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Published on March 23rd, 2011 | by Gbemiga


Water Everywhere: SteriPen Sidewinder and KOR Delta

Wa­ter is of­ten un­der-ap­pre­ci­at­ed. It’s all too easy to lose sight of the fact that turn­ing on a tap and get­ting potable wa­ter is a lux­u­ry, and isn’t avail­able in much of the rest of the world. There’s a lot of talk about wa­ter be­ing the next re­source to fight over, but we don’t feel much like bat­tle. In­stead, it’s easy to head out to coun­try­side- sur­pris­ing­ly easy to do even near one of the biggest metropoli­tan ar­eas in the Unit­ed States. And when hik­ing and camp­ing to trav­el­ing to places where clean drink­ing wa­ter is a pre­cious com­mod­i­ty, the SteriPen Sidewindercomes in handy. SteriPen is known for their line of portable wa­ter pu­ri­fiers for trav­el, out­doors and emer­gen­cy needs, and their lat­est prod­uct is the SteriPen Sidewinder, a wa­ter pu­ri­fi­er that doesn’t re­quire bat­ter­ies and is pow­ered by your mus­cles.

The Sidewinder works by blast­ing the wa­ter with UV light, a wide­ly rec­og­nized method of killing mi­croor­gan­isms. With a ca­pac­i­ty of one liter and the abil­i­ty to pu­ri­fy up to 8000 liters, one liter at a time, we liked that it was light, easy to car­ry, and durable. It was as easy to use as ad­ver­tised- just fill the in­clud­ed one liter bot­tle with wa­ter, at­tach the Sidewinder, flip the unit and bot­tle up­side down and un­fold the han­dle. Then crank the han­dle un­til the green LED in­di­cates suc­cess­ful pu­rifi­ca­tion, which takes about 90 sec­onds. Open and drink!

While we loved the SteriPen, we found that crank­ing the han­dle at the ad­ver­tised rate (2 rev­o­lu­tions per sec­ond) might just be too dif­fi­cult for the sick or el­der­ly to keep up with, though any young per­son should be fine. The SteriPen al­so comes with a pre-fil­ter, in case the wa­ter con­tains par­tic­u­late mat­ter, and is car­ries the Wa­ter Qual­i­ty As­so­ci­a­tion’s Gold Seal, cer­i­fy­ing that it pu­ri­fies wa­ter safe­ly and ef­fec­tive­ly ac­cord­ing to EPA stan­dards. They make some oth­er units to fit dif­fer­ent use cas­es, but this is one of the most us­er-friend­ly and straight­for­ward and can be found on­line for $99.95.

An­oth­er way to save wa­ter, even when at home, is to skip drink­ing the bot­tled stuff. And one of the best ways to do that is by car­ry­ing a reusable wa­ter bot­tle. The KOR Delta Hy­dra­tion Ves­sels might have an odd name and some fea­ture bloat, but are pret­ty darn good. These lat­est wa­ter bot­tles – or as they are ad­ver­tised, “Hy­dra­tion Ves­sels” – were de­signed us­ing the cus­tomer feed­back that they got from the KOR One. Changes in­clud­ed a cir­cu­lar base that fits in­to cup hold­ers as well as a small­er size.

Con­sumers com­plained of the han­dle of the KOR One be­ing un­com­fort­able and now the Delta’s han­dle is slight­ly ti­tled to mim­ic the shape of your hand, get­ting longer as you move from your lit­tle pinky to your in­dex fin­ger. This new han­dle shape sym­bol­izes the an­cient Greek Let­ter, Delta (∆), which means change. On get­ting the Delta, the first thing we no­ticed was that its well de­signed and beau­ti­ful, not ex­act­ly what you ex­pect a wa­ter bot­tle to be. On in­spect­ing the Delta we found that it came with a safe­ty latch which pre­vents ac­ci­den­tal spilling which we were very pleased with. Af­ter weeks of car­ry­ing it around, we didn’t have a spill- it’s per­fect for yo­ga and light class­es, if a lit­tle small and heavy for hik­ing, camp­ing, or daytrip­ping.

On drink­ing some wa­ter out of the bot­tle, it struck us that the cap hadn’t re­bound­ed and tried to hit us in the face which is a plus for any wa­ter bot­tle- it’s the lit­tle things that we ap­pre­ci­at­ed. For in­stance, the spout twists off and re­veals a much larg­er open­ing for eas­i­er clean­ing. And it was just large enough to al­low us to hur­ried­ly gulp down our drink or maybe put in some ice cubes but it was small enough to pre­vent splash­back. Al­so, the gen­tle curve of the spout felt com­fort­able, smooth- bet­ter than just about any glass or oth­er con­tain­er. Delta was easy to clean and dish­wash­er safe, and comes in four col­ors, each rep­re­sent­ing and sup­port­ing dif­fer­ent wa­ter re­lat­ed caus­es, Pink for the Glob­al Wa­ter Cri­sis, Green for Wa­ter­shed Pro­tec­tion, Blue for Ocean Pro­tec­tion and Or­ange for Con­tain­er Re­cy­cling.

The KOR Delta comes with a very, um, San Fran­cis­co fea­ture- KOR stones, which are in­spi­ra­tional/mo­ti­va­tion­al plac­ards just small enough to fit in the cap of the Delta. We found our­selves more con­fused than mo­ti­vat­ed (there is an ex­tra plas­tic tab to ac­cess and change the ‘stones’), but it’s a cute idea. Al­so, we should note that KOR is a part of the “1% for the Plan­et” move­ment. This is a move­ment where com­pa­nies around the world con­tribute 1% of their to­tal sales rev­enue to a group of 2,271 en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions all over the plan­et. All in all, a good deal for a BPA-free, way to eas­i­ly car­ry your liq­uid of choice around. The KOR Delta can be found on­line at $19.95 for the 500mL bot­tle and $29.95 for the 750mL bot­tle.

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In Gbemiga Sodipe's 28 years on this planet, he has lived on every continent but South America and has had a wide variety of jobs and experiences. He has worked as a Technical Writer for Microsoft in Beijing and as a coupon delivery guy in Springfield, Missouri. He loves books and is partial to Sci-Fi and Nonfiction but if you put any book in front of him his mind will be gone from this world and into the world of the book. Unless of course you put Uncle Toms Cabin or any book by L. Ron Hubbard in front of him, then he will first beat you to a bloody pulp with the book then commit what he considers to be one of his Seven Deadly Sins i.e. burn the book. In fact he for a time considered books much more interesting and less problematic than girls but that was during his early teenage years (ok maybe also every now and then but don’t tell his girlfriend that). Gbemiga speaks English and Mandarin Chinese fluently, understands but can’t speak Yoruba (to his mother’s eternal chagrin, even though it’s her fault) and knows the insults and swear words of 5 other languages (thank you International upbringing).

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