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Monthly prize draw for customers reaffirms Meaco’s commitment to elephant conservation

We are proud of our ongoing support for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF), whose efforts help save endangered wildlife across the globe.David Shepherd logo

Which is why we enter customers who register and activate their new Meaco product warranty into a monthly free prize draw, to win a DSWF elephant adoption pack. Registering a Meaco product not only activates our parts and labour warranty, it also contributes to a charitable cause which is close to our hearts.

Adoption package prize draw helps raise funds and create awareness

Meaco is a committed supporter of the DSWF, and in particular the work it does in the conservation of elephants. The monthly prize draw has been run since October 2017, helping to engage the public to further spread the message about elephant conservation.  Meaco pays for the cost of each elephant adoption packs which includes:

  • A beautiful mounted print of an exclusive sketch signed by Mandy Shepherd.
  • An adoption certificate
  • Information about the history of your animal or guardian and a fact sheet.
  • A photograph of your chosen animal.
  • Bi-annual E-updates.

By adopting an elephant Meaco customers are helping the DSWF to save, care and then release back into the wild, existing and future orphans, and to help protect their elephant cousins in the wild.

Meaco donates with every purchase of the DD8L Zambezi

DD8L Zambezi

In addition to the monthly draw, we have been contributing money from the sale of every sale of the DD8L Zambezi Dehumidifier since its launch in January 2016. When we were designing the DD8L we wanted to add character to this special dehumidifier and so named it after an orphaned elephant being cared for by the DSWF. As well as offering financial support we decided to include a card with every DD8L Zambezi sale that explains to customers why elephant conservation is so important, and details the great work done being carried out by the DSWF.

For more information about becoming involved with the DSWF and adopting an animal, see here: https://davidshepherd.org/help-us/adopt.

The Meaco DD8L Zambezi dehumidifier, was the result of three years of intense research and development, incorporating several unique ideas originating from customers. It has a Which? “Best Buy” award and offers more functionality, with more control and options, than any other domestic dehumidifier on the market, and includes six “world firsts”. Click here to find out more about the story behind the DD8L Zambezi.

If you have any questions about our work with the DSFW or need advice about dehumidifiers, please get in touch. Our team has decades of experience in air humidity and would be happy to help. Please phone us on 01483 234900 or email: sales@meaco.com.


Five stars from HonestJohn for Meaco Zambezi!

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According to the car advice web site HonestJohn the Meaco DD8L Zambezi is “our pick of the best all-round dehumidifiers you can buy.

The DD8L Zambezi was recently reviewed by Georgia Petrie, extremely timely with the cold weather finally arriving. “This dehumidifier is better for colder environments – which makes it ideal for use in the winter when people crank up the temperatures at home and humidity levels rise. It’s also useful for car owners who don’t want humid air in the garage causing their pride and joy to go rusty, or the seats to go mouldy.”

Georgia tested it out in different locations, most notably upstairs; “While we don’t have a damp problem in our house, the steam from the shower often makes our bathroom feel stuffy in winter – but the DD8L has left a noticeably fresher feeling to the air in the bathroom.”

Ideal for drying washing indoors

She also tried it out near her washing; “Our washing machine is in a little room on the back of our house, which means it gets very cold. This type of dehumidifier is perfect for that kind of environment. Usually, when we hang our washing on the radiator, the windows steam up – but using the Zambezi meant that didn’t happen. This is very useful because it means mould won’t begin to grow where the condensation builds up in the corner of the windows.”

Meaco DD8L Zambezi

She was impressed with the range of features that come with the DD8L Zambezi; “the DD8L Zambezi is arguably the most feature-packed, advanced desiccant dehumidifier around. Meaco claims the Zambezi offers more functionality and control than other domestic dehumidifiers on the market. And, from our testing of the unit, the Meaco Zambezi sure does do a lot.”  These include:

  • The 20+ logic system which detects if the humidity rises 20% above what you’ve set it to and then temporarily boosts the fan speed to bring the humidity under control
  • The child lock on the unit’s display screen
  • The anti-mould coating on the water tank and an anti-blockage system
  • Its sterilising ioniser technology gets rid of bacteria, dust and mould, essentially removing the germs that lead to health issues
  • The Turn Me On feature means that the Zambezi will also ask you to turn it on in order to bring the humidity back down to a more comfortable level if it rises above 70%
  • It isn’t much heavier than a bag of shopping

Helping save orphaned elephants

She also gave a mention to the David Shepherd Foundation that Meaco support. Zambezi refers to a baby elephant that was rescued in by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation in Zambia. Meaco donates £2 from every sale of the Zambezi to this foundation.

Finally, 4-5 stars was awarded for every category – click here to read the review.

To find out more about the award winning Meaco DD8L Zambezi click here.


Evening Standard recommends Meaco DD8L Zambezi as the ideal gift for motorists

The Evening Standards Motoring Correspondent David Williams has solved the question of what present to get motorists this Xmas.

The Meaco DD8L Zambezi features in his top three choices. David said its a”very impressive” solution to counter rust when storing vehicles during winter.

You can see for yourself what else he had to say about it by clicking here or reading the extract below. To find out more about our award-winning Zambezi DD8L dehumidifier click here.


DD8L Zambezi dehumidifier digital displayIt’s strange how you can become obsessed with something you didn’t even know you needed. Meaco’s smart, cleverly-designed new DD8L ‘Zambezi’ Dehumidifier is such a product. Why would motorists want one? The answer is rust… feared enemy of anyone who keeps a car or two in a garage or small barn. Rust is caused by moisture and boy, does this unit, costing £234.94 – drink it up, especially in the winter. Known as a ‘dessicant’ dehumidifier, it is capable of removing eight litres of moisture a day from the atmosphere, storing it in an easily removed and emptied compartment at the bottom.

