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Self-filling water bottle uses light and air

02 March 2017

The Fontus Airo and Ryde cleverly creates water out of light and air so you never have to worry about running out while you’re walking, riding or camping!

Fontus Ryde (Credit: Fontus)

If you are an adventurer, you know the anxiety that comes with running out of water in the middle of a tour, the last thing you want is dehydration when you are miles away from home.

Fontus is a self-filling water bottle that allows you to plan your adventures without having to worry about heavy water loads or where to find the next river or petrol station to get your water supply.

Two different bottles are available; the Fontus Airo is a standalone unit and the Fontus Ryde is made for bicycles. 

Fontus Airo

This water bottle will refill itself while you are walking, sailing, climbing or camping. Simply clip it to your backpack and allow it to fill whilst you’re in motion or sitting around a campfire. 

There is no need to worry any more about heavy water loads, plastic bottle waste or where to find the next river to fill up your bottle and get your daily water supply.

This device was designed to capture the moisture contented in the air, condense it and store it as safe drinking water.

A small fan draws the air from the surrounding environment, runs it through a special filter and presses it into the condensation chambers. A series of small coolers bring the moisture contained in the air to condense on special surfaces. The resultant liquid water then drops into the bottle´s main body and is stored. 

Should you have concerns about still or stilled water, the lower section of the bottle is designed to carry little capsules, which dissolved in the harvested water, initiate a process of re-mineralisation. This process makes it possible to produce fresh mineral water and give your body everything it needs.

Specifications:

• Light: Forget about carrying heavy water loads!

• Friendly: One water bottle rather than many disposable plastic bottles

• Charge your phone: USB connection on the solar mat 

• Smart: Use what nature gives you

• Freedom: No need to plan your tour around water resources

• Capacity: Holds up to 0.8L

Fontus Airo (Credit: Fontus)

• Simple Design: Compact, comfortable, small and easy design

• Price: £204

Fontus Ryde

This is a self-filling bottle designed to fit onto bikes and will refill itself whilst you are riding. Its adapted design fits the ergonomics of your bike adopting the shape of a bottle holder.

The air stream you generate while riding is used here in place of a fan to press large amounts of air into the chambers without needing extra energy sources. It also supports the performance of small coolers at the heart of the device. 

The air first runs through a special filter and is then pressed into the condensation chambers. The air is then condensed across a complex cooling subassembly. A series of small coolers powered by solar panels, attached at the sides, bring the moisture contained in the turbulent air to condense on special surfaces. Liquid water then drops into the bottle´s main body and is stored. This water can then be re-mineralised using special capsules in the same process as the Fontus Airo.

Specifications:

• Portable: Easily fits in your backpack

• Friendly: One water bottle rather than many disposable plastic bottles

• Green: Uses solar power 

• Smart: Use what nature gives you

• Freedom: No need to plan your tour around water resources

• Simple Design: Compact, comfortable, small and easy design

• Price: £183

The efficiency of the Fontus bottles depends mainly upon the relative humidity of the air and the temperature. The higher the humidity and the temperature, the faster will the bottles fill up.

The Fontus products are both patent pending and featured on the campaign website Indiegogo. For more information click here. 


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