Arctic Breeze Personal USB Fan - Usage, Testing and Final Thoughts

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Arctic Breeze Personal USB Fan
Usage, Testing and Final Thoughts
 

Usage & Testing:

Breeze Profile We "tested" this fan simply by using it through a hot spell her in Southern Alberta.  It has been hot and I had to install air conditioning in my shop to help keep things from overheating.  Even with a couple of floor fans moving air, it was still hot air and nothing really helped.  That being said, I plugged in the Arctic Breeze and with it located on my desk about 2' - 3' from my head, I could distinctly feel a slight breeze coming from the fan when on low speed.  When I raised the speed to high, the breeze was more pronounced and while it is not windy by any means, it does provide enough air movement to help keep the user cooler in a warm situation.

The only drawback is the lack of fan guard and the rigid fan blades.  At high speed it spins over 2,000 rpm and while this won't take your finger off, it will put the hurt on small fingers from a child.  To safety "test" it, I stuck my finger in the fan at high speed and well as my ear and I never received any lacerations.  You may think this is an odd way to safety test a product, but I have young boys and what I don't think of, I'm sure they will.  So far they haven't stuck anything in the fan, but it's only a matter of time.

 Laser Tach
Laser Tach

 

As the USB fan doesn't come with rpm monitoring, I used a laser tachometer to find out how fast the fan turned.  It's rated at 1,200 and 2,000 rpm and I measured it at 1,150 and 2,090 rpm.  The beautiful thing is that this fan is virtually silent at either speed and it doesn't contribute to noise pollution coming from your cubicle.

 


Conclusion:

The Arctic Breeze surprised me in several areas.  It's quiet at any speed and looks great.  Not only that, but it actually moves a decent amount of air that is noticeable and helps keep you cool when sitting at your desk.  I've shut it off several times during the week or so it's been on my desk, and when it isn't spinning I do in fact feel a bit warmer.  Central Air Conditioning is a better choice for keeping you cool at your computer, but if you can't afford that and want a nice little fan to help move some air, the Arctic Breeze is a fan that can make it happen.

Blows:

  • Nice sleek design
  • Flexible shaft allows positioning of fan
  • Two speed power switch
  • Decent performance
  • Virtually silent
  • Attractive price

 

Sucks:

  • Nope

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Top Pick

 

I'd like to thank Arctic Cooling for sending over the Arctic Breeze for us to review.  I'm happy to see it doesn't suck!  Please post your comments and questions in the forum at the "Comments" link below.