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I recently purchased several “Holmes Smoke Grabber” smokeless ashtrays.
As you can probably see from the picture below, this ashtray is a beast in terms of size! I don’t have a measuring tape available at the moment, but it’s easily 6 inches by 6 inches square, and 4 inches tall when the top is not open. This means that it takes up significantly more space than most “normal” ashtrays.
The ashtray operates off of two D-size batteries. Unfortunately, the batteries seem to drain so quickly that the smokeless part of the ashtray often starts performing sub-par after only one or two uses with fresh batteries. The fan will still spin, but the ashtray just isn’t very effective with batteries that have been used more than a few times. There is not an AC adapter option available for this ashtray, though it wouldn’t be too difficult to manually wire one up.
I recently purchased two of this specific model of smokeless ashtray at the same time. When I opened the box for the first one, I found that it had arrived broken. The problem was a bad fan, and no amount of fiddling would start it spinning.
The second smokeless ashtray worked, but became gummed up so quickly that the contacts on the inside have to be cleaned between every use. That same ashtray still works almost a year later, but it only gets used once a day for a few minutes, and has been temperamental since the beginning.
As you may be able to see from the picture below, the internal contacts that turn the ashtray on and off when you open the top are just two pieces of metal. They are easily bent, and frequently the ashtray will stop working because they are not making a good connection. I find that the easiest way to make a better connection is to wipe the metal down with a damp clothe in order to get the smoke residue off of it. You have to be careful because if you bend the metal contacts too much, you may find that the ashtray doesn’t turn on and off like it is supposed to when the top opens.
All in all, while this smokeless ashtray does work, I wish it worked better. I suppose that I can’t complain too much since this particular model is so inexpensive. Nevertheless, I intend to start a search for a new smokeless ashtray. I’ll let everyone know what I find…. and please let me know if you have suggestions or experiences!
This commercial for a smokeless ashtray from the early eighties cracks me up. I don’t remember ever seeing it, but may have been too young to remember. While there are many more options these days, it doesn’t seem like smokeless ashtrays have really changed very much in the twenty years since this was commercial was produced.
Wow… The smokeless ashtray comes with velcro AND holds cigars! Doesn’t it just make you long for the eighties?