Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 47
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PP Solar Capable
I took a retired U-Haul truck 7' X 22' & converted it to a livable RV. I insulated it with 4" foam then paneled it. I went with this unit because I have no roof space due to all the solar panel's I have on top & because I didn't want to cut a big hole into the side for a traditional ac window unit either for Stealth reasons. This unit is ideal for RVs, box trucks etc.. With an EER 11.1 Efficiency rating it's easy on both my solar battery bank & back up generator. Darn few of these units have an efficiency over 9 but as said before, this one is 11.1 . Since this is a condensating unit I just ran a drain hose below the chassis 2 foot above the ground.
March 13, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RLB Pretty cool
This review is primarily for those who, like me, have never bought an air conditioner and don’t know AC basics. I gave this unit a 4 rating because, as far as I know, it does what an air conditioner is supposed to do. I do not know enough to compare this unit with other brands or models.
Main points summary: (If you want to get into the weeds, explanations follow.)
• This unit, like most or all, must vent to the outside.
• Before purchasing, choose an appropriate space for the unit including vent hose near a window or door.
• Installation of the exhaust vent via the included window kit was not difficult. The kit is flexible and holds in place without permanent installation.
• The word “portable” in the name is misleading – because once “installed” the unit is not easily transported from room to room, etc.
• The unit is heavy and bulky, especially when fully operational.
• This unit (and possibly most or all other units) functions with a dehumidifier. You need to drain water periodically or have it do so continuously.
• Pay attention (measure) the open room space you want cooled. An under-powered unit in a space that is too large will lower the temperature somewhat but will struggle and fail to reach your desired temperature.
• This unit is quite noisy. Other units?
Despite the term “portable” in its name, it just isn’t something that I would consider all that portable. Not having seen the machine prior to ordering, I found it heavier and larger than expected. Weight out of the box is 58 lbs. It stands 28” high, 17” wide and 14” deep, which even without the exhaust vent attached is bulkier than most air-purifiers or fans. (see photos.) The unit has good casters making it easy to move around on a flat un-carpeted surface. The exhaust vent hose (approx. 6” diameter) takes up additional space because it comes out of the back and snakes its way to your door or window outlet. There is even more space needed, as I will describe below. Bottom line: before you buy it, make sure you have a convenient space to place the assembled unit by a door or window with access to a grounded 3-prong outlet.
I purchased this 10,000 BTU unit for a 1200 s.f. living area, realizing that this small unit rated for 300 s.f. would not sufficiently drop the temperature to perfect levels. In retrospect I would buy a more powerful unit, both to keep the temperatures at a more comfortable level and also to avoid overworking the machine. It kept the room temperature about 3-5 degrees cooler than the non-air conditioned rooms, although 5 degrees hotter than my desired temperature settings. It is comfortable enough sitting close to the machine, certainly making a big difference. But a “portable” AC unit is not the same as forced air in-house air conditioning. Short of a full-blown system, if you want a larger room very cool, pay close attention to how much space you want to cool. At 4X less than its stated capacity, it should not have surprised me that it just doesn’t do as good a job as I had hoped. This unit is designed for a small room or garage.
In addition to being an air conditioner, the unit also operates as a dehumidifier. There are 4 modes: Cool, Dry, Auto and Fan. The Auto mode essentially just sets the fan speed and temperature according to your settings. The Fan mode operates the fan only. The Dry mode activates the dehumidifier only. The Cool mode activates BOTH the air conditioner AND dehumidifier. You cannot separate the two functions in the Cool mode. In other words, you can activate the dehumidifier without the air conditioner, but not the other way around. The significance of this operationally is that the unit collects water both on Dry AND also by default on Cool. So whether set on Dry or Cool, the unit must be drained of collected water.
