SteriPEN - Their Beginnings
Miles Maiden, the founder of Hydro-Photon, Inc. (SteriPEN) and a dedicated outdoorsman, thought that there were better ways than filters or chemicals to purify water in the wild. After years of research, he dedicated himself to the development of ultraviolet technology – the same technology used in municipal water treatment plants - for use in a personal, portable device that would provide the user with safe drinking water anywhere. Hydro-Photon received its first SteriPEN® patent in 1999. In 1999, the first SteriPEN® was sold, and in 2001 TIME Magazine named the SteriPEN® one of the “Best Inventions of the Year.” The SteriPEN® is now known as the first and fastest portable UV water purifier available. It kills viruses, bacteria and protozoa - including Giardia and Cryptosporidium - in seconds. Its speed, effectiveness and portability have impressed end users and media alike.
SteriPEN harnesses the brilliant power of ultraviolet light to make water safe to drink.
Extensive microbiological and structural testing by independent laboratories across the U.S. and Canada has proven SteriPEN to be safe and effective, confirming the fact that SteriPEN’s UV light technology eliminates over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and protozoa that cause water-borne illness. As a result, SteriPEN has earned the Water Quality Association’s Gold Seal, certifying that SteriPEN purifies water safely and effectively.
SteriPEN purifies 16oz (0.5L) in just 48 seconds; 32oz (1L) in just 90 seconds. All without any pumping, timekeeping, or any added aftertaste or chemical odour.
UV Light Technology for water purification has now been used for over one hundred years, and is currently used to purify drinking water by some of the largest cities in the world. Ultraviolet light is also used by leading bottled water manufacturers to purify their source water.
The EPA officially recognised the use of ultraviolet as a proven, viable technology in 1996. UV purification works as the ultraviolet energy emitted by the light is absorbed by the cells of the microbe, preventing cell enzymes from ‘reading’ its DNA. Without intact DNA, microbes can’t reproduce to make you sick. The process is simple but effective, destroying over 99.9 percent of harmful microorganisms.
Purifying water with UV light offers many advantages. In addition to being safe and effective, UV light does not alter the taste, pH, or other properties of the water, and works without the introduction of chemicals to the water.