One of my most recent purchases is the CamelBak All Clear water bottle. The All Clear uses UV technology to purify your water in just 60 seconds. Now just to be clear, this isn’t a water filter. If there is dirt or particulates in your water, the All Clear won’t clean those out. What this will do is neutralize the microbiological contaminants to EPA standards, making your water safe to drink.
I brought this bad boy to Europe and I loved having it with us. The cap is a little bulky, but was easy to carry and fill up from the tap in our hostel, bathroom, restaurant, drinking fountain, etc. and I didn’t get diarrhea! Awesome.
I have also brought the All Clear on camping/hiking trips and filled up from streams and waterfalls for quick and easy drinkable water – any running water source is usually pretty clear.
Here’s what I like:
- The size makes it great for travel
- The purification cap can be used with any CamelBak bottle of the same size
- The purification cap has a lifespan of 10,000 cycles
- The cap is easy to charge with a USB cable and lasts quite a long time (I haven’t had to charge mine yet!)
- It’s easy and quick to use (the cap counts down from 60 and lets you know when it’s safe to drink)
Here’s what I don’t like:
- There is no power switch and it’s easy for the UV light to turn on by itself if it’s pressed up against something in your pack (which makes the battery drain faster and use up cycles)
If you are looking for a good water filter for a long camping trip, this probably isn’t the right purification system for you. But if you are looking for a great purification system for travel and short hiking/camping trips, then I recommend the CamelBak All Clear.
Check out CamelBak’s Frequently Asked Questions page for more useful information on the All Clear.