The solar shower can be filled by holding the rubber doorstop (tightly)
on a tap, eliminating the need to remove the
stopper from the shower.
The tap is easily reachable behind
the wearer's back, and both the tap and the bung can be rotated
to point in the most convenient direction, making shooting with
either hand possible (something that may be quite desirable due
to the amount of pumping required).
Overbalancing backward is a very real danger. Be stationary with care.
Other guns can be refilled in the
field by temporarily removing the doorstop from your own gun and
directing the water flow into the other gun.
Long battles on hot, sunny days will result in a warm stream of water
being shot from your gun. Remember to not leave your gun pressurised
for long periods. I realise this is difficult since the water lasts
so long, but a report has been made of a CPS 3000's
pressure falling over the course of a full afternoon's battling, then
recovering overnight, and I had the impression that my CPS
2500's pressure wained during a recent evening's battle in which
I used the backpack's full contents.
When in use, after emptying the solar shower (yeah, right) the tap
needs to be turned to the off position to allow air into that end of
the tube so a vacuum doesn't build up in the gun reservoir. (Air could
also be let in by pulling the doorstop out of the gun but that would
let water splash out while pumping hard.)
Although the backpack frame itself is aluminium, the Super Shower
Backpack needs to be dried thoroughly after use to prevent mildew in
the strapping. When I'm not on tour I put mine in a room with a dehumidifier
pointed at it.
The solar shower box says
"Not to be used as container for potable water."
(Emphasis added. Potable means drinkable – which makes more sense than
CPS 1000. Gun pictured above and used for testing. Nozzle is rated
at "5x" the volume of an XP Super Soaker.
CPS 2500. A very large rifle/cannon-type Super Soaker with integrated
slide-action pump (rather than a separate pump handle as the CPS 1000
pictured above) and built-in pressure guage. Three selectable nozzles,
rated at 5x, 10x, and 20x. This gun is 87cm long!
CPS 3000. At one stage the top-of-the-range Super Soaker. It features
an 8 litre backpack which can only be coupled to the CPS 3000, although
the hose can be disconnected from the gun to enable refilling team members'
guns. The CPS 3000 has a (slightly) lesser range than any of its contemporaries,
but without something similar to the Super Shower Backpack makes up for
this with its increased capacity.
Overloading. Filling up a gun's pressure chamber after filling
(by pumping as normal) then topping up the water reservoir to get the
maximum possible load in the gun.