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SOLEUS AIR LX-140BL DB 14,000 Cooling Capacity (BTU) Portable Air Conditioner

  • Cooling / Heating / Fan / Dehumidifying Functions
  • 3 speed fan with oscillation
  • 24-hr programmable clock & timer
  • Smart Chip Technology
  • Power outage protection
  • Room side- up to 700 sq. ft
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Learn more about the Soleus International LX-140BL DB

General

Brand
SOLEUS AIR
Model
LX-140BL DB
Style
Portable Air Conditioner
Functions
Cooling / Heating / Fan / Dehumidifying
Zones
Single Zone

Description

Description
4-in-1 Technology

Multi-Color VFD Display

3 Speed Fan with Oscillation

24 Hour Programmable Clock Timer

Programmable Thermostat & Settings

Energy Efficient Dual Motor Design 

Dual Hose Design

Dual Motors for More Efficient

Cooling 'Smart Chip'Technology

Loss of Power Protection & Auto Restart

No Water Tank to Empty

Performance

Cooling Capacity (BTU)
14,000
Heater
Yes
Heater Type
Heat Pump
Heating Capacity (BTU)
11,000
Room Air Circulation
177 CFM
Dehumidification
60 pts/Day
dBA Level
46

Features

Color
White
Control Type
Electronic
Includes Remote Control
Yes
Fan Speeds (Cool)
3
Fan Speeds (Fan)
3
Fan Speeds (Heat)
3
Timer
24 Hours

Electrical Ratings

Amps (Cooling)
14
Watts (Cooling)
1610
Amps (Heating)
11
Power Supply
115V / 60Hz

Dimensions & Weight

Height
32.5"
Width
17.75"
Depth (w/ Front)
19.25"
Unit Weight
76 lbs.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Darrell D.
  • 11/13/2013 11:41:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot that good

Pros: Compact and easy to roll around. Fairly quiet considering that everything is in one unit.

Cons: Not even close to 14,000 btu cooling, as other reviewers have also said. My 10,000 btu window unit cooled my 220sf room much better. It would get it down to 65 degrees overnight. The Soleus unit wouldn't get the room below 75 degrees. While this is on the high end of a comfortable temperature, it is not what I want. A 14,000 btu unit in a room this size should freeze you out, especially if it is left on a low temp overnight.
Obviously Soleus has fudged the btu ratings up to sell more units. I would expect that the unit is only providing about 5000-8000 btus of cooling.

Other Thoughts: If the unit was not so heavy and hard to ship, it would have been returned.

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  • Marcus I.
  • 8/8/2013 7:43:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOverall, pretty good. Id buy it again.

Pros: Its worked great for me with no issues. It has never leaked a drop or shut down due to a full backup tank. the self evaporative system works well. I live in Minnesota and we have had some cool, wet nights (around 55-60* with 90% humidity) and it still didnt shut down due to excessive water. Some people have mentioned this happening on cool damp nights but I have not experienced this.

The air comes out acceptably cold. Its really cold when the temp is less than 85* or so. Its less cool on the really hot days, but still does a good job. Some people complain about this but this is just simple thermodynamics that can not be avoided. The hotter it is outside, the less cooling ANY air conditioner can produce, so thats not a Con in my book.

We have this cooling our whole 900 sqft house. We close up the 2nd unused bedroom and the bathroom so its probably more like 700sqft. It does an Ok job at cooling that much space. for comparison, on a sunny, humid, 95* day this summer it kept our house at around 78* but it was still comfortable because it kept the humidity low. With a small fan in the room it was nice. It wont keep your 700sqft ice cold, but if your option is No AC or this, this is muuuuuuuuccccchhhhh better. When we close the door to our bedroom it can easily get it down to 69 or lower even during hot nights the only got down to 80*, so it works great in a smaller space.

The dehumidifier works really well, but note that it puts out cold air. Its like the AC on 'very low' (the fan is lower than the low setting in AC mode). I haven't used the heater so I cant comment on that.

As for noise, its as loud as you would expect. Its kinda noisy on high, but all AC's are. On low at night its fairly quiet. Medium is still ok. High fan is kinda loud, but hey, what do you expect? it needs to move air to work.

During a really hot week we had in early July it ran 24/7 for almost a week straight and took it like a champ.

Cons: You have to have the exhaust hoses hooked up to use ANY function besides fan. So you need them for Cooling, Heating, and Dehumidifying. Cooling and heating I understand, but it would have been nice if they made a drain tank (like a regular dehumid.) so that you would use it to dehumidify in an internal room like a basement. My place has a window in every room so this isnt a big deal to me, but others may want to use it in a basement or something with no window. You cant, just FYI.

