Product Spotlight: SteriPEN

Fill it. Zap it. Drink it. It almost feels futuristic, but it's been around for a while.

SteriPEN, in a very light and hand-size devices, harnesses the ultraviolet light technology used by leading bottled water manufacturers, as well as major cities in the U.S., Europe and Asia to purify water. The end result? The elimination of over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa that cause water-borne illness.

Liberty Mountain distributes a large amount of SteriPEN® products each year; and just recently, Popular Mechanics listed SteriPEN as one of the 12 items that you'll only have to buy once and never need to replace.

One of our favorite SteriPEN products is the STERIPEN ADVENTURER OPTI. In 2011, Backpacker magazine awarded this device with the Editors' Choice award, and with good reason.

Perfect for the outdoor enthusiast, the Adventurer Opti utilizes germicidal UV light to destroy viruses, bacteria and protozoa without adding weight or bulk in the backpack. This rugged purifier weighs only 3.6 oz with 2 CR123 batteries and is the size of a large pocketknife. The bulb is good for 8,000 treatments and it purifies 0.5L (16oz) of water in 48 seconds or 1L (32oz) in 90 seconds. Talk about multi-function, the optical water sensor also serves as integrated LED flashlight. Don't worry about packing extra batteries; an available accessory is a solar-charger/case system to utilize the power of the sun to keep your "pen" alive on your long trek.

SteriPENs have been around since 1999. It's portability and effectiveness makes it one of the leading water purification systems on the market.

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