Just like spending time in Australia, the BottleMate just makes things fun. The BottleMate looks like a cross between a fingernail clipper and fifteenth century torture device. Its purpose, however, is to access necessary liquid contained in otherwise locked up containers. Ok it’s a beer bottle opener. But it’s fun.
If you didn’t know what it was, and it didn’t have a logo on it, you wouldn’t know what it was.
Looking at its innards, you still might be baffled.
The basic idea is that pushing down on the device engages a spring-loaded claw that hooks on to the ridges of the bottle cap and releases some of the internal pressure of the contents of the bottle. Subsequently pulling up on the BottleMate releases the cap and, ingeniously, a magnet grabs the cap and the bottle is opened. Wait . . . doesn’t a John Wayne or ordinary bottle opener do the same thing? Yes, but they are not as fluid (no pun) as the BottleMate. But they are, of course, cheaper and less space conscious.
This thing is smooth and interesting but a bit pricey and bulky. It’s a trade-off. But I like it and this would make a great gift for mates that are aficionados of liquid refreshments. In fact, I think that the entire staff of The-Gadgeteer should be sent Down Under to perform further scientific research on this item. I would, for example, consider attaching a strong magnet to the outside of it so that the consumer could simply stow it on his or her refrigerator.