Apple sells water bottle for 85 euros

Apple is known for charging horrendous prices even for accessories that are actually inexpensive. The latest coup of the hardware manufacturer from Cupertino is now a drinking bottle for just under 85 Euros. What this unusual offer is all about is explained by atechbook.

A water bottle is definitely not one of the typical gadgets you would expect to find in Apple’s online store. However, the Apple water bottle from the third-party manufacturer HidrateSpark can do a bit more than just keep soft drinks cool for the price mentioned. Above all, it is supposed to support the health functions of the Apple Watch or iPhone as a useful accessory. We took a closer look at exactly how it works and whether it is worth buying.

Apple water bottle
The water bottle in the Apple online store Photo: atechbook via Apple

HidrateSpark STEEL exclusively at Apple

The “HidrateSpark STEEL” is a vacuum-insulated stainless steel bottle that keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours. It is available in black as well as silver and holds 620 milliliters, which seems unusual. A smart LED sensor puck lights up to remind you to drink, and tracks water intake by syncing via Bluetooth with the HidrateSpark app. The HidrateSpark STEEL package includes both a regular lid and a drinking straw lid. Throughout the day, the HidrateSpark STEEL calculates and constantly adjusts the personal hydration goal, taking into account body and activity.

Compatible with Apple devices

The sensor puck tracks how many milliliters you drink and then records it via the app on your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. On the devices themselves, the drink bottle then works in conjunction with Apple Health. This is how the free HidrateSpark app syncs with the bottle. After creating the mandatory user account, you can then create an individual fluid target (e.g. daily drinking amount) via Apple Health, among other things. The actual fluid intake is then measured by the bottle and sent back to Apple Health. The data is processed there and can also be manually adjusted later, for example, if drinks from other containers have to be added.

Connection via Bluetooth

The data connection works via Bluetooth. There is an illuminated ring at the bottom of the bottle to remind you to drink regularly throughout the day. Among other things, different light patterns can be set here. This works with a rechargeable battery as well as an associated quick-charging cable. The bottle itself is made of vacuum-insulated stainless steel and is supposed to keep drinks cool for up to 24 hours. Also included is a carrying strap as well as two lids, including one for use with drinking straws.

Is the Apple drinking bottle worth it?

Ultimately, the water bottle serves two main functions. On the one hand, it can be used to keep drinks cool on the go for a longer period of time, and on the other hand, it reminds you to drink and sends the daily drinking amount to Apple devices or the Health app via Bluetooth. In principle, it is a nice toy, but from our point of view, it is not really useful. Stainless steel bottles that keep drinks cool on the go can be purchased online for less than ten euros. In the end, you mainly pay for the data function and of course, as so often, for the fact that it is an Apple product from the company’s online store.

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However, there are people who have to watch their daily drinking amount due to chronic diseases. In such cases, the HidrateSpark STEEL could be useful. However, you could also use an alternative smartphone app for reminder routines in such cases. All in all, the 85 Euros definitely seem excessive to us. However, the price might drop over time, and it is also worth keeping an eye on other online stores or price comparison portals like Local Apple retailers occasionally have original accessories on offer, but the bottle is currently not available.