Zaward Golf Fan (AFNS-C025L-R420)
Zaward is not very well-known and they appeared to be making cooling fans as well. To be more exact, they sell fans under their brand name, because in reality they are a daughter venture of a much better known manufacturer – Globefan Technology Co., Ltd. The solution we are going to talk about today is called Golf Fan. Yes, it is indeed named after a popular game for the wealthy. There is even a golf club on the fan packaging:
According to the information on the box, this fan uses blades of unique patented shape that ensures 15% lowering of the noise level without losing any of the rotation speed or airflow. The technical specifications of the fan and its special features are listed on the back of the box.
Zaward Golf Fan is bundled with four convenient silicone mounts with rubber rings, PATA power connector and four self-tapping screws:
The fan is made in China, just like most of the other fans participating in our today’s roundup.
The fan measures 120x120x25 mm and weighs 142 g. each fan has 7 blades and a rotor of 45 mm diameter. Zaward Golf Fan looks very unusual due to unique blades surface:
The external and internal blade surfaces are covered in small dimples, no bigger than 3 mm in diameter that is why they look so much like the gold ball. By employing these dimpled blades engineers tried to lower the level of generated noise by 15% without losing any of the airflow intensity. Tests will show how successful this attempt was, and we would like to proceed with checking out the fan:
The fan rotates with constant speed of 1200 RPM (±10%). Zaward Golf Fan creates 48.5 CFM airflow at this speed. If you remember reading about Scythe Gentle Typhoon fans, they need 1450 RPM of speed to create the same airflow. The manufacturer didn’t mention the static pressure, but the claimed noise is only 17 dBA, which is fairly low for a 1200 RPM fan.
The fan uses a ceramic bearing. However, its promised MTBF is very low: only 26,000 hours.
Zaward didn’t even try to hide the name of the original fan maker: the fan has Globalfan’s own original sticker with the fan model printed on it (“RL4Z…”). I also have to say that the dimples on the fan blades are also not Zaward’s exclusive invention: we have already come across Globefan solutions with exact same blades, though not in retail but as part of power supply units we tested.
Fan motor shouldn’t consume more than 3 W of power at 0.26 A current. The fan has a 400 mm cable. That’s pretty much all we can tell you about this golfer fan. Let’s check it out in action:
Zaward Golf Fan turned out surprisingly efficient. I said “surprisingly”, because I personally didn’t expect a cartoon fan from a barely known manufacturer to be that good. And I proved to have been wrong. The fan is fairly quiet. No, not so impressively quiet as Noiseblocker, S-FLEX or Gentle Typhoon, but up until 1020 RPM I experienced no acoustic discomfort in the quiet of the night. Moreover, Golf Fan generates excellent airflow and consumes very little power. It is a pity that its’ startup voltage is pretty high: 8.4 V.