SteriPEN PROTECTOR Ultraviolet Light Portable Water Disinfection Sanitizer System. Protector provides the same great water treatment as the original SteriPEN, but with a smaller size and even lower weight. SteriPEN is the only portable water purifier that uses ultraviolet U.V. light to destroy waterborne microbes. Whether your source is a woodland brook or an overseas hotel tap, SteriPEN sterilizes clear water by destroying viruses, bacteria and protozoa—including Giardia and Cryptosporidium—in seconds. Carry a SteriPEN to disinfect water wherever you travel, hike, camp or trek. It’s the fastest route to pure, safe drinking water anywhere. SteriPEN purifies water using Ultraviolet (UV) light. Whether your source is a clear running brook or a hotel tap, Steri PEN destroys viruses, bacteria and protozoa–including Giardia and Cryptosporidium in seconds. Call us at (800)355-2956 Toll Free if you have any questions.
- SteriPEN Protector also features a soft-touch coating, offering a comfortable texture in your hand and scratch resistance in harsh environments
- Requires no pumping, chemicals, test strips, extended time-keeping or filters; leaves no aftertaste, will not clog and does not require lubrication
- Innovative SteriPEN system uses UV light rays instead of chemicals to purify water for drinking
- Ultraviolet (UV-C) light rays safely sterilize clear water by destroying protozoa (including Giardia and Cryptosporidium), bacteria and even viruses
- SteriPEN Protector is simple to use: Just press a button and gently agitate the water with a quick stir
- Purifies 16 fl. oz. of water (cold or warm) in less than a minute, or 32 fl. oz. in a minute and a half
- Small size fits most containers—use it in cups, mugs, water bottles and canteens; carries easily in a shirt pocket
- SteriPEN Protector turns itself off once ultraviolet treatment is complete; light source can be used up to 5,000 times!
- Watertight seals keep water away from the electronics; rubberized coating ensures secure handling in wet conditions
- Low-power indicator lets you know when batteries need replacing; twist-off cap permits easy battery access
- Long used by municipal water districts and bottling companies, low-level UV-C light treats water safely, and unit's light will not damage eyes or skin
- SteriPEN Protector includes two nonrechargeable lithium CR123A batteries
- Use only on clear water, as cloudy, sediment-laden water hinders effectiveness
- SteriPEN Protector features convenient battery access, water bottle and military canteen compatibility and an embroidered nylon canvas carrying case
These common microgrganisms are destroyed by SteriPEN:
Bacillus anthracis, Shigella dysentariae (dysentery), Corynebacterium diphtheriae, Shigella flexneri (dysentery), Dysentary bacilli (diarrhea), Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia coli (diarrhea), Streptococcus faecaelis, Legionella pneumophilia, Vibro commo (cholera), Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Bacteriophage (E. Coli), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Hepatitis, Salmonella (food poisoning), Influenza, Salmonella paratyphi (enteric fever), Poliovirus (poliomyelitis), Salmonella typhosa (typhoid fever), Baker's yeast.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Does SteriPENs use chemicals to purify water?
SteriPEN disinfects only with light - it adds no chemicals to the water. By not using chemicals, SteriPEN avoids problems of chemical toxicity and unpleasant chemical taste.
What is ultraviolet (UV) light?
Ultraviolet light is invisible, high-energy light. Wavelengths of light are measured in nanometers (nm). A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. Visible light ranges from red at about 700nm to violet at about 400nm. Normally the human eye does not see light at wavelengths outside of this 400nm to 700nm “visible” range. The entire band of UV light is about as broad as the entire visible spectrum – it runs from 400nm to about 100nm. The UV band is divided into 3 ranges: UV-A between 400nm and 320nm, UV-B between 320nm and 290nm and UV-C between 290nm and 100nm. Most of SteriPEN’s light is emitted at 254nm, in the UV-C range. (See item #3 for discussion of SteriPEN’s visible light.)
How does UV purify water?
