The folks at Kewl Innovations, Inc. sent me a ClimaPak unit to play with. Not familiar with ClimpaPack? It is a portable battery powered temperature control gadget for keeping your insulin pens or vials within their approved temperature range.
It runs off of a rechargeable battery that lasts for 3-5 days on a charge. It holds 2 pens, 2 vials, or one of each. It will cool them if the environment is too hot, or it will warm them if the environment is too cold. Living in Minnesota, that warming function piqued my interest.
There are a handful of other features packed into this thing, such as a last injection timer and configurable alarms.
It all seems pretty impressive.
In the end, though, I’m a city boy. It’s just not for me. I don’t do any camping, no wilderness expeditions, no extreme outdoor sports, and I’m rarely more than 45-minutes away from home. My day of insulin is in my pump, and that stays pretty close to me. 43-inches or less, to be exact.
My typical environment didn’t challenge this thing one bit, so I’m sending it along to someone who might.
With all of that being said, I think it seems like a great device for people who need it. It is a spendy piece of machinery (starting at $299), but what price can you put on keeping your life-juice (insulin) safe?
Kewl Innovations has also recently announced a rental program, which offers some more affordable options.
If you’ve tried one, I’d love to hear what you think of it. I’d also love to hear if you would use something like this, and how/where.
Kewl Innovations has also offered a small coupon code (SCOTTSDIABETES25) towards the purchase of a ClimaPak.
Disclosure: Kewl Innovations sent me a ClimaPak Bundle and asked that I share my thoughts on it. The bundle was sent completely free (retail value of $349). They did not ask for, or receive, any editorial control over this post or any future pieces. I do not receive any compensation or favor from the use of the above mentioned coupon code.
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DisclaimerI am not a medical professional. Nothing on this site should be construed as medical advice. Your diabetes may vary. Contact your health care provider for specific questions.