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UKOKE AC Review: A ‘Smart’ Portable Buy in 2022?

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In this UKOKE AC review, I’ll give you my non-expert thoughts on this smart portable air conditioner by a company with a funny-sounding name.

Chill Time

ukoke ac reviewLast year, I bought the UKOKE Smart Portable air conditioner over at Amazon, and I have been wanting to write this review ever since.

Let me start by saying that this review is in no way sponsored by UKOKE. Next, I will say with 100% honesty that I absolutely love this AC.

In fact, it is one of my favorite “smart” devices in my home.

I bought the 12,000 BTU model and it does a phenomenal job at cooling down my 450 sq. ft bedroom. I’m sure it would also cover a medium-sized room or large room nicely too. My gushing, however, doesn’t stop there. The design of the AC is outstanding, it is surprisingly quiet, and it has some really cool (no pun intended) “smart” features all of which I will go into in detail below.


Ukoke USPC01W Smart WiFi Portable Air Conditioner, Works with Alexa & Mobile App Control, 12000BTU, 4 in 1 AC Unit with Cool, Heat, Dehumidifier & Fan, up to 400 Sq. ft, White

  The Good

  • Cools my large bedroom down fast.
  • Low noise levels
  • Low profile (thin) window attachment.
  • Zero condensation, even in very hot weather.
  • Vent oscillates using the “swing” feature.
  • Mobile app control using your smart phone
  • Alexa commands for on/off and setting temperature.

  The Bad

  • It’s heavy (although all portable ACs are heavy and wheels help with portability).
  • The exhaust hose detached from the ring and took some doing to get it back into place.
  • Few users complain about getting it connected to Wi-Fi. (I have not experienced this at all.)
  • Heat and dehumidification options require frequent draining.


Physical Design

The first thing you’ll notice about the UKOKE is its sleek, minimalist design. The unit is encased in a smooth white plastic and it has a very modern look to it.

Here’s what it looks like next to my stand-up desk:

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My UKOKE AC

Next, let’s talk about portability. This AC unit comes with four caster wheels that make it super easy to move around. Additionally, the cord wrap system is really well designed and makes it a breeze to store the power cord when you’re not using the AC.


Window Attachment and Exhaust Hose

Window Sealing Plate

UKOKE AC EXHAUST HOSE: VIEW 1

Best of all, the vent and its window attachment have a very narrow profile, which is ideal for me. I live on the ocean and I was concerned that my ocean view would be partially blocked by the window attachment doo-hickey. I did run into an issue where the vent hose slipped off the ring that attaches to the back of the unit. After a good deal of finagling, I was able to get it back on with a pair of plyers and it has stayed in place since.

UKOKE Review Vent tube sealing plate2

UKOKE AC EXHAUST HOSE: VIEW 2


Noise

I was surprised at how quiet the UKOKE AC is—‎just 53 dB. I would compare the noise level to a window air conditioner. While you know it is running, I actually find the white noise to be soothing and it helps me sleep at night.

The UKOKE has all of the features that you would expect from a portable air conditioner, including a physical remote control, an adjustable thermostat, three different fan speeds, and a 24-hour timer.

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If you are interested in buying the AC I’ll include a link to it below. It is an Amazon affiliate link, so if you buy it using my link, I’ll earn a commission that goes to support this blog.


Smart Features

Next up in this UKOKE AC review, let’s take a look at the fun stuff: smart features.

In addition to being a great performing and well-designed air conditioner, the UKOKE also has some really “cool” smart features.

What makes this unit “smart” are its Wi-Fi capabilities. Once you connect it to your home’s Wi-Fi network, you can use voice commands to turn it on/off as well as adjust the temperature. I have mine connected to my Amazon Echo and I absolutely love it. I’ll include the Alexa commands I use below.

In addition to using voice commands, you can also operate the AC using the UKOKE app. The app is available for both iOS and Android and it allows you to do everything that the physical remote does.


Control Panel

UKOKE AC Front Panel

The control panel is located on the top of the unit, and it has a large LED display that shows you the current room temperature when the unit is off, and the target temperature when the unit is on.

