At this time of year, your bike’s going to get dirty no matter where you ride so if you want it to last you’ll need a regular cleaning regime. Aqua2Go’s Pro washer weighs 5.22kg, stands 48cm tall with a footprint of 28cm x 35cm – not bad considering that includes the 6m hose, spray gun and battery.
Most of its volume is taken up by a 20-litre water tank, which is above average for this type of washer. Filling it up obviously adds considerable weight, and there are a pair of skate wheels on one side and a fold-out handle for pulling it along flat surfaces and a top handle for lifting it up.
Usefully, the mains-chargeable lithium-ion battery doubles as an LED torch when removed from the unit, and can power other devices from its lighter socket or USB port. You can also power the washer from a car’s 12v lighter socket; in this mode you can remove the pump and there’s a hose fitting for using an alternate water source.
A full two-hour battery charge will give around 30 minutes use. You’re advised not to use the unit for more than 20 minutes continuously but at its maximum flow rate of 2.2 litres per minute, the washer tank will be empty in under 10.
With a maximum water pressure of 145psi/10 bar and adjustable spray intensity, it easily slices through even the thickest mud, and effectively cleared three bikes of cyclo-cross race gloop.
The Aqua2Go comes with soft brush and small shower head attachments for car-cleaning or post-race washing, when the spray gun’s trigger can be flipped to continuous flow.
Its primary use, however, is bike washing, and it does this very well. Its large reservoir, water source and spraying options add to its versatility, and we appreciate the ability to use it as a power bank for other devices, though this will compromise the washer’s run time. But only being able to charge the battery from the mains might be an issue when you’re on the road.