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  • STERIPEN Adventurer Opti Water Purifier

    Fast, easy, and effective, the lightweight Adventurer Opti provides the ultimate protection from waterborne illnesses using ultraviolet (UV) light. Features a flashlight mode for camping and emergencies.

    Features/Benefits:

    • SteriPEN ultraviolet (UV) light destroys giardia, cryptosporidium, bacteria, and viruses in clear water
    • Purifies 16 oz. (0.5 L) in 48 seconds; 32 oz. (1 L) in just 90 seconds
    • UV lamp life: 8000 treatments
    • Standard insulating sleeve around the UV lamp allows purification in even the coldest of waters
    • Device works with containers with minimum 1.75 in. diameter opening (i.e. Nalgene wide-mouth bottles)
    • Easy to use: push button to activate, place lamp in clear water to illuminate, then stir until the indicator light turns green
    • Uses a revolutionary optical eye to sense the water
    • Patent-pending technology provides safe use
    • Features a flashlight mode (activated by pressing and holding a button for three seconds); clear lamp focuses the LED light
    • Includes a neoprene case with belt loop
    • Includes two nonrechargeable batteries (CR123); battery life: 100 treatments (16 oz./0.5 L); rechargeable batteries: 40-50 treatments (16 oz./0.5 L)
    • Weight w/batteries: 3.6 oz. (103 g)
    • Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 1 in. (15.5 x 3.3 x 2.2 cm)

  • STERIPEN Adventurer Opti Water Purifier

    Dimensions 6.1 x 1.5 x 1 in.
    Filter Element Type N/A
    Kills Viruses Yes
    Micron Size N/A
    Pump Rate 16 oz. (0.5 L) in 48 seconds
    Removes Giardia Yes
    Weight 3.6 oz.

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Steri PenSTERIPEN AdventurerOpti Water Purifier
 
4.4

(based on 8 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (5)
  • Easy to clean (4)
  • Maintenance (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking (7)
    • Hiking (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid adventurer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Reviewed by 8 customers

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    (12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Weak battery compartment

    By Mungo

    from Glenwood Springs, CO

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Beats bottled water
    • Faster than filter
    • No iodine taste

    Cons

    • Water must be clear
    • Weak battery compartment

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking
    • Third world travel

    Comments about Steri Pen STERIPEN AdventurerOpti Water Purifier:

    I used a friend's Steripen while in Peru recently. I thought it was so slick that I decided to buy one of my own. The first thing you need to do is remove a strip of plastic that protects the battery. That's when I discovered the Steripen's biggest flaw. The flimsy cover on the battery compartment is held by a small screw. Instructions say not to over-tighten. But how can you over-tighten it when it does not appear to tighten at all? A simple bayonet mount or snap closure would be more secure and easier to close than this. I'm afraid to touch the screw for fear the cover will spring off (again). It's other "flaw" is that it does not work in turbid water, so pre-filtering may be required.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Easy!

    By Erok

    from Binghamton, NY

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Low maintenance
    • So simple

    Cons

    • Glass is fragile
    • Mind your batteries

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking
    • Day trip
    • Hiking

    Comments about Steri Pen STERIPEN AdventurerOpti Water Purifier:

    About the only thing I dread when backpacking is filtering water. I jumped at the Steripen as soon as I heard about it and have not been disappointed, but there are a couple caveats. Have used it throughout the Adirondacks, the Catskills and in southern Utah. Not sick yet. Had concerns about taste but that has not been an issue, whether used on lake water or slimy, stagnant looking sump holes. No problems with battery compartment. Recommend getting the FitsAll pre-filter for your nalgene to eliminate most particulate matter.

    However, there are 2 obvious vulnerabilities that should make you consider a back-up (eg iodine pills):

    1. Glass. The UV emitter is a glass tube and much of your purifying will likely be among the rocks. Carrying case and plastic tube-cap protect it well enough during transport but drop it while in use and your trip could be over.
    2. Batteries. Bring spare batteries. Mine died on the last night of a trip and had no direct backup which meant we had to use the rest of our cooking gas to boil water. It was 97F that day and the last thing we wanted was hot water. Dummy me for no spares but it definitely didn't last 100 treatments, but who was counting?. Now I use rechargeable as main and regular batts (replace yearly) as backup.

    Despite these issues, the Pen is so much smaller, lighter and easier than mechanicals. In my book, one of the best things to happen to backpacking since the backpack. It's unlikely I will ever go back to hand-filtering water.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love this device!

    By Woodswoman

    from Upstate New York

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Doesn't affect taste
    • Easy to Use
    • Fast
    • Safe

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backpacking
      • Canoeing
      • Hiking
      • Wilderness camping

      Comments about Steri Pen STERIPEN AdventurerOpti Water Purifier:

      I've tried many means of treating water, and this beats all others I've tried. It's fast, effective, easy to use, and doesn't affect the taste of the water. There's no filter to clog up, no nasty chemicals to add, no waiting time before it takes effect. It doesn't remove debris so you need to find clearish water, but I haven't found a true con yet. I can't imagine wilderness camping without it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Safety In Your Pockets

      By C4

      from Bondville, VT

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Pros

      • Easy to clean
      • Lightweight
      • Low maintenance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backpacking
        • Day trip
        • Hiking

        Comments about Steri Pen STERIPEN AdventurerOpti Water Purifier:

        One liter, one minute. No chemicals. What could be better.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great product!

        By Madhatter

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Pros

        • Easy to clean
        • Lightweight
        • Low maintenance

        Cons

        • Loose Screw

        Best Uses

          Comments about Steri Pen STERIPEN AdventurerOpti Water Purifier:

          This is a great product -- compact, effective (at least so far!), and doesn't alter the taste of water. It would be great if it could be a little lighter. In addition, I'm not sure if this was just a manufacturing defect or a design defect, but the bracket in which the screw is screwed into on the back cap is loose, which can make it hard to screw the cap shut, unless you adjust the bracket with the tip of a pen or small tool.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Works as Advertised

          By Andy

          from Dover, NH

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Hiking

            Comments about Steri Pen STERIPEN AdventurerOpti Water Purifier:

            I got this before hiking a section of the AT in Maine. It replaced a bulky pump filter that proved unreliable on its last outing.
            The SteriPen is small. Push the button and gently stir your liter of water for a minute or so with the SteriPen before it flashes the green light. You're done. The batteries did not run out after constant use over my week long trip.
            If you can accept the small risk that this electronic device will fail, it's a great option for backpacking. The other negative is that it could break if dropped when out of the protective case.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Works Great

            By ColoradoFun

            from Longmont Colorado

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to clean
            • Simple

            Cons

            • Non-standard Battery

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Hiking

            Comments about Steri Pen STERIPEN AdventurerOpti Water Purifier:

            We are often in the backcountry for long periods of time and no access to water. This device is simple and easy to use. So far I love it, much better than lugging more water just to be sure we have enough. Be sure to order an extra battery since it is non-standard and can die on a trip.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Steripen

            By MDFrank

            from MD

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to clean
            • Lightweight
            • Low maintenance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backpacking

              Comments about Steri Pen STERIPEN AdventurerOpti Water Purifier:

              I used this (Steripen Adventurer) for a four day trip and it was my exclusive source of water for the duration. It worked perfect everytime and I even ended up purifying other peoples water for them as well. Fast, easy, reliable.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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