Controls across the top from left to right are TIMER, MODE, mode indicator panel, status display, temperature controls (up and down arrows), SPEED, SWING, WIFI indicator light, and of course, the Power button.

If you are wondering what the “Swing” feature does (I sure was), it is used to toggle the oscillating vent on the front of the unit on and off.

The buttons have a nice solid click to them.


UKOKE App

The UKOKE app is well designed, and it let’s you track multiple UKOKE products via the same familiar interface.

The AC controls mimic the Control Panel and also the remote. The Timer can also be set using the App.

UKOKE App

  Download for iOS: Apple App Store
  Download for Android: Google Play

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Connectivity Features

A few people wrote to me on YouTube and said that they struggled to get their ACs on Wi-Fi, and I can see why. The process to connect the UKOKE smart app up to my Wi-Fi was not intuitive. It took me a while to figure out that you need to scan a QR code and long-press the SPEED button on the front of the unit in order to get it to connect.

I cover this in the following YouTube video. You might want to save this page if you haven’t yet purchased the unit but plan to do so.

You can also download the latest Product User Manual from UKOKE.


Remote Control

The remote control that comes with the UKOKE is very comprehensive as far as air conditioner remotes go. It has all of the same buttons that are on the control panel, plus a few extras.

Here’s what the remote looks like:

UKOKE remote control


Timer

Another handy feature of the UKOKE Smart Portable air conditioner is the 24-hour timer function. This allows you to set the AC to turn on or off at a specific time.

I have yet to use this as I have too much fun controlling my AC with Alexa, but it is nice to know that it is there.

You basically just select the number that corresponds to the time you want the A/C to turn on and off. I would recommend doing this via the UKOKE app as it looks very straightforward there.


Amazon Alexa Commands

While you can’t control the fan speed using Alexa, you have control over both the power and the temperature settings.

Here are the commands that I use all summer:

  • “Alexa, turn off the AC.”
  • “Alexa, turn on the AC”.
  • “Alexa, set AC temperature to 61 degrees (range is between 60 and 80).”
  • “Alexa, increase the thermostat.” (increases temperature by 1 degree)
  • “Alexa, decrease the thermostat.” (decreases temperature by 1 degree)

If you have an Echo Show, the current AC setpoint temperature and the ability to adjust it both appear on the screen.

UKOKE Screen on Echo Show

UKOKE Screen on My Echo Show 8

This is super cool. You can press the up and down arrows on the Echo Show screen to adjust the temperature further.

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Maintenance

So far the only thing that I have done to maintain the unit is empty it when it gets full of water.

Draining the unit is super simple. I just place a large Tupperware tray along the back of the unit and release the stopper plug. The water then just flows out into the pan and it typically drains fully in about 30 seconds or so.

I used to wheel the unit into the bathtub to drain it there but that is overkill. Here’s a video that I created over on my YouTube channel documenting this. Using a pan or a Tupperware tray is a more efficient way to do this. You really don’t have to drag it into the bathroom. The water doesn’t drip and flows right into my catch tray.

It is unclear to me whether I need to clean the washable filter or buy replacement filters. I will check on that soon and report back here.


What’s in the Box

In the UKOKE box, you will find:

  • The new UKOKE base AC Unit
  • Vent hose
  • Window attachment
  • Small white remote control

Here is an unboxing video that I did over on my YouTube channel.

Video Credit: Tec Timmy


Warranty

UKOKE offers a one-year warranty on the unit which is pretty standard for portable air conditioners.

I found it a bit odd that it says to “request the warranty from the manufacturer” over at Amazon on the UKOKE product page (affiliate link) but I suppose that is par for the course for some companies.


UKOKE AC Review: Final Thoughts

I absolutely love my UKOKE air conditioner and I think it’s one of the best AC units (portable or window!) that I’ve ever owned. While it doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of some of the more expensive units, the UKOKE technology does everything that I need it to do and then some.

The smart features are awesome, and the build quality is very good. If you’re looking for a great performing and well-priced portable air conditioner, I would highly recommend the UKOKE Smart Portable Air Conditioner.

Thanks for reading my UKOKE AC review until the end. Hope you found this helpful!

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