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A1: Frequently Asked Questions

1. Vehicle, Tractor, Construction Equipment, etc.

2. Sleeper, Camper, Boat, etc.

3. Our Systems not recommended for Aircraft per our insurance

4. Surveillance or Maximum Cooling use in Humid or Dry Areas

5. Keeping Pets cool

6. Best systems for Solar

7. How about blowing air across Ice?


8. How large an area does a self-contained 12-volt system Cool?

9. Do we need Evaporative Cooling or Air Conditioning?

10. What is the difference between Air Conditioning and Evaporative Cooling?

11. Will Evaporative Coolers work in high humidity areas?

12. Will an Evaporative Cooler cool better if we add Ice or cold water?

13. Can we keep Dust out of the Cab?

14. Which Evaporative Cooler should I use and what would be the temperature?

15. How modern Air Conditioning methods utilize Ice

16. When is a BTU or CFM rating important?

17. What is meant by Ventilation?


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Technical Questions Below

A. AC/DC: --Can I plug a 12-volt Cooler into 110/220-volt AC power?



B. BATTERY: --How can I run a Cooler if my camper doesn't have an extra battery?


C. NOISE: --What about noise level, battery life, solar use, BTU, CFM, and velocity?


D. SPECIFICATIONS: --What are the dimensions, amperage draw, wattage used and water capacity?


E. INSTALLATION: --How hard is it to install a Portable Cooler and what is the maintenance?


F. EXTENSION CORD: --Can I use an extension cord from my car to my tent?


G. PARTS: --Where are parts available and what about a catalog or brochure?


H. DRY ICE: --Can I use Dry Ice rather than regular ice?

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#1. Will a Portable Cooling System Cool my Vehicle, Farm or Construction Equipment like a Factory Installed Air Conditioner?

The quick answer is no; if you need the total comfort of Air Conditioning you need to install an engine driven A/C or repair your existing one. (If Uncle Louie thinks blowing air across ice works great Click Here for the real story). We have been developing 12-volt Cooling Systems, since 1989, that provides relief from the heat for People or Pets in vehicles using Water only that lasts for hours without Ice.

The recommended Model to add relief to your drive in both Dry and Humid Climates using Water only is the model K2 with the Flex Hose Kit to capture the coolest air. Click on the Flex Hose Kit so that you understand why it is used in a moving vehicle to normally help cool two to four people or pets. Portable self-contained 12-Volt personal cooling systems cannot cool any portion of your vehicle, as that takes an Air Conditioner.

It takes an air conditioner to cool any area, however there is no such thing in the world as a self-contained 12-volt air conditioner. To cool the back half of a Minivan for 5 hours during the day takes approximately 100 Pounds of Ice & a proper system, therefore if interested in this system; Click here.

You will have cool air surrounding you all the time if you set the water only system up properly. There is fresh air flowing in and out of the vehicle all the time to provide proper ventilation, therefore for maximum relief from the heat you need the cool air surrounding your upper body. I hope you clicked on the Flex Hose Kit above for a better understanding of cooling yourself in a vehicle. The more Humid the area the more ventilation is needed.

If you are in a slow moving vehicle like Farm or Construction Equipment, you must have your windows down most all the way, however we know that dust is then a problem. The best idea is to use the Air Intake Housing we developed, which will help eliminate most of the dust and allow you to breath cool filtered air. When the vehicle is moving it easy to provide proper ventilation by lowering a couple of windows somewhat depending on the speed of the vehicle.

In Dry climates the air produced using the K2, WIN3, MW2 or MW1 is normally 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than ambient and in Humid climates the air is typically 5 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than ambient.

You CANNOT operate any 110/120-volt air conditioner on a couple of batteries with an Inverter, Converter or Whoopee Dust as it still uses 12-volts for Energy. All this has been tried with ultimate failure because you are still using a Battery so do not listen to Uncle Louie on this one!

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2. Will a 12-Volt system cool me in my Sleeper, Boat, Tent, Camper, etc. using only a Battery?

The K2, & WIN3 are used to help cool one or more people using Water without Ice in the area they sleep, eat, or occupy using only a Battery for energy. No matter the size of the area the purpose of portable 12-volt cooling is to surround you with cool air using very little energy.



In a Humid climate it is important to set the cooling system close to your needs and provide proper ventilation by opening windows or vents. The alternative to having windows open wide is to use the optional Air Intake Housing Kit that fit the K2, WIN & MW1 models. In Dry climates the air produced using the K2, WIN3, MW2 or MW1 is normally 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than ambient and in Humid climates the air is typically 5 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than ambient.


