WAFB - Channel 9 - Showcases Go Cool!
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When we met Russell Martello in 2004, he had invented a new gizmo. He did it after his wife refused to go on the boat again till he figured out a way to air condition the craft. Russell, an A/C service man, took a 100-quart ice chest, fiddled with it and wound up with a portable air conditioner that cools boats, RV'S, tents, all kinds of things.
Fast forward to 2010. After six years of work, refinements and more innovations, Russell has developed a sleek, slender go-anywhere unit now being mass produced under the name Go Cool.
"It's a portable air conditioner that uses ice water instead of Freon," says company CEO Bonnie Floyd. "It pumps ice water through a coil, drops it back in a tank, and it pulls the air through the coil and out the front."
Along the way Russell picked up a partner. Bonnie is just the kind of CEO any entrepreneur would welcome to the team. Together they formed Comfort Innovations, Go Cool's parent company.
Bonnie, who designed the sleek new look, says, "It comes with an electrical power cord and a vehicle lighter cord. It pulls 1.6 amps, and it comes with six feet of drainage tubes so you can drain it in place." And at 17 x 20 x 24 inches, it's light and easy to carry. "We had it made so it can go anywhere you want it to go," says Bonnie. An extending handle and wheels make Go Cool easy to manage on a long walk down the pier or to the campsite.
Bonnie is already developing a new product, an air conditioned Cool Cape--just the thing for a hot athlete on the sidelines. It's a hooded blue vinyl pullover a lot like a rain slicker. But this one has a hose running from the portable air conditioner into the back of the cape, enveloping the wearer in cool air.
Russell, inventor turned Cool Cape model, beams, "I'm cool in the heat!"
The go cool will chill an 8 x 8' tent for eight to ten hours. It sells for $495, but they have marked it down to $469 through May.