The great part about our products is that they can make virtually any way that you have fun, funner… Funner-er. Fun… Better! (Let’s go with “better.”) Riding a bull, or watching people ride bulls. Snowmobiling, or watching people snowmobile. Fishing, or eating the fish. Hunting, or observing from a safe distance with proper safety gear and a big orange vest that says “beginner” in BIG bold letters. You get the idea.
VAL6 – Daystar
Since the Daystar hit the market, there’s been a new saying going around: “Fun like a Daystar.” Haven’t you heard it?
So, because this little baby can be taken virtually anywhere by simply picking it up, the options to use this are virtually endless. As long as what you’re doing ticks the “fun” box, just hook it up (either to an outlet or an inverter in your vehicle) and you’re ready to go. Ice fishing, trap shoots, tailgate parties… you name it. Also, don’t forget that sometimes, after a long day on the road in your RV, it’s just easier to whip out the Daystar for a bit of heat under the stars, than to light a fire. Soon, our descendants will call it “VAL6 gazing” instead of “fire gazing.”
Where to begin? We could start with the portability factor, given that the Daystar can run off a power inverter from your vehicle. But, all the VAL6 units can do that. We could mention how the Daystar can burn kerosene, #1 or #2 diesel, or bio-diesel (20%) equally clean. But, all of the VAL6 units can do that, too. How about the perfect design which means a 100% recovery of heat from fuel burnt, as well as no smell, no burning eyes, no headaches, no nausea, and no carbon monoxide to worry about? (Nope, the other VAL6 units have all that, as well.) Okay! Here’s something different! The Daystar is the only VAL6 unit that is dual-heating – meaning it puts off both radiant and convection heat. It has an easy-to-carry top handle, and it doesn’t weigh much, so its portability factor is greater than the others. Finally, with a 2.6 gallon fuel tank, it burns 0.4 gallons of fuel an hour. Meaning it can go for 6.5 hours continuously.
Find parts for the Daystar here.
VAL6 – KBE5S
So, you could go with the premium KBE5L model to get the extra bells and whistles. However, if you need that extra cash to pay for the kegger, and you still want to be warm at the kegger, get a hold of the KBE5S and let the good times roll!
Being of the same radiant-only ilk, the KBE5S, KBE5L and the EPX are going to do the job similarly, just with varying degrees of heat and features. The KBE5S is definitely big enough to use on the sidelines of a football game, or at a chilly autumn trap shoot. Barbeques, tailgate parties… any kind of outdoor activity when it’s getting cool, make sure you have it to keep the fun going.
Designed specifically for the U.S. market to be easily shipped via UPS, the KBE5S is more compact than the KBE5L, and has fewer features. However, the portability factor remains the same. Like all VAL6 heaters, it can run off a power inverter from your vehicle. As with the others, it can burn kerosene, #1 and #2 diesel, or bio-diesel (20%) just as cleanly from fuel to fuel. It reclaims 100% of the fuel you put in as heat, and does so with no smell, burning eyes, headaches, or nausea. Additionally, compared to other heaters on the market, it outputs 10-20 times less carbon monoxide. Most often the output doesn’t even show up on a CO meter. The KBE5S is a radiant-only heater, meaning inside you won’t have dust blowing around, and outside, the heat still gets to you like the sun’s rays. It has a nine gallon fuel tank, and burns 0.85 gal/hr. Meaning it can run non-stop for 10.5 hours.
Find parts for the KBE5S here.
VAL6 – KBE5L
Are you the type of person who wants both quality and class attending your recreational function? Do you want your heating facilities to have a bit of swagger? Enter: The premium KBE5L model.
As with the KBE5S and EPX, the KBE5L is a radiant-only heater. What this means is that none of its heat is affected by the elements. Why let a little hypothermia get in the way of your fun? Sometimes, what you need is a hard-hitting heater, like those in the VAL6 range. Whatever your breed of fun is… snowmobiling, trap shoots, football games – just bring the KBE5L along and take the weather down a peg or two.
The KBE5L, being the premium model of the medium-sized VAL6 units, naturally has more features than the economy KBE5S version. In addition to everything the KBE5S has, it has a fuel exhaust-reclamation visor, a fuel pre-heater, and a high/low heat output option. The radiation disk is the same size as the KBE5S, but the fuel tank is a larger 15 gallons. On low, the KBE5L burns 0.75 gal/hr, and on high, it burns 0.9 gal/hr. This means it can run continuously for 20 hours, and 16.5 hours, on low and high, respectively.
Find parts for the KBE5L here.
VAL6 – EPX
So, you know what you want, and you can afford to pay for it. We’re not talking about some random, college-age drink fest that happens to be outside. No, no. Your parties are for the elite, and may include elite snowmobiles, elite guns, elite fishing poles, or all of the above. In that case, get the elite VAL6: The EPX.
So, Mother nature and Old Man Winter got together and made the day from hell when you were planning some trap shooting? Or maybe some ice fishing? How about snowmobiling? Doesn’t it seem like those two are always out to spoil your fun? Well, when they take the sun away, “bring your own”, is what we say. The EPX is your defense against the weather and all her wiles.
