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jimmynz Tuesday, December 26th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
4 years
4 years
Products Used:
Marker Setup: Used on JT Proteus 2, and JT Proflex
Strengths: Battery life
2 way operation (sucks and blows air)
Weaknesses: Mounting prongs
Battery casing
Fans come out of alignment
Review: The vortex fan has serious problems. I've been using two of them for 4 years and both have had issues since day 1.

Look at the weaknesses in my review, there are some things you need to know...

* Mounting prongs are SEVERELY prone to breakage
* Battery casing prone to breakage
* Battery casing prone to impacts and rough handling
* Fans come out of alignment and cease to operate

The bottom line is, the plastic the fan is made from, and the basic electric internals are far too flimsy and prone to breaking. You don't even have to be rough, the mounting prongs WILL break upon simple removal and attachment of the fan to the top of your mask. The plastic is just too weak. Each fan has 4 prongs, and I've also almost all of the prongs on my 2 fans break off.

The casing itself, since it's the same plastic as the prongs, is too weak and is vulnerable to paintball impacts. take a direct or indirect hit on the fan, and chances are your fan will cease to operate... at least until you can take it apart and try and fix it. This happened twice with one of my fans.

The fans are olso only a couple of millimeters away from the casing, so if they get bumped in the slightest, they will come into contact with the casing and will cease top operate. Usually it's fixable if you remove the fan from the mask and use your finger, but you shouldn't have to do this nonsense in the first place.

The fan is LOUD. It's not loud from a distance, but at 3 inches away from your ear, you can forget about 'listening' for movement. At that distance it's loud to you.
Conclusion: Please bear in mind one thing: Most reviews posted on this product are by users who have only used it for a short time, ie- 6 months or less. I have been using them for 4 years. And my review represents how the fan(s) have performed over that time. (Which is NOT good)

Avoid the Vortex like the black plague. I see JT have a vortex 2, so I suppose you should get that instead. Though I don't know how much they have improved upon these issues, if at all.
2 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, December 26th, 2006 at 5:51 pm PST

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