New SteriPEN Adventurer Weighs Half of Original (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

At 4.0 ounces the SteriPEN Adventurer weighs less than most filters and starts to be weight competitive against chemical treatments

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by Alan Dixon | 2006-08-11 03:00:00-06

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At 4.0 ounces the SteriPEN Adventurer weighs less than most filters and starts to be weight competitive against chemical treatments. UV treatment is fast and may be the most effective water treatment on the market.

At 4.0 oz (3.6 oz BPL measured) the next version of the SteriPEN, the Adventurer is half the weight of the original SteriPEN and should be available in October. At this weight the SteriPEN ultraviolet technology weighs less than most filters and starts to be competitive against chemical treatments. SteriPEN sterilizes water with ultraviolet light. It is effective against viruses, bacteria, and protozoa (e.g. Giardia and Cryptosporidium). It will treat 50 to 60 liters of water on a single set of batteries. Using the optional storage case with integrated solar charger, the SteriPEN adventurer will treat 1250 gallons! of water (the life of the ultraviolet emitting bulb).

UV treatment is generally both faster and more effective than filters or chemical treatments. Filters are generally not effective against viruses and most chemical treatments are not rapidly effective against Cryptosporidium (a protozoa). Chlorine dioxide-based treatments generally require a contact period of one to four hours to inactivate protozoan cysts, while iodine treatments are generally ineffective against both Crypto and Giardia.

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The new SteriPEN Adventurer weighs half the original SteriPEN and is half the size. (SteriPEN adventurer shown with protective bulb cover removed).

Specifications:

  • Mfr weight 4.0 oz (BPL measured weight 3.6 oz!)
  • Uses two CR123 lithium photo batteries (or rechargeable lithium ion CR123’s)
  • 6.6 oz (BPL measured) = weight of optional clamshell storage case with two rechargeable CR123 batteries
  • $130 MSRP of SteriPEN Adventurer
  • $50 MSRP of optional clamshell storage case with two rechargeable CR123 batteries

Performance:

  • Push-button, automatic, microprocessor & sensor controlled treatment time
  • Treats for viruses, bacteria, and protzoa
  • Treats 16 oz in 48 seconds
  • Treats 1 liter in 90 seconds
  • Treats 50 to 60 liters on a set of lithium non-rechargeable batteries
  • Treats approx. 40 liters on a set of lithium ion rechargeable batteries
  • Treats approx. treat 1250 Gallons using optional storage case with integrated solar charger (the life of the ultraviolet emitting bulb)

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Optional clamshell storage case with integrated solar charger. The case has a photo cell panel on the cover and charges two CR123 lithium ion batteries. Using the case the SteriPEN Adventurer treats 1250 Gallons on a singe set of rechargeable batteries.


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"New SteriPEN Adventurer Weighs Half of Original (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)," by Alan Dixon. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
New SteriPEN Adventurer Weighs Half of Original (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) on 08/11/2006 21:51:42 MDT Print View

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New SteriPEN Adventurer Weighs Half of Original (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Scott Ashdown
(waterloggedwellies) - F

Locale: United Kingdom
Re: New SteriPEN Adventurer Weighs Half of Original (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) on 08/12/2006 02:11:23 MDT Print View

I've used the steripen for a while and this looks like an ideal upgrade, saving weight and removing the need to carry spare batteries. The more compact size looks great.

I'll definitely be looking to get one of these!

** Update **

12th Nov 2006, They have now become available in the UK, so I have just placed my order!!!! I'll put a readers review on the site once I have used it for a while!

Edited by waterloggedwellies on 11/12/2006 07:44:34 MST.

Kim Skaarup
(skaarup) - F

Locale: Cold, wet and windy Scandinavia
Solar charger on 08/12/2006 05:33:50 MDT Print View

Break even at 6 sets of spare batteries (12) = totally around 300-350 liters of water. Plus that extra set you would carry if the charger didnt charge enough. But for a really long tour in the dessert or a large group it might be ok.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Solar charger on 08/12/2006 08:39:51 MDT Print View

I too use a Steripen and will be looking at the new version. I am quite impressed!

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Economic too on 08/13/2006 06:43:07 MDT Print View

This sounds like its also could save money over chemicals in the long run. Can't beat the convenience and now its weight competitive.

Michael Siegert
(msiegert) - F
New SteriPEN on 08/19/2006 17:43:14 MDT Print View

I've used them all... most recenetly the MSR and a PUR Explorer. Except for size the SteriPEN had them all beat...no chemical taste, convenient to use, takes care of just about every evil critter there is quickly. Time for an upgrade. Anyone want to buy my old, giant SteriPEN?