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Video review of the handy cooler,
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This review is from: The Original Handy Cooler Small Fan & Mini-Air Conditioner, Blue (Kitchen)
Since there are controversial discussions if the handy cooler REALLY works, here's my video review of my take on this product. Verdict is, the handy cooler does work and it's a nicely implemented product. The weather here at Palm Springs is great for swamp coolers like this and it gives a nice kick if you freeze the filter. (Sorry about the background construction noise and the wind noise from handy cooler!)
I've had the handy cooler for just over a year now and so far I really like it. It's been lying under my bed for the whole winter, but now the heat is back and I've brought it back in action.
What I liked:
- The design. Looks good. Feels good. I like the swivel vent head too.
- Portability. I bring it around to classes, work and around home.
- Performance. Cools like a charm.
- Size and weight.
What I would like to see improved:
- Rechargeable lithium battery option. The unit is not capable of recharging batteries. However, I recommend getting 4 rechargeable batteries, and charge them with battery docks. It'll cost you $40+ but will save you on the long run.
- Longer cooling duration.
- a longer USB cord!
It's a nice little fan with a twist, but be sure to stock up on batteries.
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Initial post: May 21, 2012 5:33:41 AM PDT
Denise Stein says:
Best review I've seen on a product offered by Amazon ever! Thank you, young sir, for really putting the facts out there in both visual and audio; I'm sure it's "helped" many more people than have clicked the button.
Posted on May 31, 2012 8:13:53 AM PDT
Thank you , this was hugely helpful and really well done
Posted on Jun 13, 2012 4:28:09 PM PDT
C. L. YOUNT says:
Thank you, thank you, thank you, totally awesome, can't wait to purchase one. Getting one for my roommate (also) for her birthday.
Posted on Jun 23, 2012 2:00:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2012 2:01:32 PM PDT
Alice May says:
most helpful, informative review, appreciate the video demo, thanks so much! I'm sold, this is just what i need for the office and at home!!
Posted on Jun 24, 2012 10:35:59 AM PDT
Thanks for a well-thought-out, concise review! It's really helpful to see a product in a real-life setting and see someone interacting with it. You did a great job on the review -- I've done one video review myself, and I think it's a lot harder than it looks. To do a good one, you have to pretty much compose a little essay first to make sure what you say makes sense, is in some kind of logical order, and includes everything you need to say. A+ for you on your video essay :-)
And... yes, I'm an English teacher. What can I say?! It's in my blood...
Posted on Jun 29, 2012 5:45:52 AM PDT
Thank you soooo much for the review. I am ordering this product and more confident that it will work for me!
Posted on Jul 2, 2012 6:02:09 PM PDT
L. Olds says:
Exactly what I needed to see and hear from a quality video review; ordering now! Thank you!!!
Posted on Jul 7, 2012 11:18:06 AM PDT
After being without power in 100-degree heat recently for a sweltering week, I am now looking for products that will make life more bearable in a similar situation. I love your tip about freezing the wet sponge first, Great idea! I wouldn't have thought of that. You were well-spoken, just wish you might consider re-doing this review so this time we could hear all of what you say, and not get drowned-out by the construction or wind-noise from the unit. Really appreciate you taking the time to offer this review, thanks!
Posted on Jul 8, 2012 6:24:12 AM PDT
K. B. says:
Great review. Thanks.
Unfortunately the chart the company provides suggests the device is not particularly efficient when the humidity is high.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2012 11:31:24 AM PDT
Alice May says:
just a head's up.. the wet sponge is a little hard to fit in after it's frozen.. but it does make it a little cooler. I think maybe five mins in the freezer is sufficient.