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We all have to deal with making our drinking water safe during backcountry trips. Until recently, we could choose to filter, chemically treat, or boil our water to ensure with confidence that it was safe. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, its adherents and detractors. At the 2005 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, Meridian Technologies introduced the AquaStar UV Purifier. Meridian has since improved the product, releasing the AquaStar Plus at the 2005 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. They have continued to make improvements to the product to become the robust ultraviolet light water purifier we review here. If you do not like the hassle of working with chemicals or a standard pump filter (to say nothing of toting the weight of the average pump filter), then perhaps the 3.9-ounce (110-grams), purifier only, AquaStar Plus deserves a closer look.


  • Introduction
  • What’s Good
  • What’s Not So Good
  • Specifications: Year/Model, Weight, Battery Type, Features, MSRP
  • Performance
  • What’s Unique
  • Recommendations for Improvement

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