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Every now and then I unfortunately have to bother you with achievements that, with the best will in the world, have nothing to do with Apple. I just take the liberty of sprinkling here and there a report about a product that has nothing to do with computers or smartphones, but which is still remarkable. The current case is a thermal mug from Stanley, which of the reusable coffee-to-go mugs is actually the best I've had in my fingers so far. There is even a photo to prove that the thermo mug can at least be used in parallel with the MacBook and so maybe a mention by Sir Apfelot is okay. ;-)
No time to read the whole article? Then it works here directly to my thermo mug recommendation.
Since after proofreading the article I noticed that I hadn't expressed any criticism of the product and for this reason the post might look a bit like surreptitious advertising, I would like to point out that I have not received any payment from Stanley. Not even the mug, because I bought it in a local outdoor shop. The fact that there is no criticism to be read here and that I only have words of praise for the cup is solely due to the fact that - from my point of view - there is nothing to complain about about the thing. Except maybe that, with a weight of over 300 grams, it is probably not for ultra-light backpackers. But that's about it. ;-)
I have thought that I would like to raffle off one of these thermo mugs among my newsletter readers. Those who want to take part in the raffle are best to wear here in my weekly newsletter a. In one or two weeks, the actual competition will be announced and the - as always extremely difficult - competition question will be announced. ;-)
To be honest, I was personally unfamiliar with the Stanley brand, but my wife, who was born in Pennsylvania, explained to me that Stanley was best known in the United States for its lunch boxes. When I took a photo of the Classic lunch box I was also familiar with the thing.
In addition to lunch boxes, Stanley produces a lot more: tool cases, tools, camping utensils, vacuum jugs, sorting boxes and of course the thermal mug mentioned here Stanley Classic Trigger Action Travel Mug.
Do you know that too? You usually only know what to look for when choosing products when you have had enough experience with a few bad variants. It was the same with my previous coffee-to-go mugs:
As you can see: I didn't have a lot of positive experiences and that despite the sometimes decent prices of around 25 euros. But I learned from it what is important in a good coffee-to-go insulating mug:
Now that I had my "wish list" for a perfect thermo mug in my head, I ran into it recently while shopping in a regional outdoor store. The manager told me that he accidentally threw down a shelf with the cups and that the slightly scratched models are now available with a 30% discount (spoilers: unfortunately they are all gone). Since the cups looked very well made, I spontaneously took one with me in the size of 473 ml without thinking too much.
What I didn't know when I bought it: Stanley gives a lifetime guarantee on all of its products. On the Stanley website you will find this note for every product:
When companies communicate this so openly, they have to be very convinced of the quality of their products - or shut down the company after a few months and continue to sell their scrap under a new company name, as some China stalls do. Nothing against China stalls in general (as you can see on the bottom print of the thermo mug, Stanley also has production in China), but the construction itself is apparently well thought out, sufficiently tested and the quality control seems to work too. Since Stanley has a company history of over 100 years (according to Wiki since 1913), one can assume that they will not risk their good brand name with empty promises. This is also shown by my previous experience with the Stanley insulating mug.
By the way, the official product description on the manufacturer's website is very humorous. I once translated it from English:
This travel mug is your copilot. It fits comfortably in the cup holder of your vehicle. It will keep your coffee hot for 9 hours. The only thing you can't do with it is pew-pew-pew sounds when you squeeze the mug's action trigger to fire imaginary lasers at the minivan that is driving in the fast lane with 45 things. Drive safely and drink.
I started using the mug (BPA-free, by the way!) At home immediately after buying it. Rinsed briefly and the first milk coffee came in. The lock is remarkable because it is almost always tightly locked and you have to open it by pressing a mechanical button - hence the name "Trigger Action". As soon as you let go of the button, the cup closes again - reliably. So reliable that I recently put the mug in the shopping basket with a certified extract from the land register of friends, without worrying a bit that my coffee might ruin all of the documents. Fortunately, the Stanley insulating mug did not let me down and the documents remained intact.
The cup made another very positive impression when it was cleaned, because the actual cup is made of stainless steel and is cylindrical throughout, so that it can be cleaned very well. The lid consists of two elements that can be separated from each other by turning slightly and then quickly rinsed off with water. Neither the stainless steel nor the plastic of the lid, for example, strongly accept the latte, so that you can do a lot of cleaning with just water before you have to use detergent at some point.
And here comes the next plus point: All parts of the Stanley mug can be put in the dishwasher. I have already run it through several times and so far neither the paint has come off the stainless steel cup, nor have the plastic parts or the mechanics been damaged.
One thing I haven't tried is the cup's durability in the event of drops. The stainless steel cup and the compactly built closure give the impression that in the event of a fall, the wooden floor at home gets a dent before the insulating cup is damaged. I don't want to promise that with stone and tiles, but with "normal" terrain little will break.
I can't say much about the insulating properties, as I usually only fill it with hot, but drinkable coffee anyway, which should be around 50 ° C to 60 ° C. Since I then gradually empty the mug for hours, it is clear that the coffee is no longer hot after a few hours. According to the manufacturer, it keeps hot drinks (such as freshly brewed tea) hot for up to 9 hours. In order to achieve the longest possible warming time, the thermo mug is rinsed with hot water before it is actually filled.
I was also able to quickly tick the item "Cup fits in the cup holder of my car". While my old coffee-to-go mugs sat here "very tightly" in the holder and sometimes could only be fitted into the holder with two hands, the Stanley thermo mug sits with a little leeway so that the retaining clip cannot even be opened completely got to.
Once you have satisfied your drinking needs, you can put the cup back into the holder without much fiddling. This is important to me so that the whole action doesn't distract me from driving. The Stanley mug also got full marks here.
The Stanley Classic Trigger Action thermo mug is available in the sizes 354 ml and 473 ml. I got the large version because I always make a white coffee with extra milk in the morning and then drink it until noon. With the 354 ml, the whole thing would be a bit too tight.
When drinking tea, the 473 ml are also a good choice for me, as you have roughly the amount of two to three teacups. A whole jug is often too much for me and a small mug is usually too little. The almost 500 ml are simply the "perfect mixture". If you prefer the smaller version, you can also choose it on Amazon. There you will also find the different color variants.
I saw on Amazon that you can also find every model in the Product variant "with name engraving" can choose. This costs about 8 euros more and allows you to determine a text that is then lasered onto the silver edge of the stainless steel cup.
You can see where the engraving is placed in this product picture:
Last tip: If you (like me) sometimes drink coffee and sometimes tea, you should buy two of the Stanley Classic Trigger Action insulating mugs at the same time. A few days ago I first drank mint tea with mint from the garden, then rinsed the mug with washing-up liquid and then filled it with coffee - and that was not a good idea. The drink attachment on the lid had somehow taken on the mint taste and my coffee was then flavored with Moroccan mint. That tasted a bit strange. For this reason, my second order with a white version of the thermal mug is already on the way to me.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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