BONECO - Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier U7146
|Floor Area||150 Square Feet|
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- TRAVEL SIZE: The portable Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier U7146 fits snugly into any piece of luggage and lets you enjoy quality air not only at home or office, but also while traveling. It comes with a travel bag, external cleaning brush, automatic switch-off, and empty indicator.
- EASY TO USE: Just pop on a PET bottle, connect the appliance and enjoy healthy air in any room you are in. The variable output control lets you set the humidity output just as you like. The handy travel companion switches off automatically when it runs out of water.
- ULTRASONIC TECHNOLOGY Our quiet Travel Humidifier works by converting the water into a micro-fine mist that is sent to the indoor air by a fan. This compact humidifier is controlled using the output regulator, can hold 1 gal/day, and uses an AC/DC adapter.
- WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING: A customer shared that our Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier U7146 is not only small and compact. But it is easy to move from room to room, as needed. (March 2021)
- QUALITY AIR: Boneco products aim to bring healthy air like the Swiss Mountains to your home. We support anyone that deals with allergies, smog, smoke and fine particles. For best results if you have a larger home or space, we recommend the Humidifier Ultrasonic U350.
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Trusted Swiss Company For Over 50 Years
BONECO products have been available in North America since 2001. You can depend on the reliability of BONECO, whose parent company has been a trusted Swiss company and manufacturer since 1956. BONECO uses high quality components that provide years of trouble-free operation.
BONECO 7146 Travel Humidifier
Our smallest humidifier packs a punch
The 7146 Travel Humidifier is the perfect humidifier built to provide comfort wherever you are. Designed to be placed on your nightstand or at your desk, the 7146 provides much-needed relief to dry arid air. Its compact size, which allows it to easily fit into any piece of luggage, and the included travel bag makes this the must-have travel companion.
- Ideal for use in the office or when traveling
- Compact and handy design
In order to prevent the accumulation of moisture, the 7146 needs to be placed at least 3 ft off the floor and pointed to an open area. If the unit is not placed in a position to allow the moisture to be absorbed into the air moisture will accumulate and appear as if the unit is leaking.
The light-weight design and convenient travel bag allows for easy transportation anywhere.
The adapter allows the 7146 Travel Humidifier the ability to handle numerous bottle types up to .5 liters or 17 oz.
A blue indicator light displays when the unit is running and will display red when the unit runs out of water.
Essential Accessories (BONECO)
EZCal Cleaner and Descaler (A7417)
Cleans and descales every BONECO product, and cleans mineral build-up. Simple and safe to use - EZCal ensures a clean humidifier and continuous high performance. One box includes three individual packets, use just one packet per cleaning. For best results use EZCal every two weeks depending on the water hardness.
EZCal Pro Cleaner and Descaler (A100)
Cleans and descales every BONECO product, and cleans mineral build-up. Simple and safe to use - EZCal Pro ensures a clean humidifier and continuous high performance. The resealable 14-ounce bottle contains a more concentrated cleaning formula ideal for 7146 Travel Humidifier's size. For best results use EZCal Pro every two weeks depending on the water hardness.
|7146 Travel Humidifier||U200 Ultrasonic Humidifier||S200 Steam Humidifier||U350 Ultrasonic Humidifier||U700 Ultrasonic Humidifier||S450 Steam Humidifier|
|Warm or Cool Mist||Cool Mist Only||Cool Mist Only||Warm Steam Mist||Warm or Cool Mist||Warm or Cool Mist||Warm Steam Mist|
|Analog or Digital||Analog||Analog||Analog||Digital||Digital||Digital|
|For rooms up to||Personal Use||430 sq. ft.||430 sq. ft.||650 sq. ft.||1000 sq. ft.||860 sq. ft.|
|Water Tank Size||0.5 Liter||1 gallon||0.8 gal||1.32 gallon||2.4 gallons||2 gallons|
|Humidity level up to||1 gallon / 24 hrs||1.8 gallons / 24 hours||1.8 gallons / 24 hrs||3.17 gallons / 24 hrs||4 gallons / 24 hours||3.5 gallons / 24 hours|
|Auto-Mist Tech. (Auto Mode)||-||-||-||✓||✓||✓|
Our handy Travel Humidifier lets you enjoy good air quality not only at home or in the office, but also when you are out and about! This compact humidifier fits snugly into any piece of luggage to provide you with well humidified air – wherever you are. Just pop on a PET bottle, connect the appliance and enjoy humidified air in your room. The variable output control lets you set the humidity output just as you like. The handy travel companion switches off automatically when it runs out of water. Additional features include: Compact and handy design, travel bag for storage and for cleaning the external surfaces, automatic switch-off and empty indicator, easy handling and cleaning (includes cleaning brush).
