6 Portable Camping Air Conditioners That Will Cool You Down

Josh Mitchell

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A good portable AC for tents takes your camping experience straight into glamping territory.

I've been camping for over 20 years and in this time, I've tried every possible tent air conditioner on the market.

Most camping ACs aren't worth your time and money as warm air and temporary shelters generally don't mix.

There are a few worthy camping AC solutions available. These portable air conditioners are what work well for me in the summertime.

Quick Glance - My Recommendations

ZeroBreeze Mark 2

Zero Breeze Mark 2

  • Good for small tents
  • Supports many power options
  • Lightweight

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EF ECOFLOW Wave 2 Portable Air Conditioner...

EcoFlow Wave 2

  • Heating and cooling for small-medium tents
  • Very quiet operation in Eco mode
  • Various exhaust hose options

Coolzy-Pro Portable Air Conditioner

Coolzy Pro

  • Small and lightweight portable AC
  • For personal cooling and tent cooling
  • Multiple venting options

6 Portable Air Conditioners I Have Used When Camping

Before starting to review my favorites camping AC units, I do think its important to stress to other campers that air conditioning and tents were not made for each other.

On top of that, when you add in the difficulties and challenges with setup and a reliable power source, many cool air options are just not worth the time, money and effort.

If you are deadset on getting some AC within your tent, camper, etc. These are the only models I suggest.

1. Zero Breeze Mark 2

4.2

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2300 BTU

Coverage Area

25-40 sq ft

Noise

52 dB

Battery Runtime

6 hours

Pros
  • Powerful cooling performance for small tents
  • Supports many power options
  • Great for dehumidification
  • Versatile placement/installation
CONS
  • Expensive up-front cost
  • Loud-ish operation

I don't know why this company calls itself Zero Breeze. The product they make sure creates a breeze, and it's a nice, cool one.

The Zero Breeze Mark 2 provided well-balanced cooling for my two person tent.

With a BTU rating of 2,300, this is technically the weakest true portable air conditioner I've listed. Still, this single-spot air conditioner was never meant to cool large areas.

I found the cooling power to be excellent for spaces of around 30 square feet — perfectly suitable for a 1-to-2-person tent or campervan.

I like that I have plenty of options to power this portable air conditioner when I am camping.

Here's a breakdown of what is possible:

  • Battery
  • Wall Plug
  • Power Station
  • Solar Panel
  • Car Power Port

I mostly use the battery power dock as I purchased 2 lithium-ion rechargable batteries when I initially got the unit. This cost me an extra $400 but because I use my Zero Breeze day and night, I am glad I bought the extra one.

Each battery can power the AC unit for around 4 hours on the high setting, which is a slight improvement from the Mark 1 model. On low power, the battery life more or less doubles.

In my experience, I found that I didn't get this much runtime as one battery, on high, works for anywhere between 3-4 hours. On the lower setting, 6-7 hours was the maximum I could get.

I have to complain about the 8 hour charge time, which is really long. Thankfully, the 2 batteries mean this isn't a problem for me but I can see how it would be annoying to have to wait all day for a recharge.

At least I didn't need a separate adapter to charge the battery, like with the older Mark 2 model.

The Mark 2 can be loud, with the manufacturer stating it is 52 dba. On 'rocket or cool mode', it tends to be the loudest and i will usually run this mode inside my tent when I am not spending time in the tent.

At night, I use 'sleep mode' which is considerably quieter and doesn't bother me at all.

ZeroBreeze Mark 2 Dual battery

I was also able to mitigate the noise with a bit of creative placement. Try keeping it on the floor, table, window or even mount it onto a wall with some DIY skills and experimentation. 

My biggest issue with this unit is the price — it's the second most expensive AC on my list, behind only EcoFlow.

In my opinion the Zero Breeze (around $1500 USD) it offers slightly better value for money over the EcoFlow (around $1700 USD). 

The EcoFlow does offer heating & cooling -  more on that in the next review below.

Who Is Zero Breeze Mark 2 Best For?

The Zero Breeze is the best portable AC for serious campers, glampers or anyone looking to stay cool in a small tent, campervan or RV cabin.

Quick Note

The current Mark 2 is actually more of a Mark 2.1. Zero Breeze introduced an updated version of the old model in 2022 with some welcome improvements. In fact, it seems like they are constantly improving their technology-- I just learned that the Mark 3 comes out in June 2024, which I am excited to get my hands on.

