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Fans - Marine vs Automotive vs PC (Jury Rig)
I'm in the buying mood, so I started looking at the boat list and saw that fans were in the high impact, low (relative) cost bucket...and so I set about to find the best value/bang for the buck while maintaining quality.
What I've found really makes me wanna punch out the marketing folks at West Marine as well as other retailers.
Hella Turbo fans are $70 a pop for a 12v fan. Going to Amazon, there are literally hundreds of 12v fans (mostly for the automotive market) that are a fraction of that price. As low as $5 in some cases!!
On top of that, there is the thought I had about rigging up some PC case fans to provide air flow. Those literally run day/night for years on end..and have to move a ton of air *QUIETLY* Best part, these case fans are literally up to $10 in price for high end, ball bearing units. Sure they dont look pretty...but price value quotient seems really high!
Has anyone done the analysis? I've already bought 2 Hella Turbo, but am more than willing to return them if someone can relay their experience using the much cheaper automotive oriented fans...or heck the PC fans.
If not for common areas, I'm definitely installing a couple of PC fans to move air in/around lazarettes just to ensure airflow there and to prevent mold buildup. I mean for $3, its a no brainer for out of view areas.