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Portable Electric Fans

Updated on October 8, 2009

Buying a Portable Fan

If you live in a state that suffers terrible summer heats of if you spend a lot of time outdoors, you may want to consider the benefits of a portable fan. There are many that are battery powered, which makes camping trips, days at the ball field, and any long-term time spent outdoors just that much more bearable.

There are a number of different portable fans that you can consider, but depending on what you're looking for what you get will vary.

Things you'll want to consider when looking for a portable fan include:

  • How is it powered- Battery or electric?
  • Does it oscillate or have a rotating head so that you can direct the air in a particular direction?
  • Can it be mounted on the wall, in case you need that extra desk space?

  • Noise- Depending on where you plan on using the portable fan, it will depend on whether how quiet or loud you would prefer it to be. If you plan on putting the fan in a baby's nursery, you'll want to make sure that you purchase a quiet fan.
  • Color- Some of the portable fans come in different colors, typically black white, gray, and silver, and if you're using the fan in your home, you may want to color coordinate with your other d├ęcor and accessories.
  • Size- Depending on where you plan on putting the fan, you may have limited space, so you'll want to make sure that you purchase a fan that is going to fit the area where you plan on using it.
  • Price- Do the features have an even ratio to the price tag of the fan?

For the most part, it's not that hard to choose a portable fan that you can take on the go with you, but you just want to make sure that you check out all the features before your pay the price.

5-Inch Battery Operated Portable Fan

This may be a small 5 inch portable fan, but it's compact size supports pretty powerful performance. It can run off AC adapter (which isn't included in the package) or 8 D cell batteries, making it a great option for a portable fan on the go. The batteries will run the fan for 72 hours when using alkaline. This is a nice indoor or outdoor portable fan that is fairly quiet to operate. It has 2 settings, and a sleek modern design.

10-Inch Battery Portable Fan

This is a larger portable fan of 10 inches in diameter. You can use it indoors or outdoors with the AC adapter (that is included with this model) or with 8 D cell batteries. Just like the smaller, 5 inch portable fan, this one will run for 72 hours with alkaline batteries. There are 2 settings , both of which run at minimal excess noise, meaning no matter what it's a quiet fan.

Coleman Free Standing Tent Fan

This Coleman portable fan is great to take camping when you know it's going to be a little warm. You'll get just the right air to keep you cool, even though it's not quite as powerful as electric fan that pulls its power from an outlet. The 4 D cell batteries that operates this portable fan will provide enough power so that you can feel the air for several feet, but plan on using this product for just one person; if you have a larger tent, you may want two fans.

Honeywell Oscillating Fan

This is a quiet portable fan that has a whisper-quiet operation with a versatile aerodynamic wind-tunnel design that focuses fast cooling air circulation. This portable fan has 3 speed options so that you get optimum air; it also has an oscillating base so that you get optimum air distribution. And, with the 90 degree tilting fan head, you can direct your airflow to whichever direction you want. This 13 inch fan is perfect for just about any space, as it can be wall mounted or it can sit on a desk or floor.

Soleus Air 10-Inch Wall Mountable Table Fan

This 10 inch Soleus Air fan has 3 speeds and a 5 finned blade that move more air than a traditional fan, which helps a hot and stuffy room feel much cooler. There is a 2 hour timer that can be set so that the fan shuts off automatically; it's set in 20 minute increments from 0-120. The fan head is anchored on the top and bottom so that you can move it like a globe, allowing for 180 degrees of rotation while the fan grill oscillates to push more air into a wider area. You can uses this portable fan as a desk or table top fan, or you can save space and mount it on the wall. Just make sure that you are near an outlet, so that you can plug it in.


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    • sabrani44 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great hub!

    • eLightSpot profile image


      7 years ago from Enid

      Lots of options! Hey I just wrote on a similar topic, ceiling fans, and would appreciate any feedback you have for me.

    • denniswelker profile image


      8 years ago

      now if it would only get hot enough to use them :)

    • LondonGirl profile image


      9 years ago from London

      Great article - but you left out my current obsession, solar-powered (-:

    • Reg Brittain profile image

      Reg Brittain 

      9 years ago from South Burlington, VT, USA

      Coolness. Good hub.


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