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zensins Thursday, April 12th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Never used another fan in a mask
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5 with LPK, Apex, SP All American 14", Lapco SAW stock, red dot, CP reg.
"Rocky Cagnioni" Warped Sportz IR3, Worrgas 4500 peanut tank, Halo
Eclipse E-Blade 'Cocker, Minicocker w/adds, Tippmann .68 Carbine, 2k Shocker Turbo/SF
Strengths: It works. Defogs your mask no matter what the conditions.
Weaknesses: It's cheap. As in, cheaply made. Out of the box, it IS noisy.
Review: I bought two for the two Proteus Chameleon masks my wife and I are using. Both of them were noisy and cheap-feeling out of the box. However, they do keep your mask clear of fog, which is hard to do in Florida in the summer. Also, the good news is, the noise can be overcome, and the cheap feel/look is misleading. Both fans are still going strong after quite a few games. The other reviews suggest using some gun oil on the motor axle are right on. Doing so cuts the noise in half once it has had some time to penetrate. I used a little WD-40 which worked too.

However, I also took the noise dampening to the next level. A little bit of electrical tape around the back edge and two pieces on the front nodes before replacing the back plate assembly helped a little bit. The big difference came when I shot about a bullet-size lump of silicon caulk into the case so that the rear of the fan motor embedded in it upon reassembly. This cut the noise in half AGAIN once the caulking dried. Be careful not to put too much caulk in so that it gets forced up into the fan blades when you replace the plate assembly. Also try not to clog up the air ports to the casing. It just has to contact the case and the fan motor housing to absorb some of the vibration. With a little oil and the caulk cured completely, this fan is QUIET. Without this attention, the fan still works fine, you just have to use it when you fog up and then turn it back off. Hearing is just too important in woodsball to sacrifice even some of it for defogging. It's important in any game to hear everything loud and clear.

Conclusion: For the money they want for this fan retail, it should be higher quality and much more quiet out of the box. Get one from eBay, tinker with it as explained above, and you should be happy with it.
Rating:
7 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, April 12th, 2007 at 8:39 pm PST
 

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