It takes an air conditioner to cool any area, however there is no such thing in the world as a self-contained 12-volt air conditioner. To cool the back half of a Minivan for 5 hours during the day takes approximately 100 Pounds of Ice & a proper system, therefore if interested in this system; Click here.

The Air Intake Housing assures that you will have Fresh Air drawing into the these Models at all times. This results in maximum cooling by eliminating extra humidity, which would add to the humidity already present in the air. To provide enough fresh hot air to flow in and out use furnace filters (cheap ones are better than expensive ones) cutting them to fit openings to keep out dust, bugs and provide proper ventilation.


The cool air our models produce will not be normally enough to take the temperature down in the area you are in; therefore you are depending on the cool air close enough to make you as comfortable as possible. If you cannot set the cooling system close enough for maximum comfort then consider using the optional Flex Hose Kit to take advantage of all the cool air produced. Read how the Flex Hose Kit will cool two areas at the same time and how to set the cooling system most anywhere out of the way and still direct the cool air to do the maximum benefit even under your bed sheets.


We CANNOT operate any 110/120-volt air conditioner on a couple of batteries with an Inverter, Converter or Whoopee Dust as it still uses 12-volts for Energy. All this has been tried with ultimate failure because you are still using a Battery so do not listen to Uncle Louie on this one!

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What is meant by Ventilation?

Ventilation is vital when using Water only for cooling, so that the area does not feel like a swamp. The Models using water only and the $39 Fans blowing hot air over Ice emit some humidity. Therefore if the K2, MW1, MW2 or WIN3 do not get fresh air they will pull in their own cooled air and will eventually Quit Cooling. Therefore typically all windows or vents should be open to prevent humidity increases.

The alternative to having windows open wide if in a boat, camper, tent, or vehicle that is not moving, is to use the optional Air Intake Housing which fits all models mentioned above except the MW2 model. For Ventilation in a moving Vehicle experiment us an idea like placing the passenger window down about 4 inches and the drivers window down 2 inches at highway speeds. As you get into stop and go traffic the driver's window may need to be lowered more to keep from building up humidity.

If you are in a slow moving vehicle like Farm or Construction Equipment, you must have your windows down most all the way or better than that use the Air Intake Housing which should eliminate much of the dust if the air going into the Intake Housing is filtered. Some use furnace filters (cheap ones are better than expensive ones) cutting them to fit openings to keep out dust and provide proper ventilation. Of course you will have dust entering your cab with all the windows down, however you will still be breathing cool filtered air.

It is important to read about the Flex Hose Kit 2 when using our Models in a vehicle, as you set the cooling system out of the way and direct the hoses where they do the most good. When leaving pets in your vehicle provide ventilation by using the Air Intake Housing.

In a Camper or Boat, place the cooler next to a partially open window, if possible, so that is can draw in that hot outside fresh air, however if this is not possible you may also consider the Air Intake Housing or just provide a little more Ventilation with vents or window(s) open. Open your hatch/vent or another window and if you feel like it is getting more humid, provide more Ventilation. Some use furnace filters (cheap ones are better than expensive ones) cutting them to fit openings to keep out dust, bugs and provide proper ventilation.

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3.Will a 12-Volt Portable Cooler Air Condition my Aircraft & what did FAA personal tell us?

NOTE: Our insurance carrier advises us not to sell our products for Personal Aircraft, therefore the following are ideas we shared with our customers before our insurance carriers advised us.



I want to thank whoever called and pointed out that he could not find out anything on our Web site about FAA authorization to use our products in Aircraft. In the 3rd paragraph under the Classic B18 http://www.swampy.net/aircraft.html the following statement has always been on our Site under Aircraft: "We understand, from previous discussions with the FAA, that you treat a Portable Cooling System just like baggage. Secure it and be able to remove it from the aircraft just like baggage." If anyone knows of anything contrary to carrying Portable items like Lap Tops, GPS, Video Machines, Cell Phones, Ice chests, or Cooling Systems in personal Aircraft please let us know.


