Emergency Water Packet

Emergency Water Packet



      This emergency water packet provides chilled drinking water to soldiers, fire fighters, athletes, hikers, cyclists, campers, scouts, Red Cross, and commuters stuck in traffic.  

     The HinesLab water packet uses evaporative cooling to chill the water before opening.  The hotter and dryer the climate, the more effective the cooling.




     Drinkable water is sealed in the inner pouch which is connected by a string to the outer packet.  The water packet is coated with a paper-towel like material that traps moisture that evaporates and cools the water when twirled on the string.


The inner packet:

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      Moisture in the covering (like a thick paper towel) on the water pouch evaporates to provide evaporative cooling.

      Spin the water pouch about 20 times, to speed up evaporation to increase cooling. 




 After the inner packet has been cooled by evaporation, it is torn open for drinking.


Construction of the inner packet:


      Water packets are made using continuous material handling for high volume production.  Water-proof heat-sealable plastic film is laminated to pressure-sensitive adhesive-backed water-absorbent fabric tape (ex.: 3M #1776) which can be pre-printed with product name and instructions.

      After lamination through rollers, the material is folded over before going through heat-sealing rollers to form a pouch that is water tight on the bottom and sides.  The pouch is filled with clean water before being sealed at the top, trapping one end of the string.  The inner packet is then separated and moistened (in a later operation).  


Construction of the outer packet:

      The inner packet from the diagram above, with its attached string, is then sealed in an outer pouch made of the same water-proof film (3M Scotchpak™ LF200M polyester) which has been pre-printed with product graphics.  In this sealing operation, the free end of the string is trapped in one edge of the outer packet which will serve as a handle when spinning the inner packet to cool the potable water.


* For further information:

  1. U.S. Pat. 7,682,639

Hines’ original lab notebook entry for this invention.


      This is a technology announcement and license offer.  This is not a product for sale to end users.  Please contact Steve Hines  for more information and to discuss licensing.






email: Steve@HinesLab.com

ph. 818-507-5812