Are you one of those people who loves it when your tent start to feel like an oven?
Well, a portable camping fan may just be the answer.
Read on for reviews of the best camping fans 2019 and the ins and outs of choosing a tent fan.
- Top 15 Best Tent Camping Fans Reviewed 2019
- Opolar Portable Travel Mini Fan
- AceMining Rechargeable Battery Operated Fan
- Odoland Portable LED Camping Lantern with Ceiling Fan
- Basecamp Tent Fan with LED Light
- Coleman Freestanding Tent Fan
- Coleman CPX 6 Lighted Tent Fan
- Ansee Solar Camping Fan
- Dizaul Portable Fan
- Opolar Battery Operated Rechargeable Desk Fan
- O2 Cool Portable Battery Fan
- Bluboon Clip On Battery Operated Fan
- Conwin Solar Fan System
- Honeywell HT-900 TurboForce Fan
- Opolar Hand Held Battery Operated Fan
- VersionTech Mini Hand Held Fan
- The Inside Scoop on the Best Tent Camping Fans
- A Good Idea or a Marketing Gimmick?
- Choose the Right Tent
Top 15 Best Tent Camping Fans Reviewed 2019
Opolar Portable Travel Mini Fan
Review: This is the fan you’ll want to be packing for any international travel where a voltage change would render your home country’s appliances useless.
The USB charging port means the different voltage is irrelevant, you just need a power bank or laptop to plug it in to.
- 3 speed settings.
- 3 – 13 hour battery life depending on setting.
- USB charging outlet makes it ideal for travel.
- The included lithium battery is rechargeable.
- Includes a night light.
- Only runs at medium speed when plugged into a USB port.
AceMining Rechargeable Battery Operated Fan
Review: This is another excellent option for a rechargeable fan with a USB port. It is compact, lightweight, quiet and has a handy rotation feature.
- Powered by rechargeable lithium battery or USB port.
- Comes with a USB cable.
- Has 3 speeds.
- 5-13 hours of battery life.
- Has a 180 degree rotation.
- Only runs on lowest speed when charging.
Odoland Portable LED Camping Lantern with Ceiling Fan
Review: As a handy alternative to free standing fans, this ceiling fan also doubles as an overhead light and appears to run for a good amount of time on one set of batteries.
- 5-15 hours of battery life for fan operation.
- Lightweight and collapsible for portability.
- The direction of both the light and the fan is adjustable so they can be pointing in different directions.
- Batteries not included.
- No USB charging port.
Basecamp Tent Fan with LED Light
Review: This ceiling fan also doubles as a lantern and has foam blades for extra piece of mind.
It, unfortunately, isn’t rechargeable (although you can purchase rechargeable D batteries) but the run time is impressive.
- Two speeds.
- Foam blades.
- Attaches to the roof of the tent and doubles as a light.
- 24-48 hour battery life.
- 4 x D batteries not included.
Coleman Freestanding Tent Fan
Review: This fan is specifically designed for use in a tent meaning it is ultra-portable and has a long battery life (when used on low speed).
- Has foam blades for safety and weight reduction, eliminating the need for a cage.
- Runs for up to 21 hours on 4 x D batteries.
- Folds up for easy portability/storage.
- Batteries not included.
- No USB charging port.
Coleman CPX 6 Lighted Tent Fan
Review: This is another camping specific fan designed to attach to the roof of your tent and double as an overhead light.
- Compatible with rechargeable batteries or AC adaptor.
- Built in stand allows the fan to be freestanding if you don’t want it attached to the roof.
- 2 light modes can produce white light or a dimmer option ideal for a night light.
- Batteries and AC cord sold separately.
Ansee Solar Camping Fan
Review: As an environmentally friendly option to the battery powered fans, this little number is solar powered making it the ideal choice for longer camping trips, and it also doubles as a reading lamp or flashlight.
- LED lantern, flashlight and fan all in one.
- Solar powered and charges in a few hours.
- LED light can be tilted to use as a reading light.
