- Updated March 3, 2019
- Posted by: June Spencer
Ideal for a host of applications where classic portable ACs would fail to deliver the needed BTU power, like cooling computer rooms, hospitals, workstations, venues where special events unfold, commercial portable air conditioners are the go-to solution for the intense needs which industrial-level cooling require.
Top 5 Compared
1. MovinCool CL60
A self-contained system which requires no maintenance at all, the CL60 provides the needed power to handle cooling any spot at half the price of central air conditioning. It is intended for use in large spaces like warehouses and factories, the fact that it comes at an expensive price being completely justified considering the cooling performance it provides.
Its main highlight, by far, is the high cooling capacity it delivers – at a temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity of 60% it provides 60000 BTUs per hour, to be specific. This rating is what recommends it as a substitution for central AC units and makes it perfect for demanding applications where a hearty cooling power is needed.
Design & Features
Designed to be used even in the harshest of conditions due to its rugged design, it can even withstand operating in hot environments where temperatures range from 75 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. It weighs 474 pounds and measures 32 inches in width by 49 inches in depth by 42 inches in height. It features T-section drops that enable you to adapt it to manufacturing or assembly lines. You can add casters to it in order to move the cool air it produces as the process line changes. Best of all, it is designed to provide an intuitive use, the electronic thermostat control and digital control panel making it a cinch to control it as you like.
What We Like
- Features the Eco-friendly R-410A refrigerant
- Digital control panel and electronic thermostat control ensure ease of use
- Low 5.9 kW power draw makes it run at half the cost of a typical central AC
- Doesn’t require maintenance – hassle-free operation throughout the years
What We Dislike
- High asking price
- Heavy build
It might be a hearty acquisition, but it’s one worth making nonetheless if you plan on using it for industrial applications. As it provides up to 60000 BTUs per hour, you can rest assured knowing that it will effortlessly handle lowering the temperature in the designated space.
2. KwiKool KIB6021
Boasting a heavy-duty design, it can handle operating in rugged conditions where the temperature ranges from 60 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure a worry-free operation, it features an internal fan which cools down the motor to prevent overheating. Furthermore, the motor is insulated to ensure an increased efficiency. As it delivers 60000 BTUs per hour cooling power, you can rest assured knowing that a considerable difference in temperature will be felt almost immediately after you run it. This high BTU rating also recommends it for use in spaces of up to 2000 square feet. The intuitive digital thermostat lets you pick the ideal temperature it should reach and maintain, and you can opt to display the temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit, depending on what you are accustomed with. You can opt for it to automatically set the fan speed depending on the heat load demand, and it even features automatic freeze protection for an increased lifespan, the fan cycling and hot gas bypass enabling this useful function. When power outages occur, as soon as power is restored it turns back on to the settings you previously selected due to the auto restart feature it comes with. You can pick between two modes – the cool mode helps reduce temperature in the space you placed it in, while the fan-only mode circulates the air to make the ambiance feel more pleasant. Lastly, we mention that it sends off an alarm and automatically turns off the ducts are blocked to prevent damage.
What We Like
- Caster wheels make it easy to relocate it when needed
- Automatically restarts with pre-selected settings when power returns after an outage
- There are 3 fan speeds that you can pick between to customize its operation
- Efficient heat transfer granted by the rifle tube coils
What We Dislike
- Asking price is high
- Some customers complained that it tends to get noisy on the high fan speed setting
Ideal for cooling spaces of up to 2000 square feet due to the high 60000 BTUs per hour it provides, the KwiKool is a portable solution for immediate cooling of large areas that you should seriously consider as a potential acquisition.
3. Nakatomi SAC-6500
Portable and providing a hearty 22184 BTUs to maintain the space you place it in cool, the Nakatomi might indeed be a costly acquisition, but it’s one worth making nonetheless. It can service you as long as the temperature ranges from 64 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, its rugged design ensuring that it will handle even the hottest environments. Its main highlight stands in the triple ducts that come with the oscillating function, ensuring a complete coverage and even cooling of the area. It features a built-in evaporator that provides a hearty 500 CFM airflow and tackles condensate, thus providing dehumidification to enhance air quality. The condensate tank can hold up to 6.6 gallons of moisture, and it features an air filter that captures particles and impurities to prevent them from damaging the AC while making the air cleaner and safer for you to breathe. As the power cord measures 10 feet in length, it is unlikely that you will need to use extension cords when you run it. It allows you to customize its operation to your preference by putting 2 air volume controls at your disposal to pick between. The caster wheels combined with its reasonable 218-pound weight make it easy to move it when needed. Additionally, it is one of the more energy efficient entries in its niche, which is a mention-worthy aspect as running it won’t cost you an absurd sum of money.
