Sunpentown WA-1230E Portable Air Conditioner

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Sunpentown WA1230E


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The Sunpentown WA-1230E portable air conditioner offers the wide variety of digital features and cooling performance that have made the Sunpentown brand so popular. With 12,000 BTU's of cooling power and self evaporating technology, the WA-1230E effectively cools without needing to constantly empty a condensate tank or run a separate condensate drain line. A programmable timer allows for timed or continuous use while two air filters work to trap large particles and eliminate some odors from the room.

This unit can meet all of your indoor summer needs by acting as an air conditioner that dehumidifies while circulating the air throughout your room. Easy to maintain and move from room to room, this digital portable air conditioner is an ideal unit for rooms up to 350 sq. ft.

Sunpentown WA-1230E Product Features

  • 12,000 BTU cooling power.
  • Self-evaporating system.
  • Digital temperature display.
  • LCDI (Leakage Current Detection and Interruption) Plug
  • 2 Fan Speeds
  • Remote control
  • Fire resistant PVC plastic housing.
  • Activated carbon filter helps remove odors.
  • Washable air filter that collects dust particles.
  • Digital thermostat control.
  • Easy grip handle and casters for mobility.
  • Extendable exhaust hose up to 5 feet.
  • Built-in water tank (3.2 pints) or extended water tube for continuous drain

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Sunpentown WA-1230E Portable Air Conditioner

A portable air conditioner is a perfect solution for a person that has a cooling application, but cannot use a window air conditioner. It is great for a garages, sunrooms, basements attics, etc. You are able to funnel the exhaust through a window or a hole cut into the wall.

Before setting up this portable air conditioner, I recommend reading the instruction manual from cover to cover. All of these units require set up time; however, if you take a few minutes to read the instructions beforehand the set up is surprisingly quick and easy.

What I liked about the Sunpentown WA-1230E

The best part about this unit was how cool the air was coming out of the unit. It was not very loud, but you could feel the cold air flowing at a distance up to about 15 feet. There were two fan speeds, but not a noticeable difference in air flow.

The E in the name of this unit means that there are digital controls. The control system is better than I have seen on some other brands. The Sunpentown WA-1230E has a temperature control, but it also has a thermostat that reads out digitally. The unit has a remote control, but the batteries for the remote are not included.

The exhaust hose was easy to work with and set up. I would recommend looking at where you want to place the unit before extending the hose to its full length. You could damage the hose if you are not careful.

What I did not like about the Sunpentown WA-1230E

One thing I do not really like about this unit is the foam window kit. It is easy to set up and work with the foam, but the foam is not very strong. I was worried a strong wind or rain might ruin the set up and the foam itself.

Draining the water from the unit is not difficult, but the Sunpentown does not have a bucket that is accessible. This makes drainage inconvenient and possibly messy. You have to pull the plug from the back of the unit and drain it with a length of hose. You can set up a continuous gravity drain. You must drain the unit before moving it.

Overall, I really liked this unit. You can really feel the cooling power in the air the machine generates. It cooled off the single room I was in a matter of 30 minutes or so. There are a couple of minuses, but the positives outweigh the negatives by far.

Sunpentown WA-1230E Detailed Specifications

Recommended for: Those who want a popular, reliable portable air conditioner.
Max Room Size: App. 350 Sq. Ft. (Ideal for 300 sq. ft. or less)
BTU's: 12,000
CFM: 306.28
Operating Temperature: 62 - 110 F
Fan Speeds: 2
EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) 12.63
Max Power Consumption: 950W
Moisture Removal Capacity: 65 PPD
Thermostat: Yes (Built In Thermometer as well)
Control Type: LED push button display
Full Tank Indicator: Yes
Direct Drain Option: Yes
Remote: Yes
Timer: 1-12 hour
Noise Level: 54 dBa
Casters: Yes
Removable Air Filter: Yes with activated carbon pre-filter
Refrigerant Type: R22
Dimensions: 16.5" W x 15.25" D x 30.5" H
Weight: 76 lbs.
Shipping Weight: 83 lbs.
Warranty: 1 year limited
Certifications: UL, ETL


1 Year Limited

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Sunpentown WA1230E (Item#: SP0002) (Discontinued)