Air-Con in a Can Helps you Keep your Cool

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Portable air conditioning used to mean something Marshall amp-sized (preferably on wheels) that you could fill with water, hoick from room to room, dangle the hose out of the window and plug in. Well, my friends, those days are gone, and instead you can lower the temperature with air-con in a can. For $5 you get a 220ml can filled with all sorts of lovely chemicals, including ethanol (so no smoking while you're spraying or you might find yourself flambéing your armpit hair) to keep your temperatures crypt-like in the summer months.

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A Gizmodo tip, though: Don't give up the deodorant in the meantime—while the air-con in a can might provide relief for you, it won't help your fellow travelers on the subway if you are a smelly fella.

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Yeah, I saw these too in Japan at Sporting goods stores. Never tried them though.

But the Oxygen cans and Oxygen bars I have both tried (also while in Japan), and can say it does have a nice effect, but is usually not worth the price.

The oxygen in a can, while most often sold in Japan for use during sports or training, is sometimes marketed (in the UK/Europe anyway) as a hangover remedy. I've tested it for such purposes and found it works reasonably well. Helps clear your head and abate the headache a bit. I also found it quite refreshing after an 11 hour flight.

As for the oxygen bar, that I in Nagoya. I was at an all day seminar held in the Nagoya Dome in late summer, so it got kinda hot and stuffy in there. My sister had accompanied me that day, and had been complaining of light headedness and dizzy spells during the program, so we trotted across the street to a mall that happened to have an oxygen bar. I found the Oxygen bar only mildly invigorating (not much better than a few tokes off the previously mentioned oxygen can), but my sister who has varied respiratory problems loved it. The oxygen seemed to clear all light headedness and the dizzy spells up, and she said she'd love to do it once a week if possible.

For me, a genki drink or 'Going outside for some air' might have had the same affect, but we love trying out bourgeois stuff like that anyway, so it was worth the ~$12.