Camping, Personal Care, Travel Gadgets

A Cordless Fan For Those Dog Days of Summer

As the calendar advances and we find ourselves getting deeper and deeper into the summer months, the temperature outside seems to rise and a somewhat relentless pace. Clothing gets smaller, air conditionings kick-on, and Popsicle sales surge. While some people tend to enjoy the heat more than others, nearly everyone can agree that there is a level of hot that is just downright uncomfortable. If you have ever tried to sleep in an un-air conditioned house, spent a few hours at the beach, or have just been below the Mason Dixon line between May and September, you know what I am talking about.

In situations like those, an electric fan can work wonders. For those of us who may not have an electric socket nearby, there are some fantastic cordless fan options. These can easily be held in your hand, set on a bedside table, or used within a tent to keep your body temperature somewhat near normal. Below are the best cordless fans on the market, some powered by a battery and some powered by solar panels. Find the size and power that works best for you, and do your best to beat the heat!

The Best Battery Powered Cordless Fan Options

This cordless fan can be operated either by a rechargeable battery or by a USB cable. It sits upright on its own, which makes it a great solution for a desk or bedside table, and measures 4” x 1.5” x 9”. The has three wind speeds and will last between three and thirteen hours on one charge, depending on the speed you run it at.

It has a small built-in side lamp, which is great as a nightlight. This cordless fan comes in four fun colors. Plus, it has a protective plastic cover in front of the blades, so you won’t catch any fingers.


This cordless fan has multiple power source options. It can be run off of its built-in rechargeable batteries, which can be recharged via wall outlet or an AC adaptor for your car, or off of 8 D-Cell batteries. This fan is a low-noise fan, with two wind speed options. It can be tilted at varying degrees for directional air flow.

It sits on a stable base and has a built-in blade guard which will protect your fingers from getting clipped. This fan is small but powerful. One reviewer explaining how they were able to use it in a car with a broken air conditioner.


This cordless fan as also a camp lantern, which makes it a great thing to bring with you if you plan to camp during the summer months. It is powered by either 3 AA batteries, or by charging through a USB cable. You can use it as just a lamp, as just a fan, or with both the light on and the fan running.

There are several wind speed options. Plus it comes with a clip so it can be hung from the interior ceiling of a tent or underneath a deck ceiling. The dimensions are 7.9” x 7.9” x 2.5”, and the LED lantern is omnidirectional. If you or someone you know is an avid camper, consider investing in this two-tooled solution.


The Best Solar Powered Cordless Fan Options

If you plan on camping this summer, or just want to keep a fan/light tool around in case of emergency, this little guy is a fantastic option. It recharges quickly via a large solar panel. Additionally, it features a high-powered LED lamp and small personal fan.

It is a small tool, measuring about 8” x 6” x 3”. This cordless fan also includes a small personal flashlight that casts light off of the side. If you live in a sunny area or have time to charge this up during the day while you are camping, make the investment and keep cool.


This multi-function tool is great for a camping trip or in case of emergency. It features a camping light, a flashlight, and a mini fan. It is solar powered, but it can also be charged by DC power. Furthermore, this cordless fan is extremely lightweight along with being water resistant and shockproof. This is one of those items you didn’t know you needed.

Also, the bright cobalt blue color makes this cordless fan difficult to misplace. It will charge for about one hour via DC power, and for about 6-8 hours via solar power. There are handles on the top and side, which makes it easy to carry and transport. It can even be hung from the inside of a tent. This is a great tool to keep in your garage in case of emergency or to bring along on a camping trip.


This fashion may seem silly at first, but if you plan on spending a lot of time outside under the beating sun, this hat is a fantastic option for you. You could even don it ironically! There are two small solar panels and a personal fan embedded in the brim of the hat. The longer you spend in the sun, the faster the fan spins, blowing cool, refreshing air on your forehead.

Be forewarned that it doesn’t have an off switch, so you had better be ready for a constant personal breeze. But if you work outside during the summer months, this may be a great thing to have on you. Silly? Yes. Effective? Also, yes.


Best of luck keeping cool out there. If you are looking for further items for summer, be sure to check out our review of the best mosquito repellents available as well as our favorite filtered water bottles for traveling. Keep everything organized with our review of the best car organizers.

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