Zodi Instant Water Heater and Hot Shower

US $171.58

Availability: In Stock

UPC: 684805061871

Brand Name: Zodi

Product Category: Toilets & Showers

Rugged steel construction for extra Zodi instant water heater durability
Push button ignition for instant hot water anywhere no matches required
Powerful pump offers strong water pressure and works with any water source (Four D cell batteries required, but not included)
8-foot long shower hose with water-saving shower head
Convenient nylon bag for storage and transport of the Zodi instant water heater
Durable base secures standard propane cylinder during use (propane not included)
  • Battery Type: Does Not Contain a Battery
  • Multi Pack Indicator: No
  • Model No.: 6187
  • Shipping Weight (in pounds): 9.2
  • Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.0 x 8.0 x 19.5
  • Walmart No.: 552770991

how hot is the water and can you adjust temperature?


Answer : yes and no, water got hot enough that i added more cold water, but that was in springsummer months....have not used in colder weather yet....but buy turning the knob higher will make water hot, so i guess for the most to answer ur question....yes


Answer : The water is warmer than the cold water coming out of the tap if you want it hotter you cycle the same water back into your holding bucket until it reaches your desired temp. Once you start the shower it will maintain that temperature you raised it to


Answer : If you allow it to keep recycling the water before you use it the water will get to hot to even shower with! It works great


Answer : Not as hot as some would like. But let it recirculate it will get hot. Yes you can adjust it but not a lot.


Answer : It all depends on the temperature of the water you are running through the heater. If you start with very cold water what comes out is at best tepid. If your source water is already warm (leave it in a black bucket for a couple of hours in the sun - or put the shower head back into the bucket to cycle it through the heater for 5 - 10 minutes) the water coming out can be very hot. There is a knob which allows you to turn down the heat on the propane tank valve if the water is too hot.


Answer : Water temperature is controlled by flow level dial at tank connector.


Answer : 30 degrees above your source water. Using tap water from my garden hose, it heated the water as hot as I could withstand and I could have made the water hotter. The temp is adjusted by turning the knob on the side of the heater which adjusts the flame... much like a gas stove or grill.


Answer : You can adjust the flame on the heater.


Answer : From garden hose water temperature to heated it is between warm and hot. From warmer water to heated it is hot. You can adjust the "temperature" by adjusting the fuel output of the propane. If you are wanting a hot shower cycle the water from the container to the heater and back to the container until the water is at a good warm temperature. Then you can take a hot shower.


Answer : it gets around 80-100 degrees. You can keep the temp low by turning down the heat.



does this product come with a container to heat the water in and if it does not what is acceptable c


Answer : The unit is an 'on demand' type heater. The water flows through a copper coil inside the unit and is heated by a propane flame inside the unit. If the source water is cold you will only get (at best) lukewarm water. You can preheat the source water (from a large bucket or whatever) by putting the shower head back into the bucket and cycling the water through the heater. Once the source water is luke-warm the heater gives quite hot water.


Answer : The bag is designed to hold water to have one shower. Same if you have the hard case. However i always fill up a rubbermaid container, that holds plenty of water for all parties.


Answer : No it does not, use your imagination. A clean 5 gallon bucket or two, an old cooler (the larger the better for showers) anything that would hold water that is clean and has not had chemicals or fuel in it.


Answer : It does not come with a container that holds water. I have been using a 5 gallon bucket, which last about 5 minutes. I keep a filled collapsable 5 gallon jug next to the bucket in case I want to take a longer shower.


Answer : It has that option, but I didn't purchase it. Any bucket or water can would do, the pump part is submersible.


Answer : This product does not come with a container for the water. Zodi does sell a bucket made for this product. However I use a Rubbermaid 5 gallon mop bucket.


Answer : Five gallon bucket, or a water can. The pump isn't real big and just drops into whatever your water source is.


Answer : We use a clean 5 gallon bucket, but my teenager uses a 15 gallon bucket...HAHAHA


Answer : You can use any container. I had a rubbermaid container the first time because I thought I coudl just pull from the creek and it turned out the machine couldn't turn the ice cold water in to 110 degrees of warmth for me (ice cold turned to lukewarm). So I just emptied a tote I had with us and filled it with water. You can find a million idea for containers - rubber maid, portable sink, etc. I used about 3 gal per shower.


Answer : If you get the unit that comes in the hard plastic case, you use that for water. Otherwise, any bucket will work fine



How hot does the water get? How is the pressure? Can it be hooked to a 5 gal propane tank?


Answer : Very hot if you cycle it , pressure not bad but certainly not your indoor shower at home and yes it can be hooked up to a larger tank with an adapter hose


Answer : Water can get very hot... yes it can be hooked to a 5 gal propane tank and the pressure is so so but when you are camping so so pressure is way better than none at all


Answer : hotter but not as hot as most would like. Pressure not great just a little better then a solar shower. Yes,with the right adapter.