2. EcoFlow Wave 2

4.2

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5100 BTU

Coverage Area

107.6 sq ft

Noise

44-56 dB

Battery Runtime

3.5-7 hours

Pros
  • Provides strong heating and cooling for medium-sized tents
  • Very quiet operation in Eco mode
  • Supports app control
  • Works with dual, single, or no exhaust hose
CONS
  • Sky-high price tag
  • Heavy unit for its size
  • Energy leakage during charging

At a quick glance, Wave 2 seems similar to the Zero Breeze air conditioner. It’s about the same size, has similar specs, and supports the same wide range of power options (from wall sockets to solar panels).

However, the EcoFlow Wave 2 can also heat a tent, camper or RV. I loved using one device to keep me comfortable in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where it is hot during the day but gets rather cool overnight.

In addition to 5,100 BTU of cooling capacity (at 1500 watts), this portable tent air conditioner also provides 6,100 BTU of heat (at 1800 watts)

In theory, the BTU numbers mean this AC suits spaces up to 100 square feet. I wouldn't use it in tents or rooms that big, but in a smaller tent or camper, it will supply a lot of cold or hot air.

For reference, my partner and I use a four-person backpacking tent that has 62 square feet of floor space, and the Wave 2 was the ideal setup for us and our pup.
EcoFlow Wave 2 Remote mobile app

Similar to the Zero Breeze you purchase the AC and battery separately. When camping, the battery is vital, so my review is written with this in mind.

Despite claiming 8 hours of runtime in the low-power Eco mode and 4 hours on high, I found a slightly better, yet similar output to my Zero Breeze when purely using the battery so expect 3.5 hrs on high and 7 hours on low. 

Unlike the Zero Breeze, though, Wave 2 can keep the AC running while it charges the battery. This is one of the best features in my opinion, even if it slows down the charge rate.

Because of this why the battery suffers a roughly 20W energy leak during charging. If you feed it 100W, the battery only registers 80W.

In Eco mode, Wave 2 is very quiet at only around 44 dB. My tent-mate and I had no problem hearing each other while playing a board game, even with the additional noise of a light rain falling.

Another reason the Ecoflow sits near the top of my list is the attachments it comes with.

These have been well-designed and manufactured. The exhaust ducts, window vent board, covers and drain hose all work seamlessly, helping to justify the high price tag of this product.

As with Zero Breeze, the price is my biggest problem with this unit and this is even more apparent with the EcoFlow Wave 2.

It's generally $200 more than the Zero Breeze for a basic model + 1 battery option. Once you start with the add-ons such as another battery, solar and portable power stations, the price difference becomes greater again. 

This is why its my 2nd choice and not my #1 pick for camping. Still, if you're like me and will be camping in fluctuating climates, you can't beat this multi-functional model.

Who Is EcoFlow Wave 2 Best For?

EcoFlow Wave 2 is a premium tent air conditioner and heater for a demanding glamper who is happy to pay a premium.


3. BougeRV

4.1

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Ease Of Use

4.0

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4.5

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2899 BTU

Coverage Area

43-54 sq ft

Noise

45 dB

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Pros
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Great cooling power for small tents or personal cooling in RVs
  • Responsive and easy-to-use control
  • Fairly quiet operation
CONS
  • No included battery or 12V/24V converter
  • Drains quite a bit of power

Completing my trio of special tent air conditioners is the BougeRV.

I'll start by saying that the "RV" in the product name is a bit misleading, unless you're using it for spot cooling. 

I tried this in a friend's small RV (176 square feet), and while it did offer comfort when we were sitting at the table in front of it, by no means did it cool the entire cabin. 

Instead, the BougeRV is for those looking for an AC that you can take with you anywhere for spot cooling, and ideal for cooling small tents. I primarily used this portable AC in my two person backpacking tent, which is only 30 square feet. 

I loved the small size, because in my case, it was not only convenient, but also necessary as we were short on space.

This BougeRV portable air conditioner is about the same size (in dimensions) as the Zero Breeze.

What surprised me is that the BougeRV is about 7 pounds heavier. I'm not sure what components make it so much more dense, especially because it doesn't come with it's own battery. 

BougeRV weight

At 2,900 BTU, this little-AC-that-could just beats the Zero Breeze model for cooling power.

