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Stay hydrated with this obsidian black LARQ water bottle. The self-cleaning feature automatically cleans the bottle and water every 2 hours, while the 25-oz. design fits in most cupholders for easy storage and access. This LARQ water bottle quickly purifies your beverage with the touch of a button for convenience.
So you have enough water on hand.
Stainless steel material
Built-in UV-C LED
Intelligently turns on every 2 hours to keep your water and bottle fresh.
To keep water cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.
The first thing to know, before anything else, is this product Sterilizes Clear Water Only. It Doesn’t filter or purify water nor do they claim that it does. Water must be clear and sediment free for the product to work correctly per instructions. The product is designed to be used primarily with water but you may use other drinks. However, the UV-C sterilization may not work or work properly. Manual cleaning is recommended for any contents other than water. DO Not put it in the dishwasher or microwave oven.
I think the concept for this product is pretty cool and well implemented using UV-C to sterilize water, provided it’s clear. The self cleaning feature is an innovation as well. However, it excludes the bottle mouth and other areas where the UV light cannot reach. That still requires manual cleaning.
Here’s where I think it excels. Thermal performance to keep your beverage cold is above average compared to similar water bottles I tested it against. See photos with a thermal camera. Their claim of 24 hours of keeping a liquid cold with little temperature rise is pretty accurate from my tests using ice water. However, instructions recommend not using or exposing product to temperatures below freezing (32F). The ice was around 19F but the water never froze. Freezing would likely crack the inner shall. The 1 ⅜ inch mouth makes adding ice is easy.
The product overview also mentions keeping contents hot. However, the instructions state “Do not expose the product to temperatures above 90F”. Really?? After reading over the instructions and safety sheet / legal disclaimer, those were the only temperature specs I could find. Looked on their website and didn’t do any better.
This is directly off of their website:
“The LARQ Bottle will keep cold water chilled for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12 hours.
The LARQ Bottle Movement is a lighter, single-walled bottle that will not keep beverages cold or hot, however, it can accommodate cold water and even be refrigerated. DO NOT put hot water into this bottle.”
So “Hot” is 90F…. I’m guessing this is because of the lithium ion battery in the cap and legal liability if it blows up or catches fire.
The cap uses RGB LEDs to show color to indicate system status. See instructions. This is where the 90F rating gets interesting. If the contents of the bottle are too hot the cap will pulsate orange. I filled it with water at 100F. No warning. Then in increments of ten degrees up to 160F letting it set for an hour each time. I Never got a warning even after leaving it at 160F overnight to see what it dropped to the next morning, which was 125F in about 12 hours. The cap still worked fine and the plastic was Not melted or deformed. Bad temperature sensor?
There are some areas that could stand improvement. Even though it has a lightly textured outer surface it still can be a bit slippery when wet and full. A silicone base would be nice too. Fill line inside of the bottle is very hard to see without very good lighting and even then it is still difficult to see. Specs state 25 ounces. I filled it with that exact amount 3 times to be sure and it put the water about 1 1/8th inch from the rim. Inserting the cap would displace water every time. The fill line is approximately 24 ounces. I know this all may sound picky but isn’t that what a review is for?
Normal mode, one button press, for a one minute of UV to kill cooties. “Adventure Mode” will give 3 minutes of UV sterilization for, say, river water that they show on the website. The UV-C LED will cycle on automatically at 2 hour intervals for 10 seconds to keep the bottle sterilized. See instructions for more info.
Charging is pretty straight forward. Plug the included micro USB cord to a standard phone charger then into the port on the cap and when it's steady green it's fully charged. See instructions for other color meanings.
As for taste, My wife or I couldn’t taste any difference whether we used tap water or tap water that passed through a 3M Filtrete water filter I installed and reviewed for BB a few months ago. Same for using bottled water with it. Even though the website shows it being used in a clear mountain river we didn’t try that. I doubt I would anyways unless I absolutely had to.
Here’s a link to LARQ support for this product that explains some things and answers some questions.
But beware of a lot of marketing speak and hype that can be repetitious at times. Some things I talked about earlier, like How hot is hot, are never answered beyond the 90F spec which is a bit ridiculous. Who was the third party that verified the specs for them?
Verifiable Above average thermal performance See photos with a thermal camera
Website informative but lots of hype and can be sluggish in the Q & A sections
UV-C with 2 sterilization modes
Appears to be very well made
No chemicals needed
Includes Micro USB cable to recharge it
Without a microscope and other test equipment, and I’m not a biologist and I cannot verify how well or if it sterilizes water. Customers must take their word for it.
Keeps beverages hot but recommends not to use hot water. “Do not expose product to temperatures above 90F” according to instructions. This conflicts with what is advertised.
Primarily for water and not other types of drinks. But you can use them
Cannot sterilize the mouth part or anywhere the UV light cannot reach
Textured but still can be slippery. Especially when full and wet
Can be used to help keep fruit infused water fresh longer after fruit is removed.
You can use the cap to sterilize other metal bottles if it fits the mouth, whether screws in and seals or not. LARQ, of course, doesn't recommend this per instructions.
