Large format air conditioners are very powerful. However, devices that are more modest in size can also show themselves on the good side. A striking example of this technique is Arctic Air products.
Mini-air conditioners Arctic Air and Rovus have proven themselves from a very good side due to the features of the internal device. The main component of the apparatus is an air filter-evaporator. The exclusion from the system of compressors, all kinds of pipelines, not only simplifies and cheapens the design, but also reduces the risk of breakdown, but is not always practiced. The body of the miniature air conditioner contains 2 passages for air.
Through the first pass, the air masses are taken from the premises so that they can be cooled. In the second, of course, air is taken in order to warm up. Sometimes a flexible sleeve is provided, allowing to dump superheated air masses into the street. Usually this sleeve is sent to the window.
The body of the miniature air conditioner is equipped with movable blinds, allowing you to adjust the course of the air stream.
It should be borne in mind that models without an air duct cannot be considered air temperature regulators. The addition of an air duct has almost no effect on the total cost of the structure. In any case, the supplement is not so significant that it can be considered a serious nuisance. When air is saturated with moisture, this is not enough to sufficiently lower the temperature. And increasing it as needed without an air duct is completely impossible.
Principle of operation
A portable personal air cooler operates as follows:
- air enters through the intake holes;
- when the compressor crosses, according to the mode, the jet will be warmed up or cooled;
- then it is sent to the filter, which traps part of the dust particles and other large impurities;
- through another hole, air is discharged outward;
- too hot a portion of the air is removed as far as possible from the receiver.
Early portable mobile coolers were equipped with tanks to help collect condensate. But in more modern versions, this was abandoned - it warms up to a rather high temperature and goes out after evaporation . As for the filter, it can have a different design. Modern filtering systems are capable, along with fine air purification, even additionally adjust its humidity as necessary. There is a special mode in some models, in which the jet goes directly through the filter, without changing its temperature.
Of course, in the 21st century, manufacturers of climate technology cannot just refuse to use automation in their products . Thanks to it, it becomes possible to set the desired thermal regime, focusing on a certain threshold for heating the air in the room. As soon as the threshold value is reached, the miniature air conditioner itself will go into the desired mode.
Sometimes night mode is a useful option. It is slower than usual, but it eliminates unnecessary noise.
Advantages and disadvantages
The main advantage of any mini-air conditioner is that it belongs to the “mini” category. Thanks to the purchase of such equipment, you can save space and provide the necessary microclimate even in tight spaces. Mobile equipment, by the way, can be easily moved to the right place. At a price, a mini-air conditioner is noticeably more profitable than a full-format device. He no longer needs special installation.
Transporting a modest climate device is not difficult - it fits in a motorcycle stroller or bicycle trunk, not to mention a car. The weaknesses of this technique are:
- relatively low power (over a large area they are not efficient enough);
- fairly loud noise during operation (since a fan is also added to the design);
- the need to remove condensate manually (but this is not typical for all models).
Models and their characteristics
It’s worth starting an overview of possible options with the Arctic Air 4 in 1 mini-air conditioner. Its standard technical characteristics make it possible to use the device both in the floor and on the table, and even in the car. Everywhere a pleasant microclimate will be created. And thanks to its small size and its mass, you can take the device with you or store it without unnecessary difficulties. The main working principle is the combination of humidification and air purification, which is achieved by evaporation of moisture.
The manufacturer claims that this mini air conditioner looks attractive, and its multi-colored backlight can be adjusted. The device is able to additionally perform the function of a night lamp. At full refueling, he will work up to 7-8 hours. The fan practically does not make noise, and you can also choose three different speeds of its rotation.
The official description mentions that the necessary pleasant microclimate is created next to the user as quickly as possible.
There are 3 backlight modes:
- single color;
- periodic change of tones;
- no backlight at all.
The Cooler model is not currently manufactured. However, there is in its assortment its more advanced version - “Arctic Plus” (Ultra) . This product is characterized by the use of a number of advanced technologies and allows you to quickly cool the room. It maintains a comfortable temperature without any problems. It is stated that the necessary microclimate regime is achieved in a matter of minutes.
Another characteristic feature of the product is that it works without any additional settings and lengthy installation. All that is required of the user is only to add water and plug the device into a power outlet. The liquid is released in the form of fog, which greatly improves the result. Thanks to the capacious (0.61 L) water tank, the Arctic Plus mini-conditioner can last up to 12 hours.
A curious feature is the adjustment of the direction of the cooled air stream. For this purpose, a grid located on the front plane is used. The sponge filter can be washed and used repeatedly. Therefore, savings are also achieved on consumables. The company description mentions that the Arctic contributes to better sleep and better health.
The backlight is optimized for the bedroom and guest area. Lighting is soft and delicate, does not irritate or invigorate the nervous system. Switching backlight modes occurs in 1-2 seconds. “Arctic Plus” does not contain freon, but this is not required for normal cooling and air purification. Therefore, the device is completely safe for humans, pets and the environment.
