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Best Portable Camping Fans in Australia – Stay Cool Outdoors!

We all know how hot it can get in Australia, especially around the time of year when the weather is great for camping. We all know as well, that it doesn’t have to be very hot at all for our tents or caravans to become stuffy and uncomfortable, especially when it’s time to sleep.

Part of the idea of camping is to move away from the comforts of home and to 'rough it' a little while away. For those that really don't like the heat, portable camping air conditioners are an option, however, they are expensive and need mains power to really work well.

For everyone else, fans are the way to go. You can use a fan that runs on a lot less power than an AC unit, they are safe to use inside of tents or caravans and all have a guard to prevent little kids from putting their fingers inside them.

We have reviewed the best fans for camping in Australia, so read on, and gather our insights and you may find the fan to keep you cool next time you head out for a camping trip.

 

Outdoor Connection Breezeway 12V Fan

Companion Aerobreeze 30cm Lithium Rechargeable Fan

Coleman Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Fan 8"

Coleman Lighted Tent Fan & Stand


Outdoor Connection Breezeway 12V Fan
Our pick
Companion Aerobreeze 30cm Lithium Rechargeable Fan
Coleman Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Fan 8
Coleman Lighted Tent Fan & Stand

40.5L x 39W x 7H cm

39.3W x 16.3D x 49.9H cm

29.5W x 12D x 36.5H cm

25W x 25H x 14D cm

Plastic

Plastic

Plastic

Plastic body, foam blades

12V DC

12V DC, 220-240V AC

12V DC, 220-240V AC

12V or 4 D cell batteries

N/A

5 hr on low
4 hr on high

6 hrs on low
5 hrs on high

10 hrs on high
30 hrs on low

N/A

8-12 hrs

18 hrs initial, 8 hrs subsequent

N/A

1 kg

2 kg

1.55 kg

0.9 kg

1 year

1 year

1 year

1 year

Best Portable Camping Fans

Outdoor Connection Breezeway 12V Fan

Outdoor Connection Breezeway 12V Fan

Runner Up

Pros
  • High volume airflow
  • 30cm blades
  • 2.6m power cord
  • Compact
Cons
  • No internal battery
  • Can be noisy
  • Can interfere with TV signal

The Outdoor Connection Breezeway 12V fan is a great camping fan that runs off your vehicle’s accessory charger. It has a nice 30 cm width that will provide a good steady airflow in your tent to cool it down and allow a couple of people to sleep soundly.

It is a simple plug and turn on style fan that comes with its own little stand and a carry handle that you can use to hang it up higher if you wanted. The fan has three speeds it can run on so you can choose to just get the air moving around your tent space or have it flat out on very hot nights.

The majority of reviews are positive for this fan, with most people having no issue at all and happy with its performance. You need to have your vehicle close by or have a long extension cord running to your tent if you do plan on using the vehicle charging point rather than a separate 12V battery.

There are some negative reviews too, a small group of people complained the noise on the highest setting was too loud for them to sleep, while a smaller group found the fan breaking and needing replacement.

Still, the simplicity of this fan and the cooling breeze it provides has been keeping campers cool and happy for years now.

Companion Aerobreeze 30cm Lithium Rechargeable Fan

Companion Aerobreeze 30cm Lithium Rechargeable Fan

Our Pick

Pros
  • 30cm blades
  • 2-speed fan
  • Oscillating function
  • LED light built-in
  • Runs on battery, vehicle or AC main power
Cons
  • A little noisy

Companion are known for a wide range of camping equipment and accessories and their camping fan is another quality product. This fan, like the Outdoor Connection above, has a 30cm diameter to maximise the airflow into your tent or caravan.

It has two speeds, can stand on its own or hang from its carry handle easily enough. What makes this fan stand out is its oscillating function, which can move the air around a closed space more efficiently and give everyone who is inside the tent some cooling breeze.

This fan also is very flexible in that it can be run off your vehicle's accessory charger, by its own batteries or by mains AC power and all the required cables are included.

The only negative with this fan is a few reports of it being noisy and making it hard to sleep, but like the Outback Connection, the Companion AeroBreeze 30cm Lithium Rechargeable fan is probably only noisy with a smaller percentage of people who are light sleepers.

If you are looking for a reliable fan for your next camping trip that can run on a variety of power options, can keep a larger tent cool and comes with its own LED light source – then look no further than the Companion Aerobreeze.

Coleman Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Fan 8"

Coleman Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Fan 8

Best For Small Tents

Pros
  • 20cm blade
  • 2 fan speeds
  • LED light that operates independently
  • Runs on vehicle, battery or AC power
Cons
  • Slow re-charging of batteries
  • Blue power light stays on

Here is another fan that can run on batteries, AC or DC power, giving some flexibility to how you use it. It also has its own independent light source and two speeds to choose from. It has smaller blades at (20 cm instead of 30 cm) which means it won’t quite produce the same air flow.

The Coleman Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Fan is a solid performer for a single person tent or a small two-person space but isn't great at larger spaces. The majority of reviews where people are happy with this product is when it's used as an individual fan, not a fan for four kids in a medium-sized tent trying to sleep.

It also has a blue power indicator light that is actually quite bright and can keep people awake by illuminating their tent. Another small issue is that it struggles to reach a full battery charge if using solar panels out in the bush after a full day of sun.

It charges on AC power quickly with no problem. This is a fan best suited to one or two people in a small tent, with a bit of tape over the power light for a good night’s sleep.

Coleman Lighted Tent Fan & Stand

Coleman Lighted Tent Fan & Stand

Honourable Mention

Pros