Re: [BackpackGearTest] Re: MSR MIOX Purifier
- Quote from MSR's web page follows:
The MIOX® Purifier represents a revolution in water treatment. It's
ultralight, compact, and easy to use-with no pumping, maintenance, or iodine
a.. No pumping required
Just add water, shake, and press a button.
b.. Purifies water without iodine
No health risk or unpleasant iodine taste.
c.. Great for large volumes of water
Perfect for groups or extended trips.
d.. Ultralight and compact
Fits in your pocket to go anywhere.
e.. Reliable purification
Inactivates all viruses, bacteria, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium.
Viruses, bacteria: 15 min.
Giardia: 30 min.
Cryptosporidium: 4 hrs.
Pen: 3.5 oz./99 g
Kit: 8 oz./227 g
MIOX® Purifier, salt, batteries, safety-indicator strips, instruction
booklet, quick-reference card, and storage sack.
- A bit more about MIOX from http://www.snewsnet.com/cgi-bin/snews/01260.html
You can press the button multiple times to purify larger volumes, up to 4
Another benefit is that the treatment does not alter the taste of the water
like chlorine and iodine do.
Obviously, one drawback is that you still need to filter the water to remove
particulate matter (we expect MSR to come out with a very small and simple
filter before too long to address this need). Plus, the unit runs on a
3-volt photo battery
Just Google MSR MIOX there is lots of info out there
- The Miox pen does not hold the water being purified. A very small
amount of brine (salt water) undergoes electrolysis, and is turned
into mixed oxidants. This mixture is added to a water carrier of your
choice in 1/2, 1, 2, or 4 liter concentrations. You can treat 10
liters of water with about 1 minute of fiddling:
1) filling the cap
2) shaking to mix the salt and water
3) pushing a button
4) waiting 15 seconds
5) pouring out your mixture, repeating two more times.
You then wait depending upon what you are purifying against. For
most applications (Giardia and such), this means 15 minutes.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Brian" <bj@t...> wrote:
> 16 oz at a time? That can't be right, that pretty much sucks! Plus
> it takes 4 hours purify it totally. The water tabs only take 20
> mins, I think I will take my chances with the tabs and a good
> --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "nazdarovye"
> <nazdarovye@y...> wrote:
> > Ugh. Make that "produces a solution to purify 16 oz of water at a
- They distribute them at the OR Show. I got mine last August.
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From: Michael Doughty [mailto:woebegone03@...]
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2003 3:46 AM
Subject: [BackpackGearTest] Re: MSR MIOX Purifier
I don't believe the 2004 catalog is out yet. I usually get then
pretty promptly. It'll be interesting to see what the printed catalog
has to say about them, but I've found that the MSR catalogs and
website is pretty thin on details. I'm told that MSR is having a hard
time getting the MIOX out the door.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Chief Moderator"
> I can't seem to lay my hands on my 2004 MSR catalog (if you've everseen
> my office, you're not surprised) so I guess I can't be of much helpon
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> From: nazdarovye [mailto:nazdarovye@y...]
> Sent: Monday, December 01, 2003 12:15 AM
> To: BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [BackpackGearTest] Re: MSR MIOX Purifier
> And, I may stand corrected on this one - I went back and carefully
> read the thread that stated this, and it appears that this specific
> comment was about the Steri-pen, NOT the MIOX. Sorry about that. The
> Steri-pen uses UV to purify water, and is recommended for 16 oz at a
> time, with a max of 32 oz.
> If anyone has a MIOX, perhaps they can shed further light on what
> amount of water it can purify with one dose.
> - Steve
> --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Brian" <bj@t...> wrote:
> > 16 oz at a time? That can't be right, that pretty much sucks!
> > it takes 4 hours purify it totally. The water tabs only take 20filter.
> > mins, I think I will take my chances with the tabs and a good
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- They're out on the racks at the Seattle REI. I took one out of the
box and played with it at length there some three weekends ago. They
had plenty in stock, and I was pleasantly surprised to see them out
where you could get at them, rather than behind a glass case.
Anyway, it's probably simplest to think of the Miox as a tiny on-site
chemical treatment plant. It would seem that the solution generated
is similar, if not identical to the more familiar Aqua Mira/Pristine,
only instead of mixing two reagents you add water and push a button.
Is it worth it? That's for folks to decide for themselves. In size
and heft it's equivalent to an all-plastic 2xAA flashlight, larger
than a pair of bottles, smaller than any filter.
For those fixated on the 4-hour time, remember that it's the worst-
case spec for crypto, and in that regard is no different than that
for ClO2. If you know for a fact that you need to treat for crypto, a
filter or the UV gizmo are probably your only logical choices. Iodine
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Doughty"
> I don't believe the 2004 catalog is out yet. I usually get thencatalog
> pretty promptly. It'll be interesting to see what the printed
> has to say about them, but I've found that the MSR catalogs andhard
> website is pretty thin on details. I'm told that MSR is having a
> time getting the MIOX out the door.
- If anyone would like to look at the MIOX instruction sheet...
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "redbike64"
> They're out on the racks at the Seattle REI. I took one out of the
> box and played with it at length there some three weekends ago.