The downside is that the BougeRV requires access to a power supply.

While the unit itself is nicely portable, it’s not battery-powered like Zero Breeze or EcoFlow, which I found seriously limiting.

I either needed AC power (which we thankfully had at our campsite) or to buy a separate portable generator, because it's a power hog.

The manual even warns against using a car battery, stating that the unit will drain the battery and blow a fuse. Yikes!

Honestly, I'm not sure I'm brave enough to try this one without a full AC power supply. The company does sell portable power supplies, but that increases the price by hundreds of dollars.  

This unit doesn’t have a remote or app capabilities like the EcoFlow. I kept it mostly on the standard "Cool" mode, but there are four modes (Cool, Strong, Fan, Sleep) and three fan levels with the responsive touch panel, that were extremely easy to use.

This portable air conditioner is quiet, running at around 50 dB on the sleep mode, which is nearly identical to the Zero Breeze, but slightly louder than EcoFlow's 44 dB. I’m told my snoring is still louder and the white noise is much appreciated.

Overall, the BougeRV is a decently strong portable camping tent air conditioner. I'd especially recommend it for those looking to use other BougeRV products, like their portable fridge.

More products together would provide more value in the purchase of a power station, in my opinion. 

Who Is BougeRV Best For?

BougeRV air conditioner is a good option for a lightweight and portable AC unit for camping in a small tent but you will need access to a power supply which can be frustrating to set up. 


4. Coolzy Pro

4.0

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Ease Of Use

4.5

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3300 BTU

Coverage Area

50 sq ft

Noise

45-54 dBa

Battery Runtime

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Pros
  • Plug and play with power source
  • Lightweight and easy to move
  • Multiple venting options
  • Better cooling than battery-powered ACs
CONS
  • Needs power source

Portable AC units and camping are a match that I do not usually recommend. Most portable ACs are too powerful and too big and heavy.

The Coolzy is the only one of its kind and actually offers people a flexible way to use a traditional portable air conditioner in a camping setup.

Designed in Australia, it has been manufactured as a super portable, flexible venting solution with high efficiency and low power consumption. This ticks a lot of boxes and especially when camping in trailer or caravan parks with access to power.

It can be set up as a typical small BTU portable AC with a vent attached. BUT…it can also work as a personal cooler, with cold, refrigerated air being pumped towards you. 

Having used the Coolzy in various settings, from home offices to the outdoors, I appreciate its simplicity and efficiency.

The unit doesn't require any complicated setup—no hoses, no water tanks, just plug-and-play. It's compact and lightweight at only 35 pounds, making it very easy to move around a campsite, in and out of a tent and even to pack away when not needed. 

It is best used in a similar way that an evaporative cooler works, by blowing cold air directly at 1-2 people, providing direct relief, like when sitting outside having a cold beer. 

I also use it to cool my tent. Zipping the tent closed, positionally the Coolzy at the front or back door and creating a closed off room allows for the front of this AC to blow in via the arc lever at the top of the unit. 

The warm air comes out of the back of this AC and into open air, meaning no venting hose is needed. There is the option of using the detachable vent and this also works extremely well if you position the Coolzy inside your tent and vent out the hose. 

Who Is Coolzy Pro Best For?

The Coolzy Pro is ideal for for people who want a true portable AC unit for camping but also dont need a big bulky, overly powerful AC unit. 


5. Uninex Koolzone SAC1800

3.9

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4.0

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6299 BTU

Coverage Area

77 sq ft

Noise

60-62 dB

Battery Runtime

-

Pros
  • Very strong for a spot cooler
  • Filter is easily washable
  • Industrial build works even in the rain
  • Strong dehumidification
CONS
  • Very expensive for what it is
  • Extra large devices are not a great choice for tents

Instead of a true AC, the Uninex KoolZone is a spot cooler like Evapolar evaChill (my next review below) — just a much more powerful one.

In fact, the company lists it as "industrial strength" air cooler. 

The Koolzone carries a BTU rating of around 6,300. That technically gives it the chops to cool down a 77-square-foot space.

It was super powerful for my 2 person tent. However, I found it much more complicated to set up compared to my top three choices.

Because of the unit's size (2ft tall and over 50 lbs) and large exhaust on the backside, I didn't want the actual unit inside of my tent.

