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Portable Water Heater - SunRocket Solar Thermos and Kettle - Boil Water With Only Sunlight

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Product Description

SunRocket Solar Kettle Using the latest in solar thermal technology, the SunRocket uses an evacuated tube, boosted by reflective panels to heat and boil water. When opened it can heat water in as little as 30 minutes (weather dependent) and then closes to act like a thermos, keeping water hot for hours. The SunRocket is perfect for home energy saving, camping, picnics, sports events, fishing, boating or disaster preparation. The SunRocket is an essential part of any emergency preparation or first aid pack. It can melt snow, pasturise stream water or make sterile water for medical use through heat treatment. The SunRocket is scratch and weather resistant, compact and lightweight. The SunRocket is made from quality materials under ethical and environmentally sensitive manufacturing processes. Great gift idea for those hard to buy for! Specifications: Dimensions: 45x11x11cm (17.7x4.3x4.3 inches) Volume: 500ml (17oz) Weight: 1kg (2.2lbs) Materials: Evacuated vacuum glass tube made from Vycor glass (95% silica, high temperature and thermal shock resistant) and copper / aluminium absorption. Reflective aluminium panels, high quality scratch and weather resistant plastics, pressure release valve.

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  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 4.3 x 17.3 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: Australia
  • ASIN: B0098IW9JU
  • Item model number: 01
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,913 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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It certainly does work as advertised...
R. Seehoffer
Not the type of thing you want to worry about if you want to keep this in your bug out bag or for an emergency.
wcoastpi
Our water reached a scorching 152 degrees in just 2 hours!
Naomi Elkins

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By R. Seehoffer on May 29, 2013
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I purchased this just to have in my 'kit'--I'm not a 'prepper' per se but like to have options. I read the reviews of this unit and also investigated a very similar device recently released in Britain called Solar Kettle, and this one seemed a bit better designed and had more history. Price was about the same. I didn't really know what to expect and was a bit skeptical as is my nature, although I tried to keep an open mind and the concept seemed sound. The SunRocket arrived yesterday afternoon (way early considering the Memorial Day holiday) and even though it was nearly 3 pm I thought I'd give it a quick go. I washed and filled it, and sat it on my patio facing roughly southwest. I left off the lid and inserted an electronic kitchen thermometer. The water was 80 F initially, and within a few minutes it started to climb. I got a little less than a degree per minute for the first hour. As the sun moved farther west I stood the unit up on its base and it continued to climb slowly, ultimately hitting 160 F at around 4:45 PM at which point I brought it in and made some excellent tea.
Last night, before I went to bed, I refilled the unit and with the lid in place sat it out on my patio facing due south, which would then be the optimum direction at 12:30 PM. In the morning I went out around 10 AM, with the sun nowhere near hitting the unit head on, and unscrewed the lid to take an initial reading. Well, to my surprise the water was already boiling like gangbusters, and my reading was 207 F which was about right for 1550 feet above sea level. To be fair I am just east of Phoenix AZ, and it is getting on toward summer so it's around 85 out as I type this, but still...not bad. Clearly it'll do the job when needed.
Construction wise, the glass vacuum bottle seems heavy and well-made.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Madison on January 27, 2013
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I was able to make steaming hot water in about 45 minutes, in Wisconsin, in January. If you have a bright, sunny day, this can work year-round. Since the tube in the middle is made out of glass, make sure you don't drop it. The seller shipped this quickly.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Seeking the Best on June 2, 2013
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Ordering & Packaging_5 Stars
I ordered the SunRocket on May 26, 2013 and received it on May 31. Mine came in a sturdy box, and the unit box itself was in bubble wrap. So there was little or no chance of the evacuated glass being broken.

The Unit Itself_3 Stars
Opening the reflectors was a little tricky, as one reviewer noted. Also, each reflector has a notch at the top, and the stand is positioned in each notch. It's a little tricky to get the stand positioned in the reflector notches , but I got the hang of it after a few tries.

One reflector has scratches on it. Maybe this was a unit someone sent back to shipper. The other reflector has a couple of dents in it. I don't know yet if these blemishes will effect performance of the unit.

Performance_3.5 Stars
The unit was filled with distilled water to about 2 inches below the rim. The time was about 11:00 am. An "ACURITE Digital Timer" was used to position the unit every 10 minutes. Conditions were cloudy.

40 minute result
During the 40 minute period, the outer part of glass tube remained cool to touch. This means that little or no heat is transferred in a vacuum. Temperature of water was "low hot" to touch. The conditions were somewhat cloudy.

80 minute result
Outer part of evacuated tube still cool to touch. Water is hot to touch - hot enough that I had to withdraw my finger.

120 minute result
Small bubbles are forming on inside of glass (about 176°F). It probably would be boiling by now if I hadn't removed the lid every twenty minutes.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Saltygi on January 19, 2013
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Exactly as advertised. Tried out a full rocket for 1 hr and water was too hot to stick your finger in it. That was a full sun condition but short test in clody environment had similar results.
Con: takes alittle figuring to open solar collectors.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By - Garry - on October 2, 2013
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I know, I know, you're thinking, this is listed in the "toys" classification, how good could this be? Well, I took a chance and ordered it.
It arrived broken. I thought; " Oh crap! This is going to take a year to straighten out!" Boy was I wrong! I called the Amazon number.... Prepared to fight for my rights. The Rep. On the other end disarmed me by telling me to use the label that they had included and they would pay the Postage/Shipping!
Still, being the die-hard pessimist that I am, I figured that it would get lost, or something would happen to screw this up. AGAIN I was Soo wrong! I got a new one within 10 days, and it was perfect.
So I filled this sucker with some water, and (without reading the instructions - I'm a man) set it up (correctly) in the sun. Sort-of. Lots of clouds, periods of pure sun then clouds. So I left it out for several hours. When I remembered that it was still out there, I rushed out and picked it up. My jostling of it cause the pressure relief to let go, and, because I hadn't read the instructions, was surprised by a scalding stream of water! THAT WATER WAS BOILING HOT! THIS! Is no toy!
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