Please recommend a 120mm fan for a kegerator

Discussion in 'Computer Cases, Power Supplies and Cooling' started by RickDel73, May 24, 2008.

  1. RickDel73

    RickDel73 New Member

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    Can anyone recommend a cheap fan I can use inside my kegerator to circulate cold air? I need a good site to purchase the fan and I also need advice on how how to mount it inside the kegerator. I want to mount it to the kegerator wall but need an idea on what mount to use to create space behind the fan so I can get good airflow.

    I'm planning to just mount a 120mm fan to the wall of the kegerator and wire it directly to an outlet. I think I can strip and splice an old cell phone charger for power. What do you guys think.

    Thanks - Rick
     
  2. CPTMuller

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    Newegg.com is a good site for buying fans 'n stuff
    You need to cut a hole with 4 mounting holes around it, and I dont think that the cell phone charger thing is a safe idea
    There might be a cheap power supply (adjustable voltage and wattage, not a computer power supply) that you could use.
     
  3. diduknowthat

    diduknowthat formerly liuliuboy

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  4. RickDel73

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    thanks guys..... That fan on newegg should work fine. I'd actually found a few fans, but I'm mostly concerned with the MOUNT and the WIRING. I read at a couple other places that I just need to splice the red and black wires to a phone charger; however, if it's "not safe" can you recommend a solution? Also, where can I get a mount like this one?
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    (fyi: the computer fan circulates air inside the kegerator and the blower at the bottom blows cold air up a tube to the tower/tap at a remote location)

    Thanks Again, I realize this isn't a "computer" question, but I figured this would be the best place for a good answer.... - Rick
     
  5. diduknowthat

    diduknowthat formerly liuliuboy

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  6. RickDel73

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    thanks again Diduknowthat..... I considered using a powersupply, but what can I do with all the extra wires? Can I cut them off, or open it up and removing them somehow? I'll also add, I have very limited mechanical skills and knowledge.
     
  7. diduknowthat

    diduknowthat formerly liuliuboy

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    Just tie it up and leave it lying around. You can also try to find a molex power supply. It's basically a small unit that only like 1 molex connector.
     
  8. RickDel73

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    hmmmm, I was kinda hoping for a little cleaner look then having a bunch of wires laying around (I doubt anyone will see it, but I'm just particular like that)

    Also, do you see any problems running this inside a VERY cold kegerator? I don't want to risk burning my house down just to have a cold beer.
     
  9. diduknowthat

    diduknowthat formerly liuliuboy

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    How cold is very cold? The only thing that'll be troubling is condensation. As long as you don't have that, your PSU will be very happy.
     
  10. RickDel73

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    hmmm, about 34 - 36 degrees... Hopefully NOT, but a little condensation is definitely an unfortunate possibility.

    I've attached two pics below of a power supply someone else used and sealed it up.

    Here's two more pics of mounts. I'd REALLY like to find something like the second pic....
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  11. CPTMuller

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    The problem with the two wire modifications is that the 24 pin power connector also has a "trigger" if you will, that turns on power and turns it off, it may be difficult to make sure that it triggers power on and off.
     
  12. diduknowthat

    diduknowthat formerly liuliuboy

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    You can turn the PSU on by shorting the green pin and any black pin on the 24-pin motherboard connector. You'll probably want to rig up some type of switch if you're going to permanently use it that way.
     
  13. RickDel73

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    Well, thanks for the recommendations, but the power supply idea seems like a little more work than I was hoping for (I'll have to learn and understand all the pins and wires). I just want a simple solution.

    Can anyone tell me if, and where, I can buy a mount like the ones I posted pictures of?

    Thanks
     

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