I was looking for a cup warmer, and the only ones I could find was USB ones. Most of them had lousy reviews, seems they simply don't keep the tea warm. One had no reviews, but it was claimed distinctly that it kept a cup at 50-60 degrees C. So I bought it. But it seems very ineffective.
(Maybe it's better with a steel mug, but the only one I have is too large for the plate.)
Has anybody tried a USB cup warmer which was effective? Or does USB simply not have enough power, and the whole biz is a semi-scam?
Alternatively, does anybody know a good cup-warmer of another kind? (Preferably for sale in Europe/UK.)
Update: Philocalist said...
Not too sure why you would want a cup holder? Stewed tea, reheated coffee? Yeuch!!! :-)
Soup might be an option I guess?
Never used one, but I'm guesssing that a steel mug might be a liability on a heating device ... even 'just' 60 degrees is gonna feel very hot on your lips, no?
Perhaps an insulated mug would be a better choice ... would keep things hotter without stewing them?
A friend gave me a steel insulated mug of the camping kind. It didn't seem to work very well though. Maybe there are better kinds.
I don't want the tea/coffee stewing, of course, I just want to slow down the cooling process enough that it's hot for the 10 minutes it takes me to drink a cup.
I used to have a small tea-light holder which worked well, but it broke recently. (A tea light is the stubby candles in small silver cups, used under tea pots.)
Update: I've ordered a Thermos Travel Mug. Judging from reviews, it seems to be much more efficient than the one I have.
Now, what to do about my cappuccinos? They are made into a small cup, they are only just hot enough, and if I pour them into a thermos mug, all the heat will be gone in a moment.