We are going to start our discussion of Enermax fans with a brand new model called Apollish. Clear plastic blister with an open front reveals almost the entire fan to the user’s eyes, so you won’t even need to open it to check the fan out:
The fan comes bundled with six (in case you lose two of them?) silicone mounts and a PATA power connector. There is a cable with the on/off button for the built-in lighting and a cable with a thermal diode attached to the fan:
The cardboard insert inside the package lists the key features of the new fan model and offers detailed instructions for fan installation and removal for cleaning purposes:
The fans are made in China that can at this point be called a “fan country” :)
Enermax Apollish is available in four different colors: green, red, silver and blue. We managed to get two latter models for our today’s roundup:
These 120x120x25 mm fans are very beautiful. We don’t know their weight, but each of them has 9 blades and a rotor with 40 mm diameter. Frankly speaking, at first glance these fans look more like shiny toys that serious cooling devices:
Unlike other fan models, the blades of these fans are not curved too aggressively, we can even say that they are almost flat. The gap between the fan blade tip and the inside of the fan frame is 3 mm. the supporting rods are rectangular, 3 mm wide (except for the one with the cable inside).
Enermax Apollish fans rotation speed varies automatically according to the thermal diode readings. At 25 °C it will be 700 RPM, and at 55 °C will increase up to 1700 RPM.
The created airflow should be between 28 and 72 CFM while the noise level should vary between 10 and 19 dBA. I have to say that this is very optimistic acoustic data…
One of the peculiarities of the new Enermax solutions is the removable fan blades unit. All you need to do is apply even pressure to the back of the fan, so that it could be removed for cleaning purposes or in order to check out the motor design:
By the way, Enermax Apollish uses a special bearing called Twister that, according to the manufacturer, combines the long lifespan of two ball bearings with low noise level of the sleeve bearings:
For example, at 1000 RPM this bearing creates no more than 11 dBA of noise and its declared MTBF is 100,000 hours! Very impressive specifications, I have to say.
As for the electrical circuitry, things are not so rosy here: the fan requires 0.35 A current and 4.2 W of power:
However, some of this power is used for extremely beautiful lighting created with LEDs integrated into the inside of the fan frame that starts working at approximately 7.8 V:
You can disable the lighting, but who would want to give up this beauty? Besides, why would anyone want to buy Enermax Apollish if, among other things, not for the unique lighting? Let’s try finding out these other reasons that would determine your buying choice in Apollish’s favor. Here are the results of our practical tests:
Well, looks like there are no other advantages Enermax Apollish could offer compared to other solutions tested today, because the fan demonstrated pretty modest airflow and worked quite strangely during rotation speed adjustment. Namely, the speed is increasing smoothly up to 630 RPM and then jumps up to 1020 RPM and after that – to 1650 RPM accompanied with the corresponding noise increase. It must be the thermal diode’s fault. I think it could be better if they made it possible to turn off the diode, rather than lighting. Enermax Apollish can be considered acoustically comfortable at 870 RPM, the bearing doesn’t produce any annoying noises over the entire speed range. The fan consumes quite a lot of power and starts at 10.2 V. Enermax Apollish is priced for retail at $20.