How to Choose The Best Handheld Fan
We all try to avoid travelling or commuting during a heatwave, but sometimes we simply don’t have a choice. Whether you’re stuck in traffic on a boiling hot day, or you’re sitting on a crowded train, that sweaty, clammy feeling that arises can stay with you for the rest of the day!
Investing in a handheld fan is a great way to keep you cool on the go. Lightweight, portable and convenient, these can be tucked into your bag ready for those extra sweaty journeys. And they’re not just suitable for travel! Handheld fans can be used at your desk, sitting on the sofa or to give you a quick blast of air as you bask in the sunshine outside.
There’s a range of handheld fans on the market. The following tips will help you to make an informed decision.
Size and Portability
One of the main things to look out for is the size of your fan, which will directly impact its portability. If you’re going to be using it on the go, you want a fan that can be tucked neatly into your bag. Additionally, a fan that’s too heavy will become tiring to hold on long journeys.
Opt for a fan designed for portability with a comfortable handle. Many come with a foldable handle that can be folded back into a small stand. This allows you to use the fan at your desk without having to hold it.
Like regular fans, most handheld fans will have some sort of adjustability when it comes to settings. Those with a couple of speed settings are best. On extra sweaty days, you can blast your fan directly at your face at the highest speed, while the lower speeds produce a refreshing breeze that can be used at night.
Some handheld fans also come with various modes, although these models may be more expensive. Those with a sleep mode can be placed on your bedside table overnight to keep you cool on hot summer nights.
Charge Time and Battery Life
Unlike traditional pedestal or tower fans which plug into the mains, handheld fans are battery powered. All of the handheld fans I have recommended charge via USB for convenience, while some other models may use disposable batteries.
Another thing to look out for is the charge time and battery life. In many cases, the longer the battery life, the longer the charge time, so you may need to weigh up how often you’ll be using your fan and how long for. Most handheld fans charge in a couple of hours. On the lowest settings, you may find your fan lasts up to 12 hours on one charge, but this will depend on the model you purchase.
Handheld fans can come with an array of added features to make them even more effective. Some have a mist function which is a welcome touch on very hot days. The fan combines with a mist of water to keep you extra cool. The only downside is that the water reservoir may add to the overall weight of the fan, and those of you who live in hard water areas will need to regularly descale the mister to prevent blockages.
Another cool feature to look out for is an integrated phone holder. This means you can prop up your phone to watch videos or scroll while you cool yourself down.
Finally, some fans have mirror bases. While certainly not essential, if you’re someone who likes to carry a mirror on the go, this can save space in your bag!
Handheld Fan FAQs
How long does it take to charge a portable fan?
This depends on the model you purchase. Most charge via USB and can be charged to full capacity in under 3 hours.
How many hours does a rechargeable fan last for?
Again, this depends on the fan you purchase as well as the settings you use. On the fastest speeds you’ll drain the battery a lot faster than you would on the lower speeds. The best handheld fan may last up to 12 hours on the lower speeds.