Crazy-Cap is a competitor that does just what I said in the previous sentence and fits popular metal thermos bottles.
Conclusion: A bit pricey, lots of marketing speak and then there’s the hot water mystery subjective spec. I think it does what it says it will do to sterilize the water provided you follow the rules. Thermal performance I feel I verified. I will probably use mine with Propel drinks I like and use the UV to keep them drinkable longer since I don’t always drink an entire one at once.
Is it worth it? That’s up to you.
I try to drink water all day and we have filtered water in the refrigerator, but I still could taste the “sediment” as our towns tap water quality is not the best. Once I started using this bottle, I immediately noticed the improvement in taste. I like that the water is being cleaned and sanitized, but it also because it tastes really good.
When my work travel resumes this bottle is coming with me – now I can have confidence the tap water I drink anywhere in the country will taste like water from a spring fed stream. Everyone that takes a sip says “Wow! It tastes so clean and refreshing!"
The instructions say you only need to charge about once a month which is great. It’s a LITTLE heavy, but I like to call it “sturdy.” I’ve even used it to purify a bottle of water then poured it into other water bottles. The purifying cycle is so fast, only 60 seconds and there is a blue ring on the lid that is lit when purifying and shuts off when finished. It also has very good insulation and a bottle of ice water will stay cold all day long.
It's a bit pricey, but worth it!
The LARQ - 25 oz. Water Purification Thermal Bottle is truly a revolutionary water bottle that I believe is definitely worth the investment even if you don’t plan on taking it outdoors for use with river water as shown on the LARQ website. I use the bottle as my everyday drinking bottle and only use regular drinking water in it. Since I work a 9 to 5 desk job, I try to make sure I drink water regularly throughout the day and previously used a non-insulated plastic bottle for this purpose. Unfortunately, that bottle would start to smell and the water would begin to taste funny after about a week of using the bottle even though I would only use it for water. Now with the LARQ Water Purification Thermal Bottle, there is no more funny smell or taste, just clean, fresh water all the time with the added bonus of amazing insulation that seems to really keep my water cold for very long periods of time. When I leave work and return the next day, whatever water that was left in the bottle from the previous day still seems to be the same temperature.
One thing to note is in normal mode, the bottle supposedly activates the UV light for one minute on its own every 2 hours but I still haven’t been able to catch the bottle doing this yet. I haven’t really timed it and looked for it to activate on its own and based on the constant freshness of the water, I don’t really doubt that it is doing what it claims to do.
Overall, I am very impressed with the LARQ - 25 oz. Water Purification Thermal Bottle and I highly recommend it!
If you are wondering why would a water bottle be sold at a tech store, well this is no ordinary bottle. It is equipped with self-cleaning tech that is proven to sanitize 99.99% germs. I have been using these kind of bottles for a few years now and at one point of time I had not been using it so the bottle was not cleaned after several months; no gunk and bad smell I could tell.
The packaging of the bottle looks like a product that is designed by a particular tech company in Cupertino. This is a product that looks and feels luxurious and it truly is.
The bottle holds the right volume of water that I need for my daily activities, not too large nor too small. The color and design are great. It is not too slippery, though it feels very smooth, so I can hold it with my hands just fine. The color is attractive and unique. The bottle is double insulated, which means it can keep your water cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. My other UV-C bottle was not double insulated so I’m very happy about this.
The star of the show is of course the UV-C technology in the bottle cap. There are two modes of cleaning, a regular cleaning that takes a minute to complete and the adventure mode that cleans the bottle for three minutes. The bottle also regularly runs self-cleaning cycles every two hours. The battery can last up to 1 month according to Larq, though I have not tested the bottle for that long and I always charge the bottle once every couple of days.
It uses micro USB cable to recharge the bottle cap, which you have to supply on your own. I would’ve liked it more if a cable was supplied considering how premium the bottle is. I’m not a fan of micro USB, either, which I found it to be less robust than USB C. In fact, these days I would expect USB C to be the norm.
While the bottle is cleaned by using UVC, the inner side of the cap needs to be cleaned regularly by hands.
Overall, this is a great bottle that uses high tech to give you added security of drinking clean tap water free from germs. Be mindful that it does not filter the water from harmful chemical or metal contaminants such as lead.
Ive been taking this water bottle with me to work for the last 4 days and I love it. Larq claims that this bottle cleans itself with the UV light, so I haven't washed it with soap and water yet. I trust it is doing a great job at keeping my bottle and water clean because it doesn't have that funky smell that a water bottle typically gets after a whole day or two of use. My water tastes great even after 4 days of repeated use. Water stays cold in it for hours! I work outside in hot and humid weather and my water stays cold til the last sip! The box includes a small manual that explains how to use the UV light, and a micro usb charging cable. I charged it fully the day I opened it and I haven't had to re charge it yet. The UV light will self clean the bottle and water every 2 hours, or you can manually start the cleaning process when you refill the bottle or at the end of the day before you turn it off for the night. The manual doesn't really provide clear instructions on whether or not you should clean the bottle with soap and water so I just let the UV light clean the bottle without water in it at the end of the day. My only complaint about the bottle is that I wish it had some type of optional carrying handle. It's not a deal breaker, but since I carry this thing with me literally everywhere, I would be really nice to have some type of handle for transport. Anyway.. I would definitely recommend this water bottle to anyone who loves to sip on water throughout the day everyday. They say your typical office water cooler / dispenser can gather all types of bacteria. I trust this bottle will provide an extra safety measure in providing safe and clean drinking water, all while preventing more plastic from polluting our planet!
