Friedrich P12B Portable Air Conditioner

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Friedrich P12B Portable AC


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Similar to our other Friedrich Zoneaire portable air conditioner, the P12B is a dual hose portable air conditioner large enough to cool rooms and spaces in a variety of settings. A strong reputation as a leader in home cooling solutions backs this Friedrich air conditioner, but more than simply a brand name and reputation, the P12B is efficient in cooling and dehumidifying your home or office. The controls are simple to use and as a dehumidifier, this portable air conditioner outperforms many stand alone dehumidifiers in water removal capacity.

As an ideal cooling solution to home additions, older apartment or office spaces that lack central air or simple as a back cooling source in areas that are prone to storms and power outages, the Friedrich P12B is more than capable of providing cooling comfort.

Friedrich P12B Product Features

  • 11,600 BTU cooling power.
  • Dual Hose portable air conditioner.
  • LCD & Remote Control.
  • 3 Fan speeds.
  • 24 hour timer.
  • Plugs into a standard 115-volt outlet.
  • LCDI equipped power cord.
  • Environmentally friendly R-410A refrigerant.
  • Cools and dehumidifies.
  • Window kit included extends 26" to 46".
  • Extendable exhaust hoses from 20" to 60".

Friedrich P12B Product Reviews

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  The Best Portable I've Ever Owned
Reviewed by: Marsha B. from Laguna Beach, CA

When my son moved out and took my Alen portable air conditioner with him, I had to buy a new one for myself. Although I really liked the Alen it was my second one, what I did not care for was emptying the condensation cup several times a day. So I decided to try a new portable unit, and found great reviews of the Friedrich P128 on the internet. Mind you, the initial set up is a bit more complex and time consuming as this air conditioner comes with two exhaust hoses rather than one. But the unit is smaller, sleeker and more attractive than the Alen, and the best part of all is that you will rarely if ever have to empty the unit of condensation. The Friedrich P12B evaporates most of it for you. I use my Friedrich daily, and I've had it operating for over a month, and I've yet to have any water to remove. So,I HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone who has an hour for the inital set-up, because once it's running you never need to fool with it again. Just turn it on and enjoy the quiet, cool breezes flowing through your home.

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Friedrich P12B Portable Air Conditioner

The Friedrich Zoneaire P12B portable air conditioner is a great cooling option in a variety of applications. Not only does this dual hose portable air conditioner provide enough cooling power for most spaces but it also removes nearly 145 pints of water per day when continuously used. When the summer heat and humidity gets to be too much, the P12B is an excellent choice when central air or a window air conditioner is not an option.

What I liked about the Friedrich P12B

As a dual hose portable air conditioner you do not have to worry about creating negative air pressure in the space where it is being used. Instead of exhausting part of the air from inside the room, it uses a separate, outdoor air source for cooling the internal workings of the appliance. In general dual hose portable air conditioners cool quicker and more efficiently since there is no pressure gradient. With the P12B this is certainly the case. In one of our test rooms, this model did lower the temperature and relative humidity approximately 8% more quickly than a single hose air conditioner of another brand.

The controls are very similar to other brands with digital controls and a remote. They are fairly easy to figure out even without cracking open the user manual. (Though we strongly recommend you read through the manual before operating!) The timer function is generally one of the more useful functions and can be set for up to 24 hours.

And like many other portable air conditioners, the Friedrich P12B uses auto evaporation to extract and remove most of the condensate that is produced during the cooling process, so while there is an internal condensate tank, it doesn't have to be emptied very frequently under normal to low humidity conditions.

The casters and handle make it easier to transport, but the weight of the unit will prevent many of us from easily moving them up and down stairs. And lastly, the window kit is plastic, which may not seem like a major positive unless you purchase a model that uses foam.

What I did not like about the Friedrich P12B

Concerns with this model are similar to that of many portable air conditioners. First, the warranty period isn't as long as I would like for an appliance that should last you well beyond the 1 year coverage of the warranty.

As with other models, make sure a portable air conditioner is the right fit for you. As a backup cooling option, they can work wonderfully with generators. As a primary cooling source, they may be somewhat costly.

Overall, the Friedrich P12B is an excellent 12,000 BTU portable air conditioner. The dual hose functionality of this model gives it a step up over similarly sized single hose models, and Friedrich's reputation as a leader in home cooling is nearly unmatched.

Friedrich P12B Detailed Specifications

Recommended for: Those who want a reliable portable air conditioner from an industry leader in home cooling.
Max Room Size: 350 sq. ft. (Ideal for 300 or smaller)
BTU's: 11,300
CFM: 235
Operating Temperature: 60 - 100 F
Fan Speeds: 3
EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) 8.8
Max Power Consumption: N/A
Moisture Removal Capacity: 144 PPD
Thermostat: Yes
Control Type: LCD push button display
Full Tank Indicator: Yes
Direct Drain Option: Yes
Remote: Yes
Timer: 1-24 hour
Noise Level: N/A
Casters: Yes
Removable Air Filter: Yes
Refrigerant Type: R-410A
Dimensions: 19.25" W x 15.5"D x 33.5" H
Weight: 86 lbs.
Shipping Weight: 98
Warranty: 1 year limited
Certifications: UL


1 Year Limited

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Friedrich P12B Portable AC (Item#: FRAC02) (Discontinued)