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SOLEUS AIR BPB08 8,000 Cooling Capacity (BTU) Portable Air Conditioner

  • Cooling / Dehumidifying / Fan Functions
  • 8,000 Cooling Capacity (BTU)
  • Portable Air Conditioner
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Learn more about the Soleus International BPB08

General

Brand
SOLEUS AIR
Model
BPB08
Style
Portable Air Conditioner
Functions
Cooling / Dehumidifying / Fan

Description

Description
It can cool virtually any place, any time without permanent installation with the new BPB-08 portable air conditioner from Soleus Air. This 8,000 BTU room AC is perfect for lowering temperatures in small bedrooms, office cubicles and personal spaces. An incredibly compact design also makes this unit the ideal cooling solution for areas with limited floor space. Additional features include a digital thermostat, full function remote and 4-way directional air louvers.

3-in-1 Comfort System
The BPB08 actually works as 3 appliances in one - Air Conditioner, Fan and Room Dehumidifier.

Eco-Friendly Refrigerant
This portable air conditioner uses R-410A refrigerant, which is not only more environmentally-friendly than R22, it also helps increase cooling efficiency.

Easy Set-Up
The KY-80 comes with an extendable window kit that sets up in minutes. No permanent installation is required.

Compact Design
The BPB08 is easily one of the most compact portable air conditioners available, with the dimension of 31"H x 11.75"W x 13.625"D. This 8,000 BTU air conditioner is ideal for individual rooms and smaller spaces under 175 square feet.

Performance

Operating Room Size (Approx.)
175 Sq. Ft.
Cooling Capacity (BTU)
8,000
Air Direction Control
4-Way
Dehumidification
38 Pints/Day

Features

Color
White
Includes Remote Control
Yes
Fan Speeds
3
Sleep Mode
Yes
Timer
24 Hours
Filter Type
Washable

Electrical Ratings

Amps (Cooling)
6.7
Watts (Cooling)
976
Power Supply
115V / 60Hz

Dimensions & Weight

Unit Weight
50lbs
Dimensions
31"H x 11.75"W x 13.75"D

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the Soleus International BPB08

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  • Muni S.
  • 7/23/2014 7:42:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: 1. Easy setup
2. Fit is small area.
3. Nice modes
4. Humidifier

6. Easy to move around

Cons: 1. Makes quite a loud noise when on ac or water in bucket.
2. Water drainage issue after bucket full due to low outlet. So have to buy separate tray.
3. No LED in remote display, so cannot see anything in night.
4. Bucket get full during midnight, so wake up.

Other Thoughts: price to feature ratio - Good.

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  • Alfred F.
  • 7/14/2014 9:00:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSoleus HCB-P08-B

Pros: The unit came with adequate instructions for setting it up and I had little trouble getting the vent installed. The tech at Soleus answered the phone and spoke to me. The unit definitely cools a small room.

Cons: The instructions came with a pair of pink notices that said not to return it to distributor. Online (Newegg) ad seemed to say no returns were possible. The packing was solid but easily demolished - so if you want to test it, first, be sure to
save everything and don't cut the packaging up, because then no return permission is likely from either Soleus or Newegg (duh?) Yeah, I shouldn't known better.
My major complaint is that the unit gets noisy and about 15 minutes and the condensate does drain properly if you attach a tube. You definitely don't want to accept the idea that the unit will "recycle" the condensate so you won't need a drain pan. Recycle it where - back into your room?
And the water that gather inside the unit is then thrown against an internal fan which causes the throbbing noise that only gets louder.
At 50 lbs shipping and the likelihood that you won't getting the cost of shipping it returned, I decided to live with a noisy, if cooling, unit - just not try to sleep in the same room.
I got some unexpected help from Newegg! When I responded to a request for info about my experience,
I was honest, and not mean spirited, about my situation.
Newegg put my comments online and several other purchasers offered helpful information. The most helpful,
for me, was the suggestion I elevate the unit and tilt it backward several degrees so the the condensate would flow out of the unit. I did so, and the throbbing noise was seriously reduced.
Then I noticed that sometimes the unit would not be draining even though I had followed the exact same process. I used a rubber bulb to back flush the condensate line, and water started trickling out and filled
my container (eventually). I got even more dramatic(?) results by sucking the water out with that same rubber bulb.
It started the condensate flowing and the noise level immediately dropped. I'm guessing that there's a very small opening in that channel, so small that the water tension there won't permit the flow with some help.

Other Thoughts: I've learned that up till now a purchaser should expect to get less for his/her money when buying any portable ac unit, regardless of brand. I learned that the inherent problems with such units can be worked through but not without some ingenuity and community help. I don't think it would be reasonable to expect a manufacturer's rep to say "Yeah, we know that's a problem, here's what to do!"
If I find a review source that is clearly unbiased about these things, I'll share it. I hope others will do the same.
Oh, and unless you've got money to burn, buy such items at a local store with a clear return policy. It's worth the extra bucks. And always hold onto the packaging, even if you have to share someone's storage facility to do so :0)

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  • Henry W.
  • 7/8/2014 8:15:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: Small footprint, nice looking, easy to use

Cons: Loud, difficult to drain, poor customer service

Other Thoughts: We were really hoping this unit would work out after reading some of the negative reviews. Unfortunately we also received a defective unit. The item arrived with a cracked frame on the rear filter. I contacted Soleus Air and their customer service agent was going to check to see if a replacement part is available and call me back since this was one of their newer models. I never received a call back after a few days, so I followed up and called back and left a message for her to call me back regarding the status. I never ended up receiving a call back, but that didn't really matter since the unit started making weird grinding and gurgling noises. I tried adding some water in the drain plug like some of the other reviewers suggested, which helped a little. The noise is so loud and unbearable. We had no choice but to return the defective item back for a refund. Luckily Newegg was great and took care of everything.

