Portable pressurised water: It’s a thing!
The device that replicates your kitchen tap pressure, outdoors
Mud, dirt, sand, salt, dust or sweat; Rinsekit lays claim to being able to wash off the lot regardless of whether you’re a camper, fisho, boatie, bike rider, tradie, surfie, dog owner or just a plain ol’ grub.
Having pressurised water with you makes for much easier and more convenient cleaning than resorting to the bucket and rag option.
The Rinsekit attaches to your standard household tap via a regular (supplied) snap-connect water fitting. Turning the tap on fills the Rinsekit with not only water, but pressurised water to provide approximately 65psi of pressure (which is your standard home system’s pressure). The kit claims to be able to keep that pressure for up to one month and the included hand-held nozzle has seven spray settings exactly the same as you’d use at home with a garden hose… but able to be used out bush, or at the beach or anywhere there is no mains pressure water service.
The beauty of this invention is that there is no motor, no compressor, no pump and no moving parts to squirt water. It is all done via the pressure chamber taking on the water and pressure from your home’s mains water system. Clever, huh!
The downside: Once you’ve used that water, that’s it. No more squirting unless you can refill from a mains water system. You can’t simply pour water in via a bucket and have pressurised water. For my purposes, if there is ever a Mark II version, I’d incorporate an air hose inlet to enable the container to be pressurized; or even a simple hand pump incorporated to do the pressurising. Of course, a pressure regulator would have to be included to prevent blowing the whole thing sky high, but being able to fill via a bucket, pump it up and spray would be a huge advancement of the product.
Rinsekit claims up to four minutes of squirt time from the two gallons (7.5 litres) of water and the removable lid provides a great platform to stand on once it’s easily unclipped from the main box.
Since having a Rinsekit for some months, I’ve had a go at washing off the kids after playing in the mud, chasing the dog – who hates water, cleaning small parts of my 4X4, hosing bird poo off the caravan windows; and I’ve used it several times at the beach to make sure half a tonne of sand didn’t migrate via the kids’ feet back to my place. The Rinsekit provides a highly-efficient water usage system, is easy to use and all fits within a useable-sized box.
All up, it works brilliantly as advertised. But I’d need the Field Kit (see Stop Press, above) before taking it too far from civilisation. A nifty invention that stems from the old trick of utilising a modified pressurised garden sprayer for a shower.
Since being provided this Rinsekit from the Australian distributor, it seems the parent company (in the USA) has been listening to my gripes about refilling away from mains water systems and has come up with an optional extra Field Kit which, lo and behold, allows you to refill the Rinsekit and enable pressuring via an adaptor from a bike pump. At the time of writing the Field Kit was on the US website, but not the Australian site.
There is also a hot water adaptor on the US site, but that only allows you to fill direct from your household hot water system with pressurising. But utilising the field refilling kit with hot water (say from your campfire billy), and pumping your own pressure into it, would mean you’d have a great system for hot showers.