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      24.04.2014 17:55
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      Warmer Than Cold

      Well this 'mug warmer' is really just what it says it is, but only slightly.
      This is for the people who prepare a cup of hot tea, or noodles, or chocolate, or whatever it is you prepare hot in a metal mug. So if you don't drink things out of a metal mug like the one in the picture, then this is not for you.
      This product wins the thumbs up for being exactly as described... in the picture. The picture shows a thin metal mug sitting on the warm plate (no where near hot plate) implying that the metal mug is warm. I personally happen to have a few metal mugs like this and can say that the solution which I have prepared inside of it, when placed on the USB warmer, stays noticeably warmer than if it were left on its own for the same amount of time. Pop the lid on and it will stay even warmer, naturally.
      I give this USB warm plate credit for being a 'warmer', but not a 'hotter'; if there were such a thing.
      The creators of this somewhat functional piece of this relatively cheap feeling product did put some aesthetic thought into something that would never seem to have the need for a good looking design. With sloped edges that are italic in fashion and a small attractive image on the front to inform you of its purpose this is a great looking mug warmer. The only design flaw is the short USB cable, but this can be a short fix with an USB extension cable
      In short, this is a versatile little piece of kit that will stop your hot cup of something from getting completely cold when you sit down at the computer.

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        26.09.2013 12:37
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        don't bother

        I was actualy looking for a set of china mugs I bought from Tesco, to review when I saw this USB mug warmer that I bought a few years ago.

        I won't forget it because it looked like such a brilliant idea, you simply 'plug and play' your mug warmer into a spare USB input on your laptop / computer and it heats up and you put your coffee / tea on it to stop it going cold.

        My one looks exactly like the one in the picture except it is silver / grey with a light silver cord of about 3 feet. The moulding surround is hard plastic and the bit your mug goes on is a thin metal which is grey.
        It has a light which glows red on the side.

        I paid about £4 for this on ebay a few years ago, they are still available - I don't reccomend them just to be clear.

        USAGE

        When you first plug it in it works straight away, ( well mine did ) so that was quite exciting, and it heats up. I put my hot drink on it while I was playing game or writing, hoping to experience the novelty of having the drink still be piping hot 20 minutes later !

        I tried lots of methods, like heating the mug with boiling water ( that works as a stand alone method ) heaitn the device on the kettle ! leaving it plugged in for a very long time - hours - it gets very hot, but the coffee still goes cold !

        But a bit like when the bath water goes cold and there is no more hot water to top it up, it was just warming the cup ! Of course I tried over and over but it just wasn't ever going to work, it is now in a bag in the cupboard under the sink, along with all the other gadgets and wires I have bought I should put them on Ebay, hmmm.

        In theory it is a great idea. The main problem is that although it gets hot, too hot to touch after it has been on for half an hour or so, it does not for some reason heat the drink. It heats the bottom of the mug or cup slightly, but the mug has to go in the microwave as before, it just doesn't work.

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          13.06.2012 15:15
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          Ok for a fun gift idea, not so much for keeping drinks warm!

          I received this USB mug warmer as a gift in the office secret Santa at Christmas. I am one of those people who always make a cup of tea/coffee and then get so held up by work that it ends up being cold by the time I finally remember about it, so needless to say I was initially quite impressed with my gift and excited to give it a go in the office! However, since then, it has hardly blown me away.

          What doesn't help is the fact that it is pretty difficult to determine if it is switched on or not! There is a small switch at the back but no narrative/colour coding telling you which side is on and which is off! The only way I think you can tell is by physically touching it, which firstly isn't the safest thing to be doing and secondly, it's questionable as to whether you would even be able to tell!

          I didn't have overly high expectations for the product in the first place as, after all, it is only being plugged into to a USB port so was hardly going to be the most powerful thing in the world! But I can say after trying it a few times now that I experience absolutely no difference in the length of time my drink stays warm. Personally, I think it may be the case that people presume it is staying warmer for longer without actually checking. Either that or I have a faulty one!

          To be fair though, it does have some advantages. For a novelty gadget it does look pretty good and at less than £10 it's a fun gift idea I suppose. It is also practically designed in that the wire is long enough to keep the drink away from the laptop to avoid any disasters and there is a short barrier around the edge to prevent any spillages from accidental little knocks.