Being another radiant-only VAL6, the EPX does everything the KBE5S and KBE5L models do, only bigger. It has a 20% larger radiant disk, which means it can produce the same amount of heat (on low) as the KBE5S and KBE5L, but use less fuel to do so. Like the KBE5L, it has the fuel exhaust-reclamation visor, the aforementioned high/low option, and fuel pre-heater, as well as both internal and external thermostats, and advanced monitoring system, and an extra large 15.4 gallon fuel tank. Burning 0.75 gal/hr and 1.02 gal/hr on low and high, respectively, means it can operation non-stop for 20.5 and 15 hours, depending on the setting. And, of course, being a VAL6, it has all the same rock star attributes of the KBE5S and KBE5L.
Find parts for the EPX here.
The WPS-30 was designed to be a more subtle heat source. Softer, gentler than the VAL6, but deeper penetrating. It features a safe surface temperature, so indoor, recreational events where children are present is where the WPS-30 is at its best.
Being a far-infrared unit, the WPS-30 is designed to heat farther and penetrate deeper than the VAL6 series. Having said that, it’s a much more subtle heat. You almost wouldn’t know it was on if you weren’t so darned comfy in an environment you know shouldn’t be comfy. Indoor arenas where the heating bill would simply be too high is when you can whip out the WPS-30. Monster truck rallies, car shows – anything from roller skating to bowling – you can even pop it downstairs in the man cave when the missus boots you and your friends down there for a beer. Enjoy!
A bonus with the WPS-30 is that it is purely electric. So, there isn’t any fuel that you have to worry about. The far-infrared beams of the heater go farther and deeper than a near-infrared (VAL6). The heat panel is a curved 19.8″, giving you a wide horizontal angle of heating. Then, to cover things vertically, there’s 20° of tilt. What most people like about the WPS-30 is the safe surface temperature of the heater. Where most electric radiant heaters will have a surface temp of 1,380°F, the WPS stays around 570°F. Which, still sounds pretty toasty, but the heat-resistant guard on the front keeps you and yours safe enough to run your hand over it without a worry.
Find parts for the WPS-30 here.
So, with the help of the VAL6 series, we made it past Old Man Winter. Now, just as we’ve let our defenses down through spring, summer shows, and it’s too hot. That’s where the RKF series comes in.
The great thing about summer is that you spend it, mostly, outdoors. The clean fresh air produced by the leaves of the trees fills a person with vigor and a lust for life. While the blazing fireball in the sky burns us all to a crisp, and makes us never want to step outdoors again! Recommended uses? Anytime you’re hot! Baseball dugouts, football sidelines, beach volleyball tournaments, barbeques, parades, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day! Fishing, trapshooting, soccer! Laying out! Yard work! Anytime you’re getting together outdoors with some friends and you don’t want to share an odor.
This is Part One of the RKF features, because for the 403 and the 503 models, the features are the same, the 503 is simply bigger. So, to start off with, the real unique piece of machinery is the auto shut-off switch. Now, I know, it doesn’t sound like much, and it sounds like something the other coolers have, but they don’t. You see, at the end of the day, when you’re done with work and you’re making ready to leave your fun, it’s best to dry out the cool pads (the cardboardy things the water trickles through) so that they don’t start to stink to high heaven. Most people don’t. Subsequently, most people’s evaporative coolers start to stink fairly quickly. What the RKF has is a button to press when you’re done. “Done? Press the button!” This starts the RKF on an approximate 20 minute journey into dryness. When the pads are dry, the machine shuts down, whether you’re there or not. Hoowah! See the features section of the RKF-503 for Part Two of this exciting adventure.
Find parts for the RKF-403 here.
Summertime heat getting you down? Don’t want to go out and play, even though you’ll feel better as a human being if you do? Don’t waste your time building character while “toughing it out.” Just grab the RKF-503 and relax.
The recommended uses for the RKF-503 are the same as with the RKF-403, only a little bit bigger. If you’re doing any of the above activities with a larger group of people, go for the 503. Or, if you’re one of those people who likes to have the biggest, brightest and best, go for the 503. (You know who you are.)
Features (Part Two!)
Thanks for tuning in! Okay, so you’ve learned all about the auto shut-off feature. Now, let me tell you about: the auto shut-0ff feature! Confused? Okay, this one’s a bit more common. What happens is that if you run out of water in your tank (supposing you don’t have the cooler hooked up to a hose) the pump will shut off, so that it doesn’t damage itself. Next, we have the cool pad screen. Remember those cardboardy things? Well, with the intake of air coming through them, you wouldn’t be surprised if bugs, leaves, and general crap got sucked into them, right? That makes for a disgusting cool pad. Shamefully, disgusting! So, the RKFs have a screen that protects the pads from ickies. The bonus with this is that when it’s time to clean it, it slips out easy-peasy. See, those cool pads are pretty delicate. You don’t want to have to be pulling them out and putting them back in too often, if at all. The screen lets your pads stay safe, while you wash the gunk off the flexible screen. Next, there is the removable water tank. Believe it or not folks, when you have water, you have mildew and other stuff that turns smelly. Simply grab your tank out, give it a scrub, and throw it back in. Spick and span in no time.
That’s the lower section. Up top, where the fans are, we have some louvers you should know about. First, the horizontals. They’re automatic, and have an 80° range of motion. Then, the verticals: Aim your air up/up/up or down/up/down, or any combination you can think of with the three, manual vertical louvers. (Vertical and horizontal denoting the direction of air flow, not the appearance of the louver!)
Finally, we have the energy efficiency. Let’s be a little bit green, shall we folks? The RKF-403 portable, evaporative cooler uses only 290 watts, and the larger, RKF-503 portable, evaporative cooler uses only 520 watts. Not bad, really. Compare it to an air conditioner!
Find parts for the RKF-503 here.