Best Portable Mini Air Conditioners for Hot Summer Strolls in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 31, 2020
Stifling summer hotness is all good and well when you are safely tucked at home with some kind of conditioning but time spent outside? Work or entertainment, the summer weather can be the death of us, sometimes literally. And hand fans are cute but so outdated! And they don't offer as good a ventilation as a mini portable air conditioner does. Look below for a review of the best models. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
POWER
SIZE AND WEIGHT
FUNCTIONALITY
COOLING TIME
EXTRAS
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The blowing angles are 120-degree adjustable, so you can place the unit practically anywhere (as long as it is close enough). Using the remote, you can switch between 3 speed settings, seven LED lights, and manipulate the atomisation switch, all without using the touch buttons atop the unit. 

CONS

The blowing holes are difficult to clean.

OUR VERDICT

At home, in the office, even on the road, the Lonfenner Personal Air Cooler will be able to make any environment much more comfortable. With this portable mini AC, you'll be the one controlling the temperature, directing airflow (through the spray humidification hole), and more.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Desktop

POWER

USB rechargeable 

SIZE AND WEIGHT

185 x 150 x 152 mm

880 g

FUNCTIONALITY

3 speeds, 7-colour сhanging light

COOLING TIME

6-8 hours

EXTRAS

Spray humidification hole, 480 ml water tank, top handle, adjustable blowing angles up to 120°, remote controller, USB cable

WARRANTY

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The AC reduces the temperature ~5 degrees within seconds. The breeze this AC produces travels at least 1.5 metres. The noise-block construction prevents the noise levels from going above 68 decibels. The UV-C sterilisation solution kills invisible bacteria. 

CONS

The power button is not especially responsive. 

OUR VERDICT

The Beedove Air Cooler Fan will be able to purify, refrigerate, humidify, and provide aromatherapy functions. Besides the LED lights that most portable mini models are adopting these days, this one also comes equipped with an emergency night light that will prove effective on the road.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Desktop

POWER

USB rechargeable 

SIZE AND WEIGHT

159 x 144 x 161 mm

800 g

FUNCTIONALITY

3 speeds, 7-colour changing light, UV sterilisation function

COOLING TIME

6-8 hours

EXTRAS

Washable nano-silver ion filter, 500 ml water tank, adjustable blowing angles up to 90°, noise-block design, USB cable

WARRANTY

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

Using its evaporative water filter, the unit is able to extract warm air, making the room not just cool but also humidified and letting you add ice and essential oils into its tank, accelerating the cooling speed or creating a more relaxing atmosphere. 

CONS

The refill opening is narrow. 

OUR VERDICT

The DARMAI Personal Air Cooler easily reduces the temperature at least 10-12 degrees, making even the hottest settings quite pleasant. Even at the highest speed setting, the unit does not produce the noise amount that will be able to distract most people.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Desktop

POWER

USB rechargeable 

SIZE AND WEIGHT

185 x 150 x 152 mm

880 g

FUNCTIONALITY

3 speeds, 7-colour changing light

COOLING TIME

6-8 hours

EXTRAS

480 ml water tank, top handle, adjustable blades, USB cable

WARRANTY

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The integrated rechargeable battery lasts 10-12 hours before dying out, so you can have the AC working all night, keeping you comfortable on a camping trip even through the hottest nights. You can hide the retractable handle to make the unit even more space-saving. 

CONS

The plastic is partially flimsy. 

OUR VERDICT

At 170 x 130 x 130 millimetres, the ARESAT Mini Portable Air Conditioner 2020 Upgraded is the smallest unit on this list. Using the top handle, you can move this mini AC between desks and around the house without experiencing any discomfort.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Desktop

POWER

USB rechargeable 

SIZE AND WEIGHT

170 x 130 x 130 mm

800 g

FUNCTIONALITY

3 speeds

COOLING TIME

12 hours

EXTRAS

Water tank, top handle, adjustable blades, USB cable

WARRANTY

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The cotton filter is more stain-resistant than its paper filter competition. It is also more durable. With its anti-antibiosis and anti-mildew treatment, the AC filters out different impurities, including dust particles, bacteria, and more. The pull-out mechanism enables easy removal.

