Aqua Cube vs Luxline – What’s the Difference?

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.

luxline vs aqua cube

8. Price

Finally, we reach the bottom line – and that is, the Luxline is better value. Enough said!

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Hot water systems for camping

Summer holidays are approaching – time to start planning your next camping trip!

Here are some simple tips to help you get the most out of your Luxline Portable 8 while camping:

Get the Right Accessories

Make sure you’ve got all the accessories you need before you head out on your great adventure. We suggest:

Shower Stand

Hot Water Systems for Camping 2Sold as an optional accessory, the shower stand is easy to dismantle and pack up. It’s great because it frees up your hands – without it you’d have to hold onto the shower head.

Please note that this stand works best when connected to a mains water supply, as it requires significant water pressure.

Shower Tent

A shower tent will make your outdoor showering experience that much more comfortable! Not only will it provide more privacy, it will keep you warm.

Water Pump

The standard 4.3L pump that is included with your Luxline Portable 8 will provide enough water pressure for a shower. However there are particular situations where more water pressure is required. More info about pumps can be found in our article: Choosing the right type of caravan water pump.

Stretchy Hose

Stretching from 2.5m to 7.5m, this hose provides added range and mobility. It’s really useful when you are connecting your Luxline hot water system to a mains water supply, such as a tap at a caravan park.

The stretchy hose is great for camping because it’s much more compact and light than a regular hose.

Hot Water Systems for Camping

Meanwhile, it’s also a useful investment if you ever want to use your hot water system for dog washing.

Test Before You Leave Home

One of the most important things that novice campers often forget is that you should always test out your gear before you leave! You don’t want to wait until you’re out in the middle of nowhere to discover that your gas tank is empty, for instance.

Research Where You’re Going

Different camping scenarios will require different equipment. For instance, if you’re staying at a caravan park with access to mains water, you won’t need to pack your own. And if you’re planning to use a river or creek as your water source, you’ll need to make sure that you pack a water filter to prevent damage to your hot water system.

Make Sure You’ve Got Enough Water

This is the most important consideration in any camping situation. If you are heading out to the bush in your 4WD, you will need to pack enough water not just for showering, but for drinking. You need water to live!

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