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Portable Air Conditioner for Camping

  • Patented technology invented in Australia
  • Concentrates cooling where it counts: directly on people
  • Small, light, easy to pack, carry
  • Low power, only 340 Watts
  • Runs easily on battery/inverter or small generator
  • Robust, built for long life
  • Use at home and away
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Portable Air Conditioner for Camping

  • Patented technology invented in Australia
  • Concentrates cooling where it counts: directly on people
  • Small, light, easy to pack, carry
  • Low power, only 340 Watts
  • Runs easily on battery/inverter or small generator
  • Robust, built for long life
  • Use at home and away
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Coolzy-Pro is a ProductReview.com.au awards winner for the Best Portable Air Conditioner 2022 based on customer reviews.
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Australia’s Best

Portable Camping Air Conditioner

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Coolzy portable air conditioner cooling lady cooking
Coolzy portable air conditioner cooling couple eating
Coolzy portable air conditioner with generator
Coolzy portable air conditioner cooling three women
Coolzy portable air conditioner cooling woman working with laptop
Coolzy portable air conditioner cooling person on exercise bike
Coolzy portable air conditioner cooling baby
Coolzy portable air conditioner cooling wine bottles
Coolzy portable air conditioner easy to carry
Coolzy portable air conditioner cooling two girls
Igloo tent and Coolzy portable air conditioner
Coolzy portable air conditioner cooling couple in tent
Coolzy portable air conditioner cooling elderly person in tent
Coolzy portable air conditioner cooling elderly person reading

Portable Air Conditioner for Camping

  • Patented technology invented in Australia
  • Concentrates cooling where it counts: directly on people
  • Small, light, easy to pack, carry
  • Low power, only 340 Watts
  • Runs easily on battery/inverter or small generator
  • Robust, built for long life
  • Use at home and away
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Portable Air Conditioners for Camping

Portable camping aircons are still a new idea but they are starting to take off in Australia’s camping community.

For most people, a vacation in the hot summer climate would mean a hotel or AirBnB with air conditioning built in. But some people love the outdoors and the simple comforts that an air conditioner can provide.

Another reason why people love camping is simply to avoid summer camping crowds. Carrying your own camping AC opens up new touring possibilities, to go where few have gone before.

Luckily, camping air con technology has advanced. There are now several different small portable camping air conditioners and cooling devices that can work with tents and campervans. As a result, many people are now looking for small portable camping air conditioners.

Another reason is simply to avoid summer camping crowds. Carrying your own camping AC opens up new touring possibilities, to go where few have gone before.

Coolzy – The first truly portable camping aircon

Size: 29 cm x 39 cm x 55 cm (closed flaps); cost  from $549; 240 V power, 3,000 – 4,000 BTU/hr

Coolzy delivers concentrated cooling where it counts: directly on people with a gentle cool air stream extending up to 1.5 metres or more. The focused cooling effect is much stronger than other portables thanks to Coolzy’s patented focusing technology invented in Australia.

Coolzy requires 240 V power from an inverter or small generator (340 Watts). It weighs 15.6 kg (34 lbs) and is easy to pack into a campervan, RV or caravan.

Arrange this machine in a tent opening such that warm air from the back flows outside the tent.

In a campervan, you can arrange the machine with a curtain across the front seats so the warm air flows out of the front windows, as shown in these photos sent in by customers.

Coolzy-Pro vs Battery

In this video we pair a Coolzy-Pro with a 120ah 12v lithium battery using a 1500watts inverter.

 

How much cooling will I need from my camping AC?

Will you actually need any cooling at all?  Will a fan be sufficient? With a warming climate and temperature records being broken year after year, this is no longer an amusing question. Fortunately, there are some wonderful web sites that can help you decide.

Here’s a display from https://earth.nullschool.net/. It’s the site we prefer because you can look at historical weather in the locations you’re interested in.

Click the “earth” button in the bottom left corner (not shown above) to reveal the control panel. Use the calendar and time controls to choose a similar time last year for your planned camping vacation. Set the time to around midnight local time.

Displaying the ‘misery index’, what the temperature feels like, will give you a good indication on whether you need cooling at all. Remember that a simple fan provides about 4 °F (2 °C) cooling. The black areas will be cool enough to rely on a fan. Any red and yellow areas (>80 °F, 28 °C) will show you that some additional cooling will be useful.

If you’re particularly sensitive and need 70 °F, (21 °C) to be able to sleep, click black locations on the map to see what the local temperature feels like.

Change the time to around 4 pm local time. That will tell you if you’re likely need additional cooling for your siesta. Change the dates a few days either way to check for weather variations.

https://windy.com/ is another useful tool but does not (yet) display historical data.

