“ Duronic / 16 inch pedestal fan. „
I needed to buy a fan as it was coming up to Summer and my boyfriend has a bit of a problem in bed (not like that type of problem ;P) He sweats an awful lot. Even in the Winter, he gets hot very easily (bless him). So we was despirate for a fan, and because of my small bedroom at the time I needed a stand up fan. Because it had to stand up next to the bed, very closely and we dont have tables or anything due to the size of the bedroom.
I looked on Argos.co.uk and Currys.co.uk and other types of webiste that you would think that this type of thing. Then I looked on Amazon.co.uk and I was plesently surprised. I fould one that looked quite good, was standing and was mega cheap!! There were loads to choose from but this one just seemed to stand out to me. Probably because of the price. It was only £16, and the post and packaging was about £2. Which was surprising. I was expecting about £30 for a decent stand up fan.
It came a few days after ordering it, I thought it was quick delivery. My boyfriend was at work so I had to put it together by myself. It came in quite a few pieces. It was really hard to put together. Most of it was easy, but when it came to screwing on the bottom of the leg/stand thingy the screws would just not screw in. It seemed like they were not the right size. I struggled and struggled and nearly gave up, luckily my older brother was in the living room with me and decided to give me a hand. He also struggled but eventually got them in, it was a really tight fit. Most of it was easy to put together though. The instructinos were lso very easy to read and understand.
After the stress of putting it together, I gave it a go. Even on speed setting one I thought it was really strong and cooling. It has four speed settings. 1 going through to 4 is a big difference and really strong, especially at setting four. So there are four buttons... plus one. Which is weird, I didnt know that it had this when I bought it off Amazon. Its an tiny little light above the buttons. Its about 6cm circle. It isnt very bright and I dont even know what it is for. The only thing I can think of, is if in the dark its to see the buttons. But I honestly dont have a clue. Its pretty pointless.
You can change the height of the fan, there is a knob thing on the back, you loosen it and then you can make it longer or shorter. There is also a handle like thing just behind the fan part. I imagine this is to mmove it. You can make the fan look towards upways or down ways. Thats also with a knob that you loosen. The fan has swivel, and swivels on its own. You can make it stay still by pulling the button up.
The fan is made out of plastic, Ive had it over a year now and I think that the plastic isnt very strong. This is why. Because when I was moving out the small bedroom, my mum had put the fan on the bed without me realising. Then when I went in to get some stuff the day of the move, I sat on the bed to get to the other side. Without seeing the fan, when I sat on the bed the fan fell over onto the new tv. It made a mark on the tv and snapped part of the fan. I still took it with me when I moved because I hadnt seen it had broken at that time. It was the bit that attached the cage to the stand. So the cage bit was very loose and the fan wouldnt go properly. I thought Id have to through it away but instead I had a bright idea and just took the cage off. It does make the fan look rediculous but it works fine. It is slightly dangerous though because if you get too close to it, it will chop you.
All in all, I think its a really good fan for the price and I would recommend it. Just be gentle!
I am very fortunate to have my own motorised treadmill that I like to run on most days. Running on it for up to 40 minutes at a time means that I do work up a bit of a sweat, especially as the treadmill is housed in our conservatory which can get rather warm to say the least! I was using a small desk fan perched on top of a cupboard but that wasn't really cooling me down enough so recently I have invested in a Duronic White 16 inch Oscillating Pedestal fan. It has its own stand rather than needing to stand on a surface and also with such a wide circumference generates a wonderful amount of cool air.
The fan arrives flat packed in its box so you do have to construct it. The instructions are pretty easy to follow and putting the fan together is not complicated anyway so it can be achieved in a matter of minutes. It feels reasonably stable when completed although the metal bars that form a criss cross stand at the bottom to seem a bit flimsy. I held it down with my foot whilst trying to adjust the height and realised that the bar was folding slightly. I soon stopped doing that!
As I just mentioned the height is adjustable. As I want it blowing in my face I tend to keep it as high as possible. This is actually about four foot high and because it also has an adjustable vertical tilt this is about perfect for me when I am running. It is very easy to adjust the tilt of the fan and you do this just by loosening a small screw, adjusting the tilt, and then tightening it up again. It's not difficult at all!
There are three different speeds at which you can set the fan by selecting different buttons and also it can oscillate or not just by pressing a switch. Funnily enough, I have just realised that I have been using the slowest setting when I have been running although I thought it was the fastest. This shows that it is actually very effective even when on slow and that with the fastest speed it really does create a huge amount of really cool air which is fabulous for cooling me down when I am running. This has to be due to the 16 inch diameter and the size of the blades.
It is a reasonably attractive fan in white and the safety guard is very secure. I am obsessed with this having two young daughters. Other fans we have had have lost their safety guards over time so this is always something to keep your eye on. It is also pretty quiet for a fan so it would be quite suitable to have it in a bedroom on a muggy summer night and not have a disturbed sleep.
The voltage is 240V - 50Hz and the power is 50 watts. It comes with quite a long lead too so that you can place it quite far from your socket which is also very handy. It currently costs only £16.63 from Amazon (May 2011) which I think is pretty good value.
Overall I really can't fault this fan at all and it is much better than any others we have. It is so good at cooling me down and an essential for long summer nights. At that price too it is an excellent buy and I am very pleased!