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Reassuringly returns to me every Christmas
CarPlan Blue Star Trigger De-Icer
Member Name: paulie1975
CarPlan Blue Star Trigger De-Icer
Advantages: Good value, strong brand, effective if given time
Disadvantages: Can is too bulky for some, nozzle too small.
Bluestar de-Icer is one of those products I always have lots of thanks to my Mum (or Father Christmas) as it seems to appear as if by magic in family Christmas stockings without fail.
Perhaps it's a mothers instinct to protect, perhaps it is because you are guaranteed a decent quality de-icer during the tricky winter months for a pound, either way by default this is my de-icer of choice and I wouldn't really change it despite a few niggles as I think it does a pretty good job.
The tin suggests this can de-ice to a temperature of -15c, which is a fairly meaty claim, so far I think the hardest experience i've had is about -5c. Being honest this is an emergency measure rather than my first choice when clearing an icy windscreen. My first option if available is always tepid water from a tap or the kettle, obviously if out the de-icer then becomes my main weapon in the fight against icy windscreens and for the most part does a good job.
The can is large at 600ml and my partner does find it is a bit too large for her smaller hands, but the capacity is necessary due to the need sometimes to really spray heavily to alleviate screen ice. The spray nozzle is tiny and is my biggest bugbear with this, I want a large nozzle that really sprays out lots of de-icer whereas this has a tiny nozzle which doesn't feel very strong and doesn't spray as much as i'd like. It is like a 7ft man having a tiny button nose, just not right.
The size of the nozzle is my biggest problem with the de-icer, once sprayed it works well on ice and with the use of a windscreen wiper or a mitt if left for 40-50 seconds it helps loosen the ice to make it easier to remove from the car. The key is to use this with other things like tepid water if possible as the de-icer does ensure ice doesn't return to the car immediately, but in extremis if leaving friends homes, supermarkets etc, it does a decent job eliminating ice from screens if given time.
The spray has a christmassy look for me, mainly because it reminds me of almost every Christmas day for the last 20 years and the weeks following it when the spray generally gets most use, it has a white top, Carplan logo in red then a blue feature with some loopy looking snowflakes on it. It is fairly standard and definitely isn't anything special, but this bland item always feels quite reassuring for me and is probably why I haven't switched to something more modern.
I probably buy about two tins a year due to my Christmas gifts and a can probably lasts 1 month in winter and the whole of the summer without problems, I last bought a tin from costco with 600ml costing me £1.39, my mum swears she gets them in the local pound shop, although I can't corroborate this, but even for £1.39 this is good value and a decent product which would get a higher score if it weren't for the frustrating tiny little nozzle spray.
Summary: Reassuringly returns to me every Christmas
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