Finance This: Fontus, the Water Bottle Filling Alone

It seems like magic: humidity and solar energy make the most of the work


No, you did not read it wrong. A campaign on Indiegogo promises to offer a bottle of water that fills alone, fueled by air and sunlight. Christened Fontus, the bottle was made ​​thinking of “adventurers”, that is, who walks very bike (and even makes tracks), and those who practice climbing and leaves much to camp.

These are people who are long away from renewable water sources and need to stay hydrated. The problem is that you can not always take many gallons of water in the back.

This approach makes sense, since not everyone who spends the day in urban areas is days without access to safe drinking water (except for areas in drought). The company has the adventurous audience in mind, allowing them to “plan their adventures without having to worry about carrying heavy loads of water.”

Fontus Airo & Fontus Ryde

There are two main models being offered. The Fontus Ryde , which works with the movement of the bike (with solar energy) to “generate” water into the bottle. They also sell Fontus Guillemot , which can be carried in a backpack, but needs to be coupled to a solar carpet involves the bottle for use.

As you can imagine, the Airo version offers better who will venture in general, is making walking trail, sailing, climbing or even camping. It also functions attached to a backpack.Note that a USB cable is connected to the bottle and go to the mat, which is stretched to receive more sunlight.

Yeah, but like magic work? The principle of the two bottles is basically the same, but the implementation is a little different. In the case of  Fontus Airo , it captures the moisture contained in the air particles, is a condensation process and stores this condensed water, which is now ready to drink.

But it needs energy to function, then it is necessary to extend the carpet, which is flexible to capture solar energy and transfer to the bottle itself. There is a small fan on the bottle to pull the ambient air and take it to the condensation area. In this way, there is also a special filter to ensure that the water is healthy for consumption.

In this area of ​​the bottle, there are still small coolers that cool the air and make it moisture is condensed in special surfaces. Later, the remains of the drip absorption in the bottom of the bottle and is ready for consumption. The Fontus Airo has 800 ml capacity.

Of course, this water will taste like distilled water (although not properly distilled), not the bottled water we buy there. With that in mind, they still created a compartment beneath the bottle to house small capsules to remineralize the water, making it healthier for the human body needs.

In the case of  Fontus Ryde , the operation is almost the same, only coupled to the bicycle. So you do not need a USB cable or a rug aside to feed the bottle. The support of this model is already attached to your bike, you thought to find a full bottle soon after a tiring track.

Another difference is that here there is no fan, since the wind generated by the moving bicycle is already sufficient to cause the moist air to be absorbed into the condensation chamber. As in Guillemot version, it passes through a filter and then goes into the condensing chambers and at the end of the process enters the bottle.

But Does That Really Work?

You do not know exactly how efficient the Fontus. But according to the founders of the project, this technique to get water for the humidity has been practiced for over 2000 years. According to them, the Earth’s atmosphere contains more than 13,000 cubic kilometers of fresh water not exploited.

“We already know the basics about getting water from the atmosphere: when we took a soda from the fridge in the summer and small drops form around, making us stay with even more thirsty,” compares the description of the campaign. This lower temperature on the refrigerant canister causes water in the atmosphere condenses.

They further state that, when condensed water loses all other components combined.Besides minerals, the liquid is also without bacteria and dust. To ensure purity, the two models of Fontus, water still passes through a filter to be extremely clean.

Besides being a good alternative for those who like to venture out, that special bottle can also be useful in places where there is high humidity but little water in the soil.Much of Africa is so. The map below shows the efficiency of Fontus in the warmer seasons of the year:

As much as the idea is very good, the bottle is not completely ready for use. So far, they tested the basic principles of technology only in monitored conditions. When the campaign ends, the founders intend to enter into a higher stage of development, leaving the Fontus more efficient.

And by the way they will get what they want, it depends on the money. The campaign has raised over $ 230,000, which is 769% (!) Of the $ 30,000 that the founders needed.More than 988 people who supported the project, and still a month to finish the campaign.

If all goes well, the Fondus plans to start delivering the two bottles in a year, in April 2017. The prices are relatively high: the Fontus Ryde is sold promotionally for $ 165, with original price of US $ 225. The Airo version is even more expensive, costing $ 250. If you take your adventures too seriously, you can pay $ 450 for the two models. They do not include shipping, but the bottles can be sent around the world.

Why is it legal?  Because they developed a very nice system to “generate” water wherever there is moisture and a good sunlight. It’s an interesting idea because there are places that not imagine that can provide drinking water, and Fontus takes this potential to the fullest.

Why is it innovative?  It ‘s like magic! The Fontus Ryde has one of the most creative runs, because it uses the wind created by the bike movement to generate water. So at the end of the race, the rider already has drinking water to quench your thirst. The Airo version is also very nice for those who go camping. Overall, the strategy of “you do not need to carry loads d’too heavy water” is very clever.

Why is cutting edge?  Why use coolers and fans to catch the moist air and condense it to get drinking water. It is not a new tactic, but only to combine this whole system in a bottle and available to an adventurous audience, I’m sure there is a market to explore.

Worth the investment?  I’ll answer what I always speak here: it depends. For an ordinary person who has easy access to water most of the day and does not come to camp or something, of course not. But for those who practice many extreme sports and hates lugging gallons of water on the back along the way, it is a good one. However, with the dollar in the highest, there is no one be afraid to pay almost R $ 900 on a bottle ….