Yeah yeah yeah!Looks like I have the cup and coil problem solved. Magellans has a dual voltage coil on their website:
http://www.magellans.com/dual-voltage-h ... coil-22260 It gets decent reviews.
The one thing to remember seems to be that it's very important to immerse the coil in the water before plugging it in, and to make sure it's still in the water when you unplug it or you run the risk that it will short out.
Back to more interesting Camino topics, like walking the Salvador in January! Thanks everyone.
Thanks cuz for the re-assurance. Perhaps I will leave my coil at home and instead carry some eyeliner and my sparkly mirror? since you assure me that I won't have need of a coil?I was going to give you a hard time @Tigger with something like "Hot water? She's dreaming!"... but that would be misleading. Although fun.
All the albergues have hot showers with a couple of well known exceptions, such as San Anton, on the Camino Frances. You will never need to go for longer than 24 hours without a hot shower (in fact, your walking companions will insist on it!)
The albergues are usually villages houses, that have been converted, and they have normal modern bathrooms.
There are almost always kitchens where you can prepare a hot cuppa - except that sometimes the kitchens have no equipment and improvisation is necessary. Hot coil aficionados are often those who walk in winter when cafes do not open until late, or on the more remote routes. Not to stop you from taking your coil - everyone takes some small comfort - I will carry an umbrella and my own little pillow.
I bought mine in the first little hardware store I went into in Pamplona. That would tend to make me think they are not too hard to find in Spain.It isn't possible to buy an electric coil water heater in the UK. I have found only one source that imports them from the USA but the P&P is £14.95! Has anyone seen them for sale in Spain?
We bought ours from Amazon (UK) but it is made in Germany so has 2 pin plug which is OK for Spain. This coil is similar although more expensive, but there may be others if you check out Amazon. Watch the pins are Spanish style as some are US style.It isn't possible to buy an electric coil water heater in the UK. I have found only one source that imports them from the USA but the P&P is £14.95! Has anyone seen them for sale in Spain?