WHAT IS IT? The Arctic Cove 18-volt Bucket-Top misting
fan incorporates a fan and adjustable mist control. The fan
unit sits on top of any 5-gallon plastic bucket and provides
a steady mist thanks to a two-speed fan and quiet pump
performance. Power is supplied by a rechargeable, cordless, Ryobi, 18-volt battery (included). The fan is portable,
with dimensions of 15 inches tall and 12. 25 inches wide.
WHAT’S IT COST? $79.95 (5-gallon bucket extra).
CONTACT? Home Depot or
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Arctic Cove 18-volt Bucket-Top misting fan.
(1) Design. The fan unit has a base that is designed to
sit on top of a plastic bucket. The fan is made by Ryobi,
and power comes from a 1.3Ah Ryobi OnePlus power-tool
battery (charger is included). The fan has a pivoting head
that allows the user to aim the mist accurately. A hose
with a filter on the end of it can be uncoiled from under
the fan base to submerge into the water-filled 5-gallon
bucket. There are two switches on the base of the fan: (1)
A two-speed switch for the fan. ( 2) A two-way switch to
meter the amount of water supplied to the mister nozzles.
The nozzles are standard brass mister nozzles mounted on
each side of the fan.
( 2) Battery life. The supplied 1.3Ah OnePlus battery
has a run-time of three hours on the low-speed setting.
Coincidentally, 5 gallons of water just happens to last
three hours (at an average of 1.5 gallons per hour). The
Arctic Cove mister system comes with a garden-hose
attachment for an unlimited supply of water. It is designed
to sit on a bucket, but can sit on a table or flat ground
when the garden hose is used as a water source.
( 3) Tips. The MXA wrecking crew uses the Arctic Cove
mister in the pits on hot days. If your pits have a source
of clean water, you can fill the bucket up at the track. If
not, you can carry spare water in a clean 5-gallon gas can
or water container. If you own Ryobi power tools, you will
have a source of extra Ryobi OnePlus batteries. If not, you
can buy a spare 1.3Ah battery for around $40, but Ryobi
has OnePlus batteries that produce as much as 4Ah (for
a 10-hour run-time). We charge the batteries before a race
and carry both of them to the track. After three hours,
we refill the bucket with water and change the battery.
We rarely run the mister non-stop, since it is cool in the
morning and we don’t need it running when we aren’t in
the pit area. To get the best performance from the Arctic
Cove mister, take the time to read the wind. With the wind
at its back, the fan can cover a fairly large surface area.
( 4) Performance. It works extremely well. Misted air
is as much as 20 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature. The only downside—although not for riders who
just came in from a hot, sweaty moto—is that if you sit too
close, you get wet. Because it is portable, you can take it
to the races, soccer games or to backyard barbecues.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? You will find out very quickly
which of your friends are mister hogs.
An $80 mister system is not a luxury;
ARCTIC COVE BUCKET-TOP MISTING FAN
on a 95-degree day it is a necessity.
MXA TEAM TESTED