Dyson Bladeless Fan

I have always wanted a Dyson Bladeless Fan but never wanted to pay the exorbitant price tag, luckily while doing some searching I was able to come across two near new Dyson AM06 fans for sale on gumtree and picked them up for a very reasonable price. I then went about comparing with a standard wall fan as follows;

Power Consumption

Dyson Fan – Better  Standard Fan – Worse

I tested the wattage of the Dyson compared with a regular fan, and yes as advertised the Dyson uses less power. It’s reading was 20.5 watts compared with a standard fan which uses 41.1 watts, with the standard fan double that of the Dyson.  Now I have done some rough calculations and based on 8 hours a day usage the Dyson would cost approximately $15.57 a year, while the standard fan would cost $31.22 a year.   (with the fan on 24 / 7 the yearly cost comparison would be $46.72 and $93.67 respectively).

We use these fans in both our home office and our bedrooms, so therefore have a fan on for basically 24 hours a day, with a cost base of $250 per fan, the fan would have paid for itself in savings in 4.25 years.

Dyson Bladeless Normal Fan
Dyson Usage Regular Fan Usage

Aesthetics and Cleaning 

Dyson Fan – Better  Standard Fan – Worse

The Dyson is, without a doubt, a much easier fan to clean and looks a lot smarter than a standard bladed fan. A simple wipe around the inside with a cloth and your cleaning is done, compare that to removing the shroud and trying to scrub each blade of a standard fan, the Dyson wins hands down.

Breeze

Dyson Fan – Slightly softer  Standard Fan – Better

Comparing to the wall mounted fans, the Dyson does not seem to perform as well. Although having said that the breeze is a more free flowing and more like a natural breeze than with the chopped airflow of a standard bladed fan. If you are looking for a cyclonic winds than the Dyson bladeless is not the fan for you.

Noise

Dyson Fan – Better  Standard Fan – Worse

With the help of a Decibel meter and my iphone,  I was able to measure the decibels of the Dyson and the standard fan.  At approximately 30cm from the fan the Dyson puts out approximately 70 db’s while the standard fan puts out approximately 90 db’s.  Therefore the Dyson comes out the winner in this area also.

Price

Dyson Fan – Better  Standard Fan – Worse

So we know that the Dyson initially costs more than a standard fan but before you can make a fair assessment you have to take into account your purchase price, your expected yearly usage and how long you end up keeping it for.  For example if I used these fans 24 / 7 for 5 years the total cost for the Dyson would be $483.60 ($250 purchase price & $46.72 pa) compared with $523.35 ($55 purchase price & $93.67 pa).

Here is one for the financial planner in me, with an annual saving of $46.95 and a purchase price of $250 that is a return of 18.78% per annum, much better than the stockmarket.

 

Dyson Fan Standard Fan
Year Purchase
Price
Yearly
Cost
Total
Cost
Purchase
Price
Yearly
Cost
Total
Cost
Savings
1  $250.00  $   46.72  $   296.72  $      55.00 $93.67  $   148.67 -$148.05 -49.9%
2  $   46.72  $   343.44 $93.67  $   242.34 -$ 101.10 -29.4%
3  $   46.72  $   390.16 $93.67  $   336.01 -$   54.15 -13.9%
4  $   46.72  $   436.88 $93.67  $   429.68 -$    7.20 -1.6%
5  $   46.72  $   483.60 $93.67  $   523.35  $   39.75 8.2%
6  $   46.72  $   530.32 $93.67  $   617.02  $   86.70 16.3%
7  $   46.72  $   577.04 $93.67  $   710.69  $ 133.65 23.2%
8  $   46.72  $   623.76 $93.67  $   804.36  $ 180.60 29.0%
9  $   46.72  $   670.48 $93.67  $   898.03  $ 227.55 33.9%
10  $   46.72  $   717.20 $93.67  $   991.70  $ 274.50 38.3%
11  $   46.72  $   763.92 $93.67  $1,085.37  $ 321.45 42.1%
12  $   46.72  $   810.64 $93.67  $1,179.04  $368.40 45.4%
13  $   46.72  $   857.36 $93.67  $1,272.71  $ 415.35 48.4%
14  $   46.72  $   904.08 $93.67  $1,366.38  $462.30 51.1%
15  $   46.72  $   950.80 $93.67  $1,460.05  $ 509.25 53.6%
16  $   46.72  $   997.52 $93.67  $1,553.72  $ 556.20 55.8%
17  $   46.72  $1,044.24 $93.67  $1,647.39  $ 603.15 57.8%
18  $   46.72  $1,090.96 $93.67  $1,741.06  $ 650.10 59.6%
19  $   46.72  $1,137.68 $93.67  $1,834.73  $ 697.05 61.3%
20  $   46.72  $1,184.40 $93.67  $1,928.40  $ 744.00 62.8%

Hybrid SUV 4wd Outlander Review

Ok well after owning the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for over 6 months now it is time to share our experience.   Initially when we purchased the PHEV there were a couple of things on the test drive that I was concerned about.

1) The short battery range of 35 klm ( compared with 65 for the Volt)

2) The kicking-in of the petrol engine (just like most hybrids when you accelerate quickly)

outlander-phev-hero

As I drove a Gen 1 Toyota Prius for over 5 years I have had good experience with Hybrid vehicles before and one of the things I disliked about the Prius was when the petrol engine engaged. I wanted to avoid that in my next hybrid/electric vehicle purchase as much as possible so I was very concious of this when test driving the PHEV.  What I have found with the PHEV is that you can comfortable use it as a daily driver without the petrol engine engaging at all, Mitsubishi have given the electric drive chain enough power to enable you to accelerate at an acceptable level before the petrol engine has to “kick in”.

My wife drives the PHEV on a daily basis to take the kids to school and do the normal running around, while I drive the Holden Volt as my daily driver.  When we purchased the PHEV the goal was to keep it charged during the day (using the solar panels on our home) and therefore avoid charging off grid electricity and using peak tariff. I can happily say our goal of charging the vehicles using solar is working and we have had no extra costs added to our power bill since purchasing the two electric/plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

In relation to the short battery range of the PHEV, we have actually not found this as a big a problem as you might expect, the reason being that school is approximately 8 klm from home so we easily go to school and back and then plug the vehicle in whilst it is at home. What this means is that for every day usage we have no need to use petrol at all.

When we to take the PHEV on a long drive, a very cool function is the ability to put the vehicle in charge whilst driving, this means the petrol engine powers the vehicles drivetrain whilst also acting as a generator and charging the batteries at the same time, this then gives you a full range of around 400klm before you need to find a petrol station to refuel.

So in summary for a first generation SUV Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle I am very impressed with the Outlander. I am sure as technology improves we will continue to see longer ranges and more power but for the time being there is not a lot of choice and the PHEV does exactly that it is designed to do.