Nomad 12V Auto Cord washer review

Car-powered hosepipe

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3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £120.00 RRP
Nomad 12V Auto Cord washer

Our review

The Nomad 12V is a really well designed, user friendly, car-powered washer
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Nomad are becoming the go-to brand for powered cleaning solutions for all sorts of sports, and having tested their well-designed 12V entry system we can see why.


The whole unit has a quality feel, with nicely designed removable Neoprene pouch for the hose and head, plus soft-touch sprayer, filler cap and carry handles. The tank gets a built-in filter bag in case you’re filling in the field, and 14 litres is ample for two dirty bikes or three if you’re efficient.

The hose plugs into its own fundament to stop leaking and the swivelling tank attachment reduces the chance of it getting snapped or kinked. The spray gun adjusts from jet to spray with a smooth, progressive action and it’s proved robust too. Hose, power switch and power cable are all widely spaced to avoid splash issues too.  

Despite Nomad’s claims, the actual output isn’t noticeably more powerful than other similar units, but it shifts dollops of heavy mud from machined crevices well enough. You’ll need a pre-wash or a rag/brush to get frames clean.


This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Product Specifications


Name 12v auto cord washer (11)
Brand Nomad

Description *Colour Hot Embers/Grey/Black or Jungle/Grey/Black *Adjustable Spray Yes *Wash Pressure (PSI) 90 psi (Working) 130 psi (Static) *Flow Rate 2.1 litre a minute (0.5 gpm) *Operating Voltage 12 volt DC *Adaptor for standard electrical outlet No *Cable for 12 volt vehicle power outlet Yes *Run time on 12 volt Auto Cord Few hours without switching on engine *Power adaptor cord length 2.95 m (10 feet) *Hose length 5.9 m (20 feet) *Water tank capacity 14 litre (3.2 gallons) *Water temperature Ice cold to warm water *Unit weight when full 20.5 kg (45 lbs) *Unit weight when empty 7.3 kg(16 lbs) *Safe to use on cars, bike and motorbikes Yes *Safe to use on humans, horses and dogs Yes *Safe to use with detergents No. Some detergents may not be compatible w/ internal parts *Dimensions in cms 42.5(L) x 25(W) x 39(H) *Dimensions in inches 17(L) x 10(W) x 15.5(H)