Has anyone used a solar vent fan? Interested in it since electric hookup isn't always an option and we live in Texas...it gets pretty toasty! Wondering about the look of it on our canned ham...? There is some really ugly waterproofing on it right now...
And here is what was being covered up by the new wood on the ceiling...
I have researched the solar vent fans. I thought about putting one in my teardrop and then did the research once again thinking about putting a small one in my closet area in my Shasta. I didn't convince myself. I don't think the small, inexpensive ones move enough air to be effective. And the larger ones are way too expensive.
After my research, I would not replace a standard vent with one. A 12v Fantastic Fan (Fantastic Vent) would be a better option. You can find them on Amazon or at Vintage Trailer Supply. VTS has the low profile vintage style lids on them.
I did finally convince myself to go for a solar fan/vent. As I stated before, they will not replace a standard fan, unless you go really upscale. I was going to put my original Hehr in my closet just to have ventilation. But I didn't frame for it before I ran my wiring and I ran a wire about an inch to far over to give the fan clearance. And since I didn't really need that big of a vent, I went for the small solar fan/vent.
1. It is only intended to move air. It is the equivalent of a computer fan or less.
2. It is barely enough air to move a ribbon of tape under it.
3. It is always open.
4. There is no bug screen, but one can be added.
5. The light is fiber optic and gives a "glow." It lights up the control panel but will not light a room, or even a closet.
6. Mine has replaceable, rechargeable batteries. Some have non-replaceable rechargeable batteries. Avoid those, the really cheap ones. When the battery no longer charges, the fan is useless, especially if the solar panel charges the battery and the fan only runs off of the battery.
7. This model runs off of sun without using battery power and some of the solar energy is directed to charging the battery. If it is off, it is charging the battery. It will run off of the battery without sun. The light seems to be powered by the battery, also.
8. Runs almost silently.
9. On "Sun" it runs according to how much sun it receives. In bright direct sunlight, the fan spins full speed. It slows considerably when cloudy and does not run at all if it is very overcast.
10. I love it. It's just what I needed for our tiny closet/potty room.