What attracted me to the Camelbak bottles and hydration packs was the unique bite valve that is spill-proof and made from self-sealing silicone.
However, a common issue I see people having with these water bottles is that it arrives and the bite valve seems to have no hole at all, it's completely closed.
No hole means no water can get through. However, this problem is normal and also easily fixed.
Fix the opening slit, or hole, on the Camelbak Eddy+ bite valve by twisting, squeezing, and rolling the valve between your fingers. You can also use your fingernail to press into the valve opening and force it open. Soaking the valve in warm water and squeezing is also an option.
It may look like the bite valve has no hole, but most times, it’s just sealed shut from the packaging. The hole is there and with a little bit of squeezing or twisting it'll pop open. You just need to know exactly how to do it.
Here are some of my tried and tested methods to fix your Camelbak bite valve opening. You can try one or all of them if you want.
Fix The Bite Valve Hole By Squeezing
On the Camelbak website, one of the most commonly asked questions about the bite valve is that it arrives with no hole in the valve.
“The self-sealing silicone can sometimes seal tightly in transit.”
So there is actually a hole. It’s just sealed itself closed.
To open the hole, you will need to roll, twist and squeeze the valve between your fingers.
You can see exactly how to do this in the video below:
By manipulating the silicone between your fingers, you will eventually force the hole open. It doesn't take a lot of effort.
Fix The Bite Valve Hole Using Your Nail
Another method that works quite well is to use your fingernail to force the hole open. As tempting as it is to just stick a sharp object like a knife through the hole, this method is much better and safer.
While using your fingernail to open the hole, you can roll and squeeze the valve at the same time to really get that silicone moving.
Here is a helpful video explaining how to use your fingernail to fix the hole.
Soak The Valve
If the bite valve hole is stubborn and still won’t open, you can try soaking the valve in hot water for 10 minutes or so. This will make the silicone more pliable and easier to move.
You can then use your fingers to roll and squeeze the hole or use the fingernail method mentioned above to get it open.
This should help open that hole up so you can use the bite valve.
Bite Valve Hole Still Not Opening
If you have tried all of the above-mentioned methods and the hole is still not opening, then the valve might be a dud.
You will need to contact Camelbak’s warranty department to submit a new claim. Because this would be considered a manufacturing defect, Camelbak will send you a replacement part.
Set includes 2 Camelbak Eddy+ bite valves and straws. Made from 100% BPA-free plastic. Does not fit kids bottles
Replacing the new bite valve is very easy. Read my article on how to replace the bite valve.