Best Portable Mini Air Conditioners for Hot Summer Strolls

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 15, 2018
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 And hand fans are cute but so outdated!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 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
POWER
SIZE AND WEIGHT
FUNCTIONALITY
COOLING TIME
EXTRAS
WARRANTY
 
PROS

It is much more than just a personal cooler, your health will also benefit from this device since it offers humidifying and air cleaning as well.

CONS

Cleaning the blades needs to be done carefully.

OUR VERDICT

This Fitfirst model is a tabletop mini personal fan for home, office, or even picnics. There are 7 colors for a backlight, you can choose one to use as a nightlight or set them to switch periodically, or turn the backlight off entirely.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Desktop

POWER

USB rechargeable

SIZE AND WEIGHT

6.5” x 6.5” x 6.7”

1.9 lbs

FUNCTIONALITY

3 speeds, 7 LED light color options

COOLING TIME

Up to 8 hours

EXTRAS

90-degree adjustable blades

WARRANTY

1 year 

PROS

Besides being a great mini portable air conditioner, this model can also act as a 6000 mAh power bank so that your smartphone never runs out of energy when it's most needed.

CONS

It's a fan, not a conditioner.

OUR VERDICT

Stylish and lightweight, this USB air conditioner from Skyocean will offer you some air on the go. There are 3 speeds to choose from and, depending on the mode, it can work for up to 12 hours.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Handheld 

POWER

USB rechargeable

SIZE AND WEIGHT

4.7" x 3.1" x 1.2" 

0.5 lbs

FUNCTIONALITY

3 speeds 

COOLING TIME

Up to 12 hours

EXTRAS

Built-in 6000 mAh power bank, Battery indicator light

WARRANTY

1-year replacement warranty

PROS

Although this small portable air conditioner is handheld, you can set it at an angle on the table using the built-in stainless steel stand. This way, you will free your hands and still have cool air blowing at you.

CONS

Taking off the back panel needs some effort.

OUR VERDICT

The power is enough to create a nice airflow; and when you need to cool down, just take out the sponge insert, wet it, and put it back in, the airflow temperature will drop 3–5 degrees.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Handheld 

POWER

USB rechargeable

SIZE AND WEIGHT

4.5" x 2.6" x 1.42"

0.4 lbs

FUNCTIONALITY

1 speed

COOLING TIME

About a couple of hours

EXTRAS

Stainless steel stand, Strap for easy carry, Indicator light

WARRANTY

30 days

PROS

Charging can be done in two ways: either via the USB port or with the 4 AA batteries. This solution makes the handheld mini portable air conditioner quite versatile.

CONS

Might be somewhat bulky for some users.

OUR VERDICT

The unusual shape is cute, the fan is very quiet and easily managed with a single wheel at the side. Included are a sponge filter for multiple uses and a small water bottle.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Handheld 

POWER

4 x AA batteries or USB power

SIZE AND WEIGHT

7" x 3.5" x 2"

0.5 lbs

FUNCTIONALITY

Variable speed control

COOLING TIME

Up to 5 hours (batteries)

EXTRAS

90-degree vertical airflow control, 2.2 oz water bottle, Adjustable leather strap

WARRANTY

30 days

PROS

The single-button control is convenient for the handheld mini personal fan, and the button is embedded conveniently to avoid accidental pushing.

CONS

The stand is flimsy.

OUR VERDICT

Stylish palm-size body with rounded corners is a must-have in a hot dry weather; in addition to blowing the air where you want it, this fan also elevated its humidity a bit.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Handheld 

POWER

USB rechargeable

SIZE AND WEIGHT

4.5" x 2.6" x 1.4"

0.2 lbs

FUNCTIONALITY

1 speed

COOLING TIME

About 1.5 hours

EXTRAS

Built-in T-shaped support 

WARRANTY

30 days

Fitfirst 12F12

Sleep Tight and Cool

This one is a desktop personal space cooler, although you can, of course, take it to a picnic or some other outdoor outing with friends and family to cool down your surroundings a bit. The best thing about this model, though, is that it's geared towards use in a room.

Generally, small portable devices like this one have but one function—to cool down space. The price they are sold at rarely warrants much more. This model, however, can not only cool, it can humidify and, what's important, purify the air you breathe as well. Maybe not much and not for a large room, but set it right beside you on a desk and it will make the immediate environment a lot better. For the very same reason, this model is considered the best personal cooler to have for when you sleep. It is virtually noiseless and its selection of colorful backlighting options will soothe you after a stressful day at work. You can set a single color to accompany you drifting into dreams or choose to have a cycle of interchanging colors. If lights disturb you instead of calming, though, the backlight can be turned off, too.

The control here is also easy: you have 3 speeds to choose from depending on how hot it is in your room. To have the air humidified, simply pour water into a special tank; when full, the tank is enough for approximately 8 hours of operation so your healthy sleep won't be interrupted by air stiffness and dryness.

