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CamelBak All Clear Water Purifier Bottleis rated4.5out of5by16.
Rated4out of5byThompsonDfromElegant purification solutionI have used steripen for probably 10 years as my primary purification/filtration system and have loved it - contrary to many negative reviews on the steripen I had never gotten sick, and once the pre-filter came out, it was a very solid product.
However, the steripen had drawbacks that this product corrects. The steripen was several pieces and it was not a very elegant solution for quick and easy water purification - you had to put the prefilter on, reverse the cap on it, filter the water, then take the top cap off, then insert the steripen then make sure you inserted the steripen correctly then make sure the light was green, then agitate the water without spilling it out on you, then have to guess how long you've been agitating and when it was finally going to end...yada yada
the Camelback corrects much of this. It is a very elegant and fast backcountry solution. Once the bottle is full, simply put the cap on, turn it on and bingo...no spilled water, no guessing how long you have to go, because there is a handy countdown timer on the display, and unlike the steripen which can sometimes be tricky to see if it is on - this thing is like a roman candle...very bright and easy to see it is working.
Couple this with the fact that it has a battery indicator and a rechargable battery vs 4 AAs, this thing is really convenient.
Total weight when you count pre-filter, bottle, purification system = 0.1 ounce heavier than the steripen which is still SUPER light.
Now, there are some drawbacks. Part of the weight savings is that the bottle is 750ml vs 1L which means you will be filling up more. Also, the prefilter is not a good solution. It is way too porous to effectively block all of the silt necessary for this type of UV solution to work properly (if silt hides the nasties from the UV light then you could have a big problem). I found that my steripen pre filter actually fits on there great and although clunkier than the CB version, it works better, filters more and is easier to get on and off without getting the bottle threads wet with untreated water.
The directions say this cannot be used effectively below 32F. I used it on a summit this winter on some pretty nasty water and it was 7 degrees outside. Didnt get sick. I wouldnt push that too much, but all you really need to do is put the cap in your jacket pocket for a bit before you turn it on and you should be good to go (and leave it in your jacket when going to bed so it is ready to go first thing in really cold weather since you wont want to leave water in your bottles overnight to freeze).
overall, the CB All Clear is a more elegant solution for those who are fond of the UV purification vs just filtration or boiling. I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated3out of5byTrail DuckfromCamelbak light filter will not turn onBought it two weeks ago and it will not turn on after briefly amazing me. However, I hear it has a robust warranty that I will try this weekend. I mostly use this at my office in a very old building believe it or not and thought it was worth the high purchase price till it stopped working three days ago.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated5out of5byDeLongCPAfromCamelBak UV Purifier was flawlessWe traveled to Peru and needed to make sure our water supply would keep us healthy. Without exception we were able to drink the water while in Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lima and Nazca.
My wife Anita and I drink a lot of water so it was critical that we had a reliable source.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated4out of5byHigh Desert HikerfromVery Simple to UseI have not yet taken this into the woods however that isn't really needed for this review.
I have a SteriPen which is essentially the same concept as this but with more moving parts to deal with. UV sterilization is proven technology, so what any decision on this item really comes down too is, "Is the convenience worth the price/ weight?"
The answer is "Yes"! Couldn't be simpler to use.... fill with water, screw on cap, push button, swirl it around, and it tells you it is finished. No batteries to replace (Rechargable) and when it has reached its end of life it simply stops so there is no chance of thinking it did it's job when it didn't. Probably pretty close in weight to the Steripen bottle and pen combined except it is in a single piece.
Only real con is that it is top heavy. No so much that it easily tips over.... really only an issue when empty. If there was more weight to the bottle it would be more stable but then you would be carrying more unneccessary weight.
Would give it 4 1/2 stars if possible.
I got it on sale, but after using it would have paid full price. Good item for those with a 20% off coupon burning in their pocket.
Date published: 2013-09-29
Rated5out of5byBackpackerMikefromCan't do without it backpacking gear!No more bringing several containers of water for long hiking days or overnight backpacking! Just fill with clear, running water and in 60 seconds it's pure!
Date published: 2013-09-27
Rated4out of5bymemafromConvenientI misplaced my Steripen and thought I would try this as a replacement. It's small, convenient to use and effective. I wish it were a bit lighter. But in general, I like it. The cap (which contained the UV light) fits other bottles, which is a convenience. I've used it on lake and stream water so far, using a bandana to filter debris when needed. Works fine.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated5out of5byBackpackerMikefromAmazing technology -works as advertised!Leave behind a lot of weight and th bad taste of iodine and other pills. Easy and quick to use and cleans the water perfectly! I should have done this long ago!
Date published: 2013-09-11
Rated5out of5bywrongearmikefromA simple and easy to use water purifier!I used it on a hiking trip, and the wide mouth made it easy to fill water from the creek, but if I wanted to drink from it after I purified the water, the wide mouth was difficult. There's no lid with a nozzle, just a cap and the purifying UV light.
The was the only problem, it's an awesome purifier and I plan on using it for years to come, I used it multiple times filling our campsite water supply from the local creek. The other campers were skeptical until I drank a substantial amount of water from the creek.
I will admit I have not used any other water purifiers but the Camelbak Allclear really assured me that I can go out of civilization with my Allclear and not need bottled waters which are inconvenient for hiking.
Date published: 2013-06-20
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CamelBak All Clear Water Purifier Bottle Customer Reviews