Alterna™ Sound Enclosure Box - Muffler for Blendtec, Waring, Vita Mix Blenders
Temporarily On Hold - We think that maybe we will have this product in 2019, if everything goes well.
New Alterna™ Sound Enclosure Box inside dimensions are accommodating a large variety of noisy smoothie blenders, to make them operate quieter so you can actually live through a conversation when standing next to it or close by while someone is blending up a smoothie. This sound enclosure is designed for restaurant use and home use. (Extremely Sturdy, heavy duty - weighs 12 lbs, 1/4 inch thick materials. Equipped with non-slip rubber feet.
MADE IN THE USA
Above is a picture of a prototype. The real thing will be prettier.
The Alterna™ Sound Muffler noise reduction ranges from 40% to 50%. Sound is measured in decibels (dB); Data is recorded on a half bell-shaped curve, and not linear. Our sound enclosure reduced a moderate blending noise from ~85dB to ~60dB / ~58dB using a Blendtec blender. Depending on the medium blended, and the blender brand make and model used, ice crushing noises for example have been measured at as high as 103dB to 105dB. As per Osha, 105dB exposure for a period of 10 minutes requires employers to supply a hearing protection to their employees.
Why would you not want to protect your own hearing, that of your customers', your family's hearing, and your neighbor's privacy? There may also be benefits of a blender sound enclosure box for babies, and pregnant women. Dogs and other pets often times get irritated at the least, but can also suffer from extended loud noises such as like from blenders, coffee grinders, and other kitchen appliances and food processors. Extended and/or frequent noise exposure by blenders can lead to ear ringing or tinnitus.
Alterna™ Sound Enclosure Box, aka, our blender muffler, is large enough for any stand-alone counter-top blenders such as Vita Mix, Blendtec, K-Tec, Waring, Hamilton Beach, Ninja, and anything else that is sized equal or smaller than the below dimensions.
Dimensions of Sound Enclosure Box: 10.5" (W) x 11.5" (D) x 22" (H) - With Lid open, the total height can range from 31" to 33".
Shipping Dimensions: 14"(W) x 14" (H) x 24" (L) - Sound box is laid into the box horizontally.
Shipping weight is 15 lbs (6.80 KG) - Net Product weight 12 lbs (5.4 kg)
Materials ABS and Polycarbonate, thickness is 1/4 inch, manufacturing process is by vacuum forming. Total of 3 pieces: Bottom, Body, Lid. Assembled Body and Bottom and fastened with self-tap screws (4). Lid is manually slid into position and locked-in by hand. Rubber feet (4), Rubber cushion buffer for opening the lid to the top will prevent the lid open too far and assist stabilizing the sound cover. Two rubber buffers contribute to silent and soft lid closure, mounted on each side towards the bottom end where the lid meets the body. At the rear of the sound enclosure body is round hole used to slide through the blender's power cable / cord, which also aids in cooling.
Installation: Make sure you have adequate counter-top space of about 1 square foot of foot print and you have room above the sound enclosure box of a total of 34". The lid opens up the 34" max. There is however sufficient room to place or remove your blender jar at 30" as well. Do not expect to be able to slide the sound enclosure box with your blender inside it on your counter-top, if you are not strong enough. The total weight of the sound cover and blender, depending on the blender of course, can range from 21 to 27 lbs (9 to 13 kg).
Shipping is not included in the price. Availability is about June July 2018, approximately, which could possibly be less. We are accepting orders already. This purchase is a pre-order. Normal lead time / getting your order ready for shipping is about 2 to 3 weeks after that, starting in June/July 2018. We ship all over the world. Keep in mind that the sound box ships assembled in a 14 x 14 x 24 box, the sound enclosure wrapped and protected by bubble wrap. The total gross weight is 15 lbs. Shipping to your destination will reflect this large box and its weight.
Warranty: 5 years limited warranty against material defects, such as cracks, separation, other than through dropping any components or all together. Plastics are somewhat prong to deteriorate after heavy exposure to the elements. The polycarbonate lid material is UV protected. Clarity can fade through normal use and wear and tear. Wear and tear is not warranted.