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Portable Air Conditioner For Car

Portable Air Conditioner For Car

Portable Air Conditioner For Car

Think of portable air conditioners as the cooling choice of last resort. They’re better than a fan but not much. That’s what Consumer Reports discovered in its tests of portable air conditioners that, despite their claims, barely got a room below sweltering let alone the 78° F that’s considered the upper threshold of indoor comfort. Portable air conditioners are intended for homes in which window configurations or building regulations prevent installation of window units. But getting one is a compromise you may not want to make because they’re typically bigger, noisier, more expensive, and use more energy. In fact, retailers report that many portable air conditioners are returned each season by dissatisfied customers. How They Work Unlike a window air conditioner, all the mechanical parts of a portable air conditioner are sitting in the room you’re trying to cool. This contributes to the noise and less-than-capable cooling, as the portable unit is using conditioned air from the room to cool the condenser and exhausts the hot air out an ungainly exhaust hose that resembles a dryer vent. That creates negative pressure causing unconditioned warm air from surrounding rooms or outdoors to be drawn into the room you’re trying keep cool. How Portable? And it’s debatable how portable they are, because once the hose is connected to the kit in the window, you won’t want to move the unit, especially since they typically weigh 50 to 80 pounds and sometimes even more. Keep Cool Best Window A/Cs Top choices from Consumer Reports’ tests While they do have wheels, portable air conditioners can be difficult to roll on carpets and over raised thresholds between rooms. They also need their space—the hose is 5 to 7 feet long and the air conditioner must be positioned away from any walls or furniture that may block its airflow. How We Test In our tests, we measure how long it takes a portable air conditioner to lower the temperature from 90 degrees to 75 in a room appropriate for its claimed size. But few made it to even 80 after 100 minutes. None made our list of recommended air conditioners, but if you have no alternative, consider the Friedrich ZoneAir P12B, $600. While only fair at cooling, it was a champ in our tests simulating brownout conditions, as were most of the other models. If a Portable Is Your Only Choice Install it right. All portables come with a kit that you install in a window. Make sure all your connections are tight and seal any air gaps. Get a ceiling fan. Create a cool breeze by running a ceiling fan. Block the sun. Close the curtains and shades to keep the sun from overheating your room.
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Portable Air Conditioner For Car

Unlike a window air conditioner, all the mechanical parts of a portable air conditioner are sitting in the room you’re trying to cool. This contributes to the noise and less-than-capable cooling, as the portable unit is using conditioned air from the room to cool the condenser and exhausts the hot air out an ungainly exhaust hose that resembles a dryer vent. That creates negative pressure causing unconditioned warm air from surrounding rooms or outdoors to be drawn into the room you’re trying keep cool.
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Portable Air Conditioner For Car

How They Work Unlike a window air conditioner, all the mechanical parts of a portable air conditioner are sitting in the room you’re trying to cool. This contributes to the noise and less-than-capable cooling, as the portable unit is using conditioned air from the room to cool the condenser and exhausts the hot air out an ungainly exhaust hose that resembles a dryer vent. That creates negative pressure causing unconditioned warm air from surrounding rooms or outdoors to be drawn into the room you’re trying keep cool.
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Portable Air Conditioner For Car

Think of portable air conditioners as the cooling choice of last resort. They’re better than a fan but not much. That’s what Consumer Reports discovered in its tests of portable air conditioners that, despite their claims, barely got a room below sweltering let alone the 78° F that’s considered the upper threshold of indoor comfort. Portable air conditioners are intended for homes in which window configurations or building regulations prevent installation of window units. But getting one is a compromise you may not want to make because they’re typically bigger, noisier, more expensive, and use more energy. In fact, retailers report that many portable air conditioners are returned each season by dissatisfied customers.
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Portable Air Conditioner For Car

The most important and relevant disadvantage of the 12v portable AC and 12v cooling fan is the fact that it provides a very limited range of cooling even inside of a vehicle, but it will get the job done in a similar fashion to the lowest settings of air conditioning in the internal AC of your car. Since portable car AC has no compressor, it relies on ice that serves as a cooling agent, the same concept to evaporative air coolers. You also have the fact that they required charging with your vehicle and this means there will be more gas or battery consumption, but this is also inevitable with any AC. In addition, you will also need space inside the car or truck to place the portable AC while the cooling fan needs space on dashboard to be mounted.
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Portable Air Conditioner For Car

We took the unit out to the truck for a test run when it was well over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (mid to high 30s for Celsius people). My dad set it in the truck and plugged it in, then went back to the house to get a camera. By the time he returned to the truck, the air inside had already dropped below 80, and the air was much drier, making it also feel much cooler. I attached a PDF of JPEG of a scan of a notecard that my dad took notes on. What it basically says is the following: When the unit was started, the air in the cab was 95 degrees, parked in the shade after a morning of sun,and the outside heat index was 108 degrees. Within five minutes the cab had cooled to 75 degrees, and the air output was 65 degrees. With two quarts of water that had been refrigerated and 8 pounds of ice cubes, the ice had melted after 40 minutes, leaving 50 degree water, with an output of 65 degree air. In other words, it works! And it works great! On Sunday, August 12 we brought it to Kansas City for a monthly meeting of our electric auto group. WE met in a small meeting room of a library, and ran the air conditioner off a small 12V battery on a table. Many of the members were impressed that they could feel the room getting cooler, and many tried to buy it from us on the spot. We are also in correspondence with an EV owner from Alabama who is eagerly awaiting the publication of this Instructable (I hope). If you’re reading this, you know who you are, and I hope you like it.
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Portable Air Conditioner For Car

The IcyBreeze Blizzard Package has a cooler and an air conditioner. Ice and little water is filled in the Icybreeze cooler and the power is turned on. Air is then pulled from outside, to run across the cooling coils placed internally. The cooled air is blown out by the flexible hose. The hose directs the air to the required location. It is blown by a three speed fan keeping the area cool. This makes the product suitable for use by boaters, campers and even during sporting activities.
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Portable Air Conditioner For Car

In our tests, we measure how long it takes a portable air conditioner to lower the temperature from 90 degrees to 75 in a room appropriate for its claimed size. But few made it to even 80 after 100 minutes. None made our list of recommended air conditioners, but if you have no alternative, consider the Friedrich ZoneAir P12B, $600. While only fair at cooling, it was a champ in our tests simulating brownout conditions, as were most of the other models.
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How We Test In our tests, we measure how long it takes a portable air conditioner to lower the temperature from 90 degrees to 75 in a room appropriate for its claimed size. But few made it to even 80 after 100 minutes. None made our list of recommended air conditioners, but if you have no alternative, consider the Friedrich ZoneAir P12B, $600. While only fair at cooling, it was a champ in our tests simulating brownout conditions, as were most of the other models.
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During our two year development of Zero Breeze, we extensively tested and improved the concept of a rotary compressor to achieve the smallest possible form factor and maximum air cooling results. After several iterations, we built a fully functioning portable air conditioner that works. 
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The square shaped air conditioner by GoCool is available in grey color at amazon store where it offers free shipment of the product. This sophisticated air conditioner comes with a 12 volt electrical cord and 6’ drainage hose. This unit works best for camps, tents, cars, trucks and vehicle cabins.

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