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Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Darth Domain, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. Darth Domain

    Darth Domain Well-Known Member

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    I had a previous thread where i mentioned how * hot it gets in the vader bucket and i think it was Darth Kant who mentioned about installing a CPU fan in the chin area. I've been looking at these fans on the net and there are a wide range of them. Now, i am in no way electronically minded but i assume these fans are for computers. If so, the cables attached to them are for connecting to a computer. So, my question is: how i do rig it so i can use a battery in the lid. Do i need a special connecter etc
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  2. WebChief

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    Just go to Radio Shack and buy the small computer fans they sell there. They can just be hooked up to a push button (on/off switch) and a 9 volt battery.

    Scratch that... just saw you're in the UK so I doubt you have Radio Shacks there... there must be some small electronics store chain there you could shop at.
     
  3. TK-Fett

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    What Bob said.

    Also my first fan had the special computer plug on it, so if that is all you can find it will work. All you do is cut the wires at the special plug then cut the extra wires off all together, all you will need is the red and black, from there its just twisting wires together. Real simple, just intimidating at first.
     
  4. Darth Domain

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    Thanks guys, when you say twisting wires, how do i then connect them to a battery, is there some special connecter or something (forgive me my ignorance)
     
  5. WebChief

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    They sell 9 volt connectors that have the two wires already attached to it. Its real easy to hook up.
     
  6. stormtrooperguy

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    you can even be a total loser like me and not use a switch ;)

    most computer fans have 3 wires. red, yellow and black. [*] i forget what the yellow is (speed maybe?) but it can be ignored.

    get a 9 volt battery lead and a fan. cut the computer power connector off of the fan, leaving as much wire on the fan as you can. strip the ends of the wire. twist them onto the batter lead (red to red, black to black). attach a battery and your fan comes on. take the battery out, fan goes off.

    while i technically have the ability to solder the connectors, use heat shrink insulation and all the other fancy things to make it look nice, i'm usually too lazy and just hard wire everything and duct tape the batter to something ;)


    [*] there are variations on that theme. i've seen blue and green wires too, as well as ones that just have black and red. either way, 9V won't hurt anyone, so if in doubt just go for trial and error til you get the fan to spin.
     
  7. WookieeGunner

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    BTW, for the voltages you are talking about, you can use hot glue on the bare wires to insulate them.
     
  8. Darth Domain

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    Thanks folks
     
  9. Darth Kahnt

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    Sorry that I havent had the time to post a tutorial on how to install it Domain. I will try to do it sometime before xmas.
     
  10. Darth Domain

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    thanks
     
  11. TK-2067

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    i bought my fans for my stormtrooper helmet at triktoys . just do a search on that , the guys name is eric i have 3 fans in my helmet. hope it helps ya. rod
     
  12. blufive

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  13. Darth Domain

    Darth Domain Well-Known Member

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    This is very helpful, thank you, much appreciated
     
  14. Emeldahay

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    PC Fan sounds the way to go.

    Or you could try... [​IMG]

    It might come in black :thumbsup
     
  15. TK-2067

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    WHERE CAN I GET ONE OF THOSE FANS ? THE WHITE ONE WILL LOOK GREAT WITH MY STORMTROOPER ARMOR LOL. ROD
     
  16. Darth Domain

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    :lol it would need to be in black to go with my loveley gloves
     
  17. Star Wars Man

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  18. Star Wars Man

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    idk but it would be great to have a fan in the grill near the chin, and one blowing hot air out of the helmet at the top, but youd have to drill holes and such.

    www.computerfourms.org

    they would know about air flow and such
     

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