- Comes with US power adaptor as an alternative to solar.
- Slower to recharge using solar power than mains charging.
Dizaul Portable Fan
Review: This is a truly tiny little fan that will easily fit in your backpack and make a great addition to your camping trip.
- USB rechargeable.
- Has 3 speeds and an LED light.
- Includes rechargeable lithium battery.
- The included battery is a little weak, if you upgrade you’ll likely get a long longer out of each charge.
Opolar Battery Operated Rechargeable Desk Fan
Review: This is another solid option from Opolar, being energy efficient, quiet and powerful. It is designed for desk use but its rechargeable batteries make it ideal for use in a tent.
- Comes with 2 rechargeable batteries and USB port.
- Stable metal frame.
- Very quiet.
- 6-9 hour battery life.
- Doesn’t include any lights.
O2 Cool Portable Battery Fan
Review: This fan can either be plugged into the mains or battery powered. Unfortunately if you want rechargeable option you’ll need to purchase rechargeable D batteries and have a separate battery charger, but aside from that, this is a solid little fan.
- Can either be plugged into the mains or run off 6 x D batteries.
- Comes with AC power cord.
- Durable plastic construction.
- Batteries aren’t included.
Bluboon Clip On Battery Operated Fan
Review: This is an excellent alternative to fans that hang from the ceiling and double as a lantern.
It can clip to any part of your tent or camping furniture and has a swiveling head that can redirect airflow in any direction.
- 360 degree swivelling head.
- Easily clips to different parts of your tent.
- Comes with rechargeable lithium battery and USB charging cord.
- May be too heavy to clip to smaller tents.
- You may want to upgrade to a longer lasting rechargeable battery.
Conwin Solar Fan System
Review: This may look cumbersome for camping, but if you’re already packing a huge tent, BBQ and mini fridge then this fan will be surprisingly lightweight and portable.
It is solar charged and then doubles as a power bank for recharging cell phones and tablets.
- Highly versatile charging system comes with solar panel and AC power adaptor.
- Includes USB port for charging small devices like cell phones.
- Surprisingly lightweight and easy to move around.
- Will obviously take up more space than any of the fans on this list.
Honeywell HT-900 TurboForce Fan
Review: This isn’t a model most campers would consider as it needs to be plugged into a mains power supply.
But, most campers do actually have access to mains power so it makes sense to use it instead of environmentally damaging batteries when it’s available.
- More powerful than battery operated fans.
- 90 degree rotating face.
- Small and compact.
- 3 speeds.
- Need access to mains power.
Opolar Hand Held Battery Operated Fan
Review: This hand held fan is an individual option for solo campers than can be clipped to the tent for a hands-free setup.
- Rechargeable lithium battery lasts 3-11 hours.
- 3 wind speeds.
- USB charging cord.
- Foldable design is very compact.
- Not big enough for a large tent.
VersionTech Mini Hand Held Fan
Review: This is another hand held fan that can be attached to the roof of your tent by folding the handle back on itself. It is rechargeable and powerful making it perfect for camping.
- Rechargeable lithium batteries via USB cable.
- Handle folds 180 degrees to clip to tent poles or pack away in a tiny package.
- Surprisingly powerful and long lasting charge.
- Not effective for more than one person.
The Inside Scoop on the Best Tent Camping Fans
It may seem a little odd to consider taking a fan camping with you.
After all, isn’t part of the reason you go camping to get a little closer to nature and away from the air-conditioned bubbles of our everyday lives?
Well, if sweltering heat and relentless humidity have the potential to make your camping trip miserable, then a small fan could be an essential investment.
Battery Operated versus Rechargeable
In this day and age, there is no reason to buy a battery powered anything unless it is rechargeable.
When there are perfectly good rechargeable options, it’s irresponsible to send single-use batteries to the landfill.
Luckily, there are plenty of excellent fans on the market that come with rechargeable batteries and either USB charging cables or regular mains cables.