The exhaust fan runs even when the compressor is off. This is common to all window/portable air conditioners it seems, but its still a dumb design across the board. It just creates needless noise.

The window adapter kit they give you doesnt accommodate much of a range in window size. I had to make my own insert so that it would fit in my window. I work at a machine shop so it wasnt hard for me, but if you have limited resources it could be a problem. The issue is that the window adapter does not telescope, so it is only designed for a couple sizes of windows. YOu would either have to cut it down for a smaller than average window or, in my case, I had to make an insert out of 1/4" plastic sheet to fill the window. This is just a bad design. THey include a telescoping insert, but it only works with the patio door adapter.

The display is BRIGHT and is annoying. Its blinking all the time in 10 different colors. The fan speed is shown by how fast a LED fan blade spins and its nearly impossible to tell the difference from high or low just looking at the display. I always end up cycling through the 3 speeds to find out where Im at. I put a black piece of fabric over it at night or I couldnt sleep. Not a huge Con, but the display sucks.

Only sometimes it makes a wierd 'pumping' sound. It only does it sometimes when you first turn it on. It eventually goes away after 15-30 mins of running so its not too bad, but it annoyed the hell out of me for a couple nights when we first got it. I figure its trying to evaporate any water left in the tank from sitting for a while.

Its kinda ugly, but they all are.

Other Thoughts: Overall Im very pleased and recommend this AC. Newegg shipped it quickly and it arrived undamaged. It has a couple flaws, but all the portable AC's I looked at they all had their flaws. There isnt a huge selection of Dual Hose AC's, so you're kinda limited right off the bat if you want to go with a Dual Hose unit (which you should).

It helps a lot if you buy some fabric and insulate/wrap the exhaust hose (a must) and possibly the cool air hose too. The exhaust hose gets hot and radiates a fair amount of heat back into the house. I just bought some cheap wool at the local fabric store and it works great to contain the heat.

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  • michael h.
  • 8/3/2012 10:17:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsbad

Pros: none as of yet

Cons: the box was in good shape but when took out of boxs the fan was jam with the vents pushed in still cant find all the parts

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  • Dan K.
  • 7/19/2012 7:12:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIncredible A\C

Pros: This air conditioner is absolutely awesome. Purchased it to replace a 9,000 BTU air conditioner from Soleus Air which was going on 8 years old.

Compared to my old unit, it's night and day. The space I am cooling is an upstairs bedroom, next to the garage attic. It receives external heat from vehicles in the garage, the sun on the roof above it, and the sun on the roof of the attic next to it.

I can ask for a 68 degree room when it's 80 degrees in there, walk out for an hour, and come back to a cycling compressor in a 68 degree room. The old unit ran 24/7 on a hot day while the temperatures went up anyway.

The air this unit pushes is substantial. I used to run a box fan in this room to keep the cool air distributed, but I don't need to do that anymore. This unit pushes so much air you can feel a breeze everywhere in the room.

The first remote control I've actually used for a portable air conditioner... great functionality.

Cons: Remote has time and date on it. Great, another clock I have to change every daylight savings time... >.>

Other Thoughts: After running it at 68 degrees 6-10 hours a night every day for the past month, our electric bill was lower than any summer month in history, even though this month was the hottest on record since the 20's. (100 degree days regularly).

I am so impressed with this unit, and I had to make sure there was 1 more positive review on it in case anyone is on the fence about buying this.

As far as the humidity leakage issues mentioned by other reviewers, I haven't seen it whatsoever. Even though it's been unusually hot and humid the last month, and I have not seen any issues with humidity leakage.

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  • John F.
  • 7/6/2012 7:08:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSOLEUS AIR LX-140BL DB

Pros: Pros, if any, are of no value if the unit is NOT RECOMMENDED!

Cons: You will find many reviews on Newegg and other sites reporting that this unit leaks water; add mine to the list. When the humidity is low enough the unit works as designed. As humidity rises and the unit’s evaporative technology is unable to keep up with the demand it is designed to store the excess condensate in a drainable reservoir. However, no water is retained in a reservoir but rather it leaks out the bottom of the unit. In my tests the leakage can be as much as 3.5 gallons/day. To verify and measure leakage the unit was placed in large 6-inch tall tray & elevated to a safe operating level with concrete blocks. Drain was full open and gravity feed to a separate container. Found that ABSOLUTELY no water exited from drain, all water leaked from base of unit.

Newegg will not accept return once package has been opened. Shipping to mfg. is very expensive. Save yourself the misery & expense, DON’T BUY THIS UNIT from any vendor.

