Bought some last time. They’re alright. Nothing special, but at that price they’re probably worth it.
The fan is basically worthless. It works, but it gets really hot, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it breaks or overheats after more than maybe 10 minutes. Neat novelty, not for serious cooling though (ie, don’t expect a portable long lasting mini-fan).
i bought a bunch of those usb leds you see around. when the power goes out i deploy all the shitty usb power sticks i have collected through deals like this. i can light my whole apartment with them! the fans are nice too if its hot and im trying to sleep.
@Baboodiot depending how elementary, you may want to keep the fans out of the goodie bags. They are wonderful at winding up hair and so close to the power bank that they are hard to escape when those blades start turning. Or on second thought, add a spinning fan blade element to boring games like pin the tail on the donkey, duck duck goose, etc.
@rv617 The trouble is, you need half of them spinning the opposite way, or your chair will end up spinning and you’ll auger in… Oh wait, you’re going for a Darwin award. Sorry, I missed that. You’ll be fine.
So, can I throw these in a bag without them being randomly turned on? because the last crappy power bank I got did just that, so it would never have any power the one time a year I needed it. Basically my only dealbreaker for this item.
@kabijj That is tempting, but really it’s more a question of where the button is, or whether it’s a button or a switch. Bag + contents get jostled around -> button gets pressed -> battery drains. If they are switches I think they’d be more proof against being turned on by accident. if they’re simple press buttons (like mine is) I think I’d just wind up with 20 dead battery packs
@KDemo@dominusprinceps I bought some of these the last time(s) and the little mini duffel does help shield the button, plus the button is flat, smooth, and takes more force to press than some other packs I have with rubbery (snaggy) extended buttons. That would make a great ordering code: rubbery-snaggy-button.
“Model: VBF01H (Let’s go with “Very Best Fans: #01 Happy”)”
That would be me.
I love these things. I had a horrible experience with Woot finding some that worked (only one did with not much of a breeze); Meh found some that did (stronger breeze and in different colors to boot). I like how the power banks can be used as a stand and also have a built in flashlight. But honestly, I got them for the fans so I can use them with a better portable charger … like the PowerNow 10,000 pack I got when I joined the site 2 1/2 years ago. Perfect for hurricane situations and [too damn hot] weather in Florida.
In for one order of each color.
@warpedrotors would these be liable to turn on if they were loose in a bag? My current emergency battery has a very prominent button, so on the rare occasion that I need to use it, it is invariably dead. Can I throw this in a backpack and assume that my pens / chargers / controllers won’t turn it on and drain the battery?
@dominusprinceps It would be kind of hard for it to turn on by itself, but I guess not impossible. The button edge is flush with the case and it dips a tiny bit. Mine came with a little bag, so I keep it in the plastic sleeve, put it in the bag, and I’ve not had that problem.
I guess resistance is futile at this price. Bought another family of them.
That and since this VMP thingy is ending - better get the “free” shipping out of my system.
As I think someone above mentioned, even if you don’t think these are much use for charging phones, they do a nice job powering these flexy LED lights (really cheap on FleaBay) - really handy for camping or localized lighting where you don’t want to bother others:
@lisaviolet As a former employee of a handful of vet clinics (RVT who now works FT at a laboratory) I can verify that most people in the field would enjoy these. I gave them as Christmas gifts last month, no complaints.
trolley motor-ish. Can I use this as back up power for my phone to view the cameras looking at the pad lock I didn’t order… it is all coming together with the light bar I didnt buy. Hmm, I am seeing a pattern with the recent products being sold. Meh is turning it up! Better than that other daily deal website.