Wow! The SteriPEN was just impressive. I have known about the technology for a while but have been leery about depending my life on it until this last trip. Bottom line? GET ONE!
I know there are other brands out there but we didn't consider them. The SteriPen Traveler takes AA batteries and can be used upside down in many bottles. It also lasts longer than the Adventurer with lithium batteries but is heavier.
Weight: 103g (3.6 oz) with batteries.
Size: 15.5cm. (6.1in.) x 3.3cm. (1.5in.) x 2.2cm. (1.0in.)
Battery: Two CR123 batteries (included)
Battery life: Disposable -- 100 0.5L (16oz) treatments
UV Lamp Life: 8,000 treatments
- I hate pumping water four times a day! This is fast, light and easy to use.
- No dysentery!
- Not much to complain about. Maybe the price, about $90.
- The Adventure model takes CR123 batteries. These are expensive and can be hard to find. The Traveler takes AA.
- The Adventure model does not have the rubber stopper which is on the Traveler model. This means you cannot plug a standard water bottle (not Nalgene), turn it upside down and swirl.
- Well, it has a built in flashlight. I didn’t use that once...
- Did I mention that I hate pumping water all the time?
- As with any electronic device you should have an analog backup (e.g. water purification tablets or the ability to boil).