Sharp Portable Air Conditioner CV2P10SC Review

When the mercury rises to the point where it’s just plain uncomfortable, there’s no better amenity to have than a quality air conditioner.

Traditionally, we were limited to central air conditioning systems (typically an expensive proposition), or those window-installed air conditioners.

But a somewhat recent, and welcome, entry into the marketplace is the portable air conditioner, like the Sharp CV2P10SC.

STOP PRESS: 3rd Nov 2016 – Unfortunately this unit is no longer available or supported. If you are planning to buy a used or reconditioned model then read on for the full review – otherwise, I’ve added a recommended alternative below.

Highly Recommended Alternative

Read my complete review of the Shinco YPL310C

What Do You Get With The Sharp CV2P10SC?

With this sleek, stylish design by a trusted brand, you’re not just getting an air conditioner. It’s also a ion generator and a dehumidifier. So essentially, you’re getting three machines in one. With this kind of multi-functionality, it’s no surprise that many people are able to use it in their homes year round.

It’s also important to note that the CV2P10SC ships with the complete window adapter kit and flexible hose, crucial for venting the hot room air outside and a remote control, which is essential to its operation.

Unlike window units, portable air conditioning units are mobile. Most of them are mounted on swivel wheels, so they can be moved fairly easily from one room to another, as long as they’re on the same floor. Due to their size and weight, it’s not so easy to move these machines up and down stairs. It can be done, of course. But it’s not something you’d want to repeat with any kind of frequency.

How Is The Hot Air Vented Outside?

Portable air conditioners are designed to vent out of a window. So you’ll have to set this up each time you relocate one of these machines. See our complete guide  for more details on why this is the case.

It’s not particularly difficult to do. And thankfully, most models come supplied with a window kit that you adjust to suit many types of windows. So although these offer “portability” to a degree, it can be a bit of a hassle to move them around from one room (and window) set up to another. Your best bet is to choose a specific location and then set it up there for the season. At the end of the season you can move it into storage until the next year.

All things considered, when you’re shopping for a portable air conditioner, you’ll want to look for a model that will provide the most mileage – and value. One we found – and liked – is the Sharp CV2P10SC portable air conditioner. For a reasonable price it cools and freshens the air, while removing excess moisture from it.

Is The Unit Noisy?

Most portable air conditioning units are noisier than central, split and window units based on the fact that all of the pumps, motors and fans that keep the unit working are in the same room as you. The Sharp unit has patented “Library Quiet” technology which claims to allow the unit to run quiet enough to be at home in a library. Online reviews are mixed about this, with some saying it’s great and other people not impressed at all.

One online reviewer stated that in fan mode it’s quiet but when the compressor kicks in it the noise level is not what they consider to be library quiet. If you are buying an air con unit they you will probably be running with the compressor on most of the time so that’s not great news.

If low noise levels are important to you then perhaps it’s worth checking out our top 3 quiet air conditioner recommendations. I’ve carried out research and found the top models in the 10,000, 12,000 and 14,000 BTU categories, so there is a model for every room size.

What Is The Cooling Capacity Of This Air Conditioner?

The Sharp CV2P10SC has a 10,500 BTU capacity designed to cool rooms up to 410 square feet in size. It measures 17.7 inches deep by 22.8 inches wide by 32.6 inches high and weighs in at around 90 pounds. It’s a solid and stable unit that should deliver years of reliable service.

Cooler, more comfortable air throughout the room is noticeable in about 15 minutes, when the air conditioner has been set up properly.

The dehumidifier works great at removing excessive moisture in the air (up to 60 pints per day, according to Sharp), making it a terrific fixture for any basement. And the High Density Plasmacluster® Ion Generator helps keep the air fresh while eliminating any static electricity.

Is The Sharp CV2P10SC Easy To Control?

