Wednesday, 22 June 2022

ICEY - Next Level Frozen Drinks

 Well, this is one overdue, VERY overdue but now the weather is getting more summer, it feels like now is the time to finally review this of the second crowdfunded project I've ever invested in and actually the second that's ever been fulfilled since the 3rd turns out it was a scam. . So we finally get to have a look at ICEY and see what it can do, this might not cover the long time use of this of the advert for it, but it can see what the instructions say for 1 hour of use. Costing me $45 aka £32.29 back in Jan 2021. Things will see how they go in the end. 

The Packaging. 

This was actually in a very basic box of orange and white, which gives the tone of the logo and also represents the summer and the orange might represent that. But not much imaging or other notes to make of. Even the small print was not very much shown, but crowdfunded items are a bit like that really.

The front of the box 

the Top of the box 

One of the sides of the box 

The left side of the box 

The right side of the box 

the bottom of the box 

Which gives it the tone for a small approach or minimal advertising.  When it comes to inside the box, it's very basic, with the Foam and the box. Then it shows the contents of what is to be done such as the icey itself and the manual. 

The Contents: Icey

So this is a look at the machine, which is a glass jar with a plastic top and the silicone in blue as well as how it looks with the plastic blades. the Batter compartment is always the nice part but has a tricky section to it since it can easily fall inside the holes for the battery, which yes it takes 2 AA but at the same time, especially as it does not come with batteries but it also seems like it can be hard for them to place inside. 

The Icey with the glass and the machine itself 

A look at it from the other side with the max line  

The blades and the silicone 

A look at the battery compartment when closed 

The top of the icey with the button 

Removing the Battery cap

The battery cap

The holes for use of AA battery

The Silicone can be a bit of a struggle to put on and make sure it's nice and tight.  which is the vital part to make sure it does not leak when in the jar. 

The contents: The Manual

Actually, this has its good clear stance for how ther documentation is presented, since it is a small manual but it is clearly typed out in a nice format with not too much small text and some nice diagrams and also has the modern logo design for the front and the back. 

The front of the manual 

Contents and the disclaimer 

The safety instructions are very clear and some interesting points made for sure 

The more the safety section 

How to use icey for the first time 

The back of the manual 

The Preparation: 

The Batteries to fit and operate: 

So this actually is the maybe hardest bit of setting it up to get the batteries in as well as seeing how it spins. The battery flap is the hard one to fit inside and eventually, the batteries were in as well as the flap so it was ready to spin. 

The batteries in the ICEY

The Jar is to be rinsed and drink made. 

So this is the easy part, to make sure it can be ready to drink from. As the instruction says, to rinse the jar out since its still from the packaging from the shipment from china back in 2021 which can indicate virus risk. So we end up getting it rinses in the tap and then it was a drink made of 

  • PEach Sparkling Water 
  • Green Apple Gfuel
  • Raspberry Vitamin C tablet 
  • Lemonade Diet
Which was then made and ready for the ICEY to be attempted to be firmly placed on it. Then it was a bit of a push for the icey to be capped in and ready to the freezer

The Drink ready

Ready for the Freezer

The Preparations: Freeze

Wel,l it was then pressed to turn on and then placed in the freeze for the next hour while I went for a dogwalk, which gives about 1 hour or so to see how cool it gets, it was placed upright so it had less chance of leaking. 

The freezer with ICEY is shown in there 

The Preparation: Time to check on it, 

So exactly 1 hour later, it was time to see if it was made to slush or if it just kept cool, but it ended up very cold and chilled but not frozen. So it will need a longer time for it to happen. 

The End result 

On the table ready for a glass 

The Taste Test: 

Well it was then time to pop it from Icey to the glass and it did not leak, so that's a bonus, it's a special glass that does not crack when frozen apparently. So for the hour, it was safe at least, and then when poured in and it was nice and chilled, like no rush for it.  I think it will need to be a fair few hours for the ice to freeze and then it will feel like a better slush maker.

The Conclusion: 

So let's be honest, this is one of these niche possible ideas and actually, it is done in a better way than some of the Slush puppies makers. The delay for it imported can take its time, but once it's out of kickstarted/Indiegogo stage, shipments will be easier for it to be there. All in all 

omracer's Rating: 7/10

The good points: 

  • A simple way to make cold drinks
  • An interesting concept
  • Easy to create your own drinks
  • Battery-powered 
  • Clear instructions 

The Bad Points: 

  • Hard to source yourself, 
  • Can be expensive since of the concept
  • The battery connector can be hard to fit 
  • The Silicone gets loose

And that sorts that, another crowdfunded project reviewers and it was overdue but ideal for the summer weeks and days ahead in all honest, sure things might end up getting out of control, some good and some big scary changes but some reviews I'll try to keep going with then over the time.