FAQ: LARQ Bottle - Water Purification in a Self-Cleaning Bottle
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When will the LARQ Bottle ship?

The current expectation is this summer, but all the latest news on product development and shipping timelines will be posted in the project updates page

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How often do I need to replace the bottle?

You will not need to replace it as UV-C LED technology does not require a filter replacement. Simply recharge the bottle cap and one charge lasts up to 2 months.

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Does it require a filter replacement?

The UV-C LED technology does not require filter replacement.

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How do I turn it on?

Press the bottle cap to activate it and your water will be purified in 60 seconds.

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Will the bottle keep water cold or hot?

Yes, it will keep cold water chilled for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12 hours.

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Where does the filtered stuff go?

The UV-C LED breaks up bacteria DNA, so it becomes harmless organic material. The bottle will turn-on automatically every 4 hours – the bacteria or other bio-contaminants never have a chance to develop in the first place.

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How clean must the water be?

At a minimum, it should be clear to the eye with no heavy sediment.

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What is UV-C LED technology?

The UV-C LED chips in LARQ are smaller, more energy efficient, less 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.

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What is the LARQ Bottle size and how much will it weigh?

The LARQ Bottle will be 525 ml which is approximately to a liquid capacity of 18 fl.oz/.525 liter. It will be 243 mm in height, 69mm in diameter and have a total weight of 13 oz.

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What material is the LARQ Bottle made out of?

The LARQ Bottle is a double vacuum sealed, polished stainless steel. It is also BPA and phthalates free.

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How do I charge the bottle?

The LARQ Bottle can be recharged via USB.

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Does the LARQ Bottle remove heavy metals or fluoride?

No, it does not but it does eradicate 99.9999% of harmful bacteria and viruses. It also keeps your bottle free of harmful and odor-causing germs.

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How do I clean the LARQ Bottle?

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.

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Can I put other beverages in there besides water?

Yes, you can but the LARQ Bottle is designed as a self-cleaning bottle for water. If you’re putting sugary drinks or coffee in there, the bottle should be hand washed.

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Are the LARQ Bottle designed for camping?

They are designed for everyday use and for camping. We have an "Adventure Mode" to give the UV-C LEDs extra power for when you are traveling abroad or in the backcountry.

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How often does the battery need to be charged? How will I know?

One charge lasts up to 2 months. Low battery indicator lights will let you know to recharge your bottle.

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How does the CES Ticket work?

CES Ticket must be redeemed by the 18th December, not including travel or other expenses. After 18th of December - the ticket can be redeemed for $100 off the full priced ticket.

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What is your return policy?

We offer an 18 months limited warranty. It covers the repair or replacement of any defective material or component.

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I just placed my order but saw that I can get the limited edition travel sleeve for $12. How do I add that on?

After the campaign is over, we will reach out to backers to see if they want to add the limited edition travel sleeve to their order.

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Will you be adding additional sizes?

We will make different sizes in the future, but first we want to be SUPER focused on doing one product right.

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I didn’t include the Travel Sleeve in my order, can I add it now?

Absolutely - you can add on the sleeve by modifying your pledge!

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What are the details for the Travel Sleeve?

The Travel Sleeve will be a high quality neoprene, minimal, grey with a loop for carrying, so it will work perfectly with the QUARTZ bottle. We will offer more details and photos soon.

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How did you determine the shipping rates?

As a small company with low shipping volumes we actually have estimated this amount to just cover the cost of shipping the bottles. If shipping ends up being significantly cheaper than our estimate - we will certainly take that into account, let our backers know and credit back the difference.

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How long will the UV-C last?

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). Depending on your use, it should last a long time.

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Where is the USB charger located?

It is located on the edge of the cap and is waterproof USB rated to IPX standards.

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Will the UV-C impact the taste?

The UV-C light will not remove any dissolved minerals from the water so it will not change the taste of the water.

However, it does improve the overall experience of drinking out of the bottle because it removes the funky smell of the bottle and avoids backwards contamination of the water in the bottle.

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Do you have a WEEE(CE) certification?

It is in our road-map, we will be getting this once we have production units ready.

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Has the LARQ Bottle been tested?

The UV-C LED technology inside LARQ has been tested by independent third-party labs and the LARQ Bottle is effective against various germs, including E.coli, Salmonella, Staph, and MRSA.

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Does the LARQ Bottle have a warranty?

We offer an 18 months limited warranty. It covers the repair or replacement of any defective material or component.

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Where is the LARQ Bottle made?

The UV-C LEDs are made in U.S.A. and the bottle is designed in Silicon Valley and made in Asia.

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I am a journalist, who should I contact to get more information?

Thanks for your interest! Please email press@livelarq.com.

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What happens if I use the LARQ bottle for sugary drinks/coffee/tea?

The LARQ Bottle is designed as a self-cleaning bottle for water. If you’re putting sugary drinks or coffee in it, we recommend the bottle be hand washed.

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How does UV-C LED reach the top (neck) of the bottle?

The inner surface of the LARQ bottle is a polished high-grade stainless steel which is reflective of the UV-C LED light and will help channel the disinfecting rays into the corners of the neck. Of course the rim or threads and outside of the bottle will not be getting the UV-C exposure, so we do recommend hand washing the opening from time to time (both inside and outside).

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Does the LARQ bottle have any safety measures?

Yes, we chose to make the bottle stainless steel and not transparent as an initial safety measure, but are planning to incorporate a light sensor into the cap that will act as a safety switch - so when the cap is off and senses any ambient light it will switch off. This is an area that is still being finalized - it won't change the design but it is not fully locked in.

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What happens if I drop my LARQ bottle?

Rest assured, we are drop testing all aspects of the bottle to make sure it is robust for everyday use.

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How will I know it is working properly?

We designed the LARQ Bottle to have an indicator light and sensor for when the LED light is not functioning, there is an error with the product or the battery is low.

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What is Adventure Mode? How do you activate it?

In Adventure Mode the LARQ bottle has a 3x increase in UV dosage - the standard cycle delivers 1,200 uW-sec (or mJ) to the water, while adventure mode delivers around 3,000 uW-sec (or mJ) to the water.

To activate Adventure Mode, simply hold down the top button (instead of tapping it).

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I bought an extra bottle on Black Friday for $55, but my survey isn't asking me for an additional color selection — why?

Backers that got the $55 Black Friday deal will have their additional bottle pre-applied to their order as an add-on.

After completing the survey questions for the bottles included in your pledge level, proceed to the add-ons section where you should see your additional $55 bottle already applied. You'll be able to select your color for that bottle immediately after the add-ons section in another series of questions.

You can return to your pledge questions here

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How does the LARQ Bottle work?

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 4 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 so they never have a chance.

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