Introducing my new camping partner: the SteriPEN Traveler Handheld Water Purifier!
I have found a favourite outdoors companion in SteriPEN's new Traveler Handheld Water Purifier. I was pretty curious about what it could do and whether it would work when it was released in March this year. This Traveler Handheld Water Purifier is a pocketsize gadget with a unique, purifying pen that uses ultraviolet light to kill water-borne bacteria, making the water drinkable and safe to use. I think it's the best water purifier around to get clean drinking water!
Now whenever I go hiking, I no longer need to lug many heavy flasks of water but I can safely go au naturel and drink from all the rivers and streams that I pass by on my trek. Talk about convenience!
How the SteriPEN Traveler Handheld Water Purifier works:
1.) Collect the water that you want to be purified in a container
2.) Install two AA-size batteries- preferably lithium or rechargeable ones as alkalines apparently don't work as well!
3.) Press the Start button
4.) Put the purifier pen into the water
5.) Approximately one minute later, the light should go green. Tada! The water is now ready for you to drink.
Why the SteriPEN Traveler is the most convenient choice
The SteriPEN Traveler solves a few major dilemmas for outdoors enthusiasts. Without the SteriPEN Traveler, I would have to resort to boiling, water purifier tablets or a pump filter. Not only does it take water three to five whole minutes to boil, I would need to bring a portable stove with me. Let me tell you, I am not a fan of carrying heaps of heavy, clanky things when I go hiking because I find it very restricting, so boiling water has never been an attractive option for me.
Then there is the second option- Water purifier tablets. Since these tablets are small, they are ideal for the minimalist backpacker. However, it takes around 5 hours to completely treat the water. Water purifier tablets are mainly made from iodine so it also makes your water taste like chlorine, which can get sickening after a few drinks. This leaves us with our final alternative, which is the pump filter. Personally, I've never tried this option because I've found them too large and heavy to take with me.
Take care with the batteries though!
Although it is widely acknowledged that the Traveler Handheld Water Purifier sterilises the water pretty well, I've heard a few stories about how it doesn't work with some batteries and it may take several batteries before it is up and running. So, for safety, I recommend you to make sure that your batteries work before you plunge into wild terrain and pack a few spare batteries just in case.
Other uses for the SteriPEN Traveler (It is perfect for holidays or tap water at restaurants too )
If you're not the outdoorsy type, you can still take the SteriPEN Traveler with you when you go on holiday to Thailand, for instance, and aren't sure about the hygiene quality of the water served in restaurants or at your resort. The classic SteriPEN Traveler is a little larger than the SteriPEN Adventurer and the SteriPEN Mini but it is still light enough to bring on normal occasions when you're just going to the restaurant if you can't stand the putrid chlorine taste of tap water. In fact, the main difference between the SteriPEN Traveler and the Adventurer or Mini is that the system needs four AA-size batteries rather than two.
Have you tried any SteriPEN purifiers yet?
To any enthusiastic campers, feel free to leave a comment here. Have you tried using a portable water purifier before? Maybe even have a SteriPEN purifier already? Have you ever wished, like me, that you could drink from the lush, cool, gurgling streams on your hike? Let's share our experiences! And you can also do more research for reviews and product information for the SteriPEN Traveler Handheld UV Water Purifier here