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During the design process for the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator, one of our major tasks was to determine its ‘perfect’ weight. To determine this perfect weight, we manufactured several samples weighing between 130 to 165 grams.
Unlike other lotion applicators from our competitors, the SunBuddy is assembled using separate components that join together to create a feature-rich product. Thus, we needed to ensure that the weight is properly distributed among the pieces to create a balanced product.
At and around 130 grams, our initial tests concluded that the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator was too light and lacking the necessary balance and mass to precisely control it. At and around 165 grams, the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator was a bit too heavy, causing our testers’ arms to quickly fatigue.
Like the story Golilocks and the Three Bears, we found that using a weight inbetween 130 grams (too light) and 165 grams (too heavy) was ‘just right’. At 145 grams, the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator is light, yet heavy enough to easily control and reach all areas of your back. Our testers couldn’t agree more.
We also discovered that 145 grams is about the same weight as a smartphone like the iPhone 4S or a large bar of soap – things that we commonly use on a daily basis with weights our bodies have subconsciously accepted to feel ‘just right’.
The next time you pick up SunBuddy Lotion Applicator, feel its weight on your palm. You may find that your head automatically nods up and down in agreeance.