LifeinaBox is made for any medication that needs to be kept at a temperature between 2 and 8°C (35,6 to 46,4°F). This includes insulins, adrenaline, growth hormones, arthritis medication and many more. The LifeinaBox cavity fits prefilled pens, needles or flacons. We also use it sometimes to keep miniature flasks of whisky… Basically, if it fits in the cavity, it will be kept at the right temperature.
The cavity (usable space) inside LifeinaBox is a whopping 367cm2, or big enough to fit 8 standard insulin (or other medication) pens. Please note that some injectable pens are larger than others, like the Humira pen. So for the larger pens you might only be able to fit three pens inside.
We’re working really hard on the subject of batteries. We’re hoping to develop external plug-in battery packs of 3, 6, 12 and 24 hours. By March next year we’ll have an exact idea of how far we can go with the batteries.
It really just depends on the size of the cupboard. Just like a normal refrigerator, LifeinaBox cools by removing heat. Heat needs to dissipate. So do not use LifeinaBox in an area where there is little or no air exchange as there will be nowhere for the heat to go.
When connected to a power source LifeinaBox must have air to circulate through its cooling fins. Do not connect LifeinaBox to a power source when it is in a closed area such as packed luggage or a desk drawer.
Yes a copy of the warranty was included in the original packaging in the last section of the Use and Care Manual. We make really great products and spend a lot of attention on details to make absolutely perfect products. According to law, we have to give a two-year warranty on LifeinaBox, but it will last much longer than that if you use it correctly. It is obvious that if you run over it with your car, if you throw it in the bath while plugged-in to murder your spouse or generally do something completely stupid with it, we will not fix it. However, if there is a real problem, we will always be there to help you to fix it.
LifeinaBox uses 4.5 amps of 12V DC power, about the same as a single headlight. The unit should not drain or damage a full-charged battery when used while the engine is running. Every vehicle and battery is unique; ask your dealership or reputable mechanic about using the battery to operate any electric equipment when the vehicle is not running.
Yes, in fact travel is the main reason why LifeinaBox was developed. Using the 12V DC connector for your car or the AC adapter will allow you to keep your medicine at a safe temperature in almost any situation. As long as there is a power source your medicine can be protected.
The environment where LifeinaBox is used has some influence on how much cooling it will do. Just like the refrigerator in your house, it will be less efficient when exposed to extreme conditions. However, LifeinaBox will always ensure that your medications is kept between the temperatures of 2 and 8 °C (35,6 to 46,4°F).
A pre-setting of the device stops your medication from going below 2°C to ensure that your medication never gets frozen. However, the LifeinaBox must be used in “normal” temperatures. If you keep your LifeinaBox at sub-zero degree temperatures it will not stop your medication from freezing.
You should anyway keep your medicine with you at all times, whatever the means of transport; NEVER STORE YOUR MEDICINES IN LUGGAGE THAT WILL BE CHECKED INTO THE AIRPLANE CARGO STORAGE! If your baggage is lost, or your flight is delayed, it might ruin your holiday. Although it is possible to use LifeinaBox on airplanes, it is more designed for trains and cars and for home use. Companies like MedActiv make great solutions for traveling in airplanes. There are more and more restrictions on airplanes regarding travel with batteries. If you manage to get your LifeinaBox through security on an airplane, more and more airplanes have a 12V DC (auto socket) power port located near your seat. You may wish to connect the unit to the port during the flight (remember to always follow the flight crew instructions concerning when you can and cannot use electronic devices).
A regular beer cooler that you take away for the weekend and plug in the cigarette lighter of your car is at about a temperature of 12 to 15°C so not really made for medication. As its name indicates, a cooler is just that, a cooler. what you need for medication is to keep it cold, not just cool. Medication needs to be kept at a temperature between 2 and 8°C. LifeinaBox ensures that your medication does exactly that, keeps it at a temperature between 2 and 8°C.
The easiest way is just to order directly on our crowdfunding campaign https://igg.me/at/lifeina. Later we will open new distribution points near you.
Unfortunately, LifeinaBox is not made for underwater operation. It is an electronic device so if you submerge it underwater it will simply short-circuit and burn out.
We haven’t yet determined the final retail price, but it will be somewhere between 150 and 200 Euros. We’re trying to make it as cheap as possible, but will only have the final pricing by September 2017.
LifeinaBox uses thermoelectric-based technology called the “PELTIER” effect to pump heat electronically.
Thermoelectric modules are constructed from a series of tiny metal cubes of dissimilar exotic metals that are physically bonded together and connected electrically. When electrical current passes through the cube junctions, heat is transferred from one metal to the other and cold is generated. Solid-state thermoelectric modules are capable of transferring large quantities of heat when connected to a heat-absorbing device on one side and a heat dissipating device on the other. This is the basis of thermoelectric refrigeration.
LifeinaBox uses aluminum cold plate fins that absorb heat and transfers it to heat-dissipating fins under the control panel. A small fan helps to disperse the heat into the air. The system is completely environmentally friendly and contains no hazardous gases, pipes, coils or compressor.
Thermoelectric modules are ideally suited to specialized applications because they are lightweight, compact, insensitive to motion or tilting, have no moving parts, and can operate directly from a 12-volt power source or from 110V-240V power source. LifeinaBox can function up 5000 hours in continuous utilization, as it has no moving parts.
The greatest inventions are often born out of simple necessity. Who would have an idea as absurd as making a fridge just to carry medication?
It all started in the South of France where Dr Olaf Diegel went on a holiday in the summer of 2003. Dr Diegel is an insulin-dependent diabetic who needs to take insulin every day.
Like most diabetics, Dr Diegel did not particularly like to travel because of the inherent limitations placed on travel by the fact that his insulin had to be kept cool at all times. For a few years, Dr Diegel had been using a system of chemical ice packs that he would use to cool his insulin during long flights.
When checking-in at his quaint little auberge in Provence, Dr Diegel handed his insulin to the man behind the counter and asked him to put his insulin in the refrigerator as the rooms were not equipped with their own fridges. A couple of hours later, when he went downstairs to get his insulin fix, he discovered that the man behind the counter had put the insulin in the freezer, rendering it useless. Dr Diegel immediately went to a local pharmacy and bought some new insulin, so the crisis was averted momentarily.
It is only a couple of days later, while discussing technical issues with his brother in Paris, that the two brothers had the idea of manufacturing a fridge around his insulin pens.
The two brothers quickly determined that the best way to cool down insulin would be to use a Peltier effect, using thermo-electric energy. They made a rough working prototype powered by the battery they borrowed from a video camera. The concept worked.
A couple of month later, the ancestor of LifeinaBox was refined and made into a working model that started winning design competitions worldwide. The Diegel brothers quickly realized that the applications of the LifeinaBox were numerous as there are numerous medications other than insulin that need to be kept at constant temperatures.
Life-changing technology was born
Today, LifeinaBox is the world’s smallest fridge. It keeps medication at a perfectly constant temperature with a variation of +/- 0,2°C over 24 hours. It will change the lives of millions of people worldwide and will give them the freedom to travel anywhere, any place, with complete peace of mind.
The external dimensions are 10 cm high, by 10 cm deep x 20 cm wide. The cavity size (useful space) is 168 mm wide x 63 mm deep x 33 mm high. So that fits just about every pre-filled pen in the market for diabetes, growth hormones, anti-TNF, arthritis. Basically, if it fits inside, we will keep it cool…