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Backpacking Light MiniDrop 0.35-oz Dropper Bottles (7 pack)

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4.40 / 5 (5 reviews)

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b d
( bdavis )

Mt. Lassen - Shasta, N. Cal.
Backpacking Light MiniDrop 0.35-oz Dropper Bottles (7 pack) on 01/06/2007 15:36:06 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

BPL Dropper Bottles .35 oz.

"An assortment of seven 0.35-oz fluid capacity mini-dropper bottles with different colored caps for easy identification..." BPL Gear Shop, see webpage at:

As described at the Gear Shop web page you can fill these with anything. The dropper top pops out and the caps are color coded. I used a permanent marker to write on the bottle I filled with DEET, see the pictures below of how it filled and what it weighed. It takes the ink easily and well. I would forget what I put in the different colored caps, so I gotta write on them or make a big mess checking out what is in them later.

BPL Micro Dropper bottles and ultrathon DEET

The dropper insert pops out easily for filling. Use a knife tip with very little pressure, so that you don't damage the dropper insert top, since it pops right back in when not damaged.

BPL Micro Dropper Bottle close up

Once the dropper tip is out it is easy to fill the micro bottle:
BPL Micro Dropper Bottle filling

The bottle when filled contains .35 oz. by volume of Ultrathon, 34% DEET which will last three or four days here in the southern Cascades and northern Sierras, maybe more, during the heavy bug season -- enough for me for a weekend trip. The amount or strength of DEET needed varies with the bug season, sometimes we use 100% DEET oils, other times the cream types like Ultrathon.

In any case, I weighed the Ultrathon before filling the BPL micro dropper bottle and the Ultrathon weighed 2.5 oz. Measured the weight again after filling the bottle and the scales didn't really register any difference in total weight because of the addition of the BPL micro bottle:

BPL Micro Dropper Bottle on scale w ultreathon

Micro bottle weight w ultrathon close up

The BPL micro bottle weighed about .2 or .25 oz. by itself, saving 2.25 oz. and pack space. And, at about $ 1 US per reusable bottle they are a good deal.

BPL Micro bottle on scale

The bottle filled with DEET barely made the red needle move, so it is about .2 or .25 oz. based on my previous experience with this scale.

BPL Micro bottle weight close up

So because of the performance to weight ratio, the reusability, taking ink for labelling, size and weight savings, fair or low cost compared to other way heavier camp bottles, and the sheer elegance of this piece of gear -- it is what it is supposed to be, and does what it is supposed to do well this is a 5. And, it will allow us to take things like It's Not Really Butter, Olive, Grapeseed, Sesameseed, or other oils and seasonings with us, making eating and cooking tastier and easier.

The final test: Which would you rather load in your pack or pocket?

BPL Micro Bottle v. Ultrathon

Edited by bdavis on 01/06/2007 16:15:31 MST.

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Jeremy Greene
( tippymcstagger )

North Texas
Good small droppers on 10/21/2008 08:08:22 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

The good has been clearly stated.

The not-so-good:
-orange and red are too similar
-could use a ridge on tip for easier removal and filling

edit: ridge not needed. Just push 90 degrees to tip.

Edited by tippymcstagger on 06/13/2009 13:14:11 MDT.

Jay Wilkerson
( Creachen )

East Bay
Great containers for 2 day hike! on 02/22/2009 12:42:12 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I really like the size of the BPL minidrops.I have used them for DEET,Aqua Mira, Dr. Bronner's Soap, sunblock and even tooth powder. I think it is very important to mark them with a waterproof pen so that you do not mistake the bottles for future refiels. The mini drop bottles are so small that you can bring in a lot liquids and not worry about leakage. Another great BPL product.

B. F.
( thrush )
Great on 03/21/2009 17:59:04 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Best reusable Bottles for outdoor trips.

One tip for writing on the bottles: Alcohol can remove every marker, for example Deet. Write on a transparent duct tape, apply, and then apply a second duct tape over the first. This this is cheap and efficient way to protect the writing and everything is still removable.

Robert Brown
( rob0brown )

Waltham, MA
Good Color Coding on 09/13/2010 12:04:02 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

I like these because of the aforementioned. Just like many others I have found very suitable alternates. Since I was stationed in Japan twice I remembered that these work perfectly:

Japanese Travel Spice Soy Sauce Mini Bottles -give that a google search and enjoy!

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