Fill It, Crank It, Drink It with the New SteriPEN® Sidewinder

Monday, 19 July 2010
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Steripen LogoBlue Hill, ME – Hydro-Photon, Inc., the leader in handheld UV water purifiers, announced today their latest product innovation, the SteriPEN® Sidewinder, the world’s first battery-free, portable UV water purifier.


The SteriPEN Sidewinder features an exclusive UV system that destroys waterborne bacteria, viruses and protozoa such as giardia and cryptosporidium. Its hand-powered system is as efficient as it is effective: just 90 seconds to purify one liter of water. Retailing for $99.95, the Sidewinder purification system includes a SteriPEN Pre-Filter for use prior to treatment if the water contains particulates as well as a one-liter Tritan™ BPA-free bottle.

Using the Sidewinder is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Fill BPA-free one-liter bottle (included) and attach the Sidewinder.
  2. Flip bottle and Sidewinder upside down and unfold the handle.
  3. Crank until green LED indicates successful purification.


“The Sidewinder is an eco-friendly solution for outdoor adventurers and campers who don’t want to be tied to batteries,” said Miles Maiden, the founder of Hydro-Photon, Inc. “It’s also essential in emergency situations when the fresh water supply is disrupted. With the Sidewinder, you can crank up safe drinking water anywhere, anytime.”

At 8.6” x 5.5” x 3.8” and weighing only 16.6 ounces, the battery-free Sidewinder is extremely packable and portable. Plus, with no parts to replace or filters to clean, the Sidewinder is always ready to go. It’s economical too: the Sidewinder purifies 8,000 liters at less than two cents per liter, about five cents per gallon.

SteriPEN Sidewinder will be shown at the European Outdoor Show, July 15-18 and the Outdoor Retailer Show, August 3-6, 2010. Sidewinder will be available to consumers September 2010.

About Hydro-Photon, Inc.
Headquartered in Blue Hill, Maine, USA, Hydro-Photon, Inc. is a world leader in handheld, ultraviolet light water purifiers. The SteriPEN brand sets the standard for fast, light, easy and effective water purification. Hydro-Photon is privately held and information about the company, SteriPEN products, dealers, and independent lab test results can be found at www.steripen.com

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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