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Safe Water with LARQ Bottle Movement — Review

Review of the LARQ Bottle Movement PureVis

We know how important it is to drink water in order to keep hydrated, after all, we are made of it… but I raise my hand in guilt for ignoring the other benefits and needs of drinking water until last year when I started to feel extreme pain.
Somewhere in between 6 months of on/off bouts of kidney pain, I found LARQ Bottles online. The concept was really interesting and I wanted one for two reasons: firstly, it would help me create a new habit of drinking more water, and secondly (which got me really excited) I’d also be able to have safe drinking water available when I travel, without having to drag a survival kit to remote destinations. One of the things I could complain about was having to buy bottled water at destinations, which costs a fortune and is in most cases completely unnecessary because tap water and spring water were clear.

I have to confess, that the first time I saw those LARQ Bottles, I immediately fell in love with their gorgeous sleek design and the promises made by the company, but their price tags were no joke for what seemed to me like just a water bottle.

A few days of hesitation passed before I went ahead and got myself the LARQ Bottle Movement PureVis in white and pebble grey, and carried it around with me everywhere I went.
Interestingly enough, after using the bottle for a couple of days, I noticed that my habit of drinking water was beginning to change naturally. I’d use it mostly to have water with me at all times and to not have any excuses to drink. And the fact that it was always clean was a super plus for me.

LARQ Bottle Movement
White looks awesome with a grey pebble sleeve.

Enjoying hikes with LARQ
One of the things you can do freely is to enjoy long hikes with a bottle that you can re-fill with spring water.

But the promise is that the UV light in the cap will kill 99,99% of pathogens present in water, and I wanted to put that to the test, so I began using the bottle on hikes in the forests in Portugal, as they usually have an abundance of natural springs and water running off rocky walls, and though I was a bit apprehensive in the beginning, these safer hikes were great because I didn’t have to carry litres of water on me at all times, just the empty bottle, and stop at a spring to get fresh water. Simplicity in their use is just one of their huge benefits.

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Simplicity
Using my Larq bottle on hikes in Sintra makes everything a lot simpler.

How the LARQ Bottle Exterminates Bacteria

The LARQ Bottle Cap has a UV-C light installed into it, which kills 99,99% of the pathogens such as e-coli present in the water – providing that the water is clear and contains no sediments where they can take refuge (see this lab experiment with LARQ for more info). The list also includes the bacteria that give other water bottles a distinct mouldy and fishy smell after just a few uses.
The cleaning process is initiated by clicking on the button on the top of the cap once for a 1-minute cycle (which is enough for most scenarios), and twice to initiate a 3-minute super-cycle and to be used in sketchy places.
During the cycles, the ring light on the lid will breathe blue, indicating that a cycle is underway (it looks really cool when it does this).
And as an even cooler addition, every 2 hours, the LARQ Bottle will initiate a 10-second cleaning cycle, just to keep the water spotless. The breathing light will also serve as a reminder to take a few sips of water every now and then.

The perfect fit
The LARQ Bottle Movement 24 oz (710 ml) is comfortable to carry. The rubbery sleeve makes it all easier too.

Clean and Crisp
LARQ Bottle Movement will continue to clean itself every 2 hours.

What about in those sketchy places?

I put my LARQ Movement to the first test when I travelled to Kenya and drank tap water from tented camps in the Maasai Mara. My previous trip there had been marked by contamination with e-coli simply because I had brushed my teeth with tap water. And as crazy as I might sound by doing something like this, I went ahead and used my LARQ with adventure mode (2 clicks on the cap) on this trip. Though I wouldn’t recommend doing this just for the sake of excitement, this was after all the second reason why I got the LARQ Movement, wasn’t it?
Since that trip to Kenya, I then travelled to Namibia and Bali, and a lot of other cities in between and the bottle has kept its promise.

Final Review for LARQ Bottle Movement

  • The way LARQ Bottles with the UV-C light work is well documented with scientific research and testing to back it up. The official website contains all the data and white-papers to back up the claims they make.
  • I got myself the 24 oz (710 ml) LARQ Bottle Movement PureVis because it had a large capacity for its size and because I’m constantly refilling it. Cold tap water is also hard to come by, so insulation to keep it cold simply didn’t make sense to me.
  • It’s helped me create a healthy habit of drinking more water, and the flashing reminder every 2 hours is a super-plus. There’s no more excuse about it being out of sight out of mind.
  • Travelling to remote places was one of the main reasons why I bought it, and its never let me down. Even in the Maasai Mara, Etosha Camps and Bali.
  • Each battery charge has lasted me around 3 months using the normal cycle, and 1 month using adventure mode (3 minutes each cycle), for the amount of water I drink per day (which is a lot).
  • And in the end, the price, although seemingly high, actually pays off with health, peace of mind, and avoiding bottled water all along, saving you a lot of money.
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