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keith
28-02-2005, 09:42 AM
The heat is crazy nowadays, but thanks to the rain on Sat night, it's OK now. However, it's still very hot at night, ..... so thinking of getting an air-con...

There's a type of movable / portable air-con sold in the hypermarket for RM899. It's not the air-cooler type, but real air-con, with its compressor is built in, and comes with an air duct.

Anyone with experience with this kind of movable/portable air-con. How does it compare with conventional air-con?

ng
28-02-2005, 10:08 AM
First time I hear of a portable air-cond. Which hypermart is it ?

Do you have to pour water onto it to stay cool ?

If it is portable, then it has the problem of continously pouring out the water soaked in manually.

samurai
28-02-2005, 10:19 AM
Air cond is not good for your body. My friend a sinseh told me that. Can get fongsap.
Worst the portable air cond especially the ones u fill up water. Just imagine all the water "chi" blow at you, where the water go ?

keith
28-02-2005, 11:49 AM
Those that need to fill with water is known as air-cooler. Air-cooler costs abt RM150 - 200.

What I've seen in Makro is real air-cond, that is portable. It comes with built-in compressor and add-on air-duct.

I think it's quite handy -- can move it into my room as well as the living hall. The only thing is that I'm just not sure about the quality, none of my friends have seen these kind of product.

So, anyone with experience with this kind of portable air-cond, appreciate your comments... :)

totoro
28-02-2005, 11:52 AM
Those that need to fill with water is known as air-cooler. Air-cooler costs abt RM150 - 200.

What I've seen in Makro is real air-cond, that is portable. It comes with built-in compressor and add-on air-duct.

I think it's quite handy -- can move it into my room as well as the living hall. The only thing is that I'm just not sure about the quality, none of my friends have seen these kind of product.

So, anyone with experience with this kind of portable air-cond, appreciate your comments... :)

Ok, cold air come out from portable air-cond... then hot air from compressor go out where... ? :eek:

keith
28-02-2005, 11:55 AM
Ok, cold air come out from portable air-cond... then hot air from compressor go out where... ? :eek:

thru the air-duct provided, ... perhaps have to channel the hot air thru the window, or door...

totoro
28-02-2005, 11:57 AM
thru the air-duct provided, ... perhaps have to channel the hot air thru the window, or door...

Is this a China / Korean / Japanese product... ? Being on sale in a hypermarket but not an electrical shop... could be a warning sign... but honestly, no experience in this matter... I'm going to buy 3 wall air-cons for myself.

keith
28-02-2005, 12:02 PM
I think it's made in China. That's why I have my doubt.

But I like the idea of mobile / portable -- convenience of moving the air-cond to my different rooms and also the living hall.

Zimon
28-02-2005, 12:31 PM
Yes, there are portable air cons. I have used two before.

The first one is a Toshiba and the system is such you have to use two canister of water. (NO, NO -its not an air cooler.) which is good for abt 8 hrs of use. It has a built in compressor and a 4 inch flexible tube for the hot air to disperse. No technician needed, no need to pump in coolent gas. It was good , very cold. It lasted a good 5 years before rust sets in and its was beyond economical repair.

The second one is Mitsubushi, (stand alone type)this one is a cling-on window type, comes with the necessary frames. (no water needed for this one ) All you need to do is fix the frame on the normal sliding (aluminium)window, sits the aircon (very heavy unit though) onto the track, it clicks lock and plug the powercord...wella ! The hot air goes out the window like a normal window air-con unit. It lasted also abt 5 years. Not portable in real sense

Both units are Japan made...maybe the China made version comes in now. If it cost close to Rm1K, might as well get the split air-con.

Firefly
28-02-2005, 12:57 PM
RM899...do you think sen or any of the other electrical shops will sell them? Firefly here used one a long time ago in HK and could not find any here in M'sia except the useless water/aircooler type.

Makro....mmmmmmm.. :rolleyes:

Pets=Friends
28-02-2005, 04:03 PM
RM899...do you think sen or any of the other electrical shops will sell them? Firefly here used one a long time ago in HK and could not find any here in M'sia except the useless water/aircooler type.

Makro....mmmmmmm.. :rolleyes:
Available in Carrefour Subang also.

Pets=Friends
28-02-2005, 04:12 PM
Yes, there are portable air cons. I have used two before.

The second one is Mitsubushi, (stand alone type)this one is a cling-on window type, comes with the necessary frames. (no water needed for this one ) All you need to do is fix the frame on the normal sliding (aluminium)window, sits the aircon (very heavy unit though) onto the track, it clicks lock and plug the powercord...wella ! The hot air goes out the window like a normal window air-con unit. It lasted also abt 5 years. Not portable in real sense

Both units are Japan made...maybe the China made version comes in now. If it cost close to Rm1K, might as well get the split air-con.

Do you mean this?
http://www.arcadeshop.com/pics/cooling-fan-12vdc.jpg

totoro
28-02-2005, 04:17 PM
Both units are Japan made...maybe the China made version comes in now. If it cost close to Rm1K, might as well get the split air-con.

But the cheapest split air-con units only cost RM499 nowadays! (1HP). If branded is about RM800-RM1000. What's the BTU for the portable unit?

Firefly
28-02-2005, 04:25 PM
Do you mean this?


That's sutiable for my computer...:D but that only circulate air :D

keith
28-02-2005, 05:15 PM
But the cheapest split air-con units only cost RM499 nowadays! (1HP). If branded is about RM800-RM1000. What's the BTU for the portable unit?

9000 BTU, 1 hp.

I think I managed to find Makro website. Here it is --> http://www.makro.com.my/nonflash/english/promo-nonfood_all.asp?cat=8

From Makro site: http://www.makro.com.my/images/products/non_food/851955_starroffer.gif

Googled around and found this website ( http://www.chigogroup.com/en/Prd_detail.asp?id=46 ), possibly the manufacturer in China. The unit does look the same.

http://www.chigogroup.com/en/pics/bpic_20041117135309.jpg

Compared with split air-con unit, these type of prtable air-cond do look rather expensive. Only pros is being mobile/portable and the design is quite sleek.

chewps
28-02-2005, 05:35 PM
what is the noice level?
with compressor running inside the room, plus the noice of the blower, it may be loud enough.

Zimon
01-03-2005, 11:23 AM
My old portable air-con (not water cooler !!) was an eight year old history, even then the noise from the compressor was acceptable, I guess these sets manufactured now, technologically speaking, shud have vast improvement.
...if only the price is a bit more attractive lah.
Shud some brave men purchase a unit, please give us your review.

Net Rider
01-03-2005, 03:54 PM
Keith,

I have used this kind of an airconditioner before, it was a Hitachi and has a hose which you must put out of the door or window. When the air-con is running, out of the hose will come steam. The steam comes from the cooling water which you must fill into the tank and this will run out in a few hours.

I don't think you can find the Hitachi again, but I saw an advert for a similar design of air conditoner from a Malaysian company, I think it was 'I'.

The thing with this kind of air condition is that since the cooling water runs through the cooling coils, it is a matter of time before the coils corrode, even if they were made of copper or aluminum unless you add rust inhibitors or something, which is a hasle, so it is a balance between the advantage of portability and a limited life-span (5 or more years)