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Black+Decker Portable Air Conditioner Review

The BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT is one of the best portable air conditioners for small rooms such as a home office, a small bedroom, a gaming room, or a cabin.

Instead of turning on the central AC to cool just one room, you can save money by using the Black+Decker portable air conditioner to cool individual rooms and smaller spaces.

With 8,000 BTUs of cooling power, the Black+Decker portable AC can quickly cool rooms of up to 150 square feet in size.  It comes with everything you need to set it up, including a window venting kit.

Read on for our full review of the BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT portable air conditioner.

If you are looking for a bigger and more powerful portable air conditioner for your shop, garage or any commercial space, see our reviews of the best commercial portable ACs.


If you are looking for a bigger and more powerful portable air conditioner for your shop, garage or any commercial space, see our reviews of the best commercial portable ACs. 

Pros

  • An efficient way to cool small spaces.
  • Compact and easily portable.
  • Cools the room fast.
  • Easy to use control panel & remote control.
  • Dehumidifier function. 

Cons

  • Loud.
  • Control panel lights don’t turn off. 

Unique Features

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1. 8,000 BTU Cooling Power

8,000 BTUs is plenty of cooling power for small rooms. As long as you use it in a room under 150 sq. ft., it brings down the temperature in just a few minutes, no matter how hot it is outside.

The BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT is great if you want to cool just one room. It’s quicker, more efficient and a lot cheaper than using the central cooling system for just one room.

And unlike a window unit, the BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT portable AC takes just a couple of minutes to be moved from one room to another.

So, you can easily set it up in your home office during the day and sleep soundly in your cool bedroom at night.

2. Dehumidifier with Auto-evaporate

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The BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT has three operating modes: cool, fan-only, and dry. The dry mode turns the portable AC into a dehumidifier.

There’s also a drain pan in this portable AC that collects the humidity, but you likely won’t even need to drain it.

That’s because the BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT has an auto-evaporate function. It exhausts moisture outside the window along with hot air.  

The only time you’ll need to drain the pan (a drain hose is included), is when the climate is highly humidity or if you live in a very humid area like Florida.

3. Easy to Set Up

Setting up the BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT portable AC is easy and quick, so much so that you can do it all by yourself without having to hire a professional, or buy any additional accessories.

Everything you need is included in the package. This consists of the window venting kit.

The kit includes a 5ft exhaust hose, a sliding window adaptor, hose connectors, and a foam seal to seal your window tightly.

If you need to cool another room, simply take down the window adapter and hose and set them up in another room.  

Note that the window kit is compatible only with sliding and double-hung windows with a maximum opening of 59 inches.

If your windows are neither of these, there are some DIY options for venting a portable AC through other types of windows, a sliding wall, or even through the wall.

4. Easy to Use Control Panel + Remote

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The control panel is located at the top for easy access, or you can use the remote control from the comfort of the couch.

You can switch operation modes, increase or reduce fan speed, and adjust the digital thermostat.

One key feature missing in this AC is the auto swing option. The vents don’t rotate to distribute cool air.

But you don't really need this feature since the AC quickly cools the entire room in just minutes.

The control panel also lacks a timer, which can be handy for nighttime use.

5. Compact & Portable

The Black+Decker portable AC has a footprint of just 16.5 x 11.5 inches, so it should fit easily in small spaces.

Its small and fairly lightweight design, plus the addition of casters, make it easy to move it from room to room.


Issues & Concerns

Loud

Portable air conditioners are generally loud and the  BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT is no exception. At the highest setting, it produces about 75 decibels of noise.

That’s louder than some vacuum cleaners. If you are looking for an ultra-quiet portable AC, the  BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT is not it.

Luckily, it cools the room quickly. Once the room is cool, you can reduce fan speed to get less noise.

Annoying Indicator Lights

Unlike some portable ACs, the BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT doesn't have a sleep mode that lowers noise levels and dims or turns off any control panel lights.

If you like your bedroom pitch black, you’ll have to drape a towel or something over the control panel to block the annoying blue light.


BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT vs. Other Models

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The Black+Decker portable AC is a bit louder than most portable ACs. That’s probably because it has better cooling power than comparable 8,000 BTU air conditioners.

Customers say it cools small rooms really quickly. If you are looking for a small-room portable AC that can keep up with a heatwave, the BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT is perfect.


Care and Maintenance

The BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT comes with a washable filter that traps dust, pet hair, and other large allergens and air pollutants.

You do not need to replace the filter; just clean it once every week. If it’s not too dirty, we suggest you vacuum it. If you find it’s very dirty, rinse it in warm water and hang it to air dry.


Warranty

The BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT portable air conditioner comes with a 1-year warranty.


Specifications

Cooling power: 8,000 BTUs ASHRAE (5,000 BTUs DOE)

Max cooling space: 150 square feet

Noise level: 75 dB on highest setting

Fan speeds: 3

Dehumidifier: Yes

Thermostat: Digital

Remote control: Yes

Size: 16.5 x 11.5 x 26 in

Weight: 52.9lbs


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About the Author Tom Hanson

I’ve worked as an HVAC tech in Phoenix, AZ for the past 10 years. I created CoolAndPortable.com to help home owners select the right portable air conditioner, cooler or air purifier for their needs & budget in just a few minutes.

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