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BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT 8,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control
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- Cools a room approximately 15' x 20'. Vertical motion creates constant, powerful airflow and consistent temperature in the room
- A 24 hour on/off timer and sleep mode ensures arriving to a comfortably cool home
- Enjoy the simplicity and precision of programmable, electronic controls and the clarity of an LED digital display
- Bucket less designed unit combines cooling, fan and dehumification modes with quiet operation and remote control
- Slide-out filter rinses easily under a faucet, leaving the air fresh as well as cool. Window kit included for easy installation
- The maximum length of the exhaust hose is 4 feet and 11 inches
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Enjoy a comfortable home climate with this versatile BLACK+DECKER unit. It cools, dehumidifies, and circulates air to stand up to summer heat. Offering immediate, uninterrupted comfort, this Portable Air Conditioner features easy-to-use electronic controls and is quiet while you sleep. This unit comes with rolling castors and side carrying handles for easy-to maneuver mobile comfort and everything needed for an effortless installation.
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The installation instructions say the kit will fit windows from 20.5" to 59". It also says cutting will be required if the window is smaller than 20.5". Now, I'm not a mechanical genius by any means, but when you have two slides, each being 27.5", cutting is going to be required if your window is smaller than 27.5". So I have no idea where the 20.5" came from. But there's also the vent hole to take into account, and assuming you don't want slide B to cover the vent hole, the smallest window this kit is going to fit into (without modification) is about 38". Moreover, assuming we ignore the existence of slide C (which the manual does), if you have two 27.5" pieces, you're not going to make anything 59" long. So given that you'll need at least an inch of overlap to connect slide A and B, the largest window this kit will fit into is about 54".
My window was about 35" wide, so I had to cut a few inches off slide B. After I did that, the kit fit just fine. Now, for some reason, the manual says you should cut slide A for smaller windows. I have no idea why they'd suggest that. Cutting slide A will in no way help the kit fit a narrower window, i.e., a window less than 38" but greater than 27.5", so don't cut this piece. You have to cut slide B if your window is less than 38", because slide B will cover up the vent hole otherwise. If your window is really narrow, i.e., less than 27.5", then it would make sense to cut slide A because you wouldn't even be using slide B at that point.
For cutting slide B, I used my circular saw with a standard wood cutting blade, and I went slow. If you're going to use a circular saw with a wood blade, clamp the slide down firm and go slow. It worked fine for me, but I wouldn't recommend it if you have other options. A blade with smaller/more teeth would be better.
As far as the actual unit goes, it gets cold. That's the most important thing to me. While this is my first portable air conditioner, I've used a number of window-mount air conditioners in the past, and one thing you never want to do is have to return one. So if it gets cold and is otherwise usable, then I'm mostly happy.
The only reason I didn't give this unit 5 stars is the thermostat doesn't seem to do anything. I put it on 70, and let it run 5 hours. It got my bedroom ice cold, and the compressor never shut off. It must have been 60 in my room at that point. So the unit doesn't seem to care what the temperature is set at. That said, I'll probably just use it on the max setting and turn it off when it gets too cold. It's just not worth the trouble to return a bulky/heavy item like this over a thermostat problem. It gets cold, and for that I'm thankful.
The unit itself is nicely built easy to use, not overly complicated. the wheels work pretty good doesnt roll around on carpet very well but neither does my chair. my only observations while its running is this: yes its pretty noisy possibly enough to drown out conversations however i play online alot and my headset is fairly sensitive to noise but nobody i play with ever complains about the noise it makes in the background so not an issue there however not all headsets are created equal moving along. i like alot of noise when i sleep. i hate absolute silence it totally drives me insane to the point i cant sleep. so the noise this thing makes while running doesnt bother me at all. that brings me to the noise levels. while just the fan is running its really not overly loud, when the compressor kicks on is when it really gets noisy. just like any a/c compressor ive ever heard they all make that unique "buzzing" sound while running and the hissing when it kicks off. also the extra fan that kicks on to vent the hot air out the rear tube makes a lot of noise too.but im not complaining just stating the obvious points of interest. but after living with this thing for a month i dont really notice anything more than just a fan running now. and it really didnt add much to the electric bill maybe only $20 $30 or so vs the $60 to $100 the house one does. on the other side it blows pretty cold (then again i have the 14k BTU unit) and even with my electronics to fight against it still keeps this room cold. even freezing if you want.
the window kit is about the only thing i didn't like and felt it could have been designed WAY BETTER. the window kit comes with a 5" dryer hose that kind of can support itself or hold a shape. a rectangle with 1.5" radius-ed edges on either side its about 8.5" long x 3" tall and connects to the sliding kit that fits in the window. the sliders are about 2' long each and you get the piece with the vent hole and 2 extensions. any shorter than that 2' and you have to cut it down with a saw or something. the part that connects to the unit is the part im about to complain about. i really do not like the locking action on it. you fit 2 notches in the hose piece onto 2 pegs on the unit's inside and turn to lock it in place. and because of that if you don't set the unit just right the hot air blower tends to just blow the hose completely off or leak air really bad ( which also translates to even more noise and a TON of heat.) i alleviated that issue by pushing the unit against the wall to help hold it in place. which works but that hose can get really hot and the intake on the unit can pull that hot air off the hose and pass over the temp sensor causing it to run all the time.
it came with the remote not much to say there, quite a bit of the foam window seal stuff, the window vent kit with 2 extensions and the main one with the hole in it, a connector for the slides and the unit, a really nice 5" dryer hose that can hold its shape, slide lock screw and a few other things.
it may seem as though i complained a lot but i really like this unit and i couldn't be happier with it. i sleep better because i cant hear myself think at night and also cant hear the train roll by my house at 3am ( yes there is train tracks less than 50 ft away from my house). also wake up and can breath because it helps to filter the room out because i live next to a dirt road with dump trucks running back and forth all day throwing up waves of dust at the house. and keeping the room nice and cool while gaming or sleeping. I've included a few pictures of the unit and the window stuff.
as someone that might read this and wants to see/or know anyting i would be more than happy to answer any questions or add pictures.
Unit was brand new and no signs at all of damage.
Left it upright for 24 hours before setting up in my bed room.
The unit it's self coolers the room well (it's a 250 square foot bedroom) and quickly.
However I agree with others it's a little too noisy, and it doesn't seem to make a different in noise when you lower the settings.
I struggle to sleep with it on. Hence removing one star.