Camping Fans

by Kshaunish Jaini

Camping in the wild outdoors is perhaps one of the greatest experiences one can have on an adventure. Your camp is your home in the outdoors - a protection against the weather and the wilderness that you are a part of. While you cannot expect all the amenities that you get at your home to be present at your campsite, technology has come a long enough way for a campsite to be comfortable if not luxurious.

One of the major things to worry about while camping is the weather. Outdoors, weather can be unpredictable. Secondly, since there is no clear division between indoors and outdoors (the boundary is divided by flimsy tent material), the weather changes tend to be more effective. It is therefore important to keep note of the temperature and humidity inside the tent. An imbalance in either can make camping an extremely uncomfortable experience. More importantly, it can be extremely dangerous to breath hot, humid air in cramped spaces and one needs to be extra careful when it comes to ventilation inside the tent. A camping fan is a perfect solution for all such problems. This article will talk about the reasons why you need to invest in a good camping fan, how to choose the right camping fan for you and give a list of some of the top rated camping fans available on the market.

Why do you need a Camping Fan?

A camping fan has become somewhat of a necessity when it comes to packing for your next camping trip. The weather at a campsite is something that is beyond human control. It can easily go to extremes of hot and humid or wet and musty, and can fluctuate quite frequently. A tent is the only protection we have against the mercy of the weather. Tents are generally made of material like canvas, nylon and lycra. While many tent manufacturers make breathable tents that are designed to keep fresh air flowing, it is impossible to ensure that through the structural design alone. Since the tent is the space where you will most likely spend nights and try to rest and recuperate during your camping trip, it is vital that it provides a way to circulate fresh air and remove the stale air out.

camping tent

A camping fan is the best and most economical way of ensuring this. Camping fans perform the function of any other fan that you might encounter, except for the fact that they are designed specifically with camping conditions in mind. As a result, they tend to be more rugged and can take wear and tear, are compact so as to fit in your luggage and are battery operable. Most camping fans run on D-cell batteries. Some fans are also rechargeable and can be plugged into a power source. There is a rising interest in designing solar operated fans due to their convenience, light weight and environment friendliness.

How to Choose a Camping Fan?

Camping fans come in all ranges and sizes, from small handheld ones with just two exposed rotor blades to other sturdier models that come with power source compatibility and attached light sources. There are many ways to attach the fans within your tent - you can either prop them up on the floor, or hang them to the tent ceiling. Some models also come with magnet based attachments that you can use to fix the fans to the tent.

Size: The size of the camping fan depends upon the tent that it is going to be a part of and the number of people staying in the tent. More number of people means more air consumed, which means that a bigger size and higher power is required to keep the air from going stale.

Battery: The other major concern when it comes to camping fans is the battery. It is almost always impossible to arrange for new batteries or find a spot to charge them once you are at a campsite, so it is important to estimate your consumption and plan with the batteries accordingly. Most camping fans run on alkaline D-cell batteries. Consider checking variants that run on solar power. The only downside with these is the charging time, which may vary according to the make.

Other Features: Camping fans can come with a host of other features. These include attached light sources of different intensities, air flow regulation and direction control and power regulators. Choose according to what you might need on your trip.

Top Rated Camping Fans

Deluxe Portable Camping Lantern and Fan

This affordable and convenient 2-in-1 product is great because it is designed with very specific camping conditions in mind. It is compact in size - less than 8 cubic inches, and runs on just 2 D size battery cells. It comes with 18 super bright LED bulbs that can provide light for up to 37 hours on one set of batteries. The fan can also operate continuously for 50 hours on low speed and 30 hours for high speed setting. When the light and fan are run together, the total runtime is 16 hours before the batteries are drained out.

Coleman CPX 6 Lighted Tent Fan with Stand

The Coleman CPX6 fan is a slightly more powerful version that is designed to fit efficiently within your tent. It can either be used as a standalone fan or it can be attached to your tent with magnets or carabiners. It comes with a built in light source that offers 99 lumens brightness. The light source can be toggled between white and nightlight. There are also two fan speeds to choose from. It requires four D-cells to operate and the total runtime is 10 hours on high and 30 hours on low.

Coleman Tent Fan

Coleman Tent Fan is one of the unique models adapted for camping purposes. Its fan blades are made of foam and are soft to touch, making it safe for use in cramped spaces. It also has magnets attached for it to be installed to the walls or ceiling of tents. It runs on just one D-cell battery and offers a runtime of 16 hours.

O2Cool Portable Fan with AC Adapter

O2Cool has manufactured a portable fan that is ideal for medium to large size tents. It is 10 inches wide and has two speed levels. It also comes with an AC Adapter that can be used to charge the fan. Other than that, it can also function on 6 D cell batteries and provides 40 hours of operation after a full charge.

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