Answer : If you are starting with warm water (leave a large black bucket of water in the sun for a few hours) then the water can get very hot. Alternatively you can put the shower head into the bucket from where you are drawing the water and cycle it through the heater for 5- 10 minutes to preheat the source water. If you start with very cold water, you will get cold water out which has had the chill removed. The water pressure is reasonable. It doesn't compare to a shower at home, but you can certainly shower in the water that comes out of the head. It will empty a 5 gallon bucket in just over 5 minutes (so I guess about a gallon a minute). I don't think it can be hooked to a larger tank, as the recommended tank is actually integral to the heater - the heating unit mounts directly on top of the tank and it is the tank that holds it upright.


Answer : The water is pumped from the source by a small pump (included with the purchase). I use a 5 gallon bucket to hold the source water. The batteries are attached in a different package, which powers the pump. Water is drawn through the pump, which is submerged in the source water, to the heater via a flexible tube. In the heater the water travels through coils (looks like copper coils) which is heated by a flame. The newly-heated water exits the heater into a flexible tube that is 8ft (?) and runs to a fixed/unadjustable shower head. Pressure is adaqute but not strong. Certainly better that a gravity-fed shower that you might be familiar with from a solar shower bag. The heater is designed to attached directly to a camp propane bottle, which subsequently attaches to a base holder, which keeps the propane/heater package upright. It is possible to purchase an off the shelf propane connector and tube set and attach the heater to a large propane tank but you would have to rig something custom to keep the heater upright. Something as simple as some bricks might work. It would have to be heat resistant because the heater will be hot. You might also be able to suspend/hang the heater by its handle, which remains cool during operation.


Answer : Only used it in the summer. Water can get too hot at times. The pressure was pretty good for a battery operated pump. Don't know if you can use a 5 gal tank. I used the 16 oz bottle.


Answer : To me it gets hotter than I can stand and I use pretty hot water, and u can buy the adapter to hook it to a 5gal tank or u can get the adapter to refill the one pound tank for about 12 dollars.


Answer : I don't have measurements but from cold water it gets warm and from warm water it gets to about 100 degrees. Pressure depends on how you place the pump, heating unit, and the shower head. They do not recommend attaching it and I don't know if there is an attachment for a 5 gal tank.


Answer : you can run it off a 5 gallon propane tank with the rod adapter, but 1 little green camp tank heats about 50 gallons of water. You can adjust the temp. by adjusting the flame. The water was heated to at least 30 degrees hotter than the starting water temp, but you can put the shower head back in the bucket to recirculate the water to get it hotter. Pressure is fair to good. Enough to wash your hair and body. Great for a show in the middle of nowhere.


Answer : Temp per instruction is 100 degrees or less, but I used a 5 gal pail, filled 4 gal of ice cold creek water and 1 gal of boiled water (boiled on the propane stove) that made the water in the bucket milder and my shower quite warm. If you use cold lake/creek water you may not have a "hot" shower but I am guessing the shower water is 40-50 degrees warmer than the bucket water.



Awesome water heater for camp shower

We have an off the grid camp with no plumbing which makes showering difficult. We tried solar shower bags but the New England sun barely warmed it. We bought the Zodi water heater along with an outdoor shower tent and that works like a charm. A 5 gallon pail of water is enough for 3-4 people to take 5-10 minute showers. The trick is to rinse off, then put the hose back in the bucket so it circulates the hot water while you suds up. This method saves water and get's the water warm quickly. By the last person it's downright hot! My only wish is a larger sprayer, but hey, I'll gladly take whatever hot shower I can get! Love it so much that we are building an outdoor shower building to use it in. Then we can use it year round (with a space heater of course).


Go to bed clean when camping!!!

This unit performed as advertised. Replaced hose to shower head with a longer one which was really simple. Some "sweat" on heating coils when water is cold but no problems with leaking. Less than five gallons of water per shower. Need to combine it with a nice pop up shower stall if modesty is an issue, other than that great price and performance.


A must have!!!

We have had one of these in the past, we love it! When your in the middle of the woods with no power this is perfect. It doesn't have alot of pressure, but enough, to rinse off soap and rinse out your shampoo and conditioner. Plan ahead for your water source!!! We filled a medium sized tote and we were both able to take a shower. And it's warm not hot.


awesome product

Works really well, easy to set up. Bigger shower head would be nice, but hey, it's a shower for camping!


Worked briefly

Purchased online paid for next-day shipping. The water heater worked about 6 times. With new batteries the water flow was too fast to get hot water. With one used battery added it slowed flow enough to give hot water. After the 6th shower the propane valve failed and would not allow enough propane to flow to ignite. Returned to my local Walmart and was out the shipping fee.