The M400 or MK3 produce from 5,000 to 8,000 BTU and are the most popular in Aircraft as they are so energy efficient that they will operate off a "power station" type gel battery which are inexpensive and are available at most discount & auto parts stores. Therefore cooling can begin during a pre-flight inspection without taking the aircraft battery energy. These Gel batteries weigh around 20 pounds and have built in chargers with a cigarette lighter plug in and will operate the M400 or MK3 up to five hours without recharging. You typically would not be satisfied with Evaporative Cooling like the K2 or WIN3 in an Aircraft. (read #10 below for the difference)

The advantage of either the M400 or MK3 is three-fold; you are able to pre-cool the aircraft while loading and performing your pre-flight second you are not using the aircraft system which may be either 12/14 or 24/28 volts. Third; by using the separate 12-Volt Gel Battery (normally called "power stations" or "jump starts" with a built in charging system and power outlet for a cigarette lighter plug in). By using these it eliminates any potential radio noise that could possibly occur with the newer more sensitive radios.


The M400 weighs about 20 pounds which includes the ice chest and the MK3 about 6 pounds without the ice chest. These models use up to 20 pounds of ice per hour when you are figuring your weight and balance & don't forget the 20 pound "power station" gel battery.


You typically do not move the ice chest once in place as you BRING ice to it and use the RETURN hose to PUMP out all the excess water in about two minutes.

Generally speaking you want to pre-cool the cockpit for 20 to 30 minutes, then you will need cooling while you taxi, pick up your clearance and until you climb out to cool air. This time could be from one to two hours of air conditioning including your cooling needs when you drop into hot air on your approach, landing and taxi to parking.

Portable DC units are not like your vehicle A/C that will cool your vehicle in 10 minutes, as these "Ice Water" Models have half the power of your vehicle A/C or less so they take time even though your cabin may be small. However their effectiveness could dramatically change by simply installed Flex Hose Kits therefore click on Flex Hose Kit to see why they could be a good answer in an aircraft with your choice of DC Air Conditioners.

These are some ideas, however your needs may be different than the average user.


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4. Cooling in High Humidity Areas and for Surveillance using Ice Water? (Read #11 about Humidity)

In a humid area use the Air Conditioning "Ice Water" Models like the MightyKool MK3, MK4 or M400 for Surveillance, Truck Sleepers, Aircraft, Boats, Campers, etc. The air is much colder than Evaporative Coolers and you will be able to close all window & vents, which you cannot do with Evaporative Cooling. 12-Volt "Ice Water" Air Conditioning Models use lots of Ice to chill water, which is pumped through an Evaporator to produce Air Conditioning just like a Vehicle Compressor pumps refrigerant through the Evaporator.



Dealers sell a $39 Fan they call an Air Conditioner, however it is just a Fan! Buy Ice each time for the Fan to blow into, which melts in minutes, not hours, produces humidity as the ice melts and it will not cool at all with just cold water. If Uncle Louie thinks blowing air across ice works great Click Here


During the daytime you will typically be able to Air Condition an area like the back half of a Minivan with one of our "Ice Water" models. The amount of ice used is based on the fact that the area is already cool and will be kept cool. If the area is not cool you may use twice the amount of ice the first hour just to cool the area down. If you are in and out of the area all the time you will also use more ice unless you shut it off and are satisfied with cold air blowing on you instead of keeping the area cool.


A MightyKool 12-Volt "Ice Water" Model uses from 10 to 20 pounds (4.5 to 9 kilograms) of ice PER HOUR or more to produce between 5,000 and 8,000 BTU. The amount of ice used depends on ambient heat, daytime or nighttime use and if the area is heat soaked you might add 50% to your ice use until the temperature comes down. Any 12-volt system using less ice will not remove the heat required and will increase humidity.


All of our Models have 3 speeds and noise has never been an issue when used for Surveillance, which is a noise sensitive operation. In some cases a Flex Hose Kit allows more flexibility and cooler air where needed, like in an Aircraft or maybe as Boat with Dual Cabins or two bunks in a truck Sleeper. A Power Station type gel battery, which is generally only used in aircraft will operate the MK3, MK4 or M400 for up to five hours before needing a charge.


Getting ice is inconvenient, however there is no other method in the World of providing Air Conditioning on 12-Volts for a reasonable price using just a battery or two. A refrigerated A/C is available for $7,000.00+- using 7 to 8 batteries, which will last up to 5 to 7 hours before all must be charged & must be replaced every two or three years.


