“ Fantastic little gadget for cooling down canned drinks in around 60 seconds. „
I ended up with this somewhat random device last christmas courtesy of a secret santa deal. If I was a tramp this would probably be the finest creation known to man after super strength lager and park benches. Or maybe the would just buy there drink from a shop with a fridge. I have used it a few times for the sheer novelty but even though it's designed to be mobile (it is powered by 2xAA batteries) I can't really imagine myself carrying it about with me and strangely for it to work properly you need to insert some ice in with the can before the 60 second cooling process begins. Surely if you have ice you would just stick your can in the freezer for a few minutes and who carries ice with them when out and about? In fairness the item does work and your drink is ice cold in 60 seconds though I would leave it for a couple of minutes before opening or the contents of the can will spray everywhere. The Tinchilla only accepts cans of up to 350ml so is actually useless for most beers/lagers though most soft drinks being 330ml they should be fine.
I certainly wouldn't have bought this and I don't recommend that you do either unless you are after something gimmicky and fun to give as a secret santa present or something along those lines.
It can be a bit expensive at around £15 so try to shop around and aim to get it for under a tenner.
My other half bought me this as a gimmicky present a couple of Christmas' ago and I think she thought it would not work as well as it does. I think she paid just under fifteen pounds for it from Amazon. It is brilliant, especially if you want a really cold can of lager in a hurry on a hot summer's day and you don't have the time to wait for the fridge to make it cold for you. I think they are selling for quite a lot less money now and I recently saw one in a catalogue for £5.99.
The device itself is run on 2 x AA batteries, which seem to last quite a long time. It is not a very big cooler - actually not that much bigger than the can of lager itself. You need to provide your own ice to make this work and it makes a little humming noise when it is in operation and turned on.
I am not sure how it works, all I know is that it does! After about 60 seconds you take your can out and it is always nice and icy cold. It is really not a good idea to open the can straight away though as the first time I did this the can exploded as the cooler seemed to have activated all the bubbles inside the can and made it fizz up. So, let it settle for a couple of minutes before you open your can.
The instructions are very easy to keep clean and maintain. It is also very durable as I have dropped it on a couple of ocacsions but it is not broken or chipped and still works very well. Well designed and in my opinion, a fantastic gadget.
Great present, great idea and a smashing product.
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
Due to my taste for the odd can of larger here and there throughout the week, my girlfriend though the Tinchilla Instant Can Cooler would make a good valentines present for me to go into the box of gifts she got me and yet again, she was spot on the mark. This nifty little device has never been away from my side in the past week or so and I could not recommend it strongly enough to others!
The idea here is that this small device, which is hardly bigger than the can itself, will cool your can at a rate of around 250 times the average fridge. Its ideal for if you have ran out of cans and need some cooling asap. After all there is nothing worse than a warm can of larger. The suggested time here is 60 seconds and you would think that would hard, but this little device works a treat!
The science behind it is quite baffling but basically it works along the lines of placing your can into the small device which then turns it, creating a movement in the liquid and ensuring that all areas are covered by the ice coolers insides. This means that at some point all the liquid is in contact with the chilled surface of the can and then it begins chilling itself near enough.
Sounds confusing? Well it is not to use. Insert your can, plug in the batteries (requires 2 AA batteries) and bang you are away with the cooling. It makes a tad bit of noise as it turns and makes sure your can is cooled just how you would expect . You do have to insert the ice yourself for it to work though so you do need a supply of ice cubes to use.
At a cost of under a fiver I am told this is well worth it. I have lost count of the amount of times in the summer especially when I fancy an ice cold can and have none left, this solves that issues.
You do have to leave the can for a few minutes after it comes out though as the fact it turns the can means your liquid will fizz up and blast all over if you do open it.
All in all though this is an excellent, innovative and well designed product that I have had great pleasure from and actually does what it advertises.
Fantastic little gadget for cooling down canned drinks in around 60 seconds.