This model is exceptionally easy to control via the remote. Just don’t lose it, or else you’ll find yourself stuck. Other than an on/off switch, there are no controls on the air conditioner itself. But with the remote control you have complete control and a wide range of settings that can be altered with a simple click. Switch between air cooling, ventilation, fan only, dehumidify and more, to suit your room conditions and the desired result. There’s even a ‘sleep mode’ setting that adjusts every couple of hours to ensure maximum comfort and minimum interruption.

How Do You Vent The Hot Air That’s Inside?

You’ll want to take the time to set up the window adaptor and flexible exhaust hose properly. Create as tight of a seal as possible, so you’re not wasting energy. If the exhaust hose feels warm to the touch, go to your local building supply store and pick up some foil insulation and wrap it up. Chances are your air conditioner will function much more efficiently that way.

Does This Model Require A Lot Of Maintenance?

Once it’s set up there’s very little you need to do to maintain your Sharp CV2P10SC. But there’s one essential step. You’ll need to drain the water from the internal tank. It’s the same with every air conditioner. Water is collected from the air inside your room and that water has to go somewhere. In this case it is delivered straight to the tank within the A/C unit.

Periodic draining will ensure that your portable air condition continues doing what it’s supposed to do.

It really depends on the climate in your area as to how much water your Sharp air conditioner will collect. Some users can go an entire season – even all year – while only having to drain their air conditioner once or twice. Other people are draining it consistently every day, or every other day. It really just depends.

Nobody should blame the machine because they have to empty it more often than expected. It’s a good sign that your air conditioner is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do.

When the tank is full the air-conditioner will stop working and the lights on the exterior will begin to flash. So you don’t have to worry about not checking it and having a problem. When the tank is full, the machine simply goes into a holding pattern until you can drain it.

The challenge with every air-conditioner is that the process of draining is never a given. There’s usually some trial and error learning along the way, until you get comfortable with the process.

What’s particularly challenging is that the drain plug is always located on the bottom of the unit (to let gravity do its thing) and it’s always a little awkward to get to.

The best solution we’ve seen is to connect rubber tubing from the machine to a bucket and simply empty the bucket as it fills. Done correctly, this is the easiest, most hassle-free method of draining an air conditioner. But it typically means you’ll have to roll up your sleeves and make some modifications. If you’re not up to it yourself, you can always seek out the neighbourhood handyman, or hire a plumber to hook it up for you.

Once it’s done, you’re good to go. All you’ll have to do is empty the pail.

Other users have come up with different solutions such as tilting the unit to drain into a large bowl of some kind, or using a dishwashing pan underneath the air conditioner to collect the water.

The process of draining is simple enough. But unless you have a hose rigged up, it’s probably going to be a little inconvenient due to the weight of the air conditioner and the location of the drain.

This isn’t just an issue with this particular model. It’s how virtually every portable air conditioning unit is designed. I can’t see how the manufacturer could change the location of the drain and still have it function properly. However, there could be an improvement in the overall user-friendliness if the manufacturer provided some sort of base that would elevate the unit off the floor, making it easier to access the drain and have it flow into a receptacle.

For air conditioning purposes you’ll want to be sure your unit is vented to the outside. But that’s something you don’t have to worry about when your Sharp machine is set to any other mode. The fan, dehumidifier, and ion generator all work well without any venting required.

The Final Word

If you’re looking for a quality name brand that reliably cools the air inside your home or office, the Sharp Portable Air Conditioner CV2P10SC is a solid choice. Is this as good as central air? Of course not. But it’s a proven performer that when installed correctly and made to drain easily, can significantly increase the comfort level in any room.

And remember, the CV2P10SC is not just an air conditioner, but a dehumidifier and ion generator too. If you’re looking for an economical solution to enjoying a better quality of indoor air and the comfort it brings, this model deserves a serious look.

STOP PRESS: Update from 3rd Nov 2016 – This unit in no longer available from new. However, I recommend the following units as excellent alternatives with a similar power rating. I’ve added a link below.

Highly Recommended Alternative

Read my complete review of the Shinco YPL310C

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