Last updated: August 11, 2021

Welcome to our big mini fan test 2021. Here we present all the mini fans we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best mini fan for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a mini fan.




The most important facts

  • Your purchase decision should depend on whether you want to take the mini fan with you on the road, to the office or when travelling
  • Mini fans with rechargeable batteries are more durable, more practical and thus produce less electrical waste than mini fans with batteries
  • For the best cooling effect, point the mini fan at sweaty or wet body parts.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a mini fan

What do I need a mini fan for?

You probably know it. It's summer, 32ºC in the shade and the air conditioning in the bus or train breaks down again. In the office the ventilation doesn't work anymore. In these moments, you are happy about every breath of air.

A mini fan is one of the must-have gadgets for the summer and when travelling. (Image source: unsplash.com / Sean Stratton)

For these situations, a mini fan is the perfect solution. Mini fans come in many different types for mobile phones, the office and to take with you. Find out which one suits you best in this article.

How does a mini fan work or cool?

The classic mini fans with rotor blades are driven by a small motor. The rotor blades draw in the air and push it forward. However, if the temperature in the room is the same everywhere, the fan does not cool directly. Nevertheless, we feel a cooling effect.

This is caused by our sweat or the moisture on our skin. Since the air near our body has a high humidity due to the sweat, it is difficult for the sweat to evaporate. A fan brings fresh air. Now the sweat can evaporate and cool the skin. Mini air conditioners or mini air coolers are another product. In addition to a mini fan, these have a cooling system that lowers the temperature of the air before it is expelled.

How much does a mini fan cost?

Since there are an incredible number of variations of mini fans, prices can vary greatly. The price also depends on the quality of the workmanship and the type of power supply. Often, mini fans are offered at minimal prices. However, the quality of these products usually turns out to be poor. Due to the low quality, they quickly end up in the rubbish for many consumers.

It is therefore advisable to invest in a durable product in order to produce less waste.

What are the alternatives to the mini fan?

We have already told you about a mini air conditioner or air cooler. These are an alternative to mini fans that provide you with even more effective cooling. An alternative without electricity is the fan. Of course, you have to provide fresh air yourself with a fan. But it is cheaper and more climate-friendly.

Due to its large surface area, a good fan can often provide more fresh air than a small mini fan. However, you have to be physically active to do this. (Image source: pixabay.com / 3dman_eu)

You can find mini air conditioners in a portable, lightweight size to take with you. However, they are less suitable for use on the go, as they are designed to be placed on the floor rather than held in the hand. In addition, mini air conditioners consume more energy, which means that the battery runs out more quickly or more electricity is used. The price of a mini air conditioner is usually higher than that of a mini fan.

Decision: What types of mini fans are there and which is the right one for you?

We would like to introduce the following types of mini fans in this guide and discuss their advantages and disadvantages. This should make your purchase decision easier:

  • Mini fan for mobile phone
  • Mini hand fan
  • portable mini fan
  • Mini table fan

What distinguishes a mini fan for mobile phones and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Mini fans for mobile phones can draw their power from the smartphone. The advantage is that you don't have to remember to charge the mini fan and simply connect it to the mobile phone. Unfortunately, the mini fan consumes the battery of your smartphone. So if your mobile phone battery runs out quickly, you should think about another power source.

The simplest version of a mini fan for mobile phones consists of a propeller with a motor that can be connected to an Android smartphone or iPhone via a micro-USB or Lightning connector. However, the products of this mini fan break quickly, which is why they are sometimes sold as a pack of 3, 4 or 6. The performance of these products is also low.

Advantages
  • Small and easy to take along
  • You don't have to think about charging
  • Very cheap
Disadvantages
  • Breaks quickly
  • Low power
  • Uses up mobile phone battery

What are the features of a mini hand fan and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

This type is the more mobile type of mini fan. The mini hand fan has a handle to which the fan is attached. Some mini hand fans can also be bent or turned so that you can stand them up. This is especially useful in the office or in the room. Mini hand fans are either battery powered or have a rechargeable battery that can be charged via a USB cable from a mains plug or computer.

Advantages
  • Good to take with you
  • Can be aimed at different places
  • Can sometimes be stood up
Disadvantages
  • Smaller propellers than mini table fans
  • Can be louder
  • Often does not stay stable

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a portable mini fan?

Holding the mini fan all the time can be annoying. That is why portable mini fans were developed. They are similar to headphones that have fans attached to their earpieces instead of speakers. Of course, you don't wear this mini fan on your ears, but around your neck.

You can then adjust the propellers so that they blow on your head. Unlike the mini hand fan, this type is not so easy to hold in your hand. The propellers are usually a little smaller and therefore blow less air in your direction. But you have both hands free when you're on the move.

Advantages
  • Can be worn comfortably around the neck
  • hands remain free
  • cools the head from two sides
Disadvantages
  • Shape is harder to put in a pocket
  • More likely to break
  • Only blows on the head

What distinguishes a mini table fan and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

This type of mini fan is designed for use in the office or room. They are easy to put down or attach to objects with a clip. While there are a few battery-powered mini desk fans, most products cleverly have a rechargeable battery and a USB charging cable. This can also be connected to the PC.

