FE Travel Product Review: CamelBak All Clear UV Water Bottle
CamelBak® All Clear™ Water Bottle
We bought this bottle online after a lot of research on water purification methods. Adding drops or chemicals works, but after reading things like “aftertaste” or “4 hours to work” on some of the online reviews, we looked at other methods. UV pens have been around for awhile and many people swear by them, so we read about this Camelbak bottle, we decided to fork over the $100USD to try it out.
We’ve been very pleased with this bottle. The process is simple – fill the bottle with water from a tap, rainwater bucket, stream, anything (without sediment), turn on the UV button, shake while the timer counts down from 60 seconds, and drink. The only reason we didn’t give it 100 in usefulness is because it doesn’t affect the taste of the water. So the terrible tasting dirty water will turn into terrible tasting clean water.
The UV light lid fits on any Camelbak bottle, so we bought a second one to carry around. The size of the lid is small, but for the months where we are in countries with clean water, it starts to become a little excess weight I wish we didn’t have. But it is still relatively small compared to many other options for clean water, and much better than purchasing hundreds of bottled water.
Our concern of safety of the water was addressed by Camelbak’s thorough website descriptions, videos of safety testing, and guarantees. We have tried it in places we would have previously have had to buy bottled water, and after traveling for 1 month, it has already paid for itself, and we’ve had no issues with getting sick from the water.