I am thinking about trying out a Steripen. There is usually plenty of water where I hike. I'm thinking I can carry less water in my pack if I can quickly treat water on the go (opposed to chemical treatment, where I always have 1L to drink and 1L "in treatment").
Which model of Steripen do you prefer and why?
Any problems with malfunctions in the field?
Also, more specifically, Opti users do you know if this device will work on rechargeable RCR123A batteries? RCR123A is a lithium rechargeable counterpart to the CR123.
I have been trying to purge anything mechanical from my kit, even zippers. I don't like fussing with anything or worrying about something not working. However, the advantages and convenience of the Steripen are very attractive. Off trail I'm a gizmo geek, am I letting my love for gizmos cloud my logic on the practicality of this device?