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Hydro-Photon SteriPEN Ultraviolet Water Purifier

Item #: 69478

Our Price: $69.95


Safe drinking water anywhere- SteriPEN™ is the only portable batch water purifier that uses Ultraviolet (UV) light to destroy waterborne microbes. Whether your source is a clear running brook or a hotel tap, SteriPEN™ eliminates viruses, bacteria, and protozoa- including Giardia and Cryptosporidium- in seconds.
  • SteriPEN™ is intended for use in clear water. SteriPEN™ purifies 16 oz. of water in less than a minute and 32 oz. of water in a minute and a half.
  • Fast, automatic UV dose delivery scrambles the DNA of bacteria, viruses, and parasitic protozoa.
  • Kills 99.9999% of bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli.
  • Eliminates over 99.99% of viruses such as hepatitis and poliovirus.
  • Meets the U.S. EPA protocol for Microbiological Water Purifiers.
  • On-board microcomputer controls lamp activation, dose delivery, and water sensor.
  • Maintenance free- battery operated, no pumping or cleaning required.
  • 8,000 dose lamp yields up to 8,000 liters.
  • Automatic dosage counter indicates when lamp replacement is necessary.
  • Versatile- fits most containers- cups, mugs, water bottles and canteens.
  • Water-resistant O-ring gasket seals battery access cap.
  • Operates on 4 disposable or externally rechargeable AA batteries (not included).
  • When clear water is not available, use SteriPEN™ Water Bottle Pre-Filter (SKU # 69479) until water is clear, then treat with SteriPEN™.
  • Not recommended for cold weather use.
  • Instructions and carry case included.
  • Size: 7.6" x 1.5" x 1.5".
  • Weight: 6.5 - 8 oz. depending on battery type.
  • Conforms to UL standard UL 61010B-1.

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Hydro-Photon SteriPEN Ultraviolet Water Purifier
 
3.8

(based on 12 reviews)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (8)
  • Maintenance (7)
  • Easy to clean (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking (9)
    • Hiking (6)
    • Day trip (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid adventurer (6), Casual/ recreational (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9), Yes (3)

    Reviewed by 12 customers

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    5.0

    Works as advertised

    By mbhallll

    from Springfield, Va.

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Hydro-Photon SteriPEN Ultraviolet Water Purifier:

          We used it mostly as insurance purifying hotel water in Peru. Not a very good test. It sure does a quick job. And we felt better!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          using in ecuador

          By jules

          from ridgway,co

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Low maintenance
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Not Noticeable

          Best Uses

          • Backpacking
          • Car Camping
          • Globe Trotting
          • Hiking

          Comments about Hydro-Photon SteriPEN Ultraviolet Water Purifier:

          i have been using it a bit when i cannnot get bottled water but it is hard to tell how good it is working as i am up against a lot of factors that cause GI distress :)

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          No more iodine taste

          By Steph

          from Rochester, mn

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to clean
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Low maintenance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Day trip
            • Hiking

            Comments about Hydro-Photon SteriPEN Ultraviolet Water Purifier:

            Took this into the boundary waters recently, worked great! No one became sick from drinking lake water purified with the Steripen. We brought a backup method, but never used it.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The wave of the future

            By Wozzo the Wonder Dog

            from Murray, KY

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Can see it working
            • Looks cool
            • No aftertaste

            Cons

            • Need backup just in case

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • International Travel

            Comments about Hydro-Photon SteriPEN Ultraviolet Water Purifier:

            Got it to teach Public Health merit badge. Good for backpacking, wilderness survival, emerg. prep. merit badges as well. Even has 2 patents for Inventing merit badge.

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            • No

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            so far so good

            By liz

            from grand forks, nd

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good filtration
            • Lightweight
            • Low maintenance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Day trip
              • Istanbul drank tap water

              Comments about Hydro-Photon SteriPEN Ultraviolet Water Purifier:

              easy to bring fast process

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Just buy a filter

              By Axleguru

              from Seattle, Wa

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to clean
              • Faster Than Tablets
              • Small

              Cons

              • Battery Life Short
              • Does Not Filter
              • Slower Than Filtering

              Best Uses

              • Traveling Overseas

              Comments about Hydro-Photon SteriPEN Ultraviolet Water Purifier:

              We got this for a trip to Costa Rica and ended up using the filter almost exclusively. I have taken it backpacking and for the weight and the short battery life creating the need to carry extras, i suggest a filter.

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              • No

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Larger than expected

              By Overnighter

              from Adirondacks, NY

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Easy to clean
              • Lightweight
              • Low maintenance

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Backpacking

              Comments about Hydro-Photon SteriPEN Ultraviolet Water Purifier:

              I bought this model because it was less expensive than the Journey and used AA batteries which I have standardized for devices in my pack (GPS & Lantern).
              When I first tested it at home on some tap water it failed to function, took the batteries out and put them back in and it worked from then on. The unit is less compact than the Journey and that's my biggest complaint, but it does use AA batteries so it meets my needs

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Worked well for a weekend backpacking

              By Jeff

              from Sandy Ridge, Pa

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to clean
              • Lightweight
              • Low maintenance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backpacking
                • Hiking

                Comments about Hydro-Photon SteriPEN Ultraviolet Water Purifier:

                Purifer must be used with clear water.

