Portable Water Purifier UV Light

Dodgydave

Joined Jun 22, 2012
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Is it a fluorescent tube with two pins on each end, if so you will need a cfl inverter board, like the ones for caravans.
 
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Kermit2

Joined Feb 5, 2010
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Water purification with UV is energy intensive and requires a multi minute exposure time. A few seconds under UV will NOT sterilize drinking water.
 

jpanhalt

Joined Jan 18, 2008
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Also be sure whatever vessel the water is in is transparent to UV wavelengths that are germicidal. That is usually considered to be UV-C at 254 nm. Unless, of course, you are irradiating through an open top. There are a lot of factors that can interfere, such as dissolved iron salts and so forth. It is risky business on a camping trip. I would not rely on its efficiency.

John
 

Alec_t

Joined Sep 17, 2013
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Unless the purifier is solely for a small-scale laboratory experiment I suspect you'll need a LOT more than 5.5W do have any useful effect.
 

Kermit2

Joined Feb 5, 2010
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Two or three drops of regular old clorox bleach is more than sufficient to kill all living microbes in one gallon of water. It tastes like a swimming pool, but will not hurt you if consumed. It is easy to carry and a very small amount can sterilize many gallons of drinking water.
 

alfacliff

Joined Dec 13, 2013
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my hot tub uses an ozonator, it pulls air through a box with a uv light which ionises the air, which is bubbled through the water in the tub. this works instead of using chlorine to disinfect the water. short wave uv.
 
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