Product review: LARQ’s World’s First Self-cleaning Water Bottle

Single use plastic water bottles should be a thing of the past. Choosing a good replacement can still be a bit of a challenge. Do you pick a simple bottle or do you go for a more smart option? This time I tested the Larq self-cleaning water bottle.

A €95 is a tough price for a water bottle, so let me explain why this bottle is nothing short of amazing. The Larq water bottle is self cleaning because of its UV-C LED light in the bottle cap. This UV light kills 99.9999% of bacteria in water. This is very useful when you are hiking, but even if you are in a place with good tap water, bacteria can be transferred into our bottles by simply drinking from it. If you forget to clean your bottle on a regular basis, it will start to smell pretty bad.

The Larq bottle comes in 5 color variations and 2 sizes

The Larq bottle vs a regular drinking bottle

Let’s say you do clean your bottle regularly. It is hard to fit your hand into your bottle, so needing to clean it often will make you less thorough. You will think it is clean, but is it really? Okay, so the dishwasher then? Yes, that is a good option, but it will wear your bottle down quicker. Have you ever eaten pasta with tomato sauce and then dropped your bottle in with the same cycle as your plates? Did you enjoy the color that the sauce gave your bottle? Hard to believe your bottle comes out clean after a wash like that. A stainless steal bottle will be a better option in that regard.

The Larq bottle is made out of vacuum-insulated stainless steel that will keep your drink cold for 24 hours and warm up to 12 hours. According to Larq it’s better not to put any of their products in the dishwasher, but simply rinsing the bottle after you used it with anything other than water is good enough. There is no groove or cape to fit your hand, but you can buy a sleeve to fix that problem. For me, it wasn’t really an issue, but I do like the way the sleeve feels and because it has a little handle attached to it I tended to carry it around a bit more. Go hydration!

How the Larq bottle works

There is a water resistant USB port on the cap of the bottle that makes you able to charge it. Once you charge simply fill the bottle with water. In the cap there is a little UV LED light that kills bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms that can make you sick. Screw your cap on the bottle and push the button on top to start its cycle. The battery will last up to one month on one single charge.

The cap of the bottle has a ring light that tells you the status of the bottle. It will turn green to let you know it is charging. Push it once to kill bacteria the regular way and it will flash for one minute. If you are out and drinking from an unknown source, push it twice to activate adventure mode. It will clean your water for 5 minutes to get the best results. The light on the cap will shine blue to let you know it is cleaning. Take the cap off the bottle during cleaning and it will turn orange to indicate safety mode. This way you will not be able to hurt you eyes with the UV light.

To sum it al up. There are seven status indicators:

  • Breathing green light: currently charging;
  • Steady green light: fully charged;
  • Breathing sky blue light: purifying and cleaning in Normal Mode;
  • Pulsing blue light: purifying and cleaning in Adventure Mode;
  • Pulsing orange light: Safety Mode (will flash when cap is activated outside of the bottle);
  • Steady yellow light: Low battery;
  • Red/Purple light: Something is wrong; complete the Warrant Claims Form and a customer service rep will reach out.

There is also a traveling mode that deactivates the Self-Cleaning Mode. This comes in handy when you want to save battery life. To activate this you hold the button for 5 to 10 seconds until the light flashes white. To turn it back on, hold it for 5 seconds to make the light flash white again.

Whats in the box?

The box itself is nicely designed and next to the bottle itself you will find a description on how the product works. Behind the bottle you’ll find the micro USP type C charging cable. The sleeve is sold separate and came in a little pouch. No plastic was used in the box, which you can expect, because we are trying to avoid single use plastic by buying this product in the first place.

Conclusion

Let me start off with a little disclaimer: Larq did not send me this bottle to test it. I was curious enough to buy it myself but was a little sceptic about it at first. But after a couple of weeks of testing it I’m really happy about it. I get that the price is a little steep, but I think it is worth it. Just the fact that my bottle is not stinking after using it makes it worth its money. I really do believe that the water I drink from it is cleaner than in a non-smart bottle. And with a battery life of a month, having to charge it is not an issue for me. It is durable, it keeps my water nice and cold and the company is also working to help people who are in need of clean water.

The Magic of Google

Google is doing very well at the moment, and they will be bringing us a lot of new technology in the following months. Google was already making us curious with the new project Glass, which will likely be released somewhere next year, and they’ve extended their Google Docs with Google Drive, which is a competitor of Dropbox. Now they are taking on the competition with Apple by having their own virtual assistant, Google Voice Search. Remember when Google was just a search engine? Well, they haven’t forgotten about searching.

Introducing enhanced voice search on the Google Search App

The Google Voice Search app is already available on Android and will come to the iPhone really soon. I’m dying to try it out and see if it is actually better or worse than Siri.

If you’ve seen the Glass demo on Google I/O, you’ve seen a couple of people wearing the glasses jumping from plane, landing on a building, cycling to the edge of the building, than jumping from the side of that building to land on the third floor, and cycling to the conference hall to jump on stage. I have to say that I thought that to be very impressive.

Project Glass: Live Demo At Google I/O

It is good to know that Google suggests that these glasses are strong enough to record extreme sports. And we probably have all seen the clip with the guy walking through the city to end up in a video call and play the ukulele. So we know a couple of features it has, but I was still wondering if it could be more than this insanely cool gadget. The next video shows a mother with a newly born baby in America, who is calling her husband in France.

Glass Session: Madame & Bébé Gayno

How into Google are you?

I am known to be a tech lover, and if I had my way, I would build my house to be like Tony Stark’s in Iron Man in no-time. I know that this app isn’t anywhere near a complete house where everything is voice controlled, but having this in your pocket is nice. Especially for those who don’t have the iPhone 4S, and because of that, don’t have Siri. I would also like to get my hands on the Google Glasses. In my opinion, seeing someone wearing the glasses still looks a bit odd, because the glasses are not symmetrical, but I think it isn’t that hard to get used to.

Let me know in the comments what you think of Google and what you think of their new products.

Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android

Kickstarter is a beautiful place to find funds for your project, and a lot of amazing projects went to production because of Kickstarter. But never have I seen a project being funded this quickly. The Pebble, a digital watch that can connect to your iPhone or Android phone, needed to collect 100,000 dollar to go to production and collected the money in only two hours! The project still has 36 days to go before the investment period ends and the counter shows somewhere around $744,000 at the moment. And this number is going up rather quickly.

With the Pebble, you can go cycling, control your music, go running, and obviously do a lot more. With a SDK, developers can build their own app to support the Pebble. It has a build in accelerometer, a vibrating motor, an ARM microprocessor and a nice e-paper display. It connects trough bluetooth and has a battery life of 7 days.

Pebble Kickstarter Video

If you would like to have a copy of the watch, as long as it is a Kickstarter project the watch will cost you $99. When the Pebble goes to production it will cost something like $150. It surely does have a lot of potential if you ask me, and I am seriously considering buying one. I think it is awesome that you can see who is calling you, just by looking at your watch. What would you like to do with a Pebble?

View this project on Kickstarter