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  • STERIPEN Classic Safe Water System

    This safe water kit includes SteriPEN's Classic Water Purifier plus a 32 oz. Nalgene water bottle, a water bottle prefilter, and SteriPEN carrying case.

    Features/Benefits:

    • SteriPEN is the only portable water purifier that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to destroy waterborne microbes
    • SteriPEN purifies clear water by destroying viruses, bacteria, and protozoa, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium, in seconds
    • Purifies 16 ounces of water in 48 seconds
    • Weighs just 8 ounces
    • Carry a SteriPEN to disinfect water wherever you travel, hike, camp or trek
    • Proven in the field by Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and Everest climbers
    • Lamp life: 8,000 liters (3 liters per day for over 7 years)
    • Easy to use: push button to activate, place lamp in clear water to illuminate, then stir until the indicator light turns green
    • No pumping, no test strips, no timekeeping, no aftertaste, no clogging, no replacement filters, no lubricating
    • SteriPEN creates ultraviolet light that damages the DNA of microbes in seconds; without functional DNA, microbes can't reproduce or make you sick
    • Package contents: SteriPEN Classic Handheld Water Purifier, user's guide, neoprene carrying case
    • Requires 4AA batteries (not included)
    • Battery life depends on type of batteries used (SteriPEN recommends lithium or NiMH batteries)
    • Output can yield 35 to 200 liters of pure water

  • STERIPEN Classic Safe Water System

    Dimensions 6.5 x 1.5 in.
    Filter Element Duration N/A
    Filter Element Type N/A
    Kills Viruses Yes
    Micron Size N/A
    Pump Rate N/A
    Removes Giardia Yes
    Weight 8 oz.

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Steri PenSTERIPEN Classic Safe Water System
 
3.6

(based on 5 reviews)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (4)
  • Easy to clean (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking (4)
    • Hiking (3)
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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Beware of quality control

    By Bestballdog

    from Boston Massachusetts

    About Me Avid Adventurer

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          Comments about Steri Pen STERIPEN Classic Safe Water System:

          Having used cumbersome filters for years, I was excited to see portable UV water treatment in action. However, this unit seems to be more of a toy than a serious product for serious adventurers.For starters, the bulb was defective right out of the box. Next, the bayonet type battery enclosure is surprisingly flimsy: One of the small plastic lugs was missing or perhaps sheared off during initial battery installation. Either way, the unit had to be returned for a replacement. As always, EMS handled the matter courteously.I do not doubt that this is legitimate and wonderful technology and that the Steripen is a clever product. The issue is quality control at the point of manufacturer: China. I really try to be fair and not allow my negative experiences with Chinese manufactured products to become self fulfilling prophesies. But Chinese made products, even very slick and technically up to date ones like the Steripen, disappoint, and worse, seem to cause real inconvenience for me time and time again.I am still looking forward to trying out the Steripen, and will try to keep an open mind. But on my next back country venture I will certainly be treating it with care and of course pack a traditional filter as a back-up.Bottom line: the manufacturer of this product, in my opinion, needs further development. At present, it appears to be one more example of Chinese style mass production, where high defect rates (and warranty claim rates) are offset by very low production costs. This is not an appropriate business model for a serious product in critical health related service. I believe any product like this needs to be manufactured according to very high standards that ensure low defect rates and thus high reliability in the field. If this unit cost [$] but was robust and reliable, it would still be a real bargain.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I like...

          By Rich

          from NoVA

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to clean
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor filtration

          Best Uses

          • Backpacking
          • Car Camping
          • Day trip
          • Hiking
          • International traveling

          Comments about Steri Pen STERIPEN Classic Safe Water System:

          This will not remove pesticides or heavy metals but combine this product with a good filtration system and you can drink anywhere with confidence.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Seems to do the trick

          By Neil

          from New York, NY

          About Me Casual Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to clean
          • Lightweight
          • Low maintenance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Hiking
            • Travel

            Comments about Steri Pen STERIPEN Classic Safe Water System:

            I used this on a recent backpacking trip, using it on clear water from fast-running creeks. It's pretty fast, and the pre-filter is decent at getting out any large particles. I didn't end up trying it on 'challenging' water (murky pond, etc), so I can't say anything about that. It's great for hiking/camping, but I'll also be bringing it with me when I travel in countries where I don't necessary trust the tap water. While the Nalgene is convenient, you can use this in any bottle that has a wide enough mouth (unfortunately not most PET bottles).

            Cons: It's a good idea to spend 20 minutes with the instructions when you first get it, as it's not inherently obvious. Also, you should be conscious of what is, and what isn't, being sterilized -- if you dip the cap of your Nalgene in the river as you fill it up, for example, those drops of water will not be sterilized, and will end up mixed with the liter you did sterilize. Finally, it can be sort of finicky about starting -- you press the button, place it in the water, and instead of turning on, it gives you the blinking red light. It always ended up working on the 3-4th try, but kind of annoying.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Worth the Money

            By Vagabondboarder

            from New England

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            Pros

            • Good filtration
            • Lightweight
            • Low maintenance
            • Simple

            Cons

            • Hard to Clean

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Car Camping

            Comments about Steri Pen STERIPEN Classic Safe Water System:

            The method is logical and simple to use. Just be careful to not break any of the equipment and be sure to clean it well.

            The only downside is it requires about 6" depth of water to be quickly effective.

             
            3.0

            Cool product when it works

            By JRSNH

            from Mont Vernon, NH

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            Pros

            • Easy to clean
            • Easy to pump
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backpacking
              • Day trip
              • Hiking

              Comments about Steri Pen STERIPEN Classic Safe Water System:

              This is a cool product but you should never rely on an electronic device when in the backcountry. I used this while on a recent multi-day hiking trip with friends. We were able to sterilize very clean water that was fast moving from a mountain spring, we all drank it and none of us got sick. The problem came the next day when we nearly ran out of water, went to use it again and the battery was dead. It may have been a fluke but we were only able to treat a few liters of water before the battery became depleted. Yes, shame on us for not bringing spare batteries but we expected more runtime than we experienced. We resorted to boiling water with a JetBoil, 2 cups at a time which is a very cumbersome process. I would stick to a manual, hand pump type filter like the MSR MiniWorks that doesn't rely on electronics. If you are using this in the backcountry, make sure you bring something else as a backup.

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