Nomad 18 Volt Cordless Portable Power Cleaner review£190.00

Pressure washer that's ideal for race days

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The biggest and most expensive unit we've used recently justifies itself with dual-power user friendliness and really well designed functionality. At nearly 10kg empty it’s not the easiest beast to lug around, but the 14.5-litre tank detaches for carrying or easy filling from a stream/pond. A filler filter cap means any pump clogging crap will get sieved out too.

The Neoprene side pouch comes off and the car power cable can be bundled into the battery compartment for safe storage. The battery itself is a standard L-shaped 18V power tool cell, which can be removed and stuck into a desktop charger while your dirty washer stays outside. There’s enough juice to spray through four full tanks of water, so you should be fine for even the filthiest 24-hour race. Soft grip sections and a firm clip action from the sturdy, cleanly moulded plastic clasps give a real quality feel to the whole unit.

The hose can be plugged into itself to stop drips and the electrics are kept a long way from the wet bits. Bayonet attachments and a swivelling joint at the tank end reduce the chance of accidental damage and kinking too. Its spray power is marginally better than some we've tried, but you’ll still have to get some cleaning fluid and/or a brush/rag involved to get your steed sparkling.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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