Coleman Queen QuickBed Airbed
April 17, 2012
Filed under Sleeping Gear
Everyone likes a good night’s sleep, especially when camping. That process has changed dramatically since my first night in a tent as a kid in the 1970s. Back then, I happily snoozed on a three-quarter-inch closed-cell foam pad. As an adult, the thought of lying on a skinny pad on the ground makes my bones ache. Over the years, my pad has certainly gotten thicker, more supportive and much warmer. Last fall, I slept on my thickest pad yet, a Coleman 6.5-inch Queen Quickbed Airbed With Built-In CPX 6 Pump and had my soundest slumber ever while camping.
Queen-size airbeds with built-in pumps are not new, nor is the Coleman CPX 6 power pack. What’s new is this combination. The CPX 6 pump is built into the foot of the Coleman Queen QuickBed Airbed. While the pump can be powered with four D batteries, it’s also compatible with Coleman’s CPX 6 six-volt rechargeable power pack (sold separately, $24.99), a 2.36Ah Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) battery that comes with both 120-volt and 12-volt adapters. You can recharge it at home, or at the campground using your vehicle, a generator or a portable power pack. The Coleman CPX 6 eliminates the need to carry extra D batteries, which are heavy, and expensive if you have to buy them at a campground store. The CPX 6 can also be used as a power source in other Coleman CPX 6-compatible products. I was grateful for its punch. The first night I slept on the Quickbed Airbed, we arrived at our campsite in Yellowstone National Park exhausted from a long day of travel and well after dark. The mattress inflated in about a minute with only a turn of the dial. I was happily asleep in moments. Two mornings later, when it was time to pack up, the pump deflated the mattress just as fast.
In my prior experiences with airbeds, they fed on power like a hungry hog. I wondered if this one was like the others, so I slept on it every night for a month. Like all air mattresses, the Coleman Queen QuickBed Airbed needs a slight boost each night before turning off the lantern, particularly if there’s a chill in the air. However, the pump outlasted my test, working consistently for over 37 days using only one set of D batteries, and is still working as I write.
The sueded fabric on the top of Coleman’s Quickbed Airbed prevented my sleeping bag from sliding and made the mattress quieter and warmer. I appreciated the high-grade PVC fabric on the sides and bottom which is puncture resistant and feels more substantial than the fabrics on other air mattresses I’ve used. The internal Comfortsmart coil system is not obvious when the pad is deflated or put away in its stuff sack; but when inflated it made the mattress contour better to my body, rather than feeling as if I were sleeping on a balloon. And Coleman’s Double Lock valve, which has two seals, remained leak-free after a month of nightly use.
The Coleman Queen QuickBed Airbed with Built-In CPX 6 Pump is the closest thing to a real bed that I’ve slept on in the woods. It’s handy at home as an instant guest bed, too.