Balmuda The GreenFan Review - Whisper-quiet fan
The whisper-quiet Balmuda "The GreenFan" fan has just arrived at the beginning of summer in a new edition. With rotor blade technology specially developed by Balmuda, the GreenFan, which can be used as a floor and table fan, sets itself apart from the competition. If this succeeds, you will find out in the following test report!
The Green Fan
Operating volume: from 13 dB
Shutdown timer: Yes
Swing angle: 150 °
Tilt angle: 30 °
Mains frequency: 50 / 60 Hz
Power consumption: 1.5 - 20W
App control: no
Remote control: Yes, IR
Size: 33 x 32 x 87.1 (49.7) cm
Weight: 4.1 kg
8x fan parts
1x power supply
1x remote control with battery
1x user manual
1x warranty card
First impression of the Balmuda GreenFan
With the start of the summer 2019, the Balmuda GreenFan battery is now available. In battery operation, the fan can be used flexibly. Battery and charging dock are available in the set from 109 €.
Details on battery operation can be found at the end of the article.
Scope of delivery and assembly
With an RRP of 359 € is the "The GreenFan" fan anything but cheap. Accordingly high were my expectations of the scope of delivery, the quality of workmanship and the assembly. The fan is packed well and safely 8 items delivered. The assembly is designed user-friendly and carried out in a few simple steps. Tool is not needed for the construction of the fan. A German -language manual leads understandably through the individual construction steps.
The Scope of delivery contains in addition to the 8 parts of the fan nor a power supply (12V - 3A) with modular connector, a remote control including the included button cell, as well as the previously mentioned instructions and warranty. Unfortunately, the battery required for battery operation is not included. This can only be purchased from Japan and costs 85 €.
Design and workmanship
Designed and manufactured in Japan, the Balmuda GreenFan understands itself as "Design-fan", Visually, the fan impresses with a modern, downright minimalist appearance. Thanks to its classic round rotor head, the straight center bar and the round base, the GreenFan is suitable for a wide variety of interior design styles.
Depending on whether the GreenFan as Stand or table fan uses, amount to Dimensions 330 x 320 x 871 mm or 497 mm. Das Weight the largely made of plastic fan is enclosed about 4.1 kg, The GreenFan is available either in classic white or in subtle dark gray.
The quality of workmanship is good, although the choice of materials a bit disappointed. Although the many plastic does not look cheap, a higher-quality choice of materials, such as a central rod made of aluminum, would have been the rather high price rather fair.
All parts of the fan can be easily assembled and closed without unsightly gaps. The stability in the brewed state is not objectionable.
The fan can be operated via the control buttons on the motor or the remote control supplied. A smart app control does not exist!
Both the Control buttons on the fan, as well as the Control buttons on the remote control are identical. Next to a power button there is a speed control button, a swing angle adjustment button and a timer button. About pairs, each 4 superposed LEDs is the Operating status (ventilation speed and timer) read. Unfortunately, it is not possible to turn off the LEDs for night operation.
The Remote Control works with infrared. The receiver is located in the upper part of the center bar. The reception range is in frontal alignment at well 8 meters. The reception angle is approximately 80 ° both horizontally and vertically. A automatic switch-off function (12 hours) is available. On timer settles in 4 levels (1 - 4 hours) hinzuschalten.
To generate the air flow, the Balmuda GreenFan uses a specially developed rotor blade technology. Two-layer rotor blades generate a fast and a slow air flow (maximum speed 775 rpm). By bundling both air streams, unpleasant swirls are eliminated. Thus, the GreenFan can be both a stand or table fan, but also as year-round air circulator use.
At Level 1 creates a broad, gentle breeze, which is noticeable even on several meters. The ventilation is so quiet that it goes down in the everyday noise level. Even at night, only with a lot of concentration is a soft whirring to make out, which does not disturb the sleep, however.
At Level 2 The fan generates about twice as much airflow that hits the skin noticeably from a short distance. The ventilation volume is still pleasantly quiet, which is why the gentle whirring of the fan sinks into the everyday noise level.
At Level 3 The airflow and its broad distribution continue to increase significantly. The ventilation is so strong that it is less suitable for the short distance. Level 3 is especially suitable for the ventilation of a smaller room section. The fan now works audibly, while the volume remains low, so that an undisturbed work is possible.
At Level 4 The GreenFan generates a very strong airflow that puts conventional fans in the shade. Level 4 is particularly suitable for the ventilation of a larger room section. The volume increases significantly compared to the previous levels and is comparable to a conventional floor standing fan from the supermarket.
Pendulum and tilt angle
The fan can be manually tilted 19 ° up and 11 ° down. Of the horizontal pendulum angle is at 75 ° to the left and 75 ° to the right. The end points of the automatic pendulum angle can be set as desired. Vibrations or grinding noises do not occur in pendulum mode.
The measured input lies in standby at about 6 Watt, On Level 1 is the consumption at 8.7 Watt, Consumption up Level 2 is 10.8 Watt, on Level 3 this is included 12.8 Watt and on Level 4 will take a power of 23.8 Watt reached. The added shuttle mode increases the power consumption by 1-2 Watt.
Running the Balmuda GreenFan completely wireless is no longer a problem. For about 109 € The optional set of battery and charging dock can be purchased. Outlets are among others Amazon.
The installation of the battery is easy by hand. Remove the bottom flap, insert the battery and close the cap with a coin or a screwdriver. Instead of a permanently connected cable, the fan is now operated or charged via the loading dock. The connection between the loading dock and the fan takes place via two contact points. If you want to charge the battery, you just put the fan on the loading dock. The charging starts automatically and lasts depending on the remaining capacity up to 8 hours.
The operating time in battery mode depends strongly on the ventilation level.
- At Level 1 the running time is about 19 hours.
- At Level 2 the runtime already reduces to 15 hours.
- On the highest on battery power Level 3, the runtime is only longer 5 hours.
Unfortunately, the maximum level 4 can not be used on battery power. If you place the fan on the loading dock again, operation during loading is also possible at 4 level. For more safety, the battery is protected against overvoltage and overheating. Note that the set of battery and charging dock exclusively with the "The GreenFan" (Model: EGF-1600) is compatible.
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►Good build quality
►Suitable as a floor and table fan
►low to high ventilation
►Very low operating volume
►Low energy consumption
►No battery included
►No smart app control
►LEDs can not be switched off
►No motorized tilt