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Trekker4 at aol.com
Thu Mar 12 05:27:57 CDT 2009
I've used a Classic Steripen for about 2,000 mi now, with no problems,
except one of my making.. I let it accidentally stay in a wet, nylon stuff sack
for many hours; water got into the battery compartment and killed it. I was 1.5
days from Durango finishing the CO Trail; I drank 1 qt of unpurified water
before reaching a spring, and finished unscathed. I do carry a few tablets now
for emergencies. Steripen asked me to send it in with $10 for repair. The
one I got back appeared brand new; it definitely wasn't the one I sent in.
Get the Classic, or original blue and white one, and use lithium
batteries (12 packs at Sam's or probably Costco). Their other models cost about 4
times as much per gallon to use; their chart shows half the battery life, and
the batteries cost twice as much.
Yes, the Classic is slightly heavier, but it's under 8 oz with lithiums.
Over the decades I tried all the others - Walbro (my first, a pour thru -
one never forgets one's first, eh Reinhold?), First Need, Sweetwater, and PUR
(Katahdyn-sp ?) - with mixed results; all but the Walbro weighed about 16 oz.
I use narrow neck bottles; the tapered rubber neck seals quite well
while one slowly rocks the bottle for 90 sec per quart. I've never had to try it
with really dirty water, but I'd probably use my bandana for a crude
pre-filter if necessary. Oh, and, uh, don't use the snotty parts of your bandana.
Big Bend Desert Denizen
Naturalized Citizen - Republic of Texas
Government cripples you, then hands you a crutch and says, 'See, if it
wasn't for us, you couldn't walk.'
-- Harry Browne
"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs
when its free."
-- P. J. ORourke
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