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Ember Travel Mug 1st gen (White) [$99.97]

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[Costco] Ember Travel Mug 1st gen (White) [$99.97]

I was browsing the Costco website a few mins ago and saw that they have the first generation Ember Travel Mug (white) for $100. Now, I don’t think these are worth the original price of $230 or something like that but if you like to take your time to drink your hot beverages and like them held at a specific temp then this might be worth looking into.

The battery on this is better than the non travel mug and lasts me around the stated 2 hours when not on the base (I keep one at work), but still leaves something to be desired. The wife and I each have one and have no complaints other than the small capacity and the battery being kind of meh. The second gen is better but costs more.

I understand you can get a vacuum insulated mug like a Zoji or something, but most people that have one will tell you that they are almost too good at keeping things hot. If you make your coffee or tea in the morning and try to drink it in an hour or so it will still be too hot to drink.

There is another company I heard of that makes a similar product, I have never tried that one but it apparently achieves a similar result without the use of batteries or apps. Link


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How well or bad does this retain heat? Does this work like an insulated travel mug if not powered on or just like a mug?
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$100 for a heated mug? LOL.
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Apr 18, 2017
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This is a great deal. Not sure why people hating.

I just wish it was the mug.
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I have the regular Ember mug and absolutely love it. I’ve had bad luck with the charging pucks but their customer service has replaced it without issue a few times. Not sure I see the point of this travel mug because a regular thermos keeps coffee scalding hot for hours. Either way, great deal - would be in for one if I didn’t own the regular Ember.
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leishmann wrote: I have the regular Ember mug and absolutely love it. I’ve had bad luck with the charging pucks but their customer service has replaced it without issue a few times. Not sure I see the point of this travel mug because a regular thermos keeps coffee scalding hot for hours. Either way, great deal - would be in for one if I didn’t own the regular Ember.
What's the difference between the mug and something like this? https://www.amazon.ca/Salton-SMW12-Mug- ... 609&sr=8-5
Not judging, genuinely curious.
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sunnysideup1 wrote: What's the difference between the mug and something like this? https://www.amazon.ca/Salton-SMW12-Mug- ... 609&sr=8-5
Not judging, genuinely curious.
That Amazon mug is more like a heating coaster. The Ember mug has a heating element directly in the mug itself and all the base is for is charging. It keeps my coffee hot for about 40 minutes. I’m super particular about wanting my coffee very hot, was always microwaving coffee after only a few minutes... so I’m the perfect user for the regular Ember.
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If anyone ends up buying an Ember mug because of me please do not buy the copper edition. It’s ridiculously expensive. If anyone does buy it... don’t tell me - I’ll be jealous.

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sunnysideup1 wrote: What's the difference between the mug and something like this? https://www.amazon.ca/Salton-SMW12-Mug- ... 609&sr=8-5
Not judging, genuinely curious.
I have this. It can heat liquids up but the more liquid in the cup, the longer it'll take to heat up to a certain temperature (ie quarter cup will be hot fairly quickly, but full cup will likely take forever to become hot). Half a cup or less is when I turn it on if I want to drink it in a reasonable timeframe
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lol, priced just under $100 so that I can't use my new membership $60 voucher... not a fan of white though anyways.
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jiggajayd wrote: How well or bad does this retain heat? Does this work like an insulated travel mug if not powered on or just like a mug?
No insulation at all, loses heat about as fast as a normal cup with a lid
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Checked the reviews, pass
Buy Nice or Buy Twice.
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Who else here thinks Zojirushi vacuum insulated bottles are the best?
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Chipppy wrote: This is better than a Thermos?
Depends on what your goal is. If you want to keep your drink really hot, then no. If you want to keep your drink at a specific temperature, then yes.

I honestly think they are very pricy for what they do but also, as a person who asks for baristas to add ice to my coffee but also hates lukewarm coffee, I feel like I am basically their target audience.
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So this will basically allow you to maintain your drink at your preferred drinking temperature? 30-50 bucks, alright alright, but 100 ?

Damn
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leishmann wrote: That Amazon mug is more like a heating coaster. The Ember mug has a heating element directly in the mug itself and all the base is for is charging. It keeps my coffee hot for about 40 minutes. I’m super particular about wanting my coffee very hot, was always microwaving coffee after only a few minutes... so I’m the perfect user for the regular Ember.
alex.mag wrote: Who else here thinks Zojirushi vacuum insulated bottles are the best?
I think Stanley sets the new bar for best, hot, longest. You'll burn your lips off with this.

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I'm genuinely curious who would buy this, and why? Seems like an incredible case of designing an environmentally destructive product with zero use case.
What can this thing do that an insulated mug can't, and without the need for unrecyclable electronics and electricity?

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