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BLENDJET II PORTABLE BLENDER
The second iteration of this battery-powered blender brings smoothies and cocktails to the bush.

 

There was a time when you had to forget the niceties of town life if you went bush – including smoothies for breakfast. Now, thanks to BlendJet’s portable blender, you can spin away.

 

 

The BlendJet II portable blender is a mini-sized device that fits into a 245mm x 80mm x 80 mm box, so it’s a fraction of the size of a household blender. It’s battery powered and rechargeable, enabling around 15 blending jobs between charges, so there’s no need for a power cord hanging out of it when in use.

The standard ‘jar’ has a capacity of 475ml, which is enough for two normal serves and the side has a moulded-in measurement scale.

Another nod to the needs of campers is the availability of dehydrated smoothie additives, including banana-blueberry, strawberry-banana and caramel latte satchels that can be tipped into the BlendJet, with water or milk as the base.

 

 

The cutting blades are offset in the base of the unit and that positioning ensures that the contents swirl around constantly, rather than forming a central vortex with static stuff clinging to the wall of the clear plastic jar.

The downside of that offset location is a tendency for ice cubes to jam between the blades and the wall of the jar, so the instructions clearly state that the BlendJet should be rotated and turned upside down, when blending ‘lumpy’ stuff. So, if you’re crushing ice cubes, you need to move the BlendJet around continuously. Also, when blending ice cubes into liquids, the ice should be put in last, on top of the other contents.

 We’ve been testing a BlendJet II for the past two months and we’re very happy with it.

 

 

Our first investigation was into the safety aspects of the device, because anyone who’s seen a forgotten spoon get flung out of a household blender will be aware of the destructive power of stainless steel blades rotating at high speed. 

With the clear plastic jar unscrewed the blades are unguarded, but we’re pleased to report that the motor will not operate in this mode. It also won’t operate when the charger is plugged in. The motor will function only when the jar is screwed into the engaged position, when two arrow heads that are moulded into the jar and the motorised base are aligned.

We found that the BlendJet worked well on all the contents you’d most likely put into a blender, provided big chunks, such a roughly chopped banana, were prevented from jamming the blades. We did that by rotating the unit in our hands – much like a slow-moving cocktail shaker.

The power button programming worked well, giving the options of a 20-second constant blend, or individual pulses. It was also easy to hold that button in for three seconds, to activate ‘lock’ mode and ensure no unwanted operation.

 

 

The blurb that came with the BlendJet stated that easy-cleaning was a major feature and we certainly found that it was easier to rinse out than a household blender, where you have to clean around and under the sharp blades in the base of the jar. 

However, the top and bottom seals need removal, to clean underneath them, or there’s a risk of residue buildup. We teased the seals out of their recesses easily enough, using a plastic stylus, but a toothpick would do the job and they finger-pressed back into place.

Options that are available, but we didn’t evaluate are larger jars – 590ml and 970ml – a drinking lid with pouring spout and uninsulated storage sleeve.

On-line pricing for the BlendJet II was around $75-80 in mid-2024.

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