Instead, I used bungee cords to secure the airflow hose into one of the tent windows.

While the setup took a little creative thinking, I can agree with the "industrial strength" cooling. The KoolZone kept me cool all night long, except for two quick trips to empty it's condensation pan.

It has even become my go-to companion for summer grilling, and when my parents were visiting, they loved sitting on the back porch with a nice breeze that could be adjusted to their liking. 

In the August heat, though, I found myself needing to empty the condensation pan every 3-4 hours. Not exactly something I wanted to be doing in the middle of the night, but it was easy enough. 

I wish that it had a more traditional drain hose or auto-evaporative feature like portable AC models from SereneLife, but honestly it wasn't a deal-breaker for me. 

At 63 dB, it's a bit louder than the smaller units like the ZeroBreeze's 52 dB. I enjoyed the white noise and my neighbors 50 yards away couldn't hear it over the cicadas and crickets nearby.

Uninex Koolzone SAC1800 condenser tank
My only real gripe with the KoolZone is that it is really expensive for what it is, at almost $800.


I would caution against buying this one if you're going to use it for camping alone, as for that price I expect more features and power options.

It's still a practical choice for those who will use it in different scenarios beyond camping. Even my dog enjoys having it out on the patio on a hot day.

Who Is Uninex Koolzone Best For?

This Uninex Koolzone device is a good option for those looking for a very strong spot cooler as an alternative for a true portable air conditioner for tent camping.


6. Evapolar EvaChill

3.9

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5.0

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Coverage Area

26 sq ft

Noise

25 dB

Battery Runtime

8 hours

Pros
  • Produces a refreshing breeze for strong spot cooling
  • Very compact and lightweight design
  • Can run from a simple USB power bank
  • Effective basalt fiber filter for a clean breeze
CONS
  • Pricey machine and replacement filters
  • Tank refill funnel is way too small

When I'm camping alone or will be backpacking off-grid, the evaChill is my choice for its tiny size. 

The evaChill is an evaporative cooler. Instead of a compressor, it chills air by blowing it through a water-laden filter. 

I found that mine really only works in fairly dry climates. When the weather became more humid (80%) on my last camping trip, it still moved the stuffy air around inside my tent, but didn't really offer cooling.

The evaChill isn’t intended for cooling down entire spaces anyways, just as with any other evaporative cooler.

This unit provides a directed air stream that keeps me cool when I'm directly in front of it (within about 3 feet). 

In a larger space, my wife and I tried using two evaChill units, one pointed at each of us, and that worked fairly well too for personal cooling.
Evapolar EvaChill watts

I mentioned this one being my favorite because of its size. This unit is very compact. It's a 7-inch cube that weighs less than two pounds when empty. It's extremely portable and very easy to fit and position, even in the tiniest of tents.

The minimal size does make the water tank equally tiny (only 27oz), but it still lasted me 8 hours in the low setting. On max power, I found myself filling it every 4-5 hours, which isn’t bad at all.

Adding to the evaChill’s excellent portability is its low power requirements, which is why I'd say it's the best option for personal cooling off-grid.

I ran the USB-powered device with a regular cellphone battery bank, but you can also plug it into a car's cigarette lighter.

I’m asthmatic, so I appreciate the addition of the basalt fiber air filter. The big filter efficiently removes impurities from the air stream, although it does slow down the “start-up” period as the filter takes a while to soak up water.

I find that evaChill's easy access to power banks makes this small but mighty device worth the price for solo camping.

The filters are expensive and are recommended to be changed out every 3-4 months, but I've found that I can make them last a bit longer by taking them out and letting them dry completely between uses. 

I've also found other uses for this little machine-that-could. My favorite is to bring it along for while I'm waiting for my kids in carpool line. I can stay cool in my SUV with the windows up while I plan my next camping trip.  

Who is Evapolar evaChill Best For?

This evaporative cooler is a great choice for keeping one person cool in a single-person tent. This is not an AC as it cools by blowing water into the air.


Comparing Tent Camping AC Features

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Name

Rating

BTUs

Max Area

Price

Zero Breeze Mark 2 Battery Powered Portable...

Zero Breeze

Mark 2

4.2

2,300

30 sq ft

EF ECOFLOW Wave 2 Portable Air Conditioner...

