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ThirstBat is the only sports bat / beer bong you will ever need! Smash that homer, crush that 6, fill it up, and take one for the team!
ThirstBat is the only sports bat / beer bong you will ever need! Smash that homer, crush that 6, fill it up, and take one for the team!
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Batter’s up! Smash that home run or glorious six and your thirst with this epic backyard innovation. The ThirstBat is a fully functioning bat and drinking vessel that will transform your backyard, park or beach fun. Support us as we take ThirstBat global!

Introducing ThirstBat

Designed to bring the best out of your game, the ThirstBat is a fully functioning bat. Its sleek design, mirroring that of the real deal, is made of durable yet lightweight, food grade plastic. The ThirstBat also features a sturdy grip at the handle, enabling that perfect swing or cover drive. 

The ThirstBat is so more than just a bat - it's a drinking vessel, perfect for holding and consuming your favourite cold beverage. Simply crack open your beverage using the inbuilt bottle opener, and pour in your liquid goodness. The valve at the tip of the bat opens and closes to regulate the flow of the liquid. Position it to your mouth and smash that thirst! 

ThirstBat prototypes
ThirstBat prototypes

What sets ThirstBat apart is the custom designed valve, built in at the tip of the handle. With a simple twist to the left, the valve releases the liquid in a steady stream. Each bat also features a bottle opener. No teeth will be harmed in operating a ThirstBat!

The ThirstBat will be available in two formats. The slim barreled, baseball inspired ‘Chugger’ holds up to 30 fl.oz (900 mL) of your favourite beverage. The wider faced, cricket bat ‘Slogger’ holds up to 50 fl.oz (1500 mL). 

ThirstBat founders Torben Landl and Matt Taggart
ThirstBat founders Torben Landl and Matt Taggart

The guys behind ThirstBat

Torben is a classic kiwi innovator, intent on maxing life's enjoyment through the introduction of creative new products and services. His nine through five is dedicated to technical and manufacturing start-ups. Like all kiwis he is sport mad and enjoys nothing more than reflecting on a job well done with a cold beverage with friends.

Matt, hailing from the UK and who now calls New Zealand home, is a legend in the manufacturing and product design industry. He has enjoyed international success with his market leading Ozone Kites and impartial to a cold beverage and good times with mates, he brings the next level of enthusiasm to the ThirstBat team.

The initial concept

The concept of ThirstBat was dreamt up in anticipation of a friend's bachelor party. Two things are certain at a bachelor party – beer and healthy competition between mates – and product designer Torben wanted to bring these to the party in a new and novel way

The original ThirstBat was such a hit at the party that requests came in for its presence at other bachelor, university and summer parties. Good times are always had when a ThirstBat is involved, hence the will to share those good times with others all around the world. 

 

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Why we need your backing

The ThirstBat is injection and blow molded to ensure clear passage for your favourite cold beverage. We’ve produced a number of one off samples, and as you can see we have smashed those hard! However in order to scale up ThirstBat and achieve economies of scale, we need to invest in the tooling that shape the custom ThirstBat molds. We want to keep manufacturing costs at a level that enables an affordable retail price point for you. 

Any pledge you make will help contribute to the tooling investment, minimum run size requirements and to taking the ThirstBat global.  

Consumer testing

ThirstBat has undergone rigorous consumer testing. From the backyard in Raglan, rural New Zealand, to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, and everywhere in between, people have smashed runs and their thirst, downing ThirstBats at pace.

On one of ThirstBats many consumer testing missions, this time to AT&T Park, San Francisco, Torben and Matt met James. Here is what he had to say about the ThirstBat a.k.a. "heaven on earth".  

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 The fine print.           

At ThirstBat, we know how much fun can be had over a few beers. But we're also mindful of the risks - heavy drinking can lead to illness, injury, or something much worse.

When using ThirstBat, you must always take care to drink responsibly. Never drink more than you can handle, and always stay safe when you are under the influence of alcohol. We do not promote binge drinking in any way, shape or form.

All of our products are meant for recreational use and do not require the consumption of alcohol in order to function. A thirst can be suitably smashed with simply ice cold water or a sports drink! We are therefore in no way responsible for any over-consumption of alcohol while using ThirstBat. Anyone consuming alcohol with a ThirstBat does so with the understanding that he or she is solely responsible for the amount consumed, and does so at his or her own risk.

Also, don't ever consume spirits via a ThirstBat! The alcohol content of spirits is far higher than that of beer. There's a reason for why we don't call it a vodka bong!

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Risks and challenges

Every effort has been undertaken to ensure the ThirstBat will scale up and function effectively. The process of successfully scaling up a backyard innovation comes with some challenges, however these are considered minor and have been mitigated as per below.

1. Manufacturing - we have consulted some of the best blow and injection molding companies in the world to help us bring the ThirstBat to life and to you at an affordable price. We have deliberately chosen to manufacture our first batch of ThirstBats close to home in Hamilton, New Zealand. This way we can directly reside over the manufacturing process, undertake quality checks, and make any required amendments in process.

2. Design - we have worked with top notch design engineers to perfect the ThirstBat designs though an iterative process. We've produced a number of one off samples, and as mentioned, smashed those hard, refining the product as we go. We are confident that the design will deliver the desired functionality, both as a sports bat and a drinking vessel, and that it will look smashing too. Design patents and trademarks have been accepted or are under examination in the USA, UK / EU, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and India.

Transparency is key to the team at ThirstBat. If there's another potential issue you're wondering about, chances are, others are probably wondering it too! We'd appreciate it if you'd email any feedback / concerns to us at hello@thirstbat.com and we'll personally make sure a response gets to you.

If you would like to see ThirstBat transform backyards, park and beach fun around the world, as much as we would, then pick your reward level now and we look forward to making it happen with you.

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    Limited Edition ThirstBat Chugger

    ThirstBat Chugger Baseball Bat, take advantage of this SUPER Kickstarter special and have an ultimate time hydrating and playing ball with the crew with this special limited edition ThirstBat.

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    ThirstBat Slogger Cricket Bat, take advantage of this SUPER Kickstarter special and have an ultimate time hydrating and playing BYC this summer with the crew with this limited edition ThirstBat.

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    ThirstBat Chugger

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    ThirstBat Slogger Cricket Bat & Ball, take advantage of this Kickstarter special and have an ultimate time hydrating and playing BYC with the crew this summer.

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    ThirstBat Thirstfest

    ThirstBat Chugger Baseball Bat and ThirstBat Slogger Cricket Bat including a baseball and cricket ball. The ultimate in sports hydration, how awesome will you be turning up with these!

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    ThirstBat Thirstfest Chugger

    2xThirstBat Chuggers including baseballs. The ultimate in sports hydration, how awesome will you be turning up with these!

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    ThirstBat Thirstfest Slogger

    2xThirstBat Sloggers including cricket balls. The ultimate in sports hydration, how awesome will you be turning up with these for BYC this summer!

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    ThirstBat Party Starter

    5xThirstBats of your choice either the Chugger or the Slugger including balls or mix and match to get the best of both worlds you choose. Get that party started!

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    ThirstBat For Your Business

    10xThirstBats & Balls of either the Slogger or the Chugger with your own business or company's name and branding on it. Perfect for corporate gifts this Christmas for your loyal customers and suppliers.

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