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1. Posted by Traveloat (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y

Has anyone used this product?? We'll be travelling through SEA for 3-4months - would like a way of sterilising local water so as not to use too many plastic bottles unnecessarily, and the reviews for it are pretty good, but would like to know if anyone has any personal experience - especially as these are not that cheap!! If not, are there any other methods of purification which are effective/not too heavy to carry around and doesn't make the water taste like iron!!


2. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Never used it myself. I spent two years drinking boiled and chalk filtered water in Africa and know how made things can taste.

Regarding that product, well until it's out in the open it remains to be seen how effective it is. But to clear water of Giradias in 90 seconds must be good thing.

If you are carrying your own water container that's easily washable then it would provide good results.

In regards to Iodine taste, then theirs another chemical what would rid you of the taste. But I always prefered the taste than to take more chemicals.

The batteries and recharge would been carrying more.

If I came across it I would probably give it a bash. Just remember though that in some places heavy metal contamination of water is prominent an UV or Iodine treatment won't help.

But for 99 USD it's a hefty price tag!

Good luck!

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 17, 2008, at 2:49 AM by outcast ]

3. Posted by Jacaranda (Budding Member 61 posts) 8y

Yeah i have one testing it is quit difficult cause in all honesty who wants to drink water that is obviously tanted.

It seems quit good and i havent as yet got sick using it.

Mind you i've only used it in the lake district of England when rough camping, and i'm pretty selective about where i get my water from.

A few little things get one of them 1 litre naglen bottles if you don't already have one it needs a bottle with a large mouth to activate the switch which is water scensitive.

Depending on how you use it can it be carried on a your belt which saves a bit of weight on your back.

Also i don't have the solar-charger but from the reviews i've read it's pretty average.

anywho if you want some more specific answers give me a yell.

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4. Posted by Traveloat (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y

Thanks very much to both of you for your replies. I think we will probably end up buying one - along with some good rechargeable batteries and a naglene bottle.. or two! It is a tad on the expensive side so to help any others wondering the same thing I might leave some feedback here after using it regaring how successful (or not!!) it turns out to be!!

Thanks again!