If you’ve lived through a power outage during the summer, you know it can be pretty awful for a lot of reasons. Beyond the frustration of slowly-spoiling groceries in your refrigerator, it’s also just really tough to stay comfortable. A smart solution is to invest in a few battery-powered fans so you’ll be prepared when that outage arrives. Circulating the air will help cool you down considerably and provide fresher, cleaner air and that much needed breeze.
In fact, battery-powered fans are not just practical for outages. They are a great solution to use anytime – even when the power is on. Not only do they move around your home (or outdoors) easily, they are useful in locations that don’t have handy outlets and they just look more sleek and streamlined. Losing some of the sea of wires in your home helps make your home look and feel more organized.
Small investments in your home can bring a lot of comfort. Whether it’s a small portable air conditioner to help cool down your work-from-home office, or whether it’s adding a humidifier in your bedrooms during the winter, small appliances can bring big relief. We’ve researched and rounded up some highly rated battery-powered fan options to help you cordlessly cool down your home:
Treva 10-Inch Portable Desktop Battery Fan
This sleek and simple portable fan weighs less than three pounds and is compact (13.27 x 12.2 x 4.09 inches). Available in black or white, this fan operates on six D batteries or with a traditional AC plug connection giving you options depending on your needs. The fan has 10-inch blades and operates on two speeds.
Why It’s a Great Pick: This is a great pick because of its attractive, simple design and versatile dual power source. The fan even has a hidden handle for easy transport around your home.
Things to Consider: Some customers thought the high speed of the fan was louder than expected.
Price: $34.99 at Amazon.com
Snawowo Handheld Personal Portable Fan
This small portable fan comes in five colorways and has a creative flexible tripod base. It has a bendable metal and silicone base, which is easy to clean and durable. The flexible base means you can hold it, wrap it, hang it or stand it up. With a built-in 4000mAh rechargeable battery, just plug the charging cable into a USB port or outlet and charge before use.
Why It’s a Great Pick: This small, funky design can be used in a variety of different situations, making it really versatile. Hook it onto a stroller to keep you (or baby) cool on a sweltering summer day, prop it up on your desk in the office or hold it in your hand at the park.
Things to Consider: Some customers reported issues with flexible leg durability after frequent use.
Price: $22.98 on sale from $29.99 at Amazon.com
O2COOL Deluxe Handheld Battery Powered Water Misting Fan
When it comes to quick relief in the sweltering heat, the ultimate cool down is a light mist of water on your skin coupled with a breeze to quickly cool your body temperature. This handheld fan comes in a variety of bright fun colors and operates on two AA batteries.
Why It’s a Great Pick: This little fan uses the same tricks as Las Vegas or Palm Springs in summer, combining mist and air to get a super fast cool down. At less than $15, this is an affordable solution to get quick relief during your next power outage or hot day outdoors.
Things to Consider: Reviewers recommend bringing extra batteries along, as this fan runs through batteries quickly with frequent use. Also use caution not to drop on hard surfaces.
Price: $12.99 at Amazon.com
Airbition 8-Inch Rechargeable Oscillating Foldaway Fan
This convenient foldaway fan can be extended to its full height of 40 inches or lowered down to only 14.8 inches high. When not in use it can be folded down to 7.8 x 4 inches. The fan uses a 7,200 mAh rechargeable battery powered and comes with a USB charging cable. In addition features include three speed settings, a one to four hour timer and 60 degrees of oscillation.
Why It’s a Great Pick: This is a great pick because of how clever the design is, offering various height settings as well as the ability to fold down small for storage. Rechargeable batteries mean this fan will be easy to keep charged without the hassle and expense of new batteries.
Things to Consider: When fully charged, this fan will work for 12 hours. In the case of a multi-day power outage you will need a way to recharge the battery.
Price: $43.22 on sale from $54.99 at Amazon.com
Crane 4.5 inch Rechargeable Cordless Aromatherapy Desk Fan
This small desktop fan offers a 360-degree adjustable fan tilt, three speed settings and works for 17 hours with a rechargeable battery. Included within the fan are aromatherapy pads that allow you to add drops of essential oils.
Why It’s a Great Pick: Aside from having a modern attractive design, we love the added touch of aromatherapy pads. Why not cool down and invigorate your space with a combination of your favorite scent and a breeze?
Things to Consider: Keep in mind the fan uses an indicator light, so if using in a dark room that may be a pro or a con depending on your preference.
Price: $24.99 on sale from $29.99 at Crane-USA.com
Sharper Image GO 9 Rechargeable Portable Fan with Stand in Black
This portable rechargeable fan offers a 45-degree adjustable head tilt and three speeds. Fully charged, this fan will last 20 hours. The fan comes with a removable six-foot long USB cord for recharging. Compact design the overall measurements are 8.94 x 10.08 x 12.57 inches and weighs three pounds.
Why It’s a Great Pick: This fan is highly rated by customers and features a two-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. We also appreciate the LED light feature that keeps you informed about the battery charge, so you can stay on top of the recharging.
Things to Consider: This fan is considerably more expensive than others on our list. Hint: If you have a 20% off coupon or are a Beyond+ Member, you’ll reduce the price.
Price: $99.99 at BedBathAndBeyond.com
Holmes Personal Rechargeable Fan
This classic easy to use fan offers three speed settings and is very portable at only .68 pounds and 5.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches. The fan uses a rechargeable battery and comes with a 3.9-foot long USB cable.
Why It’s a Great Pick: This easy-to-use design is a smart choice from a popular brand. The reasonable price means you can probably pick up a personal fan for each member of your household.
Things to Consider: Affordable and small, this battery fan will only last up to six hours on the low-speed setting.
Price: $12.99 at Target.com
Panergy Camping Tent Fan with LED Lantern
This small camping fan/LED lantern uses a 10,000 mAH rechargeable battery and comes with a USB cord for charging. The lantern is foldable which means you can easily hang it inside a tent or prop it up on a desk or table. Depending on the speed the battery will last between seven and 28 hours.
Why It’s a Great Pick: In the case of a power outage in the summer, you’ll get two very important features in one: A fan to keep you cool and LED lights to help you see.
Things to Consider: Keep in mind some reviewers were surprised just how small the fan is. Others found the light to be more acceptable as a night light and the fan to be best when on highest speed.
Price: $29.99 on sale from $35.99 at Walmart.com
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