SteriPen Classic 3 w/Pre-Filter Bundle Pack
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- Battery powered Ultraviolet light water purifier that is perfect for travel and outdoor use. Purifies up to 150 liters on one set of AA batteries
- Purifies a half liter of water in 48 seconds or 1 liter in 90 seconds. Simple and easy to operate. Device activates when the lamp is placed in water, simply insert and stir until the light shuts off.
- Destroys over 99.9% of bacteria Viruses and protozoa, like Giardia and Cryptosporidium Certified for purification 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
- Tapered end fits most commercial water bottles, canteens, or drinking glasses.
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|Item Dimensions||1.7 x 7.3 x 1.7 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.7 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.3 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.75 pounds|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
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FEATURES of the SteriPen Classic 3 w/Pre-Filter Bundle Pack Classic 3?s UV light destroys over 99.9% of waterborne microorganisms that cause illness Ergonomic design with a new easy-to-remove twist-off cap The first SteriPEN to be work effectively with alkaline batteries. Can be powered by alkaline, lithium, or NiMH batteries Enhanced LEDs indicate treatment size and status of batteries and lamp Watertight. No more worries about dropping your Classic 3 in a bottle or stream So easy ? just activate, place in water, and stir. LED indicators flash to let you know when water is safe to drink
Color: White | Size: One Size
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There are two modern ways to kill all pathogens, including viruses. The SteriPens are one. The other is the Aquamira Water Treatment Drops. The Aquamira drops work by reacting to produce an oxygenated chemical that does the work. The reacting and treatment can easily be done in the backcountry. The whole process takes at least 20 minutes but you can keep hiking for most of that. The SteriPens work by producing sterilizing UV light and take only a few minutes. The Classic 3 can use any type of AA battery, including rechargeables or, in an emergency, readily available alkalines. You get about 150 liters from a set of lithiums. The SteriPen weighs 141 g with batteries. The 1 oz Aquamira kit weighs about 75 g and treats 115 liters; you can adjust the mix for different volumes, such as 20 oz instead of a liter.
Another option would be to use Aquatab tablets. These create the same oxygenated chemical as Aquamira drops and also take about a half hour to work. They cost about ten cents per quart of treated water whereas Aquamira costs about a penny.
The SteriPen pre-filter is a nice addition, even though it's relatively heavy. It connects to the nifty Nalgene On-The-Fly 22-oz water bottle, but imperfectly. The 40-micron filter won't remove cloudiness and certainly not pathogens. You could also use a coffee filter or even a bandanna. If you don't need to filter out pine needles and chipmunks you can jam the SteriPen directly into the filled bottle's drinking tube. If you use repurposed 590 ml energy drink bottles to hold your water, as many thru-hikers do, you can drill a 7/8” hole in a spare cap and wedge the SteriPen into it during treatment—a perfect solution, except you'll have to decide whether to use the half liter or full liter treatment options depending on clarity and source of the water.
You have to be aware that no system works on water that's in the threads of containers, and both are less effective at treating the bacterial biofilms that form on tiny particles in cloudy water. You have to take care not contaminate your purified drinking water with even a drop of untreated water in your apparatus, as some pathogens need only a few organisms to cause an infection. Be sure to dry out those threads, and don't brush your teeth with untreated water. Aquamira treated water kills pathogens that it comes into contact with during the time it is working, so you can use that to your advantage, but SteriPen treated water is always inert.
One worry about the SteriPens used to be the life of the UV discharge tube. SteriPen has addressed that with their Premium Lamp Life Pledge. When the number of treatments with your registered unit approaches 8,000 SteriPen will send you a brand new unit. That's one reason I have decided to use a SteriPen when appropriate: not because I think that I will ever use it up, but because I admire a company that stands behind its products.
You should understand some things about acquired intestinal distress. Water-born illness doesn't come on immediately; most infections take about a week or so to manifest. If illness comes on more quickly, the most likely cause is food poisoning. If illness appears on an outing, you probably were infected beforehand. The most common mode of acquiring intestinal distress is, ahem, fecal-oral transmission. Avoiding that transmission process requires diligent hand washing when preparing food in the back country, something that is seldom assiduously practiced. I suspect that nearly all clear back country water is OK to drink without treatment except that downstream from persistent human habitation, but even if you become infected, you'll be home before it hits you.
I have good hiking equipment, but not good water filtration equipment....stupid me! I recently invested in a "sawyer" straw, but no way to kill viruses except with bleach, but not liking the taste, I usually bring too much water and water equals weight!
I've read about this brand of UV sterilization and others, but this name brand has better reviews, is proven and doesn't break the bank! This company has a 3 year warranty and a lifetime replacement of the bulb(after product registration) because it's only good for about 8000 uses. The system has a built in system to notify you when the bulb is nearing it's life span....simply let the company know and they send a new bulb....that's a win...win! The system also comes with a neoprene carry pouch and a pre-filter with wide mouth adapter to fit nalgene bottles....mine is a different manufacturer and 40 oz. bottle.
I've tried the unit to make sure it was functioning correctly, but not used on an unknown water source, but It's a good felling to know that Ihave almost all the bases covered. I still carry my coffee filters and bleach as a back up.
This is a must if you carry limited amounts of water, you just never know when your water will run low. I highly recommend this item.