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DIY better clip on fan for tents

TurboBucket

Photo of the Month: Jan 2019 - Plant of the Month: Feb 2019
I noticed when looking around that most clip on fans for tents suck. They don't oscillate, and the few that do seem to break quickly. Most clips won't hold onto a grow tent pole very well either. This is my simple solution.


These fans are slightly larger and move more air, they oscillate and seem to be quite robust.

I use tablet holders for microphone stands. They grip the tubing and the fan base very well.


They don't take up much space in the canopy and zero floor space unlike a tower or pedestal fan.
The turning radius is much more manageable than the big 10 or 12 inch fans
You can even tuck them below the canopy if you need to.


Just something I thought I would share. I've been using them for awhile now and they seem to work pretty well.
 

TorturedSoul

Member of the Month: May 2009, Oct 2010, Sept 2017
Nice idea, and thanks for sharing it with us.

My circulation fan is an 18" diameter oscillating fan that, according to the date stamped on it, was manufactured in 1968 :rolleyes: . Low moved a pretty good amount of air, and high would probably knock over small animals, lol, but it's getting old (duh! ;) ) and, the last time I had a grow going, I noticed that it was starting to growl at power up and taking a minute or so to get up to speed. Plus it's heavy and probably not real energy efficient. I should probably think seriously about getting a new one. But I doubt I could ever find one that'll be on its last legs... 51 years after it's first turned on :rolleyes: .
 

TurboBucket

Photo of the Month: Jan 2019 - Plant of the Month: Feb 2019
Nice idea, and thanks for sharing it with us.

My circulation fan is an 18" diameter oscillating fan that, according to the date stamped on it, was manufactured in 1968 :rolleyes: . Low moved a pretty good amount of air, and high would probably knock over small animals, lol, but it's getting old (duh! ;) ) and, the last time I had a grow going, I noticed that it was starting to growl at power up and taking a minute or so to get up to speed. Plus it's heavy and probably not real energy efficient. I should probably think seriously about getting a new one. But I doubt I could ever find one that'll be on its last legs... 51 years after it's first turned on :rolleyes: .

Kinda makes one wonder if it's rebuildable. Although a modern replacement motor still won't last as long as the original it may last longer than most new fans.
 

Stltoed

Well-Known Member
I noticed when looking around that most clip on fans for tents suck. They don't oscillate, and the few that do seem to break quickly. Most clips won't hold onto a grow tent pole very well either. This is my simple solution.


These fans are slightly larger and move more air, they oscillate and seem to be quite robust.

I use tablet holders for microphone stands. They grip the tubing and the fan base very well.


They don't take up much space in the canopy and zero floor space unlike a tower or pedestal fan.
The turning radius is much more manageable than the big 10 or 12 inch fans
You can even tuck them below the canopy if you need to.


Just something I thought I would share. I've been using them for awhile now and they seem to work pretty well.
I did a retrofit on my Hurricane digital fan. It was a 18 inch ocsilating fan and i would run into it whenever i was on my room since I only have about 48 sqr feet. I took the fan blades and guard off and taped a 6 inch duct to it. The other end stretches to a 6 inch inline above it with a speed adjusting regulator on it.

So now i have a fan that is infinitely adjustable that ocsilates in a few different ways with a much less intrusive footprint. Its pretty silly, but it works. I hope the pictures make sense



 

Amy Gardner

Member of the Month: March 2018 - Photo of the Month: April, Dec 2018, Apr, Sept 2019
Hey turbo :ciao: I like your innovation a lot. I’m on a seemingly impossible mission to find some circulating fans that are not so noisy they keep me awake!

I end up going back to an old Dyson bladeless which works but is stupid big for the space (and needs a plinth to stand on).

I’ll check out those mic stand tablet adapters, great idea. Then I just have to find some quiet desk fan...

What’s the noise factor on those ones like?
:Namaste:
 

TurboBucket

Photo of the Month: Jan 2019 - Plant of the Month: Feb 2019
Hey turbo :ciao: I like your innovation a lot. I’m on a seemingly impossible mission to find some circulating fans that are not so noisy they keep me awake!

I end up going back to an old Dyson bladeless which works but is stupid big for the space (and needs a plinth to stand on).

I’ll check out those mic stand tablet adapters, great idea. Then I just have to find some quiet desk fan...

What’s the noise factor on those ones like?
:Namaste:

Hi Amy! :ciao:

It's hard to say if these would be too noisy for you. I'm going to guess yes. They move a fair bit of air and have some pops and clicks when oscillating. I don't notice them outside the tents but it's pretty loud in the grow room. Sorry it's not much help.
 

Greenlizard

Well-Known Member
I know what you mean TurboBucket about the oscillating fans quitting after just a little while. I recently bought a Secretjardins oscillating fan designed to grasp the tent pole. The instructions said that if you use it in oscillation mode be sure to only aim it straight out and not up or down while in motion or it will harm the motor... Well that was written on the inside of the box and if I had known that I would not have wasted $45 on it. I followed the instructions to a "T" and only even aimed it level. Well after only about 3 months it quit oscillating and I came home to the sound of loud clicking coming from my tent. The gears were stripped. Also it never really hung onto the pole properly and slid down a little each day.
Where did you find those if you don't mind me asking?
 

TurboBucket

Photo of the Month: Jan 2019 - Plant of the Month: Feb 2019
I have purchased these through Amazon. You could probably find them locally at a home improvement store or maybe Walmart type store.

Amazon offers a two year replacement plan, for I think $10? So it's just an extra warranty and way to hopefully ensure I get at least that long out of them. I think it costs like $75 USD to build a pair of them. It was cheaper than a pair of tower fans I remember that.
 

Bud

Well-Known Member
We have a place around here called” the restore “ it’s run by habitat for humanity, it’s a warehouse that’s always changing. One day it’s sinks,the next time who knows? Any way I found 2 Holmes oscillating clip on fans in original box’s $3.00 each the clips are strong and hold well and as long as the fan stays level they work well. Lol
 

stoneotter

Member of the Month: July 2019 - Grow Journal of the Month: November 2019
I noticed when looking around that most clip on fans for tents suck. They don't oscillate, and the few that do seem to break quickly. Most clips won't hold onto a grow tent pole very well either. This is my simple solution.


These fans are slightly larger and move more air, they oscillate and seem to be quite robust.

I use tablet holders for microphone stands. They grip the tubing and the fan base very well.


They don't take up much space in the canopy and zero floor space unlike a tower or pedestal fan.
The turning radius is much more manageable than the big 10 or 12 inch fans
You can even tuck them below the canopy if you need to.


Just something I thought I would share. I've been using them for awhile now and they seem to work pretty well.
Thanks for the super fan mount conversion TB. Best idea ever to get them mounted.
 
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