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Could I use a car vacuum cleaner to make an ice chest evap cooler ? Answered

I have been reading through the various evap cooler ibles and was wondering if a car vacuum cleaner could be used instead of a fan It's already set up to plug into cig lighter and has forced air flowing in & out. I haven't finished my coffee yet so brain isn't functioning well enough figure out if I'd need a hose attached or which end of vacuum would would go into the cooler opening.

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tylervitale
tylervitale

9 years ago

In theory it would work, but it isn't practical. The motor produces heat, which would take away from the cool air output. And it's just plain noisy.

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lemonie
lemonie

10 years ago


Well it moves air, so yes.

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frollard
frollard

Answer 10 years ago

Work, yes. Ideal? no. Car vacuums are HORRENDOUSLY loud for being high suction low volume (high rpm fan) motors...Other concern is the motor probably puts out quite a bit of heat compared to the amount of air moved (since its designed for powerful air moving)

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lemonie
lemonie

Answer 10 years ago


"Work yes" was as far as I was going. Otherwise I totally agree.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Answer 10 years ago

.  +1. It's overkill (and very noisy).
.  Find a large (120mm?) 12VDC pancake fan (AKA computer fans or CPU fans) . Or connect several smaller ones (should be able to salvage from old computers) together.