Perfect Tea Thermoses That Won’t Leak All Over Your Bag – The Phoblographer
by Chris Gampat for The Phoblographer.
These Thermoses Won’t Leak All Over Your Photographer’s Camera Bag
When you’re a photographer that travels or is always between places, your thermos is pretty much standard… The Tea Spot Voyager is probably my most used of all the thermoses on this list.
In all my years of traveling for work as a journalist, I’ve encountered a number of pretty awful and pretty great beverages–but sometimes all I want is a massive lot of it in my own thermos. Personally, I’m part of two tea clubs and collect teas of many different varieties. I trade with friends, gift some of it, etc. And when I’m out and about in the summer, nothing is better than some of the freshly made iced tea that I make at home still nice and cold within said thermos. The same goes for my favorite blend of chai. So over the past few months, I decided to spend more money than a sane man should on thermoses and figure out which ones are best for photographers. Most importantly, which ones won’t leak all over your camera bag.
This testing means that yes, indeed there were some thermoses that leaked all over my bags, my hands, my coat, etc. I bought all these thermoses after obsessively researching for functional yet fashionable thermoses that can also withstand the abuses that are often thrown at camera gear. And in my travels, these were my favorites.
Standout Feature: The lid that allows you to drink with the press of a button.
The Tea Spot Voyager is probably my most used of all the thermoses on this list. It combines portability with security and the ability to make the drinking experience really simple. The Voyager keeps liquids hot for maybe around 8 hours if you need, and also has a tea steeper if you feel you need one while on the go. But the best thing about it is the ingenious design of the lid. On top of the lid is a little button that you press to let the liquid flow through the spout and into your mouth. Providing that you don’t fill the liquid all the way to the top and instead fill to just below the indents for the female part of the screw on lid, the Voyager won’t spill a drop. However, when you first press the button down, there will be a lot of air pressure if there is hot liquid inside. So it will come out with a bit of a splash.
The nice thing about the Voyager is that the spout ensures that you don’t drink too fast. So you keep the liquid around for a pretty long time while out on location.