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Mac007 Wednesday, September 12th, 2001
Period of
Product Use:
More than 5 years2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Home Made Fan
Strengths: Convenience, fits JT Masks
Weaknesses: Durability
Review: I live in a cool damp climate. This product is definitely worth it. I wear glasses, am a heavy breather, and sweat a lot while playing paintball, The fan is the only product I''ve found that really keeps glasses clear without an anti fog solution - and even then there are times when you will need an anti-fog solution for glasses.

The fan works much better in combination with a thermal lens and anti-fog solution (for glasses) as a complete approach to defogging.

I found that I wished the fan blades were over my right eye instead of the left. Many shooters have a right master eye.

The battery location is a pain making removal of the fan necessary to change the battery. If not careful it is easy to break fan blades on re-installation.

Modification:

I soldered wires to the battery connection and ran them out of the right hand vent slot in the rear of the fan casing to a AA battery case (from Radio Shack) which is mounted in the side of my JT helmet. I drilled two holes in the plastic battery case and ran a twist tie through it so that I could attatch the battery case to the inside of the hemet. I've performed this same mod for friends changing the battery over to a single AA.

This makes changing the battery much easier. I've even carried spares into the game and changed them during the game by mounting the new battery case outside the helmet. I juiced up my fan by running it at 3 Volts using a dual AAA battery case. The fan, running at 3 volts is more effective at clearing out the air inside the mask.

Long before I made these mods it didn't take long for the fan to become noisy on its standard 1.5 volt battery and make hearing some conversation difficult. It is even louder at 3 Volts. But then I'm older and my hearing is not what it was. Players often remark "what is that buzzing" when the fan is running.

A single pane lens will not always stay clear under adverse conditions: say cool October air with damp fog under a tree in the woods is not the ideal drying weather.

02/03 The fan took a couple of direct hits near the switch and cracked the outer casing. The screws came out of their mounts. the fan mounting was also broken - bummer. The buzzing got really loud so I patched the fan back together and stuffed some scrubby pad around the fan motor to make it stop vibrating. It still works...but it looks like its days are numbered.
Conclusion: I wouldn't play paintball without one but they aren't nearly as durable as I would like. I'd pay more for the case to be made out of aluminum. JT should also make this product more durable and configure it to blow air on the right side, or perhaps allow the user to switch it around. While not as quiet at 3 volts it blows a lot more air through the goggle.

I did experiment with making a home made blower from a computer cpu fan running on a 9 volt battery. This I mounted on the top of the goggle with cable ties. This project while cheaper blew more air into the mask than the JT Fan but it didn't fit the mask well at all and wouldn't survive a single hit. I couldn't use the Visor that came with my mask.

The best thing about the JT fan is that it fits the mask perfectly, it does clear most fog out of the mask and off of glasses, and you can use the visor.
Rating:
5 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, September 10th, 2003 at 8:06 am PST
 

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