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Dual-Voltage Beverage Heater 4.5 5 4 4
Works--and is safe I was a little concerned about the safety of the metal, whether anything could be leaching out since it is submerged in the water for some time so I wrote the manufacturer. They got back to me the same day saying "It is stainless steel, & the burn protector is BPA free. We have been selling this item for more than 20 years, & it is safe." You need to be patient using it in the US, it takes up to 15 minutes to heat a mug of water, but with 240 voltage it is under 4 minutes. Recently enjoyed a cup of sage tea in my room after a long day hiking in Petra, Jordon with the help of this item. The little burn protector that allows you to set it on a surface while still hot is really smart. It can be removed if you don't want it on, but I found it helpful. I often take a small kettle traveling with me, but when space counts, this is a great compact solution, so long as you get it drilled into your head that it can't be out of the water while plugged in! So far so good. March 15, 2014
very usefull Boils water quickly . Very usefull,especially with the dual voltage feature. September 9, 2013
Definitely Works! Must buy for all travelers. First of all, I use amazon to buy many of my travel accessories, but I love Travel Smith, because they have very competitive prices, great selection, and I love their no quibble return policy also. Well, I checked out this item on amazon and I noticed there were many unfavorable reviews, and I definitely needed a unit that worked in Europe and USA and I discovered that many of these immersion heaters are not designed to work outside the USA, but this one DOES, and its a dual voltage model. I placed it in a ceramic cup filled with water, and had the immersion heater balancing on the "plastic spike" that can help keep the unit protruding out of your cup, by making sure the lip of your cup is inserted between the metal heater and the plastic spike. This heater will re-heat a beverage within a few minutes (less than 5 minutes). It will heat water to make coffee definitely within 15 minutes, and will boil after 15 minutes. Personally, I wouldn't even try to boil water with this heater, as it may become too hot. But, I've used it until bubbles start to rise to the top of the water with faster progression and then I unplug it. By reading all the reviews on other websites, I didn't make the mistakes other folks have, such as plugging this unit in the wall socket WITHOUT having the metal heater already inserted in the liquid. Doing that will render this unit useless and blow a interior fuse. So, my only advice to anyone purchasing this product is to insert it in water BEFORE you even think about plugging it up. Also, its designed for beverages and not food. This heater is a must have for all travelers who drink tea, coffee or hot cocoa. You can simply pack ziplock bags of coffee, tea bags and packs of cocoa for your trip, fill up a cup of water, insert the heater, and find an outlet to plug it up (even at an airport), and have your own hot beverage in under 15 minutes. I keep a small GSI stainless cup/pot in my carry-on backpack which will work great for this purpose. This immersion heater is made in China, but I find the quality good, and it has a polarized plug and decent electrical cord. If you're using this item on a 12 volt system with an inverter, it uses about 7 amps of power. Just follow the directions exactly as the instruction booklet outlines and you'll have no issues with your unit at all. Definitely worth the money. Thanks Travel Smith! February 20, 2013
Compact with travel storage bag I looked for one on Amazon. They were not dual voltage and they all got really bad reviews. I decided to not buy one that needed a voltage converter and an adapter. This one only needs an adapter. It is dual voltage so no voltage converter is needed. That is less things to pack. Less weight and super easy. The beverage heater comes with a clear silicone/plastic heat shield. The heat shield can be left on while it boils the water. The heat shield is in place so the hot beverage heater can be placed on a counter top after use and not burn or melt the counter top. This is a nice feature. The beverage heater comes with a black, drawstring travel pouch which is super handy for packing. It is lightweight and small. There are instructions inside the box. Make sure you read them or you will burn out the unit. Example: The unit has to be IN WATER BEFORE you plug it in. The round portion of the metal has to be fully covered by liquid. That black plastic should not be in the water. UNPLUG THE UNIT BEFORE YOU REMOVE IT FROM LIQUID. IF the unit is plugged in and NOT in water or liquid? It will burn out. Never have it plugged in and out of liquid. The instructions are easy. I have a P-Touch Label Maker. I created P-Touch Labels with the instructions and warnings. I attached my labels to the cord by wrapping them around the cord so if I lose the paper instructions I can simply refer to the P-Touch Labels. The instructions are now attached to the beverage heater with strong P-Touch Labels. I got my P-Touch Label Maker from Staples. I label everything to make my life more organized and easy. Now I don't have to worry about losing the instructions, having them get worn, torn, wet, etc. Who cares? The instructions are on the beverage heater itself. I didn't think the side clip to clip the beverage heater to a coffee cup, tea cup or ceramic bowl would actually work and it worked great. There was no wiggle. The beverage heater was attached securely. You can't use the beverage heater with a plastic cup as the heater will melt the plastic. You need to have a glass, ceramic, pottery, fine china or stainless steel cup due to the heat will melt plastic. The beverage heater was making bubbles and boiling slowly after 5 minutes in the coffee cup (in the US). I set the stop watch on my cell phone to watch the time and not allow the water to boil away in the coffee cup, expose the heater and burn it out. Watching the time is important. If you don't watch the time the water will boil away, expose the heater and then burn out the heater. I suggest you set your stop watch on your wrist watch or your cell phone to track the time and not forget about the water heater while you do something else. If used properly? It works well. IF you fail to follow the simple instructions? If will burn out. Given that is a dual voltage and I only need a plug adapter? It is a good deal. Given that all other beverage heaters on Amazon are NOT dual voltage and have bad reviews? It is a good deal. Given that it has a travel pouch and burn guard? It is a super great good deal. What is not to like about it? It is much better than I expected it to be. It exceeded my expectations. I thought the clip would be loose. It isn't. I thought it would take longer than it does. I wasn't aware it came with the drawstring travel pouch and the burn shield. I was pleasantly surprised. August 1, 2013
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