Post by safetybruce on Sept 8, 2012 12:37:52 GMT -5
Was not sure where to post this, since it is a craigslist ad, but I'm hoping someone will post the picture and description. Then it will have a permanent spot for reference in this section. It appears to be a very neat "portable A/C unit" that operates off of 12 volts/cigarrete lighter socket! Actually it is a clever fully portable swamp cooler (design). I have a nephew that lives in Pensacola, and I might ask him to snag it for me, to go along with my 120/12V coleman cool box. Am going to try and google the item to see if $45-50 is the actual retail price. Ad made me think someone was selling off an old window unit from a camper, and I passed it by twice before opening it.
Post by safetybruce on Sept 9, 2012 0:18:21 GMT -5
It is a clever design, and even if it is just the unit and it slips into a cooler you have to purchase seperately it is pretty neat...actually here at work we have men sandblasting and painting inside cargo tanks in 100+ degree weather and they have forced air hoods that are connected to safe breathing air compressors, and we have in-line cool boxes that are modified Coleman coolers that basically are filled with ice water and you connect the air line to a quick connect into the box and a pig-tail of coiled tubing inside, circulates the air and it exits at another quick-connect, so I am familiar with the concept, but this is more of a true swamp cooler...because we are "oil patch" and everybody that supplies the industry charges obscene prices for everything...our coolers are 44 quart standard Coleman coolers like you can buy at Wal-Mart, simply modified as I mentioned, by a third party with no more than $25 worth of coil tubing and in and out fittings...not rocket science, and I think we were charged close to $750 each...this little one probably will not reduce the temps, obviously ,like a real a/c, but there are a lot of times where just a 5 degree reduction makes the difference if you can sleep comfortbly or not. Heck, it would make a nice doghouse cooler for Fido on hot days...as long as he knows how to plug the cord into that cigarette lighter socket mounted in his wall without opposable thumbs.
Soup there is still hope, commercial doghouse a/c units run from$350 upwards to over $600...put this together with a deep cycle 12v battery and a $49 solar trickle charger from Wal-Mart and you should have room for $100 profit and undercut the commercial a/c makers by $150-200 a unit. Throw the dog a(Soup)bone, custom doghouse a/c!
SB, WOW! I'm so touched I'm sitting here with a tear in my eye all choked up. You know how hot and how much money is made on dog accessories in the past few years? Think how many dogs travel in a plastic kennel in the back of a pick up with a cap-per on it, heading to the camp with all the gear in back with them too? Just in time for Christmas. Get Fido ready for the up coming vacation camping season. Bag-O-ice at the truck stop. Plug him into the accessory power plug and BAM! See ya at the next rest area Spot! Oh man! I feel some money coming on!!! Thanks SB!! I think that might get you "In" at 33 1/3%. Hmmmmm....... Wheels turning now......... Modified to a hanging bracket on outside blowing into the back or side of dog house or plast-kennel on the go!!! WOW!!! Hey the rest of youz guys are too late on this one. We are already published now! Time has been told. Pat. Pending 9/2012. Working on promos as we read!
Post by safetybruce on Sept 9, 2012 21:39:09 GMT -5
Hi Kel, no doubt they would not cool the smallest stand-up camper out there...but that is what made me think first about would it cool even a teardrop...and again I figure it wouldn't, but a dog house or as Soup says a traveling kennel or say one of those plastic igloo dog houses...I'd bet the dog would appreciate even a few degrees drop in temp. for a relative minor cost to the owner. Go Soup go!
I'm guessing the negative reviews are mostly from people who place too high expectations on them...when a person reads portable a/c unit they expect more than what it is designed for, but many people do not know what a swamp cooler is, so if Coleman advertised it as a mini swamp cooler it would not catch the attention of the market.. The Coleman electric cooler that works on 120/12v is touted to drop the temp in the cooler up to 30 degrees, which means your beverages will only be at 70 degrees in it on a 100 degree day, then people complain about them because they fail to cool like a mini-fridge. Anybody ever seen a mini-fridge that worked well off of a cigarette lighter socket?