Dometic Marine’s Eskimo Cup has received the 2015 John ‘Walkabout’ Sisson Innovation Award from the IBBI, the Independent Boat Builders Incorporated.
Formerly known as the Dometic Cup Cooler, the Dometic Eskimo Cup is a new product for the 2015 boating season and is the industry’s first thermoelectric cup holder for boats. It keeps drinks refrigerator-cold and can replace most standard cup holders onboard pleasure or workboats.
The Sisson Innovation Award rewards suppliers for their innovative thinking and highlights new products that drive the marine industry forward.
“Our members voted amongst several new products during our meeting earlier this month. We had great entries this year, but Dometic’s Eskimo Cup really captured the innovative thinking that we look for to honour John Sisson,” said IBBI President Tom Broy.
The Dometic Eskimo Cup brings a new element of luxury and comfort onboard, keeping drinks cold even on the hottest days. A soft drink or beer may be cold enough when it has just been taken out of a cool box, but will soon start warming up. Now, for the first time in the history of boating, your beverage will actually get colder as you drink it.
“When we developed the technology for the Eskimo Cup, we had a singular mission: To invent a cost-effective, easy-to-install device that would keep drinks cold without the need for ice or a cooler,” said Bill Liptak, Dometic product engineer and inventor of the Eskimo Cup. “Boaters can easily and affordably replace their standard 4-inch cup holders with Eskimo Cups. We are delighted to announce to boaters that with this new thermoelectric cup holder, they never need to drink warm beer or soda again.”
Designed as a marine-tough, open-top thermoelectric cylinder that replaces nearly any existing standard 102mm (4 inch) cup holder, the Eskimo Cup is large enough to fit a 591ml (20 ounce) water or soft drink bottle, and also accommodates a standard-size beer or soft drink can. A specially angled bottom insert keeps bottles or cans of any size in constant physical contact with the sidewall thermoelectric cooling element.
The Eskimo Cup is designed for flush-mounting into decks of various thicknesses. A polished marine-quality 316 stainless steel trim ring finishes the surface installation and is accented with two blue LED interior lights. The aluminium interior has a marine-friendly corrosion-resistant, non-stick surface for easy cleaning. A built-in drain eliminates condensation, rain and water splashes.
Powered by the house battery, control of all the boat’s Eskimo Cups can be managed with a single switch or set up with zone switching. Each unit includes a low-voltage cut off to avoid a dead battery, a high-voltage cut off to prevent damage to the unit, a high-heat cut off and an in-line fuse.
To view a video on the Eskimo Cup, go to https://youtu.be/kl_YMG_E5qc.