DIY Solar A/C Cooler

This air cooler is great for home, the workplace, and camping. Heck, put one in your car if the air conditioner breaks. We are also huge fans of using solar power energy, although it is optional with this air cooler for your convenience.

More importantly, this DIY project will not break the bank.

Materials you’ll need:

  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Window screen, black plastic (minimum 24” X 76”)
  • Fan (computer fans work great)
  • Cooling pad, or filter material
  • 1/4″ Aquarium tubing
  • Clamp
  • Fountain pump
  • Push pin
  • Solar panel (optional)


  • Yardstick
  • 1 – 2” hole saw
  • Marker
  • Razor tool

Find instructions here — DIY Solar A/C Cooler