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A USB fan allows you to keep a cool head on hot summer days. Whether in the office, at university, on the road or at home, there is a suitable USB fan for every occasion. Thanks to their simple operation and handling, you can take them with you everywhere without any problems.

With our big USB fan test 2021 we want to help you find the most practical USB fan for you. We have examined USB fans for the office and for outdoor activities, compared their features and listed their advantages and disadvantages. This should help you with your purchase decision.




Summary

  • A USB fan is a practical and inexpensive fan that can be taken anywhere and keeps you cool in front of the computer on warm days.
  • Basically, you can find USB fans with and without a stand, the difference being that the fan with a stand has more power and is easier to handle at the workplace.
  • Due to their low weight and volume, they are very suitable for use in the workplace, as USB fans do not get in the way of colleagues and therefore do not disturb them.

The Best USB Fan: Our Choices

USB fans: buying and review criteria

In the following, we will show you which features you can use to decide on a suitable USB fan. The aspects to consider are as follows:

Now we will explain to you what to look for in the individual criteria.

Weight

The weight plays a major role in the selection of the product, as a USB fan should be handy and light to take it everywhere without problems. However, you should be aware that the lighter the USB fan is, the fewer additional functions it has.

Conversely, the more material is used, the heavier the USB fan. So if you want an easily transportable mini fan that you can take with you to the office and on the road, you will tend to choose a USB fan without a stand. In general, the weight is in the lighter range anyway. On average, a USB fan weighs between 65 and 300 grams.

Power

In order to really fulfil the purpose of cooling, the USB fan must of course have sufficient power. The higher the power, the stronger the cooling effect.

But stronger cooling also means higher power consumption.

Therefore, you should make sure that the computer to which the USB fan is connected has enough power available or is generally connected to a power outlet. That way, nothing will get in the way of your cooling experience.

Volume

The volume also plays a major role when choosing a USB fan. Especially in the office or in places where several people come together, fans can be annoying. Due to the usually rather small size of USB fans, they are usually quite quiet anyway. However, consideration should still be given to colleagues when choosing a fan.

Speed control

As already mentioned, cooling is one of the most important criteria when it comes to choosing a USB fan. In this context, a speed control on the fan is very practical. This allows you to determine the level of cooling. This is helpful because on very hot days you will most likely need more cooling than on days that are not so warm.

Tiltable head

A tiltable head is a great addition to the USB fan. The fan is already, due to the USB, tied to one place and you can't really change it. Therefore, a tiltable head can be a saviour on hot days. Because it allows you to change the wind flow without having to change the place.

This feature is especially practical for taller people, because it allows them to use the fan optimally and not bend unnecessarily to get some of the cooling air.

USB fans: Frequently asked questions and answers

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions regarding USB fans. We have selected the questions for you and answered them in a clear way. After reading the guide, you will know all the basics about USB fans.

Who is a USB fan suitable for?

A USB fan is basically suitable for anyone who has a USB connection. The many advantages make the USB fan one of the most popular fans at the workplace.

The very light weight of USB fans makes them perfect for all people who are constantly on the go.

They are very easy to handle and make transport simple, as you can easily put a USB fan in your bag. People who get hot quickly can take the USB fan with them with ease and avoid sweating. Since computers in particular usually emit their own heat, a USB fan is a perfect addition to keep yourself cool.

Thus, a USB fan is ideal for business people who quickly break into a sweat under stress. But also for students who want to keep a cool head between classes.

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A USB fan at the workplace is the perfect compensation when no air conditioning is available. (Image source: Siniz Kim / unsplash)

In the workplace, a USB fan is a very practical companion. Its size and low noise level are extremely well suited for not disturbing colleagues.

What types of USB fans are there?

If you want to buy a USB fan, there are four alternatives to choose from: A rechargeable fan, a fan with a stand, with a housing or with an atomiser. We have compiled the most important advantages and disadvantages of these types below:
Type advantages disadvantages
With stand not directly attached to the computer, stable, more power heavier, harder to transport
With atomiser refreshing effect needs water, often cannot be used in the office
With housing stable, more power heavier
Rechargeable very practical for outdoors can only be used for a certain time

The great advantage of USB fans that have a stand is that they are easier to move and can therefore be positioned differently on the table. This makes it easy to influence the direction of the air supply and they are stable.

A USB fan with a housing is practical because the rotors are protected from external influences and less likely to break. In addition, fans that have a housing often have a higher output, which enables better cooling.

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An LED USB fan is the ideal accessory to keep cool on hot summer days. (Image source: Hans Braxmeier / Pixabay)

An atomiser can be helpful on very hot summer days because it atomises water, making you feel particularly refreshed. However, this is not recommended in an office, as things can get wet that should rather stay dry.

What does a USB fan cost?

The price range for USB fans is rather small. Depending on the quality and size of the USB fan, the cost varies. The range varies between 6 and 24 euros.

The more extras the USB fan has, the more expensive it will be. However, the prices are reasonable and if the fan is often used, it pays off to invest in a more expensive one. USB fans without a stand and other accessories are very cheap and can be purchased for as little as 6 euros. They serve their purpose, but the quality is usually rather low.

Type price range
USB fan without accessories approx. 5 to 10 euros
USB fan with stand approx. 10 to 16 euros
USB fan with atomiser approx. 15 to 20 euros
rechargeable USB fan approx. 18 to 23 euros

The price of USB fans with a stand increases somewhat to around 15 euros, although the various manufacturers charge very similar prices.

What are the alternatives to a USB fan?

Fans can be made of many different materials. Each model has its own advantages and disadvantages. In the following section, we will give you a brief overview of the alternatives to USB fans.
Type Description
Stand fan This type of fan is good for getting the hot air moving in a room. However, it is only suitable for one place and not for transportation.
Hand fan This is a very small and compact fan that is powered by batteries.

Each of the fans has certain advantages that are not to be sneezed at.

Conclusion

With the help of a USB fan, you can keep a cool head even on hot days. Not only in the office, at the university, the library or during outdoor activities, but also at home. No matter where you go, a USB fan is the ideal companion in summer. Thanks to their easy handling, low weight and small size, they fit into any bag and can therefore be taken everywhere.

You can choose between different models and adapt the USB fan to your needs. There are USB fans that are particularly quiet and therefore fit perfectly at the workplace or in the library. But there are also USB fans with an atomiser that can bring you extra refreshment. So you are perfectly prepared for the summer.

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