Sunday, June 27, 2010

Polar Pure

About a week ago Scott Williams was kind enough to send me a signed copy of his book Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late. I'm about halfway through it right now. So far it is awesome. I'm going to reserve my review until I'm finished with it, though. There are a lot of useful little tidbits based on his real world experience and I actually learned some things. One thing he talked about that I've never seen sold or mentioned anywhere else is Polar Pure. Based on his recommendation I ordered a bottle. It was only $12 and after doing a bit of research it seems like a solid product.

Yesterday it showed up in the mail. It's just a small bottle about the size of a bottle of aspirin. It's got a bunch of iodine crystals in the bottom. You fill the bottle up with water then wait for an hour. There's a small gauge on the side of the bottle that tells you how many capfulls of the solution per quart it will take to sterilize your water. Once you add the proper amount of solution to your water you let it sit for 20 minutes. Basically, it works just like a standard iodine tablet but instead of being able to sterilize 50 quarts of water per bottle you can treat around 2000. Inside of the bottle is a cylinder that goes almost to the bottom to catch the crystals when you pour the water out. It's a simple, effective, lightweight and compact water purification solution. I tried it with some tap water and the flavor was not unpleasant. The bottle is now living in my ultralight pack. I still have my Katadyn hiker pro in my real BOB (which is set up for winter) but when you need some extra space and you want to travel light I think that Polar Pure is a great solution.


Anonymous said...

Very good. Only, I think it's 2000 quarts of water, not gallons.

Anonymous said...

Loose it

When in storage, it sublimates, turning anything in the container/pack/bag with it brown, and rusting metal

Use pool shock, calcium hypochlorite. It's more stable when stored