Pros: UV light cleans your bottle and water!
Water stays very cold, clean and refreshing!
Perfect size for all day carry
Battery stays charged for days
Cons: No optional carrying handle provided
I love drinking cold water, but nothing beats clean water. I discovered this water bottle in my store and had to check it out from @LiveLARQ . Just like how people are sanitizing their phones, this bottle uses UV-C LED to clean and sanitized water from anywhere. If you forget to press the button to clean it, it will self activated every two hours. It takes only one minute to cleanse your water. Adventure mode will allow you to drink water from any source, especially useful if you do camping or hiking a lot. This is an environmentally way to drink water, instead of wasting garbage with plastic water bottles. Since it’s double insulated, it will keep water cold for 24 hours. LARQ also donates one percent of proceeds to “1% for the Planet”. They offer two different sizes, seventeen oz or twenty five oz and variety of colors. I went with Monaco Blue to match with my iPhone 12 Pro Max. @LiveLARQ @BestBuy @1PercentFTP
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As one who’s main beverage throughout the day is water, I loved the idea of this bottle and had to have it. Build quality is very solid and overall appearance is clean.
Not much to write in regards to operation as it simply requires you to charge the cap with the provided USB wire and once charged, fill the bottle and hit the button on top and the cap will do the rest.
Overall, this is a great bottle and I plan on purchasing a second one for my wife.
I was curious about the LARQ technology and its claims especially after watching the segment from Shark Tank. It looked like a great idea and generally high premium upgrades of a generic product can sometimes warrant their high cost due to cool features or technology. Unfortunately, the LARQ bottle does not warrant its cost and to me it is just an overpriced gimmick.
The construction of the bottle is A+. It is high quality, feels premium, and is built to last. The cap, which has all the technology, has a pretty LED and a very easy-to-press button, extremely premium construction and build quality. No complaints here. The design is also very nice. Very pretty, sleek. Also an A+. The thermos functionality is A+. Hard to get the thermos functionality wrong with the correct engineers. It keeps drinks colder for long periods of time (much longer than any conventional water bottle).
But, of course, people aren’t buying this bottle for its looks or its functionality as a thermos. It is all about the UV light claims and getting a bottle that gives you “better” water to drink. Does this functionality work? It is very doubtful. If all you do in life is drink water from a tap, this bottle definitely has no utility. Outside of Flint, Michigan you will be hard pressed to find tap water you can’t drink that needs to be treated. Most cities have strict requirements on water quality. In Northern VA (where I am), after the Chlorine scare from several years back, the area instituted some hardcore limits making its water some of the best in the country. I did a blind taste and smell test with water from the tap among 7 people, myself included. 3 people, myself included, found the water treated by the LARQ bottle as better. The other 4 found the untreated water as better. My wife has always complained about how the water in our area has a noticeable metallic smell. She picked the untreated water as being better.
So if using the LARQ bottle for tap water has no utility, the question becomes “would you use the LARQ bottle to treat non-tap water?” The directions state that water has to be filtered, meaning you could use clear river water. Heck, even promo pictures on LARQ’s own website shows pictures of water from a river. To me, I would not trust the LARQ bottle to deliver clean drinkable non-tap water. If I was out in the wilderness with the LARQ bottle, before even thinking of putting foreign water in the bottle to treat it with UV light, I would be boiling it and treating it with some self-made charcoal filters which completely defeats the purpose of the bottle’s premium price. A couple years back I was on a remote beach where the water from the faucet was filtered (and clear) but non-potable. I can’t even imagine myself drinking that water with only the UV treatment from the LARQ bottle. The website has no actual studies backing up its abilities (beyond an third party test claimed on the website, and some pretty graphs showing it kills E-Coli with increased treatment time). All the website says is that it is “certifiably effective” with a logos of the FDA, FCC, CE, Harrens, and ROHA below it, which means nothing to me.
LARQ also says you can use the UV light to clean the bottle. I really don’t think UV light is enough to clean a bottle from most ailments that make a bottle dirty (saliva from a backwash, mold growth from inactivity, etc.). If you leave water stagnant long enough, it’ll develop mold (had it happen many times in my tea kettle). If that were to happen with my LARQ bottle, I’m using soap and water. Sorry.
It has no utility for clean tap water, I don’t trust it for non-tap water and I don’t trust the self-cleaning functionality. To me, the LARQ bottle is just an overpriced thermos. If a thermos is all I am getting, I can get an equally good (or better) thermos water bottle (like one I got for the house previously) for $20…with a straw no less! I, unfortunately cannot recommend the LARQ bottle.