Okay if the water is not really cold to start with

We took this on our last camping trip and unfortunately the creek water was too cold to even get the water warm. The second time we used it we decided to heat up some water on the stove first to warm up the tub of water and it worked pretty well for taking a shower outdoors. Instant hot it is not but you can get the water warm.


Ok For warm weather

OK my expectations were a little high I guess, my friend and I tried to use this outdoor shower in weather around 30 to 40 degrees and it did not get near warm enough!! I suspect this shower will work great in the summer/spring though.. also if the water is already warmed that helps.. Then again, we were probably just not doing something right.. (it happens) OVerall, I am happy with the purchase and look forward to using it in the warmer weather..


Works good - uses minimal water

We went camping in the desert with limited water. We needed somthing that worked but did not require much water. This unit did the trick. We did showers and hair washes for 4 people. It worked flawlessly. The one unit heater is PLENTY of heat for summer camping. It is capable of heating just fine. Put your water almost as high as the shower head and it has plenty of volume. It was our most popular appliance. Well designed, simple, rugged. The propane and the batteries lasted for the week, there seems to be plenty left.


Great! Works! Love it!

I am a very frequent camper, “in the middle of no where” camper…I usually jump in a creek to “bath” so this certainly is a step up. If your expectations are something like the Hilton (or even Motel 6) you won’t be happy but if you want a reasonably warm shower in the middle of the woods you’ll be happy. We used about 5 gal for 2 showers in a bucket, (the first time we pulled directly from the creek but it was too cold) the water pressure is akin to a garden hose, not too bad but nothing wonderful. The water temp is less than 100 degrees according to the instructions. It was very cold outside and I chill VERY easily so we boiled about 1 gallon of water and used the machine to “recycle” the water until lukewarm. Once we did that the water was actually hot, I am guess 110-120 degrees – skin red hot. Very important to note that the temp of the water you’re starting out with will directly impact the shower temp. We used creek water about 40 degrees so we boiled to get hot showers. If you’re camping in July this isn’t a problem, if you’re hunting in November you’ll have a different expectation and need for warmer water. The shower head is small but certainly works a million times better than a creek. So…if you’re trying to recreate a hotel exp in the woods this isn’t going to work, but if you’re looking for a warm way to be clean this does a great job. We were able to get 4-6 showers per green disposable tank and about the same per set of batteries. It does “vapor lock” easily which is easy to fix so be sure to read the directions. The carry case is about the size of two standard two boxes on top of each other w/o the propane. Price is a bit steep outside of Walmart ($120 or more) but for $88 it is a good value and worth it because i use it a lot, 5 weeks a year at min.


Dioes noit work as advertized

I finally got it a position to use this water heater/shower and was sorely disappointed. Everything worked on the unit but the water never got more than tepid at best. I realized that the water source I'm using is pretty cool but I couldn't tell the difference from the temp of the water source and the water coming out of the shower. The pressure was substantially lower than I'd hoped but I needed the shower and all I can say about it was it was quite invigorating. I'm going to try to hook up an alternate heat source for my water source and try to heat that up before it goes through the shower but from what I've read I shouldn't have had to do that. The instructions say that if the water is not warm enough then direct the shower into the water source and run it through again. For the amount of heat generated by this unit I think I would have had to re-cycle the water all night to get it warm. Nice concept but in my experience...it doesn't do what it is advertized to do.


zodi camper shower

when I ordered this shower unit I was rehabbing my 30 foot travel trailer. I needed to shower and I came across this shower on line at Walmart. I have used this device almost every night and it works like a charm. I put water in a six gallon bucket let it circulate and warm up than take my shower. This is one of the best tools I now own. It is worth buying.


Works good - uses minimal water

We went camping in the desert with limited water. We needed somthing that worked but did not require much water. This unit did the trick. We did showers and hair washes for 4 people. It worked flawlessly. The one unit heater is PLENTY of heat for summer camping. It is capable of heating just fine. Put your water almost as high as the shower head and it has plenty of volume. It was our most popular appliance. Well designed, simple, rugged. The propane and the batteries lasted for the week, there seems to be plenty left.


Poorly made product

As is so common these days, this product cuts corners in many key areas. For one, the battery compartment has a clip on lid that is supposed to remain under pressure at all times to seal water out. Well, the hinge for that lid is made out of . . . plastic, about as thick as a credit card where it attaches to the body and lid. Definitely the weakest point of failure. Needless to say, it didn't last long. Once it broke, water got into the compartment and the batteries quickly rusted. Not a good deal. The hoses are also put on with cheap hose clamps that can't be adjusted like a normal hose clamp. I found this out when a hole formed in one of the hoses from the heat of the water and I had to cut the hose down and try to re-engineer the clamp just to finish my shower. Shower pressure is like a constant stream of dripping water from multiple holes. Getting shampoo out of your hair is not easy. I had to fill a cup up repeatedly and dump it on my head. Lastly, the water temperature can vary greatly by how deep the pump is in the water. Unfortunately, there isn't any clamp or anything to keep it down in the water. Perhaps I am being to critical of a product that is 'better than nothing', but it has a very poor weakest point of failure. I'd look for something a little more durable.


