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    Ridgeline air fan for car camping?

    Last year, I was camping at the paintball field for a weekend long game in my ENO doublenest. It was the worst it could be as far as heat and humidity.. zero air movement, an unyielding hot sticky feeling and being that I carpooled, no escape. I did not sleep at all that night.. not a wink and that did not bode well for me the next day during the game. As a backpacker, I would have simply accepted fate but car camping can afford you luxuries for those situations that might not be ideal. I THOUGHT I had given myself one of those luxuries, as I had my massive Kelty Noah's Tarp 16x16 set up with FEET of space all around me, set up for any breeze to make it's way with no chance of getting rained on.. you can imagine how my tent yielding teammates fared.

    So now I hunt for a battery operated fan that can hang from a ridgeline. I believe that ANY air movement would have gotten me at least a little sleep that night, positioning myself in less of a diagonal lay and creating a chute with the excess hammock material to trap the air movement so it can flow over the whole length of body. I saw this guy at Wallyworld but D batteries are expensive and this takes 8... thought it is nice that it can plug into the wall should I need it for home use.

    Perhaps others have fans that they have used in the past, maybe even small enough to put in a backpack setup? It would take something crazy effective for it's size for me to make space in my pack for such a thing but hey.. maybe there's something out there?

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    I use this one, also from WW.
    http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CIsBEPMCMAY

    Gotta mod it a bit so it will hang, but that's easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    I use this one, also from WW.
    http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CIsBEPMCMAY

    Gotta mod it a bit so it will hang, but that's easy.
    +1 That is what I use also. Works like a charm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obmit View Post
    +1 That is what I use also. Works like a charm.
    obmit,

    I saw this is wallyworld over the weekend. I really liked it--looks like it would move a LOT of air in my little Chrysalis! Says you can get up to 55 hours on a set of 2 D-cells, but I'd love to modify it for 1 D-cell battery or 2 AAs. I'm never out for more than 3 nights so even 8 hours a night Is half of the full run time.

    Anyone know how much those D-cell batteries weigh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrislrob View Post
    obmit,

    I saw this is wallyworld over the weekend. I really liked it--looks like it would move a LOT of air in my little Chrysalis! Says you can get up to 55 hours on a set of 2 D-cells, but I'd love to modify it for 1 D-cell battery or 2 AAs. I'm never out for more than 3 nights so even 8 hours a night Is half of the full run time.

    Anyone know how much those D-cell batteries weigh?
    Just weight a cheapo D-Cell at 3.1 oz,,I think the duracells weight a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    I use this one, also from WW.
    http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CIsBEPMCMAY

    Gotta mod it a bit so it will hang, but that's easy.
    I picked up one of these for work. A set of D cells last me about 2 weeks (40 hrs+ per week), before the air movement is so little that I can no longer feel it. I'd say it is definitely worth while if out for more than a few days in the middle of a muggy summer with no flowing/open water areas to create a natural breeze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catavarie View Post
    I picked up one of these for work. A set of D cells last me about 2 weeks (40 hrs+ per week), before the air movement is so little that I can no longer feel it. I'd say it is definitely worth while if out for more than a few days in the middle of a muggy summer with no flowing/open water areas to create a natural breeze.
    I'm thinking of going this route and modding it for a d-cell or, better yet, a 9-volt battery. Gotta be able to figure out the conversion and likely runtime online. Think I saw a site that compares the outputs. Or voltage. Or power or whatever you call it! LOL!
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    Another way to go:
    http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CMkBEPMCMAg

    These things are cheap, widely available, move lots of air, and won't run your battery down overnight.
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    Anyone tried either of these, they prob move less air than the ones above but also weigh less?
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    Coleman uses 1D:
    http://coleman.com/product/tent-fan/2000001021

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    Coleman uses 1D:
    http://coleman.com/product/tent-fan/2000001021[/QUOTE]

    This one weighs the same as a medium sized brick due to magnet and metal plate used on either side of the material to secure it. Doesn't move much air either.
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