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How to make a personal solar powered fan!

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La Grange, IL

#1 Aug 27, 2013
Computers normally have those small cooling fans in them to keep the components from overheating. Some blow inwards, onto the inner components, and some are mounted as exhaust fans to draw hot air out of the computer's tower unit. They are those small, 7-bladed fans that run on around 12 volts of electricity.

Believe it or not, when a computer fails, crashes, and stops working alltogether, it is not, by any means, a total loss. Those cooling fans can very easily be saved and used again, either on another computer, or if that is not an option, you can make it into a solar powered personal fan! All you need is the fan, either a 12-volt solar panel or two 6-volt solar panels (or whatever will combine to produce 12 volts), and wire connection caps.

First, you cut off the white clip at the end of the black and red wires coming out of the fan's motor housing, strip off about a quarter inch of the rubber insulation to expose the metallic wire, connect the wire ends to the wires of your solar panel or solar panels, twist them together, and bingo! You just made a personal solar-powered fan!

I do have to note to everyone who tries this experiment; polarity means the difference between a working fan and a non working fan. If the fan does not run while connected, you simply need to reverse the connections.

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Since: Jan 07

South Bend, IN

#2 Aug 27, 2013
So does this mean the African pygmies I have waving ostrich feathers on long sticks are no longer necessary?

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#3 Aug 27, 2013
An interesting idea.

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