About this product
Tired of your hot drinks getting cold before you get around to drinking them? The Ember Ceramic Mug is here to sort you out. A temperature-controlled mug, Ember uses an integrated heating element to keep your hot drink at the perfect drinking temperature until you finish your drink.
A neat design, great app and brilliant performance make the Ember a great partner to anyone fed-up with cold drinks. But it is at the expensive side.
Beautifully designed to use in your home or at your desk, the Ember® Ceramic Mug keeps your beverages at the perfect temperature from the first sip to the last drop.
The Ember Mug is available in black or white. From the outside, it looks much like a regular mug, but there are tell-tale differences. First, there’s an LED at the front that glows to show you the charge status of the mug. Flip it over, and there’s a button underneath to turn it on and off; definitely not your standard mug, then. At 340g, the Ember Ceramic Mug is a little heavier than your traditional mug, but it’s far from a struggle to lift it. It can take 295ml of liquid, a normal coffee machine spits out 230ml of coffee. So this is well suitable for daily use.
Although the body is IPX7-rated for complete submersion, the Ember Ceramic Mug is not suitable for dishwashers and is handwash only. That’s a minor inconvenience, but a dishwasher-safe model would be great to see. It ships with a charging coaster, which you place the mug on to charge its integrated battery.
Ember Ceramic Mug – Features
A thermal mug is designed to keep your drink hot for as long as possible. But it doesn’t control the temperature. That’s the key difference with the Ember Ceramic Mug, which is about temperature control and maintaining your drink at the perfect drinking temperature.
To do this, you have to hook the mug up to the Ember app on your phone via Bluetooth. I found the connection to be very reliable and didn’t run into any problems. It is also the first time that I’ve ever had to update the firmware on a drinking vessel.
From the app, you can select the temperature that you want the mug to hold your drink at. There are preset values, such as 57C for coffee. Also, you can set the temperature manually between 50C and 62.5C.
Once set, the mug turns on the moment you put liquid into it and, assuming there’s any battery left, turns off when you finish drinking. Importantly, your phone pings when the mug is the right drinking temperature, telling you it’s ready to go. The mug remembers the last temperature that you set. So next time you use it you can just pour your drink in and go.
From the app, you can also start a tea timer, with different preset times for different tea types (black, green, herbal, etc). You can also change the colour of the LED on the front of the mug. This doesn’t have any effect, other than making it easier to see which mug is yours.
Ember Ceramic Mug – Battery Performance
The battery life of Ember is about an hour when you pour a hot drink and the Ember Ceramic Mug is set at 54C. As Ember points out, external temperature, the liquid temperature at pour, how fast you drink and the set temperature all affect battery life. At worst, you’re looking at around 40 minutes from a charge, though.
The opinion of the author
This mug is a very expensive gadget. Mainly meant for casual use. Gadget geeks will love this product.
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