Personal "air conditioners" aren't what they seem

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Shared July 22, 2020

You know, it's one thing when a product has a limited scope and application. It's another when it's passed off as something greater than what it is. Learn why these fad devices are fad devices in this video.

Here's some of the stuff I referenced;

First, the channel HVACR Videos. This really is a fascinating channel if you're curious about what goes into commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and is a great resource for anyone looking to go into that trade;
The video I specifically referenced with the swamp cooler was actually two; in the second video, the swamp cooler is rebuilt.

Second, my old plugs;
Rice cooker:
Portable air conditioners:

Other assorted links;
Technology Connextras (the second channel that stuff goes on sometimes):
Technology Connections on Twitter:
The TC Subreddit

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I bought a swamp cooler and it's awful. My swamp is still as hot and humid as ever.

3 months ago | [YT] | 4,922


"water is, believe it or not, a substance"

I choose to not believe such preposterous declarations

2 months ago | [YT] | 542

S. Lajoie

"human comfort was just a bonus," might just be the greatest summary of industrialism

2 months ago | [YT] | 410


They DO have a function. They separate idiots from their money.

2 months ago | [YT] | 350


I'm an adult with Aspergers, and a lot of informative things go over my head, or I have to struggle to pay attention.

The way you describe things is absolutely perfect, I genuinely feel like I'm learning things! Keep it up man, this is incredibly educational, and you're a fantastic teacher!

2 months ago | [YT] | 168


Pro tip: put a swamp cooler and an air conditioner at opposite ends of your home to wirelessly transmit water.

3 months ago | [YT] | 2,606

Omar Alessa

bro i swear u just compressed (no pun intended) an entire semester's worth of HVAC lectures in a matter of a half hour. Keep up the fantastic work

2 months ago | [YT] | 189


Step one: Turn box fan on
Step two: Hang wet towel in front of fan
Step three: Profit

2 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 589

Name not found

So basically, they’re kinda trash unless you live in the Sahara or Arizona.

1 month ago | [YT] | 26

Faolan Grey

I just watched a 30 mins video explaining how something I've never seen or would have ever bought doesn't work.

1 month ago | [YT] | 17

DJ E D'Law

You're missing the point of how these devices work!

Suppose you're sitting around the house with a stack of bills in your wallet. The stacked paper has an insulating effect due to how it traps air. By removing those bills and sending them to the people that make these devices, you are removing some insulation around your body. That allows your body to release more heat to the environment... thus making you cooler!

3 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 475


“water is—believe it or not—a substance.”
i like your style, lmao

2 months ago | [YT] | 121

Bourbon Whiskers

Honestly the takeaway I'm getting here, as someone in a semi-arid climate, is that I should make my own swamp cooler!

2 months ago | [YT] | 72

Tom Wilson

I'm thinking the FTC needs to step in on this... an "air conditioner" is a device that uses the refrigeration cycle to cool air. Anyone selling an evaporative cooler as an "air conditioner" should be sued out of business.

2 months ago | [YT] | 28

Logan Hanssler

“In fact, it’s impossible”
2030: Wrong

1 week ago | [YT] | 3

Albert Batfinder

Executive summary: The marketers are blowing hot air, even if the device isn’t.

3 months ago | [YT] | 1,129

Salmon Lunchpack

We refer to them as “swampies” in Australia. Well, some of us do anyway.

2 months ago | [YT] | 9


Blaux is a terrible name, but it’s actually pronounced “Blow”

2 months ago | [YT] | 87

Master Haggard

"The Water Cycle is a thing."
Thank you, Mister Knower of Thingy-Things.

I hope to hear about more things that thingys which may thing a thing. Thing.

1 month ago (edited) | [YT] | 3

allgoo 19

Honest review,
unbiased explanation.

As old saying, "If it's too good to be true...."

1 month ago | [YT] | 5