A 48 quart (53 liter) Ice Chest filled with block or large cube ice will provide around 3 to 5 hours of air conditioning depending on night or day operations, if the area is cool to begin with. A 48 quart (53 liter) size may be purchased in most places like Walmart, Target, etc. for $30.00+-. Some people freeze their own block ice in plastic containers as needed, however if the ice is not removed from the containers it will not cool enough to reduce humidity. Dry Ice is Toxic when mixed with water, therefore do not even think about using it. You drain the ice chest by taking the return line and stick it out the door on a tree and turn the A/C on and all the water will be pumped in in a couple minutes.


We have reports from Private Investigators on Surveillance that are able to keep their area in the back half of a Minivan a comfortable 75 degree (24 Celsius) range with outside temperatures hovering around 100 degrees (38 Celsius) with high humidity. If someone told you that simply "blowing air" across ice works for a cheap solution, Click Here.


For Surveillance or for a Sleeper you will typically not need a separate battery system as long as you are using the MK3, MK4 or M400. These three Models could run off of your vehicle battery for several hours without affecting your starting power. Click here if you want to have more details on how Air Conditioning using "Ice Water" works?


As an alternative to our "Ice Water" Models for sleeping only even in a Humid area use the K2, WIN3 or MW2, which use Water only with Air Intake Housing. All cheap systems blowing air across Ice or our Models using Water only to activate the Smart Cooling Filter need proper Ventilation to keep from building up humidity. Our Systems do not need Ice, just Water and Cool hour after hour where the cheap 12-volt ones blowing air over expensive Ice last only minutes.

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5. Various methods of using a 12-Volt Cooling System for Pets in vehicles.


A 12-Volt MightyKool K2 model-using water only is typically used to keep Pets cooled in a vehicle or in a pickup topper as long as proper ventilation is provided. Having the windows open in a topper while driving provides good ventilation. However, when stopping for lunch or shopping for a couple of hours or more presents a challenge to provide the proper ventilation needed.

Pickup topper windows can normally be left open without a theft problem. However with pets in a vehicle the windows should be half down unless the optional Air Intake Housing is used. The Intake Housing which fits the K2 WIN, & MW1 Models is placed in a window that is only opened from 2 to 3 inches to draw in the hot fresh outside air needed. Then open the other windows a couple of inches to let humid air to escape while eliminating the danger of theft or the pets jumping out.

(If you hear of cheap systems that blow air across Ice Click Here for the real story).

The air from the MightyKool is 5 to 15 degrees cooler in humid areas or 15 to 25 degrees cooler in dry areas than a fan. The hotter the air the more drop in temperature. This will cool your pet(s) regardless of the temperature inside your vehicle, as long as you provide proper ventilation. If your pets are in kennels or cages you probably need to read about the Flex Hose Kit 2 or 4 to provide proper air distribution to your pets.

It takes an air conditioner to cool any area, however there is no such thing in the world as a self-contained 12-volt air conditioner. To cool the back half of a Minivan for 5 hours during the day takes approximately 100 Pounds of Ice & a proper system, therefore if interested in this system; Click here.

Now that you know that using a 12-Volt Cooling System will NOT cool your vehicle or topper however will surround your pets with cool air. Your vehicle may feel just as hot as ever, however your pets are not stupid and will lie right in front of the cool air and be just fine as long as you provide proper ventilation.

All of our 12-volt MightyKool models may be plugged into a power outlet in a vehicle and will typically operate for 8 hours without effecting vehicle battery even though the engine is not running. You may also operate them on a "Power Station" gel type battery, which may be purchased at most Discount or Auto Parts Stores for around $70. These batteries will operate the K2 for up to ten hours before needing a charge.

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6. What about using a Solar System to energize a Cooling System?

Solar Energy and Evaporative Cooling go hand in hand as both are a product of Mother Nature. We recommend using K2 on a Solar System as it draws less than .9 to 1.6 amps (11 to 20 watts) and produces a nice steady stream of cool air in the dryer areas of the World. Read #2 above for ideas about cooling off the grid. You may also consider the Flex Hose Kit if you want to direct cool air in two different directions at the same time.


Cooling in the Humid Areas of the World using Solar Energy, needs more ventilation using models that use water for cooling. The K2 would be the best alternative using the Air Intake Housing Kit to draw the Fresh air Needed, which will provide around 5 to 15 degree cooler air than a Fan, plus use far less energy than a Fan. Have the K2 pointed in the direction the cool air is needed for best results to surround people of pets with cooler air.


