Probot Chiller: The World's First Five-Minute 6-Pack Chiller
Probot Chiller: The World's First Five-Minute 6-Pack Chiller
Chill up to 6 warm beverages at a time down to ice cold in under 5 minutes, and keep a constant supply of cold drinks coming!
Chill up to 6 warm beverages at a time down to ice cold in under 5 minutes, and keep a constant supply of cold drinks coming! Read more
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Probot Chiller is the Best Way to Chill Beverages
No more forgotten drinks exploding in the freezer. No more sitting around waiting for your fridge to cool your beverages. No more playing Fridge Tetris™ or trying to find room for everyone’s drinks in a packed fridge. Waiting for warm drinks to get cold takes way too long. So, don’t wait! Beers, sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, wine, champagne, or just about anything else—Probot can chill it all. Simply place your beverages of choice in the Probot, add ice and water, and press the button. The Probot’s patent-pending Vortex Flow™ technology will chill your drinks down to ice cold in under 5 minutes (wine in under 10 minutes). After that just take one out, put one in, and keep the cold drinks coming!
The Probot comes equipped with dual USB chargers for your electronics, as well as interior and exterior LED illumination so you can always find what you're looking for—even in the dark. The Probot is fully portable, packing a built-in rechargeable battery, and can also be plugged into a standard house outlet or a 12V DC car outlet.
Whether it's a backyard barbecue, a picnic, tailgating, fishing, golfing, or any other event—the Probot is the best way to supply you and your friends with ice-cold refreshments. Needless to say, the Probot Chiller quickly becomes the center of attention and the life of the party. Probot can hold its own at any gathering, serving up ice-cold refreshments to anyone who needs one, whenever they want one.
The Quest for Cold Drinks
Probot started with a hot summer day and warm beers. A friend came over with some IPAs he wanted to try, but like so many beers and other beverages, they were sold off the shelf and not refrigerated. Well, we like our drinks cold and feel we shouldn’t have to wait a long time to enjoy them, so we started searching for the best chilling method. We soon realized that there simply wasn’t a convenient, effective way to speed-chill multiple drinks… an unacceptable situation, if you ask us.
So, we applied our backgrounds in science, engineering, and design to find the best method to quickly chill our drinks. After thoroughly researching the existing options, we took the best beverage-chilling methods available and combined them into one convenient, portable, and, above all, practical device. Through many prototyping iterations and countless rounds of temperature testing, we settled on a design that enables you to continuously chill up to 6 drinks at a time from room temperature (or warmer) down to ice cold in less than 5 minutes. We call it the Probot.
The Science Behind the Probot
The Probot uses a compact, insulated ice bath combined with convective circulation to maximize the chilling process. The working fluid (freezing cold water) is continuously circulated around the surface of the drink containers. The water that’s in contact with the drinks rapidly draws heat out and then quickly moves on to be recirculated and re-chilled in the ice bath. Probot's internal structure and patent-pending Vortex Flow™ technology ensures maximum flow around the surface of each drink, resulting in superior cooling efficiency and extremely fast chilling.
While we have extensive experience with engineering and product development on our team, we believe that partnering with dedicated experts and professional designers is the best way to make the Probot the most awesome chiller possible.
The product development group we have been working with has designed and produced top-quality products for Fortune 500 companies, and is well-positioned to assist with manufacturing, quality control, and distribution.
We’re ready to bring the Probot to market—we just need your help to make it happen! Any pledge amount is greatly appreciated and brings us one step closer to our goal. The more funds we raise, the more cool features we can add. Help us bring the world’s first and only portable 5-minute 6-pack drink chiller to market and to your doorstep by backing our project and sharing this page.
We would like to thank Mark Laliberte for his amazing work on the Probot prototype, John Holleman for his impeccably professional creative work on the video and graphics, and all of the other folks who have gone above and beyond to make this possible.
Risks and challenges
Our goal is to create and deliver, in a timely manner, quality high-speed beverage chillers that last as long as there are cold drinks to be had and good times to be shared. Any goal worth pursuing comes with potential risks and challenges. Those we see ahead of us are the following:
MANUFACTURING: Creating a large number of quality chillers in a timely manner is challenging and requires expert knowledge in design, engineering, and manufacturing. To address this challenge, we are working with manufacturing partners who have a track record for precision craftsmanship and prompt delivery. Our partners have a network of hundreds of experienced suppliers worldwide, and are able to efficiently develop and deliver an enormous quantity of well-made products.
FULFILLMENT: Sometimes unexpected circumstances cause delays: a hurricane makes landfall, a machine malfunctions, a part is placed on backorder. We are prepared to minimize delays by having our manufacturing partners begin production as early as possible while we work together to diligently track and troubleshoot (as needed) all progress. There will likely be improvements made to the Probot once it is in the hands of our expert designers. We are dedicated to keeping the communication lines with you open and will inform you promptly of any and all setbacks (as well as improvements!).
QUALITY CONTROL: It is important to us that you get a quality chiller that lasts you as long as possible. To ensure quality, we have in place a group of experts in quality control that will run tests during manufacturing to identify and fix any potential defects in the product. After manufacturing, we are prepared to offer excellent customer service to resolve any potential issues that might arise. We will do so by thoroughly evaluating the cause of the problem and repairing the faulty unit or replacing it with a new, reliable one.
We are a well-rounded team of engineers, scientists, inventors, and businesspeople who are working closely with expert designers and manufacturers. Together, we are prepared for the risks and challenges that come with executing a great idea from start to finish. Please click the green button to donate now, share our page, and help bring the world a better way to chill.
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