Introduction: Portable AirConditioner

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Hi all. its me again..
i wanted to always do this instructable
so here it is, from research and develpoment of a better
"ice-powered" aircon, every website and instructable regarding to that.
From CameronSS and Artic Air, and also lots of websites. and blogs about this and find out information and lots of it! thanks all
here is the version of the airconditioner idea combined with CameronSS and Artic Air. But mines more budget of course!

credits go to CameronSS and aritic air to inspire me to do this! :)

thanks cameronSS for the great idea

Step 1: Items You Need

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1)A small condenser,heater core,radiator.Preferably something small
-Mine i bought was at around $13, a computer radiator
2)A styrofoam cooler,Ice chests,Cooler.Medium sized
-Hah i bought mine below $2, ice box 1st hand
-FREE! from my water pipe bwaha!
4)Small Water Pump better submirsible
-mine i bought it for $3 at ebay.
5)Case Fans.
-$3 at ebay. its 205CFM!
-free. from my stuffs!
TOTAL: $21


BTW. its in SGD currency

Step 2: Cut Cut LETS GET START!

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CUT out the shape to let air flow from the radiator
then Paste strong mounting tape on it to secure it to the cover
p.s. get a good tape and strong ones like 3m brand
make shure that ONLY the "fins" area is exposed to the hole and not other part haha.
CUT out vent area to let air to come in to the cooler, cut any shape you want. heart,square,circle,shapeless LOL. mine i followed the Artic Air style of vents

Step 3: Mount the Fan and the Tubing

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Now use mounting tape to tape the ends of the fan and create a folded shape at the side.Make shure that the fan is BLOWING OUT
Then Now Cut out the tubings to fit to the radiator, plumbers tape helps a lot in leakages.

Step 4: Start Wiring

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Hmm lets see. if you want it to run by battery, you may continue
but to me, im using the mains as its gonna be at my bedroom forever and ever yeah. The water pump runs at 5w and still give me the right choice for it. its really small. smallest in the market here in singapore. and the adaptor for the fan was at 12v 700ma, the right choice. its running at7w so total running per hour is currently 12W, that is equal to the house lighting(1 bulb) haha. energy savings. but im not shure about the running time for the ice i always made from the fridge, somebory enlighten me?
sorry no pictures.

Step 5: Now Make a Air Spot Vent

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Here i used some cardboard which have a smooth matt finish on the outside but plastic smooth inside.It is a great choice but hard to find cardboard as only one side is water -resistant.. btw if you wanna make one, you can have one side of your card board backing taped with clear platic tape. Here cut out as shown in the picture, a vent to spot where you flow will be.
as seen in the picture, i used cloth tape, and its with little by little so that curve joints will be more easier to attach

Step 6: Tada! You Are Done

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HAHA, ive decorated it abit, to look more presentable in my room, not just some crappy box.
sorry no detailed picts.
Im really happy with the results, with only 3 sets of ice packs, it can run for straight 20mins, and guess what,this cooler can hold up to 10 packs without side effects. im really suprised, the packs are great and cheap,fill em up with water and freezenalas! haha instant,thus reducing water waste too.
hope you all loved this
thanks all.

Step 7: Check Out My Other Instructables

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a junior version of it!

Step 8: How It Works

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Hahas there you go for those curious one.
Sorry guys haha but this is drawn during my slacking class periods.

Do Question me for deeper info on how it work!


Schmidty16 (author)2013-06-12

Put a vent on the other side of the radiator to blow air throu

hquant (author)2011-08-15

where did you buy the radiator??? link please :D

TheGarrison89 (author)2011-06-27

Well done, all of your coolers are great ideas, hope to see more stuff from you on the site!

dandré (author)2011-06-17

where did you get that radiator? cant find one that cheap.

austinsqu111 (author)2011-05-11

btw you spelled artic air wrong its arctic air

will6 (author)2010-10-05


superior eng (author)2010-08-30

thnx alot u are very intelligent

Terron (author)2009-05-21

Add some salt to the water. Mythbusters proved that salt in the water will drop the temp big time, meaning less ice pack change outs and probably a cooler breeze.

fly_boy_bc (author)Terron2010-07-16

Meaning MORE ice changing NOT less.

Ace_Of_All_Trades (author)Terron2010-07-10

It only dropped water temperature because it was in direct contact with the ice. Salt melts ice in direct contact hence salting the roads and side walks in winter in the northern states. It melts the ice faster causing the water overall the be brought closer to freezing point. So salt=less time cold=colder temperature for time being. Not with ice packs tho.

nutsandbolts_64 (author)2010-07-09

I wonder if there are any portable AC's out there that don't use ice. Something like:

|                                           |      
|        ____________       |Cold air out
|       |                          |       |
|        |   ________    |       |
|        |_|                  |_ |       |
|        __   FAN        _____|
|___|    |________|     

Left side is the radiator. Theory: The fan would compress the air in there. When the air decompresses, it releases energy and so cools the environment. It's only a maybe so... nah. rated as 4.5 :D

arikyeo (author)2009-04-18

how did you get the box? I'm a Singaporean too!!!

farhanians (author)arikyeo2009-06-02

hardware shops in tampines! or go to a fish shop! ask for an ice box!

arikyeo (author)farhanians2009-06-13

but I live in the west...

farhanians (author)arikyeo2009-06-13

Hmm... tries any fishing shops??? there? shure have one! good luck finding one! sometimes skp have them

arikyeo (author)farhanians2009-06-13


farhanians (author)arikyeo2009-11-29

Try FIshing SHOPS! at changi.

dabombmaker (author)2009-09-22

many people said it ws a waste of electricity to make the ice: however i disagree because the ice is made no matter what. so technically ur not paying for anything but the water.

Sitaram (author)2009-08-19

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I had the pleasure of seeing one of these units at my friends place and she could not stop raving about it.

daniel! (author)2009-02-13

nice this is a good idea i want to try it some time

gogeta (author)2008-10-23

gr8 job....but could give much more detail abt the positioning of the radiator and vent as even i was planning on making an ac as my PC gets really hot....plz give much more detailed info and pics

heyzuphowsitgoin (author)2008-07-25

hahaha i built one of these two years ago out of an old hairdryer and some pvc pipe! pretty sweet! a cool idea would be to use a Stirling engine to power the fan!

Yeah.. maybe the cold can be used for the stirling engine instead of the heat. haha good idea tho!

Thornburg (author)2008-07-14

Great job. Pretty cheap. Do you notice any difference in the air room temp.

farhanians (author)Thornburg2008-07-16

ouhh.. my room is pretty small but btw i dont hav any thermometer with me. But ive cooled my room with it. and its noticable after 2-3 hours operating this bugger at a hot day.That is with 2 times of reloading of ice. and one thing good about this is that ive set a timer plug and for first 1hour of cooling, by the time.. im asleep then it will be a normal fan. hahas cool ehk this thing replaced my normal fan f.y.i.

thermoelectric (author)2008-07-12

Great instructable, I'll be sure to check out your other instructables

thanks thermoelectric

Your welcome

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