We like the LARQ water bottle design as well as how self-cleaning it is. But it’s not the best for travel due to its weight and little capacity.
As gear testers, we’ve had a hard time accepting that we can’t thoroughly test a LARQ bottle. Yes, we can examine its capacity for holding water (spoiler alert: it does) and record the time it takes for the ice to melt within its insulated steel walls.
We don’t exactly have white coats as well as Petri dishes there at Pack Hacker HQ, but the travel LARQ bottle is marketed as a cleaning water bottle that uses a UV light to remove hazardous germs on the bottle and in the water.
Therefore, we are unable to verify if the bottle accomplishes what it claims.
When we got our palms on this bottle a month ago—for test reasons, mind you, not out of laziness—we haven’t cleaned it, and we haven’t found any build-up, filth, odor, or general sliminess. However, we have never used it for anything other than water.
LARQ claims that the bottle “neutralizes up to 99.9999% all harmful, odor-causing bacteria,” however we are unable to verify this claim. You might also state that this bottle deters lions in 99.9999% of cases. This allegation is also not much in dispute because we haven’t seen just one lion this month.
Now that I’ve finished my diatribe, let’s go back and begin from the beginning.
Materials & Aesthetic
In addition to the fact that it kills germs, LARQ touts the additional quality that the LARQ bottle is really.” Movie allusions are always fun, but we have to admit that this bottle is gorgeous.
At the time of watching this review, it was offered in five colorways: Alpine Pink, Seaside Mint, Marble White, Onyx Black, as well as Monaco Blue. It features a sleek, metallic body. These colors are all two-toned, with a brighter shade on top as well as a darker shade on the bottom, to increase the level of sophistication. We like it a lot!
This bottle falls on the smaller side of water bottles, with a capacity of 17 ounces. That’s wonderful if getting to water isn’t a problem, but isn’t the purpose of a bacteria-killing water container to make life easier when getting to water is a problem? I don’t know about you, but on camping excursions, we consume far more water than 17 ounces.
The water bottle is also rather weighty. Since it seems sturdy, some people like that, but it is not the best option for travel, when every ounce matters.
How it Works
Here at Pack Hacker, we’ve previously acknowledged that we’re not scientists. We will thus discuss the theoretical operation of this bottle while acknowledging that we are unable to test or refute these assertions.
Legally, we don’t advise relying only on this for water filtration while on a hiking journey across the Amazon rain jungle. In any case, we’d recommend you do your investigation to see if this kind of purification will meet your demands. It could or might not be sufficient to complete the task.
Having said that, it is theoretically possible for the LARQ bottle to eliminate 99.9999% of noxious, odor-causing bacteria as well as viruses (in adventurous mode) by utilizing unique UV-C LED technology. This technology, according to LARQ, is the “most advanced in the world.” We’re not going to go too technical here, but you can visit LARQ’s website to learn more about the specifics of how UV lamps cause chemical reactions in the DNA of bacteria and other things. You can also see an unpleasant movie about mold.
(Note: LARQ did collaborate with a different lab to assess the UV light’s effectiveness against E. coli. The findings are available on the LARQ website.
LARQ Water Bottle Light
As a customer, all that is required of you is basic. Push the button on the highest point of the cap to start the bottle’s cleaning cycle anytime you want (you’ll know it’s functioning because a light like an Alexa will illuminate the rim of the cap to indicate that it’s operating). It takes 60 or 120 seconds to complete the cycle in “adventure mode.” The UV light dose is increased by three times in expedition mode, apparently for exploring.
The outermost light will become yellow as well and the UV light won’t turn on if you unintentionally (or on purpose) hit the button while holding the bottle’s cap open. We like this safety function since UV radiation shouldn’t be exposed to the eye or any other area of the body, for that matter.
Charger for the LARQ Water Bottle
You must use a Micro USB cord to charge the LARQ bottle since it runs on a battery. The charge lasts around a month, which is not perfect for travel since we already have too many items to charge, but it’s also not a big concern because charging takes four to five hours. Since this is the only rechargeable water bottle that Pack Hacker has tried, we are unsure of how a month stacks up against other options available. Nevertheless, it looks to be a very excellent option. Additionally, the water bottle remains water-resistant even thanks to the Micro USB connector.
The bottle also automatically cleans itself every two hours in case you have a bad memory. As a result, you will always be protected (barring a battery charge memory).
LARQ Bottle Bubbling Up
We did observe, however, that when a bottle is filled with hot water, the lid sort of bubbles out. Although everything returns to normal following it cools down, the situation is still somewhat troubling even if we don’t know what’s going on. This bubbling effect hasn’t produced anything really bad; it’s simply odd.
How much time does LARQ need to clean?
The water and inside surface of the bottle get 12 mJ/cm2 of UVC in the Normal Mode’s one-minute cleaning cycle. To start the cycle, press the button in the cap once.
How long is the LARQ filter effective?
The LARQ Bottle Filter can filter up to 2 months’ worth of water, or 40 gallons (151 liters). Without missing a beat, our hassle-free filter replenishment program keeps you hydrated with wonderfully filtered water. If you decide to join, LARQ will send you a new filter every two months, free of charge.
What signals the LARQ is charged?
The magnetic USB charger may be used to charge the LARQ Pitcher PureVis. What does the color of the Light Ring behaviors/indicators mean? Green light when I breathe means I’m charging! Consistent green signal: full charge for me!
What does LARQ’s safety mode entail?
The Safety Mode on the LARQ Bottle PureVis avoids inadvertent activation while the cap is not on the container by suppressing the UV-C LED light. It is denoted by a flickering orange light. The skin or eyes should never come into direct contact with an active UV-C LED.
Can LARQ get rid of bacteria?
The first cleaning water bottle, as well as water purifying device in the world, is the LARQ Bottle PureVisTM Insulated. It removes up to 99%* all bio-contaminants like E. coli in your water as well as bottles using PureVisTM technology.