Nomader Bottle User Guide
Looking for help with how to use and care for your new Nomader® Collapsible Water Bottle? You've come to the right place! Here you'll quickly learn how to roll up your bottle, how to keep it squeaky clean, how to open and close the leakproof cap, and more. You'll also find answers to FAQs.
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Rolling-up Your Bottle
With a thick silicone body, the Nomader® water bottle maintains its sturdy shape for a comfortable drinking experience, yet it conveniently rolls up for compact travel.
Empty bottle of any liquids and loosen cap to release air. Align "U" slots in plastic sleeve so the strap is on one side and the cap's water drop icon is on the opposite side.
Grip base of bottle and slide up sleeve until the bottom inner edge of the "U" meets the seam line in the silicone body (right below the plastic latch).
The Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle in action!
Using a flat surface for support, tightly roll up the base of the silicone body toward the plastic latch on the neck of the bottle.
- Trouble latching? This can occur when the hard plastic sleeve is moved up too high or when air is not fully released from the bottle prior to folding.
- Trouble rolling up? Brand new out of the box, your bottle may feel a bit stiff. But as you put into use and break-in, the silicone will become increasingly flexible, making it easier to roll-up.
Use one hand to hold the bottle in its rolled up position while you use your other hand to wrap the strap around to hook the strap clip to the plastic latch. Well done!
Maintaining a Fresh Taste
1) Before first use (to remove any initial "new bottle smell"): fill your bottle with boiling water, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or 2 tablespoons of baking soda (use caution if mixing both together), soak overnight, rinse with cold water. Repeat as needed.
2) Cleaning maintenance: Keep your bottle fresh and taste-free by cleaning on a regular basis with any of these methods (even if just using for drinking water):
BOTTLE BRUSH (preferred method)
Use a soft-bristled water bottle cleaning brush with hot dish soapy water to scrub the bottle's interior and lid/cap, rinse thoroughly, and air out to dry.
When away from home for travel, hiking, or camping, water bottle cleaning tablets are the most convenient way to keep your bottle squeaky clean.
Fill half way with hot water and dish soap, close, shake vigorously, empty, rinse thoroughly, and air out to dry.
Place bottle on top rack with the lid separated, aiming the silicone body's mouth opening downward. Secure the strap so that it doesn't dangle onto the heating element. Please note: although Nomader bottles are dishwasher safe, you may find our other suggested cleaning methods to be more effective.
Drop in some lemon slices or lemon juice for a healthy and refreshing flavor. Lemon juice is also a natural safeguard against bacteria. Alternatively, add True Lemon, essential oils, or other natural flavors.
Where possible, fill your bottle with fresh filtered water to drink from, available in most airports, hotels. restaurants, and cafes. Unfiltered tap water has chlorine, sulfur, and other chemicals which can cause a bad odor and aftertaste in silicone bottles.
Replace water that's been stagnant in your bottle for several hours or days, especially in hot and humid environments where bacteria runs rampant.
Before stowing away your bottle, ensure it's completely dry to avoid mold growth (mold thrives in dark, damp environments). The easiest way to dry your bottle is to place upside down on a dry rack with the lid removed.
Opening and Closing
The patented leak-proof twist cap provides an airtight seal when closed and controlled intake when open. In between sips, the hinged cap shields the drinking spout from grime and germs.
- To sip from your bottle, open the hygienic spout cover (cap) by twisting counter-clockwise. To increase water flow when drinking, simply squeeze the silicone body.
- To refill your bottle, clean, or add ice, open the wide mouth lid by twisting counter-clockwise.
- To close your bottle, ensure that both the spout cover and lid are fully tightened by twisting clockwise. Test for leaks by holding your bottle upside down and shake vigorously.