          Overall though, whilst this is a fun novelty product, I definitely wouldn't recommend it as it doesn't perform its primary function of keeping drinks warmer for longer!

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          03.05.2012 19:53
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          Needs a larger hot plate for most mugs.

          My partner bought me a USB mug warmer, partly as a joke and partly as something practical as very often my tea and coffee ends up being not drunk because I forget to drink it. He bought it from www.iwantoneofthose.com (generally known as WOOT) and it was delivered 2 days after ordering it online. The USB mug warmer cost £7.99 which is not a bad price for a gift, whether for yourself or for someone else.

          Unlike other USB mug warmers I have seen, this mug warmer does not include a cup, but instead just includes a base which heats so that you can plug your own cup onto the warmer - which I prefer as I hate drinking from a metal cup as it reminds me of camping! The warming base consists of a square base, which is 12cm x 12cm x 2 cm and so it is small enough to fit in your handbag to take to work should you so desire - and it's fairly lightweight also. Within this base there is a circular hot plate which is the part that warms up and it's this disc part where I place my cup. Attacted to the square base is a cable with a USB plug which can then be attached to the USB port on a computer / laptop in order to power the device. The cable is about half a metre long and so it can be kept far enough away from your keypad in case of accidental spills.

          Using the mug warmer is easy. It's simply a matter of plugging it into to the USB port on your computer as no installation is needed. It heats up within about 2 - 3 minutes. The hot plate does get hot and the surrounding square base remains only slightly warm and so there is no change of burning yourself on the edge. I have found that it does keep my drinks hotter for longer - and I would estimate a cup of coffee hot for about 20 minutes - which is considerably longer than without the USB warmer. My biggest complaint with the WOOT model is that the hot plate just isn't big enough. I've had to take a smaller mug to work so that they mug fits on the base, but for the majority of mugs then the base is just too small - and this is a major design flaw that could be easily overcome by the manufacturers.

          I've had this device for about three months now and so far it is still working as good as new. Having said that, this device does feel a little flimsy and so I'm not sure it is truly built to last for a long period of time

          Overall, while this works, I'm not sure I would recommend it as long as this has such a small hot plate. I think it needs to be about a third bigger and then it would be much better.

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            25.10.2011 22:21
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            Great novelty item, but that's about it.

            I originally bought this as a 'good ideas' initiative. I tend to spend a fair amount of time working in front of a computer and I also like to have a nice cup of hot coffee readily available. But very often, I'll get totally embroiled in my work and forget about the coffee sat on my desk, often resulting in a cold cup of coffee. So I bought this device to try and bring those 2 concepts together, whereby I could use the computer to keep my cup of coffee warmer for longer. For only £5 from Amazon, the idea sounds brilliant and simple enough.

            So what do you get? Well the photo is perhaps a little mis-leading because you actually get the base pad bit and not the actual cup itself. The pad looks quite stylish in the brushed silver finish, so it will compliment any desktop, where the overall dimensions of the device are 11cm by 9 cm by 2 cm deep. The back of the pad has a long lead which connects to a usb socket on your computer to get power. Also at the back of the pad is a simple on and off switch and a small led light to indicate when the power is actually on, although being at the back of the device where you can't actually see it is a bit frustrating. The centre of the pad is slightly recessed so that it can easily accommodate your cup or mug, and the diameter of it seems generous enough to accommodate any standard size of cup or mug that I have used with it. It's also worth noting that any electrical heating elements in the device around the centre recess are sealed away, so that any drips etc from your cup should not really be an issue.

            What's it like to use? Well the key thing here to understand is that the clue is in the title, and the key word is 'warmer', because that's what this device does - it warms your cup of coffee or tea. Now I've had a lot of people come into my office thinking that this was a device to heat my coffee up, rather like a kettle or microwave, and wondering how you stop it boiling over. But it doesn't get anywhere near that hot, where the operating temperature quoted for the device is only 40 degrees C. So in reality, it is a bit of expectation management with this device, because all it will do is keep your coffee from going cold for longer. It isn't powerful enough to reheat your coffee, nor does it have enough power to keep your coffee at a steady hot temperature, both of which I suppose in a way are good things because the last thing you want on your desk under any paper etc is a hot plate burning away. You coffee will still go cold eventually, but this device just provides a little warmth to your mug to try and slow that process down slightly, and in that respect, it is ok, not brilliantly so, but it does extend the useable warm coffee time slightly.

