There are 4 ways to treat water. Boiling, Filtration, Chemicals and Ultra-violet light. I have made a YouTube testimonial for the Steripen – an older and established provider. Watch it to get a primer.
Today I am going to tell you about a new entry in the UV light market. A new CamelBak device involves a battery powered UV light generator. The UV light emanated inhibits the DNA of any living thing to reproduce. The “blue meanies” cannot make you sick if they can’t reproduce. No worries if you zap them. It takes about 1 minute to treat 1 quart.
CamelBak is famous for their water reservoirs backpacks. They recently introduced a competitor. The name of their product is “All Clear.” Like Steripen, it’s NOT a filter. Usage includes hiking, backpacking and travel to foreign countries, where the water quality might be questionable.
To work it, you pre-filter water in their 750 ml (3/4 of a quart) bottle. This is mandatory as viruses can hide behind sediment and not get treated. Giardia and Cryptosporidium are the protozoa we find in Yosemite – so use it properly.
It has a similar battery powered UV generator that’s good for 10,000-cycles. The power button is located on the cap. You press until the unit glows. It takes a minute to treat the entire container. A drawback is that to fill additional containers, you have to pour from the AllClear multiple times. I prefer to leave the water source hydrated with two 1-quart bottles.
By the way – it’s CamelBac – not CamelBack.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The future ain’t what it used to be.” – Yogi Berra
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