Specs and Precautions
• Capacity (topped off): 25oz (740ml) | Volume markings: 22oz (650ml)
• Weight: 7oz (200g) | Height: 10.5" (27cm) | Diameter: 2.9" (7.4cm)
• Rolled-up dimensions: 5" x 4.25" x 3.75" (12.7cm x 10.8cm x 9.5cm)
• Mouth opening: 1.9" (4.8cm) | Drinking spout opening: 0.9" (2.3cm)
Nomader bottles are rated for temperatures as cold as -4°F (-20°C), making it freezer safe. Fill no more than 3/4 of your bottle (about 18 ounces or 530 ml) before placing in the freezer since water expands as it freezes—failure to do so may result in damage to your bottle and will void your warranty.
Nomader bottles support temperatures as hot as 248°F (120°C). The insulated plastic sleeve is designed to help protect your hand, but always use caution when handling hot drinks.
Microwaving your Nomader water bottle is not recommended and will void your warranty.
When using a dishwasher, place bottle on top rack, separate the lid, and secure the strap so it doesn't touch the heating element.
We proudly stand behind the quality of every Nomader bottle we make. To show our commitment to quality, we offer a limited lifetime warranty that covers the repair or replacement of manufacturing defects for the lifetime of the bottle. To learn more about our warranty policy and file a claim, visit our Nomader Lifetime Warranty page.
We also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you're not fully satisfied with your Nomader bottle, simply return it to us within 90-days for a full refund or exchange. Please contact us for return instructions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it flimsy and awkward to drink from?
Unlike most flimsy foldable water bottles on the market, you’ll find the Nomader offers you a drinking experience that feels similar to sipping from a rigid drink bottle, yet it can still fold up for compact travel. The thick silicone body has a sturdy feel to it and can stand on its own whether filled or empty. The hard plastic sleeve adds extra stability, insulation, and drinking comfort.
Does water flow easily or do I have to squeeze?
The spout of the bottle is about 1 inch in diameter so water flows fairly quickly. To illustrate this, if you turn the filled bottle upside down with the spout cover open, all 25 ounces of water will drain in about 15 seconds. With forceful squeezes of the silicone body, it will drain in as little as 4 seconds. With moderate squeezes, it will drain in 8-12 seconds. We recommend gripping your bottle with the hard plastic sleeve and pressing down as needed on the silicone body with your finger to increase flow.
Can the bottle's twist cap be opened and closed with 1 hand?
Yes, the easiest way is to grip the base of your bottle in between your legs and use your free hand to twist open/close the cap or lid. Alternatively, if the bottle is in its upright position on a flat surface, apply downward pressure on the cap as you twist open/close.
What is the purpose of the rigid plastic sleeve?
Since most collapsible cups have little to no structure, you can expect them to flop around as you drink. Not only does it make for an awkward drinking experience, but if you’re not careful, the flimsiness can lead to spilling water all over yourself. Nomader's hard plastic sleeve surrounds its soft silicone body, ensuring that the bottle won't be collapsed in your hand as you drink from it. The sleeve also insulates your hand from hot drinks and condensation from cold drinks.
How hygienic is this travel water bottle?
With many reusable water bottles, the mouthpiece is exposed and requires you touch with your fingers to operate. This isn't very hygienic, especially in germ-ridden places like airports, airplanes, and gyms. With Nomader, you simply lift the hinged cap cover to access the mouthpiece, then lower the cap cover when finished sipping. This shields your bottle from germs and grime.
Any issue using this foldable drink bottle for air travel?
Designed for travel, the Nomader collapsible water bottle is carryon approved to pass through TSA or other airport security. Just be sure your bottle is empty of any liquids until after you exit security, at which point you can refill at a drinking fountain and take with you on your flight.
Does it fit in the seat back pocket of an airplane?
Yes, the compressible silicone body collapses flat enough to fit into airplane seat back pockets, making it a convenient travel accessory. Simply slide the hard plastic sleeve to the top and twist-open the cap to deflate. The less water and air inside, the more your bottle can be squished down. Alternatively, you may be able to use the attached strap to hang your bottle from the tray latch (varies by airplane model).
