Shinco YPL310C 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner Review

Shinco YPL310C ReviewThe Shinco (Model YPL310C) 10000 BTU portable air conditioner is gaining popularity as a particularly affordable and effective weapon against the summer heat. However, is this actually deserved? And what about its efficiency and value relative to other models available in this price/spec range?

Please read along as we explore in depth what the Shinco YPL310C offers, what it doesn’t, and whether it is truly worth your hard-earned dollar.

Key Specifications and Features

~Cooling Area and Power

With 10000 BTUs of cooling power, you can expect the Shinco to cover rooms up to 300 square feet in most cases. Of course, take note that this presumes a typical interior room. Rooms that have very high ceilings and/or a big, south-facing window will be significantly harder to cool, so take this coverage rating with a large grain of salt in such circumstances (or buy a more powerful model).

~Condensate Removal

All portable air conditioners generate condensate – i.e., water that forms on the cooling coils and must be removed. Some models require manual dumping of a collection bucket, and some require that you connect a hose to a drain. Fortunately, the Shinco YPL310C requires neither. This is a self-evaporating system; water that accumulates is actually blown off during the venting process. The result is that, unless you live in an extremely high-humidity environment, you should never need to drain water manually. Isn’t technology grand!?

~Exhaust Hose Setup

Exhaust systems for portable air conditioners typically come in one of two flavors. The first type are dual-hose exhaust systems. These essentially form a dedicated exhaust loop that obviates the need to use indoor air to cool off the air conditioner’s internal parts. The second type – and the kind that the Shinco employs – is a single-hose exhaust. A single hose exhaust must take a bit of your cooled room air to blow over the compressor to keep it cool, and then eject this air outside. As a result, there is a loss of some cooled interior air and, to some extent, a negative air pressure in the room is created that may pull additional warm air from outside that will come in to fill the “void” so to speak.

Now, this technically means that a dual-hose system is more efficient than a single-hose system (and normally, significantly more expensive too). However, as we discuss below, this is not the last word as to efficiency. While it is true that a single hose model may have to work a bit harder to bring temperatures down and keep them there, it is also important to understand how efficient the unit is in terms of electrical consumption. Indeed, a highly efficient single-hose unit can be overall more efficient than an dual-hose system that is simply an energy hog.

~Cooling Efficiency

To really understand how cost-effective an air conditioner is, you must consider not only the exhaust setup, but also its Energy Efficiency Ratio (or “EER”). To derive EER, you simply divide total BTUs by total wattage, which returns a number characterized as the unit’s EER. For example, a hypothetical 8000 BTU unit may draw 800 watts, giving it an EER of “10.0.” A score of 10.0 is considered efficient, with higher numbers being even better. Typically, most portable air conditioner EERs fall between 8.5 and 10.5, with the average being around a 9.0.

In this case, the Shinco YPL310C is reported to draw 980 watts – when this is divided by its 10000 BTU rating, you get an EER of 10.2, making this a very energy efficient model. Consequently, despite its single-hose exhaust setup, the Shinco should result in relatively modest electrical charges compared to many other options in its BTU class.

User Reviews & Reliability

Currently holding an average satisfaction rating of 4.0 out of 5.0 stars, this portable air conditioner has received some of the best ratings in its class for delivering outstanding cooling performance, relatively quiet operation and durability. Of course, users are also extremely pleased with its unusually modest price tag as well. Feel free to browse some of the actual reviews of the Shinco YPL310C below.

Price and Value

As discussed above, the very reasonable pricepoint of the Shinco (currently at around $350 shipped), is extremely hard to beat when you consider this model’s performance, efficiency and user appreciation.

Concluding Thoughts & Impressions

While lacking some of the big-brand name recognition as many other portable air conditioners on the market, the Shinco YPL310C 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner quietly steals most of those models’ thunder by delivering great cooling power, high energy efficiency (EER of 10.2), a great track record for reliability, and a very low price tag.

However, probably the biggest benefit of the Shinco is all around value. It really is a lot of air conditioner for the money. Indeed, to get an even more efficient unit, you would likely need to spend considerably more for a dual-hose exhaust model. As a result, in terms of bang for your buck, this is a very hard portable air conditioner to beat! A no-brainer outstanding deal for 2014!


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