox, and typhoid. All that is required is to push the water purifier's button (once for 32 ounces, twice for 16 ounces), place the pen-like lamp in clear water, and stir until an indicator light turns green.
The pre-filter filters particulates and debris from water, making it ready for the water purifier. The water bottle has a cap for securing water after it's been purified.
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I was able to determine that the extended outdoor use seemed to create too much humidity within the unit and caused this malfunction. The malfunction occurred with a much greater frequency during periods of extremely high humidity and periods of extended rain. I was able to "fool" the unit when I got a red light by waiting for the indicator light to stop blinking and then placing the unit in the water, just as if I were purifying the water. Then I would pull it out of the water, just as if I had completed the purification, then push the button again. The SteriPEN would then work just fine for any number of uses. I am certain that this would not even be an issue to anyone using the SteriPEN for weekend or week long treks. The problem also goes away after the unit is in a controlled environment (inside) for approximately 1-3 days to get a chance to get completely dried out.
On one excursion to the Coba ruins I had to refill my bottle from a restaurant’s blue cooler, and just for peace of mind I went ahead and treated that water. But being in a touristy area it was probably plenty safe and my treating it wasn’t necessary since getting tourist sick is not their intent.
I’m still glad to make this purchase because just having a way to purify drinking water whether camping or due to some concern with local water supply makes owning a SteriPen worthy. It will go with us on all future overseas trips.
Two problems surfaced on our purchased item, one was the bottle would not seal properly and unless it was upright it would drip. It was missing a seal and it was promptly resolved by the manufacturer with a phone call when we got back home. The second issue had to do more with me the user than any product defect. Trying to purify the water a second time I couldn’t get the SteriPen wand to work, a red light kept coming on. My first thought was the lithium batteries drained from one use, so I replaced them but still got the red light. Then I thought the humidity had affected the electronics but eventually learned to turn the wand on outside of the water and then insert in order for it to perform correctly.
Honestly, the bottle I don't really bother with, and the beauty of this system is that you don't really need the special bottle. It works just fine with my existing canteen.
As for its effectiveness, well, I've been using this for over a year and I haven't gotten sick yet. I've been primarily using this on hikes to treat local fresh water from streams and such. Regular rules apply - avoid stagnant water, etc etc. I've been able to just fill up my canteen from a stream, use this wand, and I'm good to go. I haven't had any long term problems/malfunctions with this unit.
Because I'm about redundancy, I do carry treatment tabs in case the batteries on this die, but I'm still on my first set of batteries (I purchased fresh lithium batteries, not trusting the batteries included with the unit). It's a convenient and (as far as I can tell) effective treatment solution. It's a good product.
Having the full pack is nice because I wouldn't trust a regular non-Nalgene bottle subjected to UV light. The UV wand is very small and packable, and the water bottle can just be hooked onto the strap of your backpack so it won't take up room in luggage.
I actually felt much safer using this than I did drinking water out of disposable bottles, because the thick plastic of the Nalgene reduces the chance of carcinogen exposure. Of course, it is also cheaper (in the long run) and more environmentally-friendly to use this over bottled water. I would recommend this to anyone!