This allows you to connect the mini desk fan to your PC while you work without having to use another power socket. The table fan can then simply be placed next to the computer. Compared to mini hand fans, the propellers are slightly larger and blow a greater amount of air in your direction. There are also more oscillating (i.e. permanently rotating) mini desk fans.

Advantages
  • Can be easily placed and attached to objects
  • Usually quieter than mini hand fans
  • Larger propellers than mini hand fans
Disadvantages
  • Often too bulky for the hand
  • Usually heavier than mini hand fan
  • Takes up more space in the bag

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate mini fans

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate mini fans. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain mini fan is suitable for you or not. In summary, these are:

  • Place of use
  • Power
  • Mobility and comfort
  • Power supply and sustainability
  • Volume
  • Accessories

Place of use

Before buying, you should think about where you want to use the mini fan. Mini hand fans, mini fans for mobile phones or portable mini fans are suitable when you are on the road or travelling. With portable mini fans, you always have your hand free, but mini hand fans are more versatile. They are easier to aim at different places. Some can even be placed on their own. Mini mobile fans are often low-powered and break quickly, but you don't have to remember to charge them.

It can quickly get warm and stuffy in the office. A mini desk fan can help. (Image source: Unsplash.com / Siniz Kim)

In the office or in the room, oscillating mini table fans are best. These rotate permanently, can be connected to the PC and easily placed or attached to objects.

Power

The power of the mini fan is one of the most important purchase criteria. With high power, the mini fan can blow more air in your direction. At first glance, it is difficult to tell how powerful a mini fan is. An indication of the performance or power of a mini fan is provided by the wattage.

A mini fan that consumes more watts per hour tends to have a higher output. However, this means that it requires more electricity. Therefore, even with a 9V or 12V battery, mini fans are quickly empty or weak. Adjustable mini fans also turn out to be practical. Here you can regulate the power of the mini fan.

Mobility and comfort

Mobility and comfort are also important so that carrying the fan is not a nuisance and you can cool different areas. With a mini hand fan, the propeller does not necessarily have to be oscillating, as you can change the direction with your hand. The handle of these products should be ergonomic and comfortable. Portable mini fans should have a comfortable shape that fits the neck.

You should be able to turn the propellers in the right direction. So that you don't have to constantly move the mini table fan, it should be able to oscillate or rotate permanently. This way, the air does not always blow in the same place, which can quickly become uncomfortable.

Power supply and sustainability

Basically, there are two types of power supply for mini fans. Either they draw their energy from batteries or from a rechargeable battery. Battery-powered mini table fans usually seem cheaper at first glance, but sometimes the batteries are not included or are weak. This means you have to buy new ones, which means you end up spending more.

Although you can also upgrade these products with rechargeable batteries, recharging is usually a nuisance and the performance of the products is weak. Mini table ventilators with rechargeable batteries, on the other hand, can simply be connected to a power bank, your PC, a mains plug or your mobile phone with a USB cable.

This way you produce less battery waste. If you are wondering whether there are any solar-powered mini fans, I have to disappoint you. There are some products, but they are impractical because you have to take a relatively large solar panel with you.

If you want to power your mini fan with solar energy, we recommend buying a power bank with a solar panel.

You should also pay attention to how long the battery lasts. Most manufacturers indicate the battery life in hours on their products.

Volume

If you want to use the mini fan in the office or in your room, a decisive purchase criterion for you may be how loud the mini fan is. The volume is generated by two sources of noise in the mini fan. On the one hand, the air blown out produces a noise and on the other hand, the motor that drives the propellers. Some manufacturers indicate on their products how loud a mini fan is. Mini fans that produce less than 40 dB of noise are among the quieter products.

Accessories

Inexpensive mini fans often save on accessories. With battery-operated mini fans, the batteries are sometimes not included or only last for a short time. If you buy a mini fan with a rechargeable battery, you should make sure that a USB charging cable and, ideally, a mains plug adapter are included. Some mini fans also have a small water tank that you can use to spray water on your face. This promotes the cooling effect.

Facts worth knowing about the topic of mini fans

Why does my mini fan no longer work? How can I repair it?

Many inexpensive mini fans break down quickly. This is often due to the motor overheating easily. This can happen quickly with small motors if they are not cooled by air vents.

To ensure that your mini fan works for a long time, you should not use it for too long and do not block the propellers.

Once the motor has overheated, you should switch it off immediately and put it in a cool place. Often, however, it may be too late for the device and permanent damage may have occurred. In some cases, the unit will not run because the battery or accumulator is weak. A loose contact in the unit can also cause the malfunction. This is usually difficult to repair.

What is the best way to cool a mini fan?

As we explained at the beginning, the cooling effect of a fan comes from the moisture or sweat on the skin. Therefore, the cooling effect is greater in places where you sweat more.

The mini fan cools most effectively with water on the face or skin

You can increase the cooling effect by placing the mini fan in a place with cooler air. This can be a window when it is cooler outside. As a little trick, you can place a cool drink or cold pack in front of or behind the mini fan without blocking the air cone. This way, the mini fan redirects the cooler air to you.

How do I programme my Mini LED Fan?

You may have seen illuminated LED mini fans at some electronics shops. You can also programme them to show the time or certain motifs. Often the software for programming is included or can be downloaded from the Internet. This allows you to change the motifs of the mini LED fan.

Picture source: 123rf.com / Mayuree Moonhirun

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