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Coolidor/Fan Project

So I got the coleman 33qt party stacker cooler in last week and I wanted to make a timed fan system for it. I know it isn't necessary because it's a smaller cooler but I like doing things with my hands and I wanted to move the air a little bit. I'm still deciding but I may have it on every 8 hours for 30 minutes.
Materials:
-Cheapest 80mm computer case fan from newegg.com rated at 12V DC. $4.08 shipped
-Old electric razor charger that puts out 3.7V DC... later I switched this out for an old phone charger that puts out 12V DC. 3.7V just didn't move enough air.
-Old analog plug timer I found in my house
-60/40 rosin core solder
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First I started by cutting off the connectors for the fan and the charger, making sure to mark the ground wire to differentiate the two.

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I twisted them together and then soldered. I haven't soldered in about 10 years (and I was 12) so it took 2 attempts. It wasn't pretty but I think it'll work. Also, I would recommend a soldering iron over the gun if you plan on doing this yourself.

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2136391650107152947kYUZlu

After soldering I wrapped the wires with electrical tape and tested it out. It wasn't moving the air I wanted it to so I upgraded it to an old 12V DC phone charger following the same steps. After that it moved plenty of air and was whisper quiet.

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2416218570107152947MGsvcm

After that I wondered how I would mount it to the side. I considered wood, but I thought it might make it too heavy if I wanted to Velcro it on the side of the cooler. As I was sitting at my desk I saw an old macanudo ascots tin and thought it might work. I needed it spaced from the tin so I used 3" screws I found in the garage. They are much too long but I think it'll be fine until I find an alternative.

I drilled pilot holes then threaded the screws into the fan slots and made sure the fan would be spaced far enough off of the tin to allow for air circulation. Then I just drilled them in gently. They're holding very well.

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2576510690107152947ZvmKSd

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I used baking soda and water to clean out the cooler then let it sit out for 2 days in the sun, plastic smell gone. The cooler is a 33qt and serves my purpose of not taking up too much space and it is currently full of empty boxes picked up at the local B&M. It looks like it can hold 7 large boxes which I am happy about and don't plan on filling for a long time.

I was disappointed with the seal so I got some thin weather stripping to counter it, and it is working well. The books are on top to help the weather stripping mold to the cooler and because the weather stripping makes the lid a little difficult to close.

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2668387810107152947bCaVhs

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I got some aquarium bags and KL for the cooler and for a week it has been holding perfectly at 65% and it rebounds very quickly (my hygro is low by 5%). Just for Tony, KL ROCKS!!!

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2897700550107152947UTbNVF

Thanks for taking the time to read! I hope this helps for anyone planning on building a fan for a wineador or coolidor or a coolidor in general.
 

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Thanks for walking us through it. I am on the look out for a small cabinet or curio to redo for my self and I am going to need to run fans.
 

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Brian,

Nice work, and great job detailing all the steps throughout the trial and error. For me it helps knowing what works, and what works better. Good job.
 

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Awesome job! Makes me so thankful for the Oust fans as I could not make anything like that!
 

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Thanks guys! It really wasn't difficult. I am far from being an expert at anything but I just googled soldering and watched a few youtube videos and went to town on it. The entire project took like 30 minutes.
 

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wow! I'm impressed you found a use for an Organic Chemistry book after college.....

The build looks fantastic...good job!
 
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