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Steripen Classic

in Hydration - Water Treatment

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3.67 / 5 (3 reviews)

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Josh S.
( Stumphges )
Steripen Classic on 10/21/2008 15:04:59 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Got a deal on the Steripen Classic UV purification 'pen'. The Classic is heavier and cheaper than the Adventurer model.

Have used the Classic on two trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in Minnesota, relying on it completely for drinking water on week-long trips.

Loaded with 4 AA Lithium batteries I got about 100 liters of safe drinking water before the batteries wore out.

Although the lake water in BWCAW is claimed to be among the cleanest in the country, and some canoeists do drink straight from the lake (usually dropping weighted buckets to depth far from shore) we were able to draw water from the shoreline, hit it with the Steripen, and drink, a convenience taking only 2-3 minutes total.

It was a pleasure to drink unfiltered water, taste and all, with confidence that we wouldn't get sick.

I'll be taking the Steripen to western China and plan to use it in all situations where the water is relatively free of industrial pollutants. (Which rules out about 3/4 of the country's waterways)

Only negatives of this device is the weight as compared to Adventurer model and the cost of batteries.

Dylan Carlson
( Dylan_Carlson )
Not reliable enough for a thru-hike on 10/01/2009 17:33:30 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 2 / 5

I took the Steripen on the CDT knowing that I would have many questionable water sources, but wary of using chemical treatment on my water for several months in a row.

I was disappointed by the battery life and dependability of the Steripen Classic. I used 4x Lithium AA batteries as recommended. I should have been able to treat 100 liters.

Sadly, however, after about 30 liters, the Steripen would show "no battery." Then, maybe 8 hours later, it would have enough juice to treat ONE single liter before showing no battery again.

This 8 hour delay to access the remaining power in the batteries was unacceptable.

I sent home my Steripen, switched back to my trusty polar pure, and walked the next four months without issue.

Brian Mix
( Aggro )

Western slope, Sierra Nevada
Very good Product. on 08/05/2013 12:43:36 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I received the Steripen classic about two years ago as a gift. The first year it sat in my gear box as an untested trinket. After a trip where drinkable water was scarce and I got dehydrated, I now carry it on every outing. Summer or winter I have used it without giving it another thought- it just works. I use a Gatorade bottle to sterilize and carry, or alternately steri and dump into a bladder for transport. I do always carry extra batteries but it's still on it's first set having treated over a hundred quarts of water so far. I do carry the instructions with me still- for a while usage was confusing but now it is second nature. I had planned to "upgrade" to a smaller lighter unit but after reading many non favorable reviews, I think I'll keep what I have. It just does what it's supposed to with minimal effort from me and in a timely fashion.

Price comparison from GearBuyer: Gatorade Box priced at: $12.99

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