Oct 16, 2020 at 9:59 am #3679953Backpacking LightAdmin
@backpackinglightLocale: Rocky Mountains
The purpose of this article is to present three ultralight water treatment options for backpacking. We chose these three for their diversity and efficacy, and they include a chemical method, a physical method, and an electro-ultraviolet method. We included a video to demonstrate each technology in the field.Oct 17, 2020 at 9:15 am #3680070Ryan JordanAdmin
@ryanLocale: Central Rockies
We’ll host a Live Facebook Q&A on the topic of backcountry water treatment this morning at 11 AM US Mountain Time.Oct 18, 2020 at 6:03 am #3680155Jim CBPL Member
@jimothyLocale: Georgia, USA
Any updates on when we might see a UV-C LED Steripen? Products like the LARQ bottle already use UV-C LED for water treatment, but that’s a heavy, stainless steel bottle that isn’t great for backpacking.
Advantages of LED should include better battery life, slightly more compact size, and no mercury. I’m surprised Katadyn hasn’t adopted them already.Oct 18, 2020 at 7:25 am #3680157obx hikerBPL Member
@obxcolaLocale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
^^ Hadn’t heard of the Larq so I did some quick checking. Couldn’t find a specific spec for battery life but did get this on a search for “battery life larq adventure mode”
“The UV-C technology built into the lid, eradicates up to 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.99% of viruses in Adventure Mode, meaning you can sterilize water found in streams while out hiking for example. One charge lasts up to 1-2 months for Normal Mode, based on 3-4 cycles a day. Adventure mode, on the other hand, will last around 10-12 days. Low battery indicator lights will let you know when to recharge your bottle.”Oct 18, 2020 at 12:30 pm #3680178William NBPL Member
Thanks for this. A few years ago I got sick using a probably dysfunctioning 2 year old MSR filter and Aquamira but using it wrong. Squinting at directions on the tiny bottle that had no dropper function? 1. I somehow missed looking for the yellow color. 2. I ended up making an error that I thought was correct because the instructions were not user friendly. Normally I think when it’s feasible as we do something we have a wait time we will read and re-read the instuctions. The MSR filter? Or my Sawyer or any filter. What happens to them if you don’t use them for a year? How to store them? When to decide I’d better replace them
Also I wrote MSR and Aquamira about what happened. They never responded. I find that to be inexcusable. I wasn’t accusing them, I just wanted to know what went wrong. Except for terrific articles like this one almost all the information on these systems is PR happy talk. (You know, like on Amazon when you want to know more so you click on the video and it’s complete crap.”Here at Eff-You corp we’re making great strides to provide you the customer with the most up to date…..” Or a cute young person in khakis stands at a table and talks about this piece of back-country gear.) Thanks againOct 18, 2020 at 3:06 pm #3680189Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
As I posted on the live video of this topic my two-part solution is:
1. Katadyn chlorine dioxide tablets (I eschew Aqua Mira liquid)
2. SteriPen Adventurer UV wand
Both of these are classified by the FDA as purifiers.
In addition I use #2 coffee filters for times when the water may have some solids floating in it like bugs, leaves, etc. I am DONE with regular filters.Oct 19, 2020 at 5:42 am #3680250D MBPL Member
@farwalkerLocale: What, ME worry?
I love my steri-pens and have used them 90% of the time in the last decade with fantastic results, BUT their customer service is THE WORST EVER. I had several failures with the lamps and all I wanted was a repair for this hundred dollar item and sent them videos of the failure to perform in action and got NO RESPONSE AT ALL. So I quit buying them. I will not support a company that will not back their product. Now I just strain the water with a clean bandanna and use Aqua tabs.Oct 19, 2020 at 6:54 am #3680252Mike MBPL Member
I think Ryan validated my thoughts on Aqua Mira vs just tabs; I don’t see the infatuation with it- it’s heavier, bulkier and clearly a lot more fuss than throwing a tab in a bottle.
He did point out that per treatment it’s cheaper per dose than tablets- I’ll take the money hit for lighter weight and a LOT less fuss
I did recently purchase a Ultralight Steripen (rechargeable)- if it works as well as my Adventurer, I’ll be very happy :)Oct 19, 2020 at 2:02 pm #3680290Charles BrownBPL Member
Great info here, Ryan. I never see MicroPur discussed as a chemical option. I have used it for years without problems. That is what the BSA gives scouts at Philmont. No mixing. Lightweight. Is it as effective as Aquamira??Oct 19, 2020 at 6:07 pm #3680325
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