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Old 08-01-2007, 12:17 AM
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Thumbs down Ryobi 18V Tool Test--Portable Fan

Bought and returned the Ryobi 18V Portable Fan recently, taking advantage of their 30 day "no questions asked" return policy. It was $30, has a high and low setting and a fold-down adjustable stand as well as a loop to hang it from. No battery or charger is included.

"Testing" was done on a 95^/95% day to help cool me in the shade as I worked outside spreading fill (in the sun). It is prudent to take frequent breaks when it is that hot... Sitting on the curb with the fan on high and between my legs I was disappointed in the lack of "cool" it generated. The battery was one of my "newer" ones and right out of the charger. Yeah, I know it was freaking hot but I got better results using the box it came in to fan myself! This is the first Ryobi 18V tool I have returned. If a blowing device can suck, this one is it!

While I'm talking small fans, one I can recommend is a Lakewood fan from Wally Mart. I picked it up last year so I don't know if they still carry it noting the way they constantly change suppliers (storage bins come to mind ). It was either $10 or $15 but was worth it! It really rocks! This is a miniature version of your usual three-speed, stainless blade, tilting floor fan. Yes, it is 120V but it is good in areas that a large fan won't fit. I had it in an un-A/Ced warehouse bathroom and it was a savior sittin' there doing the business. Lately I have it under my desk to help keep the "lower" half of my body cool.

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