Condom Water Boiling Fail
Thought you guys would get a kick out of this.
Today I was experimenting a bit more with the condom water bottle I made in the last article and was thinking to myself, “what would happen if I forgot or lost my water disinfection tablets to help clean the water I collected in the condom?”
So I came up with the idea of boiling it over a fire.
After all, you can boil water in a plastic water bottle without issue so why would a condom be any different? And in fact, just to quickly test it I took a water-filled condom and took a lighter to it. Sure enough it didn’t burst or melt even though I put the flame on it for around 30 second.
With that initial test complete, it was on to the field test…
Here’s my pics of my field test:
First step: I set up a tripod and hung the water-filled condom off of it:
Second step: Set up a fire under the condom (you can see the flames hitting the condom without issue):
The water began to bubble slightly after around 7-8 min of direct fire contact but then suddenly the condom started to contract and suddenly burst, putting out the fire…fail!
Here’s my thinking as to why this experiment failed (and maybe you can give me your thoughts as well):
Since the condom did not start to deform (contract) until the water temperature reached near-boil, the warmer water-temp must have allowed the external latex to reach a hotter temperature that was enough for it to become too weak to hold the water and eventually burst.
If you’ve ever boiled water in a plastic water bottle, you see a similar behavior. When the water is cooler, the bottle does not deform. Only after you get the water temperature to approach the boiling point does the plastic start to deform a bit. However the plastic bottle must have enough plastic to still maintain its integrity to hold the water allowing you to boil and purify the water inside.
Definitely try it out yourself. Perhaps I’ll give this another go but this time not fill the condom with as much water. Maybe then it will still hold the water even when the water reaches the boiling point.
Be sure to get out there and experiment yourself! Practice and experimentation is so important for preppers. After all, the more we do, practice, and fail now the better we will be when thing really go south.