Rocketbook the Microwavable Notebook
Before we get going we all know that I do review products for compensation but this post here is all about the love I have for Rocketbook. This post contains no sponsorship, no money, no free notebooks but it does contain affiliate links.
I love gadgets and gizmos (just don’t feed them after midnight, ha!) and I find myself ordering my fair share of them. There are seriously a lot of things around this house that I never, ever would have dreamed up on my own. I mean, a microwavable notebook? Some of these things make me feel safer, more productive, less wasteful and sometimes just plain happy. And they are all things I would buy again and recommend to friends and family.
And we’re friends, right? I mean I don’t know you and you don’t know me technically but you come here to hang out with me sometimes. And I do the things I do to try and make you happy when you come and visit me. So, as a friend I’ve got to tell you about my new microwavable notebook because I think this thing is seriously flippin’ awesome!
This is it… This is my Rocketbook Wave and if you can’t tell by the hardly perfect cover, it’s already gotten quite a bit of use. So much that it has already been microwaved 2 times. But wait, why would you want to microwave it? Because it erases everything inside of the pages and makes it an almost like new notebook to fill up once again. Boom! Is your mind blown? because mine totally was…
You can’t use just any pen, though. You have to use pens, markers and highlighters from the Pilot Frixion series. All of the guys in this series are erasable. And just now you’re realizing that there are erasable markers out there and your mind is blown for a second time, right?
I totally feel like I’m writing the script to an infomercial here but I really, really like my new notebook – ha!
Okay, so you write in this notebook and then you erase it and then everything is gone. Where’s the value in that? For me I make a lot of lists. It’s an OCD thing. I totally struggle with being obsessive. Lists have to be perfect and in a certain order and so I’ll make, maybe 5-6 a day and I waste a TON of paper doing it and I feel badly. But as anyone with OCD will tell you, I just can’t freaking help it. I can try to fight it but it’s just easier to write out another dang list.
But there are things in my notebooks that I DO need to keep. I draw up plans for projects, write ideas for posts out when I’m away from my computer and stuff like that.
And that is where the Rocketbook app comes in handy. Open the app up and capture the writing or drawings in your notebook. Once you properly position the page within the phone’s screen the page will turn green and your scan comes through.
Now at the bottom of each page are symbols… There is the Rocketbook logo, a diamond, apple, bell, you get the picture. In the app settings you set a destination for each of these symbols. The services you can send to include an email address, Google Drive, Box.com, Dropbox, Evernote and Slack, whatever in the heck that is. I checked the Rocketbook logo and the star which means that when the pages sync this drawing with measurements and plans will be emailed to me and will be waiting for my in my Google Drive whenever I need it.
Okay, so you have this notebook that you can erase the entire thing in one go but you can save the pages inside of the notebook to a whole bunch of different services so that you don’t actually lose them. And now you don’t have a stack of papers to dig through when you need to find the dimensions you worked out for your project.
When you’re ready for the cleaning out the notebook business you place a mug 3/4 full of water on top of the notebook and within the set of circles. You microwave the notebook (the spiral is plastic so no worries on a fireworks show, y’all) until the Rocketbook logo disappears from the front of the book. I’ve got mine down pat and it’s 1.5 minutes. You flip the book over and repeat and your ink is gone.
Now the pages are NOT perfectly clean. You can see faint lines and letters on the pages after they are “clean”. They’re easy enough to ignore and the scanner in the app doesn’t pick up on them so it’s no big deal in the end. I mean, at first I was a little bit disappointed that it didn’t look like a brand new notebook but I realized that wasn’t an entirely reasonable assumption. And it works just fine as is, faint marks on the pages and all.
Want to get your own microwave erasable notebook? Heads up,now they aren’t exactly cheap but I’ve gotten 3 notebooks worth of uses out of mine and I’m still going strong.
Want to get some erasable markers, pens and highlighters (that really, truly erase?) <— Get them right on over there.
I’ll be back with more reviews of super nifty stuff in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!