            Do I really notice any perceivable longer duration for my coffee to remain warm on this device? I suppose yes, but we are really perhaps talking minutes here rather than hours, where I could probably get an extra 10-15 mins duration to sustain a hot(ish) cup of coffee before it gets cold and undrinkable.

            In summary, you have to ask yourself is it worth it? Well to me, it's ok, but not something that I would go out of my way to buy again. To be honest, I've actually disconnected it now and it sits in my drawer along with my collection of other 'ok' gadgets. So yes, a great novelty item, but not really that much use. So only a 2* recommendation.

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              13.10.2011 09:16
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              Worth a pop if you are a hot drink addict

              I recently started a new job and for the first time in my working life I have the time and space to enjoy a nice cup of tea during the tea. So seeing one of these items in a local store I thought it might be a good idea as although I have time to make the cup I can rarely sit down and finish it all in one go which leads to the inevitable problem of it going cold. Thus I thought this would prove to be a good idea.

              The device works very simply by plugging into any USB port. That's a nifty idea as most offices will have plentiful computers (although rules about drinks near the machines may hamper your use of this!). It plugs in with a small lead and it's a very well constructed, hard plastic piece of kit that gives the impression it will survive a few "edge of the desk" falls before breaking but it is not heavy enough to pull down your PC if it falls whilst plugged in.
              The one strange thing I found was unlike 99% of usb devices there is no switch or light to tell you its on and connected. The on off button works but knowing whether the machine is rather hard. Still a minor blip if it works correctly.

              That begs the question does it keep your mug warm? Loosely I would have to say yes, I cannot deny that it makes some difference to the heat in your mug with "some" being the key word. Do not expect miracles, this will add an extra 10-15 minutes heat to your drink depending how cold you can drink it. It doesn't re-heat, it isn't a microwave of any sort and being so cheap you should expect only small amounts of heat and that's what you gets. It works for me and fits my needs though but thermal flasks are the way to go for longer periods of sustained warmth.

              This is a nifty device to avoid repeated trips to the kettle but little more.

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                10.10.2011 18:10
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                waste of time, not practical, doesn't even work!

                When it comes to little gadgets to take vital space up at your desk the USB Mug Warmer ranks very highly. Unfortunately this is the only thing it does well, as for me it proved to be a waste of space. Generally a lot of 'gadgets' are just for novelty value, and I guess this is the reason I were bought this gift for my birthday earlier this year. I guess the reason I decided to review it now was because the cold weather is finally upon us, and what better way to welcome it is with a hot cup of tea at your desk, yes? NO! The USB Mug Warmer is intended to keep your cup/mug of hot drink warm for a little while longer, this is the real issue to be honest. I found that the heat given off by the USB Mug Warmer wasn't near enough in order to keep the drink warm, although it did stop it from going completely cold if I am being honest.

                The USB Mug Warmer is of a very simple design. There is a USB cable which allows you to attach the holder directly to either your PC or laptop - anything with a USB socket basically that can provide power for the unit. Your cup then sits on the holder, which has a stylish brushed aluminium finish to it. The plate on which you rest your cup is generous, allowing for any drips. Obviously you want to keep them away from electricals, so perhaps it would be best not to encourage drinking at the computer altogether?!

                The USB Mug Holder has an On/Off switch at the back, allowing you to leave it plugged in all the time and just turning it on when you need to. The obvious flaw to the product is that the heating element within the holder doesn't get anywhere near warm enough to maintain a reasonable temperature of your drink, but this is just a novelty gadget afterall so I didn't expect anything more in all honesty.

                The other issue for me is safety. Obviously it isn't advised to have a drink of any kind at the desk with electrical items, but especially to have a wire leading to a holder which holds your drink is even more dangerous. Wires can easily be caught, and the drink could soon either end up in your lap (scalding you) or on the keyboard or laptop (electric shock, perhaps?), neither outcome appeals to me personally.

