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Today we’re going to compare the Luxline Portable 8 with the Companion Aqua Cube Logic Portable Hot Water System.
Aqua Cube vs Luxline: How They’re Similar
Let’s start by looking at the similarities:
- Both units are fully portable
- Both units will reliably heat water for showers
- Both feature a safety cut-out at 50°C
Basically, both units are suitable for taking with you on a camping trip to heat water for showering. However there are some key differences between the two which we’ll look at now…
Aqua Cube vs Luxline: How They’re Different
1. Battery lifespan
One of the biggest differences between the two units is the lifespan of the battery. While the Aqua Cube is limited to 8 x 5 minute showers, the Luxline unit is good for approximately 150-200 starts. With the Luxline, you can basically keep showering indefinitely, provided you’ve enough water and gas.
2. Gas supply
The Aqua Cube is designed to be used with gas canisters, which limits the amount of hot water they can produce. (Although you can buy a separate gas hose to use with a 9kg gas bottle). The Luxline, meanwhile, is only designed to be used with a 9kg gas bottle – there is no need to buy an additional hose.
3. Water flow
Another difference between the units is water flow: the Aqua Cube can be adjusted between 2.5 and 4.5 litres per minute, whereas the Luxline can be adjusted from a minimum of 2.5 litres per minute up to a maximum of 8 litres per minute.
So basically, the Luxline gives you more options. If you only have a limited supply of water, you can adjust the flow down to 2.5L/min for maximum efficiency. However if you are connected to a mains water supply, you can adjust the flow up to 8L/min to enjoy a full shower.
(To put this in perspective, a normal shower within the home operates at around 9L/min).
Because the Luxline goes up to 8L/min, it’s also suitable for other applications, such as horse washing or dog washing.
4. Water supply
The Aqua Cube cannot be connected to a mains water supply (such as a garden tap at a caravan park). This is a major drawback, for two reasons:
- Your showers will be limited by your water supply
- The water pressure will only reach 3L/minute – which is not very strong
Conversely, the Luxline can used with either a bucket, a Jerrycan, or a creek or river – or it can be connected to a mains water supply. Thus it is more versatile.
5. Hot water spigot
If you want to wash your dishes while you’re away camping, the Aqua Cube comes with a hot water spigot for such a purpose. Although it should be pointed out that water from this tap cannot be used for human consumption, so you won’t be able to use it to make a tea or coffee.
6. Water temperature
This is another point of major difference. The Aqua Cube will produce hot water at around 33°C, which is good for a warm shower. However if you want the temperature to reach 50°C, you will need to recirculate the water – which means feeding the water that’s already been heated back into the unit. This limits the applications of this water quite drastically, as you run the risk of feeding dirty water into your hot water unit.
7. Unit design
Both the Aqua Cube and the Luxline are stylishly designed, and appropriate for camping trips.
One advantage the Aqua Cube has is that it can be placed directly on the ground, or on top of a table.
However, unlike the Luxline, the Aqua Cube cannot be mounted to a wall or the side of your caravan, and it cannot be hung over a hook or a door handle.
Finally, we reach the bottom line – and that is, the Luxline is better value. Enough said!
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