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[Costco] Danby 14,000 BTU portable air conditioner DUAL HOSE for $499 in-store ($519 online)

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[Costco] Danby 14,000 BTU portable air conditioner DUAL HOSE for $499 in-store ($519 online)

I was at a Costco location yesterday in Edmonton and they had just got fresh stock in of their new Danby 14k btu portable air conditioners for $499. What makes this a special deal is these are dual hose which Costco has not offered for a while (last few years have been single hose). A dual hose 14k BTU ac for $499 is a really good deal. These are also "inverter" units and are rated at 12,000 SACC which is the highest rating for any dual hose I can find. It outperforms the Whytner 14k by a lot. It is also available online for $519, currently OOS but Costco has been adding stock recently and when they do it goes fast, so keep an eye on it.

Online: https://www.costco.ca/danby-14%2c000-bt ... 15465.html

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IF YOU BUY THIS UNIT, READ THIS:

When using the unit, DO NOT USE AUTO MODE. The auto mode on these units works very poorly and will cause your unit to cycle between cool and dehumidifier mode. This will cause poor performance, water to collect and error codes. I repeat DO NOT USE AUTO MODE. Instead, you want to set your air conditioner to "COOL MODE" and then set the fan level to the highest level possible. Then, set your temperature to 16 degrees (to start).

On your panel, the lights should look like the following:

1) Orange small light under the SNOWFLAKE SYMBOL
2) Orange small light under the BIGGEST FAN symbol
3) Temperature set to 16 degrees

Once you have done this, the air blowing out of the unit should be extremely cold (almost uncomfortably cold) and the unit should not cycle on and off. If it does, there is something wrong with it. This unit should easily cool any bedroom or a small apartment sufficiently. It cools my entire 600 sqft apartment to 18-20 degrees even when it is 35 degrees outside. So if you are having performance issues, please ensure you followed the above directions before sending the unit back.

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06/13/2021: Manuals:
The Danby manual.
The Midea manual.

06/05/2021: How to pair with Alexa:
aasoror wrote: 1- Phone: go to playstore and install the midea app (create a new user account, and verify it by clicking the link in the registration email), pair the AC with your phone app (p.s. you must have a 2.4Ghz network for the pairing to work).
2- Desktop: change your amazon account "content and devices" region (from the amazon.ca website) to the US.
3- Desktop: open the skill page https://www.amazon.com/Midea-Air-Smart- ... 07DDKB34F/, enable it and link your midea account.
4. Phone: restart alexa app on your phone and discover devices, you should find the AC there.
5. Desktop: optional: revert "content and devices" region back (from the amazon.com website) to CA, though you might miss out on skill updates.

There is no need to create an account with Danby, install the Danby app, or mess up with the regions on any of your Alexa devices.

Good luck!
toyfountain500 wrote: Le climatiseur est nommé « DAN ». Substituer le nom choisi de votre climatiseur.
Alexa ouvre DAN
Alexa ferme DAN
Alexa modifie DAN à mode automatique
Alexa modifie DAN à mode refroidissement
Alexa modifie DAN à 18
Alexa quel est le réglage de DAN
Alexa quel est la température de DAN
toyfountain500 wrote: Where the air conditioner is named “AIR CONDITIONER”. Substitute the chosen name of your unit.
Alexa turn on AIR CONDITIONER
Alexa turn off AIR CONDITIONER
Alexa shut down AIR CONDITIONER
Alexa set AIR CONDITIONER mode to auto
Alexa set AIR CONDITIONER mode to cool
Alexa set AIR CONDITIONER to auto
Alexa set AIR CONDITIONER to cool
Alexa what is the AIR CONDITIONER mode
Alexa set AIR CONDITIONER to 18
Alexa what is the AIR CONDITIONER temperature
Alexa what is the AIR CONDITIONER set at
Alexa set the AIR CONDITIONER to Fahrenheit (says degrees in Fahrenheit, display unaffected)
Alexa set the AIR CONDITIONER to Celsius (says degrees in Celsius, display unaffected)
Alexa, increase the AIR CONDITIONER temperature by 1 degrees. (tested it up to 5 degrees)
Alexa, decrease the AIR CONDITIONER temperature by 2 degrees.
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Interesting hose design but it seems like that it would allow the outgoing air to heat the incoming air. Also, it means you cannot insulate the exhaust hose like a seperate hose system.
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AnimeEd wrote: Interesting hose design but it seems like that it would allow the outgoing air to heat the incoming air. Also, it means you cannot insulate the exhaust hose like a seperate hose system.
Dual hose models are much more efficient.
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Strange.... the model number cited - Model DPA120B9IBDB-6 - brings up 12,000 btu models when searched.

That is indeed an odd hose arrangement. With our 11 year old dual hose Danby the hot and cold are separated by about 6+ inches on the window insert.

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NewsyL wrote: Strange.... the model number cited - Model DPA120B9IBDB-6 - brings up 12,000 btu models when searched.