                Overall I have to say that the USB Mug Holder is a complete waste of time and money. they are available from most good gadget stores and make a fun novelty gift, but if you want to get something actually worthwhile then it is best putting that £5 towards something useful. Not practical whatsoever.

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                  04.04.2011 18:23
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                  Cheap, Tacky & Not Even Wacky

                  I would class this as a novelty gift for a very boring person. It's comforting to know that I must have met this criteria in the mind of the person who purchased this gift for me!

                  I'm not sure that I have ever complained that my morning, mid morning, late morning, lunch time etc drink ever got cold before I could drink it. I like to think that I've been doing my job long enough to have time managed my priorities in such a way that this event would never happen!

                  Anyhoo.... I still got this as a birthday gift. Lucky me.

                  So, let me review it.

                  It's a cup and a coaster. The coaster plugs into the USB port of your computer, so no batteries required. The coaster gets hot, so in theory, the mug is warm and your drink doesn't get cold so quick.

                  Fantastic?

                  No, not really. Even if we dismiss the whole liquids next to your pc debate, it's still pants. I've tried it out 3 times and have not really noticed that my drink stays hotter for longer, mainly because I drink mine before it gets cold and even when I left it a bit longer for the benefit of research, I was hardly dazzled by the results.

                  I figure that I could get a similar result with 3 extra strong mints and the occasional huff, but maybe I'm just bitter because I got given a naff present.

                  I should also add that the length of the USB cable is approximately 2.5 foot, so roughly a quarter of the size of the barge pole that you shouldn't touch this with.

                  There are plenty of quirky and often useful things available that you can plug into a USB socket, it's just that this isn't one of them.

                  All in all a disappointment. Avoid at all costs and if your drink does get cold, then go and make another one, or if that is not an option, buy a flask.

                  I apologise if I've crossed the line between a review and a rant, but isn't there already enough rubbish in the world without folk producing this kind of tat?

                  One star because none isn't an option.

                  As for a revenge present for the "friend" that got me this.... All suggestions will be gratefully received!

                  Thanks for reading.

                  Moon Out.

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                    25.02.2011 18:38
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                    USB gadget that keeps your drink hotter for longer but won't necessarily reheat it if it goes cold

                    I think the key thing when using something that enters into unfamiliar territory is making sure you have realistic expectations of it. In a world that is increasingly gadget orientated and technology based, people are thinking of anything and everything that there is a niche for in the marketplace, irrelevant of whether it works properly or not. I can imagine that this particular USB powered product is the sort of thing you wouldn't be surprised at seeing on Dragon's Den being put through its paces, the negatives being revealed one by one.

                    Because it really does come down to your expectations. Any flat surface warmer capable of keeping a hot drink hot indefinitely would have to come with particular safety warnings and I would be very surprised if it would be successfully powered from a USB port as this one is. What you get is a base unit that connects via a 3 foot (or thereabouts) long USB cable to plug into your computer, the idea being that the cup of coffee or tea, etc that you've had sitting there for a while doesn't get cold quite so quickly, and this is the realistic expectation.

                    Those who try to REHEAT their hot drink using this are likely to find some level of disapointment, as maintaining or prolonging the heat of a drink is one thing, but getting it from cold back up to hot again is a completely different situation. This has a base unit which is only slightly dumpy, enough to allow the element and components inside to have room for their power and to give you a small control area at the front of the device. There's a switch to turn it on and off, and a hard to find LED that tells you whether it's on or not. A simple inscribed 'on' and 'off' at either end of the switch's movement parameters would surely have been easier, but there you go............

                    If you're in any doubt, then disconnecting it from the computer by taking the USB is obviously going to work as well. It doesn't have its own power store once you've plugged it in. It needs to be plugged in to work. Once you've done so, the base unit heats up too much to be able to touch (in fact you'll probably burn yourself) but not enough to reheat your tea. It's not quite as hot as a hob or like putting it in the microwave. Like I have mentioned, if you use this to sustain the heat of your drink for longer than usual, it's a great idea, but if you're looking for indefinite heat maintenance or something to reheat your drink to more than just a 'slightly warm' temperature, then you're looking in the wrong place.

