|Item Weight||1.8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10.2 x 9.4 x 3.5 inches|
|Item model number||81300|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Manufacturer Part Number||81300|
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- Solar powered ventilator and helps reduce condensation and humidity
- Provides silent and secure ventilation making it ideal for RVs, trailers, boats, garden sheds, greenhouses and more
- Features include: a stainless-steel cowl that helps clear out the hot air from the atmosphere, an on/off switch for added convenience and a light with lumen output of 92.
- Prevents mold and mildew
- Completely weatherproof and easy to install-no wiring required!
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The Sunforce has independent controls for the light (which you can turn on/off), battery, and fan. The Nicro runs the solar panel through the battery so the vent won't work it something is wrong with the battery (e.g. needs replacement).
In general, I find the Sunforce to be the tougher product with better controls. The two products both move about the same CPM. These vents will help keep temperature equalized or mold out of a very small area. 2 of them are about right for the back of an E150 with the windows cracked -- just to give you an idea of how many you'll need.
Pleased for the price, but know that what you're getting: All of these products have relatively weak fans. You could build your own for cheaper, or buy the cheapest one, gut its case, and install your own better fan, motor and solar panel -- this is now my plan for the defunct Nicro.
You'll use a 4.5" hole saw to install the Sunforce, costs around $35, plus another $10 for an "arbor" to stick in your drill (it's basically like a big drill bit with a connection on the end for the hole saw). If you're cutting through sheet metal, better plan on an 18 volt drill. If you've got a 12, go borrow a friend's 18!
The instructions that come with the fan say cut a 4.5" diameter hole using the template provided. The template measures 4.25" not 4.5". I cut a test 4.25" hole in a piece of plywood and the fan fits perfectly with just enough slop to allow for some expansion of the fan from heat.
So, don't order that 4.5" hole saw and mandrel for $50. I used a $7 adjustable circle cutter that I got at Harbor Freight. It worked fine.
I am replacing the Plexiglas hatch lenses on my boat so I have the luxury of doing this work in my shop.
The only other comment that I have about the fan is that the SS cover is not nearly as shiny as the photo indicates.
I have quite a condensation problem in my boat so I am going to set one fan to draw air in and the other to exhaust. I'll keep you posted.
When this unit arrived, I quickly realized two major problems which aren't addressed in the product description. First, the control buttons for this unit are located on the bottom center of the device. On my previous vent, this is where the vent hose would have been attached. There is flange enough on the Sunforce to attach a vent hose but then the 4 control buttons would be unreachable. This is obviously intended to be mounted in a room and draw air into (or out of) the space.
The second, and more serious, problem arose when I studied the use instructions. The night-time mode, working off the batteries that have been charged during the day, would only run for ten minutes! The unit then auto shuts down. In order to vent the odors from a composting toilet, the fan needs to run 24 hours a day. This unit really only works during the daylight hours, practically speaking. The good news is that the batteries are standard AA rechargeables and readily available for user replacement.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was noisy and only lasted six months. Not worth the postage spent on it.Published 3 months ago by JAMES V WHARRY
not worth the money as it moved literally NO AIR that I could sense.Published 4 months ago by Albert Noel Miller
Fan motor made some noise like it was out of round or balance so I returned it for my money back. Otherwise it worked and looked nice. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Honda Driver
Very solid product with great looks. This was the only solar powered vent I could find. It does work but not well enough for my application. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Colin Eberhardt
So far so good, works as advertised after 3 months. The light is a nice added feature.Published 6 months ago by Va Camper
Well built and fairly nice to look at. Airflow is lower than hoped, but adequate.Published 6 months ago by JesseD