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wes (Eclectic88)
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 08:10 am:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was wondering if anyone knew how to hook computer fans up to a power source and what kind of fans to use. I would also like any and all input into air circulation and exchange. Since I am renting the current property I am in, it can be extreme. Thanks
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Odin13 (Putneyswope)
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 04:15 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Read the data plate on the fan. What voltage does it run on? Computer power supplies pump out 5 volts, 12 volts, etc. etc.. Without looking at one, I think that the fans are usually 12 volts. Go to a Radioshack (worst place in the world as far as price!) and get a transformer that puts out the voltage you require. Buy a plug set at the same place. Hook said plug set up to the wires on the fan paying attention to the polarity of the wires. Plug it into the fan. It should work if done correctly. Okay that's what you asked for, now I'll say what I do:
ANY fan with a good price/air output, purchased almost everywhere. The advantages being, they are cheap (as low as 6-7 bucks for small ones perfect for fruiting chambers)and they are 110 volts, you plug it in, turn it on and you're done! If you want to get ripped by the shack again, they do sell a heavy duty computer fan that moves a fair amount of air that runs on 110 volts. It doesn't come w/ a plug though so you either buy that too, or cut up an extension cord. There are tons of different types of small portable personal fans out there, just pick and choose one that fits your needs. Just don't expect to get away with running one in a puddle of standing water without getting shocked! It isn't a bad idea to hook up all devices used in your growing area to a small portable 1 plug ground fault circuit interrupter.
They are cheap (12/14 bucks in the hardware superstores) and worth the protection they afford.

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