GARBAGE!!

I bought this for use in Florida in my hunting camp, the product is GARBAGE!! You BARELY get any water flow, and the water is NOT "Hot" even with the negligable flow! I bought a "Tankless" heater from an RV store for about 20 bucks more and was VERY satisfied with that one, hooked it to my campers water system and can get SCALDING hot water in my kitchen sink if I want it! DO NOT BUY THE ZODI you will be disappointed if you want anything close to a "Shower"


Close, but not quite

I tried it, and returned it.. Several things wrong.. First, you cannot turn off the water while the burner is heating.. With an outdoor shower, I shut off the water while I soap up, to save hot water... Second, the pump is not adequate.. It would not pump water from the ground to my head height.. Also, very low volume at even four feet.. I would like a better pump, with 12 vdc power optional, and the ability to shut off the water during the shower.. The heater worked fine...\nW...


A fine product!

I have used this shower a couple of times on camping trips to remote sites in the National Forest. It works better than I had anticipated. It's nice to have a hot shower after a long day of fishing. I would recommend tis unit to anyone.\n\nWhen I received it it had a broken part. One call to Zodi & they shipped me a new one - no questions asked. Great customer service from Zodi !!


Payed for itself 1st use!

My wife & I travel many times a year in our teardrop trailer and met a another couple in The Grand Teton National Park this past fall who told us about this product. The solar shower that we use doesn't always get it on cold cloudy days... After purchasing this in Cody's Walmart, and going to Yellowstone my wife said after the first use "It payed for itself already". It ain't like home and we didn't expect it to be. By the way you can heat up the water in the container from which you use (an old ice chest for us) and turn off the burner and then you can cycle the pump all you want.


Great! Works! Love it!

I am a very frequent camper, “in the middle of no where” camper…I usually jump in a creek to “bath” so this certainly is a step up. If your expectations are something like the Hilton (or even Motel 6) you won’t be happy but if you want a reasonably warm shower in the middle of the woods you’ll be happy. We used about 5 gal for 2 showers in a bucket, (the first time we pulled directly from the creek but it was too cold) the water pressure is akin to a garden hose, not too bad but nothing wonderful. The water temp is less than 100 degrees according to the instructions. It was very cold outside and I chill VERY easily so we boiled about 1 gallon of water and used the machine to “recycle” the water until lukewarm. Once we did that the water was actually hot, I am guess 110-120 degrees – skin red hot. Very important to note that the temp of the water you’re starting out with will directly impact the shower temp. We used creek water about 40 degrees so we boiled to get hot showers. If you’re camping in July this isn’t a problem, if you’re hunting in November you’ll have a different expectation and need for warmer water. The shower head is small but certainly works a million times better than a creek. So…if you’re trying to recreate a hotel exp in the woods this isn’t going to work, but if you’re looking for a warm way to be clean this does a great job. We were able to get 4-6 showers per green disposable tank and about the same per set of batteries. It does “vapor lock” easily which is easy to fix so be sure to read the directions. The carry case is about the size of two standard two boxes on top of each other w/o the propane. Price is a bit steep outside of Walmart ($120 or more) but for $88 it is a good value and worth it because i use it a lot, 5 weeks a year at min.


Works good - uses minimal water

We went camping in the desert with limited water. We needed somthing that worked but did not require much water. This unit did the trick. We did showers and hair washes for 4 people. It worked flawlessly. The one unit heater is PLENTY of heat for summer camping. It is capable of heating just fine. Put your water almost as high as the shower head and it has plenty of volume. It was our most popular appliance. Well designed, simple, rugged. The propane and the batteries lasted for the week, there seems to be plenty left.


Ok For warm weather

OK my expectations were a little high I guess, my friend and I tried to use this outdoor shower in weather around 30 to 40 degrees and it did not get near warm enough!! I suspect this shower will work great in the summer/spring though.. also if the water is already warmed that helps.. Then again, we were probably just not doing something right.. (it happens) OVerall, I am happy with the purchase and look forward to using it in the warmer weather..


Okay if the water is not really cold to start with

We took this on our last camping trip and unfortunately the creek water was too cold to even get the water warm. The second time we used it we decided to heat up some water on the stove first to warm up the tub of water and it worked pretty well for taking a shower outdoors. Instant hot it is not but you can get the water warm.


A must have!!!

