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totally genius, perfect for powder shakes
on March 8, 2014
This blender cup is the kind of design i've been searching for: A motor in the top with a drinking spout. You won't believe what an improvement this cup is after having used the traditional shaker cup with metal ball for the past several years. Need a TL:DR version? It blends powders well, the lid doesn't leak when you drink from the spout. Buy it.
Why am I in love with this relatively cheap gadget? Simply put, it works.
Its powdered by x6 AAA batteries that sit inside the dome and are easily replaceable because the batteries are divided into two small box packs that load in and out- each with x3 AAA batteries.You simply load the battery boxes up and pop them back into the dome and close the lid. Pretty good design.
The power of the motor is deceiving. While running in liquid, it's quiet and creates a complete vortex; sort of concentrating and beating in the 3 areas the blender the attachment has arms. I fill with water, add some pebble ice, and drop in a scoop of my lunch shake and hold the power button down until the drink is consistently mixed. It absolutely blends powders completely; something my shaker ball couldn't handle. Take the motor lid off and run the blender and you'll see how fast the wand actually moves. When making shakes, DO NOT ADD POWDER FIRST BEFORE ADDING WATER. Any powder will cement to the cup walls and fail to dislodge without a spoon.
Don't try to use this cup to mix your frozen fruit/cement thick/peanut butter and banana smoothie. It's designed for powders, water, and small lightweight add-in's. With this job, it excels amazingly!
This is easiest way i've found to clean this cup:
Clean the detachable cup normally in hot soapy water.
Clean the wand and underside of the cup by filling cup with warm water and a little detergent, attach head securely and blend in pulses while pouring water out the spout. Naturally, finish with a clean water rinse. This seems to take care of the underside of the motor fairly well.
NOTE: the wand does detach from the motor should you need to more thoroughly clean.
As for the CleanTek anti-gross coating; it does seem to work. The wand and motor/lid are made out of the CleanTek plastic and do seem to more naturally repel odors than the plastic cup they come along with. At least, this is how I understand the arrangement.