5 gallon bucket air conditioner - central air swamp cooler

by:HICOOL     2019-08-17
5 gallon bucket air conditioner  -  central air swamp cooler
Hey, the instructions below will show what I think about the 5 gallon barrel AC/swamp cooler.
In this photo you will notice a small solar panel.
I will create another note on how to connect the solar panel to a USB cable so you can power your bucket with solar power.
At the moment, it's just about how to build a bucket that actually works.
Unlike the viral video on Youtube about people building the original swap bucket, I made some changes to the design to make it more practical.
I noticed that when I first built the bucket like the guy on Youtube, the ice melted very fast due to the high power fan pushing a lot of hot air through the ice.
In addition, the 5 gallon barrel filled with ice is not enough to cool the whole room.
Then there is the mess left by the ice.
In order to achieve the maximum effect, cold air in the bucket needs to be concentrated and aimed.
This bucket is the best when you just sit together and want to enjoy the cool breeze on your face.
I use it when I watch TV on the sofa and finish my work on the computer (
Prefer to play video games)
Or on a warm night when I sleep.
I hope this structure is direct and easy to recreate.
This is my first time, so be sure to leave a comment. Thanks :)
Let's start now.
* Before we begin, I would like to reiterate the purpose of this bucket.
This type of air conditioner is suitable for small personal applications.
It is not practical to be able to cool the whole room continuously with a 5 gallon bucket filled with ice for several hours.
This is not possible in thermodynamics.
This barrel is basically the equivalent of your car being "low" in the coldest environment.
You need the following materials for this project :(1)
5 gallon barrels (1)
Foam 5 gallon barrel cover *(1)
2 "PVC pipe cutting 2. 5" long(1)
5 v USB power supply fan **(25)
Big plastic popsicle sleeves (1)
You also need the following tools :(1)
Cordless electric drill
No need to be very strong, but the more the better (1)
2 3/8 hole saw *(1)Knife(1)
If you do not cut the pipe for you, the only place where the Hacksaw/PVC cutter * can get these is Home Depot, unfortunately they only have 3 packs, must pre-order online ** CPU fan push air minimum, very weak, mini desktop fan with plastic blade is a bit sturdy, fans with metal blades push air fastest ** if you don't have 2 3/8 hole saws or don't want to buy/cut 2 PVC pipes, you can use a "hole saw and use 1 1/4" S with a 2 1/2. x. s. PVC coupling filling the outlesole position on your bucket is one of the key factors to make it blow cold air.
You want to be as close to the bottom as possible, but leave some room for sweat accumulation on the Popsicle.
The bottom of your hole should be 2 "-
2 1/2 "from the bottom of the barrel ".
Scrape off the hairy plastic with a knife.
After that, insert your foam bucket liner into your 5 gallon bucket.
With your hand, stabilize the inside of the barrel by pressing down in the center.
Then, stick the holes you just drilled together and drill another hole through your foam bucket liner.
Finally, insert your PVC pipe into the hole you just drilled.
It should be air tight and you may need to rotate the pipe back and forth to get in.
Don't put it too deep, though.
You want the PVC pipe to be flush with the inside of your foam bucket lining, otherwise you will have an air flow problem.
Now we will install the fan to the top of the foam barrel cover.
It depends on the design of your fans, so this step may vary from person to person.
If you're using a desktop fan, you'll want to get it out of the stand first.
Usually, this process usually requires only a screwdriver and two screws on both sides.
Next, put your fan on your foam bucket lining cover.
If you are using a desktop fan, you will place the fan on the top of the foam barrel cover, so draw the outline of the fan and then compensate inward for the blade that will be able to sink into the barrel for about a quarter of an hour, the lips of the fan will be placed on the top.
If you are using a square CPU fan, just draw a profile and cut it.
Finally, cut it.
Because the foam is easy to cut, it is best to play it safely and cut it a little shorter at the beginning.
Use your knife to move with a saw and don't break the lid no matter what you do (no pressure).
It is not easy to replace the lid, so be careful.
Put the fan on the cover or inside the cover and you finish the construction of the 5 gallon barrel air conditioner.
Now it's time to go to the sink and start filling the popsicle bag full of water.
This is a tedious process that will test your will and inner strength as a person.
This is a simple process, as shown below: it should be noted that the popsicle bag loses the integrity of its upright position when it melts.
I have the assumption that I haven't been able to test it yet, that is to put thick plastic straws in Popsicles bags to keep them upright and stable.
Salt reduces the freezing temperature of the water, making the ice colder.
Be careful not to put too much ice because the water will not freeze if there is too much ice.
The temperature of the freezer is different, so there is no accurate salt recommendation.
I suggest you do some testing yourself to see what works best.
After you freeze the popsicles, it's time to put them in the bucket.
Because of the nature of thermodynamics, you will want to try to maximize the surface area you get from the Popsicle.
The best way I 've found so far is to put the bottom of each popsicle towards the center of the bucket and have them lean against the outer inner wall of the foam bucket liner.
In this way, only 2 small spots of the popsicle are covered and the rest are open to allow air to pass through.
After that, plug your 5 v DC power fan anywhere you have a USB socket and let her tear!
If everything you do is right, you should go from 5-10°C (
My thermometer is degrees Celsius, 41-50°F)
Depending on how much salt you use in the popsicle and refrigerator settings.
To get more lasting results, I recommend using gallon cans and salt water along with 6 popsicles near the output of the barrel and spinning them out when the popsicles melt.
After you immerse yourself in the glory of creation, check out my instructions on how to connect a Universal 5 v solar cell to a Type A parent USB connector, and start connecting the device from the fan on the bucket to the phone in the pocket (Coming SOON :D).
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