Coghlan's 9965 Solar Camp Shower, 5-Gal.
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5 Gallon Capacity, Campers Solar Shower, Spray Nozzle & On/Off Hose Clip, Heavy Duty Non-Toxic PVC, Reinforced Handle, Snap Closure Filler Cap, Includes Cord For Hanging, Not to Be Used For Drinking Water.
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However, one should know that ALL of the "black" relatively cheap bags have a major flaw, and that is the handle. There are a few different styles, and the vinyl bag will rip around the handle....it happens a lot. The best way to avoid this is to never fill it completely full. Never more than 4 gallons. To make these bags last a long time, get two and never fill them more than with three gallons. The bag ripping at the handle makes it unrepairable and useless...DON'T fill them completely.
Also interesting is that the instructions to place the black side facing the sun is wrong. I have had bags the instructions printed on them to place the clear side to the sun, and that is correct. I've made tests, and the science we learned in 5th grade is correct. Yes, the "black up" will heat the water AT THE TOP, whereas, if the sun has to "go thru" the clear so it can be absorbed by the black, the hot water resulting will RISE, heating water as it rises. The "black up" will leave the cooler water at the "bottom". My measurements showed a 5degree increase for "clear side up."
In TN in the summer, this thing will heat up water to near-scalding temperatures in a few hours (though the initially cold water surely reached ambient temperature before sun-up because I filled them up before bed). We take one out of the sun early to mix in to COOL the water.
These *definintely* work but the whole clamp method for stopping water flow is really crappy. The other model that I have has a nice little toggle switch right on the shower head. It's easy to use and reliable. Coghlans just uses a little "clip" doohickey that you squeeze tight and it sticks closed using friction. It's not HARD to use, but compared to the other alternative, it's a pretty big disparity in ease-of-use and quality feel.
Both of my Coghlan camp showers have lasted multiple camping trips. The other manufacturers developed a rip near the handle in one trip and failed during the next one. Coghlans handily wins in the build quality department, even if the clip/water control is inferior.
Overall, it's super cheap and makes you feel like a million bucks when you can take a nice warm shower when your stuck out in the dirt. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
1) The white plastic "shower head" on one failed the very first time I tested it. In a very poor design choice this shower head is actually two pieces. The part that has the holes in it on the shower head face popped right off from the rest of the white piece that seats into the tube. This happened just holding the unit about shoulder high about half full with water. I was just doing an initial test to see how it worked. I spoke to Coghlans and they suggested super glue. They also said that piece could not be molded as one piece. Seems odd to me as almost every plastic flower watering pot that has a similar shower end on it is one piece. Can't think of any I bought that were glued together.
2) The bag is difficult to completely empty when draining due to the placement of the fill hole and the dispense line on the bag.
3) The clamp mechanism is not very good it leaks and deforms the tube when crimping to stop water flow. The tube itself is too long and crimps too easily.
I returned both and bought a Coleman model that was the same price. The Coleman "shower head" piece actually unscrews to allow flow and screws to stop flow. It does not leak or at least has not yet. Also the tube on the Coleman was more appropriate length and of a better density material to prevent crimps from folding. It flowed significantly better than the Coghlan model from the same height. The Coleman model was also easier to drain more completely. Lastly it was the same price (locally) so I would pass on this item.