CONS

The plug is too close to where you pour the water in. 

OUR VERDICT

The Homitt Portable Mini Air Cooler will present less maintenance and upkeep challenges than even the least demanding portable mini ACs. Plus, because the blades are adjustable, you can put this AC above and below you without worrying that the breeze will be missing you.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Desktop

POWER

USB rechargeable 

SIZE AND WEIGHT

190 x 152 x 163 mm

835 g

FUNCTIONALITY

3 speeds

COOLING TIME

4-6 hours

EXTRAS

500 ml water tank, adjustable blades, washable cotton filter, USB cable

WARRANTY

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Lonfenner Personal Air Cooler

120-Degree Adjustment

The Lonfenner Personal Air Cooler, with its chrome-treated housing, looks like the sleekest portable mini AC. But its defining characteristic is not that. Its defining characteristic is the spray humidification hole in the middle. With this hole, you can easily direct airflow and make the AC much more effective than portable mini models usually are. The unit lets you adjust the blowing angles 120 degrees, meaning that you're offered more positioning options. Because they're so adjustable though, these openings can be a little tricky to clean.

What's not tricky is the remote that's shipped with this portable AC. Using this remote, you'll be able to change the settings without scooching next to the unit. These settings include three speed settings and seven LED ambient light options, so you can create a romantic atmosphere or make the light a little more suitable to the scene.

Aside from these attributes, the model's not that different from most portable mini ACs, including its size (185 x 150 x 152 millimetres), weight (880 grammes), etc. Still, even with the slight differences that we have described above, this unit from Lonfenner proves the best portable mini air conditioner on the list.

Review of Lonfenner Personal Air Cooler Portable Mini Air Conditioner

 

Beedove Air Cooler Fan

Doing More

The Beedove Air Cooler Fan looks a little less attractive than the model we have reviewed above but, besides that, this is an impressive product from multiple perspectives. To start with, the unit can reduce the temperature at least 5 degrees Celcius within seconds, delivering a refreshing breeze that spreads at least 5 feet (1.5 metres). To add more, incorporating an UV-C sterilisation tech, the AC works wonders killing invisible bacteria and microorganisms, producing a pure, bacteria-free breeze.

Settings-wise, the model lets you choose between 3 speed settings: breeze, cool breeze, and strong wind. You can also adjust the blowing angles 90 degrees, directing the output. These elements are not unique to this product but what's somewhat unique is the noise-block design that makes sure the noise levels do not reach above 68 decibels, keeping the unit quiet.

To the standard 7 LED changing lights that most mid-range portable ACs are incorporating nowadays, the model also adds an emergency night light. The button that powers the unit up is not especially responsive. Apart from that, the Beedove Air Cooler Fan does more than most portable mini ACs, offering purification, refrigeration, humidification, and aromatherapy functions but without raising the price.

Review of Beedove Air Cooler Fan Mini Portable Air Conditioner

 

DARMAI Personal Air Cooler

Reducing the Temperature 12 Degrees

The DARMAI Personal Air Cooler is not as versatile as its more expensive peers but just as effective as those portable mini ACs that cost almost twice as much as this model. Generally speaking, this portable unit will have no issues reducing the temperature somewhere around 12 degrees, making the stuffiest, driest, least comfortable rooms not just bearable but even pleasant to be in. Choosing from three speed setting options, the unit will also let you adjust the airflow, with the highest setting producing a strong wind but without producing considerable noise.

