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Whynter 12K BTU Dual Hose Portable A/C $349 FS Amazon Prime only (+heat pump)

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Whynter ARC-122DHP Elite 12000 BTU Dual Hose Digital Portable Air Conditioner with Heat and Drain Pump
$349 (+ sales tax) Free Shipping
offered to Amazon Prime members only (or sign up for free month trail = cancel before 1st month ends = no charge)
Everywhere else, low-end prices for this A/C are $425-$450
click here to see google shopping prices []
The more competitive specs and efficiency are a prime concern for you, the slicker this deals is. Put simply, it's not the junky kind.

When researching, be aware that Whynter makes a nearly identical unit that doesn't offer heat pump functionality.
unit discussed in this thread = ARC-122DHP
(identical unit with no heat pump = ARC-122DS)
This website lumps them together as one and describes them in great detail, noting the heat pump (with water pump function) as their only difference.

This portable A/C has a some characteristics that set it apart.
For starters it's dual-hose for more efficient operation. For my application that's key.
In general, Whynter has a good rep for portable A/C units.
It scores a good efficiency rating compared to similar portable A/C's, at EER 12.25
It has notably lower-than-typical power consumption: 980 W / 9.0 Amps. That's a couple hundred watts lower than other 12000 BTU units, and about 1 Amp less. This can be a deal-maker if the electrical load on your power outlet is a prime concern.

nothing I know of yet
I did find two reviewers that said their units became noisy but still worked.

notes: According to an Amazon reviewer, the water pump is designed to work only in heat pump mode (i.e. only needed in heat pump mode). Evaporative mode functions with no need of a water pump during regular A/C operation. It does offer handy drain hose attachment as well. (you must supply the hose)
It does restart itself after a power outage/interruption, resuming its previous settings.
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Not sure this is a slick deal, but coincidentally I just bought this last night for similar reasons ad the OP. Hopefully the Amazon reviews on noise and build quality are exaggerated. Plus my unit will be sitting on carpet, so maybe it'll handle the rattle better than my hardwoods.
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I purchased the ARC-122DHP right after last hurricane, with the lower amps and quiet operation key points. Paid $475 shipped from Sylvane, which was best deal at the time. Unfortunately, the info was false. It draws a little over 10 amps and is louder then the 5 year old Delonghi 12k I was borrowing during 7 days we needed to run on a generator. I would look for something else and skip this.
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I bought this last year because it had the best reviews and specs across the most top reviewed portable AC's. Even in dual-hose mode and vented out the window, this AC did virtually nothing to cool down a single room apartment. The room temperature was cooled to 93 vs 95 degrees outside, and then even only within the vicinity of the AC running at full blast continuously. The only cool air was just if you sat directly in front of the vent.

I've had $50 cheapo window ACs with only 6,000 BTU that worked literally more than 10x better. Unfortunately, my current apartment has horizontal opening windows and doesn't allow for a window unit.

Are there any legitimate alternatives to using this unit or buying a second?

Edit: For the record. This deal is tied with the lowest price that I've seen for either model. So if you wanted it, this is a slick price. I had paid $425 peak summer because I couldn't wait around.
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