WHAT IS IT? The M.Pac is a small, lightweight air
conditioning unit that runs off battery power and uses
frozen PolarPack foam bricks to keep a rider cool after
WHAT’S IT COST? $240.00 (cooler, five PolarPacks,
18-volt rechargeable battery and battery recharger).
CONTACT? At Facebook go to: M.PAC portable air
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the M.Pac portable air conditioner.
(1) Performance. Weighing just under 11 pounds
with the battery and PolarPacks installed, the M.Pac is
designed to sit on the rider’s lap or on the tailgate of
a truck where it blows cool air on the rider. MXA test
riders would come in from a moto and aim the M.Pac
air conditioner at their torsos, up their jerseys or directly
into their faces. The difference in temperature between a
hot SoCal summer day and the PolarPack-cooled air was
in the neighborhood of 15 degrees. And, the hotter the
day, the cooler the air felt. Some test riders even held
a spray bottle full of ice water and misted it into the
M.Pac’s breeze for more cooling.
( 2) Power pack. Power comes from a Black & Decker
18-volt power-tool battery. It will spin the fan for five
hours and can be recharged in eight hours.
( 3) Ice. The M.Pac doesn’t use ice; instead, it comes
with five PolarPack foam bricks. The foam bricks are
packed around the air intake of the M.Pac cooler box.
PolarPack foam bricks are typically used for shipping
perishable material over long distances. PolarPack Foam
Bricks do not change shape and stay cold longer than ice.
( 4) Uses. MXA only used the M.Pac portable unit in
the pits, but the 13x10x8-inch M.Pac has many other
uses. Mothers use them to keep their babies cooler in
strollers; soccer moms tailgate with them; and open-wheel race car drivers sit them on the cowlings of their
cars when they are waiting to go out on the track.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? It should be noted that this
is not an air conditioner in the normal sense of the word.
It will not cool down a room in your house. It works by
blowing cool air on hot skin and is of no value when
the ambient temperature is below 80 degrees. The MXA
gang had no major complaints, except when other test
riders tried to hog the cold air.
If you race in the summer and suffer
on hot, humid days, this is a really
cool product (pun intended).
M.PAC PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONER
MXA TEAM TESTED