Friday, July 10, 2009

Another product of note

Any guesses as to what that handy-dandy thing to the left does?

It's called a SteriPEN and it is a portable water purifier. According to their website, it "uses ultraviolet (UV) light to destroy waterborne microbes." Essentially all you do is push the button, wait for the green light, and stick the tip in the water. Everything is automatic from there and you're left with water that's free of viruses and bacteria.

It almost seems too good to be true, right? I mean, anyone who's traveled even a little bit has heard horror stories about Montezuma's revenge, tourist trots, or some other version of what basically boils down to "Don't drink the water!"

I'll have to do more research because the reviews I've read so far are very mixed. The people who love it, really love it and talk about how they were in Africa for three weeks and never got sick after drinking their SteriPEN treated water. But the people who hate it complain about the unreliability factor - batteries that quit working, etc. - and what good is it if it only occasionally works or randomly stops working? (Especially since this is a $100 product and you'd be left high and dry (ha!) without it.)

Is it just me or does it seem that the more research I do and the more I find out, the more I realize I still have even MORE research to do?


  1. I'm not sure if it is that you still have more research or you're doing too much. Careful or you'll end up over-prepared.

  2. I hear ya - the phrase "analysis paralysis" comes to mind. :-) But how do I tell the difference between enough and too much?