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Shop Fans That Move Air: Flex-a-Lite 1000 Airmover and Flex-a-Chill 3000 Airmover

Posted in How To: Tech Qa on December 12, 2017
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Shop groupies. Every 4x4 shop has at least one. This’s the guy or gal who spends lots of time hanging out at your favorite shop trying to get better prices on parts or labor, trying to learn the tricks of the trade, wanting to help out, wasting time, or generally avoiding the stress of real life. These human shop fans can be a great help or a true annoyance for those actually working in the shop, but either way they are not the focus of this story. We bumped into a different kind of versatile shop fan at the SEMA Show and thought it deserved a more in-depth look.

Just about anyone in the automotive industry has heard of Flex-a-Lite, maker of various products like fans, radiators, oil coolers, heaters, and more. Given the company’s parts and knowledge of the air movement (fluid dynamics) associated with vehicle-mounted applications, shop fans were a logical avenue for Flex-a-lit explore. With a few different parts and an idea, the company was able to add a few new part numbers and enter a new niche of the aftermarket automotive industry, and they did so with a bunch of innovation and useful additions that a cheap box fan lacks.

We got our hands on two fans, which Flex-a-Lite calls Airmovers, and that’s OK with us because that’s what they do. We grabbed and used the Flex-a-Chill 1000 and 3000 Airmovers, two fans perfect for lots of jobs in our Arizona home shop. The applications are numerous, and these things are built to last even in a professional shop. Check it out.

The Flex-a-Chill 3000 is a serious fan, perfect for moving air around our 1,600-square-foot home shop in Arizona. The first day we had the 3000, we tested it on a large water spill. With the dry air and 2,600 cfm of high-velocity airflow at 2.7 amps, we watched the concrete in front of the fan dry out. The durable housing, made of rotomolded polyethylene, can be rotated on the sturdy metal stand and locked in place with large securing knobs to direct airflow. We won’t mind as much when it’s 120 in the shade with this fan around.
The Flex-a-Chill 1000 Airmover is the little brother of the pair, but with an injection-molded body and a cool design that sucks air down and spits it out through the flat face, this fan still moves a tornado like 900 cfm and draws right around 2 amps. The flat body can be positioned to direct air wherever you want it. Each fan has an integrated outlet built into the body so you can daisy-chain them or plug in whatever you want. Both fans have heavy-gauge 15-foot power cords so you can easily place them just about anywhere without extension cords.
Both fans are great for cooling off that hot engine bay so you can get to work without burning your arms. These fans would shine at an outdoor event, where their low amp draw would help keep a generator happy during use. We especially like how the power cords wrap around the body of the fan and stow to make for tight and easy storage.


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