Brando's cup warmer could save your tongue

Its LCD monitors the temperature.


Making sport of Hong Kong-based Brando is something of a popular pastime here at Crave (can you blame us ?), but we should give the company its due respect in the latest of its wares. Unlike so many other of its products, its USB cup warmer actually incorporates some useful functions and doesn't look like it came free with a 12-pack of Charmin.

In addition to heating your chai latte, it has a USB hub that includes four ports and even has a small LCD clock that indicates the temperature. That could be either good or bad, depending on your point of view: While it can help avoid scalded tongues, it probably diminishes the chance of successful beverage litigation.

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