Date: 7 April 2021. Inexpensive
Hella fans from
were one of the first comfort purchases I made for my Seaweed.
Back then the least expensive single speed 12-volt model available
was priced at $22. Recently
mine began displaying death spirals. Replacements made by Hella are now
three-speed, and cost nearly $90 each. That is too costly so I went
looking for an alternative. For $8.88 I found perfection at the
three Hella fans aboard Seaweed. All have issues.
The Hella fans are loud. I used to say it was amazing:
the temperatures hit eighty degrees the fans made a lot less
Unfortunately, after a dozen
years, the most used one by my bunk squeaks. A lot! I've
sprayed it with lubricant which temporarily quiets the noise
however this has not proven to be a permanent solution.
On the bright
side, the one at the top of my doorway does still work. The
problem with that one is that I broke the stand so I've got it
jury rigged to stay in place. It is quiet however the
direction of the airflow cannot be altered.
The one by my
dinette just right of my netbook
→ has a nonfunctioning switch. I have to utilize the cigarette
lighter plug in order to turn it on and off. The center dial
switch hasn't worked for at least five years. Plus, it is
by my dinette.
I was in Walmart on the fan aisle
looking for options. That's when a friend noticed rechargeable fans
for sale. These have a built in lithium battery. Best of all, they
can be charged and/or powered via a USB cord.
Aboard my 23' long Seaweed over the years I have installed an embarrassing
number (eight) of cigarette lighter outlets. Every time I wanted one
someplace new I added
another. Everywhere I sit/work or play I have at least one, though
usually two, outlets. It is easy to find high speed cigarette
lighter plugs with USB ports so I've transitioned to them too as
well. I can plug the new Walmart fan into my 12-volt system with
In the outbound corner of my forward cabin I have a
pair of cigarette lighter outlets installed by my
friend Ken many years ago. One has a USB
so I can plug in two separate USB cables.
like about the fan: It is quiet. Best of all, even on high speed,
the sound level is much quieter than my Hella fans. It puts out a
lot of air too. At a price of less than $10 I feel this is a
Here is the paperwork from my newest fan:
deliver a lot of items, however this fan can only be purchased
in-store. You can order and pick up at the store (without getting
out of the vehicle) which is nice. I've purchased two white ones.
The fan comes in four colors:
Blue, black, white, and coral. The blue is quite dark. I did not
care for the blue or coral (a blend of peach and pink) color
options. This 5.5" rechargeable item is available at Walmart for
One unit is in my forward
cabin and the other is by my desk. I'm very glad to have them. If
you're looking for a decent fan at a good price, consider the
Walmart brand Mainstays, 5.5" rechargeable fan.
I love mine:
The fan does not rotate. It blows in the direction it
is pointed. Although that is my
preference, others may wish to buy one of those 12-volt fans that
More shortly, and I promise
not to spend your perfectly good money in the next article. This
time though, well, I would suggest if you want one of these fans
you start hunting. They appear to sell out quickly. After owning one
(now two) I can assure you that if I had room for a spare I'd buy
another so that I'll always have one on hand. They really are "that"
That's it from the water. I thank you for reading.
Have you seen these fans?
And, what is your experience with fans?
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