No one likes it when their stuff is broken, but a portable fan can be particular frustrating. For one, you likely won’t be able to fix it yourself, and will have to take it to someone to have them fix it instead. This can be quite expensive, as you can surmise, so it’s best not to break it at all. You may be wondering how you can go about avoiding this, since you use your portable fan in so many ways where it can potentially break, whether as a Clip On Stroller Fan, or near liquids. For a good, basic guide on how to avoid breaking your portable fan, read on for the answers.

#1. Keep away from liquids

This should go without saying if you are at all familiar with electronics, but just to be clear: your portable fan will break if it comes into contact with large amounts of liquids. If it falls into a pool, or gets an entire glass of water dumped on it, then it will short-circuit. Depending on the brand and quality of the model, it might not even take that much water to do it in. So, if you’d rather not spend extra money to have it repaired, then just keep it a safe distance from any liquids that could harm it.

#2. Don’t drop/throw at solid objects

While most portable fans are equipped to handle certain amounts of physical rough housing, it’s best to play it safe, and not go throwing your portable fan at a wall. Because it will break. Likewise, be careful when using your portable fan near a high ledge, like on top of your house while working on your roof. While you can drop it while safely on the ground without any trouble, a fall from that height, especially if it hits the ground, will cause some damage.

#3. Don’t leave it out in the sun

The sun can in fact be the worst enemy of your electronics if left under its unforgiving rays for too long. While a few hours will leave it hot but otherwise fine, a few days out in the elements will take its toll. Usually, this results in the electronics and battery being fired by the rays of the sun. Fortunately, this is an easy problem to fix: just remember to bring your portable fan inside with you, and you should be fine.

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