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Teardown: Avalon A9 electric countertop water cooler/dispenser

24 January 2019
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Benchmarking.

The Avalon A9 offers a choice of three temperatures, ranging from approximately 47° to 185° F, and three dispensing volumes plus continuous dispensing mode. It does not use a bottle, but attaches directly to a water source. Tap water is purified by an NSF-certified activated carbon filter and a sediment filter; a self-cleaning UV light feature purifies water inside the machine's tank. The model is UL listed and Energy Star compliant. Dimensions: 16 x 10 x 15.75 in; weight: 35 lb.

The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Technology Teardown Services.

Avalon A9: main enclosure. Source: IHS MarkitAvalon A9: main enclosure. Source: IHS Markit

Summary points:

  • Countertop bottleless water cooler/heater
  • Dispenses hot, cold, and room temperature water
  • Dual stage filtration
  • UV self-cleaning

Target market: Office and home consumer

Released: Q1 2018

Pricing: $349.99

Availability: Direct from Avalon, or online/big box retailers

Total manufacturing cost: $172.69 (including direct materials and manufacturing)

Avalon A9: box contents/accessories. Source: IHS MarkitAvalon A9: box contents/accessories. Source: IHS Markit

Major components:

  • Compressor, 120 V, 8A, R134a refrigerant - MFR: Guangdong Meizhe Compressor Co. Ltd. - MPN: FE30CHR-U - (Qty: 1)
  • Condenser, 77 aluminum fins, 11 copper pipes, with 2 stamped/formed electro-galvanized steel mounting brackets - (Qty: 1)
  • Solenoid valve, 24 V, 0.02 to 0.8 Mpa, with injection molded plastic housing, 2 pieces stamped / formed electro-galvanized steel, injection molded polyoxymethylene, 2 quick disconnect terminals and hardware - MFR: Zhejiang Kebo Electrical Appliances Co. Ltd. - MPN: FPD-270L - (Qty: 2)
  • Solenoid valve, dual, 24 V, 0.02 to 0.8 Mpa, w/ injection molded plastic housing, 2 pieces stamped / formed electro-galvanized steel, injection molded plastic, 4 quick disconnect terminals, and hardware - MFR: Zhejiang Kebo Electrical Appliances Co. Ltd. - MPN: FPS-270A2 - (Qty: 1)
  • Water filter, sediment, injection molded plastic housing, 2 TPE gaskets, and Mylar label - (Qty: 1)
  • Water filter, carbon block, injection molded plastic housing, 2 TPE gaskets, and Mylar label - (Qty: 1)
  • Fan, sleeve bearing, 115 VAC, 0.11 A, with 2 integral 22AWG discrete insulated wires - MFR: Shenzhen Jianzhun Electrical Machinery Ind Co. Ltd. - MPN: 1122XBL - (Qty: 1)
  • Pressure reducing valve, 3.0 +/- 0.5kgf/cm2, 1/4" to 1/4" ID, w/ 2 tube collets, and 2 rubber O-rings - MFR: Fuyang Zhonghe Electronic Co. Ltd. - MPN: 1830-C - (Qty: 1)
  • Evaporator, stamped / formed aluminum, with 3 pieces formed copper tubing, painted, with 2 rivets - (Qty: 1)
  • Hot water tank, stainless steel, welded, with integral heating coil - (Qty: 1)

Avalon A9: interface PCB, top and bottom. Source: IHS MarkitAvalon A9: interface PCB, top and bottom. Source: IHS Markit



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