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Can I use a Vortex Tube to cool my electrical enclosure instead of a Cabinet Cooler?

Yes, Cabinet Coolers are simply engineered Vortex Tubes for the specific purpose of cooling a cabinet. Vortex Tubes will perform the same as a Cabinet Cooler but there are distinct advantages to using the Cabinet Cooler for this application.

  • Cabinet Coolers are available in models that are UL Listed to maintain the NEMA integrity of electrical panels. Vortex Tubes do not provide this level of protection.
  • Cabinet Coolers have built in sound attenuation.
  • Cabinet Coolers have a built in vent to allow warm panel air to escape from the cabinet.
  • Cabinet Coolers are pre-set for maximum refrigeration and the setting cannot be changed. Vortex Tubes can be field adjusted, this leaves them susceptible to mis-adjustment and inefficient operation.
Vortex Tubes
  1. What is a Vortex Tube?
  2. How does a Vortex Tube work?
  3. Which Vortex Tube do I use?
  4. How long have Vortex Tubes been around?
  5. What does the Vortex Tube Performance Chart tell me?
  6. I have a Vortex Tube, but the air coming out is not very cold. Why?
  7. How will warm compressed air affect a Vortex Tube?
  8. Can I put backpressure on the cold exhaust of a Vortex Tube?
  9. Can I connect the output of a Vortex Tube to an Air Amplifier or Air Knife?
  10. How do I know what Cold Fraction my Vortex Tube is set to?
  11. Can I use a Vortex Tube to cool my electrical enclosure instead of a Cabinet Cooler?
  12. How are Vortex Tubes rated?
  13. How do I know which Vortex Tube I have?
  14. What is the difference between the Vortex Tube and other cold air products like the Cold Gun?
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