I got this item and tried installing batteries. The compartment bulges when the batteries are fully in, but the fan wouldn't work.... Playing around with it, it only works some of the time. Had to hit the right spot for the fan to spin and inserting the batteries all the way is the wrong spot.
The battery compartment is tight, but I used Duracell batteries and they popped in without causing the case to be deformed. Consid...er a different brand if you are having trouble fitting yours into the case.
You need something like this. I have thermostats in both my fridge and freezer and saw my freezer temp drop 10 degrees (good-from... 10F to 20F) while the fridge stayed the same temp. Obviously the fridge wasn't working as hard. My kid dropped it and the motor came free of its soldered attachments and couldn't be repaired. Not happy with how frail it is.
As others have noted, batteries are difficult to install and don't fit the housing. After about 3 months of continuous use, I sta...rted to have problems with the switch not working. For months the switch started to rust and corrode, so I hard wired it on. That worked for another month or so, and then the fan died.
I purchased two of these fans. We had to do research on the smallest diameter D cell battery in order to get the batteries in. We ...found that Rite Aid labeled (white in color) batteries fit better but you still have to force them in the unit. Other batteries would not fit and if you did manage to get them in without breaking the plastic housing the closure door would not close. Small amount of air movement. Gave a rating of 3 due to the two units did in fact circulate some air and seemed to last using one set of batteries. Ran them continuous, due to dry aging prime grade beef, for 28 days.
I have had it for years - We just took a 2 week trip and I did have to change the batteries before we left home. The fan works gre...at and circulates well. Surely happy we got the older model. You should have one but do get the one without the switch. I have dropped it - forgot it in the fridge one time for a month - fridge was on at the time - it was
still running when I remembered to check it. I just pull the batteries when not in use.
it works, but it is real cheaply made. the dimensions on it was off so much that it can
hardly take its own D size battery. I ca...n actually see stretch lines on the plastic from
putting the batteries in, which i had to force because the space was too small. but it
does work. I guess it was only 10 bucks right.
After three years the fan wouldn't turn. I snapped it open,, removed and cleaned the fan, after putiing it back together it works... fine. Great for smaller refrigerators. I wouldn't be without one. I plan to get one for my cabin and boat.
This was recommended to me by a friend who also had a hard time with the battery cover. Since I was aware of this, I
took care in... battery installation. Two trips out, still works great. Yes, I'd buy it again!
Had one in my last motorhome. Keeps fridge cool and useable even in the summer desert weather in Lake Havasu at 120 degrees outsi...de. Without fan Fridge won't stay cold enough in this weather. Just bought another one for my new rig and works great as well. Lots of reviews seem to state the fans are flimsy but both fans I have owned have worked as advertised.
I read several of the poor reviews on this unit but opted to get one anyways but
purchased the no hassle warranty so I can retur...n it and get a replacement if it dies or
gets broken. It is built rather poorly and is difficult to get the battery cover on properly.
However, it does work as advertised. It dramatically improved the cool down time of the
fridge/freezer and maintained the factory set temp in the fridge which wasn't possible
before. I onlygive it 4 stars because it is built rather poorly even though it does work as
advertised. A better built unit would be a home run.
Love it. The old one didn't have a shut off so I had to take
the batteries out after each use. Now all I have to do is
remember ...to shut it off. It works great too. It doesn't take
much to circulate the air inside - before I started using
these fans, I had frozen stuff on the top shelf-with the
fan, the bottom is cooler and the top doesn't freeze.
This totally helps cool your refrigerator! The new ones have an off/on switch with the old ones did not..you needed
to take the b...atteries out. Our old one still works..so we put both of them in. By the way ...the old one was at least 8 or 9 yrs. old! They are well worth the investment.
We Have had the old fan that you had to take the batteries out when you was not using it. Well after 5 years it died.
The new fan... with the on /off button will be nice. We use it in our fridge in the trailer.