Review of Fitfirst 12F12 3 in 1 USB Mini Portable Air Conditioner

 

Skyocean SKO-FAN-WTE

Power Up

The Skyocean handheld mini portable air conditioner is more than it looks. Inside the miniature body, besides the means to cool yourself and a bit of space around you, there is also a 6000 mAh power bank from which you can charge your gadget when the need arises (which it always does). Two to three extra charges for your iPhone is not bad!

As for the actual designated use, i.e. cooling, it does a remarkably good job considering its size and price. The fan has three speeds, low-medium-high, so there is some selection for you here. We'd like to point out that even at the highest speed, this model is pretty quiet and won't disturb you from working or talking to your friends. It is small enough to fit in your jeans pocket, let alone a handbag or a backpack, and it will work for solid 12 hours, at least at the low setting. The more powerful modes will strip the time off a little but not much, it will still be enough for an average day, at the end of which you can charge it for the next one, rinse and repeat. (Joking! Please do not rinse it!)

The only feature some customers might wish to have which is not present is that it is a fan only, there is nothing inside to cool the air, this USB air conditioner only circulates around the air it has access to.

The model is offered in white and in black-and-blue.

Review of Skyocean SKO-FAN-WTE Handheld Air Conditioner with 6000mAh Power Bank

 

MiNi COOLi Air Conditioner

The Best Personal Cooler at a Sliver of a Price

First and foremost, this is stylish! Bright colors will go splendidly with the summer-ed up streets. Purple, pink, green, and blue—just the colors to suit the summer mood, although if you lean to the stricter business style, there is a black-and-white model offered as well.

This small portable air conditioner from MiNi COOLi is a budget model, it is cheap even for the type of devices that are not exactly expensive in general. The reason for that is that it is fairly basic. The cooler has a single mode and its battery does not make it a very strong competitor for long hours of use. However, it has its own benefits besides the cute design.

Firstly, the single mode here offers more than decent results, cooling the air 3 to 5 degrees, a good enough number for a handheld mini personal fan. Secondly, here you can adjust the angle of the airflow. Not much, maybe, considering the overall size of the cooler, but it doesn't hurt to have the options.

The fan has a little stainless steel stand, which will enable you to use the device as a tiny desktop cooler. And if you drop some essential oil on the sponge inside intended to actually cool and humidify the air, you can create a special atmosphere around you in the room. Just remember to take the sponge out before you wet it or add oils.

Review of MiNi COOLi Air Conditioner Bladeless Portable

 

WoneNice Mini-Air Conditioner

Any Way You Want It

The unusual shape of this handheld mini portable air conditioner piques curiosity right away, which is a plus for some users. It does have blades but they are hidden inside and pose no danger when the fan is working like it is sometimes possible with similar items. Therefore, you can even use it to cool a stroller or simply give it to your kids. It is not the smallest model on the market but it is compact enough to fit into a handbag. It is also pretty comfortable to hold in your hand or hang on your belt with the attached strap. Or it can be placed on the desk since it has a flat bottom.

The model utilizes an ultra-quiet motor to draw in the hot air from around it and pass it through a moisturized sponge inside. As a result, you receive some 30°F cooled and freshened air blown in the direction you need. The direction can be adjusted to some degree (90° to be precise) thanks to the rotating "head" from where the air blows.

One of the best features of the WoneNice that makes it entitled to be included in our best personal cooler list is that it can be powered both from a USB cord and 4 AA batteries. So when you're on the go, you use the batteries and the fan provides you up to 5 hours of cooling. When at home or in the office, plug it into your laptop's USB port and enjoy continuous operation. Besides the cooler and the cord, in the package, you will also get a small bottle for water to moisturize the sponge. It is a generally good budget option for hot dry climates.

Review of WoneNice Mini-Air Conditioner Portable

 

ThreeH H-F015

No Hassle Cooling

A small rechargeable USB air conditioner by the ThreeH offers very little in terms of extras, it is quite basic and that is its greatest asset, probably. It is one of the smallest and the most lightweight models you will find on the market, mere 0.2 lbs and a little over 4" by the longest side. It only has a single mode (or speed) at which it blows the air but the speed is good, you'll have several degrees down in temperature right away (more if you freeze the sponge after moisturizing it) and will be able to enjoy it for approximately an hour and a half, maybe two, before you need to recharge it. All in all, it may be nothing to write home about, it is true, but check out the price, it's cheap to the point of ridiculous.

The model is the best personal cooler for commuting to work/school or for a summer shopping spree with a stop at a cafe to grab a cup of iced tea or coffee. There is a lanyard to carry the cooler on your neck or belt and a tiny T-shaped stand at the back to set it on the table as you relax and scroll your Facebook feed. And if you find the working time lacking, you can charge the fan from just about any USB-enabled energy source, be it your netbook, a solar charger, a power bank, or a car charger. There are three colors available for the housing.

Review of ThreeH H-F015 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, 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 in the office or in your study at home, in case you lack 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: 2018-06-15 14:25:53