The LARQ Bottle solves for the hardest to reach places in the bottle where bacteria is most likely to harbor (think wet, dark, humid places that are hard to clean). The inner surface of the LARQ Bottle is electropolished, high-grade stainless steel - this is reflective for UV light and will help channel the disinfecting rays into the corners of the neck as well. Depending on the use case - we do recommend hand washing the mouthpiece from time to time but that should be much easier than playing hand yoga.
The UV-C LED breaks up bacteria DNA, so it becomes harmless organic material. The bottle will turn-on automatically every 2 hours – the bacteria or other bio-contaminants never have a chance to develop in the first place.
The LARQ Bottle uses patented UV-C technology to purify your water and bottle at the touch of a button. The bottle intelligently turns on every 2 hours to purify both the water you put inside as well as the bottle surface itself. The UV-C light eradicates biological contaminants by destroying their DNA.
The UV-C LED chips in LARQ are smaller, more energy efficient, non-toxic (mercury free), and more economical compared to traditional Mercury based UV technology. The UV-C wavelength is 280 nanometer spectrum that is uniquely suited to eradicate bacteria and germs even before they have a chance to spread.
The LED itself is rated for >100,000 cycles (on/offs) - much more robust than existing Mercury options (typically 8,000 to 10,000 if you read the product data sheets). So depending on your use it should last a very long time.
We worked with a third party lab to test the efficacy of LARQ’s UV-C LED technology within the application of the LARQ Bottle against water samples enriched with E. coli. You can learn more about the results here.
Yes, you may put the LARQ Bottle in the freezer or refrigerator. However the double vaccum seal will insulate the bottle and its content, meaning the freezer won’t be able to cool down the liquid inside efficiently.
The LARQ Bottle is 10,000 times more hygienic than a normal reusable bottle. You almost never have to clean the bottle if it is used for water. You may need to clean the bottle when you use it for liquids other than water. We recommend gentle hand washing with soap and warm water.