That is indeed an odd hose arrangement. With our 11 year old dual hose Danby the hot and cold are separated by about 6+ inches on the window insert.
No mistake. 12,000 BTU is SACC (Seasonally Adjusted Cooling Capacity) while 14,000 BTU is the nominal rating.

PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONERS GET NEW ENERGY GUIDE LABELS
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jarrodrporter wrote: Dual hose models are much more efficient.
That's what we've been told for a long time.
But it turns out there are inefficient dual hoses and there are efficient single hose.
In the following review, the most efficient is a single hose LG model.
I don't know about you but I would still hesitate before buying a single hose model.
Wouldn't that highly efficient LG single hose model be even more efficient if it was dual hose? Thinking Face


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AnimeEd wrote: Interesting hose design but it seems like that it would allow the outgoing air to heat the incoming air. Also, it means you cannot insulate the exhaust hose like a seperate hose system.
You could insulate the whole hose if you want, with a blanket for example.
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Furtive wrote: Already out of stock.
From what I have seen, it has never been in stock online. They added it a couple weeks ago and it has been OOS since. However, they now have stock in-stores and I assume online stock should kick-in in a few days. So keep an eye on it.
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alistairsmith148 wrote: I think the dual hose is better on this forum is a bit overplayed

Interesting video, thanks. Looks like the Costco unit is pretty efficient at 12,000 SACC BTUs.
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This site has an interesting article on Portable AC's and SACC: https://www.consumeranalysis.com/guides ... nditioner/

Well worth a read. It says all the top AC's only actually have 7,500 to 10,000 SACC. This unit is an "inverter" unit which I wonder if is why it is so efficient. Can't wait to set it up and give it a test run on a hot day.
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adamtheman wrote: This site has an interesting article on Portable AC's and SACC: https://www.consumeranalysis.com/guides ... nditioner/

Well worth a read. It says all the top AC's only actually have 7,500 to 10,000 SACC. This unit is an "inverter" unit which I wonder if is why it is so efficient. Can't wait to set it up and give it a test run on a hot day.
Interesting to see the ARC-14S, which iirc is a dual hose model, is NOT recommended...
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So I set up my A/C tonight even though it's not that hot out and I have to say I am blown away by everything about it. This is the 5th portable A/C I've ever owned. I owned 2 double hose units and 2 single hose units. The quality and design of this unit blows those out of the water. All the hardware included with it, from window fittings to foam is high quality, strong, even beautifully polished black. Even the manual is printed on thick paper. It feels like a luxury item. Right away I can tell this thing pumps out way more cool air than any previous unit and it is much quieter. They include an adaptor for side sliding windows which means you don't have to bend the hoses. You know how with a traditional dual hose, if you wanted to put them top/bottom, you had to sort of bend them over one another? Not with this one. Makes for an incredibly clean design. It also has lots of other smart features I haven't really gotten into, like voice controls apparently. And it has a "Follow me" feature which records the temperature of the room based on where the remote control is, not where the unit is. This was always a sore spot with me with my old units. My A/C would kick off at 16 (lowest I could set it) but the middle of the room was still like 22. Now the A/C will keep running until it gets the area you want cooled down to 16. I highly HIGHLY recommend this unit to anyone. I think at $499 this is an absolute steal for the quality. Here's some photos I took:

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Any chance of it coming online, can’t buy in store in Ontario!
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danit, bought the half priced single hose one end of summer last year.

i want this dual hose
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Just to clear up some confusion, some people messaged me and asked me where the 2nd hose is. Both "hoses" are located inside that single hose in the photo above. So that is the only hose you need to exit through the window. Pretty slick design.
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If anyone has luck getting the app setup for smart control, can you let me know what I'm doing wrong? This is the second Danby unit I can't get to complete their in-app setup...
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Bansal wrote: If anyone has luck getting the app setup for smart control, can you let me know what I'm doing wrong? This is the second Danby unit I can't get to complete their in-app setup...
I just did exactly what each step said. The final one (with the loading percentage) failed a couple times but eventually went through. Can turn on/off the AC from anywhere and anytime, so comfortable!
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adamtheman wrote: (...) They include an adaptor for side sliding windows which means you don't have to bend the hoses. You know how with a traditional dual hose, if you wanted to put them top/bottom, you had to sort of bend them over one another? Not with this one. Makes for an incredibly clean design. It also has lots of other smart features I haven't really gotten into, like voice controls apparently. And it has a "Follow me" feature which records the temperature of the room based on where the remote control is, not where the unit is. This was always a sore spot with me with my old units. My A/C would kick off at 16 (lowest I could set it) but the middle of the room was still like 22. Now the A/C will keep running until it gets the area you want cooled down to 16. (...)
If you can/want, you could put the unit closer to the wall to shorten the hose even more. That would make it even more efficient at cooling the condenser.

What would be neat is if the "Follow me" function would be the A/C actually following you around in the house. Face With Tears Of Joy
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