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|Capacity||1.0 gallons||16.90 fluid_ounces||250.00 milliliters||20 fluid_ounces||35 milliliters|
|Floor Area||150.00 square_feet||160.00 square_feet||65.00 square_feet||—||—|
|Item Dimensions||2.6 x 4.4 x 3 inches||5.5 x 2.5 x 5.5 inches||3.4 x 3.4 x 6 inches||7 x 5 x 3 inches||1.87 x 1.87 x 7.87 inches|
|Item Weight||1.30 lbs||0.75 lbs||0.55 lbs||—||3.50 ounces|
|Material||Multi||—||Plastic||—||Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, Silicone|
|Power Source||AC||AC||USB Powered||Corded Electric||Battery Powered|
|Runtime||8.00 hours||6.00 hours||8.00 hours||6.0 hours||7.0 hours|
Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2015
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I survived the Polar vortex with the help of this little cutie. Now another winter, this one less awful, and the Air-O-Swiss is hanging in there. This morning I decided to "clean" it (one of the real joys of this thing). As I carried it to the sink, I dropped it. Hideous noise as it hit the floor. I bent down to pick up the pieces and throw them away and guess what - there were only the two pieces, plus the water bottle, and I fit them right back together, cleaned the unit, which took all of a minute, replaced the filled bottle and set it back on the counter.
I know a lot of customers have had quality issues with this thing. Air-O-Swiss doesn't give a lot of attention to quality management, much less customer service. This is one of those products where you pays your money and you takes your chance. At this price, it's worth the chance.
Because of the really hideous weather we've had - heating, dry air,etc. - this thing has been running nonstop and I've decided it's the only humidifier I need. Granted it's small; the ca 17-oz bottle only lasts four to five hours running full blast, which means you have to change it out during the night. That's ok, I generally get up at least once during the night and I can just change the bottle then. Or not. In my part of the country (don't know about where you live) the humidity is at its highest during the early morning hours so the extra moisture really isn't necessary then.
The really critical point in its favor for me is that it is so small,so light. I have arthritis in both shoulders and changing out even a one-gallon tank is difficult for me. Plus all the little cleaning rituals you have to go through with the larger units. This little thing is so simple. I fill up the water bottle (finally found the right size),insert the threaded plug and stick the other end in the cavity. As another customer suggested, I use a little bleach. To clean it, just empty it,fill the cavity with white vinegar, let it sit a few minutes and brush it with the little brush.
Because a moist sleeping environment is a health issue for me, I will plan ahead and buy another one for when this one quits. Comments from other customers suggest that customer service is not a priority for Air-O-Swiss, but this humidifier is inexpensive enough and has lasted long enough that when it goes I won't feel cheated. Really a good buy.
Humidifiers used to last several years. Either planned obsolescence has hit the humidifier industry or I'm just really unlucky with my recent humidifiers. The one that looked like a teardrop left huge puddles on the floor and quit after three months. Then I bought an ultrasonic model, twice as much money, that worked fine - for six weeks. And we are in the heating season. The dry air makes my eyes and skin feel awful and has health consequences for my breathing. I need to do research to find a decent product that won't quit in the middle of the season. In the meantime I decided to get the travel humidifier. Some of the ratings i read indicated the manufacturer doesn't have a great customer service function, to put it politely, but it is inexpensive enough that I can eat it if necessary, while I continue the search for the elusive perfect humidifier.
And guess what - this little thing works just fine, puts out a respectable mist cloud and moisturizes the heated air, just like it's supposed to do. And it does look sort of cute, that little bitty base with the great big bottle. Some ratings indicated customers had a problem inserting the bottle and I actually was't able to get the 20-oz bottle inserted, so I went with a two-liter bottle. That's working just fine though it's a might topheavy and you have to be careful setting it up. Guess I'll get something in a one-liter bottle. In the meantime, once it's erect it stays in place.
Another thing I like is: it's so simple. No huge tanks to lug around, no huge cavities to swab with vinegar, etc. Everything is very tidy and SMALL and a little brush is included for when cleaning is necessary. Meantime, as another customer suggested I rinse with bleach when I change out the bottle.
I would have given this product five stars except that it has the inevitable light. I understand that products may need a (small, discreet) light to indicate they're on and the light on the 7146 does indeed turn off when the bottle is empty, but why does it have to be so garish, like the lighting at the prom in a really small town? If I wanted a night light I would get one. Darkness is better for quality sleep. Not to worry, a piece of an old t-shirt and a couple of safety pins took care of the problem.