What We Like
- Triple ducts can oscillate to ensure a complete and even coverage of the space you place it in
- 2 air volume controls are put at your disposal to customize its functioning
- Features caster wheels that make it easy to move it
- Provides moisture removal capabilities to upkeep air quality indoors
What We Dislike
- Some customers complained that the cool air can be felt only when you are in its direct proximity
- Comes at an expensive price
It might be one of the most expensive entries in its niche, but it’s worth the asking price as it comes with some of the latest features like the oscillating ducts, all while doubling as a dehumidifier due to its built-in evaporator to provide a complete operation.
4. MovinCool CP26
With features specifically intended for performance and control increase, the CP26 makes for a smart purchase if you want to enjoy effective cooling without massive headaches when it comes to running the AC. It delivers 24000 BTUs per hour in spaces where the temperature is at 95 degrees Fahrenheit and the relative humidity at 60%. Due to the fact that it features a centrifugal condenser, it will even tackle excess moisture to ensure healthy humidity levels and a safer space for you to be in. Its condenser tank can handle collecting up to 5 gallons of moisture before it requires to be emptied, so you won’t have to tend to it all that often. You can run it in areas where the temperature ranges from 70 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit. It is rated to produce only 69 decibels when it runs, yet some customers complained that it can get annoyingly noisy, which is an aspect you should be aware of. The programmable digital temperature control provides you with an intuitive manner to set the desired temperature you want it to help reach indoors. It measures only 19 inches in width by 29 inches in depth by 47 inches in height, so it won’t take up much space, while the convenient caster wheels it features make it easy to move it from one spot to another. Furthermore, the manufacturing company backs it with a 3-year warranty on parts and labor to spare you of eventual repair costs.
What We Like
- Programmable electronic controls ensure you will have an easy time using it
- Adjustable speed control allows you to customize its operation as you please
- 6-foot long power cable eliminates the need for extension cords
- Generous 5-gallon capacity condensate tank doesn’t require emptying all that often
What We Dislike
- Some customers complained that it is too noisy
- Won’t handle removing moisture from spaces as large as the better-ranked products can
In addition to effectively cooling the space you place it in, it comes with multiple features that are designed to increase its performance and allow you better control over its functioning so that you may enjoy the desired ambiance as conveniently as possible.
5. Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K
Considerably cheaper than its competitors, the Tripp Lite is a product we hold dear as it provides a sufficient 24000 BTUs per hour cooling to cater to your needs and ensure a pleasant ambiance in the space you designate for it. Considering that it measures only 38.2 inches in height by 20.5 inches in width by 21.7 inches in depth, it won’t occupy a lot of room. As it features 4 caster wheels and weighs only 175 pounds, you won’t have a hard time relocating it when needed. Performance-wise, one of its most outstanding highlights is that it handles removing up to 56.8 liters of excess moisture per hour from the air to ensure healthy humidity levels, thus doubling as a dehumidifier. It features touch-sensitive controls that ensure you will have an easy time using it, while the system-lock function it features ensures accidental input won’t be possible, preventing the kids or unauthorized people from using it. It features a 6.5-foot long cord that eliminates the need for extension cords, and boasts a durable ABS plastic build that ensures it won’t suffer damage easily even on impact. It restarts automatically with the pre-selected settings after a power outage ends. In addition, the manufacturing company offers free support whenever you need it, and backs the product against defects in parts and faulty workmanship during the first year of use.
What We Like
- Prevents accidental input through the system-lock function it features
- Its 6.56-foot long cord makes it unlikely for you to need extension cords to run it
- Easy to move when needed – weighs only 175 pounds and features caster wheels
- Is able to remove up to 56.8 liters of moisture from the air per hour to maintain proper humidity levels
What We Dislike
- Some customers complained that customer service staff were not helpful enough
- Some customers complained that it dropped in efficiency after months of use
Your best choice if you are on a budget, the Tripp Lite is a neat 24000 BTU AC that you can rely on to provide effective cooling wherever you place it, all without drawing absurd amount of power so that you won’t end up spending too much money as a result of using it.
Seeing how an industrial portable AC is one of the more expensive acquisitions out there, you must be careful with what model you end up spending your money on to make sure that the cooling you need for the designated space will actually be provided. As it delivers a staggering 60000 BTUs per hour cooling power, the MovinCool CL60 is your best pick, being able to cool areas of up to 2000 square feet. It produces a small amount of noise when it runs, which is great news considering the heavy-duty functioning it provides, and allows you to set the precise temperature you prefer in an intuitive manner as it features electronic thermostat control. Equally impressive is the KwiKool KIB6021 that delivers the same cooling power of 60000 BTUs per hour and can be used to cool spaces just as large as our top pick can. It features auto restart, so you won’t have to worry about setting your preferred options after a power outage, while the convenient caster wheels make it easy to move it around when needed. However, for those in need of a budget-friendly option, the Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K is the right pick as it not only comes at a very cheap price as opposed to its opponents, but packs a hearty 24000 BTUs per hour cooling power while maintaining a quiet operation to not present a distraction.