Who’s tried a Steripen?

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  1. Runandgun

    Runandgun New Member

    Feb 12, 2019
    My buddy used one during a back country trip into Yosemite. I took my first need filter/purifier. We didn't always encounter clear water and in those cases the filter was way better than the steripen. But no one got sick using either method and that's what counts.

    I like that my filter always produces clear, clean water. I don't see a downside other than I need to replace the filter canister one in a while.
  2. josef

    josef Member

    Dec 7, 2015
    Funny thing I heard about Steripens... They dont actually kill the bacteria. They sterilize it so it doesnt reproduce in your gut. Same effect just found it interesting.

    I have used one for going on 8 years and havent had an issue. I do pack tablets with me as a back up (Ive forgotten to change the batteries before but that was my fault no the pens).
  3. Charley Morgan

    Charley Morgan Active Member

    Mar 3, 2019
    I have been using a Steripen Adventurer for 4 or 5 years and love it. Just make sure your batteries are fresh before going out and you will be good. I always bring some type of cloth to filter the water through before I treat it. Also, make sure you bring a wide mouth bottle to filter in. I made the mistake of bringing a smart water bottle on one hiking trip and did not think about how I was going to use the steripen in it.
  4. bbckfh

    bbckfh Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    That's not technically correct; please accept my apologies for my contradiction.

    UV light is germicidal, meaning it kills. The cellular disruption occurs because of protein-chain lysis causes DNA strand destruction, causing apoptosis, as well as disrupting cell-wall matrices. Antigen testing may still be positive because of Ag present due to the wall fragments, but the pathogenic effect dies with the cells.

    The term is UV Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI), and most devices require ~12.5 min to achieve the necessary 30,000 J/cm2 of energy delivery.
  5. Elkaholic Bob

    Elkaholic Bob Member

    Mar 7, 2019
    I’ve used my steripen for a few years now and it has always worked well. I change the batteries every year and have never had a problem(knock on wood)
  6. GreenDecoy

    GreenDecoy Member

    Mar 8, 2019
    I've used a Steripen for about 10 years. I have the original (I think) model and it still works. I've never gotten sick with it but I have switched over to a Sawyer mini since backpacking with the kids. Not sure why the change of heart...Peace of mind I suppose...less things to go wrong. I'm pretty happy with the Sawyer mini.
  7. deerhunt01

    deerhunt01 Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2017
    I heard the the steripen classic the best / most reliable model also Don't leave your batteries in your steri-pen
  8. Techy

    Techy Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2015
    Have used steripens for probably a decade or more. Always worked good for me. Just have extra batteries and only really work with clear water.