The following are a few of the Comments from our Customers using Solar Power:

IT IS ACTUALLY SMALLER THAN I THOUGHT AND VERY COOL:
Finally got the MW1 unpacked and checked it out yesterday, very cool! And I mean that both ways. It's actually smaller than I thought, which is good, it's primarily for my truck camper. I'm building a house, will remain off the grid and right now only have the garage with a few batteries and a solar panel, wind gen to be installed soon (I hope!) C. B. Meadview, AZ


SOLAR & MIGHTYKOOL ALLOWS THOSE AFTERNOON NAPS
We just wanted to drop you a line to tell you how well our MW1 Mightykool worked for us in our trailer on the Playa at Black Rock City. We run off of solar so this was a great way to cool off and be able to nap during the 90 degree days. Thanks, C. C. Jackson, WY.


UNIT WORKS GREAT AND RUNS ON $70 SOLAR PANEL ON LOW:
I recently got the unit (MW1 MightyKool). Works great. Much better than expected. Even works pretty well running of a $70 solar panel that I got (only supports low speed). M. M. Reno, NV

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7. The 200 Year Old Idea of Blowing Air across Ice, Increases Humidity like cooling with Water.

Some claim blowing air across ice are Air Conditioners but they are just Fans! Then you furnish the cooling by buying quickly melting Ice each time it is used, as they will not cool at all with Cold Water! Click here if you want more information on these claims.


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8. How Large an Area or Room will a 12-Volt Portable Device cool?

It is typically impossible to cool any area with a small portable model when cooling with water, as ventilation is needed to produce maximum cooling. Portable 12-Volt Portable MightyKool Personal Cooling Systems are small and direct the cool air to surround people or pets where they sleep, eat, or relax.


It takes an Air Conditioner to cool an area, however there is no self-contained 12-volt air conditioner in the World. To cool the back half of a Minivan for 5 hours during the day takes 100 Pounds+- of Ice & a proper system, therefore if interested in a system like that; Click here.

We do not design large boxes mounted outside, which would be needed to cool areas by producing negative pressure. In order for a small portable MightyKool system to produce cool air ventilation is needed, therefore hot fresh air is coming into the area you are occupying all the time, so it would be like trying to air condition an area with doors and windows open.

It doesn't matter how large the room, as the purpose of portable cooling is to surround you with cool air and not use the energy or expense needed to cool a given area. You will typically cool a small bedroom quite easily at night, however again two people will be cool, regardless of the size of the area as long as the cool air is directed properly.

The advantage of Portable Spot Cooling is that you do not need to install it and can move the cooler to where you need the cooling for more versatile operation. The disadvantage is that you are only going to typically cool the area in the direction they are blowing. The Flex Hose Kits help direct and contain the cooled area better than blowing through the hot environment.

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9. Do I need Evaporative cooling or Air Conditioning in my area of the World?

In this modern world we would always choose Air Conditioning if cost and the situation prevents no problem. When it comes to portable cooling we away from grid AC energy we need to use DC energy like 12-Volts. There is no such thing in the world as a self-contained 12-volt air conditioner, therefore to just a small area like back half of a Minivan for 5 hours during the day with true air conditioning it takes approximately 100 Pounds of Ice & a proper system. If cost and inconvenience of buying ice each time cooling is needed is not problem then you may wish to Click here.


The MightyKool models K2, MW1, MW2 & WIN3 are used to help cool one or more people using Water without Ice in the area they sleep, eat, or occupy using only a Battery for energy. No matter the size of the area the purpose of portable 12-volt cooling is to surround you with cool air using very little energy.


In a Humid climate it is important to set the cooling system close to your needs and provide proper ventilation by opening windows or vents. The alternative to having windows open wide is to use the optional Air Intake Housing Kit that fit the K2, WIN & MW1 models. In Dry climates the air produced using the K2, WIN3, MW2 or MW1 is normally 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than ambient and in Humid climates the air is typically 5 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than ambient.


Check the Humidity Index if you are not certain if your area is typically humid or dry.

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10. What is the difference between Air Conditioning and Evaporative cooling?

Evaporative Cooled air is not be allowed to recirculate back into the Cooler, therefore the need to have a flow of fresh air in and out of the area all of the time. The cooling filter must must be damp with water so water evaporates creating the cool air. This creates excess humidity therefore the need for ventilation to eliminate any excess humidity.


Air Conditioned air does not want fresh air to come into the area, as the cooled air should recirculate back into the air conditioner. Humidity will be lessened therefore excess water collected must be disposed of along with the heat that is being eliminated. Therefore, some form of venting to the outside of the area being cooled is necessary.

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11. Will Evaporative Cooling work in my area where the Humidity is High?

The MightyKool models K2, MW1, MW2 & WIN3 are used to help cool one or more people using Water without Ice in the area they sleep, eat, or occupy even in humid areas. No matter the size of the area the purpose of portable 12-volt cooling is to surround you with cool air using very little energy.



In a Humid climate it is important to set the cooling system close to your needs and provide proper ventilation by opening windows or vents. The alternative to having windows open wide is to use the optional Air Intake Housing Kit that fit the K2, WIN & MW1 models. In humid climates the air is typically 5 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than ambient.


Check the Humidity Index if you are not certain if your area is typically humid or dry.

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12. Will an Portable Evaporative Cooler cool better if I add ice?

Ice or ice water produces about three degrees cooler air from an evaporative cooler for few minutes, however ice helps more dramatically if the cooler has been sitting in a hot area. Ice may be added directly into the water with care to not overfill in the K2. If there is no water then a great deal of ice may be added to the K2 for cold air then the ice will melt and the cooling will revert to water cooling.

Ice helps when you first start the cooler if it has been setting in the heat for a long period of time. The plastic parts are hot and cool air will still come out in less than a minute, however may take around 10 minutes to get down to the target temperature. If ice is added it will shorten the target temperature.

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13. Can I keep the Dust out of my Farm or Construction Equipment with a 12-Volt MightyKool?

To eliminate opening all windows and keep down on the dust consider using the optional Air Intake Housing, which fits the K2 model. Even though our MightyKool Models cool better in humid areas than the regular evaporative cooler, the dryer the air the better they cool. More Ventilation is needed in a humid climate than in a dry climate, therefore consider the Air Intake, especially if you want to cut down on the dust problem.


Place the 7 ft. (2.25m) long X 4 inch (10.16c) diameter Flex Hose in a window or other opening and a good idea is to block the rest of the window's opening so only the Hose is sucking air into the K2. You could also take a cut cheap furnace filters to fit the hose on the outside to help keep more dust out of the filter inside the WIN3 and the cab.

These cheap filters can be changed daily or whenever they plug up. You may need some way to have air escape by cracking another window, however a lot of time the cabs leak enough to take care of building up extra humidity. Read more by clicking on Air Intake.


You CANNOT operate any 110/120-volt air conditioner on a couple of batteries with an Inverter, Converter or Whoopee Dust as it still uses 12-volts for Energy. All this has been tried with ultimate failure because you are still using a Battery so do not listen to Uncle Louie on this one!


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14. Which evaporative cooler should I use and what would be the temperature?

In Dry climates the air produced using the K2, WIN3, MW2 or MW1 is normally 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than ambient and in Humid climates the air is typically 5 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than ambient. It is important to set the cooling system close to your needs and provide proper ventilation by opening windows or vents. The alternative to having windows open wide is to use the optional Air Intake Housing Kit that fit the K2, WIN & MW1 models.



Check the Humidity Index if you are not certain if your area is typically humid or dry.

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16. When is BTU (British Thermal Unit) or CFM (Cubic Feet Per Minute) rating important?

BTU rating is important if you are going to install a properly sized A/C unit to cool a certain well insulated area. CFM is important if you are going to install a properly sized large 110/240-volt Evaporative Cooler on the roof or in the side wall of a well insulated building so you can build up a negative pressure within a certain area so you can cool the entire area.


The bottom line: If there is no limit on resources install a properly sized 110/240-volt built-in cooling device. If, on the other hand, there are limited resources of energy the MightyKool models may provide comfort with a 12-volt Portable Personal Cooling device.

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TECHNICAL QUESTIONS

A. Can I plug a 12-volt Cooler into 110/220-volt AC power?

All 12-volt MightyKool Models are designed to operate from a low amperage 110-volt to 12-volt converter like our Model #ACD. If you want to use it in a shop, patio or spare bedroom at home just plug in any MightyKool Model into any minimum 4 amp converter as they only need from 2 to 4 amps to operate even on high Speed.

If you have a camper or boat and are plugged into 110/220 AC, have your system set up so you are charging your battery(s) when you are plugged in. That way you continue to operate all your 12-volt devises, including your cooling system, from the battery(s). Just keep them plugged into the cigarette lighter and enjoy that cool ocean breeze. If you do not have an extra battery dedicated to your 12-volt accessories see B. below.

