Balmuda The GreenFan Review - Whisper-quiet fan

by 16 JULY 2019
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


Engine: Brushless
Rotor: two-ply
Operating volume: from 13 dB

Stages: 4
Shutdown timer: Yes
Swing angle: 150 °
Tilt angle: 30 °

power consumption
Voltage: 100-240V
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

What's in the box

8x fan parts
1x power supply
1x remote control with battery
1x user manual
1x warranty card

First impression of the Balmuda GreenFan

Update 2019

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.

GreenFan delivery part 1

The What's in the box In addition to the 8 individual parts of the fan, it also contains a power supply unit (12V - 3A) with a modular plug connection, a remote control including included button cell, as well as the aforementioned operating instructions and information on the guarantee. Unfortunately, the battery required for battery operation is not included. This can only be purchased from Japan and costs 85 €.

GreenFan delivery part 2

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.

GreenFan delivery part 3

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.

Bottom of the fan with battery compartment

All parts of the fan can be easily assembled and closed without unsightly gaps. The stability in the brewed state is not objectionable.

field test


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 GreenFan as a standing fan

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.

The GreenFan as a table fan


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.

Front of the GreenFan

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.

Control buttons of the GreenFan

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.

Back side of the GreenFan

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 GreenFan from the side

power consumption

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.

Balmuda battery charging dock

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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Final Words


Modern design
Easy construction
Good workmanship
Can be used as a stand and table fan
Low to high ventilation strength
Very low operating volume
Sleep Timer
Geringer Energieverbrauch


material selection
No battery included
No smart app control
LEDs cannot be switched off
No motorized slope

First impression
Battery life
power consumption
ventilation performance
Operation Volume

The Balmuda The GreenFan is a visually and performance-friendly fan. The two-ply rotor blade technology was able to prove its abilities in the test and convinced by a pleasant air distribution throughout the room. Also for the GreenFan speaks the very low ventilation volume, allowing undisturbed working, but also sleep is possible.

To criticize is the missing battery, which can only be purchased as an option. The choice of materials could have turned out better in view of the price.

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