Can blow air in or suck air out
Reverse setting (air out) does nothing
After using my Prowler (Skull) for a while, i decided to upgrade my old Flex 7 with soft ears and this Vortex II.
Out of the package, the fan is super loud. Someone else's review suggested oiling (paintball oil will do) which helped, although it was hard to get the oil in there (had to drip 4-5 drops in between the fan blades & tilt it to let it flow onto the fan shaft, then laid the Vortex upside down).
Despite it's initial loudness, it defogged ok. My homemade fan on my Prowler defogged quicker but it DOES have a 1x1 inch cpu case fan running on two 9 volts - think A/C for your eyeballs. My suggestion with the Vortex II is oil it then flip it on (air in NOT air out) before a game starts. The oil should keep it quiet & the constant air circulation should prevent any fogging.
Ok product, although JT charges too much for it. If you can, try to get it used or just make your own ( two 25x25mm laptop case fans hooked up to one 9V will fit nicely on the JT Spectra series).
I placed this item into my JT Spectra "Flex-7" IZE, and noticed a significant difference. The amount of fog was reduced by at least 70%, and I was cooled down by the fan itslef!!!!! The fan runs on a single "AAA" battery, and lasts (the battery) a very long time. It is very quiet, but the sound can get a bit annoying. They are easy to install, or to remove, so you won't have to worry about that.
A great buy, especially for anybody with a "Spectra Series" JT mask. It does it's job, and it does it well.
Home built computer cpu fan direct wired to 9 volt snap on, Battery and fan mounted on the visor. So Quiet YOU hardly know it's running, but clears the mask in seconds.
Tippman 98 custom with Flatty, response and drop, PMI Traccer pump with 7oz tank -stock
Small professional looking unit.
Damn this is so LOUD! out of the package.
I thought this was the answer to the poorly designed PROTEUS (aka fogmaster 2000) but it was so loud out of the package. The answer from a paintball forum was to unscrew the body of the vortex and add paintball oil to the fan, then wow, so quiet.
So must be something with a few bad batches not being oiled properly.
Great idea, but my homebuilt job beats the mofo out of it hands down.
5 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, March 29th, 2006 at 11:50 am PST
doesn't handle direct hits well
This fan works okay. For the money, it does provide some relief of fogging.
However, there are few main issues with this mask.
1) It doesn't fit well on masks that have a forehead guard like the Elite X-Fire which is a very common mask. I could get it to fit, but had to use a twist tie to hold the middle in place.
2) It works better than I thought, and well for the price...but it is a very small fan and will not handle your fogging issues completely.
3) Mine suffered a direct hit the first or second game out and made a weird noise afterwards. It made a sort of loud, weird noise before it was hit, but the direct shot made it worse.
Contrary to popular opinion, it is not loud enough to "give away your position"...but it is loud enough that it'll bother you and give you a headache after awhile.
It works well enough to try, maybe in tandom with anti fog spray or preferably a thermal lens. This product is FAR inferior to purchasing a thermal lens, but will help a little.
Special Ops A5A2 with E-grip, Lapco Big shot barrel
Easy to install. 30 hours of operation from one AAA battery. Works great!
It's too easy to accidentally switch the fan on in your gear bag.
I bought this fan after I continued having fogging problems with my JT thermal mask. I play in the Pacific Northwest where humidity is a problem. Plus, I sweat like a pig.
The fan is easy to install. Just line up the holes on your mask with the four prongs and push it in. I found that I could switch the fan on and off even when I was wearing a light pair of gloves.
The fan sounds loud.. at least to you. Its really not but it could prevent you from hearing your team mates call to you so I don't leave it on. I just switch it on an off periodically if I feel like the mask is beginning to fog. It pulls or sucks air through the mask depending on which way you toggle the switch. Cool air comes in and the fog goes away.
I now have a JT Vortex II fan in each of my masks.
If you hate fogging (like me) get a JT thermal mask and the Vortex II fan. You won't be sorry.
This fan rocks....when used with a thermal lens, you should never really have any fog issues. When there is fog, turn it on for about 30 seconds, and it is gone. If you have just cleaned your mask and there is water inside, it will dry it out! Also feels refreshing to have a breeze inside your mask.
You do usually have to take your gloves off to flip the small switch to operate it.
This fan is not loud. Yes, when it is three inches from your ear, it seems loud, but stand 10 feet away and you cannot hear it.
I have yet to expose my fan to heavy rain, but it is somewhat enclosed since it fits under your visor.
This baby costs like 30+ so it isn't cheap, but if you have fog problems, get it. Honestly, you should get a thermal lens first, then if problems persist, get the fan. I have both just to make sure I am 100% fog free all the time.
Not all that fast to install and uninstall, but isn't too bad.
It works. It is very small and light. If you hate fog, get this and a thermal lens.