oBladeo recently put a Zodi Hot Tap system through it's paces. First, a little info on what the system is, and below you'll find out what he thought.
Enjoy the pleasure of on-demand hot water and instant hot showers anytime,
anywhere. Enjoy 100ºF hot showers in just seconds with Zodi's High
Performance self-contained Hot Tap HP portable water heater. A complete
system with battery operated pump that delivers great water pressure.
Zodi portable On-Demand Water Heaters and Instant Hot Showers provide
outdoor comfort for all of your family outdoor adventures.
The Zodi Hot Tap
Portable and self-contained, the Hot Tap is one of their most popular
on-demand hot showers. Equipped with a stainless steel burner, this Zodi
Shower provides endless hot water in just seconds.
The powerful water pump delivers great water pressure (requires 4 "D" cell
batteries). This Hot Tap is great for family camping.
- Single Burner on-demand water heater & hot shower system
- Self contained - heats unlimited comfortable hot water instantly
- 4 gallon rugged storage case holds water for up to a 10 minute
- Heats over 60 gallons of HOT water between battery and propane
- Adjust water temperature up to 100ºF with gas valve (recycle if
- Easy to use... submerge self contained pump in water & ignite burner
- Waterproof battery case with on/off switch holds 4 "D" cell
For further information on the Zodi range of Hot Water systems, please visit
Here's what oBladeo had to say after testing the unit:
Well I'm a paint baller and most of the sites I go to have nothing. I
even take my own water - lol.
As a paint baller I get really really dirty. I crawl through mud for hours
and hours so I need a shower and I thought trying to carry a bath would be
to large. I first looked online and came across the Coleman on demand
but a lot of people have had problems (pump fail, sensor fail so on) with
that unit so I wanted something simple that I could fix if it broke, as the
company is in the US of A.
This system is very simple, like me! You have a Storage Box with a
removable lid for a stand, and the box is used for the water battery pack and
pump (4 x d batteries). Then the Main unit with piping
The unit takes the Coleman propane gas cans, so it's quite expensive to run,
but you can buy the extra adapter to use the large tanks. I looked at both
the single and double units but decided to buy the dual one as I wasn't to
sure what it could do.
First use - I'm not your normal consumer (I can't spell and I like things to
work how I like), so the first thing I did was modify the unit as soon as I
got it. The first thing I did was to add a 3 way valve and piping. This
would allow me to turn the water on and off in the shower tent and not waste
water (I have to carry 21L tanks). The next was to change the shower battery
pack. This unit only allows you to use batteries which is a problem if they
run out and you don't have a charger. I have one of those cheap showers off
Ebay that is a shower head, pump, battery pack and 12v adapter. I just
swopped the pump and pack over which now allows me to use batteries and 12v.
First use again... - Anyway now time to use it in real time. I have a
Sunncamp shower tent as a toilet tent. I set the unit up outside and the
first thing you must do (in instructions) is to get the pump pumping water
before lighting the heater. This makes sure the unit does not overheat and
melt the pipes. Once it was running I turned both burners on full and waited
about 10 seconds before trying to enter the tent. BIG mistake!!!! The unit
heated the water well over 60 degrees and I couldn't use it (I should have
tested it - lol). I then turned one of the heaters off and the other to
half. This then gave me 35 ish degrees water which was perfect.
Since my first use I have used this to provide 100 degree water for tea and
coffee at large events.
Overall 8/10 - Works amazing. Showers or heating water for tea. Uses a lot of
water in its standard form. Very good on gas (1 burner). Straight out the
packet it works! (but just didn't for me..!)