Best Fan for Camping

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Hi all, Im heading camping over Aussie Day - northern NSW Coast so its gunna be hot. Whats the best, most efficient Fan you can recommend - I will have power and its for a large two room 4 man tent - I only need the fan for the sleeping room which is 3x3m.

I find the home mistrel type ones make a lot of noise and not much wind.

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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 14:07

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 14:07
What about one of those Dyson no blade fans?

I can't say I have ever used one, but have seen them in the shops and they seem to be quiet.

Dyson Bladeless Fans

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Follow Up By: Andy J1 - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 14:38

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 14:38
Yep, they are awesome but way too expensive
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 14:19

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 14:19
Hi Andy,
"Some fans are quiet but weak, others are powerful but noisy.
Dyson Cool Fans are quiet and powerful" according to Dyson.
What Dyson did NOT say is that they are expensive!

They are certainly efficient, very quiet, have no exposed blades, oscillate and have good controls.
I use one in my office for all the above reasons.
It would be good in a tent. But like I say, exxy at $399.

In the Troopy we use a pair of 12v computer fans directly over our sleeping heads. They run all night without noticeable battery drain and are quiet but just enough to cool the head. Doubtful use in a tent.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 15:42

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 15:42
Yes, I agree, two large 12v computer fans wired in series draw zilch and make almost no noise. I use one "resisted to slow it", on the side table beside bed at home.

Just zip tie them together.
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 14:29

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 14:29
If you can make up something to mount it on this fan is the best.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 16:31

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 16:31
Endorse Pinko's recommendation
We have had one of these for some 4 years.
Strategically mounted at one end of the van on a bulkhead out of the way when not in use, it can be directed to almost any part of the interior.
Quiet, frugal wrt power (0.3 amps on full power), multiple speed and variable timer.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 17:39

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 17:39
X2 for Caframo

We have a suction mount, non-oscillating, 2 speed, soft blade, unshrouded model. Ours came with optional fixed mount.Link here.

Frugal on the power, perfect for a soft quiet breeze over the bed.

Might be a bit small for a 3m x 3m room, though.
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 17:57

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 17:57
X3....the 12V Sirocco is v quiet...3 speeds...frugal on power...cut off timer...I put one in our van for sleeping (the AC being far too noisy)...BUT...while the airflow can be directed anywhere via the gimbal mounting, it doesn't oscillate, so might be questionable for your application.....
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue M - Friday, Jan 20, 2017 at 08:30

Friday, Jan 20, 2017 at 08:30
I will second the Sirocco, best little 12v fan I have owned.
Not really what I would call cheap, but works well in the van.

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Reply By: oz doc - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 14:42

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 14:42
Hi Andy , we often use a simple "box" fan which you can buy cheaply from Woolies, big W , JB hifi etc. a flat square with feet at the bottom this fan is a good compromise between noise and air flow. I like it also because the shape of it packs well in the camping gear. On a couple of occasions we have run it off an inverter(when we didn't have mains power) and it functioned well. It does have a rotating louvre if you like the air to move around. And a timer if you want it to turn off once you are asleep. Simple, cheap and does a good job. Cheers doc
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Follow Up By: Member - Robyn R4 - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 20:35

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 20:35
Another vote for this one. I used to prefer to sleep with this sort of fan than the celing fan at a rellie's house because you could direct its flow better and it was lovely and quiet. The fact that it'd be great packing shape is a bonus!

Robyn :)
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Reply By: blue one - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 15:01

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 15:01
Try Kennards or any of the hire mobs. You can rent a wide range from domestic to commercial.

I've used them in plantrooms for ventilation in the past.

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Reply By: futch - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 15:32

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 15:32
try Bunnings click fans approx. $ 20
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Reply By: Batt's - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 16:51

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 16:51
There is a fan you can buy in a box with 2 outlets don't have the name with me at the moment but you fill the box with ice so you get a cooler breeze and your not just circulating hot air around the tent there a couple of hundred dollars though. Or you can make one cheap something like this and put in a 2 or 3 speed low voltage fan from a camping store similar to the type in the video below with 2 outlets that you can swivel around to suit .Bblock ice would last longer but regular ice will help just keep the tent open a bit and air out as usual to get rid of any moisture build up if it happens. Experiment in a room at home to see how it goes and how long it blows cool air for.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITtlxjvLQis
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 17:02

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Hey, That's pretty cool Batts. lol
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 17:42

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 17:42
Sounds a bit noisy, but otherwise, as Allan says, very cool.
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 18:12

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 18:12
Yeah that one is a bit noisy just a nice air flow over the ice should be enough help to cool you off so you can get to sleep.
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 18:18

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 18:18
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Reply By: Bob R4 - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 17:49

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 17:49
Hi Andy.
When in Kununarra a few years back in 42deg heat and about 90% humidity, we purchased a 12" 3 speed oscilating fan for about $25.
We were in a Kimberley Kamper, and simply stood it on a couple of stacking crate style boxes. From memory, we probably only used low speed which is really quiet, and set the oscillation so we got a breeze sweeping around us.
We were amazed how effective it was.
I think the brand was Click.
Went with the KK when we sold it.
It came in a box and was assembled when needed (took about 30 secs), and packed in the box after use to pack away in very compact form.

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Follow Up By: Andy J1 - Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 23:22

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 23:22
Thanks bob - think I'll go with that - there's a decent looking oscillating fan at Bunnings for $30 that should do the trick.

Just wanted to hear from someone that they actually worked.

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Reply By: Batt's - Friday, Jan 20, 2017 at 12:41

Friday, Jan 20, 2017 at 12:41
Just so you can check it out here's the one I was talking about earlier http://transcool.info/

Here's a couple of more fans I found a while ago had them in my favourites list http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/12V-TWIN-BLADE-ADJUSTABLE-TWIN-SPEED-TRUCK-CAR-CARAVAN-BOAT-FAN-CAMPING-AKCF12T-/181923960691?hash=item2a5b835773
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