Putting the Ember Travel Mug² to the test…
The Travel Mug² box comes complete with a charging coaster, and a clever power system where you can slide the pin adaptors (for the UK and Europe) on to the main plug so that it can be used for your territory, as it is made for the USA market as standard.
It is relatively intuitive to set up the Travel Mug, and there is a ‘Getting Started’ manual to help you on your way. It needs charging up when taking it out the box, and the Ember app also needs to be downloaded. Your smartphone also needs to be paired via Bluetooth so that the two can communicate with one another.
The only flaws that I found when I downloaded the app, were in the form of a spelling mistake on one of the main screens, which said ‘Dimiss’ instead of ‘Dismiss’, and the fact that the initial updates left me with a blank screen.
This meant that I had to delete and re-install the app, and re-pair the device by pressing the on/off button on the base of the Travel Mug.
To sign into the app, you will also need to use a Gmail account or your Facebook login details, so there is an element of data sharing here. There’s equally the nice option of naming your Travel Mug, plus the option of joining the ‘Ember X Health’ programme to record your approximate caffeine intake, data which is then relayed to you via the Apple Health app to reveal a series of personalised charts.
When out and about, the Travel Mug is not too heavy to hold and its metal construction feels solid. What’s more, it does make a real difference knowing that your favourite beverage is not going to cool rapidly and become undrinkable once you have left the house.
The functions on the Travel Mug are easy to use, and it’s a bonus having the app to keep an eye on the level of heat and to adjust it as necessary. Three hours is also plenty long enough to get through the 335ml of liquid, even if you want to have prolonged breaks between sips via the completely leakproof push-to-open lid. Furthermore, the Auto Sleep function intelligently senses when the Travel Mug on and off to save power.
When it comes to cleaning this product at the end of the day, it’s also very simple – the lid is dishwasher safe, whilst the main body is fully waterproof and can be cleaned out by hand.
So, am I an Ember fan?
After trying out the Ember Travel Mug², I must admit that I am sold on this brilliantly clever idea, but it is ultimately a luxury at £180, and this price may be out of reach for some. Many people will be perfectly happy using their thermal stainless steel bottle which keeps a coffee or tea warm for hours, but they will, of course, be without the novelty of being able to dial the level of heat up or down.
However, with that being said, now that I have discovered this great innovation, I think I would find it hard to be without it when on the move, as the Travel Mug makes an ideal companion for the daily commute or when running about doing errands. It’s a shame that I hadn’t discovered this technology earlier!
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