We have had one of these in the past, we love it! When your in the middle of the woods with no power this is perfect. It doesn't have alot of pressure, but enough, to rinse off soap and rinse out your shampoo and conditioner. Plan ahead for your water source!!! We filled a medium sized tote and we were both able to take a shower. And it's warm not hot.


Go to bed clean when camping!!!

This unit performed as advertised. Replaced hose to shower head with a longer one which was really simple. Some "sweat" on heating coils when water is cold but no problems with leaking. Less than five gallons of water per shower. Need to combine it with a nice pop up shower stall if modesty is an issue, other than that great price and performance.


Awesome water heater for camp shower

We have an off the grid camp with no plumbing which makes showering difficult. We tried solar shower bags but the New England sun barely warmed it. We bought the Zodi water heater along with an outdoor shower tent and that works like a charm. A 5 gallon pail of water is enough for 3-4 people to take 5-10 minute showers. The trick is to rinse off, then put the hose back in the bucket so it circulates the hot water while you suds up. This method saves water and get's the water warm quickly. By the last person it's downright hot! My only wish is a larger sprayer, but hey, I'll gladly take whatever hot shower I can get! Love it so much that we are building an outdoor shower building to use it in. Then we can use it year round (with a space heater of course).


Nice for the price!

My wife and I camp about 4 times a year and have always used a bag shower to get cleaned up. The problem is they dont get to warm and you have to hang the bag so high, I'm 6'4'' tall. This shower kicks for a cheaply priced unit. It has good pressure with a good set of batteries, even pumping from a card table to 7' high. Could spend more to get a little more but this unit is more than enough for the cool to warm weather camper. Seems to be very durable while transporting even with the soft bag. The only flaw is you need to add something to weigh down the pump or it tends to float. Other than that, it works awesome!


for a camp shower its pretty good. but its not like home so if your expecting something like that its not. its also not as good as an rv shower. its worth the money because the alternative is no shower in the woods or a "spit" bath and its much better than a spit bath


Poorly made product

As is so common these days, this product cuts corners in many key areas. For one, the battery compartment has a clip on lid that is supposed to remain under pressure at all times to seal water out. Well, the hinge for that lid is made out of . . . plastic, about as thick as a credit card where it attaches to the body and lid. Definitely the weakest point of failure. Needless to say, it didn't last long. Once it broke, water got into the compartment and the batteries quickly rusted. Not a good deal. The hoses are also put on with cheap hose clamps that can't be adjusted like a normal hose clamp. I found this out when a hole formed in one of the hoses from the heat of the water and I had to cut the hose down and try to re-engineer the clamp just to finish my shower. Shower pressure is like a constant stream of dripping water from multiple holes. Getting shampoo out of your hair is not easy. I had to fill a cup up repeatedly and dump it on my head. Lastly, the water temperature can vary greatly by how deep the pump is in the water. Unfortunately, there isn't any clamp or anything to keep it down in the water. Perhaps I am being to critical of a product that is 'better than nothing', but it has a very poor weakest point of failure. I'd look for something a little more durable.


GARBAGE!!

I bought this for use in Florida in my hunting camp, the product is GARBAGE!! You BARELY get any water flow, and the water is NOT "Hot" even with the negligable flow! I bought a "Tankless" heater from an RV store for about 20 bucks more and was VERY satisfied with that one, hooked it to my campers water system and can get SCALDING hot water in my kitchen sink if I want it! DO NOT BUY THE ZODI you will be disappointed if you want anything close to a "Shower"


Close, but not quite

I tried it, and returned it.. Several things wrong.. First, you cannot turn off the water while the burner is heating.. With an outdoor shower, I shut off the water while I soap up, to save hot water... Second, the pump is not adequate.. It would not pump water from the ground to my head height.. Also, very low volume at even four feet.. I would like a better pump, with 12 vdc power optional, and the ability to shut off the water during the shower.. The heater worked fine...\nW...


A fine product!

I have used this shower a couple of times on camping trips to remote sites in the National Forest. It works better than I had anticipated. It's nice to have a hot shower after a long day of fishing. I would recommend tis unit to anyone.\n\nWhen I received it it had a broken part. One call to Zodi & they shipped me a new one - no questions asked. Great customer service from Zodi !!


Payed for itself 1st use!

My wife & I travel many times a year in our teardrop trailer and met a another couple in The Grand Teton National Park this past fall who told us about this product. The solar shower that we use doesn't always get it on cold cloudy days... After purchasing this in Cody's Walmart, and going to Yellowstone my wife said after the first use "It payed for itself already". It ain't like home and we didn't expect it to be. By the way you can heat up the water in the container from which you use (an old ice chest for us) and turn off the burner and then you can cycle the pump all you want.


Nice for the price!

