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So I'm OCD on any noise that comes from a fan that's not from the blades moving air. I had a Coleman camping fan that started to get loud so last weekend I bough a Clam light fan combo that also had a 12v cigarette lighter plug in. Looked promising in the store but when I got it home it had a very annoying vibration sound and the lid for the battery's that it also hangs from doesn't stay on worth a dang and the fan will dismount from it sending the rest of the fan to the floor.

I decided to do some looking into a better fan, at this point I was ready to pay a premium as long as it was a quality fan. I came across the Ryobi 18 volt fan from Home Depot. They make 2 different fans that are basically the same but one they call a hybrid will run off the battery and 110ac. The battery operated only runs 20.00 and the hybrid 39.00 neither come with a battery or charger. I already have a Ryobi tools so I have a lithium battery and charger. I bought the fan to push the hot air down in the 4x6 I built and thought it would also be nice to have some extra air flow in the big wheel house. I bought the hybrid so I can run it in the wheel house on AC during the day while the battery is on the charger then at night it can run off the 18 volt battery. I'm one of those people that needs a fan running to sleep well.

If you already have ryobi 18 volt batteries it's actually only $15 more then the Clam fan, if not It would be a pretty costly fan. It mounts easily and can be used in the portable as well. Overall this is a well built fan that moves great air even on low and most important it's QUIET!!!

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I think I'll be hooking up a fan the year I heard they help keep the holes from freezing when it's really cold.

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Using computer case fans are my preferred type for quiet air flow the standard 4 inch case fan.

How much power do they use up? How long would one last on a depthfinder battery, for example?

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they draw like .2 to .4 amps so so roughly double the amp hours of the battery you use plus

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Micro Center in St Louis park has 4 inch case fans for 5 or 6 bucks, they are quiet and run a long time, just rig up a bracket for them and wire in to 12 depthfinder battery.

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Neat idea JSK76 - I like the looks of that fan. Unfortunately I do not have any Ryobi batteries. I have tried the computer fans and was not real impressed. I think my fish house is too big for them. The fan I have now is noisy and I hate it. Has anyone tried an expensive marine fan like the Bora 748 from Caframo.

From their web site: The quietest and most powerful marine fan in its class! The model 748 Bora 12 and 24 Volt fan.

Problem is it's $ 70 bucks or better.

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We use 24V DC blower (squirrel cage) fans but run them on 12V DC. Yep they turn slower but are really quiet. They take 0.1 amps each so not much at all. We mounted them on the ceiling on dual ball joints so you can aim them where ever you need. It makes a huge difference with the door and holes not freezing up.

I have 2 styles of the Ryobi fans and that's a great idea. The newer green one is very quiet and is a 2 speed.

Ferny

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