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                • No

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Tech-y, but unreliable

                By Copper Mama

                from Interior, AK

                About Me Avid Adventurer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good filtration

                Cons

                • Battery hog
                • Hard to pump
                • Not environmentally sound
                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                • Backpacking
                • Emergency water supply

                Comments about Hydro-Photon SteriPEN Ultraviolet Water Purifier:

                Bought for lightweight backpacking, to replace standard pump filter. Tested it at home w/ recommended lithium batteries, but on first use on trail, it wouldn't turn on. Had to use alkaline batteries (all we had extras of), and it worked; the lithiums worked fine in other devices we had on trail. It's difficult to use with soft-plastic water bladders and large metal water bottles w/ smaller mouths. Not sure how UV affects use-life of water bladders either (UV wrecks your tent fabric and other plastics). It's supposed to be lightweight, but when packing the extra (take at least two full replacement sets) batteries (which cause considerable environmental damage to make), you're better off with the old reliable mechanical pump that doesn't go in the landfill when the lamp burns out. Nice idea, not worth the hassle or money.

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                • No

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Steri-Pen

                By Chuck

                from Seattle

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Didn't get sick
                • Easy to clean
                • Lightweight
                • Very easy when it worked

                Cons

                • Worked eratically

                Best Uses

                • Backpacking
                • Car Camping
                • Day trip
                • Hiking

                Comments about Hydro-Photon SteriPEN Ultraviolet Water Purifier:

                I used the Steri-pen to sterilize lake water.. for some reason the unit would not work at times...no error message very frustrating luckily we had a couple of others to borrow or could have been a real issue

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                • No

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                • Q:

                  I can not get this thing to work. I get green red code, i have use this for 4 years on the AT. No problems
                  Asked on 5/6/2014 by Rob from Fairborn Ohio

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Questions about the SteriPen Hydro-Photon Ultraviolet Water Purifier can be answered by calling the Steripen Company at 888-783-7473.

                    Answered on 5/6/2014 by Bob from Campmor
                • Q:

                  dose it come with a pre-filter?
                  Asked on 7/1/2012 by drew

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    It does not.

                    Answered on 7/3/2012 by Anonymous
                • Q:

                  dose it time when it will be done or how do you know when it will be done purifing.
                  Asked on 6/18/2012 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Once submerged in the water to be treated there is a timer that once the time needed for purification has been reached a green light comes on.

                    Answered on 6/19/2012 by Steve from Campmor
                • Q:

                  how do you know when it is done. dose it have a timer on it or do you time it and know.
                  Asked on 6/15/2012 by tums tums from louisville, KY

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Once submerged in the water to be treated there is a timer that once the time needed for purification has been reached a green light comes on.

                    Answered on 6/19/2012 by Steve from Campmor
                • Q:

                  I have read that Lithium batteries are recommended to use with this product. Are Lithium-ion okay to use as well?
                  Asked on 8/26/2011 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The information that comes with the SteriPen Ultraviolet Water Purifier does not indicate whether it can be used with Lithium-ion batteries. Please contact Steri-Pen at 207-374-5800 for further info.

                    Answered on 8/30/2011 by Bob from Campmor
                • Q:

                  Does it kill parasites?
                  Asked on 7/11/2011 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The SteriPen Ultraviolet Water Purifier will kill parasites.

                    Answered on 7/15/2011 by Anonymous
                • Q:

                  I am interested in using this product to sterilize a salt-water brine I use for cheesemaking. Do you know if this product will stand up to salt?
                  Asked on 3/18/2011 by Bill

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    No, the Steri-Pen Untraviolet Water Purifier is not designed for salt-water purification.

                    Answered on 3/19/2011 by Bob from Campmor
                • Q:

                  How do I know if I need to replace the lamp? Do I have to keep count to 8000 liters?
                  Asked on 10/15/2010 by JD

                  2 answers

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Hydro-Photon SteriPEN Ultraviolet Water Purifier emits visible light. So when the lamp burns out or the batteries wear out there will not be any light.

                    Answered on 10/19/2010 by Steve from Campmor
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    No

                    Answered on 10/27/2010 by beerpacker from Leesburg Fla.
                • Q:

                  The question about cold weather use was not answered adequately.
                  The features section states:
                  "Not recommended for cold weather use."
                  Below what temperature should it not be used and why?
                  Asked on 9/21/2010 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Unfortunately the text in our features section was incorrect. The following text was taken from the FAQ section on steripen.com...

                    Can SteriPEN be used in cold weather?

                    Yes. SteriPEN has been successfully used on mountains all over the world- including Kilimanjaro and Everest. If the ambient temperature is below 32 degrees F we suggest that you carry the SteriPEN in your pocket to keep warm, as battery performance may be impacted by the cold temperature.

                    Answered on 9/22/2010 by Shawn from New Jersey
                • Q:

                  The one review on your web site refers to an adapter used to purify the water right in the drinking containers. Do you sell this/these adapter(s) and where can I find them on your web site?
                  Asked on 9/13/2010 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    SteriPEN Fits All Filter

                    Item #: 69488

                    Answered on 9/16/2010 by Shawn from New Jersey
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