But Really, What are the Differences Between Insulated, Vacuum and Thermal Cups?

But Really, What are the Differences Between Insulated, Vacuum and Thermal Cups?

 

You see these terms thrown around constantly, but you never have any idea what they mean. All you’re looking for is a cup that stands the test of time and more importantly, retains heat. Should you get an insulation cup, a vacuum cup or a thermal cup? Worry not because we’re here to clarify and make your life a tad easier.

 

Insulation cups

Insulation cups, or double wall cups, are very simply cups that houses an inner and an outer wall in order to maintain temperatures of beverages. The inner wall usually employs stainless steel while the outer wall can be stainless steel, plastic or other kinds of proprietary materials that have been surfacing over recent years. Occasionally, ceramic,  glass or plastic interiors are used too. These options are particularly suitable for those with a sharp palate who dislike the metallic taste when drinking from metal, especially with coffee.

Vacuum cups

Vacuum cups, also known as thermoses, are a type of insulation cup. The difference is that they rely on a vacuum – a space almost completely rid of air. Since vacuums are essentially empty spaces, there are few molecules present to transfer heat by conduction. Many of these vacuum chambers are also coated with a reflective material like silver in order to prevent lost of heat by radiation.

Thermal cups

A thermal cup is…well, any sort of cup that provides thermal insulation, which means it is not a category on its own! Think of it as a general term for any cup that keeps your brew piping hot or ice cold.

 

Another point to note is that a good thermal cup should also be leakproof. You don’t want to toss it in your bag and end up ruining your gadgets!

 

Wondering where to pick up a great thermal cup? The Ozmo smart cup is the way to go. It is made out of BPA Free Tritan Plastic and double-walled to keep your beverage at the right temperature for hours. What’s more, it is leakproof and can also track your water or coffee intake to ensure you stay hydrated, but not overcaffeinated!

How can integrating Ozmo with fitbit help me stay active?

 

How can integrating Ozmo with fitbit help me stay active?

Staying active and supporting a healthy lifestyle can be difficult, especially while juggling home and work responsibilities. That’s why the use of apps and other tech tools to make fitness easier have been on the rise. Fitbit data keeps track of your movement and calories burned, giving you a complete view of your body’s movement in a day. A great addition to the Fitbit is the Ozmo Smart Cup. Experts agree that one of the most important parts of staying healthy is drinking enough water. This smart cup does the math for you and helps you stay hydrated all day. Here are five ways that linking the Ozmo smart cup with your Fitbit data will help you stay active:

 

  1. Having water on hand automatically causes you to drink more.

Simply having a water bottle nearby is enough for most people to think about their water consumption more, and stay hydrated as a result. The Ozmo cup is BPA free and completely reusable, so it’s a safe option to have on hand.

 

  1. Ozmo does the math for you.

Ozmo takes the guesswork out of hydration by using your weight and activity level to determine how much water your body really needs. It tracks your movement and gives updates after workouts, and throughout the day to make sure you’re hydrated. You can view your daily goals on the app and track your progress. There’s even a three light indicator system to show when you’ve completed 20%, 50%, and 90% of your daily water goal.

 

  1. Reminders help keep you on track.

Your Ozmo will send you a notification if you’ve gone too long without drinking water, so even the busiest person can remember to stay hydrated. You can personalize the amount and frequency of your water consumption and the app will keep you on track. Having the app keep track for you gives you one less thing to think about while you’re trying to maintain a more active life.

 

  1. It updates based on your movement.

Linking your Ozmo and your Fitbit allows you to have a full and complete view of your body’s needs. While the Fitbit tracks every step and workout, the Ozmo recalculates to make sure you get enough water to replenish your body. The two apps work together seamlessly to make it easy to stay hydrated.

 

  1. It tracks coffee as well as water.

While it is wise to limit coffee consumption, it can be difficult to monitor, especially for those with a coffee pot only a few feet from our desks. Ozmo knows whether you’re drinking coffee or water, and will automatically track coffee for you. You can set personalized goals, or let Ozmo decide the perfect amount of coffee to drink while still being hydrated. A simple notification will let you know when you’ve reached your limit and should switch to water.

 

Tracking your movement and staying hydrated are two of the most important things to do while trying to stay active. Add in a healthy diet along with the Ozmo cup and Fitbit data, and you’ll have a simple and active life without thinking about it. Using these apps together removes the guesswork and makes hydration automatic, so your body will get all the water it needs to keep going. The Ozmo cup is perfect for those on the go because it’s leak proof and fits in car and bike cup holders. Enjoy the ease of automatic reminders to stay hydrated, and the benefits of added energy and weight loss by using the Ozmo cup to keep on top of your hydration.

5 Tips To Help You Shop Smartly on Amazon

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5 Tips To Help You Shop Smartly on Amazon

 

It’s that time of the year again. It’s the time of Bublé at full blast, feasting aplenty and of course, holiday shopping. With Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and finally Christmas coming up, we understand the need to be strategic and prepared. How do you pick up presents for yourself and all your friends and family without breaking the bank? To help you get started, we have compiled this handy list of advice to help you with shopping on Amazon, the one-stop shop for practically everything. Shop away!

 

1.  Price Guarantee

Don’t forget to take advantage of their price guarantee. For all items sold and shipped by Amazon, if the price of the item drops within 7 days of delivery, you can contact Amazon to have the difference refunded to you. This is particularly important during gifting season when random discounts pop ip. Look out for the phrase “Ships from and sold by Amazon.com” on the listing to see if it’s applicable! If you somehow missed the 7 day deadline, don’t fret. Contact them anyway, and be nice; there is still a fair chance they are willing to refund you.

 

2. Warehouse Deals

Not everything needs to be brand new. With open-box and pre-owned items, you get perfectly functional products that let you save big bucks while being environmentally friendly. Go to Amazon’s Warehouse Deals section and find anything from computers to video games to audio systems. Don’t worry about the products too, as Amazon makes sure they are in great working conditions before putting them up for sale.

 

3. Student Discounts

One of the countless things everybody misses about being a student is the bounty of discounts they get. On Amazon, college students get Amazon Prime for free for 6 months, before being charged at USD49 a year (as opposed to USD99 normally). If you don’t already know, Amazon Prime lets you enjoy perks like unlimited free two-day shipping and access to a vast array of free TV shows, music, e-books and more. The only difference from regular subscribers of the service is that students don’t get to share their shipping benefits with anyone else. Oh, and you will need a valid college email to sign up too.

 

4. More deals at Amazon Gold Box and Amazon Coupons

When Black Friday comes around, remember to check out Amazon’s Black Friday Lightning Deals (actually, quite a number of deals are already up). If you can’t find what you’re looking for, worry not, because the Amazon Gold Box offers limited time deals year-round. Check it on a regular basis and you might just find what you’re looking for one day. Amazon Coupons is a good place to check out too, housing discounts on items ranging from beauty products to electronics.

 

5. Gift Wrap

Gift wrapping can be frustrating and time-consuming. Luckily, Amazon offers gift-wrapping services for a reasonable price which varies according to size and shape of the item you’re purchasing, even though this option is not available for all products. A standard gift wrap includes a gift wrap, box or bag for the item, a decorative ribbon and a printed card with your message on top of the package. Perfect for you lazy lads out there!

 

Short on ideas on Christmas presents? Ozmo smart cups make solid options. It’s cool, it’s functional and it can fully integrate with Fitbit, Garmin and Apple Health too! We have opened our Amazon Shop, watch out for crazy deals on Cyber Monday!