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#1

Last summer I purchased small portable fans ( KMart I think, about
$8.00 ea) I intended to use these to cool myself off, but ended up
opening my cases in the back and putting the fans so they would
blow into cases - worked great.

Jan McClellan
http://www.designjewel.com
Oregon, USA


#2
Last summer I purchased small portable fans ( KMart I think, about
$8.00 ea) I intended to use these to cool myself off, but ended up
opening my cases in the back and putting the fans so they would
blow into cases - worked great.

Jan-

I think you’re right, we are kindred spirits! I got the same
fans, I think. I also have a set of four that run on small lawn
mower batteries (two fans to one battery) for shows that don’t have
electric. I clip one in the top of each canopy corner. My
customers love the breeze. When its time to buy a new canopy I’m
getting one with a cross bar at the top. I have a friend who hangs
a regular ceiling fan from his crossbar, runs it on a truck battery
using a converter from Radio Shack and his booth is always cool and
breezy.

Nancy
Bacliff, Texas Gulf Coast USA


#3

Hi Nancy,

I too am looking to cool off for my summer shows in the
dreaded Minnesota humidity.

The fans you have hooked up to lawn mower batteries—How long
will they run? Do you need a special connection or are they
battery fans?

The guy who uses a ceiling fan —I assume his truck is running
for the whole time for the fan to keep runnning? I have heard
you can buy fans at an auto parts store that will run off
batteries…the kind you plug into a cigarette lighter I think.

I have also seen a jeweler who runs lights off batteries for all
his outdoor shows… Don’t know what kind of batteries or how
many you would have to haul around to power lights tho

Any suggestions?

Deb D.


#4

Hi, I also saw somebody who had a solar operated fan intheir
booth. It provided alot more breeze than one might think. Wish
I knew where to get one of those.

Karen


#5

Besides being a jeweler, I show dogs. Many of the people on the
dog show circut have battery powered fans to keep the dogs cool.
These should also help keep jewelry cool. There are many
wholesale pet catalogs that stock these. They run on regular D
cells and are supposed to last atleast 12 hours on two batteries.
Some of the people buy the rechargeable batteries. The fans are
small and would clip to almost any case.


#6
    The fans you have hooked up to lawn mower batteries---How
long will they run? Do you need a special connection or are
they battery fans?

They run the whole week end and I re-charge them after the show.
The fans I use are for RV’s. They come with a connection for a
cigarette lighter and I bought an additional connection
(Wal-Mart) that replaces the lighter receptacle on one end and
has the positive and negative clamps for the battery on the other
end.

    The guy who uses a ceiling fan ---I assume his truck is
running for the whole time for the fan to keep runnning?  I
have heard you can buy fans at an auto parts store that will
run off batteries...the kind you plug into a cigarette lighter
I think.

Nope, just put the battery in your booth. Don’t put it on
concrete directly though, I’ve heard that leeches out the juice
quicker. He uses a truck battery with a similar hook-up to mine,
plus the converter (Radio Shack) to switch from house current to
battery current. He runs his ceiling fan and track halogen
lights from this. He may need two batteries for the w/e - I’m
not sure.

I too am looking to cool off for my  summer  shows in the
dreaded Minnesota humidity.

HAH! You just think you have humidity. Come down to the Gulf
Coast and see what humidity is really like. Most of us outdoor
show people down here are beginning to grow gills.

Nancy
Bacliff, Texas Gulf Coast USA


#7

You might try your local boating supply for solar operated fans
and wind operated generators. Frank Houston, tx.


#8

Birdwalk@U-C.netanother way is to get a 12 volt fan the plugs into
a car type cigerette lighter and a car or marine battery to
recharge once in a while. more intial outlay but no buying cases of
D cells and you can run several fans off of one big battery - not
to mention your other 12 volt accesories such as a coffee maker, a
small refrigerator/cooler , minimal lighting etc.