What’s the blue/black/clear/pink thing on top of the cap for? Do I remove it or cut it to drink?
The blue/black/clear/pink thing is the CamelBak Big Bite™ Valve. This patented feature provides easy drinking and spill-proof safety. Do NOT remove or cut this piece to drink. Simply bite it slightly and sip as you would out of a straw.
What happens if I put sports drinks/juice in the CamelBak Better Bottle?
Use of any of these drinks in the bottle is fine, but thorough cleaning after each use is recommended.
Can I put hot liquids in it?
Yes, hot liquids can be used in the CamelBak Better Bottle. However, if you are using the Better Bottle with Bite Valve, please be aware that the experience will be similar to drinking hot liquid through a straw and use caution.
What max temperature (freezing/boiling water) can the CamelBak Better Bottle withstand?
The CamelBak Better Bottle can withstand being filled with boiling water or stored in below freezing temperatures. We do not recommend boiling the bottle itself.
Is the CamelBak Better Bottle microwave safe?
Feel free to use the CamelBak Better Bottle to warm up liquids (ie, up to a minute), but we don’t recommend cooking your dinner in it.
Can/How do I freeze the CamelBak Better Bottle with Bite Valve?
You can freeze the bottle but make sure:
1. The bottle is not completely full when you do this (we recommend only 3/4 full to allow for expansion of the water as it freezes to ice).
2. The bottle is right side up
We also recommend that the bite valve stem NOT be flipped up or down if there is any frozen water in the tube. Wait until thawed.
Does the CamelBak Better Bottle work with filters?
The CamelBak Better Bottle is compatible with filters that adapt to a 63 mm screw top opening (in other words, it’s compatible with most filters on the market).
What happens if I take the straw off?
Removal of the straw allows a “tip and sip” mode of drinking.
Can I use with carbonated beverages?
You can use any beverage in the CamelBak Better Bottle, however we do not recommend the use of carbonated beverages with the straw configuration. To use with carbonated beverages, we recommend that you remove the straw and drink via “tip and sip.”
Can I use the CamelBak Better Bottle in high-altitude/ low-pressure environments (i.e. airplanes, mountain altitudes, etc)?
Yes, but with special care. Keep the bottle right side up with the bite valve in the closed position. Remove the straw for additional protection. Expect a bit of “spurt” during the first sip.
Does it hold residual taste?
No, there is no residual taste, and it’s also stain-resistant.
How do I clean the CamelBak Better Bottle™ with Bite Valve?
First pull off the bite valve and the straw from the cap. You can clean your bottle by hand or in the dishwasher (top rack only for the cap, bottom rack can be used for the bottle). For cleaning by hand, you can soak all parts in warm soapy water.
I have an older CamelBak Bottle that’s not BPA-Free. What is it made from?
The original CamelBak Better Bottle with Bite Valve is made from polycarbonate.
The cap is made of:
a. Polypropylene – for toughness and sealing performance
b. Thermoplastic elastomer (on the outside of the Better Bottle with Bite Valve Cap) – for a comfortable grip
The bite valve is made of Medical-Grade Silicone – for long life and taste-free performance
Is polycarbonate safe?
CamelBak has monitored scientific research concerning the safety of products that include BPA. Based on a broad range of scientific findings, we firmly believe in the safety of our products. We are not recalling our polycarbonate bottles.
While there is not consensus on the issues surrounding BPA, recent comprehensive reviews of polycarbonate and BPA have concluded that estimated daily exposure to BPA poses no known safety risk. However, we intend to closely monitor recent reports from The National Toxicology and Health Canada. The findings from tests by the following organizations indicate that BPA exposure does not pose a safety risk:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Harvard Center for Risk Analysis
The American Council on Science & Safety
Many regulatory bodies worldwide, including the European Commission Scientific Committee on Food, the United Kingdom Food Standards Agency, and the Japan Ministry for Health, Labor, & Welfare
What does the Recycle #7 symbol mean?
The number code inside a recycling symbol is a resin identification code, used primarily by those in the waste stream management industry. It is not a measure of safety, but indicates what an item is made from so that recycling plants know how to categorize and recycle it. BPA exists only in polycarbonate #7 bottles, but not in all #7 bottles, despite a great deal of misinformation in the media and public perception. It is possible that a #7 bottle does not contain any BPA at all.
Recycling codes 1-6 refer to specific materials, while #7 is a miscellaneous category that simply signifies that a product does not fall into the categories 1-6.
#7, or “other” plastics are often made of multiple resins or layers of different types of plastics. These may include microwavable packages, snack bags and industrial plastics. If a product does not have a recycle symbol on it, it is automatically categorized as #7 or “other.”
Your BPA-Free Better Bottle with Classic Cap does not have a recycle symbol on it. Why not?
The primary reason is that our bottle is meant to be re-used, not recycled. But also, we’ve discovered that there are more myths and misinformation about #7 plastics than truth. One of these misperceptions is that many people associate the #7 recycling symbol with polycarbonate. In order to differentiate our new BPA-free Better Bottle from our polycarbonate version, we chose to remove the symbol, and hopefully reduce confusion.. The new Tritan™ bottle is still considered “other” and will be categorized with #7 plastics but it is completely BPA-Free.
What is your BPA-free Better Bottle™ made from?
The CamelBak Better Bottle™ line is made from a new copolyester polymer called Tritan™, made by Eastman. It offers the same great qualities that we have come to expect from polycarbonate bottles and is 100% BPA-Free. The BPA-Free CamelBak Better