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Review: Arctic Air Table Air Conditioner for $28.77

An air conditioning system measuring 14 cm x 14 cm x 14.5 cm that not only accelerates the air like a fan, but also cools it seriously? Can the Arctic Air replace a fan or even a real air conditioner?

Arctic Air table air conditioner

After a real hype arose around the small table air conditioner at the beginning of May, this little “air conditioner” was sold out within the shortest time. As the production couldn’t match the demand, an alternative to the product was quickly sought and found. This new model has now been sent to us to review. Compared to the first Arctic Air model, measuring 17 x 17 x 17 cm, the Antarctic Air, measuring 14 x 14 x 14.5 cm, is slightly smaller but basically works according to the same principle.

Arctic Air vs Antarctic Air air conditioner
On the left the “old” version, on the right the “new” version

Arctic Air Conditioner in detail

The small table air conditioner is so energy friendly and it is operated via micro-USB cable. While a corresponding cable is included in the delivery, a socket adapter is not included.

Antarctic Air air conditioner delivery
The instruction manual is in English

Functionality of the table air conditioner

Compared to an ordinary fan, the Arctic Air Table air conditioner is equipped with a 375 ml water tank.

water tank of the Arctic Air

The water, which should be as cold as possible to achieve good results, is led from the water tank into a small basin.

Arctic Air water basin

From there, the water is drawn into a kind of air filter, the lamellas of which absorb the water and are completely saturated with it after about one minute. The cooler is installed in front of the fan so that the accelerated air must pass through it, which is cooled in the meantime – that’s it!

Arctic Air air cooler filter

Processing and design

The processing of the small plastic box is sufficient overall. The control element is wobbly, the micro-USB port is moved upwards in the much too large recess and the float, which controls the level of the water chamber, is held in position by a small piece of polystyrene.

Micro USB Port of the Arctic Air

The LED lighting of the water tank, which illuminates the entire tank on marketing pictures, looks really sad. In practice, our model has an LED that does not even begin to illuminate the entire tank in daylight.

Arctic Air LED illumination

In summary: Everything works somehow, but the workmanship leaves much to be desired. If this is different for the first model, which is now available again, we can’t tell you. Apparently there wasn’t much thought given to the design either, the Artic Air table air conditioner looks okay. It is made of plain, white plastic. Only the control element and the ventilation inlet and outlet are coloured black.

Functions and operation

The fan of the air conditioning system can be adjusted in three stages using the fan button. The water tank is also equipped with LED lighting, which lights up in seven different colours with the light button – a nice gimmick.

Arctic Air display with buttons
The blue LEDs show the current fan strength level

In addition, there is a sleep timer and an on/off button.

Does the Antarctic Air table air conditioner cool the air?

In principle, an air conditioner is no more than a humidifier that cools and humidifies air with cold water. In the test we compared the Arctic Air air conditioner with a small fan and measured the outflowing temperature at a distance of about 40 cm. The air flowing from the Arctic Air table air conditioner was about 4°-5° C colder than that from the fan.

 temperature measurement of the Artic Air conditioner

room temperature with fan

An entire room or a tent cannot be cooled down with the low cooling capacity. Rather, it seems to be meant to take up space on the desk. In my opinion, the Arctic Air table air conditioner is the better alternative for the summer than a fan.

Conclusion

At a short distance the Arctic Air table air conditioner is able to cool the air about 4°-5°. However, the effect is not strong enough to cool a tent or even a room. Moreover, the air would become quite humid if it were to work.

Unfortunately, the workmanship of the device could not convince me in the test. The cheap clone, which was probably only created because of the high demand for the first version, has several shortcomings. These do not affect the functionality, but spoiled the first impression. In any case, the filter should be dried after use. Simply remove the water completely and let the fan run for about half an hour. In this way mold can be avoided. There doesn’t seem to be any replacement filters, at least for the moment.

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Comments (13)

  • Profile picture from hugh
    03.07.18 um 20:15

    hugh

    You could try use carbon to.intesify the cooling and evaporative effrcts

    Other chemicals that are non hazardous to life can be used to..good model good idea keep on you'll get the chemical needed..hurry I want one

  • Profile picture from Not Surprised
    19.06.19 um 02:01

    Not Surprised

    Now I know why a set of these was offered up as a "white elephant" gift at a recent Christmas Secret Santa party…..the elves should return it!

    After one use, and following the instructions….the unit leak underneath onto my night stand. Leaving a water stain. Even after removing the the water and allowing it to dry out for 4 hours with the fan on (not the recommended 1/2 hour), mold still formed onto the filter….scary. The LED interchanging colored lights were annoying when you're trying to sleep. No option to disengage light.

    I had hope, but very disappointed!

  • Profile picture from Miss Ann Thropic
    19.07.19 um 21:00

    Miss Ann Thropic

    My late husband got me one of these from like, Walmart or Target the summer before last and when you put ice cubes or ice water in it and are sitting 4 inches away from it, it works ok, how ever mine leaked real bad so I had to keep a thing towel folded under it.
    I went to the stores web site my late husband got it from or the artic air web site (I don't recall for sure) to read buyers comments about it and several of the reviews also experienced leaking water from their units as well.
    But that was two years ago and I can only speak of then. I hope they have since worked on the issue and it's no longer a problem.
    I'm surprised they aren't selling them at my local 99 cent store .

  • Profile picture from rob barclay
    23.07.19 um 14:35

    rob barclay

    Ours died after 10 minutes of use and never powered back on if I had purchased this from a store and not online the story would have already got it back right through the front windows

  • Profile picture from David Sheppard
    24.07.19 um 13:08

    David Sheppard

    Just received from China. We paid 89€ they are now for sale a lot cheaper.
    Would love a refund or return address

    • Profile picture from Maike
      24.07.19 um 17:04

      Maike CG team

      @David Shepaard you'll have to contact the shop where you bought the air conditioner. We do not sell anything ourselves, we only link to the shops where you can buy the gadget. Hopefully everything works out for you.

  • Profile picture from Caroline Measey
    25.07.19 um 07:54

    Caroline Measey

    Just bought the antarctica air cooler from wowcher in uk. I have looked all over but cant seem to find replacement filters as these are advised to be replaced every 2 months.
    Why sell something if parts are not available doohhhh

  • Profile picture from Troy Foster
    05.09.19 um 22:04

    Troy Foster

    Just paid 158. 00 dollars for 2 of them I think on going to ask for a refund before them send them

  • Profile picture from dane
    22.09.19 um 17:46

    dane

    Fyi, the guy writing this review is wrong. AC units dehumidify the air. I don't know about the product itself, but I don't trust someone who doesn't know what he's testing.

  • Profile picture from P Diddley
    22.11.19 um 03:41

    P Diddley

    @dane: For YOUR information, though the author (and at times the manufacturer) refer to this device as an a.c., it's actually an evaporative cooling fan unit, a.k.a. swamp-cooler. Utterly different animal than an a.c.

  • Profile picture from P Diddley
    22.11.19 um 03:47

    P Diddley

    @hugh: Better off designing and building one's own, of larger capacity tank and larger, more powerful fan and perhaps some efficient ducting..

  • Profile picture from Chris
    04.07.20 um 07:23

    Chris

    It's based on a desert cooler. We used them in Saudi Arabia but were much larger. Had a problem with water not getting through to the tray but finally got it apart to find the small pipe connecting the tank to the tray had a link in it. Problem solved. Might put a video on YouTube.

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