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Speed Dustin Monday, January 27th, 2003
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1 year
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Have heard that one other fan exists but have neither seen nor tried it.
Marker Setup: Stock Tippmann A-5 with 14" Lapco Big Shot barrel, running off Co2.
Strengths: The concept of the Vortex fan is really nice. You supposedly can switch the fan to have it suck air up and out of the mask, or you can have it so that it blows air into the mask.

It is also low profile, and if you have your visor installed on your mask, the Vortex is nearly completely concealed, protecting it from any direct hits from incoming paintballs.

Weaknesses: One issue with the fan is the noise. It is not very quiet, and even though people ten feet away can no longer hear it, you can clearly hear the buzzing noise it emits, which is somewhat irritating.

Next is it's effectiveness when applied. If you set the fan to blow air into your mask, in effect to cool you down, you really don't feel any air current at all. If you set the fan to suck air out, again, it hardly does so in any way approaching effectiveness.

Last, as others have mentioned, the battery housing is rather horrible. In half of the vortex fans I have tried out, the battery fails to make contact on both the negative and positive sides, and thus the Vortex does not work for lack of power. And since the battery plate operates via a Phillip's head screw, you can't adjust the battery in it's housing mid game. Sometimes the battery does make contact, but it's a weak one, and the fan hardly works at all, which again reduces the Vortex's application in the field to a pointless one.
Conclusion: All that can be said for the Vortex fan is that it has great potential, but bad results. The battery housing needs to be re-evaluated, and then the whole issue with the fan will be eliminated. In order to get an effective fan, you must try out the one you got, and if it doesn't work correctly, exchange it for a new one, and so on, 'til you get on that works. I finally have one that works how it should, albeit the fact that the fan is still a bit weak, but it took me a couple exchanges before I got a good fan.
6 out of 10

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