The Lunatec Gear Aquabot
Lunatec Gear recently ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to start producing the Aquabot. According to the folks at Lunatec Gear, the Aquabot was conceived during a family backpacking trip. The creators of the Aquabot were looking for a way to preserve water and then stop spending so much time filtering and purifying the water that was being used.
The Aquabot fits onto Nalgene, CamelBak or other 63 millimeter wide mouth water bottles and is basically a special purpose air pump. With a few strokes of the Aquabot, enough pressure is built up inside your water bottle to propel the water through a nozzle. Pressing on the trigger of the Aquabot lets the air and water escape more or less like a squirt gun. Aside from the fun you can have hosing down your friends, there are quite a few useful things you can do with the Aquabot. You no longer need to waste large quantities of water to clean yourself and dirty gear. Just like using the sprayer on your kitchen sink at home; you can squirt off food on dishes, messy hands, and more.
An adjustable nozzle on the Aquabot changes the spray of the water from a mist all the way to a stream of liquid under pressure. On hot days, you can adjust the spray to a fine mist to cool yourself down, Open the nozzle a bit to get a spray for taking a shower or washing your hands. Open the nozzle fully to get a stream of water for hosing off dirty dishes, mud, and more. I imagine there is an endless list of things that can be done with the Aquabot. Lunatec claims that the Aquabot will spray water 25 feet, so I’d say it provides plenty of pressure to squirt off stubborn sticky crud.
Lunatec Gear chose a durable BPA-free plastic for the Aquabot, and they state that it can be used in any direction, even upside down, and has two attachment points to secure it onto your pack. The best way to carry the Aquabot would be installed on a water bottle, so there would be almost no room taken up by the sprayer in your pack.
Specifications on the Lunatec Gear website state that the Aquabot measures 7 inches by 3 inches and weighs only 4 ounces. Given this size and weight, I imagine some people would choose to carry the Aquabot backpacking. Car camping and base camps would be ideal places to have the Aquabot handy and make use of it.
The Aquabot is available in green and blue. MSRP is listed at $24 on the Lunatec Gear website. Orders for the Aquabot will start shipping on January 5th of 2015. I haven’t had the opportunity to test out the Aquabot, but it really looks like an interesting product to me. Be sure and check out the demonstration videos and other product information on Kickstarter.
Check out www.lunatecgear.com to see the Aquabot and a few other nifty camp essentials.