SteriPen UV water purification Backpacker Review

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 18 November 2014

I don't remember seeing anyone using Steripen on the trails in the Sierra Nevada prior to 2009. Since then I've seen a growing group of Steripen users.

They seem satisfied. A few are ticked off because the units just stop working.

Aaron in the Tuolumne Meadows backpacking camp liked his steripen, once he figured out how to keep it going!

SteriPen Water Purification 
Aaron likes his Steripen backpacking Yosemite.

Aaron at Tuolumne Meadows explaining problems with the Steripen.

Aaron explains that a thin layer of corrosion on the electrodes kills the steripen.

The electrodes must provide and pick up current through the water to start the UV light.

This thin film of corrosion  on the electrodes breaks the circut, preventing the Steripen from activating.

 SOLUTION: clean the electrodes. Scotch brite is an abrasive pad. Bring a small piece.

Once folks figured this out they were good to go.

Aaron liked everything about the Steripen and recommended them for all backpackers. I'd like to hear about your experiences with the Steripen.

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