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

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

I once bought a heating container 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 hot food it comes into contact with. The first time I used this pasta cooking bowl, my noodles came out both tough and plastic-tasting. It was a miserable experience but it put me on the lookout for scams of this nature. I was able to prevent my wife from buying one of those personal air coolers that we had seen in so many commercials. She was impressed by the idea 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 different from a real air conditioner. 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 truly work in dry environments, and they humidify a house in the process. I’ll stick with our central air conditioner if I want to have any indoor cooling here at home.