Pros: it's just ok.
Cons: you have got to remember to charge it.
One of these days when I have more money than I know what to do with, I am going to get a hot tub. Since I am not quite at that point yet, I purchased the Conair Dual Jet Cordless Bath Spa (Model # BTS4). I purchased it on a whim from EBay for $30.
This thing may look a little strange- kind of looks like a space alien to me. It is purple and white (which were also my high schools colors).
This spa has 3 suction cups on it, which my experience with anything with suction cups has not been always positive. I have a bath toy holder that is hanging by one suction cup right now, because the other will not stick. But, these suction cups hold really tight to the sides of the tub.
I worried that this thing would not do well in my tub, considering the tub width is a fat 6 inches, but the 4 inch arm did fine (which by the way folds for storage), and I did not have any problems with it not reaching the fill line on the machine. Since the spa is extendable from 12 to 14 inches, I find using it on the 14 inch setting works fine; I dont have to overfill the tub to hit the fill line located toward the bottom of the spa.
Now seeing as how this thing goes in water, it could not be electric- it is powered by Ni- Cd battery pack- like cordless phones and such are powered with. Might I also note here that you can not use this spa while it is charging- you must charge it first then use it. You must charge it for a full hour before using. When charging, there is a little red indicator dot to let you know everything is connected right and the light will go off when it is charged. Also, the folks at Conair were thinking right, because this spa will sit upright on its bottom for charging purposes, which is a great idea since the charging port is in the back, and you dont have to worry if it will fall out because you dont have to lay it down. The little charge hole has a rubber cover that goes over it, and this particular spot where it is does not touch water, since it is located toward the top- so no worries about the connectors getting wet.
There are two levels of spa activity, bubbles and waves. The switch is located on the right side and there is a picture of waves, then there is a picture of waves with bubbles in it. Just move the switch up or down to select what you want.
Now, when you are ready for your spa treatment, simply suction this thing to the side of your tub and extend it to whatever length you need. I tend to put the spa closer to my neck and shoulder area, but you could place it wherever on your tub. Next, fill your tub with water until you hit the fill line that is clearly indicated on the front of the machine. Now, there are different selections, you can just have the spa on, or have the spa and light on. The light is a yellow color and is about like a medium sized night light and is located on the front. I dont use it. I thought it would just use more battery power and I would have less spa time. But, it is a nice feature, especially if you bathe in the dark, or if you are feeling a little romantic.
Now then, the spray nozzles on here are adjustable, I mean really adjustable, so any position you can think of for them it can do it. They rotate 360 degrees just about. Me, I tend to aim them toward the floor of the tub, that way the waves bounce back from the floor, giving double the spa treatment. Or, I just experiment with them until I find something I like.
Also, on the ends of the bottom of the spa are two filters. The end caps can be removed for cleaning. The manufacturer recommends that you keep your spa clean and clean it after each use. Me, I just use my spa before I bathe, and then take it out so it wont get any soap or shampoo or what not in it. You can use bath beads with the machine, but I would not use anything really oily.
Heres a little info (from challenger online website):
Cordless bath spa with dual multi-directional jet nozzles
Quick charge technology recharges in about 1 hour for almost 30 minutes per charge
Cordless bath spa with dual multi-directional jet nozzles
Charge indicator light
Integrated stand supports unit while charging
Foldable hook arm for compact storage
3 position rotary switch (off, water jet, water jet & mood light)
Relaxing Mood Light
Fits all Standard Tubs
Adjusts to any water Level
Custom whirlpool action
Ooops- I forgot to charge my spa.
Well, after much trial and error I have learned that you must charge this dude up for a full hour before using. I tried to get away with charging it for about 20 minutes, and it worked, but not as long as it would have worked if I had charged it a whole hour. I also tried using it without charging it at all- big mistake- it worked about 5 minutes then croaked.
So, if you want to use this thing, you have to remember to charge it beforehand, which is kind of a problem, because sometimes I dont remember to charge mine and then I want to use it and I am stuck without it.
Now, I hate to say it, but this is not a hot tub. Not even close to the feeling of a hot tub. But, I like it ok, considering it was just $30. I tend to use the bubbles selection more often than just the wave selection; I like all the tiny bubbles it produces in addition to the waves. But, this is noisier than just the waves alone. The machine is a little noisy, makes just an rrrrrr sound. But, on the bubbles selection it kind of goes RRRRRR! But, such is life I suppose. It is an ok trade off. I usually use it for about 15 to 20 minutes; the manufacturer does not recommend an extended use.
Sometimes I find that it is a little hard to get all of the water out, today I brought it out from under the sink where I store it, and some water came out where I had used it a few days ago. I just shake it really well to get the water out, but it seems like it is kind of hard to get it all out.
All in all, this thing is just ok. I like using it, but its one of those things you have to plan before using it. You wont get the feeling of a hot tub either- but it is better than just a plain old bath.
I dont know where you can buy this, I did find these links below, but like I said, I got mine off EBay. Conair does not have it listed at its store.
A few links: