3.8 / 5.010 ReviewsDurability3.8 / 5Reliability3.9 / 5Performance4.3 / 5Ease Of Use4.4 / 5Value4.0 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (3)No (1)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesYou will LOVE it !!Wow. I fly out of San Antonio Texas and I don't have to tell you it gets up to 115 degrees on the tarmac. H O T !!
I've have been using this wonder toy for a few years now and to put it mildly "I ain't going if it's not going with us". Ice? don't buy ice. Well maybe one bag. Instead I freeze 5 One gallon milk jugs, add an inch of water (not 5). Then if its easily available I throw a bag of ice in on top. Lasts for H O U R S.......
Also,you can turn the pump off once at alttitude. The fans alone blowing that cold air out of the cooler is works fine too. Do not lift this thing fully loaded with water or ice. You'll break the handles eventually. Put the cooler in the plane then load it. So I basically carry another small cooler that I put the Gallon Jugs in until I get to the plane then I move the ice over to my plane. If you've been flying awhile you'll kick yourself for not buying one of of these years ago. Also, Ive tried a few other brands. No comparison. JohnAugust 31, 2019Durability1 / 5Reliability1 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use2 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesWorks OK, but . .The good news is that it does actually work. I use the free ice packs that come with BlueApron/HelloFresh packaging, and about 5 inches of water at the bottom of the cooler. Lasts about 4 to 5 hours in 33C/91F Houston heat.
Construction quality though is not very robust for a portable device. After 3 flights the extension cable broke. They are shipping a new one, so thankful for that. The electrical connectors are all very poor quality, especially the 12volt cigar lighter plug.
I ordered extension airflow tubes and had to saw slits into the ends to get it to fit into the cooler outlets. No big deal but for $110 for air ducts, they should have been perfect.
I’d recommend only because there are not that many other options.July 3, 2019Purchased
5 months agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesNice for Georgia HeatI have a '71 Cessna 210 that gets roasting hot in the summer. It's got the original air vents and only the left window opens. I got this unit so that we could keep from stroking out while taxiing and doing low level flight in the summer. So far I'm impressed with the cooling. I have the unit buckled into the third row seat and purchased the extension cable so that it can be plugged into the cigar lighter up front. I saw other people talk about the hoses coming off and ruining fans so I added zip ties to the hose fittings to secure. Seems like they should have done at least this at the factory, if not something better.
Cold air: When there is enough ice (it will hold at least 34 lbs), it does a great job. It even dehumidifies the air like a regular air condition. Last flight had water dripping from the coil as it condensed out of the humid air.
Power Draw: I was worried about the 2 fan system drawing too many amps in my 12 volt system, but my stock alternator and wiring have handled the system without issue even when flying at night. It is supposed to draw up to 10 amps with fans and pump running. It clearly stays under that after startup since its never blown the 10 amp fuse.
Power Plug: My biggest complaint is that the cigar plugin is too small to fit snugly into the receptacle. It won't hold itself in so it often backs out completely and always causes additional heat in the receptacle due to poor contact with the positive pin. I've tried bending the negative clips out but they are too far aft on the plug and the plug body is too small so it's still too loose. Other plugins have all been tight fits that don't come out easily so I don't know why they didn't do a better job with this one.
The biggest cost for cool air is the pain of loading. The 210 has 3 rows so I put this in the rear seat unless I have a need to carry more than 4 people. Getting it into the plane is tricky and loading ice has me sweating pretty heavily before even getting in. I guess there's just no getting around the GA heat short of an air conditioned hangar.
