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A weekend in the wild should be an enjoyable experience, so why feel guilty about using technology to make it as comfortable as possible? BLACKCAN Ⅱ Pro fills your sleeping mat with a constant supply of warm water, so no matter how cold it is outside, you’ll stay toasted and warm in the tent.

Even during the summer months, it can get cold enough at night to make sleeping in a tent uncomfortable, unless you invest in sleeping bags and mats designed to keep the cold ground from drawing heat away from your body. But going out into the wilderness in autumn and winter makes staying warm at night even more of a challenge. BUTat least not unless you want to go to bed in the clothes you brought with you.

The BLACKCAN Ⅱ Pro packs into its own carrying case, but you probably won’t have room for it if you’re limited on what you can cram into your backpack.
Screenshot: Kickstarter

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Designed more for casual campers than serious campers who spend hours commuting to a secluded campsite with what they can carry on their backs, BLACKCAN Ⅱ Pro is a mattress heating system powered by the same propane or butane tanks that are used for food. tourist ovens. Heated sleep pillows are not a new idea, but they are usually powered by batteries that need to be big (heavy) enough to provide power all night, and that’s it. requires another power source to recharge during the day.

Instead of turning on the heating elements, BLACKCAN II Pro heats water in a small pot. It also has a thermoelectric generator that generates enough power to keep the circulating pump running all night, directing freshly heated water into the mattress, which then returns to the boiler cooler and ready to be reheated. One 1-pound canister of propane or butane will power the BLACKCAN II Pro system for up to 12 hours, while the thermoelectric generator generates enough excess power to simultaneously charge a smartphone or other smaller electronics.

One bottle of water is all it takes to keep the BLACKCAN Ⅱ Pro running, but you’ll probably want to use clean bottled water to reduce the risk of mold on your mattress.
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The entire system hangs on the included tripod, which users set up next to the tent for safety reasons. But if an animal overturns it or someone runs to the toilet at night, the gas will automatically turn off. BLACKCAN II Pro also has beeps when the entire system overheats due to the desired water temperature being set too high, or when the water level in the pump and tank gets too low.

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Sleeping on a bed with warm water sounds luxurious, and the BLACKCAN II Pro system is not exactly a cheap camping solution. The smallest one-size mattress version has an MSRP of $819, while the largest king-size version will eventually sell for $899. That’s about the cost of a high-quality -40-degree Fahrenheit-rated sleeping bag, though the BLACKCAN II Pro can potentially keep three to four people warm at the same time.

Its creators are going The crowdfunding path on Kickstarter to help launch the system into production, which, as always, has its pros and cons. Early adopters can pre-order the BLACKCAN II Pro system at a discount of $539 to $589, with delivery expected as early as September, later this year. But crowdfunded products fail far more often than they succeed, and the ongoing pandemic and supply chain issues are making it even harder to launch anything with electronics inside. If you decide to support BLACKCAN II Pro, be prepared for possible delays or the risk that it will never be delivered. no hope of a return.

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Author: Andrew Lishevsky

Source: Gizmodo

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