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Old 06-15-2018, 11:56 AM   #1
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Interesting fan mister

At the farmers' market the other day, the tamale lady had this running behind the table. It will work with ryobi 18v battery. it has a tube that goes down into a 5 gallon bucket--she had ice, but could use just water.

It would be fantastic for boondocking at Quartzite or wherever it's hot. Standing in front of it was an amazing difference in temperature. unlike the available ryobi fan, however, it does NOT also run on ac power. so i might see if i can rig my ryobi fan to mist in a similar way.


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I had something like that to cool a non air-conditioned trailer, worked fine for about 3-4 hours, then the ice was gone.
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Ryobi sells a cooler with fan; probably keeps the ice longer. Don't know relative cooling amounts. 3-4 hrs is all I usually need to get through the worst part of a hot day. (Around here where it isn't too hot.)
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Thanks, Bobbi. That's interesting. It's pretty pricey--you can buy a LOT of ice of $189.

While searching Ryobi's site, I did find an inflator that uses the battery for $20 through 6/20. Handy for topping a tire in a pinch. Or a bike tire, or maybe even a kayak.
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Got one, works great. I have have a few of tools that use the same battery packs. We used it a lot for kids sports.
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Old 06-15-2018, 07:45 PM   #6
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Thanks, Bobbi. That's interesting. It's pretty pricey--you can buy a LOT of ice of $189.

While searching Ryobi's site, I did find an inflator that uses the battery for $20 through 6/20. Handy for topping a tire in a pinch. Or a bike tire, or maybe even a kayak.
The other one was listed at $130 so that's only $50 worth of ice- minus the 5 gallon bucket- and the price of it spilling in your trailer.

I have a Ryobi inflator (which I just found in my trailer today, have been looking for weeks!) I like mine, slightly different model, as it will do anything from bikes to cars and has a gauge you set for the desired pressure.
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I had something like that to cool a non air-conditioned trailer, worked fine for about 3-4 hours, then the ice was gone.
The Escape air conditioner at 11,000 BTU/H is the equivalent cooling of melting 1,830 pounds of ice over 24 hours. A little evaporative cooling in hot, dry climates may work to take the edge off but the coolers with ice and a fan just crack me up.
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Yep, "AC in a bucket", "redneck AC" "AC in a cooler", etc, all nonsense.
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The Escape air conditioner at 11,000 BTU/H is the equivalent cooling of melting 1,830 pounds of ice over 24 hours. A little evaporative cooling in hot, dry climates may work to take the edge off but the coolers with ice and a fan just crack me up.
Might be a bit better off than that, since evaporating ice gets you two phase changes plus the temperature increase. The escape A/C is pretty good overkill in most cases, so I'd say it would only actually be running about 4 out of those 24hrs. So, all in all, maybe closer to 100Lbs of ice equivalent? So the 20lbs of ice in a cooler or bucket is probably enough to make a difference anyways. Something like a 10-15F drop. Not as good as the 40F drop the A/C might get you on a hot desert day, but better than nothing and way less battery power needed. Might also be a decent supplement to the A/C if you do have big enough batteries to run it.
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I always thought that a/c was designed for a 20 degree differential, not 40 degrees and with a 20 degree drop and dehumidifying it will feel good. Strange out west they add humidity to cool with swamp coolers and here on the East, removal of water helps to cool with a/c.
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