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I was looking for something that wasn't using actual ice, this comes with two blue ice packs you pre-freeze, you only need to use one at a time so one in the freezer and one out. I have this on my computer desk pointing at me and it keeps me cool, BUT its not for large rooms and won't cool down a large area.
This is a great little cooling fan to put on the desk or by the bed. I think it is fit for purpose and works well for my needs. The only two things I wish I had known before buying was that the water is essentially loose in the bottom of the unit, meaning if you knock it over you will spill a lot of water and possibly damage electronics. The second thing is that the 3 speed fan does not have a quiet setting, on fan setting 1 you get a little hum from the fan but a really loud and annoying electrical high pitch squeel, this noise is really irritating and only goes away when the fan speed is set to 2 or 3, at which point the fan is much louder.
Black and decker cooler is fairly flimsy in way of the plastic grid and water box . 3 cooling options . No 1 is quiet 2 is medium and 3 is powerful. Unfortunately no 1 option is still very loud and this option is for sleeping but sadly is two high sound for sleeping . The water cooler is less affective even when putting ice pack as provided within box as the water goes warm very quickly so this prevents this option to work . Would be ideally for a short period of time but if you wanted a better product I would suggest spending a bit mire money but this black and decker cooler is mid range with one day delivery and you can test your self to see if it’s right for you. But my opinion blank and decker need to improve this cooler to get it spot on .
Pros: Comes with 2 ice packs so you can use one and gave the other in the freezer ready as a replacement Undeniably cooler than a normal fan, I was pleased about that Neat and compact
Cons: While refilling the water tank is quite simple, changing the icepack is fiddly. You need to remove the fins that have been soaking in the water to get to the icepack, so have a towel handy The loudest 120mm fan I've ever experienced. I've got an 18inch powerful fan downstairs that is quieter than this! There are 3 settings, but the first two emit a horrific high pitched whine that is even worse than the fan noise.
I have seen one comment about replacing the fan with a quieter one, I might look into that because I enjoy the cooling effect but even my heavy metal music can't mask the noise! However, that will bring the price closer to the 7l big brother, which I am tempted to try instead.
This works well for what it is, a basic water evaporating cooler with a nice way of adding ice in the form of the little packs you add to the unit. I knocked off two stars for ease of use because replacing the ice pack requires a screw driver. Since this is something you are going to do repeatedly, and is part of the design in that they give you a spare pack, this has to be considered a design flaw and certainly make is not very easy to use.
However, as mentioned by others, it is not quiet at all which is why the overall rating is just a 3 too. It has a single 120mm fan in it, and sitting next to my full tower PC (which has 6 such fans) the cooler makes more noise. The fan has a high whine, and at full power is very irritating. Thankfully, I had a number of replacement 120mm fans from old PC builds and can confirm that after swapping out the original fan, you can indeed get to a low-noise solution. For reference, the fan uses a 2 pin connector, so you will need an adapter for a standard 120mm PC case fan or you will need some DIY wiring to use one.
Having purchased this item to replace a regular 30 cm fan I can confirm that it will not be able to move the same volume of air around. It is light compact and easy to set up. It is listed as low noise, when measuring its volume it comes out 45db on low which is quite noticable but manageable. On high it is around 55db can be quite annoying. I purchased a quater 120mm fan for £8 which reduced it down to 20db. All in all ideal for a small area and if you don't mind the noise.
I bought this hoping it would help during the hot weather for my desk working from home. I don't think they could have put together a more shoddy piece of kit.
There are 3 fan speeds. The lowest one is quiet but you can't even feel the air being blown with your hand right next to it, so that's no use at all. Speeds 2 and 3 are so loud I can hear it through my noise cancelling headphones with music on. If you were using this for in the night and trying to sleep you'd have no chance!
You fill a water tank which connects on the side and it empties into a reservoir underneath the filter. The ice pack sits underneath the filter, which is only accessible if you have a screwdriver to remove a screw. Here's where the biggest design flaw is - the filter sits in the water reservoir so will obviously be wet. If the ice pack needs replacing (you do get 2 to be fair so one can be freezing while not in use), you need to remove the filter which gets water everywhere! Luckily the first time I did this was on the kitchen side, but had I done this on my desk this would have risked getting water on electrical items. I've tried a number of ways to replace the ice filter and none of them were a dry experience!
Once you've added the water, put it in a place you intend for it to stay as it's very hard to move without spilling the water. There's no way of emptying the reservoir under the filter either so you'll need to keep the fan on until the water is all used before it's transportable.
And the cherry on the top of all this - it doesn't actually blow out any air that's cooler than room temperature! I've tried it with ice cold water, plus a fresh ice pack and it just seems to be a very poor little desk fan. How this got through testing and quality control I'll never know!
When browsing for an air cooler there were a lot of unknown brands and I thought I'd opt for the Black + Decker name with some assurance of quality. I should have read the reviews which many have the same experience as me. Avoid this piece of kit which has a horrendous design and doesn't actually do what it says!
Really like the little unit, it works well for it's intended purpose, it's not a room scale cooler keep it real. So to fix it...I replaced the fan with an EK Vardar 120mm. Improved air flow and reduced fan noise by a ridiculous amount.
Now it's a fantastic little cooler with low noise.
Bought this about a week ago during the London heatwave. Don't expect this to cool a whole room, it's not designed for that. As a personal cooler, it's pretty damn great. Strong cooling action when you point it directly at your face/body. It does make a lot of noise even on the lowest setting, so maybe not the best idea for sleeping. But London apartments don't have aircon so I was forced to keep this on through the night and it certainly made it difficult to sleep. It's quite cumbersome to change the cooling pack as well - opportunity to improve the design. Would definitely have to pair this with a bigger fan for room cooling, but at this price it's a decent fan. It's small enough and fits quite neatly and comfortably on a bedside table as well.