Our first experience with the RinseKit was during the 2015 Great American Outdoor Show where we received a hands on demonstration in their booth. I immediately saw the potential for a easy to use portable shower system and luckily enough, Elise at RinseKit was kind enough to set us up with a demonstration unit.
So what is a RinseKit? It’s a portable, pressurized shower system that was originally designed to be used by surfers to easily hose themselves off after a surf session. Why is it so cool? Because it’s charged using your home hose or faucet, and it’s a 100% self contained unit that gives you a mobile pressurized water source in the field (great for showers, washing dishes, or a portable water gun).
The RinseKit portable sprayer comes packaged in a durable plastic carrying case which contains a 2 gallon reservoir, sprayer/hose (6 ft), and a quick disconnect. The case weighs in at 9 lbs empty (24 lbs filled with water) and is about the size of your standard 30 pack of light beer.
The entire case is sturdy enough to use as a step stool, or impromptu seat when you run out of camping chairs. It also features a removable lid that includes a ruler (for all you fishermen) and doubles as a shower platform so you can keep your feet off the ground.
How It Works:
The concept behind the RinseKit is pretty straight forward, all you do is hook up the reservoir via the included quick disconnect to a standard garden hose (or directly to the spigot) and turn it on for about 20 seconds. During this time, the water pressure from your house will pressurize the reservoir to about 65 PSI.
After you’ve pressurized the tank, simply flick the on/off switch to seal the reservoir and attach your sprayer. Now you’re ready to rock and roll. The whole process takes less than a minute, and you’ll spend more time taking it in and out of your truck.
I tested the RinseKit a few days ago utilize the garden hose at our house which is hooked up to a well water system. The pressure is a little lower than standard city pressure so your results may vary.
I was able to get 16 seconds of what I will call “continuous full power” spray before there was a noticeable decline in pressure. After than I was able to get another 2 minutes 41 seconds of what I would consider to be usable pressure. After that water will continue to run out of the system but it really doesn’t have enough pressure to be useful.
My takeaway from this test is that the RinseKit would work perfectly as a field shower for an overnight or quick day trip. It has enough pressure to wash hands, clean off muddy paws, or spray off a dirty JK door handle. Just make sure to keep in mind that you won’t be using it at full blast, rather you’ll most likely be relying on short bursts.
The only downsides I’ve noticed is that currently without having access to a hose you can’t pressurize the system. Luckily for us the people over at RinseKit have already thought of this and they are in the process of developing a way to pressurize the system with a simple bike pump (or ARB compressor if you’re a cool guy). Also there’s no way to heat the water, so it’ll be a cold shower for you.
I’ve been very happy with the product through my short tests, and I’ll be using it more in the field over the next few months. At $89.00 it’s a relative bargain when compared to other shower systems and makes perfect sense for short trips.