Does it fit in bike bottle cages, car cup holders and bag pockets?
At 2.9 inches (7.4 cm) in diameter (with the hard plastic sleeve) and 10.5 inches (27 cm) tall in its non-folded position, your Nomader bottle *should* fit in most standard size bottle cages, cup holders, and backpack side pockets. For tight pocket spaces, due to the grippy nature of silicone, you may find it easier to slide in and out by packing in a nylon or neoprene water bottle carrier bag.
What’s the purpose of the strap? Is it removable?
The multi-function fabric carry strap makes it easy to tote around your bottle when on-the-go, secures your bottle in its folded position for compact storage, and can attach to your backpack with a carabiner. The strap is not designed to be removed.
How/where do I attach a carabiner to this canteen?
Depending on the carabiner’s size and what you intend to attach to, you can clip it to three different places on your Nomader; 1) the strap, 2) the plastic ring that the strap connects to, or 3) the spout hinge on top of the bottle. The other alternative is to use a water bottle carrying pouch, some of which come with webbing, loops, and buckles to easily attach to backpacks, messenger bags, and other travel gear.
Will frequent folding cause damage to the flask?
Nomader bottles are made of durable and flexible BPA-free silicone, designed for rolling, bending, collapsing, and folding. If you notice any creases caused by prolonged periods of being rolled up, it is only temporary and will smooth out as you put your bottle back into use by inflating and filling with water.
How do I prevent the clip from unhooking once folded?
This can occur when the hard plastic sleeve is moved up too high prior to folding and/or when air is not fully released from the bottle. Here's how to prevent this from happening:
1) Slide up the plastic sleeve so that its lower inner edge of the "U” meets the seam line in the silicone body, located right below the plastic latch.
2) Fully delate the bottle by opening the cap and squeezing to release the air.
3) Roll up the bottle tightly before attaching the strap clip to the plastic latch, and then allow the bottle's natural tendency to unfold to put tension on the strap and latch.
If these directions aren't successful for you, it's possible you received a defective bottle which is fully covered under our Lifetime Warranty. If you need to make a claim, please visit our Warranty page for assistance.
What are dimensions, weight and capacity for this vessel?
• Capacity topped off: 25oz (740mL)
• Volume markings: 22oz (650mL)
• Weight of empty bottle: 7oz (200g)
• Height: 10.5" (27cm)
• Diameter (with sleeve): 2.9" (7.4cm)
• Mouth opening: 1.9" (4.8cm)
• Drinking spout opening: 0.9" (2.3cm)
• Rolled-up: 5"x4.25"x3.75" (12.7cmx10.8cmx9.5cm)
Are Nomader water bottles BPA free?
Yes, Nomader bottles are made of 100% BPA-free food-grade materials, compliant with FDA and LFGB safety standards. Click here to learn more about BPA (Bisphenol A). Additionally, Nomader bottles are free of BPS (Bisphenol S), lead, PVC, latex, phthalates and other harmful leaching chemicals.
I’m allergic to latex. Are there natural rubber parts in the cup?
The Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle does not contain any latex or natural rubber. Furthermore, no latex or natural rubber (including rubber gloves) is used during manufacturing and assembly.
What material is the container made of?
The container's body is made of food-grade BPA-free silicone rubber. The cap, lid, mouth, and sleeve are made of food-grade BPA-free polypropylene (PP) plastic. The fabric carry strap is made of polyester.
Can I use this as a hot water bottle?
Nomader bottles support temperatures as hot as 248°F (120°C), which is beyond boiling. Always use caution when handling hot drinks. The insulated plastic sleeve is designed to help protect your hand. Microwaving is not recommended as some parts may warp.
Is the entire bottle freezable?