UV light destroys DNA and thereby prevents microbes from reproducing. Germicidal U.V. light – between about 240nm and 290nm – acts on thymine, one of the four base nucleotides in DNA. When a germicidal UV photon is absorbed by a thymine molecule that is adjacent to another thymine within the DNA strand, a covalent bond or dymer, between the molecules is created. This thymine dymer prevents enzymes from “reading” the DNA and copying it. Without the ability to replicate DNA, the microbe cannot reproduce and is rendered harmless.
Is UV light dangerous?
Exposure to ultraviolet light can cause skin and eye damage. Used as directed, SteriPEN will not cause UV exposure to the user. Note that SteriPEN’s lamp emits a number of wavelengths, some of which are in the visible range. The visible blue light given off by SteriPEN is just that, visible blue light – not ultra violet – and it is not dangerous to look at. In fact while the visible light has no germicidal effect, it is an important indicator that the lamp is functioning properly. If no light is visible the lamp is malfunctioning. UV-C will not pass through most materials. Drinking containers made from glass, ceramic, metal, and nearly all plastics block UV-C transmission. Also, the underside of the air/water interface in a water container acts as a very effective reflector for UV-C. As a result, when SteriPEN’s lamp is immersed in virtually any drinking vessel, the UV-C is well contained. Note that SteriPEN’s water sensors prevent it from operating unless the lamp is completely immersed. While very few materials are transparent to UV-C, there are a small number of uncommon materials that are. These include optical grade quartz (the SteriPEN lamp material) and a few fluoropolymers in the Teflon family – both unlikely materials to be used for drinking containers.
How does SteriPEN operate?
SteriPEN™ has an onboard microcomputer that controls dose times. The user must decide on one of two volume ranges to be treated – either 16 oz or less or between 16 oz and 32 oz. Once volume has been indicated by either one button push or two, SteriPEN automatically delivers the appropriate dose duration and then shuts off. There is no need for the user to time anything. SteriPEN’s dose time ranges from 38 to 48 seconds for 16 ounces to 90 seconds for 1 quart (or 1 liter). This is far faster than chemical treatments that can take up to 4 hours. SteriPEN is also generally quicker – and certainly far easier – than pump filters. It is also worth noting that SteriPEN’s speed and ease of operation makes it useful in places where filters and chemicals are inappropriate such as restaurants and cafes.
Is it important to agitate the water?
During a SteriPEN treatment it is important to agitate the water by stirring with the SteriPEN or gently shaking the water in the container. Agitation of the water insures uniform UV treatment in a way that cannot be achieved in stagnant water.
Can SteriPEN be used on murky water?
SteriPEN is intended for use on clear water only. Water with significant discoloration or particulates can reduce effectiveness of SteriPEN by inhibiting penetration of UV light through the water. SteriPEN should also not be used to treat liquids other than water as such liquids may allow very poor UV-C transmission and therefore reduced germicidal effectiveness.
What kind of batteries does SteriPEN use?
SteriPEN uses four AA batteries. The number of doses between batteries is dictated by battery type. Standard alkaline AA’s provide anywhere from 20 to 40 16-oz doses. Lithium disposable camera-type batteries give about 140 16-oz doses but do not function well in cold temperatures. Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries are a great all-around choice. While slightly heavier than the other types, they perform well in cold temperatures and provide about 100 16-oz doses at temperatures above 32°F. The NiMH batteries add great economy, too, as they can be recharged hundreds of times – even with solar chargers.
What is the microbiological effectiveness of SteriPEN?
SteriPEN™’s microbiological effectiveness has been tested at 3 universities (U. Maine, U. Arizona, Oregon Health Sciences U.). Used as directed, SteriPEN has been shown to destroy over: 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% of viruses and 99.9% of protozoa (i.e. Giardia and Cryptosporidium). These levels of destruction exceed the requirements of the US EPA’s Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Water Purifiers.
Is SteriPEN Certified?
SteriPEN has been tested by Intertek Testing Service to all relevant US and international standards. SteriPEN conforms to: UL Standard UL 61010B-1, Conforms to EN 61010-1: 1993 + A1 + A2. Certified to CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 1010.1-92, Listed 3058969
Balkowitsch Enterprises is not allowed to ship Steripen products outside of the United States.