Since my Airbnb room in Galway was in a beautifully decorated old house, I figured the unfamiliar shower gadget was a throwback to a previous generation (or two). Turns out, these “electric showers” are relatively modern and pretty common.

I didn’t notice the shower configuration until I stepped into the stall my first morning, without glasses and still groggy. There were no handles or faucets to start the flow of water, so I tried pushing the power button. Success!


There was a dial to make the water hotter or colder. It was shockingly sensitive, as I found out very quickly.

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But what about this dial in the photo below? Time to do some sleuthing.

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Later in the day, I Googled “dial-a-shower”, only to learn that electric shower is the proper phrasing. Hmmmm … electricity and water … that’s an interesting combination. I then downloaded the user manual for the Triton T80xr so I could unlock its mysteries.

Now … not only can I operate an electric shower … I could probably install one too!

For the record: The mystery dial’s snowflake is for cold water only (why???), and the big and little waves allow you to control the water pressure.

But what’s the advantage of the electric shower? I’m still not sure. The water pressure, even on the high setting, was pretty weak, and the water still took a long time to heat up.

But the handle did light up when the shower was turned on. So there’s that. Electricity!


At the very least, I have another notch in my bathroom belt of experiences. As I’ve said before, nothing will measure up to my Japanese bathroom that can also dry your clothes (!!!), but the electric shower has its own charms, and I’m guessing I’ll be encountering more of them soon. 

When it happens, I’ll be ready!

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