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Steripen Journey (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

Virtual Pack: Steripen Journey

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by Don Wilson | 2008-01-25 20:53:00-07

This product feature was published in conjunction with the Virtual Pack Project from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008. Click here for more information about the ORWM 2008 Virtual Pack Project.

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The Steripen Journey is a user friendly version of the Steripen handheld water purifiers. It has an LCD display which indicates time remaining until the purification process is complete, and can also indicate remaining battery and lamp life. The display gives feedback to the user indicating if the purification process was completed successfully.

I chose the Steripen Journey for Bob's water purification system because it looks easy to use and frankly I wanted Bob to jump out of his rut and try something new. The Journey is a couple of ounces heavier than the Steripen Adventurer, but has a longer lasting bulb and the new LCD display. Available in April.

Features

  • Approximately 5 ounces
  • Purifies 1 liter of water in 90 seconds
  • Lamp lasts for 10,000 cycles
  • LCD display provides some user friendly features

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"Steripen Journey (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)," by Don Wilson. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/steripen_journey_orwm08.html, 2008-01-25 20:53:00-07.

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Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Steripen Journey (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/27/2008 22:02:16 MST Print View

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Steripen Journey (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

Aaron Wallace
(basilbop) - F
Re: Steripen Journey (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/28/2008 22:38:05 MST Print View

I question placing the Steripen in Bob's *winter* virtual backpack... my experience has been that performance--especially battery life--suffers greatly when the water is cold, even in summer. This issue isn't specific to the Steripen; I had similar experience with the UV Aquastar.

P. P.
(toesnorth) - F

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Steripen Journey on 01/28/2008 23:00:52 MST Print View

Aaron,
I have the slightly older Steripen version, I think, but I use AA lithium batteries in mine and it peforms well even in winter temps.
I guess YMMV, of course.

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Re: Steripen Journey (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/29/2008 00:06:48 MST Print View

>> I question placing the Steripen in Bob's *winter* virtual backpack... my experience has been that performance--especially battery life--suffers greatly when the water is cold, even in summer. This issue isn't specific to the Steripen; I had similar experience with the UV Aquastar.

That's a very good point, Aaron. As the Steripen is a new product, we certainly haven't evaluated its winter performance yet. We chose it for the Virtual Pack in part because it was new and we're trying to give preference to new products that we haven't showcased yet. (Albeit, perhaps at Bob's expense.) Will it work? Unknown at this time. But, as Bob will be mostly melting snow for water, sterilization becomes moot if he chooses his snow source carefully. I suppose he could also prewarm the Steripen in his pocket before use on any liquid water source he may come across.

Cheers,

-Mike

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Steripen Journey (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/29/2008 02:21:10 MST Print View

> my experience has been that performance--especially battery life--suffers greatly when the water is cold, even in summer.
Let's separate this into two issues.

The first is whether the UV sterilisation of water is affected by a drop of 10 or 20 degrees. The answer is no. The UV photons still belt into the DNA chains.

The second question is whether the batteries perform as well in the cold. Well, the 'Classic' unit takes AA batteries, and works nicely with the e2 Lithiums. But the Adventurer takes another sort of battery: the CR123. Some of these don't like the cold.
However, I found that it was a very good idea to remove the batteries from the unit while it was not in use: the background current drain was a bit high for my liking. If you carry the two CR123 batteries in your pocket so they stay warm, they will function very well - even the 900 mAh rechargeables.

cheers

Edited by rcaffin on 01/29/2008 02:21:36 MST.

bobby c
(bobbycartwright) - F

Locale: i don't need no stinkin badges!
totally agree on 01/29/2008 05:33:42 MST Print View

Roger, removing batteries from a Steripen when not in use is the smart thing to do. I remove batteries from Steripen and headlamp when not being used and thought I was the only one who did it. I always worry too much about accidentally turning my light on while it's in my pack and being left in the dark.

I've had the Steripen (classic model) down to 9 degrees F, with a windchill in the negatives and it worked fine. I actually heated up my water a bit with the stove then treated it with the Steripen. My bottles were a bit frozen but the warm water balanced out and was probably around 60degrees F during treatment. Haven't gotten sick yet and I've been using it alot for almost a year.

Great product and great company. I'll put the taste up against chemical water anyday.

Tim Heckel
(ThinAir) - M

Locale: 6237' - Manitou Springs
Journey on 01/29/2008 08:07:57 MST Print View

Regarding the Steripen Journey...
I think these are welcome changes. I dislike the lack of information and feedback on the Steripen Adventurer. At times, mainly in bright sun, I cannot see the status of the treatment. The LCD display on this new unit is very welcome.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
ADVENTURER on 01/28/2010 13:55:48 MST Print View

I own an Adventurer. How many cycles is its "less durable" bulb good for??

Edited by Danepacker on 01/28/2010 13:57:00 MST.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: ADVENTURER on 01/28/2010 15:39:38 MST Print View

> How many cycles is its "less durable" bulb good for??

I don't think the assumption of 'less durable' is correct.

Anyhow, it is exactly the same (Philips) bulb and cover as in the Classic. I think the figures is 50,000 hours - in each case.

Cheers

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: ADVENTURER on 02/03/2010 12:51:46 MST Print View

Eric:

There's no telling them bulbs. But I used my Adventurer regularly during my recent seven-month RTW trip without any problems whatsoever.

Looks aside, I still can't see much difference between the Adventurer and the Traveler!?!

Edited by ben2world on 02/03/2010 12:53:18 MST.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: ADVENTURER on 02/03/2010 14:02:13 MST Print View

> I still can't see much difference between the Adventurer and the Traveler!?!
Well, the Adventurer is black while the Traveler is silver. :-)

Actually, the colour of the case is the ONLY difference. Seriously. Marketing thing.

Cheers