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LARQ Bottle Movement Review 2019 – Better than the Original?

Although the LARQ Bottle Movement bears many similarities to the original LARQ Bottle, they are far from being the same. The LARQ Bottle was the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle, which uses UV-C technology built into the lid, to eradicate up to 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.99% of viruses, meaning you can use the bottle to purify water found in streams while out hiking for example. Like the original, the LARQ Bottle Movement purifies your water and neutralizes bottle stink, but in addition to this, LARQ has made the bottle much lighter and added a removable and VERY colorful silicone grip to the bottom half of the exterior. This review will explain more about the tech used in the bottle, its build quality, how well it performs day-to-day, and how it compares to the original LARQ Bottle.

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What’s the difference between the LARQ Bottle and LARQ Bottle Movement?

The main differentiators between these two bottles are:

  1. The LARQ Bottle Movement is much lighter due to its single-wall non-insulated construction.
  2. Different water capacities. The LARQ Bottle Movement options are: 24 oz (710 ml) or 32 oz (950 ml). The LARQ Bottle (original) options are: 17 oz (500 ml) or 25 oz (740 ml).
  3. The LARQ Bottle Movement is less expensive.
  4. The LARQ Bottle Movement features a silicone sleeve that protects the bottle from bumps and dings.
  5. The LARQ Bottle Movement has a rim which is, in my opinion, nicer to drink from.
  6. The LARQ Bottle features double-wall vacuum insulation that keeps your water cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.
  7. Both LARQ Bottle and LARQ Bottle Movement collections use the same cap and proprietary UV-C LED technology.

How Does the LARQ Bottle Movement Work?

The LARQ Bottle Movement uses patented UV-C technology to purify your water and bottle at the touch of a button. The button is at the top of the lid (pictured below), and a cycle takes 60 seconds to complete. The bottle also 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.

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No, the LARQ Bottle Movement is completely silent! I have the bottle by my bed at night so if it made a noise I would definitely know about it.

Does the purification process change the taste of the water?

No, it does not impact the taste of the water but it will eradicate up to 99.9999% of germs, and odor-causing bacteria in Adventure Mode.

Does the LARQ bottle Movement actually work in terms of keeping that stinky bottle smell away?

Yes, LARQs tech really does work! I’ve been using the original LARQ Bottle every day for well over 6 months now and have not got that stinky bottle smell. Although you won’t need to wash the bottle out very often, it’s worth giving the lid a clean every now and then as the UV-C light struggles to reach this part of the bottle (pictured below).

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What is UV-C LED technology?

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. There are two purifying modes available, tap once for Normal Mode or tap twice for Adventure Mode.

What’s the difference between Normal Mode and Adventure Mode?

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

With all this purification, how long will one battery charge last?

One charge lasts up to 1-2 months for Normal Mode, based on 3-4 cycles a day. Adventure mode, on the other hand, will last around 10-12 days. Low battery indicator lights will let you know when to recharge your bottle.

How do I charge the LARQ Bottle Movement?

You need to use the included USB cable which connects to the lid, as seen in the picture above. While charging, the lid light will slowly pulse with a green light. It will change to a constant green light when fully charged.

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Is the charging port on the lid waterproof?

The LARQ bottle’s charge socket is waterproof and rated IPX7, similar to the iPhone. This was one of the first things I had to check! 🙂

LARQ Bottle Size and Colors

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The LARQ Bottle Movement is available in two sizes:

  • 24 oz (710 ml)
  • 32 oz (950 ml)

and 4 different colors:

  • white/coral (pictured in this article)
  • white/marine (pictured in this article)
  • black/onyx
  • black/vert

How to lock the purification button to stop accidental cycles and running down the battery inadvertently.

If you’re traveling, you may want to lock the button to prevent accidental purification cycles. if you hold the top button for 5 seconds the bottle will be put into Travel mode, and the button will be locked.

Stainless Steel Construction

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The LARQ Bottle Movement is made with BPA-free polished stainless steel that helps the bottle stay clean. NOTE: The Bottle Movement’s construction is single-walled which means it is not intended for hot beverages as the metal exterior will heat up very quickly. I have noticed also that the single exterior will get condensation if you put ice-cold water in the bottle and it is warm outside.

The mouth on the bottle is curved over itself which makes drinking from the bottle feel really nice, better than the original LARQ Bottle in my opinion.

If you’re putting sugary drinks in there the bottle should be hand-washed, rather than relying on purifying cycles – I suggest this bottle is better used just for water.

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LARQ Bottle Limited Edition Sleeve

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The LARQ sleeve is made from neoprene with a luxe vegan leather strap. It has been very useful on a number of occasions. For example, when I’m holding too many things at once, I can just grab a strap or even hook it to my bag. The top strap can also be detached if you’d prefer to just have the sleeve and the smaller hand-strap. The sleeve photos feature the original LARQ Bottle. The sleeve accessory is every bit as high-quality as the LARQ bottle itself, as you can see in the closeup photo below.

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The sleeve is designed to protect the bottle from scratches when you’re traveling and means you won’t feel quite so protective over the relatively expensive LARQ bottle. The LARQ Movement, however, already comes with a colorful silicone sleeve which will also protect the bottle from most bashes and scrapes. The silicone sleeve does not have a carry handle like the neoprene sleeve though.

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The silicone sleeve on the Bottle Movement makes placing the bottle on hard surfaces much quieter. This will be much appreciated by your partner in the middle of the night when you go for a drink of water and put the bottle back on my bedside table.

Clean water is not a privilege, it’s a right

We love that LARQ sends a portion of proceeds to 1% for the Planet, to benefit the environment and bring safe drinking water to billions. We believe it’s important to support businesses that opt for sustainable thinking within their business strategy, which are aligned with our own values.

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Features & Details

  • Built-in UV-C LED
  • Single-wall bottle (not intended for hot beverages)
  • Electropolished 18/8 stainless steel (BPA free)
  • Rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • MicroUSB connector
  • Proprietary powder coating
  • An interchangeable premium food-grade silicone sleeve

What’s in the box?

  • LARQ Bottle Movement (with removable silicone sleeve)
  • USB to MicroUSB connector
  • Quick Start Guide

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LARQ Bottle Movement Review 2019 – Better than the Original?
Design & Function
Value For Money
Water purification works excellently (No more stinky bottle smells!)
4 color options / 2 size options
Removable silicone grip looks great and serves a very useful purpose
High quality construction
Bottle is single walled and therefore not insulated.
Overall Score

Where can I buy the LARQ Bottle?

At livelarq.com – Current price and link below:


When it comes to water purification and the odor-neutralization process, the LARQ Bottle Movement does everything it claims to be able to do, in the same way, the original LARQ does but in a more lightweight and vibrant package. The bottle’s build quality is just as durable as the original and has been designed just as beautifully.

The LARQ Bottle Movement is a purifying water bottle for those who want something a little different from all the other reusable water bottles on the market. Yes, it’s more expensive than standard water bottles (less expensive than the original LARQ bottle), but those other bottles don’t offer the convenience and benefit of being able to fill up from almost anywhere and know your water will be pure and 99.9999% bacteria-free once you’ve run a quick purifying cycle.

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