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Steripen Classic (1st Generation) Handheld UV Water Purifier
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- Battery powered ultraviolet light water purifier Perfect for travel and outdoor use Purifies up to 150 liters on one set of AA batteries
- Purify a half liter in 48 seconds or liter in 90 seconds Easy operation activate, place lamp in water and stir, shuts off when finished
- 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 and canteens
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|Item Dimensions||1.7 x 7.3 x 1.7 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.3 pounds|
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|Shipping Weight||0.36 pounds|
SteriPEN Classic (1st Generation) handheld UV water purifier, winner of time magazine's best invention of 2001, quickly and effectively purifies up to 1L of water in just 90 seconds. SteriPEN Classics (1st Generation) tapered neck fits most commercial water bottles and canteens. Four AA lithium batteries will up to purify 150 liters. An 8,000-treatment lamp delivers years of purification. Batteries not included. One year limited warranty.
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Steripen remains the best option for treating drinking water in my opinion. It covers all infectious organisms (unlike many other methods), is fast, and is good for many uses if not mishandled.
Original report: I took this on a trip to India, and was surprised how many times I was asked to explain it to fascinated fellow tourists, airport security officials, and others, many of whom wrote down the product name so they could buy one. Considering how nasty some water-borne diseases can be (i heard one horror story from a fellow traveler who decided to get one after seeing mine... he still suffers recurring symptoms from an old exposure), i was surprised how few tourists to areas with sketchy water think about their water supply. Of course, these days bottled water, with all its resource depletion and disposal problems, is commonly available in many places, but i hate patronizing the bottled water industry, wherever it may be located.
So anyway, I kinda think i deserve a commission, but at the price this original version of the Classic model is going for it it's hard to complain.
I will mention that i encountered quality control issues in the product: specifically, mine had a poor seal between the outer glass bulb and the device housing, meaning that over the three weeks of use it accumulated several drops of liquid inside the bulb assembly. I don't know if the other problem I had was related or not, but i also had some trouble with it spontaneously deciding the batteries were dead (as evidenced by the red LED and the bulb refusing to ignite), even with newly-charged batteries. In case the problem was caused by a short due to the moisture, i started carrying it around with the battery cover off. This prevented additional false battery warnings but was a serious hassle as it meant I had to rummage around in my hip bag and find the battery cover each time i wanted to use the device.
In summary, the steripen is the best solution for tourists and extended visits to countries without carefully regulated municipal water supplies. It is effective (inactivating viruses and cysts that some other solutions don't treat) and is fast and compact and (in this version) uses AA batteries which can be recharged by commonly available solar or wall chargers. I took the Powerex MH-C204U-04IGS Compact USB Charger with 4 AA 2400mAh Imedion Batteries, which served multiple purposes (as all good trekking gear should): AA charger using the same adapter as my cell phone, AA battery storage, as well as emergency backup power pack for my cell phone on days when I took a lot of photos or the power was out the night before (which happened several times on the trip). I took a classic Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottle with Loop Cap as a durable water bottle and for using the steripen in. It wasn't ideal, as the steripen doesn't seal into the neck and therefore you must fill the Klean Kanteen to about 90% full in order to use the steripen, and tend then to wet the threads, which is a potential contamination risk. I ended up holding onto a disposable 1 L water bottle and using that for most treatments just because it was easy to treat: add water, seal opening with steripen, invert, and swirl while treating. The threads could be dried or prevented from wetting more easily that way, as well.
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