Other Thoughts: Strange, Newegg has sold the SoleusAir LX-140 for a few years now but at the time of this review (07-06-2012) there are only 6 others Newegg reviews all submitted in 2010. Package arrived with no external visible harm to it or its contents. Have to expect defective parts or design at the manufacturing level. Although I have one other model of SoleusAir AC that has been in use for about 1-year without problems, this review and many others like it should raise a red flag for SoleusAir’s level of quality.

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  • Joseph F.
  • 8/9/2010 10:50:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate to nice A/C

Coming Soon!

Pros: like i said it works keeps the edge off on warm humid days here Binghamton , Ny

Cons: the unit started leaking and so we took it apart(easy) and found three screws loose in the unit.......well the pump was sitting on top of the plastic clips that are supposed to hold it in along with a screw we put the pump back how it should it have been( one screw down two to go) the water tray had a broken corner which jammed the bucket full float switch one of the screws helped hold some thing else(can't remember) so we have one extra screw left owell

Other Thoughts: we used to live in texas with two central air units but we shure don't miss the heat there

i would recommend this unit to other people

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  • Yuly L.
  • 8/2/2010 12:01:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot happy at all

Pros: Portable, very cold, a little loud but manageable if you have a big room or livingroom.

Cons: heavy, first unit arrived broken and non-functional, second unit worked for 2 days and after 2 month we still await for a replacement.

Other Thoughts: Will never buy from Soleus again.

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  • Eric G.
  • 7/30/2010 11:38:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: none

Cons: 1st unit did not cool. Had to pack it up and haul it to FedEx (95lbs) to ship back to manufacturer. They would not pick it up at my house. Received 2nd unit that leaked water everywhere. Had to pack it up and drag it to FedEx for shipping, again. Still waiting for 3rd unit. NewEgg would not take the unit back. It had to go to the original company. NOT Happy at all.

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  • Marc C.
  • 7/13/2010 1:04:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHappy Purchase

Pros: I have been debating on what type of air conditioner to purchase for my master bedroom. The room is 17x14. I read that the portable a/c units rating are lower then window units so i figured get the biggest unit i could afford. I ordered this unit due to the great price from newegg with free shipping. Item showed up within two days like always from newegg. Install was very easy and the unit works great! It cools my room off from 80-85 down to 71 with the unit set at 70. This is in 85 degree weather. The last couple days in CT have been high 90s to 100 and this unit worked great. For a complete a/c sitting inside the bedroom, its not to noisy either. I also read that some people have had an issue with the water collecting in this unit and leaking on the floor. I have been using this unit non stop and have yet needed to drain it. I check it ever few days and no water at all. I would highly recommend this unit and or buy it again.

Cons: Doesnt seem to have an energy saving mode. My large window ac downstairs has an energy mode that shuts the fan off when its not cooling (basically the entire unit shuts down), where this portable unit does not. The blower fan continues to run all the time, only the compressor turns on and off, so this unit is always drawing energy.

As i stated above, i have not had to use the drain, but if i did, its at the very base of the unit and i have no idea how you could drain it into a container. The instructions say to use a low pan.... its more like use a plate, lol. The drain should be located higher or have taller wheels on it to raise the unit IF the drain needed to be used.

Other Thoughts: Great product for the money! I hope to enjoy it for years to come until i can afford a central a/c install. Thanks Newegg for fast shipping and a great price as always.

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  • Joseph F.
  • 7/8/2010 6:28:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice A/C

Pros: Very good portable air unit removes a lot water from the air double hose is more efficient
VERY GOOD PACKAGING they used TWO (2) Layers of honey comb card board and thick Styrofoam.
doesn't take long to produce cold air

Cons: weighs 80 pounds could be one.... newegg has wrong specs who ever does them can't read the heater is 14,200 btu not 11,000 and its moves up to 265cfm not 177
it only uses 1390 watts to cool not 1610 and for heat 1180

the insulation is kinda of a pain to put on the hoses

Other Thoughts: this is a nice unit but don't expect a whole lot from it (like cooling a 2000sq-ft house)
we are cooling a little over 900sqft (of 4 large open rooms) and it doesn't cool it DOWN but keeps it at the temp you start it at and keeps it there and prevents it from heating up while drying the air

two ups guys had to be on the Ups truck because of the air conditioner all to together it weighs 110 pounds with every thing in the box

don't use auto mode because it leaves the fan for the hoses on choose the mode you want and set a temp and it works fine it shuts off when it cools lower than the set temp

will post vid later

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