Conclusion: I would buy it again and recommend it to anyone wanting to cool down in your non-factory air plane. Once you get over loading it, it does a great job. Keeps my wife happy. :)May 28, 2019Purchased
7 months agoWould You Recommend?NoPoor Experience. Buyer Beware.Very poor experience. All electrical components failed after only 2 hours of operation. Hard to tell what actual component failed. Believe it was the male plug but no way to to tell for sure. Found myself trouble shooting the unit for the Arctic Air folks. What's up with that? Returned for a refund. The male plug and switch units really feel cheap in construction. When it did work the two fans struggled to provide only a mediocre stream of cool air. Definitely need to load the unit to near max capacity. A lot of ice. Until Arctic Air comes out with an announcement of obvious improvements we will not seek another unit.July 9, 2018Purchased
1 year agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5i have a cessna 182 and this dual fan unit is worth its weight in gold. fits in storage area with room 2 spare. cools like a champ. nothing is stated on size for your plane and the unit you need so its a personal choice and with that being said dont wasteGreat product for the money. Works great and even better with blocks of ice. Well worth the moneyJuly 14, 2015Durability1 / 5Reliability1 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value1 / 5Pros: Product does cool when it is working, I added a portable 12 volt battery in order to have the cooler free to move in the cockpit where I want it and keep it from draining the amps on my Saratoga, keeps the cockpit at a reasonable temp on a hot 100 degree day, My Wife won't fly without it in the summer. Cons: The biggest complaint is that the hose connections that are under the metal grill do not have clamps to keep them in place. Over time and use, I fly about 30 to 40 hours in the summer, the connection will come loose and the water will spray into the fans and ruin them. I'm on my second cooler and forgot to open it up and put a clamp on the hoses and yes it has happened a second time in the 3 years I have used the unit. Durability and reliability a big zero because the unit needs clamps for the hoses and when they fail the water will spray the fans and ruin them. If you purchase or have purchased this unit open it up and put clamps on the hoses.September 4, 2013Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Cons: The power cord is not long enough to set the AC in the baggage compartment. I had to remove the middle row seat and place it there so that the power cord would reach. The fans could be a little stronger to push more air.July 21, 2011Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Pros: does a great job of cooling down the cockpit of my R44, which is hot! in the summer use it before and during take off, then again during landing, it definitely dose the trick. Cons: Do to the large window area in the R44 and heat it dose not last anywhere near 3hrs, great product does just what i need it to do!June 21, 2011Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Pros: Excellent. Keeps cabin cool even on 97 degree days. Plenty of use time especially for ground roll, climb, and approach. Cons: Takes up an entire seat or row of seats or luggage compartment. I have been successful flying 5 in my six place plane using one seat however. Worth it's weight in coldJune 18, 2010Durability4 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Pros: With fans and pump on, it feels as cool as the ac on my car. Tubing is removable and adjustable. Fans are powerful. Cons: Tubing could use a tighter fit as turbulence or a hard landing bumps the setting. A little on the noisy side due to fans being so powerful, but noise is just the airflow not the fans. Good product, worth the price. I use tape to hold the tubing in place.May 10, 2010
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Browse 41 questions Browse 41 questions and 79 answersWhat are the Dimensions of complete 52 quart unit? And space needed?BEST ANSWER: It's 25"w x 18"h x 15"dWhich Arctic air portable unit is most appropriate for a Bonanza J35?BEST ANSWER: I would say get as big a cooler as you have room for. I have the 52 quart size and two fans. Cooling effect is good in our Cessna T206 though not referigerated air quality. Direct the flexible ducts toward where you are sitting and you have about 2 hours on four bags of cubed ice. We bought it recently so we're still experimenting with how it works but next time we'll try 6 bags for longer operation. One thing to be aware of, I understood there to be separate fan operation, not the case. Both fans are either on or off. No low cool. the Fan switch turns on BOTH fans and the other switch turns on the bilge pump. Also, the 'pop rivits' holding the flex duct to the plastic connector ring are pretty raw with sharp edges of the rivit backing sticking out. I cut myself a time or two before filing them down. I've also found it is easier to just use the dump tubing as a siphon rather than connecting it to the bilge pump. But that's not a big deal, it can easily be pumped dry if you prefer. (Love the 'quick connect' fitting provided for this dumping cycle).I have a Bonanza F33. Is there an advantage to getting the two fan system vs the one fan system?BEST ANSWER: Hello Brandon
I purchased the Artic Air for my Cessna 172 and it worked very well. It fit into the rear luggage area and we directed the two flexable plastic hoses up and over the seats toward the front of the aircraft. I also have the extension wire so I was able to turn it on and off from the front seats. It was really nice to have on a hot summer day. I have recently upgraded to a Saratoga with A/C so I am no longer using it. My Son who is away in a 141 program at Marywood University wants to take it to school and us it there. Lol.
The only con I could think of is it's very heavy when filled with ice. Will need a second person to help load Into small rear storage areas. Once the Ice melts, it's easier to remove because it has a drain hose you can use to drain the water and lighten the load.
The unit itself is made using high quality materials and if needed, I would buy it again.
I hope this helps your decision. Stay cool and fly safe.how long will a 12 volt battery last?BEST ANSWER: This is a very subjective question. It has to do with the Amp hour rating, but even that is not enough. As an example, Duracell sells a Deep Cycle battery that is a 12V 100AH battery determined at the 20 hour rate. That means, it provides 5 Amps for 20 hours. The 2 fan system draws ~10 Amps so this battery would theoretically last 10 hours...except that heat gets involved as well as other chemical factors that would probably shorten the time to 9 hours...give or take. That battery runs about $290, weights 65 lbs and you'd need a good deep cycle battery charger.
There is a battery store online with a plus sign that sells batteries along with their spec sheets that tell you the hours used to determine amp hour rating. There are some good YouTube videos on figuring it out from there.Can this be used in a Long Life Vehicle (postal truck)? No cigarette lighters in LLV'sBEST ANSWER: No, the unit requires power to operate.Does a 24 volt give more power than a 12 Volt. I have a PA28-161 which one to choose?BEST ANSWER: No the 24 volt does not give more power. The system is designed for either a 24 or 12 volt electrical system in the aircraft.How long is the power cord?BEST ANSWER: The power cable is 7 1/2 feet long.How much does the smaller one weigh?BEST ANSWER: 18 lbs empty and approximately 45 lbs when full.
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