We’re back after a successful campaign that launched the original Aquabot lid. Now we’ve made a number of improvements to the lid, designed a custom 750mL bottle and some very cool accessories.
We need your support again to make it happen.
Aquabot is a high pressure hydration spray bottle that combines hydration with a continuous spray for cooling and cleaning in a fun easy-to-use design. You can clean off, cool off, hydrate and have fun with mist, shower and stream patterns. You simply pump to charge it, select your spray pattern and press the trigger.
Aquabot makes your water more versatile and efficient. Think of it as portable running water for your pocket. You can use it for hundreds of applications. Best of all, you are just carrying your water bottle.
Tube is a new accessory that combines our technology with a hydration bladder to make water amazingly functional and convenient. If you have ever used a hydration bladder and hoped for a better solution, this is it.
Tube increases the functionality of the already amazing Aquabot by a factor of 3. Tube allows you to keep your bottle in your backpack, golf bag, baby stroller and cup holder. You still get all 3 spray patterns. It also has a magnet so you can snap it on and off for convenient access.
Insulation Suit is a stylish high quality neoprene bottle sleeve that protects and keeps your water colder or warmer longer. They also have a convenient durable finger loop.
750mL Bottles are the perfect size and shape bottle for Aquabot lids and made from BPA free Tritan material.
- No backwash ever.
- You can use it upside down.
- It has a variable flow trigger.
- You can select between stealth and pulse modes. Stealth mode is ideal for drinking and misting and makes the pressure last longer. Pulse mode shoots a little harder, pulses, makes a cool sound and uses less water.
- Multiple attachment points so you can attach lanyards and carabiners.
- Spare parts are available for less than a dollar.
- It’s BPA free.
- No batteries.
Aquabot with Tube benefits vs a hydration bladder.
- Aquabot is a bottle and can stand on its own like any water bottle. Hydration bladders do not naturally hold their form and need to be used with a backpack.
- You can easily swap the tube on and off depending on your needs which means you have the best water bottle and hydration bladder at all times.
- Cleaning and drying bladders are a pain. Rinsing out a bottle is not.
- You can spray soapy water through the tube to clean it out. Not an option for a bladder.
- Aquabot requires no sucking. Drinking from a bladder requires you to suck.
- Aquabots are useful for hydration, cooling, cleaning and having fun. Aquabots cost about the same as bladders which are just for hydration.
I was in Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula with my dad, brother and cousin. We stopped at a small outfitter to buy our fishing licenses and tackle. We asked the salesperson for some recommendations on fishing spots. He says, “The river will be so crowded you won’t have any fun. What you should do is go up to Lost Lake and fish for rainbow trout. You’ll have it all to yourself and it’s loaded with fish.” In hindsight, we should have recognized the advice for what it was, great for him for us to be out the way.
We had gear for car camping, but we weren’t really prepared for remote backpacking. But the help hooked us and sold an extra trail map too.
Before hitting the trail we stopped and picked up the required rations; bacon, scotch, eggs, scotch, coffee, scotch and cream. Real cream. That meant we lugged a cooler with ice strapped to cousin Joe’s backpack. Those cheap soft coolers leak by the way. No biggie. It’s only a 6 mile hike. It was closer to 10...uphill.
The scenery was amazing and at some point we were the only ones on the trail. Probably because we were packing bacon bear bait and no defense except a plastic rod case. But we all knew the secret if a bear comes. Just needed to be faster than the slowest guy.
We finally reached the lake and sure enough, it was majestic and we had it all to ourselves...except when a float plane landed 20 minutes after we had arrived. An hour later the plain departed. Seemed odd to all of us...until a storm rolled in with fog so thick you could only see a few feet. It was pretty awesome.
We made the decision to boil water even though the water was probably safe for drinking. It’s rarely worth the risk of getting sick from a parasite or virus. So not only did we not have running water, we had to boil it. It’s about this time that I was thinking something needs to work better. Water bottles are good for drinking, but they are not efficient for cleaning up dishes or your body. That meant we were spending too much time and fuel boiling water. I knew that pressurized water could be more efficient. Not wanting to carry another piece of gear on trips, I came up with the idea to pressurize my water bottle.
In case you’re wondering, we caught one trout between the 4 of us.
We started designing Tube, an accessory that allows Aquabots to replace hydration bladders, in 2015. The initial design and functionality unfolded spectacularly fast. We had 85% of the final design within 2 months. It seems simple enough when you look at the final version, but that’s a hallmark of great design.
There were multiple times when I thought it was done and then I would lay awake at night knowing it wasn’t going to live up to Lunatec’s expectations. You see, there were three little problems that kept nagging me and our solutions to the problems created new ones, but the engineer and I were out of ideas. His schedule often would get busy and so would mine. Plus I needed to keep growing and supporting the current products. Time drifted.
Finally, last year with the help of a 2nd engineer, we came up with solutions that made Tube worthy of becoming a Lunatec product. The changes were simple and without compromises to use, durability or aesthetics. Go time!
Lunatec was founded by Nick Rhea to make adventure more convenient by designing products that solve problems without creating new ones. You can get a sense of our design philosophy from our Lunatec logo.
Luna stands for space, the ultimate adventure. Tec stands for tech because people want their gear to be techy. Smash ’em together and you get something that sounds like lunatic. Yep, adventurous people are a little crazy. We also use a font that is a homage to NASA. The A in our logo can represent many things. To us it’s a tent, space capsule or the letter that refuses to conform.
That’s a lot for a logo and it embodies our approach to product design.
Shout out to our backers and Kickstarter
Thanks to 1800+ backers from our last Kickstarter campaign we were able to build Aquabots. They are now available in major retailers. It wouldn't have happened without your support.
We need your help to do it again. We need at least $30,000 to help pay for injection molds and inventory for the 750mL bottle and tube.
Let's do it again.
Risks and challenges
Our priority is that we deliver on our promises to our backers. That means manufacturing great products and delivering rewards in a timely manner. This is our 2nd Kickstarter and we better understand the manufacturing process and have established relationships with factories. That translates to a smooth process for everyone.
While it is possible we miss deadlines due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not sacrifice on quality.
Earth Tested. Crazy Approved.
- (41 days)