MAIGG sports water bottle review

Lately I’ve been running a lot and I wanted a more affordable alternative to buying bottled water. So I purchased a water bottle.

I wanted something that wasn’t smelly plastic and would be durable enough it wont leak in my gym bag. Also important to me was not fiddling about or biting it every time I wanted a drink because I don’t like that. With these things in mind I expected to budget £10-£15 if I want something good.

Another important feature was also how much water it holds, since I go through about a litre of water when I run.

So I went to Amazon to look at the top rated water bottles. After some searching I found the MAIGG sports water bottle.

Here are some of the features and my opinion of them.

The lid

I like that the lid flips open with a press of the button because makes drinking as soon as possible and easy task.

The quality seems good enough so it should last the lifetime of the bottle.

It springs open with a reassuring amount of power, but not too much that it hits your fingers like a mousetrap.

The bottle clicks shut into place without trouble, but I did notice there’s a bit of a wobble with the lid. This could help it lock into place if it’s more forgiving about aligning the lock mechanism.

What I don’t like about the wobble of the lid is it could break if you are heavy handed. You might also break it if you’re not putting too much thought into how you’re closing it.

Something else which occurred to me is I’m not sure how suitable a lid that flaps around is for running.

Leak proof button

The clip for the button is something I like which makes me think it shouldn’t leak in my gym bag unless you tread on it.

My bottle did actually leak once, but likely because lid thread was out of alignment. This hasn’t happened again since.

The bottle

The environment wasn’t my primary concern with choosing the bottle. What I didn’t want though was smelly, cheap plastic and this bottle is definitely not that.

From the very start there has been no weird smells or tastes so I’m very happy with the quality of plastic used. The product description also says it’s toxin free which is a nice feature to have.

The strap

A zebra print strap is not to my taste, so I binned it. So far I haven’t dropped my bottle, but if you are likely to have accidents then you might want to keep it.

The vent

The vent is a nice feature because it helps the water to flow fast. This also means drinking wont create a vacuum, which means your mouth sucked into the bottle. Nice not to have a duck face.

What I don’t like about the vent is that I have to drink with the lid on my nose so water doesn’t spill out from the vent. A lid resting on your nose isn’t a bad thing since it’s not uncomfortable, but I do find it annoying.

My general impression

The bottle is of excellent quality and design, but with minor niggles.

For most people, if you care about having a nice quality water bottle then this is a good one to have.

I wouldn’t try running with it, but for me I run on a treadmill so I don’t hold it while I run.

For those interested you can buy them here.

Little things cut both ways

More than a year later since my last post to my blog and my drafts folder is littered with various abandoned posts. I start with good intentions of finally writing something then after a few paragraphs of content I think “is it really interesting? Does anyone really care? Who the heck am I even writing for? … *shrug*”.

The only problem with not being prolific is that that you have less value in a little compared to hacking away at a load of garbage until you can finally revise, edit then finally cobble something together that’s substantial and coherent enough to finally hit “Publish”.

My approach to life in general is never so much “boil the ocean”, rather more along the lines of “work smarter, not harder”. This is why I have thought so much about how little yet often habits like writing, exercise, work and a number of other many things can all have such a major impact if only I can just maintain them. I want to be a runner, an archer, a fighter, an adventurer, a speaker, a cook, a better programmer, a mogul (or at least mildly noteworthy) … so many things I want to do and they clash and some things I manage to do more than others. They still are being consolidated.

While I wasn’t writing much I was at least managing to read more (got to make time somehow) and I read one book in particular called The Slight Edge which, long story short, is about the power of habits and how they can compound over time to make something major out of small yet prolific actions. To use diet as an example, something like exercise or eating healthily is easy to do and also easy not to do. The one time you do or don’t do something wont really affect much, but over time if you can keep doing something frequently it can be the difference between either building a fortress brick by brick or death by a thousand cuts.

Either way I don’t expect many people will ever read my blog and whatever I write here is easy to do and easy not to do. There’s got to be more value in consistently adding some value rather than not though, so this is where I hold myself publicly accountable to write more frequently about maybe something relevant or meandering and off topic.

Perfect or not, here goes!

Batch autocropping images the easy way with ImageMagick

I had almost 600 images I wanted to autocrop. It would take about a minute to autocrop each image manually since I would have to repeatedly go through a process of open image, autocrop, export, close. You can imagine how much time it would take to do this manually almost 600 times (about a full working day).

Being the type of person I am I decided I would Google a solution rather than spend hours doing this task manually. Instead of a full working day I did it in 5 minutes, by using an application called ImageMagick.

ImageMagick is mostly a command line based tool which lets you automate processing images in lots of different ways. For example, if you want to build a web application that crops a photo or apply a filter then you might use ImageMagick because it’s easier to interface it with code and is available pre-installed on a large number of web hosting plans.

This is a bit of a power user trick, but if you ever use basic command line functions then this should be relatively simple.

Here’s my solution to overwrite the existing images so they become cropped:

for a in *.jpg; do morgify -trim "$a" "$a"; done

Or if you don’t want to overwrite all the existing images then use this:

for a in *.jpg; do convert -trim "$a" "$a"; done

So if we assume you’re using Linux and you have a directory full of images you want to autocrop in a directory called “images”, then the code to autocrop all the images in the images directory would be:

for a in images/*.jpg; do morgify -trim "$a" "$a"; done

Or if the image format is .png for example then replace .jpg with .png.