Running 12v fan at 4.5v continuously

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Mrakowski

Joined Mar 14, 2016
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I've recently finished a project that requires continuous air flow (24/7), and I'm using a 12v fan for this, does anyone know if it is safe to leave a DC fan on continuously and if running it at a lower voltage affects the lifetime of the fan? (It spins up fine and it's not likely to get obstructed)
 

wayneh

Joined Sep 9, 2010
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It will run but not move nearly as much air as it is rated for. I don't think its life will be shortened (I suspect it may last longer) but it would be nice to hear from a fan expert.
 
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