Spring is on the horizon, and as people fall in love with nature all over again, more camping and hiking trips will be planned. All of those glittering streams in the forest may look tempting when you're thirsty, but most contain unsafe bacteria. Proper protection is needed. After an introduction in 2009 and a subsequent re-tweaking, a new (and cheaper) version of CamelBak’s All Clear Microbiological UV Water Bottle, or simply All Clear, will be released in March.
The bottle has a purification system that uses ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and microorganisms that may live in streams or rivers. CamelBak claims that in just 60 seconds, the water bottle kills 99.9999 percent of bacteria, 99.99 percent of viruses and 99.9 percent of protozoa in 25 ounces of water.
Portable water purification isn’t a new idea, but the integration of UV light into the bottle’s cap is a new way to implement it. Once the bottle has been filled and the cap screwed on, the power button must be held for two-seconds. While the UV rays zap out impurities, the user is required to rotate the bottle. A screen on the cap counts down until the process is complete. The UV bulb will last up to 10,000 cycles, enough for 3 liters of water a day for seven years, and the bottle’s rechargeable battery can last about 80 cycles.