"Great when it's working; might sometimes be finicky and it's always VERY fragile"
Sad things first. I broke mine by dropping it on the floor. The plastic cap was on but the shock is enough to make the internal lamp crack. that's why the company sells more expensive Classic and Travel models: they include a somewhat bulky neoprene case. So if you decide to save some money by buying this less expensive model, get a good case for it.For batteries I used NiMH Eneloops, great battery life but heavy.Probably not great for backpacking, but for 'urban' travel in areas with dubious water quality it's quite good. A great conversation starter. When you are shaking a bottle glowing with menacing blue light, everybody is watching you and wants to know what's this all about:)
"Same as every other SteriPen, but cheaper!"
The SteriPen "Emergency" model is marketed for home emergency preparedness kits, and is about $20 less than every other model. I called SteriPen directly, and confirmed that this is the EXACT same as the Classic model, just in a different color.The UV purification has never failed me. I've purified water from lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds, all with a variety of fish/birds/deer/Sasquatches living in them, and I have never gotten sick when drinking the water. The only negative is that this thing eats up batteries like I've never seen. It could be that my batteries aren't happy in the cold, but even so, I need to carry lots of extras with me when I hike, and batteries are heavy.
DETAILS AND RULESHere are some deets about the Anniversary Sale:
The 20% off sale cannot be combined or compounded with other codes or promotions and it can't be applied to prior purchases
The 20% off is good on in-stock items only
The Anniversary Sale starts on November 17, 2014, and ends on November 29, 2014. November 17th is a day before my birthday, so that makes it almost the best day ever. Patagonia is only on sale until 11/21/2014. Horny Toad and Hydro-photon are on sale until 11/23/2014. Kahtoola, Lowe Alpine, Marker, Marmot, Montrail, Mountain Hardwear, Prana, RAB, and Sea to Summit are on sale until 11/26/2014. Black Diamond is on Sale until 11/28/2014.
Exclusions apply. The sale only applies to select brands, and not all items from those brands are included in the sale.
Offer subject to change without notice due to bad hair days, good hair days, or any other reason whatsoever.
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