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USB-powered humidifier connects to most water bottles.
Many travelers complain of dry skin and chapped lips that are often caused by the recycled air in an airplane. Satechi has recently introduced a portable humidifier that you can screw onto the top of a water bottle or set on top of a glass and plug into a powered USB port to add moisture to the air. I admit I was a bit skeptical when I first read about it, but thought I would give it a try.
The humidifier looks like a bottle stop measuring 2.85 inches by 2.4 inches; to set it up, you insert the end of the filter into the underside of the humidifier. It’s designed to screw onto most water bottles that you might find at your local convenience store or grocery. The package comes with two foam wicks that pull moisture upward so it is dispersed into the air. The wick measures 4.75 inches, which means you can also set it in a glass of water, but you want to make sure the wick is attached securely so the humidifier doesn’t fall into the glass. You then plug the humidifier into a USB (2.0 or 3.0) port with the provided USB cable on a computer or use a USB charger. Personally, I would avoid running this near my computer so as not to get it wet, so I think a USB wall adapter is the way to go. Unfortunately, a wall adapter doesn’t come with the humidifier.
For its size, the Satechi Portable Humidifier does an admirable job misting a localized area. I’ve used it in my office and I can tell the difference when it is running. According to Satechi, the humidifier affects an area of 16.4 square feet. Its performance has me planning on taking it with me on an upcoming trip to Colorado and New Mexico, where the altitude and desert air always do a number on my skin and sinuses. Its small size means it’s easy to take on trips or even put in a purse or laptop bag.
The humidifier automatically shuts off after eight hours, so it will last you through the typical work day or you can plug it in before going to bed.
Another use for the humidifier, suggested by Satechi, is as an aroma diffuser if you add liquid fragrances or essential oils to the water.