                    There's also the danger aspect to look at. Surely, anything that encourages you to keep a hot drink on top of a base unit anywhere near your computer is just asking for trouble, especially if you've a tendency to knock things over anyway. A cluttered desk is no place for a device such as this, although using it as a warmish coaster does have its benefits. Just be careful. It wipes clean well enough if you slop, so long as you wipe it quite soon after the initial spill, but the thing is if the mug's contents go everywhere, then you're not going to be particularly happy! I'd say it is quite a stable base unit, but anything that has to 'sit' on top of something else will be less stable than just being put on a table or desk, or of course away from computers completely.

                    Do I recommend this? Well, yes I do, for sure.m The important thing, though, as I said from the start, is to have the right expectations. It may purport to reheat your drink, but don't be fooled into thinking it'll do it to an acceptable standard. What it will do is keep it hot for a longer time than it would if you just left it on the table. It'll cost you anywhere between the £5 and £10 mark, but just be sure on how you'd want to use it. Recommended, but you have to set your own expectations.

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                      16.01.2011 14:40
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                      Do not buy this for yourself, actually don't buy it for anyone else either.

                      Just to make it clear that this is not the type of product I normally by, I am generally into my gadgets and it seems that mug warmers are right near the top in terms of the most wanted, however I still would never buy this. However there must be people out there who know how much coffee and tea I drink at work as the secret santa gift I received last xmas was exactly this. So in that sense I think I simply have to review this to let the world know what I think of the most ingenious invention of all time, the USB mug warmer.

                      So you may be thinking what exactly is a mug warmer? well it is exactly how it sounds, something that warms your mug up. You know there are those times when you go away for a meeting, or simply forget about your nice warm drink, and then go back to have a sip, and your drink is now cold. Well this device keeps it warm, well on paper it says it does. THe way it works is that the base has a mini heater inside it, and once a mug is placed then it is activated and keeps your drink at an adequate temperature.

                      Now when I say warm your mug, this is literally what it does, for some reason I expected it to literally heat up the mug like a mini microwave and make it nice and hot again. This is not the case, I found that the temperature went up slightly. Enough to make a difference yes, enough to be amazed at...well no.

                      Now how does this amazing device work. Is it powered by battery, by a plug, nope as its called USB mug warmer, I am sure you can guess thats its the power of your own computer or laptop by USB. Picture this nightmare scenario. You use the short usb lead to plug it into your laptop, then accidently knock your mug of coffee that is situated near to your laptop due to the short lead over, and it pours all over and destroys your laptop. No joke I have heard of this happening, so please be careful if you choose to buy this.

                      There is no light to signify if this is on or not, and amusingly or you could say unamusingly the power switch gives no indication to what is off or not, so I would suggest in this case to use the lead as the on off switch, just to be on the safe. So to discontinue using the USB mug warmer, just take out the USB cable.

                      I guess the only real use I got from this was, that it saved me needing to use a coaster to place my mug, as I just left the mug on the mug warmer, but does it really make this worth using? I think most of you would say no and you would be right. However another positive aspect is that it is a definite conversation starter. People would often see it on my desk and were fascinated by it. Of course I had to tell them not to waste their money.

                      Definitely when it comes to something like secret santa this is a top notch present for someone who loves drinking their hot beverages, however I simply can not recommend this for anything else. The cheapest price I have ever seen for one of these was just under £3 on Ebay, so it isnt exactly going to have a massive hit on your account. But for the objective of the product it simply does not perform, but as a novelty gift it does, so for that reason alone I can not give it higher than 2 stars.

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                        I inherited a LUPO USB mug warmer in quite a strange way, in that it happened to be left by someone else in a desk drawer at work, and I was moved to that desk. After spending hours sorting out the desk drawers, which were full of all kinds of random rubbish, I put this USB mug warmer aside to give it a test drive.

                        It's quite cheap looking, with a circular base which you rest your mug on. There's a very short barrier around the edge to prevent accidental knocks and the circular bit where your mug rests is made out of thin metal, presumably to help conduct heat. My mug warmer has a semi-transparent lead (unlike the picture above) and connects to the computer via a USB socket.

