Meet LARQ Bottle Movement: The UV-Purifying, Self-Cleaning Water Bottle

The goal of any water bottle is to safely store and transport fresh, clean water for your consumption. And the goal of any water purifier is to take dirty water — the kind filled with bacteria and viruses — and remove them. LARQ has taken two relatively well-known, well understood product categories and brought them together into an impressive, sleek bottle.

The LARQ Bottle Movement is a stainless steel water bottle that has a purifier built into the lid. The purifier uses UV-C technology to purify water in 60 seconds — whether it be by stream, faucet, or lake — and will clean your bottle, too. The aesthetics of the bottle — tall, slim, with a silicone sleeve for protection and durable matte finish — make it ideal for daily, urban use, while the surprisingly simple purification technology makes it ideal for backpacking and international travel.

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The LARQ Bottle Movement.

The LARQ Bottle Movement could just be your last water bottle.

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Unique Features of the LARQ Bottle Movement

The LARQ Bottle Movement is one of those products that straddles two important categories for outdoor and personal use, and yet it’s incredibly simple. The main feature, of course, is the compact UV-C purifier. It’s built into the lid of the bottle, which is no bigger than a normal water bottle lid (and smaller than some, actually). The lid has a satisfying heft to it, which belies the serious tech that’s inside.

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The LARQ lid has a purifier built in, and it works with a single touch of the lid.

There’s a small square light on the underside of the lid, which is the purifier. Just tighten the lid onto the bottle, press the top once, and a blue light will flash in a ring to let you know it’s purifying. This is the Normal purify cycle, which takes just 60 seconds, purifies the water, cleans the bottle (akin to scrubbing it down), and is best for daily use.

However, for backcountry travel and questionable water sources you can activate Adventure Mode, which is a longer purification. Double tap the lid and the blue ring will glow more quickly — this is a three minute purification that increases the exposure time and dose of UV-C light compared to Normal mode.

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The blue glowing ring means it’s working.

The lid won’t let you activate the purifier unless it’s threaded on (the ring glows orange when this is the case), and it has a microUSB connector built into it as well. It’ll glow green when charging, and a single charge will last about a full month.

It is impressive technology that makes purification quick and simple. Dip it in a stream, double click the lid, wait a few minutes, and you’ve got 32 (or 24) ounces of water ready to drink.

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“Fresh” stream water really is drinkable with the LARQ Bottle Movement.

True to Form and Function

Today, a reusable water bottle is useful, but it’s also a statement piece. LARQ knows this, and designed the Movement to feel good in-hand and look good, too. What’s special about the LARQ Bottle is that each minimal design element functions exceptionally well too.

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The silicone sleeve is pleasing to the eye and protects from dents and dings.

There’s a silicone sleeve that covers more than half the bottle. It’s not sticky like most silicone sleeves, so you can still slide it into a backpack pocket, and it protects the majority of the bottle from dents, dings, and scratches. The bottle is narrow and tall, ideal for slotting in backpack pockets and car cup holders alike. It also has a narrow mouth, making for easy drinking — and because the purifier cleans the bottle, you don’t have to shove a brush in there very often (if ever).

Outside of the purifying element, the biggest difference between the Movement and so many high-end water bottles is that it’s not insulated. LARQ does offer an insulated version (their original Bottle), but the Movement does away with insulation to save on weight and expand interior space. This is ideal for outdoor pursuits and travel, where the temperature of your liquid matters less than weight and durability.

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LARQ Bottle Movement was built to be on the move.

The 32-ounce Movement Bottle (pictured here) looks and feels like a much smaller water bottle, yet it holds as much as your standard Nalgene. The whole 32-ounce stainless steel bottle with sleeve weighs 12.9 ounces, which is impressive considering there’s an entire purifier in the lid.

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Who is LARQ?

LARQ is a company with an innovative take on purification and water storage. It has just two products — the original Bottle and the Bottle Movement — which carry, insulate, and purify water all in one package. Its goal is to create a one-and-done purification system that looks good, can travel with you anywhere, and keeps your drinking water clean and safe.

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6 responses to “Meet LARQ Bottle Movement: The UV-Purifying, Self-Cleaning Water Bottle

    1. Hey John,

      Thanks for the comment. Yes, we’ve thought about that as well. If you have good access to running water (or a faucet when traveling internationally) a filter is less necessary, but for backcountry use it can be really helpful. We typically use a bandana, t-shirt, or bring some cheesecloth if we know water sources will be murky and don’t have a filtering system.

    1. Hi Michael,

      Yep, it eliminates viruses and bacteria. I don’t think it purifies heavy metals, but it’s rare that water from a faucet/lake/stream will have that.

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