Both sites have lots of display options to show temperature, rain, dust, even the aurora forecast.

Which type of portable air conditioner will be useful while camping?

There are two different types of portable camping aircons. An evaporative aircon (or swamp cooler) cools the air by evaporating water. A refrigerated aircon with a compressor does not need water but needs more electricity.

Evaporative portable air conditioners only work well when the relative humidity is below 50%, and hardly work at all above 70%.

Check the likely relative humidity in your chosen location a night when you’re falling asleep. Both these web sites allow this, though windy.com only looks up to 10 days ahead in time.

Here’s a map of humidity around midnight in late spring.

The brown areas show where the humidity is low enough for evaporative cooling. It’s important to check that the humidity is likely to be consistently low if you prefer a water cooler. Also, if you are close to water like the beautiful cabin above, the humidity will be higher than elsewhere, especially on still evenings with no wind.

Evaporative air coolers for camping

Both types use very little electricity which is great if you’re relying on a battery while you are campaing for your electricity.

The smaller less expensive model will provide some cooling inside a tent or campervan with low relative humidity. It is small and light and requires minimal electric power. The larger model is heavier and more robust and designed for people with campervans or caravans. Both only provide localised cooling: they need to be really close to your face for you to feel any significant cooling.

How much cooling does an evaporative cooler provide?

This is really important to understand.

There’s an easy way to estimate the cooling effect you will get from an evaporative cooler. The latent heat of vaporization tells you how much heat is absorbed to evaporate a given amount of water. It’s about 2200 kJ/kg or 1000 BTU/lb. Evaporating 1 lb of water every hour will give you 1000 BTU/hr of cooling. Remember than a small room in hot weather needs about 10,000 BTU/hr to keep it cool.

Therefore, a small water cooling that evaporates half a litre (about one pound) of water in six hours will be providing less than 200 BTU/hr of cooling, 50 times less than what’s needed to cool a small room. That means you need the water cooler really close to you to feel anything at all.

Portable camping air coolers

Here are two types of portable evaporative cooler on the market that can be used as campaing or tent air conditioners with the approximate size and cost. They are relatively inexpensive and use very little electricity.

Size: 20 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm, Power: 5 V, 5 – 10 Watts electricity; Cost: $15

Size: 30 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm, Power: 12/24 V, 10 Watts; Cost $250, replaceable pads usually available.

The smaller less expensive model will provide some cooling inside a tent or campervan with low relative humidity. It is small and light and requires minimal electric power. The larger model is heavier and more robust and designed for people with campervans or caravans. Both only provide localised cooling: they need to be really close to your face for you to feel any significant cooling.

There are much larger water coolers on the market, but they are awkward to take with you unless you have lots of space in your campervan or trailer.

Disadvantages of using built-in air conditioners as a camping air con

A built-in air conditioner seems like the luxury choice for campervans and caravans, providing you with cooling throughout your vehicle.

However, you might want to think about some of the disadvantages or these camping AC systems.

With a built-in air conditioner, the one thing you cannot afford is an open window or doorway. Campervans and caravans come with minimal insulation so you won’t get the kind of cooling you might be expecting with your split aircon at home. Any opening to the outside will significantly reduce the cooling.

You sacrifice air quality because of this requirement. Carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds seeping out of furnishings accumulate over time.

With the small camping air conditioners, you experience fresh air circulation all the time, with a great improvement in air quality. They work with the tent flap or caravan windows open because their cooling is localized. They cool people, not whole indoor spaces.

This means the mini camping ACs can be used outside in sheltered places, providing much more flexibility for you. And with Coolzy you can use it at home through the rest of the summer months.

Which Camping Aircon is best for Australian conditions?

Unless you’re confident that you will have low humidity weather on your vacation, choose a refrigerating portable AC over a water cooler. Also the small water coolers provide very little cooling, typically only 200 BTU/hr, so they are only effective very close to you.

Power availability may dictate your choice. The Zero Breeze and Eenour models run on 12 Volt or 24 Volt power from batteries. Coolzy requires 240 Volt power from an inverter or small generator. Of course, the cooling effect from Coolzy is much more powerful.

The big advantage of Coolzy is that it is really useful at home after you return from your vacation. The lighter Zero Breeze and Eenour machines are really only suitable to provide some cooling relief on vacation and when you only have 12V or 24V DC power available.

Coolzy is an ideal camping air conditioner provided you have space to take it with you. Coolzy is one of the smallest portable air conditioners on the market, weighing only 15 kg (34 lbs). It is easy to pack in your campervan, car or caravan for your dream road trip.

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