Here you have our list of the best camping tent air conditioners. All conditionsers in this review include features that are ideal for hot weather camping. Please note that while there are many ACs on the market, not all of them are recommended for safe camping. This review is designed to highlight the very best ACs for summer camping. You can view our recommended summer tents too.
1. hOmeLabs 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
The hOmeLabs Portable Air Conditioner cools large tents with ease – making it our best air conditioner for family tents. In fact, it is our favourite air conditioner on the market. The main features include an oscillating cool-air outlet, multiple modes and a timer, all controllable via the touch panel or remote control.
14,000 BTU power – Thanks to the 14,000-BTU capacity, the hOmeLabs fan can cool up to 700 square feet! Furthermore, a wide-set air-distribution panel swings up and down, allowing cool air to reach every corner of your tent.
Multiple cooling options – Unlike more basic fans, the hOmeLabs fan features multiple cooling-mode options. In fact, your preferred temperature can be chosen, anywhere from 62 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Alternatively, the unit can be set to “auto mode” – where the AC will work on auto-pilot to select the best temperature. But it doesn’t stop there! If all you want is a cool breeze, the dual-speed fan can be activated.
Dehumidification – Alongside the cooling abilities, the hOmeLabs AC boasts impressive dehumidification coverage of 5,500 square feet. In fact, the unity is capable of removing 100 pints of moisture from the air per day.
Portability – The tent fan weighs 70lbs, although is easier to move than you would think. Four wheels allow you to roll the unit, instead of lift. Furthermore, the unit features two integrated handles on either side.
2. Frigidaire FFRE0533S1 5,000 BTU 115V AC
The Frigidaire fan is our best-value tent air conditioner for camping. It has a 5000 BTU rating, 115V output, multiple cooling speeds, and 2-way air rotation.
5000 BTU power – The Frigidaire can cool 150 square feet of air, making it strong enough for most tents.
Temperature and speed dials – The unit features 2 control dials that allow you to adjust both the temperature and speed of the fan. Unfortunately there is no remote for this fan, which some people won’t be happy about.
Energy efficient 115 volt power outlet – The 115V Frigidaire unit works fine with all basic electrical outlets. This low voltage also means that the unit doesn’t waste power as it starts up. In fact, the fan has a great EER (Energy Efficient Ratio rating). EER measures how many BTUs the unit uses for each watt of power consumed. While most good air conditioners is have an EER of 10, the Frigidaire has a rating of 11.1 EER – meaning this is an efficient unit to run.
Weight – Although not the lightest tent AC on the market, the Frigidaire is lighter than most other fans. Due to its light weight, it’s possible for just one person to install this unit, although two people would make the job easier.
3. Alrocket Mini Portable Air Conditioner
Designed for personal use and small tents, the Alrocket fan is our best portable tent air conditioner. It is ideal for personal camping use and for cooling small tents – where it cools, humidifies, and purifies the air around you.
Noise – The noise of the fan is 30-50dB. For reference, human breathing is 0-30dB, while human talking is 50-60dB.
USB powered – The fan is powered through a USB cable, meaning it can be plugged into any mains outlet or USB port in your laptop or powerbank.
Portable – When camping, the size and weight of your gear is usually important. With small dimensions and a weight of only 2.35lbs, the Alrocket fan is is easy to carry and store. The fan also features a helpful carry handle to the top.
Fill with icy water – For mist humidify cooling air. The fan decreases air temperature through water evaporation. It doesn’t use any chemical refrigerant. In fact, just fill with icy water for misty cool air.