Nomader bottles are rated for temperatures as cold as -4°F (-20°C), making it freezer safe. Fill no more than 3/4 of your bottle (about 18 ounces or 530 ml) before placing in the freezer since water expands as it freezes—failure to do so may result in damage to your bottle.
Does this water bottle sweat a lot? How insulated is it?
It is not considered an insulated water bottle. The greater the temperature difference between the liquid inside and the ambient air outside, the more condensation will occur. However, because of the bottle's thick silicone body, it is not as prone to sweating as some other non-insulated bottles. If you’re looking for fully insulated, check out the double walled stainless steel water jugs from Hydro Flask and Klean Kanteen.
Is this water bottle environmentally friendly?
The body of the Nomader bottle is made of 100% BPA-free silicone. When it comes to the environment, silicone is highly durable (resists normal aging for decades on end), is non toxic to aquatic or soil organisms, is non-hazardous waste, and can be recycled after a lifetime of use. Once recycled, silicone is converted back into inorganic, harmless ingredients: amorphous silica, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. The Nomader bottle’s lid, mouth, sleeve, and strap ring are made of #5 PP recyclable plastic.
Cleaning and Care
What's the best way to clean my Nomader?
Refer to the How to Maintain a Fresh Taste section on our help page.
What is your warranty policy?
We proudly stand behind the quality of every Nomader bottle we make. To demonstrate our commitment to quality, we offer a lifetime warranty that covers the repair or replacement of manufacturing defects for the lifetime of the bottle. To learn more about our warranty policy or to file a claim, please visit our Warranty page.
What is your return policy?
We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you're not totally happy with your Nomader bottle, simply return it to us within 90-days of your purchase date for a full refund or exchange. To be accepted, your bottle must be returned clean, empty of any liquids and in its original packaging. Please contact us for return instructions.
Why is Nomader the best collapsible water bottle?
We realize that you have choices out there, including Vapur, Platypus, Hydrapak, Hydaway, que Bottle, and Bubi Bottle to name a few. Every collapsible water container has its own pros and cons. Beyond being able to fold up and stash away, here are the top 10 reasons why customers choose Nomader:
Retains its sturdy shape when drinking from it. Others awkwardly collapse in your hand.
Stands on its own whether filled or empty. Others fall over and tumble too easily.
Locking twist cap ensures no leaks. Others tend to leak at the worst moments.
Spout is protected by hygienic cover. Others expose the spout to germs and dirt.
Made of long-lasting, durable silicone. Others break down after minimal use.
Handles hot, cold, and frozen drinks. Others are made for cold water only.
Wide mouth makes it easy to refill, add ice, and clean. Others come with narrow opening.
Easy to carry or clip with attached lanyard. Others offer no means of carrying or attaching.
Large 25oz capacity keeps you hydrated longer. Others need refills after a few gulps.
Includes a lifetime warranty. Others only include a limited 1-year warranty.
Where can I buy authentic Nomader bottles?
The easiest and safest way to buy authentic Nomader water bottles is through the “shop now” buttons on our official website at nomader.com.
What are counterfeit Nomader bottles?
Counterfeit Nomader bottles are imitations or fakes that are illegally created and sold by third parties to trick people into believing that they are authentic. These counterfeit products are not held to Nomader’s high quality standards in design, engineering, manufacturing, testing, and health safety.
What if I bought a fake by mistake?
If you bought a counterfeit Nomader bottle, you should demand a refund from the seller. Please also contact us to report the fraudulent seller—we will reward you with a discount on an authentic Nomader bottle.
Do you offer co-branding?
Yes, Nomader bottles are available to be decorated to match your branding to be used as a promotional item for your corporate events, employee or client gifts, etc. Choose from a variety of bottle colors to compliment your logo, which can be imprinted on the bottle's hard plastic sleeve. Please visit our Co-Brand page for more details.
Do you offer wholesale pricing?
Nomader bottles are currently available on a limited basis for select domestic and international retailers to carry. Please visit our Wholesale page for more details.
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