Now that I’m a new grandma I’m really looking forward to celebrating Christmas this year. I can’t wait to see Baby E’s facial expressions when he catches a glimpse of the pretty colored lights on the tree and around our home. He loves blinking lights!
Something I’m NOT really looking forward to is the cold frigid temperatures, high winds, ice and snow. See, around here we experience power outages more than anywhere else we’ve ever lived. I’m not sure why but if the wind blows just slightly, our electric goes out. Luckily most of the time it’s only for a few minutes, but sometimes it can be hours.
During the cold, snowy Winter months it can be weeks. That’s not such a great thing when it’s SO cold out! Last year we suffered an outage for nearly a week (the year prior it was over 2 weeks) so hubby rushed out to buy a generator (although they were pretty scarce at the time) and it helped us stay warm— AND kept our refrigerator running so we didn’t lose all of our groceries.
I WOULD have said we’re better prepared this year but our generator requires gas and when the weather’s as bad as it can be, who wants to go out in it just to get gas? Certainly not me! hahaa! Poor hubby….
Thankfully Hammacher Schlemmer generously hooked us up with the Flo ‘n Go Portable Gas Pump so we’ll be all set and ready for mean old Freeze Miser this winter.
The Flo ‘n Go is definitely no ordinary little gas can! Obviously it’s much bigger in size than your typical gas can but it’s SO much more. See, this awesome gas pump holds up to 14 gallons of gasoline. Yep, you can say it… WOW!!!
Plus, it operates very similarly to the pumps you use at gas stations to fill your automobiles— using the integrated handle.
Check out the awesome features:
To operate the Flo ‘n Go Gas Pump (when it’s full), first you attach the hose to the container and turn the shut-off valves to open the hose. These are located on the hose itself and the container near the bottom. Then insert the handle nozzle into whatever you wish to fill up (auto, lawnmower, snowblower, generator, etc).
When you’re ready, push the black ‘button’ on the bottom of the handle and squeeze the trigger at the same time. That mechanism acts as a safety feature so there’s no accidental leakage of gas (and prevents children from accessing it).
The handle also instantly stops and starts the flow of gas. A squeeze of the handle initiates hydrostatic pressure that dispenses gas without any pumping. One thing I want to mention about this mechanism (that hubby found to be a bit of an annoyance) is that unlike the pumps you use at your local gas station, the flow of gas is not continuous, especially if you’re filling something higher than the pump. As soon as the first bit gets through the hose it stops. You have to squeeze the trigger again and again to get the gas to come out so if you’re filling a large tank it can be time consuming.
Having 2 shut-off valves does help seal internal pressure and restricts gas vapors which is a plus. I know there are some who love the smell of gas but I’m not one of them. It gives me an instant headache!
1.) 6-inch wheels 2.) Vented cap
3.) Push button safety on handle 4.) Squeeze trigger handle
I love the portability of the Flo ‘n Go. You can transport it easily in your vehicle to fill up and once you place it back in it’s storage spot (in a garage or shed) you can maneuver it around using the molded handle and 6-inch wheels. Just tip it slightly and go.
The built-on hanger makes keeping the hose/handle neat and tidy and right where you need it rather than it being strung out on the ground. Plus, the 10 foot hose prevents you from having to lift the container to fill your tank. What a back saver!
Something else that’s awesome about the Flo ‘n Go is that it’s made of durable, high density polyethylene— not metal— so it won’t rust or dent. This bad boy was built to last!
Fill up is simple too. When the container is empty just pack it in your trunk, take it to the gas station and fill it up either horizontally or vertically— your choice. Just remember to tighten that manual vent cap so your fuel doesn’t leak out!
HOW DOES IT MEASURE UP?
The Flo ‘n Go Gas Pump measures 34 1/2″ H x 16″ W x 12 1/2″ D and weighs 19 pounds.
Overall we’re really thrilled about our new gas pump. It’s well constructed, mobile and very simple to use. Not to mention much easier on our backs. I won’t say that I can’t wait for winter but I WILL say that I feel more at ease knowing that we’re better prepared and we owe it all to Hammacher Schlemmer.
You can purchase the Flo ‘n Go Portable Gas Pump directly at www.hammacher.com. It currently retails for $169.95.
PERFECT GIFT FOR: This product would make the perfect gift for the special guy or girl on your holiday shopping list.
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