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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

7 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

8 years ago


Well it moves air, so yes.

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frollardlemonie

Answer 8 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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lemoniefrollard

Answer 8 years ago


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

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NachoMahmafrollard

Answer 8 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.