My wife and I camp about 4 times a year and have always used a bag shower to get cleaned up. The problem is they dont get to warm and you have to hang the bag so high, I'm 6'4'' tall. This shower kicks for a cheaply priced unit. It has good pressure with a good set of batteries, even pumping from a card table to 7' high. Could spend more to get a little more but this unit is more than enough for the cool to warm weather camper. Seems to be very durable while transporting even with the soft bag. The only flaw is you need to add something to weigh down the pump or it tends to float. Other than that, it works awesome!


for a camp shower its pretty good. but its not like home so if your expecting something like that its not. its also not as good as an rv shower. its worth the money because the alternative is no shower in the woods or a "spit" bath and its much better than a spit bath


zodi camper shower

when I ordered this shower unit I was rehabbing my 30 foot travel trailer. I needed to shower and I came across this shower on line at Walmart. I have used this device almost every night and it works like a charm. I put water in a six gallon bucket let it circulate and warm up than take my shower. This is one of the best tools I now own. It is worth buying.


Dioes noit work as advertized

I finally got it a position to use this water heater/shower and was sorely disappointed. Everything worked on the unit but the water never got more than tepid at best. I realized that the water source I'm using is pretty cool but I couldn't tell the difference from the temp of the water source and the water coming out of the shower. The pressure was substantially lower than I'd hoped but I needed the shower and all I can say about it was it was quite invigorating. I'm going to try to hook up an alternate heat source for my water source and try to heat that up before it goes through the shower but from what I've read I shouldn't have had to do that. The instructions say that if the water is not warm enough then direct the shower into the water source and run it through again. For the amount of heat generated by this unit I think I would have had to re-cycle the water all night to get it warm. Nice concept but in my experience...it doesn't do what it is advertized to do.


Sorely Disappointed

Purchased this unit last year after reading all the positive reviews. I used it last year when I couldn't use my kitchen sink to wash dishes. It worked like it was supposed to, so I'm pleased (especially since I bought this behind my husbands back). Fast forward to this past weekend (Memorial Day 2011). The first day of use, both the hoses burned off the heater unit sending steam hissing. I'm ticked, but the pump still worked, so I set the water can in the sun. Well of course the pump stopped working in the middle washing dishes. I changed batteries but that didn't solve the problem. I refuse to throw away $99, so if anyone can tell me if there are heat resistant hoses to fit this thing, I would greatly appreciate the info. It galls me to have to pay for another pump. But after reading the reviews for the competing battery operated pumps, it seems I'm stuck with this Zodi. How sad that Coleman does not sell theirs anymore.


its better than a spit shower

Its O.K. But thats all, if the water is real cold it wont heat it to the temp that you need to be comfortable, and that can be a problem for some. but if the water is 65 or 70 deg in the bucket that you are pumping from it dose o.k. it will not work if you are thinking of hooking it up to a garden hose the water coming out of the hose is too cold for the heater to heat, the pump works good as long as the batterys are new, the propane tanks seem to last awile, overall its a shower when one is not avaliable.


Poorly made product

As is so common these days, this product cuts corners in many key areas. For one, the battery compartment has a clip on lid that is supposed to remain under pressure at all times to seal water out. Well, the hinge for that lid is made out of . . . plastic, about as thick as a credit card where it attaches to the body and lid. Definitely the weakest point of failure. Needless to say, it didn't last long. Once it broke, water got into the compartment and the batteries quickly rusted. Not a good deal. The hoses are also put on with cheap hose clamps that can't be adjusted like a normal hose clamp. I found this out when a hole formed in one of the hoses from the heat of the water and I had to cut the hose down and try to re-engineer the clamp just to finish my shower. Shower pressure is like a constant stream of dripping water from multiple holes. Getting shampoo out of your hair is not easy. I had to fill a cup up repeatedly and dump it on my head. Lastly, the water temperature can vary greatly by how deep the pump is in the water. Unfortunately, there isn't any clamp or anything to keep it down in the water. Perhaps I am being to critical of a product that is 'better than nothing', but it has a very poor weakest point of failure. I'd look for something a little more durable.


GARBAGE!!

I bought this for use in Florida in my hunting camp, the product is GARBAGE!! You BARELY get any water flow, and the water is NOT "Hot" even with the negligable flow! I bought a "Tankless" heater from an RV store for about 20 bucks more and was VERY satisfied with that one, hooked it to my campers water system and can get SCALDING hot water in my kitchen sink if I want it! DO NOT BUY THE ZODI you will be disappointed if you want anything close to a "Shower"


Close, but not quite

I tried it, and returned it.. Several things wrong.. First, you cannot turn off the water while the burner is heating.. With an outdoor shower, I shut off the water while I soap up, to save hot water... Second, the pump is not adequate.. It would not pump water from the ground to my head height.. Also, very low volume at even four feet.. I would like a better pump, with 12 vdc power optional, and the ability to shut off the water during the shower.. The heater worked fine...\nW...


