Save your money when you see ads for cheap “personal air coolers” on TV

There are a handful of good products to find in corny cable infomercials, but it’s no surprise to anyone that several of them are junk or outright worthless.

I spent a good chunk of currency on a “cold heat” soldering iron that supposedly only worked when you touched it to metal or to the end of a long wire of lead solder.

Unblessedly, the tiny induction oil furnace in the component wasn’t strong enough to melt solder, so it never absolutely worked no matter how several times I tried the wretched thing. I even looked at forum posts as recent as a few years ago and people are still complaining about these terrible things over 10 years after they were first released. But there are equally terrible products with the infamous “as seen on TV” label nowadays. For instance, our frustratingly naive sibling was harping to me Last monthabout this $20 “portable air conditioner” that he had ordered from a cable commercial. I looked it up and discovered that his $20 “portable air conditioner” is absolutely called a “personal air cooler,” and it’s nothing more than a micro-sized evaporative cooler. Evaporative coolers use a easy fan to push air through a wet medium, thus causing the moisture to evaporate into the air, thereby dropping the temperature in the process. But this natural cooling from moisture evaporation only works in dry temperatures. My sibling was under the impression that he could take this tiny little evaporative cooler camping and get a/c inside the tent. Since our outdoor humidity here hovers above 78% in the summer, the little “personal air cooler” isn’t even going to work!