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This is a great little cooling fan to put on the desk or by the bed. I think it is fit for purpose and works well for my needs. The only two things I wish I had known before buying was that the water is essentially loose in the bottom of the unit, meaning if you knock it over you will spill a lot of water and possibly damage electronics. The second thing is that the 3 speed fan does not have a quiet setting, on fan setting 1 you get a little hum from the fan but a really loud and annoying electrical high pitch squeel, this noise is really irritating and only goes away when the fan speed is set to 2 or 3, at which point the fan is much louder.
Pros: Comes with 2 ice packs so you can use one and gave the other in the freezer ready as a replacement Undeniably cooler than a normal fan, I was pleased about that Neat and compact
Cons: While refilling the water tank is quite simple, changing the icepack is fiddly. You need to remove the fins that have been soaking in the water to get to the icepack, so have a towel handy The loudest 120mm fan I've ever experienced. I've got an 18inch powerful fan downstairs that is quieter than this! There are 3 settings, but the first two emit a horrific high pitched whine that is even worse than the fan noise.
I have seen one comment about replacing the fan with a quieter one, I might look into that because I enjoy the cooling effect but even my heavy metal music can't mask the noise! However, that will bring the price closer to the 7l big brother, which I am tempted to try instead.
This works well for what it is, a basic water evaporating cooler with a nice way of adding ice in the form of the little packs you add to the unit. I knocked off two stars for ease of use because replacing the ice pack requires a screw driver. Since this is something you are going to do repeatedly, and is part of the design in that they give you a spare pack, this has to be considered a design flaw and certainly make is not very easy to use.
However, as mentioned by others, it is not quiet at all which is why the overall rating is just a 3 too. It has a single 120mm fan in it, and sitting next to my full tower PC (which has 6 such fans) the cooler makes more noise. The fan has a high whine, and at full power is very irritating. Thankfully, I had a number of replacement 120mm fans from old PC builds and can confirm that after swapping out the original fan, you can indeed get to a low-noise solution. For reference, the fan uses a 2 pin connector, so you will need an adapter for a standard 120mm PC case fan or you will need some DIY wiring to use one.
Not too bad. Fan had been fitted the wrong way round internally but was easy to unscrew and flip around the fan piece. Not super powerful but is a decent personal desk cooler. A little noisy on its most powerful setting but no more than any other Standard fan on its highest setting.
Not bad for the price. But I would advise to make sure the fan is fitted to be blowing in the right direction!
It’s a shame the blue light stays on at all times when plugged in as it’s bright if you’re using it at night in your bedroom. It is nifty however, so I will keep it for my office during the day. It’s worth noting that it’s not rechargeable so has to be plugged in to work, which isn’t too clear on the paperwork.
Like many people, I've been working from home this summer. I work in my living room, which gets pretty warm, so I needed a desk fan. Unfortunately, most fans just move the warm air around, which does help a bit, but I wanted something more powerful without investing in an actual air conditioning solution (probably not worth it for the few weeks of hot weather we get here).
This fan works by circulating air through a soaked filter, supplied via a small water tank on the side of the unit. In principle, this works quite well, with noticeably cooler and moister air coming through. Unfortunately, it's also quite noisy and distracting on all but the lowest setting. The lowest setting is fine for when you're able to have the fan right next to you, but you'll want to turn up the power if cooling a larger area or if you don't have space to have it beside you on the desk. Since it's a standard 120mm fan, I imagine it'd be possible to replace it with a quieter PC fan, although, in my opinion, Black and Decker should've chosen a quiet fan in the first place...
The two cooling packs allow for swapping, but you need to remove the whole filter in order to replace them, which can be quite wet and messy. There's also a needless screw on the plate between the water tank and the filter - I just removed it and used the clip after the first time.
For the first few hours of use, there was a smell of plastic from the filter and the grille, but that's faded over time.
Overall, it's a situationally useful air cooling solution, but there are several ways it could be better: quieter fan, more convenient cooling pack replacement, and maybe a smaller chassis.