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 Post subject: Using a portable Aircon Unit in a car
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 9:24 am 
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Hi,

To cut a long story short, the air con in my wifes car is caput.

As a work around and for short term use only, as we are travelling to france in it, is to buy a portable aircon unit, something like 5000BTu's, and run it on a 12v to 240v converter in the car.

Do you think this will work?

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 Post subject: Re: Using a portable Aircon Unit in a car
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 11:47 am 
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This overlaps the day job. 5000BTU is 150watts or so & would probably struggle in a car. At a guess you need 3-4kW or around 14000BTu. That 4kW will have a COP or efficiency of around 2-3:1 so a 4kW unit will use around 1300Watts or 110Amps or so @ 12Volts. That will be a challenge in a car.
Car Builder Services do a smallish in car A/C unit which I guess uses an engine mounted compressor using 2-3HP.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 12:07 pm 
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tr7v8 wrote:
This overlaps the day job. 5000BTU is 150watts or so & would probably struggle in a car. At a guess you need 3-4kW or around 14000BTu. That 4kW will have a COP or efficiency of around 2-3:1 so a 4kW unit will use around 1300Watts or 110Amps or so @ 12Volts. That will be a challenge in a car.
Car Builder Services do a smallish in car A/C unit which I guess uses an engine mounted compressor using 2-3HP.


Thanks Jim.

I saw on ebay a retrofit aircon unit that will link into the existing condenser / compressor :

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Professional ... 239bb9399d

but this will not come in time.

Will have a look at CBS.
Cheers

Steve


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 2:21 pm 
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Acc8braman wrote:
tr7v8 wrote:
This overlaps the day job. 5000BTU is 150watts or so & would probably struggle in a car. At a guess you need 3-4kW or around 14000BTu. That 4kW will have a COP or efficiency of around 2-3:1 so a 4kW unit will use around 1300Watts or 110Amps or so @ 12Volts. That will be a challenge in a car.
Car Builder Services do a smallish in car A/C unit which I guess uses an engine mounted compressor using 2-3HP.


Thanks Jim.

I saw on ebay a retrofit aircon unit that will link into the existing condenser / compressor :

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Professional ... 239bb9399d

but this will not come in time.

Will have a look at CBS.
Cheers

Steve

That looks vaguely similar to the CBS one. Still needs an engine driven compressor though!

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 6:28 pm 
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I lived in SW France for eight years, my AC was knackered during this this time, I opened the windows and drove a bit faster :D


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