CamelBak All Clear UV Water Purifier Review
The CamelBak All Clear is a very simple to use water purifier. The systems uses ultra violet light to kill of 99.99% of microbiological contaminants (protozoa, bacteria and viruses).
CamelBak All Clear Video
The UV light runs off a rechargeable battery. You can get up to 80 cycles per full charge - or about 16 gallons of water. There's a port to plug in a USB cord (supplied) to charge the battery. Notice the blue button. Simple hold for 2 seconds and the UV light illuminates for 60 seconds. The LCD screen displays a count down from 60. I recommend charging prior to any outing.
Agitate the Bottle for a Minute
The UV Light needs to get at all the water, so you need to shake the bottle for 60 seconds while the light is on. The only drawback to using this system is when your grabbing water that has sediment or other "floaties". CamelBak makes a Pre-Filter which will help in those types of conditions. Make sure the lid is screwed on tight while agitating. You can very easily shake the lid right off.
Simple Instructions on the Water Bottle
Just in case you forget, there are simple instructions printed on the side of the bottle. The clear bottle is also nice to be able to see what's in the bottle. It's great to compliment the All Clear system with another CamelBak water Bottle. The standard Big Bite valve lids will fit on this bottle. I usually end of filling two bottles at time, then switching the lids around as I drink each one. I like being able to drink from the bite value, instead of having to take the lid off to drink directly out of the bottle.
The Purification Kit
The kit includes the bottle, the UV purification lid, an extra lid, a charging cord and a carry sack. Not only is CamelBak All Clear good for the backcountry, it's great for traveling. It's very light and compact. If you're traveling anywhere there's questionable tap water, for just under $100, this is great insurance.
Crisp, Clean, Fresh Water
Within a minute from dipping the water bottle in the Snake River I was drinking the water. Nothing like cold, clear mountain water.