                        I wasn't massively enthralled by this idea, as at the end of the day, it's just a novelty gadget. But I decided to give it a test run. Firstly, on my particular model, there's an on/off switch at the back, but no way to tell which side is off and which on. Nor does it have a light on the front, so I had no way of telling whether the gadget was on or off. As long as you know for future reference and you use it fairly regularly so you remember then it's fine. Otherwise, your drink will go cold whilst you wait to see if it warms up (true story).

                        There doesn't seem to be a safe way to test if the mug warmer is on or off other than touching the surface, which I was reluctant to do because I didn't know how hot it would get. However, it only seems to warm up a tiny bit, and although I 'tried' to use it several times, my drink didn't stay warm whether it was in a plastic cup, a ceramic mug, a glass or anything you'd normally put a drink into. I guess you can't expect too much from a USB gadget.

                        I did think that maybe that was the reason it had been discarded, however one of my work friends who received one as a novelty gift had the same issue with it not really heating up much. Either we've been unlucky and had two faulty ones, or people just assume that it does the job without really checking that their drink stays hotter for longer.

                        I also have to doubt the practicality of this. As most people using it will be at work using a desktop with the tower under their desk, it's not extremely practical to have a wire stretching up from a USB port to the desk surface, particularly when a hot drink is involved. If you have a different set up then it's ok, and the wire is long enough to do it that way if you want to- it just seems unsafe to me, particularly if you have a messy desk or are very clumsy! Although many people drink at their computer desks, even if it's not recommended, most sensible people keep their glass or mug away from their keyboard, screen, tower, and wires in general. This mug warmer makes it a bit more difficult to do this, particularly if you're pushed for space. I also found that the wire was one of those tough twisty ones which doesn't lie flat easily.

                        I think this gadget is more of a good novelty present when you don't know what to buy someone who works in an office. I have since passed it on because I couldn't get any practical use out of it. I didn't buy mine, but you can pick them up from Amazon for around the £5 mark. I suggest waiting to see if they ever sell them in the pound shop first!

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                          Do you ever make a hot drink but always seem to forget about it, only to remember you had one when it's completely stone cold? I hate it when it happens and it does happen a lot! A friend knowing this stupid side of me bought me for a present last year a USB mug warmer.

                          It's probably the most practical gift I've received as I use it so regularly, especially when I'm working. It requires no batteries, all I do is plug the USB lead which is around 150cm long into my pc and rest my neglected drink on top of the mug warmer which is like a hot-plate. It takes minutes to heat-up to the appropriate temperature and keeps my drink warm for a long enough period of time so I can actually finish it.

                          The usb warmer however doesn't get the drink really hot but does maintain its temperature. I don't usually tend to spill my drinks but it you get the odd drops running down your mug then the product is very easy to just wipe clean, no hassle.

                          Obviously you do have to use proper mugs don't even bother attempting a plastic cup, that's just not clever! I have burned myself once or twice nothing too bad just when I first had it and tried moving it after I'd used it, I'm quite a forgetful person if you hadn't already noticed!

                          Dimensions are around 2x10x9.5cm and can fit most mugs snuggly with bases up to around 75mm. The package comes complete with the USB Mug Warmer of which plugs into any standard PC or Mac USB port & a USB lead along with some instructions. Not a bad gift and a good gadget to keep your drinks warmer for longer!

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                            19.11.2009 15:20
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                            Apparently warms drinks, well it does for the little people

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                            The introduction of the USB port for computers has galvanized working concepts that now has become reality. For avid users of all wired gadget types to USB hub contraptions, the office surely is a minefield. The amount of time-management spent offloading and reloading gadgetry objects of not that importance must be deceptively long and particularly dangerous if you are not that agile while moving amongst the jungle of wires. The USB component trade has thrown the kitchen sink at consumers, giving them reasons to buy such whimsical gadgets that would only help in adding bigger changes of having a trip to the A&E - I operate in a paperless office and now intend doing the same to wires. I'm nearly there apart from silver obsolete USB 'drink warmer'; it flashes as me more so since the nights have drawn in. It spends most of its existence finding ways of falling off the workstation. I've used it three times and found it blatantly not effective at keeping hot drinks 'warm'. - I must claim I'm not to blame to succumbing to this form of USB gadgetry aids. I do deal with many gadgetry components, but only useful ones, such as 'flash drives, MP3 players, digital cameras, and mobile technology. A drinks warmer is not one of them.

