Turbo fan kit VS a PC fan

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KYBOY, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. KYBOY

    KYBOY Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    I hear a lot of folks wire up a PC fan in their incubators instead of buying a turbo fan kit. Do they seem to work as well????
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    If you are mechanically and electrically inclined in may save you a few bucks.

    I know a little about both but choose to spend the $32 for the factory add-on.

    Computer fans are usually 12-18Volt DC fans and don't blow to the sides the way
    the LG or Hova fans do.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I've hatched well with out a fan, with a incubator fan, with a computer fan, and in a card board box... ok well, I was like 14 with the box hiding in a closet so that didn't go so well...

    If you get a computer fan that pushes enough air and get it hooked up right, it will work, but if you don't really want to mess with wiring... going with the kit will be eaiser to do.
  4. GreggsEggs

    GreggsEggs Cooped Up

    Aug 31, 2007
    Caneyville, KY
    I went the pc fan route on my 3 incubators. It cost me just under $10 for each 3 speed pc fan at Office Depot and Staples.

    It took asking a couple people in the chat room to figure out how to wire a 12v dc pc fan in a 110v ac incubator.

    I found by frying a fan that ac and dc do not work well together!!

    After talking with people in chat, I found out to use a couple old cordless phone plug/cords. I used two 12v and one 9v adapter/cord/plug.

    The pc fan has 3 wires, white, red, black, the cordless phone ac adapter has a negative and positive wire.

    I stripped the wires about 1/2 inch, connected the red to the positive, black to the negative, using wire nuts, and left white alone.

    I plug them all in and they worked.

    So, with one hour of work, some on hand junk, and $30 worth of pc fans. I was able to turn 3 still air incubators into incubators with fans, for the price of one factory built fan.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2008
  5. KYBOY

    KYBOY Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Cordless phones plug cords? Do you mean the power cord from a home cordless head set base or the wall charger for a cell phone? Thanks
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Any wall plug that changes ac to 12 V dc will work. Should say so on the charger.
  7. KYBOY

    KYBOY Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Thanks, thats what I was thinking. I have a half doz different wall adaptors from various phones, games etc laying in a box.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2008
  8. Dodgegal79

    Dodgegal79 Songster

    Dec 1, 2007
    Princeton BC Canada
    My brother just put a PC fan in one of my bators, we used my charger cable for a flashlight to power it. It is a little nosier then the turbo fan, but it works good.
  9. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Brinsea use PC fans.

    That's good enough for me [​IMG]
  10. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    The PC fan works well if wired correctly. I have 4 60mm fans around the incubator and that thing pushes WAY more air flow than just once centered piece. In comparison in air flow, I think the four fans I have will push a WAY more efficient flow than the one that comes stock. My set up cost me $0. Go to PC stores, they sell those small fans for SOOO cheap...

    Be careful to connect the wires right and be SAFE. False wireing will lead to fires!!! [​IMG]

    - Tommy

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