$2.99 cooling fan worth it?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by timeo, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. timeo

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    Hi I am new to electronics (still reading a book), and I'm trying to figure out if a small fan I bought is worth its price. Its actually a part for the wii... Its a fan that attaches to the back of the wii on the usb. It a part carried by circuit city only and since they are going out of buisenes(at least the one by here) I got it for sale. It was originaly 4 something. Its 40mm and im guesing it runs on 5v since its powered by usb. It has a manual speed control. Ill post a picture latter once the batteries for my camera charge.

    Im trying to learn electronics to be able to power a few high power leds with solar cells and batteries. Since they get hot I was planning on using them along with heatsinks to cool them down. Since the fans are only about 3 dollars i was thinking on buying a few, but want to know if its a good deal.

    Thanks in advance for all your answers.
  2. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    Generally, any fan is better than none, IMO.
  3. flat5

    Active Member

    Nov 13, 2008
    Are you using current limiting resistors with the LEDs to keep their current at a safe level?
  4. thingmaker3

    Retired Moderator

    May 16, 2005
    $3 each for new 40mm fans? No shipping cost? Go for it.