The SteriPen was introduced by Miles Maiden, the founder of Hydro-Photon. Mr. Maiden, a devoted outdoors-man, believed there had to be a better way, to purify water in the wild, than with chemicals or filters. After years of research, he dedicated himself to developing a purification system by using ultraviolet technology. This is the same technology that is used in water treatment plants. He received his first patent in 1999 and has since followed with patents in 2001 and 2003.
The SteriPEN is the first and the fastest portable UV water purifier available. The portability, effectiveness and speed have impressed media and end users alike. The Today Show, Newsweek and Backpacker Magazine have all featured the SteriPen as a user friendly, powerful alternative to chemicals, filters and pumps.
If you have ever used a filter or chemicals to produce safe drinking water in the wild, you know how bulky and time consuming these processes are. There is not only the size and weight of these devises that makes them inconvenient; there are also the extra filters or chemicals that must also be carried. Not to mention the amount of time they take to clean a small amount of water.
There are three main classes of biological baddies: bacteria, viruses and protoza. The first two are easy to neutralize/kill by any purification system. However protozoa are also microscopic but are bigger than bacteria. Many are protected by shells, which makes them hard to remove with chemical systems. The UV Steripen kills and or neutralizes all three of these classes, by simply stirring the SteriPen, for 90 seconds per quart (liter) of water. It takes less time for smaller amounts of water. You can easily use this in remote areas or at restaurants, hotels, etc.
The one draw back of this UV system is that it does not remove particles from the water. A simple solution to this is to use a practical two-step approach First filter suspect water through a piece of cloth or the SteriPen fits all filter, thereby removing any particles before using the UV purification system. Second use the SteriPen as directed and you will have safe drinking water in just seconds.
The SteriPen is ideal when traveling to a foreign country, hiking or just to have in your home in your emergency kit. Steripen is a very effective and convenient solution to the problem of ensuring you have a reliable drinking source wherever you are, no matter where you go. The SteriPen is a regular part of experienced hikers and travelers everywhere.
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