A battery-power air conditioner: What you should and should not expect?
Battery-powered air conditioners are excellent for regular use during summers, but that does not mean you should keep unrealistic expectations from them.
Usually, they are portable so that you can carry them from one place to another without facing any difficulty. It is like having your own personal air conditioner wherever you go. You will find models that come with in-built coolers. These battery-powered air conditioners can multi-task as coolers, and you can choose what to use depending on your convenience. They are usually lightweight.
Most of these units produce very little noise so as to not disturb you. If you find a noisy model with good specifications, look for alternatives because chances are that you will find a similar machine that makes less noise.
You should keep in mind that these machines are not comparable to conventional air conditioners in terms of power.
You cannot compare their performances because they are designed for different purposes. Moreover, battery-powered air conditioners have a limited runtime, as the name suggests. You cannot expect batteries to last forever. You will either have to replace the batteries or recharge the machine based on what your machine needs.
The units are meant to cool small areas at a time. They will not succeed in bringing down the temperature in large spaces.
Features to consider when choosing a battery-powered air conditioner
If you are planning to buy a battery-powered air conditioner, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Consider the following parameters when you are evaluating a model.
When you are choosing a battery-powered AC unit for yourself, it is advisable that you check the cooling power of the machine before investing your money. Most of these machines are designed to cool areas ranging from 50 to 250 sq. ft beyond which they can prove to be useless.
The cooling power refers to the drop in the temperature caused by the machine. Some units can reduce the temperature by as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit consistently for about 10 hours. On the other hand, you have models that will give you more cooling and reduce the temperature by up to 35 degrees below the ambient temperature for one or two hours.
You should remember that the performance of such units is influenced by the external temperature.
The cooling power of each model is specified by the manufacturer. You should choose the ideal machine for yourself based on the space where you are expecting it to work.
The IcyBreeze v2 Portable Air Conditioner & Cooler can produce a cooling effect that reduces the temperature by 35 °F below the ambient temperature, but the Cooler Breeze Portable Air Condition can lead to a temperature drop of 20 °F below the ambient temperature. The values differ from model to model even within the same brand.
Power sources that can be used
The power source or the battery is an important factor to take into account when you are buying a model for regular usage.
Some traditional units use batteries that need to be replaced periodically. Different models need different types of batteries based on the design. For example, the Bucket Breeze Regular Breeze Personal Cooling System needs AA batteries in order to run.
However, most advanced models can be charged in multiple ways. They either use rechargeable batteries, a USB connection, or a 12-volt power supply. There are some models out there which you will be able to plug into a wall outlet directly.
The convenience of the power source will depend on the location where you are planning to use the unit. If you plan to take the machine along with you on frequent camping trips, then purchasing an AC that requires a plug-in power source will be a bad choice.
The IcyBreeze v2 Portable Air Conditioner & Cooler uses a 12v 6AH Li-Ion battery that can be charged with the charger that is included in the package. The AIRWIRL 3.0 Mobile Cool Down System can be powered by three AA batteries or via the micro-USB power slot.
The run time of a battery-powered air conditioner is crucial because you do not want to be let down by the machine when you need it the most. If you want consistent performance over a long period of time, you will not choose the same model as someone who prefers to use the machine for short periods of time over the day.
The Cooler Breeze Portable Air Conditioner can provide up to 10–12 hours of moderate cooling at a stretch. On the other hand, the IcyBreeze v2 Portable Air Conditioner & Cooler offers 2.5 hours of run time but provides intense cooling. The runtime preference is very subjective, and you need to figure out what you need before making the purchase.
Portability: Dimensions and weight
If you want to invest in a battery-powered air conditioner, then you probably are looking for a portable cooling solution. Check the dimensions and weight of the model to understand how much space it will take up. If you know that you will mostly use the machine inside your house, then you can go for heavier models. But lightweight units are the easiest to carry when you are going on a trip.
The AIRWIRL 3.0 Mobile Cool Down System weighs just 1.8 pounds while the IcyBreeze v2 Portable Air Conditioner & Cooler weighs 19 pounds.
Make sure that you check the warranty on the unit before you purchase it so that you can approach the company in case of any difficulty.