A fine product!

I have used this shower a couple of times on camping trips to remote sites in the National Forest. It works better than I had anticipated. It's nice to have a hot shower after a long day of fishing. I would recommend tis unit to anyone.\n\nWhen I received it it had a broken part. One call to Zodi & they shipped me a new one - no questions asked. Great customer service from Zodi !!


Payed for itself 1st use!

My wife & I travel many times a year in our teardrop trailer and met a another couple in The Grand Teton National Park this past fall who told us about this product. The solar shower that we use doesn't always get it on cold cloudy days... After purchasing this in Cody's Walmart, and going to Yellowstone my wife said after the first use "It payed for itself already". It ain't like home and we didn't expect it to be. By the way you can heat up the water in the container from which you use (an old ice chest for us) and turn off the burner and then you can cycle the pump all you want.


Great! Works! Love it!

I am a very frequent camper, “in the middle of no where” camper…I usually jump in a creek to “bath” so this certainly is a step up. If your expectations are something like the Hilton (or even Motel 6) you won’t be happy but if you want a reasonably warm shower in the middle of the woods you’ll be happy. We used about 5 gal for 2 showers in a bucket, (the first time we pulled directly from the creek but it was too cold) the water pressure is akin to a garden hose, not too bad but nothing wonderful. The water temp is less than 100 degrees according to the instructions. It was very cold outside and I chill VERY easily so we boiled about 1 gallon of water and used the machine to “recycle” the water until lukewarm. Once we did that the water was actually hot, I am guess 110-120 degrees – skin red hot. Very important to note that the temp of the water you’re starting out with will directly impact the shower temp. We used creek water about 40 degrees so we boiled to get hot showers. If you’re camping in July this isn’t a problem, if you’re hunting in November you’ll have a different expectation and need for warmer water. The shower head is small but certainly works a million times better than a creek. So…if you’re trying to recreate a hotel exp in the woods this isn’t going to work, but if you’re looking for a warm way to be clean this does a great job. We were able to get 4-6 showers per green disposable tank and about the same per set of batteries. It does “vapor lock” easily which is easy to fix so be sure to read the directions. The carry case is about the size of two standard two boxes on top of each other w/o the propane. Price is a bit steep outside of Walmart ($120 or more) but for $88 it is a good value and worth it because i use it a lot, 5 weeks a year at min.


Ok For warm weather

OK my expectations were a little high I guess, my friend and I tried to use this outdoor shower in weather around 30 to 40 degrees and it did not get near warm enough!! I suspect this shower will work great in the summer/spring though.. also if the water is already warmed that helps.. Then again, we were probably just not doing something right.. (it happens) OVerall, I am happy with the purchase and look forward to using it in the warmer weather..


Okay if the water is not really cold to start with

We took this on our last camping trip and unfortunately the creek water was too cold to even get the water warm. The second time we used it we decided to heat up some water on the stove first to warm up the tub of water and it worked pretty well for taking a shower outdoors. Instant hot it is not but you can get the water warm.


Worked briefly

Purchased online paid for next-day shipping. The water heater worked about 6 times. With new batteries the water flow was too fast to get hot water. With one used battery added it slowed flow enough to give hot water. After the 6th shower the propane valve failed and would not allow enough propane to flow to ignite. Returned to my local Walmart and was out the shipping fee.


awesome product

Works really well, easy to set up. Bigger shower head would be nice, but hey, it's a shower for camping!


A must have!!!

We have had one of these in the past, we love it! When your in the middle of the woods with no power this is perfect. It doesn't have alot of pressure, but enough, to rinse off soap and rinse out your shampoo and conditioner. Plan ahead for your water source!!! We filled a medium sized tote and we were both able to take a shower. And it's warm not hot.


Go to bed clean when camping!!!

This unit performed as advertised. Replaced hose to shower head with a longer one which was really simple. Some "sweat" on heating coils when water is cold but no problems with leaking. Less than five gallons of water per shower. Need to combine it with a nice pop up shower stall if modesty is an issue, other than that great price and performance.


Awesome water heater for camp shower

We have an off the grid camp with no plumbing which makes showering difficult. We tried solar shower bags but the New England sun barely warmed it. We bought the Zodi water heater along with an outdoor shower tent and that works like a charm. A 5 gallon pail of water is enough for 3-4 people to take 5-10 minute showers. The trick is to rinse off, then put the hose back in the bucket so it circulates the hot water while you suds up. This method saves water and get's the water warm quickly. By the last person it's downright hot! My only wish is a larger sprayer, but hey, I'll gladly take whatever hot shower I can get! Love it so much that we are building an outdoor shower building to use it in. Then we can use it year round (with a space heater of course).


