Tech Tools 16-Ounce Temperature Controlled Heated Smart Travel Mug

Last updated date: October 7, 2021

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8.4

Tech Tools 16-Ounce Temperature Controlled Heated Smart Travel Mug

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We looked at the top Temperature Controlled Mugs and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Temperature Controlled Mug you should buy.

Update as August 20, 2021:
Checkout The Best Temperature Controlled Mug for a detailed review of all the top temperature controlled mugs.

Overall Take

This spill-resistant temperature-controlled mug plugs right into your vehicle’s 12-volt power outlet to keep your beverage at an ideal temperature. An easy-to-use and read analog indicator and control panel allows you to set the mug’s heat to anything between 85 and one 160 degrees Fahrenheit.


In our analysis of 22 expert reviews, the Tech Tools Heated Smart Travel Mug With Temperature Control placed 4th when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

PLEASE NOTE: the smart mug is intended to keep your beverage warm at your desired temperature and to heat up lukewarm drinks, but won't boil cold drinks. PLUGS INTO YOUR CAR CHARGER Take this self heating travel mug along with you anywhere and use the 12 volt charger in your car to keep it warm to and from work, school and other locations. HELPFUL ANALOG INDICATOR With this travel mug, heat levels will be indicated on the nifty analog indicator. NON-SLIP RUBBER BASE Don't worry about this heated coffee travel mug getting knocked over on the desk or in the car; it has a rubber base designed to keep it upright. 12V Auto adapter included / Recommended For Auto use only.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.1
3 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.0
1,496 user reviews

What experts liked

The heating element is powered by your car’s 12 volt port, although if you really love the experience and want to use the mug in your office you can always purchase a socket adapter. It’s got a simple interface, heats your coffee as advertised, and maybe (just maybe) might even work as a bludgeon if you’re in a tight spot.
- Review Geek
The mug offers a temperature range between 85 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit, which is ideal for keeping a beverage warm or hot.
- The Smart Homer

What experts didn't like

An Overview On Temperature Controlled Mugs

Many of us love a hot cup of coffee or tea, but it often cools too quickly, or it’s too hot to drink straight away. There are a number of options available for keeping a mug of coffee or tea at the perfect drinking temperature, including passive heat-retaining mugs and active temperature-controlling mugs.

Heat-retaining mugs are different from temperature-controlling mugs, but often achieve the same goal. The primary difference in effectiveness is how frequently you plan to top off your mug over the course of the day.

If you plan to slowly work on a cup of coffee or tea steadily over the course of a day, you might prefer a temperature-controlling mug, which uses a battery to keep its liquid contents at a steady temperature. This way, you can enjoy your drink at the temperature you like it at, at least as long as the battery holds out.

If you are more likely to drink multiple cups of coffee over the course of the day, you may be just fine with a heat-retaining mug. Each time you refill the mug you will be adding hot liquid again, which will bring the overall temperature up and restore the phase-change material’s store of thermal energy.

The Temperature Controlled Mug Buying Guide

  • A car-charging heated mug is great for traveling, but doesn’t work as well when you’re spending a lot of time at a desk.
  • Heated mugs with charging or power coasters are ideal for work stations you’ll be seated or standing at for long periods, but if you only have one such coaster, you’ll need to bring it with you when you transition between work and home to take advantage of the powered functions of the mug.
  • Longer battery life usually equates with a heavier or bulkier battery. Keep that in mind if you plan to move around with your mug a lot, such as between frequent meetings or coworkers’ desks.
  • Powered mugs will sometimes include a removable inner lining to make washing easier, but will almost always require hand washing.