Forget cold showers and stream water from a tin freakin’ cup. Coleman has rendered the tankless water heater portable, making hot water easily available anywhere you’re willing to haul their little water on-demand unit. Of course, if you’re one of the people who’ve been completely without power for a day or more over the last few weeks due to ice, other less camping-oriented uses may pop in your head as well.
The heater works by burning fuel from a standard 16-1/2 ounce Coleman canister, which you screw into the front of the unit. A 6-volt, battery-powered pump draws water from a 5-gallon reservoir (which you’ll need to fill with potable water). Once set up, just turn the spring-loaded selector on the front to either cool (for unheated water), warm (for water heated around 50 degrees F over entry temp), or hot (for 100 degrees F) to start water flow out the spout. Coleman claims the efficient system can raise the water temperature as much as 100 degrees F in around five seconds.
Coleman offers a couple of handy accessories, too, including a hose adapter and a standard propane tank adapter, which when combined give you a pretty steady source of hot water. A spout-to-spray adapter should make hot showers a little simpler. You can charge the battery from either a 12V socket in your vehicle or a standard 120V house outlet.
Street pricing starts around $200, with a nice fitted carrying/storage case for around $30 more. And while that might be a bit pricey for twice-a-year camping trips, it sounds like a kick-ass idea for anyone betting there’ll be a Snowpocalypse II (Electric-free Boogaloo) next year.