The SteriPEN Freedom is the latest, trailblazing, bug-zapping water treatment product from the clever clogs at Hydro-Photon Inc. This smart pen harnesses UV light technology to make water safe for us to glug. In short, it is a godsend for the adventurous traveller stuck in a remote destination with no access to bottled or clean drinking water. But if you’re close to a natural water source, all you have to do is whip out the pen; give it a quick stir for 48 seconds in a pint of water, enabling it to blast all those invisible, nasty germs safely and effectively.
This nifty, lightweight, wizard-like pen measures less than 15cm (6 inches) long – the size of a ballpoint pen – so can fit snugly inside your back pocket. For unrivalled convenience, it is the first ever rechargeable water purifier – all you need is a USB cable. Once charged, the pen can be used 8,000 times, which, unless you’re planning to gulp half the Mississippi River, should be more than enough to quench your thirst