The idea behind the Torras Coolify, a portable air-conditioner for your neck, seems brilliant on paper. It features a three-speed fan and a Peltier cooler for maximum cooling. But frankly, it doesn't quite work, and doesn't justify its expensive price tag of around S$159. But you'll at least feel cool from the neck up, if you can tolerate the annoying fan noise in your ears constantly.
- Double fans with three speed modes
- Thermoelectric cooler
- 4,000mAh battery for up to 8 hours
The design of the Coolify is pretty simple. There's one button that lets you switch between three modes and power off on the fourth press. You can long press to turn on the Peltier cooler, which sits at the center. It's designed to rest at the back of your neck. The cooling effect of the Peltier cooler is pretty quick. Within 10 seconds, it will start feeling cold. But soon after putting it on your neck, you'll not be able to feel the coolness, though your skin will definitely feel icy to the touch. It's similar to the HP Omen Mindframe Gaming Headset, which uses similar tech.
In our humid weather, the Coolify doesn't quite hold up. I'm not sure if it's because I sweat a lot, but I don't feel that much cooler after wearing the Coolify on my neck. I'm still perspiring, and the moving air doesn't quite feel like it's cooling me down. The three speed modes do a good job of moving air, but only from the neck up. I'm still sweating below. You're probably better off getting a personal aircon like the Close Comfort Cool Focus to cool your entire body.
Battery life is rated at 8 hours, and probably less if you set the fans at full speed. I've been using it on and off in five-minutes periods the past month, and have yet needed to charge it. The light appears to blink when it needs juice. Honestly, if the Coolify had worked better, I'd probably have to charge it more often.
Despite its official price of S$169, you can probably get the Torrass Coolify for less than S$150 during a sale. I don't recommend you do so, though. You're better off saving the money or spending it on other stuff, like a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones. But if you're still keen, grab it from Lazada or Shopee.
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