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  • KoonLuen L.
  • 7/2/2014 10:25:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsQC problems with Soleus as a whole

Pros: Great price and units I bought before from Soleus have worked well. It's also designed fairly well and easy to set up and move around.

Cons: Although it did a great job blowing air, the air was not cold nor did it dehumidify. The compressor was chugging along and then I got the E4 error. This shouldn't happen right out of the box. I bought a similar Soleus 8000btu portable model the year before from Newegg and it was great. I think the difference is that this one was made by Soleus themselves. The one I got last year was made by Gree for Soleus. Guess who does the better job at making air conditioners that work?

Soleus definitely has a lot of QC issues with what I've been reading. Many people who got this unit at different places are reporting the same problems so it's definitely a lack of QC and a design engineering issue. They must have figured to remove some parts to lower cost; I would say a bad idea considering their past units were so good. Right now I would have to stay away from this product as it will just be a headache.

Other Thoughts: Although I give Soleus a 1 star rating here, Newegg always rocks and makes it easy for returns!

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  • Dorrise P.
  • 6/22/2014 9:56:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsOne Year Only!

Pros: Cold air for the first year.

Cons: I have went through two of these units. Both stop cooling after the first year. Never again. I also have a window unit that has lasted for five years, why can't these units last at least that long? The first unit quit luckily within the first year warranty, but with shipping back to the manufacture half the cost of the unit, I do not see the benefit of the warranty.

Other Thoughts: Stay away from these units. They are priced low for quantity not quality. Look elsewhere for an air conditioner.
Buyer Beware.

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  • William S.
  • 6/21/2014 3:48:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSOLEUS AIR BPB08

Pros: It puts out a good amount of cool air, has a remote, and 2 adjustable directional fins to direct the air out.

I have a Soleus KY-80 that I bought from Newegg 3 years ago and have had no problems with it. This BPB08 is suppose to be a newer version of that unit.

Cons: The unit gives out a loud rattling noise - much too loud to live with. I called Soleus support and they told me it is a defective unit and to return it.

I am in the process of returning my 3rd unit. All with the same loud rattling noise problem and each time Soleus Support said it was a defective unit..... The 3rd unit was a used or repaired unit, not a new unit - not a fault of Newegg. 5 stars to Newegg Customer Service.

This is a design problem - see Other Thoughts.

Other Thoughts: I read a review on another website that said the rattling noise only happens when the water in the unit is evaporated out. I tried adding 3-4 cups of water to it through the drain hose in the back/bottom of the unit. Sure enough the rattling noise went away. After 1-2 hours the water was evaporated away and the rattling started again.

This confirms that it is a design problem within the unit.

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  • Dorrise P.
  • 6/21/2014 8:46:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsShort time AC.

Pros: Doesn't leak, indoor unit.

Cons: Horrible quality. Have had two of these units, first one after a year quit cooling, lucky it stopped cooling right before the warranty expired. Paid shipping for replacement which is half the cost of the unit. Brand-new unit from factory same thing. These air conditioners only last a year. Save your money and buy a different brand.

Other Thoughts: BUYER BEWARE!!!

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  • Drew C.
  • 6/21/2014 7:19:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsDon't hesitate; order TODAY!

Pros: Bought this same model at a well known chain just over a year ago. Very easy to set up. That is coming from a person who is NOT tech savvy when it comes to mechanical things. Really all you do is to raise your window, put in the exhaust end of the hose, connect the other end to the unit...................AND TURN IT ON! We are in Florida, in the summer time. Need I say more? I didn't want to have my central air on when it is just my wife and I in the bedroom. This unit makes so much sense. Turn it on about 30-45 minutes before you are ready to go to bed and you will walk into a nice, dry cold room. If you are afraid of HOA issues with the exhaust noise coming out of your bedroom, relax. It is extremely quiet. You can't even hear it if you are further than 3 or 4 feet from the window. You are getting a STEAL of a deal at this price. We paid $269 + 7% tax locally. Easy to install; works the first time and every time. Get it.

Cons: None. Make sure the unit is on a flat surface. We initially had it on the carpet floor and it seemed a little uneven so we ended up sitting it on an extra ceramic tile square.

Other Thoughts: You will be glad you purchased this, I promise.

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  • Yung C.
  • 6/20/2014 1:16:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWill not buy this brand again.

Pros: It does cool.

Cons: Like another reviewer mentioned, once compressor kicks in it makes a grinding noise like a washing machine, LOUD! You can't tune it out as it is not a constant hum. I had a KY-80 which stop cooling after 2 seasons (it was loud too but sound was constant, after a while it gets tuned out), thought I was just unlucky, but this new unit proves Soleus makes shoddy products.

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  • Harley M.
  • 6/7/2014 10:31:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Looks good, remote, easy to control, put out nice cold air. Wish it had worked right.

Cons: Turn it on and it sounds fine until the condenser kicks in. Then I was treated to a loud crinding, rattling noise that sounded somewhat like an out of balance washing machine on spin. Totally grating and clearly not the way it should run. I contacted Soleus tech who said it was obviously a broken unit and suggested I return to NeweggFlash which I did through their RMA procedure. Just sent it back a couple days ago, so far no problems with NeweggFlash and they have been very helpful.

Other Thoughts: I really think my unit was the exception not the rule. I would have considered a replacement if not for my wife's health needs requiring a cool room immediately. So I requested a refund and will buy my next AC from a local store.

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