B-Kool™, named 2015 Best Portable Cooler by Aviation Consumer, provides an affordable solution to your portable cooling needs. B-Kool™ is not an evaporative cooler and therefore works well in high humidity areas.
A combination of ice (up to 25 pounds) and water (about 16 ounces) provides more than two hours of ice cold air. B-Kool™ recommends the use of block ice for the longest amount of cooling time.
Exclusive Kool-Flex™ vent hose is bendable and can be expanded to more than two feet. With air flow velocity of approximately 35 miles per hour, cool air can be effortlessly directed where needed.
B-Kool™ Portable Coolers are available in 12-volt and 24-volt units. Both units are available with either wireless remote control or with an on/off switch that plugs into a cigarette lighter.
Concept is good but cooling does not last long and insulating ability of the ice chest, which I believe is an igloo, is poor. Probably is to keep weight and size to a minimum. There needs to be a dispersion baffle at the end of the outlet tube
Works great! Flew for @1 hour with unit on- just to test it. Had half ice left. Gonna need it this summer in South Carolina.
This unit actually has a radiator that circulates cold water thru and works much like a real A/C unit. I find it is good for about an hour in 100 degree Sacramento hot weather. I have a Citation and use it to pre cool the cabin. I also use it for many other applications with a portable battery.
Bottom line: It works! But, it could use a few improvements to make it better and more user friendly. 1. The handle hits the blower tube when lifting the unit into the plane. That tends to knock off the blower tube, which is a hassle to re-attach. 2. A hose clamp is needed to keep the tube connected to the unit, and should be added. 3. The outlet tube itself could use the addition of a louvered deflection screen to direct and adjust the flow of cold air. 4. The fan needs a protective screen for the interior part of the unit, so that ice doesnt hit and damage the fan in turbulence. 5. Some tie-downs spots need to be added to help keep the unit from moving about and changing the CG. I tried attaching some bungee cords to the handle, but the handle came off! 6. Surprisingly, the unit ships WITHOUT any user guide or operating documentation! I emailed the company, and they immediately sent the 1-page document to me. ++++++++ I first tried-out the unit in a 100 degree hangar, with the doors and windows of the Bonanza closed. It was immediately comfortable inside the airplane!!!! I then worked with the avionics (which adds heat) and during the whole time, it felt like I had the AC on in my Mercedes! Cool refreshing air! Would I recommend this unit? YES! Could it be made a little better without much effort? Definitely.
This cooler is amazingly great at cooling the cockpit in high heat/humidity conditions. You do not need the remote control if your electrical plug is in arms reach on your dash as the on/off toggle switch is right on the plug. Note that 20 lbs of cubed ice is all the unit will hold or the ice will impede the fan. Even at twenty lbs you will have to relocate ice away from the fan housing. I stopped in Georgia on a flight to Florida and spent the night. Much to my surprise 12 hours later and the unit still had ice in the water, and temps were in the 90s! I busted a fan blade (my fault) and call b-kool and they sent me a replacement blade at no charge! Keep your fingers away from the blade! It hurts a lot and the unit is very loud with a broken blade.
One of the best things, I have purchased for my aircraft. Blows cold, in Las Vegas at 110 degrees, its awesome.
When I was looking for a cooler/air conditioner, my number one concern was the size. I have a C150 and all of the others that I saw that friends of mine had were too big. This one is perfect for the small airplanes. I wasnt sure when I ordered it as the write-up didnt address the aircraft it would easily fit into. I ordered it because of the measurements. So, if you have a small aircraft, this s the cooler for you.
Very well made, light, and fantastic customer support.
Outstanding product and even BETTER customer service! The product works and the customer service is unparalleled.
Recently purchased a B-Kool for my Mooney. Never thought something like this would work in the humidity of Houston but the unit works as advertised. I would not have believed it but it works great.
Per the supplier: The B-Kool has a return line 4' long hose that doubles as a drain hose. The unit will drain itself in less than a minute. Drain holes tend to leak, or get accidentally unplugged, so we opted not to have one.
There is not a version of this cooling system that runs on batteries. BTUs are dependent on the ice. A pound of ice has approximately 144 BTUs.
This will all depend on the outside temperature but average this will be 30 degrees F.
12 ft long.
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