Ask yee shall receive. So I asked to be included in the Karcher product testing for a new portable cleaner from the German pressure washer manufacturer and I eventually got one!
The OC3 was launched at the London Bike Show this year with much anticipation surrounding it coming from such a well respected manufacturer; but how does it hold up?
First let me start by saying I haven’t used anything other than bucket of water or a hose pipe to clean my bikes, so I cannot compare to other portable washers on the market and this review is purely on my experience so far.
The OC3 is really small and compact. Easy to move around the bike and hold in one hand if you wish while spraying with the other. This is partly because the tank only holds 4 litres of water which is OK, but a bit of squeeze for cleaning a bike thoroughly.
Its not a high pressure like you might expect from Karcher (and I don’t know what the other portable washers on the market deliver) but its certainly enough to get loose surface dirt and mud off.
Let some of your favourite bike cleaner soak in and it will shift a little more, but don’t expect miracles this certainly will not do the job of a good stiff brush especially if you have let some dirt dry on.
Operation is simple – one button for on and off and one nozzle with no adjustable spray settings. I can’t complain about this but I am sure some will.
Its takes a couple (3) hours to charge fully and the charge lasts plenty for you to clean a bike. Depending on how through you want to be I think the charge would be sufficient for you to clean “the worst” off two bikes before transporting them.
I’ve only used this a few times as thankfully the sun has started to shine in the UK and there has been much less bike cleaning required of late – I am sure this will come in really handy come the winter again. For now it will be used for the occasional clean of my bikes and maybe come to some use as we start to use the garden more – cleaning patio sets, BBQs etc. Updates as and when I get around to it…
My only complaint is the lack of 12v car charging adapter which is really important for a portable cleaner in my opinion.
There are plans for larger tanks, brushes and other accessories, for more info go here on the Karcher website.
You can buy the OC3 in Halfords for £129 – http://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-cleaning/pressure-washers-hoses/karcher-oc3-portable-cleaner
Remember to use your British Cycling discount in Halfords!