That said, I still recommend this little thingey. I will continue to use it as I seek the perfect humidifier, and I might actually decide this is all I need. The ease of changing out bottles and cleaning is a MAJOR PLUS. The big question is: how long will the mist last?
Other than the noise, I knocked off a star for a couple additional reasons:
- It doesn't generate enough mist to really humidify a moderately large room. My bedroom is 20'x20' and it simply isn't powerful enough to raise the entire room's humidity to what I'd consider comfortable. The same for a typical hotel room. I ended up putting it on my headboard so the mist falls over me as I sleep. In a hotel I'll put it on the nightstand next to the bed pointing at me; rather than on the dresser.
- At full power it'll empty a 1/2 liter bottle in about 5-6 hours. That isn't enough for a full night's sleep. While the misting does shut off on its own (and the LED turns red), the motor keeps spinning. I was a little worried that might damage the unit long-term since the misting helps cool the water and the unit. I eventually found a larger 1 liter bottle whose mouth fit the cap, but most of the larger-than-1/2-liter bottles I tried didn't fit.
But don't be dissuaded. If you need a portable humidifier for travel, this is a good unit which, while it might not completely humidify the room, will at least take the edge off if you're in a dry climate. Be sure to clean it regularly or some discoloration will build up which doesn't seem to want to scrape off. I use an electric toothbrush with an old bristle head for the base. The included brush is pretty much the only way to clean inside the cap though.
2014-02-17 UPDATE: I finally got around to opening the unit up. There are a few screws, and the rest is snap-in plastic tabs. To release the tabs, you need to really dig in there with a spudger or the hard plastic packaging that's common nowadays with electronics. Fortunately the tabs are a more robust size than you find on laptops and phones, so will take a good amount of bending without breaking.
Inside is a potentiometer for controlling the output level, a fan, the misting cell, and a bunch of wires connecting everything. The misting cell is sealed in wax so probably not user serviceable (pity, since the ultrasonic misting cells are pretty cheap - a friend of mine imports them from China for fountains, and says they're about 25 cents).
The noise is entirely from the fan. Either a bearing or a bushing has worn out, causing it to vibrate and make noise. I'm looking for a suitable replacement and will update here after I find one and replace it. If I can't find one, I'll try packing it with grease to cut down on the vibration.
Otherwise, this little unit is still going strong. The mist picked up a chemical-like smell after a couple years (I'm using reverse osmosis filtered water, so it's needed very little cleaning). I tried scrubbing the reservoir with the included brush and a small electric toothbrush. It worked on the flat surfaces but couldn't really get the scum off the corners or round parts. So I soaked the reservoir overnight in diluted bleach which seems to have done the trick. I also soaked the bottle cap in bleach. The little ball inside it turned black, but returned to its grey color after a couple days soaking in nwater. Not sure what's up with that. The next day I made sure to rinse everything out really well to get rid of any bleach. After cleaning, the smell was gone and it's as good as new (except for the fan noise).
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Yes, believe others when they say there's a very loud annoying hum that comes from this. There's no possible way I would sleep with this in the same room with me. I'd be kept awake. It is a very present and distinct hum.
Secondly, on the back of the unit there's a MIN to MAX output of humidity - this dial makes no difference at all. Once its on, it's the same air flow. I've demonstrated this in the video that goes along with this review.
Disappointed. I was looking forward to using this on an upcoming trip to Las Vegas where I will be speaking at an event.
For 60 dollars, for such a small unit - there has to be better value than this. There are many makers of this model. I'll shop around going forward.
It will put out 1L of water in ~7 hours on the highest setting.
However, about 1.5 years after purchase (only used it during winters) the fan became unbearably loud which essentially makes it impossible to keep beside the bed.
Cleaning was so much easier than any other humidifier I have ever used. I just disolved two tablespoons of citric acid into a cup of hot water, put it into a small, oblong Ziplock container, and put the humidifier in it, upside down. This perfectly cleaned any buildup.
I bought both humidifiers in August of 2016 and they are still working, even though they are used every day, sometimes for 16 hours per day or more. The side panels have fallen off when my mom knocked them onto the floor but they were easy to reattach.
But for a humidifier it works beautifully.
It is very compact and works reliably. This is our second unit, our first unit we used for travel only. In the last winter we used both for in home use as the compact size is a real advantage. Also, we strictly used filtered water to avoid build up. I prefer this product over much larger humidifer units that are harder to clean and bulky. Cleaning of the unit is very easy.