EcoFlow

Wave 2

4.2

5,100

100 sq ft

BougeRV Portable Air Conditioner, 2899BTU...

BougeRV

4.1

2,900

50 sq ft

Coolzy-Pro Portable Air Conditioner

Coolzy Pro

4.0

3650

<50 sq ft

Uninex SAC1800 Indoor/Outdoor KOOLZONE Mobile...

Uninex Koolzone SAC1800

3.9

~6,000

77 sq ft

Evapolar evaCHILL Portable Air Conditioners /...

Evapolar

EvaChill

3.9

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Why I Don't Bother With Traditional Portable or Window ACs

I think there's a huge difference between moving an AC from one room in my house to the next and lugging it across state on a camping trip. 

Even though some newer tents are fitted to accommodate a traditional portable or window AC, I avoid this setup for a few reasons:
  • Traditional "portable ACs" and window units are much bigger/heavier.
  • They don't travel as easily, with many portable ACs not being able to lie on their sides. 
  • These models are naturally louder than their smaller counterparts, which can be really bothersome in a small tent. 
  • The setup is much more complicated.
  • Window ACs are nearly impossible to get sitting level in a tent, causing problems with cooling and drainage.

While it doesn't work for me, for those set on using a larger traditional portable AC or window AC in their tent, I have used the following models with some success as these are also products I have used in my home.


Models To Avoid

Of course, there are plenty of portable camping AC models out there now that are just garbage. I would avoid these units at all costs. 

  • EUASOO Portable Air Conditioner: I almost ordered this one, until I realized that it's a knock-off of a more popular brand. When I clicked on the 500+ reviews, most of them were for an entirely different product, which is a huge red flag for me. 
  • ChillWell: I can only describe this brand as a scam. The units are tiny, expensive, and require ice (they are not an AC but instead a personal air cooler). While they claim to hold a 4 hour charge, most users experienced stoppage after only 45 minutes.
  • Ontel Arctic Personal Air Cooler: This one just has a poor design. If I wanted room temperature water spewing out at me, I'd just use a humidifier. It didn't leave me feeling cooler at all. If you're seeking a personal air cooler, check out the EvaChill on my list above. 
  • iCold 5 Pro: I will label this model as "sneaky." This is a great example of a Chinese brand that uses really compelling, bait-click type marketing. Still, there just aren't enough reviews to help me decide if it actually works, and the images all clearly have the product photoshopped in. It won't get my endorsement. 

What I Think About When Planning AC For Camping Trips

Portability & Ease Of Use

You'll notice that the portable air conditioners with handles are the ones that topped my list for easy moving. I also appreciate an easy user interface.

Portable AC units with a slim design and carrying handles — like Zero Breeze or BougeRV — are ideal for camping.

I also try to pick an AC with straightforward usability, like with EcoFlow's app. After all, I don't want to start trying to read a user manual in candlelight. 

Power Source — How Does It Run?

I recommend choosing a camping tent air conditioner that can function with both battery and direct power.

Naturally, battery-powered air conditioners are your only option if you’re camping somewhere with no electricity.

In terms of battery life, I suggest buying one that can last up to nine hours so you can run the unit overnight. Ideally, look for portable ACs like EcoFlow that can charge the battery while running.

If you own a couple of portable power stations or know your campground has outlets, you have more options for your AC.

This also includes solar powered hookups which brands like the Zero Breeze and EcoFlow have available.

These energy saving, environmentally friendly panels are an excellent way to charge batteries and something I recommend for serious campers who do spend a lot of time outdoors.

Camping AC power source

Cooling Ability Vs Tent/Cabin Area

A cooling capacity of 2,000 BTU is generally enough for tents, but large cabins may need power up to and above 5,000 BTU.

Air conditioner power is measured in British thermal units (BTU), which correspond directly to a certain maximum coverage area.

For cabins, I advise aiming for at least 5,000 BTU of cooling power. That equals around 150 square feet of coverage, which is enough for most cabin bedrooms.[1]

ACLAB Note:

Camping tents are typically quite small, so 2,000 BTU should be more than enough for any tent (during the evenings), even with poor insulation.

Staying Safe While Keeping Cool 

These safety tips are always top priority when I'm setting up an AC for tent camping.

  1. 1
    Only use ACs meant for outdoor use. 

    Even inside a tent, I consider myself outdoors, as I am much more vulnerable to the elements. 

