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Mini Powerful Viv Fans w/Variable Rate Adapter GUARANTEED

Postby ems1016 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:29 pm

I have recently discovered what I consider to be the absolute best method of ventilating vivs with tiny fans; not computer fans, but "squirrel fans." These are a lot more bang for the buck.

I have assembled a few sets for those that are interested. I expect to post a video on You Tube once I get a chance to breathe! The fans are a slight bit larger than a ping pong ball and come in sets of two with each already soldered and connected to a variable-rate powered adapter. You can actually select the speed of the fans by changing the setting on the back of the adapters to a lower or higher voltage setting (there are five settings).

Just how quiet the fans operate is a function of what voltage you select on the adapter. At 12v (the highest setting), you hear the fanned air rushing by plus a small motor sound. Settings below that, you hear only air, except at 4.5 volts, you bearly hear even the air at all (feel it though).

$60 plus shipping in the U.S. only (that's two fans and a variable setting adapter!!). SATISFACTION GUARANTEED with a five (5) day money back guaranty if they are not the best and most powerful little fans you have ever seen. Trust me, you'll never waste time with those computer fans again.

Please e-mail me directly at emsinker@yahoo.com.

Thanks!

Ed

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Postby Philsuma » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:11 pm

Exciting Ed...keep us updated here !

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Postby ems1016 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:02 pm

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OK, here's what we have: Pic 1 shows a close up of the fan and how the blades of a squirrel fan are much different than a computer or house fan. The blades operate like a water wheel at a mill. Pic 2 shows the fan in my hand to demonstrate just how small it is. Pic 3 shows two of the fans placed over a dollar bill (my income tax refund); I cut plastic off of the fan on the left to make it even smaller. Next two pics are of the front and back of the transformer. The 3 volt setting doesn't do anything; not enough power for the fans. Actually, I've found that the lowest 4.5 volt setting is all you really need to keep condensation off the front glass and to keep tank air circulating or refreshed (I'll explain that later). Next pic is of a circular bead storage container I got at Joann Fabrics, trimmed away the bottom and three sections of the side plastic and covered it with noseum netting to keep the flies (and frogs) out. The next two pics show the fan setting inside the circular container. The 9th. pic shows the fans setting inside of a standard pipe available at any hardware store. Pic 10 shows the hole I drilled into the top of the tank to insert the LIDDED capsule.

OK, because outside air can reduce proper tank humidity levels, I have installed the capsule in the top glass portion of the tank. With the lid on, tank air is merely recirculated, thereby leaving humidity unaffected. My tanks are connected to desktop humidifiers ($40 from Walmart), so when they are running, that's a good time to remove the capsule lid and introduce fresh outside air. THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS!

A couple of very respected froggers sent me PMs after seeing posts on sites about these fans and expressed their opinion that the computer fan was the better choice. One frogger said that this fan does not disperse at a wide enough angle to keep the front glass clear of condensation. My tests prove otherwise. I am not about to engage in a debate over which of the two type fans is better. I am offering these fans only because they work for me and, IMO, they are the better choice. I am offering a money back guaranty; you pay return shipping is all and return the fan in the same condition as shipped. I cannot believe anyone could possibly be disappointed with these remarkable fans.

My tests: The last pic shows the fan and a small piece of paper towel dangling from a string. Since the constructive comments I received from these two members related to power and angle of wind dispersion, I tested both (even though these fans do the job in the large 20" x 30" tank 20" tall that I am presently building). The 12v setting you will never use; its simply way too powerful (and noisy IMO). However, at this setting, as far away as 12 FEET, the paper swayed in response to the breeze created!! At 9 volts, still 12 FEET. At 7.5 volts, 6 feet; at 6 and 4.5 volts at 5 feet!! The breeze from the fan dispersed at a wide 40-45 degree angle in as little distance as 8 inches.

Another observation made by the respected frogger (and please know that I am using this characterization very sincerely and respectfully, as this person is most definitely a very respected frogger and I personally have great respect for him), which I agree, is that "It's not about feeling the air, or seeing leaf motion that is really that important. It is about the overall circulation." These fans provide all the "overall circulation" you will ever need.

Finally, no, I am not in the business of selling frog fans. As I said, I put these together and they simply worked. I "hired" my son to build 20 of these (40 fans total; 2 fans per set) and just thought I'd share these great little fans with others and, at the same time, provide young Michael with a little extra spending money. I have 10 fans left. I have not gotten a single one back and have received nothing but praise from seven of those ten who have purchased them. All I can tell you is the truth.

I can run these fans 24 hours a day at the lowest setting. When I come home, I remove the lid for 20 minutes just to introduce some fresh air into the tank. The remaining 23 hours and 40 minutes, the fans run QUIETLY to recirculate the air within the tank. If everyone ends up happy with the lowest setting, then I will consider selling these fans with a one-setting transformer, which I can buy cheaper than the multi-power setting ones---then pass the savings on to you. Ed

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Postby Philsuma » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:27 am

any update on these Ed ?

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Postby ems1016 » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:44 am

I'm using them in all my tanks. Since they lie horizontal (in order to direct air towards the front glass to keep it clear of condensation) unlike computer fans, which set vertically, they are practically invisible from the frontal viewing perspective. I will have to post some pics. Maybe they don't move as large a volume of air as the other frogger said, but though that may be a statistical truth, practically the difference is irrelevant. We need only to provide air exchanges, not hurricanes in the tank (lol)!

When temps spike, they quickly (literally within seconds) remove the upper portion of warm air generated by the lights. This is the first year I have not had to relocate the tanks to my cooler basement during the summer months (and that was a pain). As I said, I'll try to post some pics within the next week or two. I have also built rudimentary sliding glass "vents" so that I can either bring fresh air in (impacting humidity) or keep the "vents" closed and just recirculate the air within the tank (not adversely affecting humidity).

Hope you're having a great summer, Phil. Ed

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Postby nickjr » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:26 pm

Would like to see a video of them in action

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Postby Philsuma » Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:40 pm

These squirrel cage fans are cool. Does anyone feel they are a better design, or more suited to our hobby uses than say, the regular square 'puter fans ???

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Postby joneill809 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:05 pm

It would be interesting to experiment with one magnetically mounted flush with the hood - it would be low profile as the OP pointed out. From what I recall based on their shape, their housings may be a little more water resistant than typical PC fans; I *think* the entire back of the blower is a solid piece of plastic, and the motor is pretty well encased within the enclosure. If you mount them flush with the canopy you'd really have to have a mister hitting it directly to get water in there...may have to order one just to experiment with :)
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