                            - Location of man-u-flatturer

                            The USB drinks warmer originates from Japan, China, and they all look the same to me. They're round and the diameter is just big enough to fit around the base of a standard mug, or cup. The front part elongates slightly to show one useful bit of information, and that is an OLED red light, this tells me whether it is on or not. At the side is a slider 'old radio tuner styled' switch, saying 'On' and 'Off'. A wire is connected to the device, and that is two and a half feet long. - The shape of it resembles a breast implant, but not so soft to feel, I know the difference. Mine appears to have some small notable information in a 4pt font. It says, 'Tested to Comply with FCC Standards'. I also think it should add 'Not elbow friendly'; this is due to the fact the component manages to slightly keep your Tea or Coffee 'luke warm', but manages to scold your elbow. Only the Chinese could think of that! - Oh and this one is made in China incidentally.

                            There is a problem with the USB drinks warmer and I hasten a guess it applies to all types of these USB hogging, residing objects; is that the component requires 'baby sitting'. Yes, you have to actively sit beside it and feel the base temperature, to see if it doing it's actual job of warming your shot of coffee. It is likely to be stone cold if unattended for more than 10 minutes. This is regardless of whether the OLED red light is on or not. - Though sometimes, around 30% of the time when you check the heat of the base, your finger loses an outer layer of skin, some epidermis due to extreme hotness. It is obvious and therefore a reminder that the FCC Standard compliancy in China is so called against 'Human Finger Rights'.

                            I add that I received this aid several years ago. Well it manifested itself into the office via a sale my Aunt had attended and gave me the pleasure. 'She spurted "Your gadget minded, so you'll like this" - Have a guess what you are having for Christmas? Though, I will throw in some heat-proof mittens. I'm good like that. She wouldn't have spent more than a brown note so you can guarantee no Customer support if any unfortunate endeavors occurred. - You can see why the Chinese have become a super-power over the years. Firstly, they're very fortunate to be sat on an unlimited supply of raw materials that make USB components and materials for memory circuits for any digital ware. Secondly, the corporations buy housing estates for their employees to reside in, therefore allowing them to pay only the minimum wage, for the most complex of jobs. Corporations also provide their employees food daily.

                            - Abuses for a USB drink warmer

                            Where did the USB drink warmer idea come from? - I happen to speculate that the think-tank vision was for matters closer to home ladies. Silicon breast implants; they're designed similarly to the USB aid and shaped exactly to implants specs, - Maybe a 'B Cup' - Which is the average size for a Chinese female adult. It is a pity the design is just for a 'drinks warmer' that doesn't work at 100% capacity. In the West we've seen the aids as 'good contraptions to warm-up your busts 'individually' on a cold winter's morning in the office. I wouldn't know of first-hand; but the consensus is, it is very good at warming one breast at a time whilst you wait patiently for the kettle to boil. Don't place the aid directly onto skin, but over a padded bra, works very well; apparently. A wireless one would make you even more mobile; expect the occasional stare.

                            This device can also heat up 'Mouse Pads' for you people who suffer from cold hands and want to keep you finger mobility, this would be up your street. - Now that our scientists claim we are due an ice age, this would help fellow Dooyooers, in clicking rates in comfort.

                            The idea of having a 'power nap' at the best of times on a warm small pillow, sounds mighty fine doesn't it - Place the aid on top of the pillow for 8 minutes before it de-activates itself and lay your head on it for several minutes for maximum effect. You will wake up refreshed, or woken up by your boss stating it is 3 pm in the afternoon.

                            - Why oh why did you fry her?

                            For whatever use you try-out this USB device, remember to slot it into your USB hub or port. The one thing for sure it is not consumer friendly for its actual use. Mishaps will occur when hot drinks are around keyboards and electrical compliances, regardless if the USB drink warmer has a FCC Standards lineage on its rear. Elbows and fingers, you've been warned; damages cannot be dealt with by Customer services. - Don't be taken for a mug and buy this tedious USB port squatter, unless you suffer from cold breasts.