Water is drained in one of two ways, manually or continuously. The manual method: When the unit alerts you that it needs to be drained (all functions cease except Fan), move the unit to a drain area (presumably outside) and pull the drain plug at the bottom of the unit. Oddly the plug is at the very bottom, making it impossible to fit much under it to collect the water. I suspect generally, as in my case, this will present a logistical problem unless you can operate the unit close to an outdoor area. Even then you will most likely need to detach the exhaust hose before moving the machine to the drain area, a tedious prospect. The second method, continuous, is far easier: attach the included drain hose to the top drain, inserting the open end of the hose into a “drain area”. Since the included drain hose is an absurdly brief 1’ in length, unless you go through the trouble to purchase a longer hose this effectively limits the “drain area” to a dishpan or bottle immediately in back of the machine, The placement of the “drain area” (i.e., bottle, etc.) in the back of the machine is the additional bulk I referred to earlier. In my situation, a dry climate (around 50% humidity normally), the “drain area” bottle accumulated only about 4 oz. (half a glass) of water after a full day’s work, so the bottle needn’t be that large.
INSTALLATION OF EXHAUST HOSE:
I have horizontal opening windows so the slider kit had to be installed vertically. The slider is adjustable in approximately 1” increments and will fit most window openings (26.5” to 48”) whether vertical or horizontal. The installation of the slider into the window itself presented no problems. In my case it was not necessary to use the foam seal and tape or to attach the slider with a screw to hold it in place. The window itself braced snugly against the slider was sufficient to do the job. The only minor difficulty I had in the installation process was to securely connect the adaptors to the two ends of the exhaust hose. It took some effort to get them to fit securely enough to avoid popping off while moving the hose into position.
• NOISE: This is a noisy machine, regardless of fan speed, especially in the Cool mode.
• HEAT: Some reviews complain that the exhaust pipe gets hot and interferes with the cooling function. I found the pipe was warm but not enough to make a noticeable difference.
• REMOTE: The included remote works fine, but unless you are infirm, for the few times you may need to make an adjustment, get off your lazy butt and use the machine controls. You probably have too many remotes as it is.
• FILTERS: There are two filters included that need cleaning every few weeks of use. They are washable and the main one is easily removed.
September 13, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Kbones Works Well
This unit did the job. A little noisy but that's to be expected for a portable unit. I returned mine because when unpacked it was clear to see it had been dropped. The packaging Styrofoam was broken and there were minor cracks in the plastic. I informed Home Depot and hooked it up anyway. Cooled a large room from 86 degrees ti 74 degrees in 90 minutes or so. I would have exchanged for a new one but they were out of stock. Asked if they would spot me an extended warranty at no cost and I would keep it but no go so I returned it to the local store.
November 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DD So Glad I Bought This Unit
This air conditioner works great! It was easy to install, although I did need to come up with something to extend the height of the plastic window insert; I used a disposable aluminum cookie sheet that I cut to fit and taped to the plastic insert to fill the window gap. The unit cools my bedroom quickly and keeps it cool for hours. I especially like the remote control, as I can turn the unit on and off without having to get out of bed.
October 14, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by TIa Does the job
Used it in a bedroom. Does the job. Cools nicely but gave it 3 stars because it's noisy but I think most of these units at this price point are noisy as well. Easy to set up . It also has a dry setting and fan only setting which is a nice feature. Have not had to empty it yet. I think it's a little heavy to move from upstairs to downstairs. I wish there was a smaller version.
October 6, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by idreamstarr Works well.
I initially bought this model online through another company, but it didn't work because it came damaged through the delivery process, so I'm already indebted to Home Depot for not screwing up the product while it was in transit (it had to be delivered to one close to my apartment). Thanks Home Depot!
Before I got this air conditioner I was dying in my Los Angeles apartment with no ac system. It does the trick, cooling my large living room, and (somewhat) cooling the kitchen next door. I've experienced the space without this A/C and the system makes a world of difference. I was hoping to have some of the stellar results other folks had (it being able to cool other rooms closeby), but will chalk it up to my place not being insulated/set up correctly to do so.
I've had it for around a month now and haven't had to drain it yet, in fact since LA isn't humid I probably won't have to drain it until warm season is over (I'm hoping one more month). Would definitely recommend the product.
October 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Trina Worth the money
I love this product. It is for smaller room however I have it set up in my living room and it keeps it cooler than average. Easy to assemble and low maintenance. It's worth the buy
October 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rob Great product
This portable air conditioner really works well and goes a great job of cooling an area well in excess of the square footage it is listed for ---I wish we had night this sooner.
October 20, 2015