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    Place the AC on a sturdy platform.

    Avoid putting the camping air conditioner directly on the ground. A simple, sturdy plank can provide enough insulation from the damp soil.

  3. 3
    Waterproof all electrical connections.

    Water and electricity don't mix, so I always cover and insulate all plugs and connections with small enclosures or electrical tape. 

  4. 4
    If there is a drain option, use it!

    These drains aren't always labeled as "mandatory," but I highly recommend using one if it comes with your portable AC, as you want any collected condensation as far from you as possible (and not soaking your sleeping bag!)

Size & Weight — Lighter Is Better

I recommend choosing the lightest possible camping air conditioner weighing 30 pounds or less.

You may have to carry your tent air conditioner kit for a while before reaching your camping spot, so a light unit, like Zero Breeze, is always better.

Try to also pick a machine with a small form factor, as free space in tents is generally limited at best.

ACLAB Note:

For camping ACs, weight matters especially if you have to carry the unit to a distant camping spot.

Noise When Running

You may need to keep your AC near you in your tent, and even if it’s outside, tents don’t block much noise.

Try to find a portable air conditioner that produces no more than 50 dB of noise when running. A noise level of 50 dB is comparable to light rain, so that should not be obnoxiously distracting.

Of course, noise-sensitive campers will want to aim even lower, but most air conditioners will make some level of noise.[2]

Camping AC noise level

Warranty — Aim For 1 Year

All air conditioners can break, especially when you’re lugging them into the woods, and a good warranty can mitigate the damage.

All units on my list feature year-long warranties, but EcoFlow Wave 2 stands out with its standard two-year warranty.

Also make sure that the customer service of the brand has solid reviews online. This is not always guaranteed but in my experience, Zero Breeze and EcoFlow are trustworthy brands.

Price Vs Usage

Camping ACs are generally very expensive as compared to a normal portable AC. The units on my list range from $40 to over $1000. 

Before I buy any camping accessory, I try to plan my budget around how much the unit is and how much I plan on using it.

This helps me determine a product's value as well. The more expensive models only make sense for me when I'm camping several weekends in the summer.

Extra Features

In addition to the key features above, there are additional features that may come in handy, such as:

  • Washable Filters
  • Remote Control
  • Waterproof Design
  • Several Charging Options
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Why I Limit My Expectations for "Tent ACs"

  • Portable ACs that are compact enough for tent camping just can't match room air conditioners in cooling power. Period.
  • Even though many tents are set up to be able to fit a window AC, window ACs are never designed with camping in mind. I tried it once and it was a nightmare. I couldn't get the unit perfectly level, it drained so much water that the bottom of the tent started getting soggy, and in the end, our neighbors complained about the noise. 
  • Unlike portable ACs that I can plug into a wall and go about my day, using tent ACs takes a lot of planning. Every time I go camping, I plan out times when I want my AC running (usually overnight), and I set reminders on my phone to recharge the batteries at specific times, so they are ready for their next run-time. 

FAQs

Can You Put a Portable Air Conditioner Inside a Tent?

Yes, you can put a portable air conditioner inside a tent, but you should vent the hot exhaust air outside. Otherwise, it will heat up your tent and make the AC less effective.

Are Portable Air Conditioners Good for Campers and RVs?

Portable air conditioners are generally good for campers and RVs. You should match the unit’s power to the size of the RV and ensure you have a proper power source and drainage available.

What Will Happen to the Moisture My Unit Pulls Out of the Air?

The moisture camping air conditioners pull from the air condenses into water on the unit’s internal condensation tank or pan. It could spill if the unit gets too full, so set up a drain hose to avoid flooding.

The Best Tent AC For You Is…

My top two choices for portable AC when tent camping are:

  • Zero Cool Mark 2 is the best mini portable air conditioner for tents and campers.
  • EcoFlow Wave 2 is a great, if pricey, premium AC/heater for larger tents and smaller cabins.

For those looking for cheaper options or who are new to camping, check out the other options I've included, like the EvaChill.

My #1 Recommendation
Zero Breeze Mark 2

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  • Powerful cooling performance for small tents
  • Supports many power options
  • Great dehumidification
  • Versatile placement/installation

References: 

  1. https://www.calculator.net/btu-calculator.html
  2. https://hearinghealthfoundation.org/decibel-levels
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