Portacool Cyclone Indoor/Outdoor Coolers

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Portacool Cyclone Indoor/Outdoor Coolers
Price: $219.99 - 399.99
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3/16/2017 - $219.99 - 399.9 - Click To See Discussion (6 comments)

These are great if you live in a low humidity area. If you live in a high humidity area do you research before buying. this article has a good chart http://www.air-n-water.com/common-swamp-mistakes.htm

Anyone know how loud these coolers are? I have been around some that are distractingly loud. Would be interested if these were relatively quiet.

From the company’s FAQ:
“WHAT IS THE BEST ENVIRONMENT TO PRODUCE THE MOST COOL AIR?
A. For optimum performance, the temperature should be 85˚ F or higher and the relative humidity should be below 75%. However, Portacool evaporative coolers will reduce the temperature in almost any environment, making it more comfortable.”

I have a lot of experience with these types of coolers. Here’s my two cents for whatever it’s worth:

Evaporative coolers work best when the humidity is 25% or less. When the humidity exceeds 40% all the cooler is doing is blowing nasty water laden air in the space. I have no idea how or why the company would claim it would cool a space at 75% humidity. It’s simply not true, for all practical purposes.

For a typical 20’ x 24’ garage a cooler of 3200 CFM is barely adequate with the fan running on high. A cooler rated at 5000-10000 CFM would work much better by moving the cooler further away from the space you want to cool. Otherwise, all you’re doing is spot cooling the area directly in front of the cooler, especially when it’s 100+ F.
Yes, these coolers will produce enough noise which would require you to increase the volume on a TV or stereo. Another reason why it’s more ideal to use a high capacity CFM cooler placed further away from the space you want to cool.
Another example is an indoor space of 300 SF with a 8’ ceiling; if the outside temperature is 100F with 25% or less humidity, a 4000 CFM wall mounted unit will keep the space at 72F all day with the fan on low, about 1500 CFM.
Evap coolers always work best if you run the units before the temperature rises, don’t wait till it’s already roasting outside or you’re trying to cool an indoor space. Also, you will need to keep a window cracked open to exhaust the air from indoor spaces.
A 4000 CFM cooler running on low speed uses about 3 gallons per hour, the higher the CFM, the lower the humidity, the higher the water consumption.
Molded coolers like these are best for very long life when compared to metal coolers which have a maximum life of five to ten years (depending on storage during the winter). The down side is the pads and replacement parts are more expensive then typical metal coolers. These units will still require some maintenance prior to winter storage.
If your water supply is high in calcium (well water), buy a quality in-line filter and replace it every season.
These models do not appear to have casters to allow the unit to be easily rolled and moved to your preferred location (a big consideration when the unit is full of water).

Believe it or not, for an outdoor patio or large garage, this is the size of cooler you will need to feel comfortable when the temperature exceeds 100F.

https://www.amazon.com/Portacool-PAC2K36HPVS-Portable-Evaporative-Capacity/dp/B000Z574DG

I have the 2200. The noise level is comparable to a 20" box fan on low or high compared to the Portacooler on low or high. The Portacooler might be a little louder, but not by much. On low, the air is being pushed out is gentle enough, but switched to high, the Portacooler really force the air out at a strong velocity. It feels really nice when you’re hot, but on high you’d have to raise your voice to have a conversation if you’re a couple feet in front of it.

Knowing that summer is just around the corner, I’m very tempted. However, Woot also has the DeLonghi Portable Air Conditioners on sale over at Home and Kitchen. Does anyone have experience with both and which is preferred?

Depends where you live? Humid or dry climate. If you live in dry climate I’d go with the swamp cooler. If humid I’d go with the portable a/c.

Thanks for the answer PoAng. I’ve had a swamp cooler before and loved it, but the model was the kind that the business end hung out a window. Comparing it to the Delonghi was my mistake. However in thinking about it, I’d prefer the lower wattage of the cooler. Very helpful comment.