4 Best Portable AC in India [With Honest Advice]

Do you shift rooms frequently? 

Are you a bachelor living alone?

Is your landlord restricting you from drilling holes for a split AC?

If your answer for any of these questions is Yes

Then there is one solution for you that is using a Portable AC.  

This article is a review post and a compilation of the best portable Air Conditioner in India.

Refer to the page index below for navigating through the entire article. I have answered major questions regarding a portable AC at the end.

What is a portable Air Conditioner

A portable air conditioner is just like any other AC that uses the refrigeration mechanism to cool the room inside and throws the hot air outside.

It is small in size and portable when compared to a window or split AC

Normal ACs need to be fixed either on the window or on the wall. While a portable AC can be placed anywhere be it your kitchen or bedroom or study room.

Many have wheels attached to them for making the shifting easier. 

A portable AC can also be seen as an upgrade of coolers or a hybrid of a cooler and an air conditioner. 

It looks like a cooler but blows cool air without increasing humidity.

Best Portable AC

1. Blue Star 1 Ton Portable AC

Specs

  • Capacity: 1 Ton
  • Energy Rating: 2 star
  • Refrigerant Gas: R410A
  • Noise: 52dB
  • Model: PC12DB
  • Warranty: 1 Year condenser, 5 Year compressor

It is an Indian multinational company that specializes in making cooling and air conditioning products.

Blue Star was the first company to introduce portable air conditioners in the Indian market.

This is a 1 ton AC fit for cooling a very small room of 50-70 square feet.

Do note that portable ACs take a longer time to cool a room.

It is not very energy efficient like any other portable AC. This unit has a rating of 2 stars.

The company has used R410A refrigerant which is a greenhouse gas harmless to the ozone layer

You get a warranty on the entire product for a full 1 year and a 5-year warranty on the compressor.

Just like a regular AC, it has dust filters, a remote control, self-diagnosis mode, dry mode, etc

In the rainy season turn ON the ‘Dry Mode’ which sucks out the humidity of the room. 

The water gets collected inside the unit which can be drained out using the pipe.

At the time of malfunction or low gas, the unit displays an error code. It is easy to diagnose.

This is the best budget-friendly portable air conditioner that you can get in India.

2. Lloyd 1 Ton Portable AC

Specs

  • Capacity: 1 Ton
  • Refrigerant Gas: R410A
  • Noise: 52dB
  • Model: LP12B01TP
  • Warranty: 1 Year condenser, 5 Year compressor

It is a brand under Havells and is based in Noida.

This is a 1 ton AC suitable for cooling a 50-70 square feet room.

It comes with an exhaust pipe which is 2metres long in terms of length.

It features 100% copper wiring for the condenser. Copper is suitable for effective cooling.

This unit has a cooling capacity of 3550 watts and draws power of 1365 watts.

No energy rating is given on the product specifications or on the official Lloyd website.

The fins of the condenser coil are resistant to corrosion. Hydrophilic epoxy coating is applied to prevent it from rusting and increasing the longevity of the product.

Usual features like air filters, dust filters are there. Whatever be the outdoor conditions this device tries to maintain the optimum air quality inside

The product specifications read 52dB of indoor noise from the device. This is higher than the window AC unit noise level.

This high level of noise can pose a problem for your good night sleep

The company is giving the standard 1-year warranty on the entire product with an extended 5-year warranty on the compressor.

3. Croma 1.5 Ton Portable AC

Specs

  • Capacity: 1.5 Ton
  • Refrigerant Gas: R410A
  • Noise: 56dB
  • Model: CRAC1201
  • Warranty: 1 Year condenser, 5 Year compressor

Croma is a retail chain company spread across the nation. It is a subsidiary of TATA.

Not only it sells different vendors product but it also has started making its own products like this Croma 1.5 ton AC

This AC being a 1.5 ton AC can cool 80-100 square feet room but still, it is slow in terms of cooling when compared to its counterparts – window or split AC

3-in-1 device – It can function as an air conditioner, air cooler, and a fan.

Like every portable AC, this is easy to install and easy to use.

No drip technology – The moisture collected from the inside of the room is transferred out into the environment from the exhaust pipe.

Design-wise it looks fine. Available in grayish-white color

You can purchase this unit from Amazon or Flipkart or even the Croma website or offline Croma store.

It weighs 52 kgs which is a bit heavy for portability. 

The company offers a 1-year complete warranty on the product and a 5-year warranty on the AC compressor.

4. Cruise 1 Ton Portable AC

Specs

  • Capacity: 1 Ton
  • Noise: 53dB
  • Model: CPCATF-PQ3S12
  • Warranty: 1 Year on everything

This is not a very known brand. It is an Indian brand which started as a trading company in 1992

It can cool a room of 50-70 square feet slowly being a 1 Ton AC.

Design-wise it is sleek and looks nice for home decor. It can work as an air conditioner, cooler, dehumidifier, air purifier, or just like a fan

Automatic horizontal swing can go up to 120 degrees wide for throwing air. Vertical swing is not automatic in nature and you will need to manually align it as per liking.

The company boasts about its air filters which are made in Germany. Best for reducing dust particles and odor in the air.

It is easy to install and easy to operate making it a highly portable AC.

Like other portable air conditioners in my list, this also has a very high noise level of 53dB.

Not suitable for a good night’s sleep at night. If you are like me who wants pin-drop silence during sleep. Then look for a low noise AC. Split AC is the best bet when looking for a noiseless operation.

No extended warranty on the compressor. Only 1-year warranty on the entire AC including compressor.


Should You Buy a Portable AC

A Portable AC is not an alternative to a regular window or split AC.

Many may think that it will work and cool the room the same as a normal AC.

It will not because it is not a normal type of AC

In terms of cooling, efficiency, and power consumption it is poorer than a normal AC. 

Consider this as an upgraded version of cooler only, this is not very efficient for cooling the entire room.

You may buy it only if

  • You frequently shift home
  • You are a bachelor living alone
  • Your room does not have windows or space for placing the Split AC pipes.
  • You Landlord is denying fixing an AC

Buy Portable AC only as a last resort!!


Cons of Portable AC

Small space for throwing air – Portable AC is small in size and so the area from where the cool air comes out. 

Inefficient and slow cooling – Due to this small space the cooling is inefficient and slow. It takes a longer time to cool the same room when compared to a normal AC.

Consumes more power – As it takes a longer time to cool a room. So it being inefficient, it will consume higher electricity.

High Noise Level – Most portable AC has noise levels above 50dB which is more than the average window AC noise level. Some have near to 60dB noise. This is high and so this AC will be very noisy and pose some difficulty when you go to sleep.


Pros of Portable AC

Small in Size – Unlike a normal AC, these are small in size making them easier for transportation and shifting.

Highly Portable – Take it anywhere be it in the study room or kitchen or bedroom. Many have caster wheels attached to them to make their moving easy.

Easy to Install and Use – These do not need to be fixed on the wall or window. Place the device anywhere and its exhaust pipe in an exhaust hole or window.

Do I need a Voltage Stabilizer for my Portable AC?

Yes, if you live in a country like India where it is common to see voltage fluctuations, power surges, and outages. Like any other normal AC, you will need a voltage stabilizer.

click here for best stabilizer for ac

Do portable air conditioners work without a window?

Every portable air conditioner will have an exhaust pipe. This exhaust pipe throws hot air which needs to be expelled outside. 

This pipe needs to be fixed either in some kind of hole that goes outside or in a window.

Manufactures also sends panels for fixing this exhaust pipe in the window

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