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Old 03-09-2012, 06:33   #16
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I started with the small computer fans but found limited use when weather was very hot and thats when I needed it. Thou pricey I went with the 12 volt endless brease fan. It moves a lot of air at speed. I have one on every bunk. I am very happy with them.

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Old 03-09-2012, 10:02   #17
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Re: Small Fans for Cabins?

Originally Posted by Samantha ann View Post
And the kink is........?
Here is the "kink" Link! :>) actually, it's customer feedback at West Marine. I'll just paste it here. No idea if it's good or BS:

"Comments about 12V & 24V Turbo Fans:
We run about 20 of these fans since about 20 years on a liveaboard charter boat. And they are all still running !We find them high quality fans with no outside metal parts what easily rust. It's easier to keep the black ones clean and good looking.If the carbon brushes wear out after a couple of thousand hours one can replace the motors what are made by Buehler/Germany.A similiar motor is Buehler #, available at [@] CAT# DCM-445 what sells for 6 USD per piece.The motor is more powerfull than the original one and slighlty longer so the on/off 2 speed switch needs to get replaced by an external one or better by an adjustable resistor.Also two short M3 screws are needed to properly fix the motor in the front of the housing.If the fan blades develop cracks and the brass center piece get's loose it's easy to fix with some epoxy putty.If the fan get's noisy it can be due to a lack of lubrication. One drop of engine oil on each bearing will solve this.Another common cause for noise is an inbalance of the fan blades. They can easily be removed with an 8 mm socket from the motor shaft and get balancedon an old shaft, put between two glasses, with epoxy added on the side what is always on top."

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