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Cordless and ready to silently please we bring to the review table, the MeacoFan 260c air circulator, a fan that’s silently pleasing on noise and electricity efficiency.
When it comes to staying cool, the brand Meaco has been around since 1991 with a deliberate intent to make an impact in humidity monitoring and portable dehumidifiers in the UK.
Fast forward to 2009 and Meaco’s vision shifted from just working in museums to listening to customers to ensure that each unit not only solved a problem but also improved the user’s quality of life.
Their goal was to reduce the energy consumption of dehumidifiers and allow customers to benefit from lower electricity bills and this is exactly what the MaecoFan 260c brings to the fore.
The brand later focused on noise reduction an area where they have made massive gains in 2018, continuing to grow in the noise reduction sphere, without compromising on low energy consumption.
The Pros and Cons: The MeacoFan 260c cordless buddy
Weighing in at only 290g this cordless fan may quickly become a crowd favorite due to its intentional design which solidly saves you a lot on the electricity bill.
This benefit for energy efficiency is coupled with a fan that is cordless enough to move from sitting in the garden to your exercise room, or to the baby’s nursery.
This is due to the motor and blade combination which is incredibly silent, and when you note that it only needs a USB-C cable to charge, one cannot help but appreciate this little device going into the December heat season.
It’s very quiet, on the first click on, which means you could sleep through it gently breezing through any room. It’s on the second click upwards – for a faster fan speed – that a familiar fan noise creeps in.
This is not necessarily a bad thing considering the MeacoFan is still a fan, in case one forgot.
The design is pretty standard, an LED light, a battery-powered fan with a replaceable lithium battery option, four fan speeds, and runs of just above 14 hours on a single charge.
The design allows USB-C charging which means users could charge the MeacoFan 260c using their laptops, or any other charging socket.
We liked how a little display light around the main power button tells you how much battery you have left until another charge is needed.
Is it just a fan?
We were a bit sceptical about the battery life considering on paper the MeacoFan lasts around 14 hours on fan speed 1.
We thought this was a hoax considering our experience with devices and the lifespan of their batteries when we put them to the test.
Let’s just say we were pleasantly surprised when we accidentally forgot the MeacoFan on in our study only to find it still on the next day.
The MeacoFan is solidly solid in its intent for the consumer. Save a buck on electricity and forget about load-shedding while providing the maximum benefit of a fan.
This is a win-win for the consumer as you walk away with convenience and the added benefit of a portable fan for your office, gym, nursery, and garden patio.
Easy cooling at a single button is the sell, alongside a portable 260c battery fan that when placed on a bedside table could become a light stand on those unplanned power outages. This we thought was a definite win, and gets a solid 6.5 out of 10 for its overall packaging and design.
The challenge comes when you need to travel to another country with it.
While the MeacoFan 260c is ideal for home and your study use, it does however need you to stay in those spaces with little room to take it with you on a trip to hot and humid Dubai.
We found the challenge to be the issue of space in our luggage. While it’s possible to pack it into a bag, the fact that we could not dismantle it, only to reassemble it later on arrival at our destination was a damper.
We noticed that we had to compensate with our usual portable solution which was also rechargeable. This opened our eyes to Maeco’s competition.
While the MeacoFan 260c, is delightfully pleasant on efficiency, silence, and weight, it does face a myriad of other portable fans that are lighter not to mention less bulky.
The winning recipe
While traveling to a different country may not be everyone’s reality, the MeacoFan 260c solidly finds a place in any home, as it charges at a remarkable pace, delivers a full day’s use, and comes ready to save anyone a quick buck on the electricity bill.
What’s inside the box
- MeacoFan260 cordless air circulator
- Type C USB charging lead
- 2x 18650 3.7v 2500mAh lithium cell batteries.
Operation and length of usage.
Fan speed 1 could last up to 14 hours while increasing the fan speed does affect the battery remaining.
Fan speed 2 for instance cuts down usage hours to 10.5 hours, while fan speed 3 will see you get 5.5 hours.
The use of the night light only can stay for up to 25 hours, but switching on the fan to use it while the night light is on will impact and reduce battery life.
We liked how pressing and holding the control button gave us access to the night light, and how usage of the fan was easy enough to figure out in less than two minutes.
The price is set at R 999 and has received some comfortable reviews, yet the MeacoFan 260c is facing some less charismatic competition at a fraction of the price.
The MeacoFan 260c is easy to use, energy-efficient, and silent enough for any baby to sleep through it and we think it makes sense in any home office, especially during these challenging times of power outages.