Outdoors steripen

Published on January 14th, 2014 | by Greg


SteriPEN Ultra: Clean Water, Fast

Traveling abroad offers many risks, but among the most easy to overlook and potentially damaging is water pathogens. We’ve hit many countries where the drinking water isn’t quite safe, even relatively modern ones like China. There was just a water problem in West Virginia due to a chemical spill, proving that even in the United States, it can quickly become difficult to find healthy supplies of H20.

Now, you should be able to create your own clean water with the SteriPEN Ultra. We have to make one important note upfront- we aren’t a chemical or biological testing lab, and simply don’t have the equipment to put the SteriPEN to a rigorous test. But their central claim- that 99% of viruses, bacteria, and protozoa responsible for water-borne illness are removed within 45 seconds- certainly has been checked, and approved by the Water Quality Association.

Granted, this device won’t get rid of all impurities- lead, minerals and heavy metals aren’t touched by the ultraviolet light used in the process. In fact, for folks in West Virginia, they likely would not have been able to clean out the toxin so easily- but they would have been able to use any pondwater or other water sources. After all, especially if you’re camping or hiking, you don’t want to risk dangerous water from that stream or lake. Perhaps local governments will considering stocking them for emergencies.

There is an internal battery that lasts about fifty charges before needing some juice, which should be plenty for most anyone, and it recharges via USB. A full liter will required two complete doses, so about ninety seconds total, and you’ll need to make sure your bottle has a lid large enough to fit the wand, and that you turn the bottle upside down during the process. The Ultra is very light, about five ounces, and easy to pack away anywhere. Easier than boiling, nicer and faster results than iodine or chlorine, the SteriPEN is a nifty product that ensures you can have a safe supply of drinking water, anywhere, anytime. Available for $90 or so, online and in stores.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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