Even if your fan doesn’t come with a charging cable, you can still purchase rechargeable D batteries and recharge them yourself.
If you’re camping for more than a couple of nights and won’t have access to mains, you can either bring a power bank or choose a fan with a solar charger.
Freestanding or Ceiling Mounted
Many tent specific fans are designed to be hung from the ceiling of the tent which can be a great way of keeping it out of the way and providing effective air circulation.
Other fans are freestanding and can be sat on a small camping table or the floor.
It really depends where you want your air to be coming from.
Free standing fans may be a better option from a versatility point of view and can be positioned to suck fresh air in from outside rather than circulating the air that’s already in the tent.
But, a fan on the ceiling won’t be tripped over or get small fingers stuck inside.
How portable your fan is does depend a little on your style of camping.
If you’ll be rocking up to your campsite in your car and unloading everything directly then it doesn’t matter too much.
But, if you’ll be hiking any distance to camp then small and light is the way to go, for obvious reasons!
Many camping fans come equipped with LED lights so that they can double as reading lamps or flashlights.
This can be extra-handy when you’re camping as LED lights are pretty efficient in their energy use so they won’t run down your batteries too much either.
Some rechargeable fans also have USB outlets so that they can double as a power bank and be used for recharging other devices.
Whether you want a quiet fan or one with a distinctive hum comes down to personal preference.
Some people actually want their fans to produce a little noise.
If you come from a place where you’re used to sleeping with background noise, then the silence of the backcountry at night may be disconcerting. If you’re one of these people, look for a fan that produces a little white noise.
Alternatively, there are plenty of fans that are almost silent on low speed.
It’s nice to have some options with wind speed depending on how hot it is and how much you want to conserve your batteries.
Low speeds tend to be quieter and allow your batteries to last a lot longer while higher speeds will run your batteries down but provide more air circulation.
A Good Idea or a Marketing Gimmick?
This is probably a matter of personal opinion and may depend on whether you have any health conditions that make you intolerant of the heat.
I think most people would agree that one of the attractions of camping is its simplicity and the fact that you tend to make do without the comforts of home.
But, if being stuck inside a hot tent on a muggy night with no wind is going to result in sleep deprivation and turn you into a grumpy camper the next day, well, life’s too short for that!
Choose the Right Tent
Some tents are better suited to hot weather camping than others. Relying on a fan in a badly designed tent may not do much for your comfort.
Check out our article on the best tents for hot weather before you go and attempt to cool your 3 season tent with a fan!
All of the best camping tent brands do produce tents with excellent ventilation so that you don’t end up feeling trapped in an oven on your holiday.
If you’re camping with a family, instant tents can also be a great option, allowing for a quick and easy set up. If you haven’t seen our article on inflatable tents, check that out too!
Ventilation Ventilation Ventilation!
How you set up your tent can also be the difference between sweating it out like a pig or lying comfortably.
Make sure all the vents are open and roll back the doors for maximum air circulation.
If insects aren’t an issue, opening up the mesh doors will allow for even more fresh air to blow over you.
If insects are a problem, do up all the mesh and remove the rain fly completely. You don’t need it if there’s no rain forecast.
Other tips include sleeping on top of your sleeping bag instead of inside it, sleeping with a wet towel on your neck, knees or feet, and making sure you don’t have a heavy meal too soon before going to sleep.
What is a Tent Fan?
A tent fan is a small, portable, battery-powered fan that can be taken camping to increase air circulation inside the tent.
How Long do Tent Fan Batteries Last?
This depends on the fan and the speed setting you use but tent fans can last anywhere from 3 to 48 hours.
How Long does a Rechargeable Fan Last?
As above, this depends on the settings and the fan and also how long you recharged the batteries for.
Most rechargeable fans can comfortably run all night.
Do Tent Fans Work?
This depends on your expectations, but generally, yes, they increase air circulation in your tent which helps to keep you cool.
Hopefully, you now feel well-equipped with the knowledge necessary to choose the best fan for tent camping.
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