We have received many phone calls and emails wanting to know more about the NB2300 steamer, so we have posted an article on how the steamer was developed. We worked long and hard on this steamer in making sure it would be the best machine for many applications.
Adapting it for North American 120 volt electricity was a challenge. Making sure it had enough volume and wetness for car washing applications was a challenge. Getting the steam to be dry enough for interior applications was a challenge as well. It took months of discussions just to get a prototype built and more work after that. We wanted to make sure we had a unique but commercial grade steam cleaner that could tackle all of your steam cleaning needs. Below are the first few paragraphs of the article on the development of the NB2300 steamer. Click here to read the entire article
How the NB2300 non boiler commercial steam cleaner was developed
We are constantly looking at steamers and seeing what other companies are selling. We carefully look at and sometimes talk to the different manufacturers to see if the steamer will be a good choice for Auto detailing or other industries. In many cases, the steamers are fine for light duty applications as their prices usually suggest, but some fit the bill for car washing and detailing. However, performance comes with a price in a number of ways
Size of the steamer
Many high performance steam cleaners are big and bulky. They take up a lot of room and they are generally about 170 pounds or more. These are machines that need permanent placement either on a truck or in a shop location. Sure, they may be advertised as “mobile”, meaning they have wheels and can be rolled around, but try to get a steamer this large in or out of a van, or a pick up truck by yourself. Even with a partner these steamers are difficult to transport and move around from location to location
How the steamer is powered
The higher pressure and higher volume steamers are powered or heated via diesel, propane or LPG gas, or high voltage and high wattage electricity. Heating a steamer with propane or diesel is fine if you are working in an outside environment and you do not have the issue of venting the machine of the exhaust gas. Also these are the machines that are much bigger in size and weight and can be a problem for some users. So we did not want to get involved with steamers such as these
We needed to have a higher pressure, high heat, and high steam volume and wetness so it would be easier to wash a car. But we also needed it to be run on 120 volt electric. This was a huge challenge as we saw in developing the Vapor Chief 180 a couple of years ago. But the problem with 120 volt electric is wattage. In North America, we are limited in the amount of watts we can power any electrical machine with. This puts us at a disadvantage compared to other countries and their technology. In other countries where 240 volt electric is the norm, sending a huge amount of watts to power the machine and get it to heat fast, have high power and pressure and high volume is not a problem. In North America this is a huge problem. There has never been a truly powerful 120 volt car wash steam machine…..until now!