BCB's Chilly

#1
Has any one used this?

Products | Military | Hydration - BCB International Ltd.

• Simple and effective water cooling works in the harshest conditions.
• Clips easily and quickly to most quality in-line hydration systems such as Camelbak®.
• Silent quiet operation.
• No consumables. No batteries. No malfunctioning mechanical parts.
• Does not require any external cooling i.e. over night refrigeration.
• Lightweight at 410 grams (14.4 oz) dry.

The device will signifi cantly help to reduce heat stress injuries and dehydration.
In hot conditions water in a hydration pack can reach temperatures well above the core temperature of the body. Drinking warm water is totally ineffective to cool the body.
The Chilly provides a continuous supply of cool palatable water. It therefore encourages frequent sipping and so improves hydration.
It also lowers the core temperature of the body.
Works simply by evaporation alone
 
#3
I'm contemplating taking one to India as I usually like to tab about, I did leave a camelback over there to use it with so I fancy doing a review
 
#4
Has any one used this?

Products | Military | Hydration - BCB International Ltd.

• Simple and effective water cooling works in the harshest conditions.
• Clips easily and quickly to most quality in-line hydration systems such as Camelbak®.
• Silent quiet operation.
• No consumables. No batteries. No malfunctioning mechanical parts.
• Does not require any external cooling i.e. over night refrigeration.
• Lightweight at 410 grams (14.4 oz) dry.

The device will signifi cantly help to reduce heat stress injuries and dehydration.
In hot conditions water in a hydration pack can reach temperatures well above the core temperature of the body. Drinking warm water is totally ineffective to cool the body.
The Chilly provides a continuous supply of cool palatable water. It therefore encourages frequent sipping and so improves hydration.
It also lowers the core temperature of the body.
Works simply by evaporation alone
A product bearing the letters 'BCB' should never be used.
 
#6
Why not?
 
#7
Well considering I also sell their kit I haven't read any complaints or had any, and alot of their stuff is NATO issued with appropriate NSN, and to me that Chilly seems an interesting concept, I fancy taking one to see for my myself
 
#8
Well considering I also sell their kit I haven't read any complaints or had any, and alot of their stuff is NATO issued with appropriate NSN, and to me that Chilly seems an interesting concept, I fancy taking one to see for my myself
Ever been a regular infantry soldier? If not, you won't have seen platoon kit lists with some form of the following sentence, which I have just taken from an old one once given to me by my platoon sergeant when turning up to battalion as a crow:

Daysack (good quality daysack ie Munro / NI Patrol pack, no rocket pouches and no BCB or Webtex specials).

I think at a wild guess its something to do with Webtex and BCB being gash...
 
#10
Well considering I also sell their kit I haven't read any complaints or had any, and alot of their stuff is NATO issued with appropriate NSN, and to me that Chilly seems an interesting concept, I fancy taking one to see for my myself
And as I've just read on another thread you suggesting an ARRSE TRF to wear on tops etc, I'm guessing your not the coolest kid on the block are you?
 
#11
Well their kit that IS issued must have satisfied the stringent requirements for being a GI piece of kit... unfortunately the Chilly isn't "issued" as such but seems to have got some favourable reviews here

BCB Chilly Water Cooler - Army Cadet Force .net

Perhaps after reading that you'll eat your words about their kit being gash, thats from an actual field test in Africa, after reading that I fancy giving it a go myself
 
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#12
I remember seeing this or somthing very similar reviewed on the gadget show a year or two ago, if I remember correctly they were fairly happy with it's performance.

To me this seems like one of those things that would be perfect if you're not a soldier using it on exercise or ops, like the majority of the rubbish that BCB churn out.
 
#13
Well their kit that IS issued must have satisfied the stringent requirements for being a GI piece of kit... unfortunately the Chilly isn't "issued" as such but seems to have got some favourable reviews here

BCB Chilly Water Cooler - Army Cadet Force .net

Perhaps after reading that you'll eat your words about their kit being gash, thats from an actual field test in Africa, after reading that I fancy giving it a go myself
Wow an actual field test in Africa, Jesus H Christ!!!!!

As issued kit is always made by the cheapest bidder and quality is an afterthought, I shall not be eating my words you ******* mongtard. If you had ever been any kind of soldier you would know that issue tissue is generally gash.

Have you ever served???
 
