The Best Small Portable Air Conditioner for Camping

Pitch your tent on a campsite with power and you can choose almost any type of air conditioner to keep you cool. Naturally, a compact, powerful unit will be your best option.

A 5000 BTU air conditioner unit will cool up to 150 square feet, buy a less powerful unit and it will not keep you as cool. A tent has no insulation; hence the portable air con is forced to work harder.

Window ac units are popular with campers, but these coolers must be placed on a stand — I sit my unit on a milk crate. You should also buy a long 15 amp outdoor power cord. The cooling unit must not be placed near to the tent.

The Frigidaire Mini Window Air Conditioner is the ideal small portable air conditioner for camping. The affordable standalone air cooler is lightweight and considered ideal for campers.

Read our in-depth Frigidaire window ac review here.

In fact, this unit is one of the best-selling portable cooling systems on the market. The 5000 BTU air conditioner unit is powerful enough to cool a tent and the low voltage start-up conserves energy. The free-standing ac system runs quietly, the unit weighs just 35 pounds and it has a high energy rating.


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