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The Artifit N9 Mini Portable Fan ($11.99) is a simple yet stylish pocket fan that doesn't require batteries and can cool you off in seconds.
The fans come in four different colors (yellow, pink, light blue, navy), and each fan includes a micro USB cable, a hand strap, and one cradle stand.
The cradle can be used to hold the fan while it's charging or when in use. The micro USB port makes it easy to charge through your laptop, power bank, or adapter, and you can have it on while it's charging.
Many mini fans require batteries or don't work very well, but the Artifit N9 has found a way to stand out from the pack.
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Well then, read on to learn why this is the perfect summer gift.
Power Consumption: 4W
Input: DC5V-0.8A (Max)
Battery Capacity: Li-ion 18650 - 3.6V 2500 mAh
Time of Use: 500 On/Off Cycles
Hours of Use: 3-13 Hours (Varies)
Charging Time: Approx. 3.5 Hours
Size: 105 x 42 x 207 (mm)
Item Weight: 165g
Shipping Weight: 335g
So just what makes this tiny fan so special?
These are the top 5 features of the Artifit N9 Mini Fan:
With three presses of a user-friendly button you can get low, medium, and high settings, which is not something you'd find with other non-rechargeable mini fans.
I particularly enjoyed how reliable the modes were. The transition between each speed was very clear, and they all do an adequate job to cool you down.
In fact the medium/high settings were more than enough to make you feel great in the hottest of environments, and they performed even better in home/office settings.
It was nice knowing I didn't have to worry about draining the batteries when using the item. With no batteries, I'll be able to save a ton of money and get more out of the product.
The addition of the micro-USB was also really beneficial because I can use it with multiple electronics including power banks for enhanced portability. My one issue was that the charging times felt a little long (3.5 hrs), but there are easy workarounds for it (portable charger, laptop USB plug-in, etc).
The ability to recharge my products was a huge asset to me, and I'm really happy it had that option.
One of the biggest benefits of a tiny fan is that it can fit and be used anywhere. You can put in your purse/bag, a large pocket, or in a carrying case.
It's easy to travel with, but make sure it doesn't come into contact with liquids or very high temperatures. The fan is powered by a lithium-ion battery, which can cause problems if misused. Still, it's highly unlikely to ever smoke or catch fire, and it's not a cheaply made product.
So while it's probably safer in a closed setting, don't be afraid to take it during a hike or when camping/fishing.
As long as you don't misuse it, you can enjoy a refreshing cool-down just about anywhere.
These are two more extras, a strap and a cradle, that didn't have to be included but yet still are.
The strap made it easy to securely attach the fan to anything, and the cradle served as a reliable fan stand that could be placed near your laptop or office desk. The cradle was mostly a perfect fit with just a bit of extra space for when the strap was attached.
The inclusion of the stand and strap could have easily caused the price of the item to jump by $5+, so I'm really glad it had little effect on the total cost.
Again most mini-fans wouldn't include these extras, so I'm thrilled that they've planned ahead and made the product feel even more useful.
Everyone loves an aesthetically pleasing design, and while the Artifit Mini Fan doesn't have the most inspired color scheme, it still boasts four pleasing shades to give an added personal touch.
For the yellow and light blue fans, only the fan is colored (bases are white) while in the navy/pink fans, the base and cradle match the fan's shading.
So if you're a fan of color, then these styles should suit you well.
I don't have too many complaints with this product, but there are a few nitpicks that I felt needed to be addressed.
It would've been cool if I could adjust either the fan, the cradle or both.
That little fan flexibility would've gone a long way to bring this item from a 9 to a 10. However if that wasn't structurally possible, then perhaps the cradle could have been made to raise up/down for more customized placement.
It's a minor gripe, but it's something that could've added more functionality to the device.
As advertised, the time of use for a fully charged fan is between 3-13 hours. Those times will vary significantly because of the speed settings you choose.
However upon testing, I only got around 2 hrs and 15 minutes out of the highest speed, and though I have yet to test the other two settings, I'm assuming I'll get similar results out of the low and medium settings.
Perhaps the fan I received had a battery defect or the adapter I used didn't charge it fully or correctly. Whatever the case, I expected it to last much longer than it did.
Again, I still have to test out the other settings so let's not jump to conclusions, but if the use time is like this for all speeds, then that's definitely a significant drawback.
I didn't mind the plastic base, but it did get harder to hold onto over time.
Eventually your hands will get sweaty, and you'll start to lose your grip.
This is very small complaint and it's easily fixable (wrap something around it), but it's something people should know about.
There are some notable competitors in the mini fan space like OPOLAR and VersionTech that try to do what this item does, but none of them really stood out to me.
The key difference that I saw was the battery capacity; a greater capacity equates to stronger air flow and longer lasting battery life.
A few other differences were the design, materials used, and pricing. With everything taken into account, I would place this item somewhere in the middle however that doesn't mean it's not unique.
The extra accessories and the friendly color schemes give it a personal feel vs similar fans, but as always, it depends on your flavor.
After going through all the pros and cons, my conclusion is that this is a great little device that can always come in handy.
I would give the Artifit N9 Mini Portable Fan 4 out of 5 stars.
I liked that it came in different colors, had efficient, multiple fan speeds, and included a couple very useful accessories.
My biggest con was that the use times were less than advertised. For anyone planning to use the fan for a long time, I would bring a power bank or keep the speeds at low/medium to decrease battery expenditure.
Overall I was really happy with this fan, and I think most consumers will be too. The Artifit N9 Mini Portable Fan will definitely get a "buy" from me.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on July 30, 2018:
That's unfortunate and yes it could come in handy. It's so easy to bring along anywhere for a quick cool down.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on July 30, 2018:
Yes it's been a particularly tough summer over there, and I'm not familiar with the A/C situation, but I'd imagine how these tiny fans could help.
FlourishAnyway from USA on July 24, 2018:
Some of the forms at my daughter’s college are not air conditioned so this would come in handy as a personal fan.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on July 24, 2018:
I really could do with one of these fans. It's been very, very hot here in England just lately.