The Full Review
Heating Ability – 8/10
This Camplux Tankless Water Heater does a great job at heating water and in most situations will provide all the water heating capabilities you’d need. The reason we scored the heating ability at an 8 is that it is the smallest of the Camplux tankless water heaters. While it will work just fine in most camping situations, it will struggle to heat extremely cold water to comfortable shower temperatures.
We have used this heater to heat water that was in the mid-40s and at its highest setting we were able to get hot water for showers. If you need to heat water at temperatures lower than the mid-40s, one of the larger versions would give you more heating capabilities. With that being said, this heater will provide enough heating for most camping situations and is a great option for family camping.
Size – 9/10
This water heater is a great size for family car camping. The actual heater is relatively small and easy to carry around and maneuver. We rated this heater at a 9 out of 10 because there are other smaller water heaters that you can get, like the Zodi Zip Hot Shower, but it does not create nearly as much water heating ability.
For car camping, the Camplux tankless water heater is a great size because it ultimately does not take up too much room but still provides a lot of heating abilities.
Durability – 9/10
Camplux’s water heater is built well and can handle a good about of normal usage. We’d had ours for over 2 years now and we have had no problems with it. It is made with lightweight materials, in an effort to keep it light so you will want to avoid hitting or stacking very heavy items on top of it when in storage.
In the end, this is a well made portable water heater and will stand up well to normal use of family camping.
Ease of Use – 8/10
The Camplux water heater is very easy to use. There are only a couple of dials to use to adjust water flow and temperature. This makes it very easy to adjust to get the desired temperature. The only aspect that makes this tankless water heater a little more difficult to use is the need to provide water pressure.
This heater does not come with a pump so if you are unable to connect the heater to a pressurized water source, you’ll need a water pump that will provide the required water pressure. If you camp at a campground that has water hookups, this won’t be a problem at all. If you are going dispersed camping, you’ll need to ensure you can produce the water pressure needed to make the water heater work.
When we go dispersed camping we use this SEAFLO water pump and the Westinghouse iGen2200 to product the water pressure.
Extras/Features – 7/10
While the Camplux tankless water heater does have a few nice extras this is the one area that this heater doesn’t shine quite as much. It does have a few extras that are nice like a quick connect shower hose, as well as an on/off switch integrated into the showerhead.
On the other hand, it would be nice if it had a few features that other water heaters come with like a digital thermostat, an included stand, and even an included water pump. Even with those missing features, this is a great portable water heater that gives you everything you need for a hot shower while camping.