On the Floor: Water bottles go high-tech 

10/11/2011 11:00 AM 

The ALL CLEAR Microbiological UV Water Purifier

By Matthew Cox

How high-tech can a water bottle be? Camelbak’s newest water-purifying bottle comes complete with its own USB cable.

The ALL CLEAR Microbiological UV Water Purifier turns questionable water into drinkable H2o in 60 seconds. Just screw it onto to Camelbak’s popular 750 ML bottle, push a button and the LCD display counts down the seconds until it’s ready to drink.

Camelbak rolled out its personal-sized UV purifier at the 2011 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.  UV purification has been around for a couple of decades but mainly used in industrial-scale purification operations.

“We are pretty excited about it,” said John Austen, director of Product Management at Camelbak, describing how the ALL CLEAR kills roughly 99.9 percent of all bacteria, viruses and Protozoa.

The ALL CLEAR purifier weighs about 1.6 ounces and comes with a carrying case, a standard bottle lid and a USB cable for recharging the purifier. The filter has a projected lifespan of 10,000 purification cycles and will purify about 80 bottles of water between recharging, Austen said.

The ALL CLEAR will be available in February and retail for $99, said Camelbak officials, who added that it will likely be priced at approximately $75 for military personnel.