Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fans Made Easy

For some reason, Gizmodo republished this post, turning it into a DIY project. I have not submitted this project to Gizmodo and obviously, this project is not a DIY (as you can read below).

Sometimes, cool looking fans are cheaper than you might think. I found this PC power supply fan and ripped out all unnecessary bits and pieces, only leaving the fan inside. I replaced the power supply with an adapter that matches the fan. I own quite some design fans, but I have to admit that this is going to be my top piece for this summer; desk get ready, coolness is nearby!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

You may want to place some sort of disclaimer on this. If someone saw this article and thought "hey I am going to give this a shot", and started ripping out everything. They are bound to have a bad encounter with the capacitors which easily hold enough charge to seriously injure or kill you.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, you're out of your mind with this fan idea.

Phil: The Person said...

Not only is this potentially deadly, but it is a stupefying waste of electricity. The power needed to run a fan of that size is a tiny fraction of the power produced by a computer power supply. You're just throwing away money and energy.

Anonymous said...

"Switching" power supply, it only takes what it needs. Not as eco-unfriendly as one might think.

Guus Oosterbaan said...

Thanks for you constructive feedback in such well formulated wording. I replaced the power supply with only that just matches the fan. Cheers

Anonymous said...

That's the dumbest thing I've seen in a while.
1. Waste of energy.
2. Capacitors will kill you or injure you if you don't know what you are doing.
3. Dumb.

Anonymous said...

He took out the actual power supply and just used the case with the fan. Then added his own ac-dc adapter to power the fan. Simplistically easily, but yea, PSU electronics can have a linger charge so a disclaimer should be put up.

Anonymous said...

^ ^ ^ Hooray for reading comprehension.

I thought I was the only one on the internet who could read for a moment...

He discarded all parts of the original power supply that would make it energy inefficient.

Guus Oosterbaan said...

Yep, reading is a fantastic thing ;-)

The whole environmental discussion is also a bit to a surprice to me, since it has nver been my intention to create an environmental fan. Also, I never said people should create this fan themselves. If we have to put disclaimers on anything that is dangerous when you do it yourself, then we'll be quite busy for the coming years.

My only intention with this post was to share, in my opinion, a good looking fan.

MadScientist said...

Very well said, Guus. Joe Average and his wife (ie the typical american guy in the street) reads what he wants to read, not what is being written. Guus did NOT say that Joe should make a desktop fan out of a PC PSU. Nor did he give any instructions on how to do that. So Joe, before giving comments and calling Guus or anyone else dumb and telling him he's out of his mind... stuff a sock in it and learn to read first!
For once and for all: A PC PSU will NOT run that fan without a "load", that is, without something that draws "power" from it, like a CD drive.) About capacitors killing you... That's a possibility... but not with the ones inside a PSU. Those are simply... too small. They could jolt you. Or possibly give you a minor to medium burn injury. And then ONLY if you were to gut the PSU right after turning your pc off. CRT monitor are something else... they need BIG capacitors...
However... you COULD get killed if you left the old PSU connected to your wall outlet and then short-circuited the blasted thing while trying to rip out its guts. THAT, of course, is something that goes without saying. Everyone having paid attention in school during class just knows that.

BTW: I gutted an old 21 inch CRT and made an aquarium out of it. Am I mad? Not from my point of view. I know what I do. And it doesn't tire my eyes as much as before. Quite relaxing too, watching those goldfish.

posthcfaq said...

@MadScientist
That's so dangerous. Everyone knows goldfish can kill you. Everyone knows this because an anonymous angry person from the internet who can't read said so.

Thanks for sharing Guus.