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Your Guide To Buying a Collapsible Cup

Wealers Collapsible Cup Light My Fire Collapsible Cup MTR Collapsible Cup
Yehuda Posnick

When traveling or camping, you want to travel compactly. You’ll want to have all the gear that you need, and store it in the smallest amount of space. You’ll certainly need to drink at some point, and you’ll need some kind of utensil from which to drink. A collapsible cup is a convenient device—some collapse so small, they can fit in your pocket. They come out creating a lot less waste than disposable paper or plastic cups—which is also a consideration when camping. Collapsible cups come in a variety of materials and sizes, and it’s good to know what type is best for your needs. Here is a guide to some of the best collapsible cups on the market.

Collapsible Cup Types

  • Plastic Collapsible Cups: These are typically made from hard plastic concentric rings, that open up telescopically. Plastics tend to be more fragile, though.

  • Silicon Collapsible Cups: There are cups made from soft silicon, that can be collapsed and folded, or rolled up. The Nomader Collapsible Sports Bottle uses this design. It consists of a single piece of silicone. The Wealer’s Collapsible Travel Mug is also from silicone, but also uses the concentric rings design.

  • Metal Collapsible Cups: These are typically from stainless steel. They also are concentric rings, each one of a slightly larger diameter than the lower one.

What People Are Saying

Based on all the consumers’ reviews we’ve scanned, these are the top things they mentioned about their new stuff:

  • Good for people who take medication: People who have to take medication 3 or 4 times a day find that a collapsible cup is very handy. They have to take their medicine with water, and always have a drinking cup ready on hand. The Not Just a Gadget cup even has a small container attached to their cup, to hold any pills that you must have over the day.

  • Danger of collapsing while full: Some recommend holding the concentric ring-type cup by the uppermost ring, to make sure that it stays expanded. There is always the risk that the cup will collapse when agitated, so use it with caution.

  • Not a replacement for a regular cup: Don’t rely on a collapsible cup like a regular cup—there always is the risk that it’ll collapse while it’s full. Don’t set it down while full on a table while full. It’s best to just expand the cup, fill it, and drink immediately.

  • Not great for sugary drinks: Since some residue of the drink will remain in the cup, it’s better not to use it for sugary drinks. They’ll make the cup become sticky when it dries out.

Useful Tips for Shoppers

  • Capacity and size: The Light My Fire collapsible cup can hold 260 ml of liquid. They also make a pack-up bottle that holds 700 ml. Their collapsible cup folds into two pieces, whereas their bottle contracts into three pieces. Wuudi sells a set of collapsible cups, in three sizes: 60 ml, 150 ml, and 250 ml.

  • Dishwasher safe: Most collapsible cups are dishwasher safe. That won’t help when camping, but it’s good to know if you take it with you when commuting, and bring it home in the evening.

  • Watertight lid: Some cups have a tight-fitting lid—so tight, in fact, that you can tip the cup over and it won’t spill. The lid is also useful in that it keeps insects and dirt out of the drink. Other designs also have an insulating lid, to keep drinks hot or cold for a while.

  • Key chain: Some cups also have a key chain attachment, which allows you to hang it only a loop on your pants.

  • Hot drinks: Since heat makes metal expand considerably, it’s not recommended to use the cups for hot drinks. They might not hold water properly if used for hot water.

Top Brands

Not Just a Gadget—are makers of a number of travel products and outdoor gear and gadgets: collapsible travel cups, travel mugs, and steel drinking cups.

Light My Firewas founded in 1995 by Michael Odqvist, and are located in Malmo, Sweden. His first product was in making fire starting equipment for outdoors people. They started making an entire line of outdoors products, including sporks (a combination of spoon and fork), collapsible cups, mess kits, and other accessories that are practical in the home as well.

Nomaderare makers of a collapsible water bottle which seals extra tight.The bottle has a thick, soft silicone body which can be flattened and rolled up when the bottle is empty. When you want to fill it, you lower a rigid insulated sleeve that maintains the bottle’s shape.

MTRare makers of a stainless steel, collapsible pocket cup. They make a number of other such home and kitchen items.

Wealers—is a outdoor leisure products company. They make stove kits and cooking utensils, shower bags, pots and pans, fishing equipment, collapsible cups, and more.

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