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Portable Evaporative Cooler
"Our new portable evaporative cooler plugs into any vehicle's 12-volt cigarette lighter. It costs much less than an air conditioner and can be moved from vehicle to vehicle," says Jack Stich, S & S Mfg., Mesa, Ariz.
The "Swampy" cooler's fan draws air through a "pad" saturated with water. The pad cools as moisture evaporates into the air, resulting in a 20 to 30 degree temperature drop.
The new cooler is available in two different models that each sell for $299.95. One model straps onto the seat of any car, pickup or truck and has two air outlets - one for the driver and one for the passenger. A larger model bolts onto the floor of the vehicle and is available with either two or four outlets.
"The small model, which holds 1 gal. of water, provides cooling for 2 to 3 hours. The large model is available in two versions. One holds 1 1/2 gal. and provides cooling for 4 to 5 hours, and the other holds 3 gal. and cools for 7 to 9 hours. The 3-gal. model is taller and works great in vehicles like vans that have high seats.
"The amount of cooling depends on the humidity of air being drawn in. It works best where there's fairly low humidity and won't work in areas with high humidity. It doesn't cool as much as an air conditioner and it won't cool the entire cab - just the person it's directed at. It's not designed to pump hot air out of the cab so you have to leave the windows part way open so that hot air can escape."
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, S & S Mfg. Co., 2534 W. Medina, Suite 201, Mesa, Ariz. 85202 (ph 800 444-3827 or 602 897-1233).

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