#14
Wow an actual field test in Africa, Jesus H Christ!!!!!

As issued kit is always made by the cheapest bidder and quality is an afterthought, I shall not be eating my words you ******* mongtard. If you had ever been any kind of soldier you would know that issue tissue is generally gash.

Have you ever served???
Actually complaining about quality, I find the PCS kit quite good!

I'm merely pointing out it has recieved a favourable review from a field test in Africa by a CFAV, US marines and our own bootnecks seem to find it a good bit of kit>.

Yes, since 2003, might be TA but its not like any of my kits ever fallen apart and I've given it all fair ragging about
 
#15
I'm pretty sure that this sentence is utter bollocks.
"Drinking warm water is totally ineffective to cool the body."

Mind you, BCB weren't exactly doing themselves any favours when they posted such an utterly obvious bone statement, thats like saying drinking cold water in the Arctic will warm you up
 
#16
... to me that Chilly seems an interesting concept ...
It works by evaporating water in the gadget that is in thermal contact with the drinking water. It is not a new idea, and the same effect can be acheived by wetting the outside of the drinks container. The ideal solution would be some sort of aluminium container (for good heat-transfer) covered in a material which can absorb water, which the user wets when needed.
 
#17
It's not an obvious, bone statement - it's an incorrect one.

Drinking water allows the body to sweat, thereby cooling it. Even warm water will have a sufficient cooling effect to offset the extra heat that it adds (though clearly cold water will cool you down ever so slightly faster - but it's the cooling effect of evaporation that provides the lion's share of cooling, not the temperature of the water).
 
#18
That is the most ridiculous ******* piece of equipment ever conceived. Clearly designed by somebody who has not been on op's in the last decade.

Besides, personally I have found if you are lucky enough to get cold water to fill your Camelbak up in the first place, then they are generally pretty good at keeping it relatively cool, especially in the Motherlode. But cold water, hot water, it matters not, you would drink the warm piss from a Camel's cock after a few hours on patrol if it was the only liquid available.
 
#19
From BCB's news:

BCB International Ltd has warmly welcomed test results which show that almost 7 out of 10 US Marines prefer its drinking water cooling system to help them stay hydrated.

The results of US Army commissioned tests conducted in the Mojave Desert, California, on BCB’s unpowered “Chilly” personal water cooler and a US competitor’s battery powered device show that 69% of the Marines who took part in the trial prefer BCB’s Chilly cooler to alternative coolers.

For troops serving in hot and dry climates, having quick access to a supply of cool water is essential. All too often, the hydration packs used by soldiers let them down in hot conditions because the drinking water is warm and unpalatable which discourages them from drinking enough water to maintain hydration levels. BCB International’s “Chilly” now makes warm unpalatable water a thing of the past for troops because it can reduce the temperature of their drinking water by up to 25 Degrees Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit). This ingenious device works by evaporation alone, no batteries are required. Water passes through a series of cooling fins that use microscopic holes to allow water to seep onto the wicking cloth.

Welcoming the results, BCB International’s scientist Matthew Searle, said: “We warmly welcome these results. This is yet again another vote of confidence in the Chilly Cooler. 85.5% of the Marines who took part in this evaluation were satisfied with the temperature of the drinking water produced by the Chilly compared with 63.5% for the battery powered alternative.

“The Chilly Cooler represents a major leap forward in hydration for soldiers. Weighing only 14.4oz, the Chilly is a lightweight solution to a problem that has dogged troops operating in hot and dry climates for many years. It’s an easy to use and effective water cooling system that clips easily to most hydration systems and works immediately.

“The Chilly has been tried and tested by troops and journalists serving in and reporting in hot, arid climates including Afghanistan. They have told us that the Chilly makes a real difference because it helps them feel cool and stay hydrated for longer in hot and dry conditions which maximizes their performance.”

So why exactly were the other 3 out of 10 marines not happy with it I'd like to know
 
#20
It works by evaporating water in the gadget that is in thermal contact with the drinking water. It is not a new idea, and the same effect can be acheived by wetting the outside of the drinks container. The ideal solution would be some sort of aluminium container (for good heat-transfer) covered in a material which can absorb water, which the user wets when needed.
Like ... um ... the 37 patt water bottle the oldest and boldest (and ex-cadets) will still remember?

waterbott_green_neck.jpg
 
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