In practice it is very impressive, efficiently removing litre after litre of water – helping keep windows, window frames, walls, wardrobes and – of course – your car or bike, bone dry. It’s fascinating to watch it extract up to three litres of water (the capacity of the compartment) in just a few hours, from thin air and it saves time spent with a chamois or squeegee.

It has a laundry setting for drying out damp clothes indoors, can be set to a timer and you can set your target humidity too. It has an anti-bacterial and anti-virus ionizer, a useful carry handle, even a programme it to switch itself on and off at pre-arranged intervals. Ingenious, highly effective and – as you watch the water level creep up – slightly addictive. It’s said to cope with houses of up to five rooms, so should easily sort your garage or damp caravan out too.


Why boatowners should use a dehumidifier over winter

Image of All At Sea MagazineMeaco MD Chris Michael’s expert advice featured in “All at Sea”. 

Dehumidifiers are especially popular with boatowners to help protect their boat and belongings during the damp and cold winter months. However, not all dehumidifiers work well in the cold which is why it’s important that boatowners carry out research to find the best appliance for their needs.

Meaco’s Managing Director Chris Michael has been in the dehumidifier business since 1989 and his expert advice to boatowners was recently published by “All At Sea”, a print and online publication which is “Britain’s most read waterfront newspaper.”

In the article Chris provides buying advice, tips on using dehumidifiers on boats and how keep your costs down. Here are some of the highlights:

  • “Organic material in particular is prone to damage from excess moisture which explains why cushions and bedding often smell musty when you return to your boat in spring.”
  • “If your boat is still on the water then avoid a dehumidifier with castors as it will roll around.”
  • “A desiccant dehumidifier operates well in cold conditions, so choosing a desiccant rather than a compressor dehumidifier is best for boats. A desiccant dehumidifier also has a heater inside it as part of the desiccant regeneration process.”
  • “Place the dehumidifier on a level surface, the galley side.”
  • “Use an RCD because you are using an electrical appliance on your boat and it will be unattended most of the time.
  • “Drain the water away using a hose into a sink (otherwise the dehumidifier will turn itself off when it is full and you will need to go back to the boat every
    day to empty the tank).”
  • “Do not use a plug-in timer switch with your dehumidifier. This is like giving your appliance a power cut twice a day and will damage it in the long run.”
  • “Leave the internal doors open so that the damp air in the boat can migrate towards the dehumidifier and be dried.”
  • “When you do visit the boat clean your filter; this will increase the lifespan of the dehumidifier and will keep it efficient ensuring that your running costs are reduced.”Meaco DD8L Junior Award Winning dehumidifier

From the Meaco range of dehumidifiers Chris recommends the Meaco DD8L Junior which is perfect for unmanned boats, has no castors (so it won’t roll), emits heat and extracts high volumes of water.

He also recommends the Meaco DD8L Zambezi, a Which? Best buy for three years in a row, that has a daily run timer to restrict hours of operation and is extremely safe for use on boats, with every attention given to maintaining electrical and corrosion standards. It features a three-litre tank, which can be partnered up with a hose so that it can drain into a sink or bathtub. The Zambezi also has several world “firsts”, such as being the first domestic desiccant dehumidifier to have a digital display dashboard and the first to have a sterilising ioniser.

Both the DD8L Junior and the DD8L Zamebzi have been extensively reviewed and come highly recommended in the boating and yachting press.

To read the full article in “All at Sea” click here


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Yachting World selects DD8L Zambezi as a damp buster

Yachting World selects DD8L Zambezi as a damp buster

Guidelines on choosing a suitable dehumidifier for yachts at sea is the subject of the November issue of Yachting World’s Gear Tested feature. We are delighted that the DD8L Zambezi has been rated as one of its top choices.

The article points out that anyone who owns a boat outside of the tropics would benefit from a good dehumidifier. As colder weather arrives, so does damp -one of the constant enemies of yacht owners. The purchase cost of a dehumidifier is a fraction of what damp and mould damage will cost you.

Yachting World points out that unless you have a permanent crew armed with chamois leathers or can ventilate the yacht by opening a hatch (which isn’t generally possible during winter months when a boat is unused), then the only other option is to reduce humidity. This is where a dehumidifier comes in.

Yachting World prefers a desiccant dehumidifier, as they work better than compressors in cooler temperatures and produce warm air in the process. Desiccants are also more portable and quieter. They do warn about insurance policies and leaving a dehumidifier on for long periods of time, though the sophistication and safety of today’s models means faults are rare.

The magazine concludes that dehumidifiers are an essential investment to protect the interiors of a yacht over the winter months.

The DD8L Zambezi has a Which? Best Buy Award and is a great choice for any boat owner. The desiccant dehumidifier has a host of safety features to protect against electrical and corrosion concerns. Its three litre tank can drain into a sink via a hose, eliminating the worry of emptying the tank when the yacht is left for long periods of time. The lack of castors also means it will not roll around on board. Additionally if the power fails, the DD8L Zambezi will just restart in the mode it was previously in.

Yachting World concludes it is “a great all-rounder that consistently gets top reviews.”

Yachting World is a monthly magazine focusing on yachting and sailing that has been in circulation since 1894. The full article is in the November 2018 issue.

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