I keep this on my window sill in my office. I did freeze the filter one time just to see the difference and it was quite cold! :) But I normally just wet it at room temp and let it run as the air is still cool doing that. No issues with anything. Runs great and cools me down after outside work.
It cools but it would he best for a desk sitting directly in front of it. Do not expect it to coo...
July 08, 2020
It cools but it would he best for a desk sitting directly in front of it. Do not expect it to cool a 4.5 x 10ft bathroom. Purchased a week ago. Does not meet my expectations. It looks great but it's very deceiving.
I live in LA and this works great for our low humidity summer days. Humidity in LA is usually pretty low. Trick is to add ice cubes in the water tray. The water lasts a while so I find myself adding ice cubes to the tray a couple of times a day. Helps me keep cool and work comfortably at my desk through our hot days. Don't expect air conditioner cold, though.
If you are looking for this to cool an area with no ac this might not be for you. This unit works great for a small space like next to the bed. Add some ice in the water and it does really blow cold air. I live in south Florida and during the day it gets so hot my ac unit constantly runs. The artic air ulta definitely keeps us cooler even in our small living room. Freeze the filter as recommended and you will definitely feel cool air from the fan
Ok I have had one of these for a year now. I have read several reviews and I'd kinda like to make a few points. Of course there's the obvious, It's a personal cooler, so it has to be close to you and blow it's cool air on you. You have to use it in low humidity as the evaporation of water does the cooling. Think of it as suplimental cooling. Only if it's not too hot will it keep you comfortabel all on it's own. I find it does a great job on a hot day to boost the cooling effect of my whole house evaporative cooler. In the best of conditions, (think 10 % humidity,) a cooler can lower the temperature of the air that passes through it 30 degrees (F). So if it's 100 F outside you can possibly get 70 F degree air out a swamp cooler that's blowing into the house. As that air mixes with inside air and absorbs the heat through windows and walls you might get 85 degree air around you. The Arctic Air can lower that air 10, 15 maybe 20 degrees and blow it on you.
This is a very simple unit. One reviewer slaged it for only the very center of the "filter" being wet. A look inside shows it works by the fan blowing air around a " V " shaped sheetmetal baffle. That causes a low presure area in the " V " that sucks a fine mist of water out a port. Think of an old time carburator, similar process. Not all that mist will evaporate and residual will wet the sponge strips at the other end. Hopefully if the air can hold more water that will evaporate and cool the air as well. All this is, is a fan with a mister inside to blow air on you that can be a dozen degrees cooler than the surounding air, depending on it's relitive humidity. Oh and one more thing while I have your attention. Yes if you run it on high the electric plug gets warm. That's because it holds a resistor to reduce the 110 V to the lower voltage the fan uses.
***Disclaimer: I did not try freezing the filter first, didn't have time on first run, will updat...
June 03, 2019
***Disclaimer: I did not try freezing the filter first, didn't have time on first run, will update review after trying that if there is any substantial difference.
First of all, unlike some, I did not expect this tiny and inexpensive unit to cool an entire room. What I did expect was for it to blow significantly cooler air than a fan would recirculate and I only needed it to reach a distance of 3 feet. It failed completely at this task. I wanted this exclusively for use while sleeping at my girlfriend's house as she likes a bit higher temp (~75) than I can prefer for sleeping (<72). With an ambient temperature of 75, the unit just couldn't do enough cooling to notice a difference in air temp, so it was basically just a very loud and underperforming fan. I bought it shortly before use so I did not freeze the filter as suggested for increased cooling effectiveness, if that doesnt make a drastic difference, I will be returning this.
TL;DR- Very disappointed and unimpressed initially, will give it one more chance before returning