Vortec Cooling Vest


Workers in extreme temperatures wear Vortec Cooling Vests (VCVs) to minimize heat stress and fatigue. The VCVs improve comfort and productivity.

Vortec cooling vests have two components:

  • a cooling tube that generates cold air to provide air flow to the worker
  • a diffuse cooling vest through which the cold air flows to cool the worker’s torso

VCVs are available in two cooling capacities; 1500 BTUH and 2500 BTUH. All models can achieve temperature differentials of +/- 45 – 60° F from the inlet compressed air temperature using vortex tube technology. These models are adjustable by the worker using an integral temperature adjustment knob.

The cooling vests are available in three sizes; large, xlarge, and xxlarge which provides continuous cooled air through its perforated inner lining. The durable nylon oxford vest allows a full range of motion with no airflow restrictions and does not absorb sweat or other contaminants. Body cooling vests can also be worn under other protective clothing.


  • Improves worker safety
  • Eliminates the incidence of worker heat stress
  • Reduces the frequency and duration of non-productive cooling breaks
  • Maximizes worker productivity and comfort in extreme temperatures
  • Eliminates the need to air condition large warehouse or shop areas


  • Provide continuous, consistent cooling, unlike ice or gel packs
  • Two cooling capacities available
  • Has easy temperature adjustment by user, even with gloved hands
  • All VCV models are supplied with an adjustable waist belt and an Industrial Interchange style quick connect for attachment to the compressed air supply
  • Can be worn under other protective clothing
  • Three vest sizes available to fit all workers, plus a vest extension for varying sizes
  • Vest is impermeable to sweat, dirt, and other contaminants; easily cleaned
  • Vest allows full range of motion with no airflow restrictions
  • The vest is made of an abrasion-resistant, flame retardant vinyl laminated nylon that is self-extinguishing and has a melting point of 300°F. Material conforms to NFPA 701 standard.    

*Note: NIOSH approves only complete Supplied Air Respirators (SAR) Systems. None of the Vortec Personal Air Conditioner products listed above are approved for use with a respirator system. More can be found about the requirements in CRF 84.131.


Vortec Cooling Vests

Workers in extreme temperatures wear Vortec Cooling Vests to minimize heat stress and fatigue, and to improve comfort and productivity. Cold Air circulates through a Diffuse Air Vest to distribute cooling to the wearer's torso and neck. The air supplied to the vest achieves a temperature differential of 45 - 60 F° from the inlet compressed air temperature.


Vortec Cooling VestCoolingVest-LCoolingVest-XLCoolingVest-2XL
Cooling Capacity (BTU/hr) 1500 2500 2500
Air Consumption @ 100 psig (scfm) 25 35 35
Temperature Drop or Change (deg F) 60 60 60
Recommended filter model 701S-24A 701S-24A 701S-36A
For use with:Vest size Large  XLarge 2XLarge
Vortec Cooling VestCoolingVest-LCoolingVest-XLCoolingVest-2XL
Cooling Capacity (Watts) 440 733 733
Air Consumption @ 100 psig (slpm) 708 991 991
Temperature Drop or Change (deg C) 33 33 33
Recommended filter model 701S-24A 701S-24A 701S-36A
For use with:
Large  XLarge 2XLarge


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Respiratory Equipment uses Vortec’s Personal Air Conditioners. Thanks to our client Arc One, cooler heads prevail in the welding industry. Vortec helps make it possible for Arc One to extend its line of welding personal safety equipment, developing a personal cooling helmet for welders.

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