Here's a trick question, when do you need to get a fire extinguisher?
a.) When there's a fire.
b.) Before a fire.
c.) During a fire.

If you answered a. or c., it's the wrong answer, but still not too late to get it right.

Omniyo Pte Ltd, the company behind the Hyprex fire extinguisher claims their product consists of water and a pH neutral, patented nano plant extracts that breaks up the surface tension of the water molecules (surface tension is what makes water "cling" to the edge of a glass of water) to essentially make water "wetter" by reducing the viscosity of water.

600°C to 50°C in seconds.


As a result of this, Singapore-based company claims that the Hyprex with its patented Rapid Cooling Nano Technology, when sprayed on an open fire, penetrates deeper and spreads out wider in a thinner sheet cooling the burning surface faster - the company claims a 92% drop in "core fire" temperature from 600°C to 50°C in seconds. 

As a result of this fast heat reduction, there's less chances of re-combustion. Good thing too, cause there's only approximately 12 seconds worth of spray time from a 460ml can of Hyprex fire extinguisher.

Speaking of temperatures, the Hyprex 460 has been tested in a high heat environment of up to 100°C although ideal storage temperature is anything from 0 to 55°C. That means you can safely store it in the kitchen area at home or even in your car.

Storage location and visibility.

While it's safe to store in the trunk, ideally, you would want to store it somewhere visible and accessible - right under the driver or front passenger's seat without being completely hidden from sight is ideal. If it's out of sight, it's usually out of mind.. Even more so in an emergency! 

While we understand the need for creative labeling design to differentiate one's product from the competition, the Hyprex label side just seems to blends in with the surrounding making it invisible amongst the other household items - especially to the uninitiated. So make sure you face the label side in.

Bracket not included.

The Hyprex 460 canister also does not come with an installation bracket - so you either have to place it in a highly visible place or fabricate your own bracket especially for vehicle use. For weight weenies with highly modified street cars, the gross weight of the Hyprex 460 is rated at 580g (+/-10%) - that's very "light" insurance, if you ask us.

Unlike traditional fire extinguishers, the Hyprex 460 comes in a familiar spray can which also means that just about anyone who has ever used a can of aerosol spray would be familiar with it. 

Omniyo claims that no training required in their brochure, but we suspect that is only half true - as with any fire extinguishers, you want to spray at the base of the fire. Luckily, a usage diagram has been clearly indicated on the Hyprex canister.

It's also not a bad idea to buy an extra can just to demonstrate to your family or staff members on how to put out a fire with any fire extinguisher products.

Non-toxic, biodegradable formula.


Omniyo claims that the Hyprex is made using plant extracts and food-grade materials and even doubles up as a super-effective plant fertiliser (no, we didn't make that up).

Omniyo also claims that clean up is a breeze and while cleaning up is the last thing on your mind during a fire emergency, we're sure it's an added bonus and one that the cleaners would thank you for.

Additionally, since the Hyprex consists mainly of water, it's not suitable for electrical (Class C) fires, based on a simple equation that water added to electricity equals electrocution risks.

Certifications.
The main cost of the Hyprex obviously isn't in its content but in the development and more importantly, the testing and certifications. 

The Hyprex has been certified by Swiss-based SGS SVHC (REACH) for non-toxicity test, the China National Accreditation Service (CNAS) quality assurance certification for fire equipment and the China Compulsory Product Certification for Fire Products (CCCF), the American Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the Petroleum Consortium LASTFIRE Test Protocol certification. 

If it weren't for all those, you could probably buy non-certified fire extinguishers for a fraction of the cost. 

The dangers with buying a non-certified fire extinguishers is that you could very well end up with something that doesn't work giving you a false sense of security.

The Hyprex has a shelf life of up to 3 years, that works out to RM33 per year. Now the question is, how much are you willing to pay for a peace of mind?

Pros:
Fast heat reduction, reduces chance of re-combustion.
Biodegradable, non-toxic formula.
Easy clean up.
3-years shelf life.
Certified.

Cons:
Label side that doesn't stand out as a fire extinguisher.
No wall or vehicle mounting bracket.
Not suitable for electrical (Class C) fires.
More expensive than the competition.

You can view the Hyprex demonstration on YouTube and purchase the Hyprex Fire Extinguisher from CTHardware.com.