Arctic Air Ultra is marketed as an air cooler that employs an evaporation technique turning host air into cold air, at a fraction of the cost of an air conditioning unit.
How true is this? Is it worth your money?
About Arctic Air Ultra
Arctic Air Ultra is a highly portable evaporating air cooling unit that promises to cool your home efficiently in summer, for up to 10 hours with the use of a water tank that turns the hot air cold.
This device makes use of a renowned cooling method where the device sucks hot air from one end before the air runs through moisture and it’s cooled down with the evaporation of the water.
According to Arctic Air Ultra’s seller, OnTel Products, a company that sells other products like the Magic Pad, Huggle Hoodie, Slap Chop, and Handy Heater, this air cooler, and every one of their products are designed to improve lives, now and in the future.
So, is this Arctic Air Ultra a hit or miss?
Well, in this review, we set out to look at this product, it’s mechanism of action, and whether it’s worth buying or not.
How Does Arctic Air Ultra Work?
In essence, this device is an evaporating air cooler, also called a swamp cooler. Its mechanism of action is simple since the device will basically suck in hot air through its backside and then pass the hot air through the moisture chamber. The air will come out through the device’s other side (front), evaporating and dissipating the heat it carried. In the process, you’re let with cool air blowing throughout the room.
This cooling system is regarded as a super affordable alternative to normal air conditioning because it consumes less power and costs significantly less than the air conditioning units.
This unit is also small, and it’s advertised as your personal space cooler to transform hot spaces into the cool and refreshing space you need.
To show how it works and its efficiency, the air cooler’s commercial features a person who shoots the 96-degree hair dryer air into the Arctic Air Ultra’s back and 72 degrees’ air blowing from the device’s front. It also features someone laying by the poolside, the Arctic Air device cooling/ blowing them.
But if it truly works, what is it that makes the cooler as reliable?
For its cooling effects, you first need to fil the Arctic Air Cooler’s tank with water before plugging it into either a USB charger or a power outlet on the walls. The manufacturer notes that the unit will run for up to ten hours continuously when it is plugged, and on a single tank of water.
About Evaporative Coolers
The manufacturer of Arctic Air Ultra might be very convincing, but before we give you our stamp of approval for this air cooler or advice you against it, here’s a look at what the experts have to say about evaporative coolers.
According to HVAC experts, the evaporative coolers work, but only in cool spaces. The efficiency of an evaporative cooler is expected to drop when used in big spaces.
The smaller evaporative coolers, also called evaporative desk coolers are also regarded as a good option for anyone traveling or in a small personal space. The effects of the cooler will not be felt in the entire room the small evaporative cooler is set up.
So, while the evaporative coolers actually work, their only limitation is that the functionality is limited to space spaces.
The other thing you should know about the evaporative coolers is that the units seem to only work well in hot, dry or arid conditions and would, therefore, work well in Florida and other places that experience arid/ dry conditions.
Since the evaporative cooler uses water, you have to refill the water tank often. Also, it’s important to keep the water tank clean to prevent the buildup of pathogens. Like using a humidifier, pathogens and microorganisms are expected to build up in the unit, and you don’t want those pathogens released in the air. Therefore, you must keep the water reservoir clean at all times.
How much is Arctic Air Ultra?
This personal cooler retails at $39.99 on the company website, and you also get free shipping. You will get a discount when you buy two pieces and shipping is still free.
The company also gives you a 60-day test/ trial period. So if you don’t like your cooler within 60 days of purchase, you can return it. For returns, you have to contact the manufacturer’s customer services department directly to initiate the return process. There is no other return process.
The catch, however, is that the refund promised doesn’t include the cost of returning the cooler. Also, buying a second piece of this cooler makes you ineligible for a refund.
While this cooler is considerably cheaper than other personal evaporative coolers, it’s not as efficient as its competitors.
- It runs quietly
- Works well for small space and it can be used as a desktop cooler.
- It is cheaper than most of the swamp-style coolers on the market and buying two evaporative coolers will give you more value for your money
- It’s not an ideal cooler for large rooms
- There is limited information about the cooler.
- It doesn’t work well in humid environments
A personal evaporative cooler could be the best thing to use in your tiny apartment or on your desk. It will not break the bank, it cools the air, and it runs for some time thanks to its relatively high-capacity water tank. Unfortunately, it only works well in dry areas such as Arizona, Florida, and California, and not in humid areas. We would, therefore, only recommend the use of this Arctic Air Ultra evaporative cooler for anyone who spends a lot of time in one place in the house. It’s also an ideal pick if you’re looking for a desktop swamp-style cooler. If you need a cooling system for the entire house, avoid this cooler.
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