User Review: CamelBak All Clear
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $89.99
I am saying goodbye to iodine.
- No taste issues
- Lighter than a pump
- Fastest method to purify water
- Simple, intuitive controls
- Rechargeable batteries last a long time
- Electronics might some day
- Heavier than tablets
- NOT CHEAP
- I had to pay retail for it *sniffle
- Doesn't purify a whole quart/liter
I have been using iodine tablets to purify water ever since I learned that not all clear, flowing water is drinkable (I was ten). Supposedly iodine tablets have been banned in Europe because they are unsafe but I have never noticed any ill effects from using them myself. *twitch *twitch
Now that I'm a dad I am less cavalier about health risks and I have been reassessing my water purification choices. I decided to give the All Clear a try because it leaves no chemicals in the water and it's lighter and faster than a pump. I know that there are chemicals which purify water other than iodine but, for my kid's sake I'd rather avoid chemicals when I can.
I received my All Clear and pretty much immediately gave it a try from some creeks in my area. The best thing about this device is how fast it works. In a minute the UV light does its work and the water is ready to drink. I was able to purify and refill mine and all the kid's water bottles in the time it took for tablets or pumping one bottle.
The device is supposedly waterproof but I don't think I'll submerge it any time soon. Of course I will probably always keep a few tablets someplace in my pack for emergencies but this light is just too simple to use!
The information states that the battery is good for up to 80 cycles. If that isn't enough I could bring my small solar USB recharger to give it some help.
Is this as light as a Steripen? No.Can I replace its batteries? No, but 80 (let's be safe and call it 50) cycles per charge it should last through most trip lengths.
So far I have carried it on two overnight trips with zero issues but I admit that I tried hard to baby it. Just for testing purposes I ran it for about 20 cycles without recharging it and the battery indicator said it still had about a 3/4 charge. The nastiest water I have purified with it is water from the creek where I hunt ducks. The creek is clear but has a muddy bottom and, well, ducks poop in it. It wasn't the tastiest water but I survived. *twitch *twitch
Caveat: I live in the West where most of the surface water here is pretty clear. If I lived someplace where the water is muddier I'd consider the optional pre-filter because cloudy water doesn't work with this gadget, according to the manufacturer. Also, of course it won't remove chemicals from the water like charcoal or a filter might.
The worst part is the price, I had to pay retail, which about killed me. Compared to filters though it might be a great deal but I am switching over from tablets so it seems quite pricy.