Personal air coolers are products rife with false advertising and bogus claims

I hate it when I see obvious scams in product advertising on cable infomercials and the like.

I once bought a heating basket to cook dried pasta in a microwave.

Although I found out years later that you can essentially do this with a thick glass bowl, this particular product was made from plastic. Many microwavable products are made from plastic, but the kind used is important. If something has a lower melting point, then you’re naturally going to leech some of that plastic into whatever boiling food it comes into contact with. The first time I used this pasta cooking bowl, our noodles came out both taxing and plastic-tasting. It was a miserable experience but it put myself and others on the lookout for scams of this nature. I was able to prevent our partner from buying 1 of those personal air coolers that we had seen in so various commercials. She was impressed by the system of getting cool air from a small box that fits in the palm of a person’s hand. But I told her that it’s basically a tiny evaporative cooler, which is decidedly weird from a real a/c. Evaporative coolers use a fan to push air over a wicking medium that is soaked with water. Based on natural principles, the water evaporates off the wicking material and goes airborne, creating a tiny temperature drop in the humid air leaving the device. Sadly, they only legitimately work in dry environments, and they humidify a home in the process. I’ll stick with our central a/c if I want to have any indoor cooling here at home.