Portable air conditioners review 2008

They’re still ugly and noisy, but they’re getting better at keeping you cool.
 
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  • Updated:11 Jul 2008
 

03.Product profiles

Profiles - the best

Kelvinator KPK35CRA

Kelvinator KPK35CRA Price: $849

Good points

  • Very good overall.
  • Very good cooling performance.
  • Good installation aids: the window kit has foam for sealing and a grille to cover the exhaust, and there’s a duct cap for wall installation.
  • Easy to drain: the water tank is removable and the bottom drain plugs are secured by straps.

Bad points

  • The heaviest in the test, and awkward to lift.
  • One of the noisier ones with the fan on high.
  • (A) Discontinued, but may still be available in some stores.

Tecoair TAC1319C

Tecoair TAC1319C Price: $879

Good points

  • Very good cooling performance.
  • The condensed water is used in the cooling process, so there’s minimal drainage required (no hose is supplied).
  • Duct cap for wall installation.
  • Automatic mode and sleep mode (but no information about the latter).

Bad points

  • Low handles make it difficult to lift.
  • Back wheels make it difficult to manoeuvre into a small space.
  • One of the noisier ones with the fan on high.
  • The remote control has no display and is difficult to use.
  • Failed the cord anchorage test.

Convair SUPERCOOL TRB

Convair SUPERCOOL TRB Price: $799

Good points

  • Very good cooling performance.
  • Automatic mode.
  • Good installation aids: the window kit includes a rubber grommet for the water drain, a wing nut to hold the extension and a grille for the exhaust.
  • Well secured lower drain.

Bad points

  • Heavy and awkward to lift.
  • Removing the filter requires excess force.
  • Problems with the remote control: the labelling is confusing, the display is difficult to read and its compartment on top of the unit is difficult to open.
  • The drain plug is positioned too close to the ground, making it difficult to fit a container underneath for drainage.

Convair SUPERCOOL FR

Convair SUPER COOL FR Price: $999

Good points

  • Automatic mode.
  • Good installation aids: the window kit includes a rubber grommet for the water drain, a wing nut to hold the extension and a grille for the exhaust.
  • Well secured lower drain.

Bad points

  • Heavy and awkward to lift.
  • Removing the filter requires excess force.
  • Problems with the remote control: the labelling is confusing, the display is difficult to read and its compartment on top of the unit is difficult to open.
  • The drain plug is positioned too close to the ground, making it difficult to fit a container underneath for drainage.

 

Profiles - the rest

Delonghi Pinguino ECO PAC T120

DeLonghi Pinguino ECO PAC T120 Price: $899

Good points

  • The filter is easy to remove, and it has a spare filter element.
  • Removable water tank.
  • Duct cap for wall installation.
  • Good remote control.
  • Automatic mode and sleep timer with auto temperature adjustment.
  • Five-year warranty for compressor parts.

Bad points

  • Awkward to lift due to its weight, bulk and low handle position.
  • Window kit has no grille and the hole for the retaining pin is in the wrong position.

Delonghi Pinguino PAC C100

DeLonghi Pinguino PAC C100Price: $699

Good points

  • The most lightweight unit in the test.
  • Duct cap for wall installation.
  • Five-year warranty for compressor parts.

Bad points

  • No drain hose outlet, so the tank needs to be emptied regularly at the drain — the tank is non-removable.
  • Removing the filter through a narrow opening could lead to dirt spilling into the unit.
  • Window kit has no grille.
 

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