Thursday, September 25th, 2008
SteriPEN Baby: Bug-Zapping Formula-Safe Water
Now there is the SteriPEN Baby by Hydro-Photon, Inc. It’s a hand-held battery-operated ultraviolet lamp you stick in a baby bottle filled with water… in order to purify the water.
Ultraviolet light (UVC) is known as germicidal light and has been used for decades in hospitals to sterilize air â€” killing bacteria, viruses and other baddies.
SteriPEN’s intended application is for parents mixing baby formula while
away from home, although it could work for water-filled sippy cups or people who don’t trust their tap water.
The procedure seems simple enough. Pop the SteriPEN cap off, turn the unit on, insert the pen into the water and wait 48 seconds.
Four included adapters (which fit 10 popular bottle brands) allow a snug fit around the mouth of the bottle, apparently tight enough that you can turn the bottle upside down. I presume this feature exists so that parents can activate the pen and go do something else for that minute.
The company has a large Frequently Asked Questions page that covers two SteriPEN products, one not aimed at parents. An exhaustively slow 7 minute tutorial for that other product, the SteriPEN Journey, can be found at Youtube.
Each light dose is good for 16 ounces (0.5L) of clear water and the UV lamp is rated for 8,000 uses. SteriPEN Baby hits the market in November at a suggested retail price of $80.
I can see strong appeal for a portable water purifier among parents who take their babies backpacking in the back country. You all do that, right?
But please, formula-using Thinga-readers, tell me, when you leave your home on a normal day, do you bring water with you, or do you rely on drinking fountains, garden hoses, wishing wells and/or street gutter runoff? Under what circumstances do you worry about the purity of the water you are using?