Nice for the price!

My wife and I camp about 4 times a year and have always used a bag shower to get cleaned up. The problem is they dont get to warm and you have to hang the bag so high, I'm 6'4'' tall. This shower kicks for a cheaply priced unit. It has good pressure with a good set of batteries, even pumping from a card table to 7' high. Could spend more to get a little more but this unit is more than enough for the cool to warm weather camper. Seems to be very durable while transporting even with the soft bag. The only flaw is you need to add something to weigh down the pump or it tends to float. Other than that, it works awesome!


for a camp shower its pretty good. but its not like home so if your expecting something like that its not. its also not as good as an rv shower. its worth the money because the alternative is no shower in the woods or a "spit" bath and its much better than a spit bath


zodi camper shower

when I ordered this shower unit I was rehabbing my 30 foot travel trailer. I needed to shower and I came across this shower on line at Walmart. I have used this device almost every night and it works like a charm. I put water in a six gallon bucket let it circulate and warm up than take my shower. This is one of the best tools I now own. It is worth buying.


Dioes noit work as advertized

I finally got it a position to use this water heater/shower and was sorely disappointed. Everything worked on the unit but the water never got more than tepid at best. I realized that the water source I'm using is pretty cool but I couldn't tell the difference from the temp of the water source and the water coming out of the shower. The pressure was substantially lower than I'd hoped but I needed the shower and all I can say about it was it was quite invigorating. I'm going to try to hook up an alternate heat source for my water source and try to heat that up before it goes through the shower but from what I've read I shouldn't have had to do that. The instructions say that if the water is not warm enough then direct the shower into the water source and run it through again. For the amount of heat generated by this unit I think I would have had to re-cycle the water all night to get it warm. Nice concept but in my experience...it doesn't do what it is advertized to do.


Sorely Disappointed

Purchased this unit last year after reading all the positive reviews. I used it last year when I couldn't use my kitchen sink to wash dishes. It worked like it was supposed to, so I'm pleased (especially since I bought this behind my husbands back). Fast forward to this past weekend (Memorial Day 2011). The first day of use, both the hoses burned off the heater unit sending steam hissing. I'm ticked, but the pump still worked, so I set the water can in the sun. Well of course the pump stopped working in the middle washing dishes. I changed batteries but that didn't solve the problem. I refuse to throw away $99, so if anyone can tell me if there are heat resistant hoses to fit this thing, I would greatly appreciate the info. It galls me to have to pay for another pump. But after reading the reviews for the competing battery operated pumps, it seems I'm stuck with this Zodi. How sad that Coleman does not sell theirs anymore.


its better than a spit shower

Its O.K. But thats all, if the water is real cold it wont heat it to the temp that you need to be comfortable, and that can be a problem for some. but if the water is 65 or 70 deg in the bucket that you are pumping from it dose o.k. it will not work if you are thinking of hooking it up to a garden hose the water coming out of the hose is too cold for the heater to heat, the pump works good as long as the batterys are new, the propane tanks seem to last awile, overall its a shower when one is not avaliable.


Worked briefly

Purchased online paid for next-day shipping. The water heater worked about 6 times. With new batteries the water flow was too fast to get hot water. With one used battery added it slowed flow enough to give hot water. After the 6th shower the propane valve failed and would not allow enough propane to flow to ignite. Returned to my local Walmart and was out the shipping fee.


awesome product

Works really well, easy to set up. Bigger shower head would be nice, but hey, it's a shower for camping!


Sorely Disappointed

Purchased this unit last year after reading all the positive reviews. I used it last year when I couldn't use my kitchen sink to wash dishes. It worked like it was supposed to, so I'm pleased (especially since I bought this behind my husbands back). Fast forward to this past weekend (Memorial Day 2011). The first day of use, both the hoses burned off the heater unit sending steam hissing. I'm ticked, but the pump still worked, so I set the water can in the sun. Well of course the pump stopped working in the middle washing dishes. I changed batteries but that didn't solve the problem. I refuse to throw away $99, so if anyone can tell me if there are heat resistant hoses to fit this thing, I would greatly appreciate the info. It galls me to have to pay for another pump. But after reading the reviews for the competing battery operated pumps, it seems I'm stuck with this Zodi. How sad that Coleman does not sell theirs anymore.


its better than a spit shower

Its O.K. But thats all, if the water is real cold it wont heat it to the temp that you need to be comfortable, and that can be a problem for some. but if the water is 65 or 70 deg in the bucket that you are pumping from it dose o.k. it will not work if you are thinking of hooking it up to a garden hose the water coming out of the hose is too cold for the heater to heat, the pump works good as long as the batterys are new, the propane tanks seem to last awile, overall its a shower when one is not avaliable.


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