Make & Model - Haines Solar Cooker
Dimensions - 28 by 16 by 16 inches
Weight - 18 ounces
MSRP - $45
URL - http://www.hainessolarcookers.com
Made with a metallized polyethylene terephthalate foam rather than metal, the Haines can roll up into a small size and stow in the small, included storage bag. The plastic cover and pot base also roll up, making this the perfect solar oven to take with you nearly anywhere.
Though the assembly seemed a little fiddly with strings and paper clips, it seemed so by design; if you lose a part — like a clip or a tie — better that replacements are readily available.
It might not look impressive, but performance-wise the Haines outdid the others (except for the SolSource) in heating water. The internal temperature reached just over 220 degrees F, and we had bubbles in about 45 minutes. Given its wide wings, we didn't have to adjust it toward the sun at all.
– Simple to set up and break down
– Compact and lightweight, perfect for camping and bugging out (provided you want to lug around a pot too).
– The cooker can be used as a thermal blanket to keep food warm after it's done cooking.
– The strings and paper clips can quickly get lost.
– The plastic cover (and pot sleeve) seemed flimsy and likely to get brittle in the sun.
– The slightest breeze caused the unit to shudder.