We got our portable UV water purifiers today – thanks to SteriPEN™ for the product donation!

Steripen Adventurer Opti

SteriPEN™ – Adventurer Opti
Weight: 103g/3.6 oz. with batteries.
Size: 15.5cm. (6.1in.) x 3.3cm. (1.5in.) x 2.2cm. (1.0in.)
Battery: Uses two CR123 batteries (included)
Battery life: Disposable — 100 treatments (16oz./0.5L); Rechargeable — 40-50 treatments (16oz./0.5L)
UV Lamp Life: 8,000 treatments – Image © Jason Florio 2012

Thanks to SteriPEN™ for the Sidewinder and Adventurer Opti UV Water Purifiers. These amazing little gadgets will be invaluable when we have no other water source to drink from, other than the River Gambia or open wells, when we are on the river in Guinea, Senegal and The Gambia, on our ‘River Gambia Expedition 2012 – 1000km source to sea Africa odyssey’

‘The SteriPEN Adventurer Opti uses a revolutionary optical eye to sense the water. The patent-pending technology ensures safe use and provides purification in even the coldest of waters. The new optical sensor doubles as a convenient LED flashlight’

‘The SteriPEN™ Sidewinder Hand-Powered, Battery-Free UV Water Purifier

‘Fill it, Crank it, Drink it! Perfect for Campers or Emergency use. SteriPEN® Sidewinder, the first portable UV water purifier to require no batteries, purifies 1 liter of water in 90 seconds. The SteriPEN Sidewinder features our proven UV system that destroys waterborne bacteria, viruses and protozoa such as giardia and cryptosporidium’ 

Steripen Sidewinder

SteriPEN™ Sidewinder
SteriPEN Sidewinder Specs
Weight: 471 grams (16.6 oz.)
Size: 21.8 cm x 14 cm x 9.7 cm (8.6 in. x 5.5 in. x 3.8 in.)
Battery: NONE! Hand-powered.
UV Lamp: 8,000 1L treatments
Image © Jason Florio, 2012

We still have a ways to go with our fundraising, which includes funding for fee’s, food and insurance for two local River Gambia boatmen, plus guides and fixers in each of the other two countries – for the duration of 2-3 months. Also, we have a Wish List of products that we still need for the expedition. If we can persuade a few more companies to kindly donate some of the essential items from our Wish List, then this will bring our target amount down quite considerably – which means we won’t have to raise our target amount, hopefully, leaving us more to donate to our chosen charity (more news on that, to follow shortly).

Route Map River Gambia

Our Route – The River Gambia, West Africa: 1 River. 2 Borders. 3 Countries

Each and every donation – whether it be funding or product – that we have received so far is helping us to put our paddles into the water, to not only attempt to make the first recorded source to sea expedition of the entire length of the River Gambia – one of the last remaining, large, free-flowing rivers in Africa  – but, there has been talk for a number of years of damming the river.  So before this happens, we want to collect visual/written/audio stories – through multiple medias – documenting the lives and cultures of the indigenous people, who live and work along the course of the River Gambia. For more information, please click this link ‘What and Why Exactly Are We Doing This Expedition…you may well ask?

Thanks again, SteriPEN™ for your support!

Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

River Gambia Expedition 2012 – Co-Leaders

Please click on the image below to watch Jason Florio as he explains how you can own one of his fine art photography prints, from a series of images he will take whilst on the River Gambia Expedition 2012:


About River Gambia Expedition 2012

Jason Florio, FRGS: award-winning photojournalist. Helen Jones-Florio: expedition & photography producer. 2009: The couple co-led the West Africa expedition 'A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey' - the first circumnavigation of the small West African country, by foot, with two donkeys and a cart. Resulting in the award-winning series of portraits of Gambian village chiefs (Alkalo's) www.floriophoto.com (under 'Projects') http://930kmafricanodyssey.tumblr.com/ 2012-13: The couple co-led their second West Africa expedition - 'River Gambia Expedition - 1000km source-sea Africa odyssey' over-landing for 400km and canoeing the River Gambia for 720km https://rivergambiaexpedition2012.wordpress.com
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