FAQs: Portable Ice Makers

Portable ice makers are a fantastic option for compact living spaces, such as apartments, boats and RVs. They are also a great alternative to buying bagged ice or dealing with troublesome ice trays. Whether portable ice makers are a novel idea to you or one you’ve been contemplating for a while, you may have a few questions. We’ve compiled the most frequent questions we’ve been asked over the years. Hopefully we’ll be able to answer yours, perhaps even before you know what to ask.

EdgeStar IP210SS Ice Maker
  1. Do I need a water line to use my portable ice maker?
  2. How do portable ice makers work?
  3. How quickly do portable ice makers produce ice?
  4. How small are portable ice makers?
  5. What makes portable ice makers portable?
  6. How do I clean and maintain my portable ice maker?
  7. What is the difference between ice production capacity and ice storage capacity?
  8. Do I need a drain line for my portable ice maker?
  9. What type of ice do portable ice makers produce?
  10. Do I need a special plug or power supply to run my portable ice maker?
  11. Can I use my portable ice maker outdoors?

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Portable Air Conditioner Sale

Portable Air Conditioner Sale

The temperatures continue to rise outside, especially on the east coast this week where they’re flirting with 100 degree weather! Now 100 degrees doesn’t seem terrible to those of us living in the south (Texas had a record 100+ degree days in a row last year), but many people in the north east don’t have the luxury of central air conditioning. That’s where our portable air conditioners come in!

For a limited time, we are offering two of our best selling units at deep discounts to help fight off the heat. Use coupon code PACDEAL at checkout to save.

Koldfront AP12000S-KF Extreme Cool Portable Air Conditioner

Regular Price: $524.99
Sale Price: $379.00
You Save: $145.99

Koldfront PAC701W Slim Portable Air Conditioner

Koldfront Portable Air Conditioner

Regular Price: $374.99
Sale Price: $269.00
You Save: $105.99

Austin Smarter Spaces Tour: 4813 West Park

As we previously announced, we were the title sponsor of Austin’s first ever Smarter Spaces Tour which took place Saturday, April 14. There was a total of 10 homes on the tour and I believe around 500 people ended up attending. Pretty impressive for the inaugural run!

The first house on the tour was 4813 West Park.

4813 West Park
4813 West Park Home

4813 West Park is a 3-bedroom house located a little further north than most of the other homes on the tour. We had our Koldfront 4-bottle wine cooler on display in the kitchen.

From the outside, I really expected the home to have a second story, which shows you just how spacious it looks. I’m sure if there had been a second floor though, it wouldn’t have qualified to be on the Smarter Spaces Tour (homes had to be under 2500 sq ft). The first feature that really caught my attention was the teal-colored door. I love bright colors and teal isn’t one you usually see on the outside of a house.

When you first walk in, you can see across the entire home and right into the backyard thanks to large windows in the living room. The windows let in a ton of natural light and help the open floor plan seem even more open. The living room, kitchen and dining area are all in one giant room with an island providing a clear delineation for the kitchen.

This home was custom built by GnM Lohr Homes (you can see more high quality pictures on their site) and it was awarded 4 stars by the Austin Energy Green Star rating program.

See more photos of the house, including our wine cooler, in the gallery:

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2011 Deals

We are very excited to announce our deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2011. As usual, Compact Appliance customers will still receive free shipping on almost every product, no sales tax (outside of TX, NV & SC) and our price match guarantee – if you find it for cheaper somewhere else, we’ll beat that price! In addition to these great, everyday offers, shoppers will also get these great perks during our Cyber Weekend sale:

  • All Weekend (Fri-Mon): Save 25% off almost every product on our site!
  • Black Friday Only: All orders $450 or more will receive a free EdgeStar 62-can beverage cooler with coupon code HOLIDAY2011. Limited to the first 100 customers.
  • Black Friday & Saturday: Get an extra $10 off the Ronco stainless steel rotisserie oven (that’s on top of the 25% off)! No coupon necessary.
  • Sunday & Cyber Monday: Receive an extra $30 off the EdgeStar 148-can built-in beverage refrigerator (that in addition to the 25% off)! No coupon necessary.
  • Cyber Monday Only:  All orders $450 or more will receive a free Koldfront 4-bottle wine cooler with coupon code HOLIDAY2011. Limited to the first 100 customers.

Make sure to also check out our Holiday Gift Center! We are running 48-Hour Deals everyday through December 18, so don’t miss out on any of our great discounts, especially if you are interested in a kegerator, beverage fridge or wine cooler.