Failed after four years of use. The fan motor is not properly secured to the base. This
unit failed because the fan motor was he...ld to the base by two fragile electrical wires
providing power. The motor should have been secured with some adhesive.
I bought this to replace one that I had had for 20 years that finally started to fail. This looks solidly built, but the fan speed... is much slower than the one it replaced. I hope it does the job as it will be only moving 1/2 the air volume.
Have looked at these for several years and wondered if they really worked. Well, they do! We were very impressed how the temperatu...re in the refrigerator was more uniform and colder. It was hard to believe as you hardly feel anything when fan is turned on, but it makes a huge difference. Wish we would have bought one years ago!
The battery needed to knock in fits too tight, therefore the bottom would not go back on. The battery got very hot while the unit ...was running. After changing the 2 batteries, the switch would not work. The fan would run
while pushing the slide off and on and then let up, then it would shut off.
Placing the fan on the bottom shelf evened the temperature
in the whole refrigerator, whereas before, the top shelf was
about 6-...8 degrees colder than the bottom shelf. Like others
have mentioned, getting the batteries in and out is
difficult to do. Making the unit a fraction of a millimeter
larger would eliminate this issue.
I already own the fan that works in the freezer and love it.
This season I added this fan. It is amazing. Having the
on-off swit...ch is perfect. On during the heat of the day, and
off when it drops to the 40's at night. Keeps everything
cold but not frozen.
I used the fan in a 4 door Norcold 12cft refrigerator. I
placed it on the bottom floor of the refrigerator as the fan
Pros: The fan kept the temperature inside the refrigerator
much more consistent even when opening and closing the
doors. I was very pleased with how the fan worked. The on
and off switch is very convenient.
Cons: The battery case is so tight I had to force the D
batteries into the case. This made the case bulge and warp
slightly. There was no way I could pull the batteries back
out. They were wedged in too tight. I had to knock the
bottom of the case on a corner of a work bench several times
until the batteries fell out. The battery case does not
have small springs to hold the batteries like most
appliances. It has flat metal strips. One time I put the
batteries in and the fan would not run. The batteries were
not touching the metal strips. I had to get the batteries
back out and put them in again before it would run.
I believe this works and it really helps circulate the air. I notice my fridge has more even
distribution of coolness. I have tu...rned down the setting on my thermostat. It is quiet, takes
up minimal space. We will see how long the battery lasts.
Bought this for its intended use-circulate air inside the
fridge to help keep it cooler. I tried it out on my
motorhome's maiden... voyage and it worked superbly. It
actually lowered the inside temperature roughly 5 additional
degrees. I would recommend this product. Just make sure you
have access to enough D cell batteries for your excursions.
I wrote a review previously about a fan I had purchased at Camping World and of my disappointment that it wouldn't work. Within a ...few days I was contacted via email by Valterra Customer Service and they offered to replace the fan for me, and sent a new one via UPS.
I received the replacement fan yesterday, and when I inserted the batteries, the fan didn’t work. I played around with the fan for about 5-minutes, inserting the batteries, removing them, trading them around, switching the fan on and off, multiple times. It would start and run for only seconds, if at all, and then turn off.
Eventually, it responded and ran well. We’ll give it a try during our next camping trip in August. I would recommend further QC with special attention to the switch. I was very close to giving up when it finally started. I only hope it will start again in the future.
My message is, however that both CW and Valterra have the customer's best interests in mind. Give them a chance to make things good, and you can be certain that they will do their best. Thank you Valterra.
Batteries were really hard to install. Worked great for initial cool down, but once the fridge got cold the fan stopped spinning. ...Took it out and let it warm up and it started spinning again. I am going to try it again on the next trip before trying a different fan.
Since the concept of this product is to help circulate the air inside the refrigerator to evenly distribute temperature. Yes, it can extend the life of fresh produce stored inside.
by Camping World – December 29, 2015
CFM rating 0.702
by Camping World – November 24, 2014
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FridgeCool Fan with On/Off Switch
Circulate air inside your fridge to reduce food spoilage.
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