When creating a sponge filter and a seat under it, the designers tried to ensure maximum ease of replacement. The device can be automatically turned off if you select the appropriate setting. Mini-conditioner "Arctic Plus" is designed for current voltage of 5 V and a power of 1.5 amperes. In a minute, the fan makes 2750 revolutions. The linear dimensions of the cooler are 0.17 x 0.155 x 0.16 m.
Cooler (air conditioner) "Arctic Plus" should be above the floor, always on a flat surface. Only under this condition will the air be cooled quite efficiently. After pouring water into the working tank, you need to wait about 3 minutes. The filter should still be saturated with water and reach the required humidity. If there is not enough liquid, a characteristic flashing of the indicator will warn about this.
Connect the device directly to a power outlet. The supplier and the manufacturer disclaim responsibility if the mini-air conditioner is switched on via an adapter, any adapter or extension cord. You can judge the fan speed and the intensity of the emitted air flow by the readings of the light indicators. They are located near the start button. The official instructions also write that about every 6 months the filter needs to be replaced.
The work of Arctic Air is organized somewhat differently. For power, this mini-air conditioner is connected via a micro-USB cable. Connection to any power supply device having an appropriate output is allowed. Unlike a cable, a special electrical adapter will need to be purchased additionally. Given this circumstance, we can say that the "Arctic" cooler is optimized for humidification of air near a personal computer or laptop. In order for Arctic Air to work as efficiently as possible, only chilled water must be poured into a 0.375 liter tank.
Never use mini-air conditioners in the bathroom. It’s too wet to guarantee safety. Do not expose the device to excessive heat or direct sunlight. It is desirable that there is at least 0.5 m to any object. Full-fledged operation is possible only when the device is installed in a straight vertical position.
The manufacturer declines all responsibility for the consequences of moving the cooler with water. First you need to drain all the liquid, and only then move the device to another place. Pouring inside can only be clean, and ideally, distilled water. Use with an empty water tank, with the exception of drying, is not permissible. It is advisable to use the mini air conditioner in a clean room, since excessive ingress of particles of dirt and dust can shorten the life of the unit.
Storage of Arctic air conditioners with a tank filled with water is not allowed. Do not use non-original adapters or USB cables. Do not touch the device, power source, or wires with bare hands. It is also strictly prohibited:
- put a mini-air conditioner near the heater, boiler, other heating equipment or the back of the refrigerator;
- to put any objects on top;
- block the outlet and inlet openings;
- turn the device over;
- immerse it in water and other liquids;
- to put it near an open flame, flammable objects;
- Allow children under 8 years of age
- operate the mini-air conditioner if the insulation of the wires is broken.
Customer Reviews Overview
According to real users, the operation of the cooler in Arctic Air does not cause any complaints. Everything is arranged very simply and logically, because the probability of failure is reduced to almost zero. But there are also negative assessments. So, the plastic case could be assembled a little better. Some people speak poorly about erratic controls. The recharging port was placed in a very large recess, and it is constantly moving.
But holding the float, which controls the level of the water chamber, using a small fragment of polystyrene, works quite reliably . Complaints sometimes come to the internal lighting. In real life, it may look worse than in advertising materials, and may not meet the expectations of consumers. It is recommended to buy devices of an earlier year of release, because later ones were produced poorly, but with the expectation of a repetition of the initial success.
The design of the mini-air conditioner itself does not cause any negative emotions. Everything is very concise and simple. The combination of a white case with a black control panel and rear wall successfully fits into the style of various rooms. Ventilation and the device of the water tank, their operation fully comply with the declared characteristics.
It should be noted right away that you should not expect too much from a mini-air conditioner (that's why it is “mini”). But compared with the fan, the air cooling is stronger - the difference is 4 or 5 degrees at a distance of 0.4 m.
Therefore, we can say that Arctic Air will help out those who need to cool and slightly moisten the air directly at the workplace . The disadvantages mentioned above do not interfere with the main task. The undoubted positive properties of the mini-air conditioner, which all consumers notice, can be considered its lightness and excellent transportability. At the same time, the current consumption will be less than 8 watts per hour.
It is separately noted that:
- Arctic Air and Arctic Plus mini-conditioners cope even with unbearable heat;
- sleep thanks to these devices really improves;
- the characteristic feeling of air dryness is excluded;
- overcooling is prevented, which occurs during the operation of more powerful air conditioners;
- air cooling starts immediately after turning on the device;
- devices work long enough and stably.
As already mentioned, the adapter has to be purchased additionally, and it is better if it is immediately a branded device from the manufacturer. The filter needs to be replaced not only within the standard period (every 6 months), but also when the efficiency of conditioning decreases. In this case, they are guided exclusively by their sensations. If the air is very dusty, the filter may lose its power after 2-3 months of operation. The device is designed for a certain area of the room, and it is not recommended to exceed this indicator.
If you need to cool the air in a large room, it is better to consider more efficient air conditioners. After operation of the device, the filter must be dried. The water is simply drained and the fan is turned on for another 30 minutes so that mold does not appear. You can use the device in the bedroom, in the guest area, in the office and even in the country.
Overview of the Arctic Air Rovus mini-air conditioner see below in the video.