Transcool portable air cooler

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After suffering thru week of very hot weather, I'm looking at cooling systems for small (14') van. Do not want heavy airconditioning system. Came across Transcool portable air cooler. Has anyone tried these unit. Any other alternatives on market. Thanks
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 09:46

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 09:46
I can't report first hand, but it was refreshing to see the frank disclosures on their website...especially the FAQ page, where they state very clearly what it will and won't do. To be precise, they say it is a 'personal spot cooler'...you have to be sitting right in front of it to get any benefit ("Will the Transcool portable air cooler cool my room or vehicle like a built in air conditioner? Quite simply – No!).
So, on the makers advice, it seems you couldn't expect any noticeable benefit in the van as a living space.
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Follow Up By: Coolie - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 11:01

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 11:01
thanks for this. I did read their web site and agree it is a personal cooler. I probably didn't make myself clear earlier. I wasn't looking to cool the van, rather offer some relief in the way of cool air in the van. I am rather sus about personal testamonies on web site etc so thought I'd get wider view .
thanks again
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 22:45

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 22:45
Unless the humidity is very high, a 12 volt fan with a damp towel between it and you cools well, or alternatively have a small spray bottle of water on hand, and use it to dampen your skin and clothes a little when using the fan.
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 11:51

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 11:51
Well being a bit of a bunny I bought one at the recent show, haven't tried it yet but it's going to be 37 here today so i'm going to give it a try later on today, can't get into the camper atm so will sit in front of it in the lounge room and will report back.
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Follow Up By: Coolie - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 15:20

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 15:20
thanks I await report. We are expecting 2 - days of high 30s lets hope it works.
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Follow Up By: krishar21 - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 15:55

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 15:55
I also will await the report as it is something we are looking for...
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Follow Up By: HKB Electronics - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 16:03

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 16:03
Me too, though keep in mind evaporative coolers need a constant fresh are source, they won't work well in a closed room for example.

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Reply By: Kazza055 - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 13:20

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 13:20
I think a 12V fan and a spray bottle would probably work just as well and a hell of a lot cheaper that the asking price of $299.00.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 22:46

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 22:46
I read your reply Kazza after I had posted similar.
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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 12:15

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 12:15
If you really want to go this way, why not save $200 and get this one from Jaycar Rechargeable Mini Evaporative Cooler Fan

If it does not work you have only wasted $99 instead of $299.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 13:55

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 13:55
A more favourable price, but I still reckon a 12 v fan would give a better result.

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Follow Up By: Steve - Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 at 21:56

Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 at 21:56
We were up in the Kimberley with temps up to low to mid 40s with no air con. People just sitting in the air con vans whilst we got out and wet our t shirts which made the difference between playing "snap" in the van or getting out a bit. Still bloody warm but made somethings doable. When we did get back we used the fans directed at our wet t shirts whilst enjoying a coldie.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 at 22:02

Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 at 22:02
I agree Steve, we just sit outside in the shade and enjoy nature. We prefer to be outside in the environment we have come to enjoy rather that be shut up in a cold caravan. We haven't used our air conditioner with our genny since January 2005. If there is croc safe water nearby, I will take an occasional dip to cool down.

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Reply By: Member - wicket - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 16:03

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 16:03
First thing to appreciate is this is just a plastic container with some wicking material and a fan which blows through it, so don't expect miracles, all it does is blow slightly moist air over you,
Initial impression is that it is quite loud, louder than i expected,on lowest setting sound level is acceptable but you need to turn it up about half way to feel a significant change and then it is quite loud.
Well have given it its first run. Temp inside is 32.5 so we put it on the kitchen bench while preparing lunch , wife said the cool breeze was ok. Sat it on the table while we ate and it took the edge off the heat, the temp dropped to 29.8 and didn't go any lower.
Decided to take it outside 39 degrees, too warm for me to want to stay there but turned the unit on and up and was able to feel comfortable enough to sit and read.
Next step was to wet a tshirt and sit in front of it , lovely and cool.
Then i thought why not just buy a cheap fan and sit there in your wet tshirt, would probably have the same effect and a lot cheaper!
If you have the space a misting fan might be cheaper and more effective.
Tomorrow the forecast is for more of the same so i will be adding ice cubes to the container to see if it has any effect.
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Follow Up By: Coolie - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 18:32

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 18:32
thanks for the update. interested in the result with ice cubes
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 20:08

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 20:08
Don't forget that evaporative coolers raise the humidity.

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Reply By: Marty D2 - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 18:05

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 at 18:05
Hi,
I have been using one for about 4 years and love it. I think it was about $150 when I bought it at the Caulfield Race Track camping show. I had walked into a camper trailer to have a look on a 35C day and it was like walking into heaven. I went and bought one straight away (not the camper) and have used it in Oztents and in the camper van we bought a couple of years ago. Great at night when trying to get off to sleep, better than lying in bed in a wet shirt. ;) $300 is a bit of a mark up on what I paid, but I would still spend the cash if I were you as it hasn't missed a beat.
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 14:33

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 at 14:33
Well today room temp was 31 and after adding a dozen ice cubes it dropped the temp to 28.3, so there was some effect.
As to value well this is subjective but someone mentioned above that when they bought one some years ago they paid $150 which I think is probably nearer the mark. You can get a discount if you buy from him at one of the many shows he attends.
Until such time as I use this in the slide-on I can't really comment on its cooling ability should you want to run it while sleeping, it does work quite nicely outdoors and definitely is more effective on bare skin so being naked helps.
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Reply By: Ron A - Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 at 10:50

Thursday, Mar 02, 2017 at 10:50
This might be a good alternative....

Portable Air Cooler

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