Pulling warm air from the room through the evaporative water filter, the AC creates this nice personal space that's both cool and humidified, letting you add essential oils or ice into the tank so that you can accelerate the cooling speed. The refill opening is a little narrow, so you'll have to exercise a little finesse to do so but, with practice, the task will become a cakewalk. Lastly, you can adjust the blades, meaning that you can position the unit both above and below you and still have the airflow coming right at you.

In other words, dry office spaces and hot home offices with insufficient cooling will immensely benefit from the DARMAI Personal Air Cooler.

Review of DARMAI Personal Air Cooler Portable Mini Air Conditioner

 

ARESAT 2020 Upgraded

Lasting 12 Hours Straight

The ARESAT Mini Portable Air Conditioner, 2020 Upgraded looks upgraded, alright. Measuring just 170 x 130 x 130 millimetres, this is the most compact, space-saving unit within this lineup. Even the busiest, most occupied workspaces should be able to accommodate this mini AC without making considerable space sacrifices. To some extent, what's even more impressive is that the AC lasts 12 hours, whereas even those models that cost twice more than this AC usually cap at 6-8 hours.

Sure, unlike those models, this portable mini AC does not incorporate changeable LED lights but most people do not use them anyway, to this is not the biggest compromise. A little more upsetting is that the plastic is partially flimsy, so we would recommend exercising caution when transporting this unit.

Setting this drawback aside, we have nothing but good things to say about the model, including its foldable top handle that enables easy relocation and the supplied USB cable that lets you recharge the aforementioned high-capacity battery from any USB-enabled device, from power banks to laptops.

To sum up, the ARESAT Mini Portable Air Conditioner, 2020 Upgraded is something that you can even bring with you on a camping trip without worrying that the unit will remain useless half the time.

Review of ARESAT 2020 Upgraded Mini Portable Air Conditioner

 

Homitt Portable Mini Air Cooler

Filtering out Impurities

The Homitt Portable Mini Air Cooler has its upsides but pales in comparison to every other model within this selection, even if a little. The biggest issue we have with this unit is that its battery is only able to work for 4-6 hours, while every other AC that we have reviewed here lasts at least 6-8 hours. Aside from that, the plug is too close to where you pour the water in, so you have to switch it off before you're able to top up and you should still do so carefully.

That being said, again, the product has its upsides, with the biggest being the stain-resistant cotton filter. First, you can remove, wash, and reuse this filter for much longer than paper filters. Second, it is treated against antibiosis and mildew, filtering out most impurities, bacteria, and dust particles. Third and last, its pull-out construction lets you remove the filter with ease and clean it with matching ease.

Mirroring its more expensive counterparts, the model comes fitted with blades that you can adjust, adding extra placement options.

Without addressing the things that most portable ACs are offering (like its three speed settings and the USB-rechargeable battery), the Homitt Portable Mini Air Cooler is an affordable temporary solution to a hot temperature problem.

Review of Homitt Portable Mini Air Cooler 4-in-1 Mini Air Conditioner

 

What Is a Portable Mini Air Conditioner?

In a nutshell, the name says it all. Portable mini air conditioners are mostly compact fans for home and office use, often with a sponge inside to make the air cooler and more humid. They are small in size and usually battery powered, which makes them, well, portable, since the technology hasn't yet stepped up to pass the electricity via air constantly and without a medium of sorts.

These fans can use either a single USB-rechargeable battery or several standard ones, like AA. Rechargeable models are more convenient and have a longer life on a single charge but in case you go hiking or something, it might be easier to stock up on AAs than look for a way to charge your power bank in the middle of nowhere. Or you can find a model with both charging options, there are some on the market.

While most such conditioners are handheld, for you to put in your handbag or even pocket and use during commuting on public transport or as you walk, there are also slightly bigger models designed to put on the desk to provide some vital cool air anywhere without a bigger cooling system. These, too, are considered "mini" and "portable" as long as they can work without the constant connection to the outlet, contrary to table fans, for example.

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Publish Date: 2020-07-31 07:08:31