Fans are an essential mechanical appliance with an incredibly wide range of uses from big to small. There are giant industrial fans that circulate air around large facilities all the way down to tiny fans that cool down your laptop or handheld device. While some fans are fixed to a particular place, portable fans are a classification of fan that are able to be moved easily from place to place.
Portable fans come in a range of sizes and applications, from handheld fans to box fans. Whatever your home, workspace, or facility needs, RS Components carries a great variety of portable fans to choose from.
When you only need a light breeze to cool down or to generate some airflow in your workspace, desk fans are the perfect solution. Some are small desk fans that are around the size of other common desk items like a clock, calendar, or pencil cup. Small desk fans like this typically have two or three speeds and tilt up and down, but they are not very powerful.
Some of the smaller desk fans are powered by a USB cable and plug into a computer. They might have one or two speeds and will provide very low airflow. If you are someone who works on the go, a USB desk fan might be the best choice as it is most convenient to travel with.
Many factories or other industrial workspaces require portable fans with very high airflow capacity and that can withstand stress and demanding usage. Heavy duty fans that are easy to transport are very valuable in factories that require temporary and powerful air circulation in a specific area.
Industrial fans typically rest on the floor and will need to be plugged into an outlet to operate. They can perform at a range of speeds, and most industrial floor fans will be able to tilt and/or oscillate to cover a greater area.
Box fans are one type of portable fan that are often used in industrial workspaces because they are both powerful and have large airflow coverage. Instead of the blades being housed in a rounded cage, box fans have a squared cage that makes it easier to place.
Standing fans are most commonly found in homes or offices and serve as a low power replacement to air conditioners. When the weather is not too hot, standing fans can generate enough airflow to keep the temperature comfortable and to remove some humidity through circulation.
The iconic standing fan design is a circular fan head mounted on an expandable stand. Basic fans like this may be stationary and have one speed, however it is standard for standings fans to be multi-speed and have both tilt and oscillation capabilities. In some advanced models, the fans may have a built-in timer, temperature reader, or a cooling system.