Product Type: Bobble in Homeware
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Me and my Bobble
Bobble Water Bottle
Member Name: goosey
Bobble Water Bottle
Date: 09/08/12, updated on 09/10/13 (598 review reads)
Advantages: Filters tap water, reduces chlorine content and odour
For as long as I can remember, I had always set, either a glass of water or tumbler of squash, on my bedside table at night, but then was told that by drinking squash or any sugary drinks after cleaning my teeth was not a good idea. Of course I was not that bothered at first, the stubborn, 'It cannot do much harm to my teeth,' attitude replaced common sense for a while.
When I changed my drink from squash or fruit flavoured drinks to water, I just loathed the taste of water after it had been standing overnight and so reverted back, with a slight feeling of guilt, to slipping a drop of squash in to flavour it. I was just beginning to overcome my feelings of guilt when, one night, I stretched out my hand to turn on the light and knocked the glass and contents onto the floor, so decided there and then to investigate more fully, the strange looking bottles I had seen in one our local shops.
The strange looking bottle turned out to be the Bobble bottle simply called Bobble. It came in three sizes , 385ml, 550ml and litre and a choice of 9 different coloured filters. The prices in my local store of one Bobble complete with filter, were £8.99 for the 385ml, £9.99 for the 550 ml and £10.99 for the litre unit. They do appear to be less expensive on line, but postage can bring costs up to near shop prices. The replacement filters are £6.99 each, almost as much as the smallest Bobble.
The Bobble unit is in three parts, bottle, filter and a small domed cap, which, fits over the mouth- piece of the filter.
My 385ml, vaguely hourglass-shaped bottle, made of a thin clear plastic, stands 18.5cm high with domed cap and filter in situ, its diameter at the widest point is 7cm, and the filter length is 10.5cm.
The business part of the whole unit is the filter, a solid, black, carbon-based substance enclosed in a tubular, plastic cage. At the top of the cage, is the screw cap and pop-up mouthpiece, topped by a dome of strong clear plastic.
The makers claim that as water passes through, the filter removes 'any organic contaminants, and meets or exceeds NSF international standard 42 for chlorine, taste and odour reduction.'
It is important, before use to remove the filter, fill the bottle with water, replace and secure the filter, open the mouthpiece and squeeze the water out through the mouthpiece. This removes any loose carbon dust from the filter.
Once that initial removal of carbon dust is complete, the Bobble is ready to use, by filling with water, immersing the filter and securing it to the bottle, keep the mouthpiece closed and covered with the domed cap. To drink, remove the cap, lift the mouthpiece and squeeze the water through the filter into your mouth. The thin plastic is very strong yet supple and therefore will withstand gentle pressure.
After a couple of days of constant use, they recommend soaking the filter in boiling water and drying thoroughly afterwards.
The instructions also say hand wash the Bobble bottle and the filter in warm soapy water. I have not used soapy water to wash mine, I will admit, because for certain, I will taste soap whether or not it is present. It is all in the mind, I know, but I will still taste it I am sure. I will perhaps try just before the filter expires just to find out.
The unit is not dishwasher safe, hand wash only.
Each filter is capable of filtering up to 300 bottle fills of water, which is approximately 40 gallons (150 litres)
The filter should be changed after 2 months of use even if it has not filtered the full 150 litres of water. I am reliably informed that the charcoal, once activated by immersion in water, remains active for 2 months, after which it becomes inactive.
Although there must be less expensive ways of ensuring night- time drinks are not accidently knocked off the bedside table, I am quite happy with this set up; I can only discern a slight difference in taste between freshly drawn tap water and the filtered water. The difference in taste of water left standing overnight in an open tumbler to that of the filtered water is much more obvious. The bobbled water tastes just as fresh as it had when first filled. There is no residual taste from the plastic either, which often occurs when using some plastic cups or beakers.
The domed cap keeps dust out; the Bobble does not leak or break if tipped over. Perfect.
A word of warning. This is not for filtering bacterially contaminated water, so do not think of taking one on holiday to places where water may not be safe, in the false hope of being able to drink local water if passed through the filter.
Sometimes during the day, I will have the Bobble nearby filled with water to sip whilst working at my computer.
That there are nine different colured filters must make it perfect for families who are into filtered water. Each member could have his or her own easily identifiable bottle.
Summary: For anyone who prefers bottled water to tap water, the Bobble may work out less expensive
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