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Number of Reviews: 45
Average Rating: 6.8 / 10
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This accessory fits on all current JT goggles, such as the Proteus, Flex 7, IZE, nVADER, and nFORCER.
Product Availability 
The JT Vortex Fan is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
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ReTro Boy Wednesday, January 22nd, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
1 year0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
none...is there another goggle fan? I wish there was...
Marker Setup: Toxic Vision Impulse
I-Frame with Blue Dye Stickies
Jackhammer II LPR
Eclipse DART Valve, DART Bolt, SS Hammer, Valve Cap, Fangz
ND Slik-Shot Ram Shaft, Bolt Pin
Full Freak
Strengths: Keeps my gogs from fogging up.
It's light and compact...fits under the visor.
Operates on a single AAA battery.
Easy to install into a JT mask.
Weaknesses: It breaks so easy. The design is such that any shock to the mask (whether getting gogged, dropping the mask, or the normal bumps and hits that your gear bag takes) causes the battery to come loose. It is such a horrible design for holding the battery into place.

You have to take it totally apart when changing the battery. Not a big deal, but keep reading about how fun it is to reassemble...

It is also not easy to fix WHEN it does break. I ended up having to tape the leads to the battery, and hot glue the battery into the housing. On top of that, I had to hot glue the back side of the housing back on because of a very small piece of plastic that doesn't go back in when you take it apart.

It is kind of loud. I have to turn mine off to hear sometimes. My brother-in-law had one that was so loud that I knew where he was on our field all the time. It was scary loud...
Conclusion: Great idea...not great designing. If the thing was a little quieter, a little more durable, easier to work on and change the battery then it would be the perfect fan. As it is now, it takes so much rigging to get it to work consistently, it almost isn't worth it.

That being said, when it does work, it works great. I haven't had a fogging problem at all when the thing works. If you don't turn it on and you fog up, just crank it on and in about 10 seconds the fog is gone.

I love the small profile, I just wish they would rethink the way the battery goes in and seats. That seems to be the biggest problem. With all of the above information, I think the vortex fan is just below average in performance...
Rating:
4 out of 10
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Unregistered User Thursday, March 21st, 2002
Period of
Product Use:
1 year0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
JT Crosswind Fan
Marker Setup: BE Rainmaker, gutted & capped the stock reg, replaced it with a PMI-Pure Energy inline. 1499 board (Select fire.) Derilin bolt, NitroDuck MaxFLO reg/cradle with 68ci/4500psi TuffSkin bottle.
Strengths: Came stock with my Proteus goggle setup (yes, I bought one at the insane price of $139 when they first came out. THEN THE DAMN RECALL!....but I got a new pair right after they got it...woot.) Both blow and suck functions (get your mind out of the gutter.) Moves something like 71ci of air a minute. Not bad for a little brushless fan.
Weaknesses: Loud. If the fan is not installed JUST RIGHT it will create a loud buzzing sound as the blade nubbin rubs against the top of your goggles. Its not dangerous, nor does it do any damage (soft rubber hitting soft rubber and all) but it gets annoying. Installation is a little bit pesky due to the Proteus' bowl shaped visor.
Conclusion: If you don't have a fan, buy one. But if you don't need a fan...don't.
Rating:
6 out of 10
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Warped Shadow Monday, March 4th, 2002
Period of
Product Use:
3 months0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
there is none!!!
Marker Setup: 2002 Warped Sportz autococker /w warped series drop forward and a warped air set up. oh yeah and warped macroline.
Strengths: Absolutely nothing.
Weaknesses: It is loud. It adds weight making the mask feel unatural. It costs money!!! Someone should pay me to use it. If you get too hot playing paintball and have no other way to cool yourself off then you should use it, but just know that it is a major disadvantage.
Conclusion: Over all, i got the proteus that came with the fan. The fan is probably in a landfill at this point and time.
Rating:
3 out of 10
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public-enemy-1 Wednesday, May 28th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month0 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
none
Marker Setup: tippmann model 98 custom, tippmann procarbine, wgp bruizer dark raider, brass eagle stingray 2, brass eagle talon ghost.
JT Proteus Cameleon, thermal lens, fan
Strengths: none
Weaknesses: loud, not to anyone but whomever is wearing the mask
Review: The fan is loud enough to make it hard for the wearer to hear.
I wear glasses and when they fogged up the fan didn't do jack.
The lenses never fog so i dont know how it performs on them.
The fan does not cool you down at all because its too weak.
You can't even tell when its one except for the noise.
Conclusion: I don't reccommend buying this for any reason. It is a waste of money.
Rating:
1 out of 10
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redcocker05 Monday, February 17th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
1 year0 of 8 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
nothing
Marker Setup: impulse
Strengths: it helped me out abit becuz i wear glasses under the mask, my goggles never foged but my glasses did so i got the fan and it helped a little
Weaknesses: LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! people always look around and ask who;s hopper is on...its really annoying too, once you ahve fog in your mask it take forever to get rid of it, i t basically has to be one all the time to be effective at all
Conclusion: after using this for a while i decided to make my own fan after i saw some posts on the boards, it cost my about 20$ to make with one fan one switch and a 9v battery, it works perfect, my glasses never fog EVER!~ i suggest making your own fan and sell your old vortex to some newbie who doest know any better
Rating:
3 out of 10
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