                            Thank you for reading this write-up. Hope I gave you the 'breast' helpful advice.

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                              06.10.2009 17:55
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                              For the price, this is great value

                              You're at your desk at work & go to the coffee machine for a warm drink. Then the phone rings or your dragged away by your collegue & the next minute you notice that your warm cup of tea or coffee is now freezing cold. Well this scenerio could be a thing of the past with use of the USB Mug Warmer.

                              This handly little gadget can be plugged into virtually any desktop or laptop PC as long as it has a USB port which every computer has had as far back as I can remember. Once you plug the device into your PC, it is ready to go straight away as it only using the USB port for powering it up.

                              It takes about 15-20 minutes to warm up fully but after this any cup will stay warm on it for up to an hour which is quite impressive.

                              The device also has a cooling facility to keep your cold drinks cool, but I don't think this works as well as the warming.

                              In my opinion this is a great gift for someone or even a very handy gadget to buy yourself. For under £10. you really can't go wrong with this item.

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                                28.08.2009 11:16
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                                An unobtrusive little gadget that does what is says on the box. (For once!)

                                My Mum is 82 and even though she still has all her marbles, she reverts to childhood at Christmas time and buys all of us the most useless tacky gadget/toys you could ever wish to see emerging from Christmas wrapping paper. (I blame postal catalogues for this!)

                                "Oh thank you Mum, that's unusual!" Feigning pleasure as I unwrap a doormat that plays 12 Christmas tunes if you so much as look at it!

                                "Gosh Mum! Where did you find this? It's amazing!" As I unwrap a gaudy life size parrot that repeats every word I say!

                                This year she suprised us all, (having been tactfully steered by my marvellous Daughter in Law) three of us got one of these USB Coffee warming thingies.
                                They don't play Christmas Carols.
                                They don't flash lights at you. (Well, just the one!)
                                They don't whizz round the room uttering maniacal laughs.
                                That's three points in it's favour for starters!

                                They sit sedately upon your desk, looking quite smart and.........they keep your coffee warm! Marvellous!

                                The Coffee warmer plugs into any USB port on your computer. The lead is about 3 foot long (90cm?) I kept mine with the original tie on instead of unwinding the lead, so it doesn't get in the way. Mine is quite a smart silver colour, they are also available in black. They cost between £5.00 and £8.00 depending upon where you buy them. (Or you could wait until they start turning up at car boot sales!)

                                It does keep the coffee warm for longer. It doesn't keep it hot, don't expect that. I don't suspect that it uses much extra power but there was no information about that on the box or user manual. (Piece of A5 paper actually!)

                                The base is easy to wipe clean in case of any accidental dribbles from your mug. (it's probably best to let it cool down first so that you don't cook your dishcloth!)

                                You can turn it on or off, on the front of the warmer, or just by unplugging it (No S*** Sherlock!!!).

                                I've used it virtually everyday since Christmas and it justs sits there unobtrusively doing it's job. No more cold coffee because I got too engrossed in what I was doing on the computer. You can use it for tea of course, but tea doesn't really taste good if you keep it warm for too long. Coffee doesn't seem to mind.

                                Don't do what I do occasionally and forget to turn it off when not in use. The quiet of my office has sometimes been punctuated by yelps of pain and suprise from me when I have carelessly rested my bare elbow on it's hot surface. It's not hot enough to burn, just to give a bit of a shock to the unwary elbow! The little red glowing LED on the front telling me that it is still switched on should be a clue really.

                                Perhaps I should get one that talks! Perhaps they should say
                                " Hey Genius! This is not an elbow rest!"
                                or "Of course it hurts! I'm a coffee warmer not an elbow burner!"

                                As far as gadgets go, this is not one that you have to throw in a kitchen drawer and forget about. It actually works and is actually useful!

                                I'm giving it four stars because of that. I can't honestly give it five stars because it hasn't radically revolutionised my life. It's just a bit handy!

                                Now, will someone please suggest to my Mum that I would like a nice gadgety laptop for Christmas? Can I bribe you with a self heating furry hand warmer or a singing duck? You'd love them really!

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                                Keep your coffee warm at your workstation with this coffee warmer that plugs directly into your computer USB port.