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B. How can I run a Cooler if my camper doesn't have an extra battery?

If you are using one of the MightyKool Models you may operate it from five to eight hours on a "Power Station" (sometimes called a Jump Start) battery. These systems have a built in cigarette lighter receptacle and built in chargers. However if you need more time or more energy you will need to purchase a good deep cycle battery and a method of charging the battery.

Merely find a spot for the battery in a outside compartment. That way when you are plugged into AC power you can charge your battery and continue to run your 12-volt appliances plus the cooler and benefit from the cool ocean breezes. If you do not have a cigarette lighter plug in just pick one up at your auto store and install it where you want & fuse with a 5 or 10 amp amp fuse.

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C. What about noise level, battery life, solar use, BTU, CFM, and velocity?

The MightyKool Models have a 59 dBA, which is same as normal speech on high speed. A good deep-cycle battery (105 amp hour or larger) lasts from 50 to 80 hours using the MightyKool Models without charging .

A Solar System will of course replenish your batteries as you drain them and we recommend you use the MightyKool Model K2 as it draws only .9 to 1.6 amps (11 to 20 watts) from your Solar System.

BTU is not typically used in evaporative cooling and just like CFM is not an important measure when it comes to 12-volt evaporative cooling. If you wanted to cool a small camper or boat cabin it would take approximately 200 to 400 CFM at night. The MightyKool Models produce from 200 to 250 CFM and a little over 2,000 Feet Per Minute Velocity.


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E. How hard is it to install a Portable Personal MightyKool and what is the maintenance?

There is no basic installation to our Portable products, however we recommend a strap of some sort over them when they are in a moving vehicle. Once you find the ideal place to set your Cooling System, consider it installed. Fill the tank half full and cool down and don't worry about running out of water as it will not damage anything, except they will quit cooling, of course.

For maintenance you can, if you wish, place a small amount of vinegar in with the water once in a while to keep the calcification to a minimum. Do not be concerned about leaving water in a MightyKool, as it will eventually dry itself out.

We think you should Replace the Cooling Filter Pads every two to three hundred hours of Cooling or at least once or twice during the season especially. The Cooling Pads are inexpensive and they are the only reason that the MightyKool Cools when activated with only water. If you take off the lid of the MightyKool you could turn the cooling pad upside down once to extend their life. The pads are available on our web site, therefore ordering a set or two will last you for several hundred hours of cooling.

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F. Can I use an extension cord from my car to my tent?

The MightyKool Model K2 is the logical Model for a tent because of the low power requirements, plus it has a 10 foot cord. You can even pick up a cigarette lighter extension cord at most of your favorite discount stores to run from your car if you are close enough to the tent. Or you can operate the MightyKool K2 on one of the many portable "Power Station" type batteries that have the cigarette lighter plug in already built into them. There are also extensions availailable at the box stores.

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G. Where are parts available and what about a catalog or brochure?

Any part that you would ever need are available from us, the manufacturer. The MightyKool motors are designed to operate for up to 20,000 hours so their replacement should be never. The Custom cooling Pad or Switch would be about the only part ever needed for either model and available from us.

The plastic is ABS and easy to repair with Methylene Chloride which melts ABS plastic. Welding is never necessary or recommended.

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H. Can I use Dry Ice in my Swampy rather than regular ice?

NO: It is not worth the risk with the other "Ice Water" Models, even if you isolate it from the water & it does cool better or last any longer than regular block ice. The following is an article of information regarding the use of Dry Ice:

Normal air is 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen and only 0.035% Carbon Dioxide. If the concentration of carbon dioxide (The Chemical Composition of Dry Ice) in the air rises above 0.5%, carbon dioxide can become dangerous. Smaller concentrations can cause quicker breathing but is otherwise not harmful. If Dry Ice has been in a closed auto, van, room, or walk-in, for more than 10 minutes, open doors and allow adequate ventilation before entering. Leave area containing Dry Ice if you start to pant and breath quickly or your fingernails or lips start to turn blue. This is the sign that you have breathed in too much CO2 and not enough oxygen. Dry Ice CO2 is heavier than air and will accumulate in low spaces. Do not enter closed storage areas that have or have had Dry Ice before airing out completely.

End of Story as far as using Dry Ice for personal cooling goes, therefore please do not take the chance. Read the entire interesting article on Dry Ice and it's many great & interesting uses at www.dryiceinfo.com.

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