I don’t know about you, but I’m a monster when I get too hot! I feel irritable and suffocated, and I find it impossible to sleep. A camping fan can be a great way to stay sane on a summer camping trip.
You’ll never be able to cool down the whole campsite, but you should be able to take the edge off the heat inside your tent.
Having a little fan makes me comfortable enough to drift off to sleep, but be warned: Some of them can be pretty noisy!
This article will tell you about eight of the best (and quietest) camping fans on the market right now.
Whether you are working on a tight budget or want to get the best that money can buy, one of these should be perfect for you.
In a Hurry? Here Are My Top 3 Picks
8 Best Camping Fans for Tent Camping
Odoland LED Camping Lantern and Ceiling Fan
I think the Odoland LED Camping Lantern and Ceiling Fan is the best value on the market right now. I would keep the lantern off to conserve more battery for the fan, but it would be good to have the backup light in case of emergency.
This affordable fan would be perfect for a small two-person tent, or you might want to get one per sleeping compartment in a larger tent.
You can use the built-in hook to hang this fan from the roof of your tent and then angle the fan toward your sleeping pad. The fan has two speed settings, but, realistically, only the higher setting will keep you cool.
This two-in-one light and fan weighs about 450 grams. I suppose you could take it backpacking if you were desperate, but to be honest, I don’t think it’s realistic to bring a fan with you if you’ll be hiking long distances. (Sorry to be a party pooper!)
I love that this is reasonably lightweight and has a long battery life, with the higher fan setting lasting for a good 30 hours. That means you can keep it on all night for a shorter trip, and it’s quiet enough to not disturb your sleep.
For the price, you can’t ask for better than this. It’s not going to cool down a large tent, but it’s a great personal fan to make summer evenings bearable.
- Lightweight and compact
- Long battery life
- Good for personal use
- Built-in light
- Not the most powerful
Coolify Portable Air Conditioner
The Coolify Portable Air Conditioner would be my personal choice. I feel like it’s much more effective to cool down your own body rather than the great outdoors, so I’d prefer to go for a small wearable air conditioner like this one.
It won’t take up much space in your trunk, and you could even bring it backpacking with you. Now, this won’t keep you noticeably cold while you are hiking around outside, but it will help get your body temperature down to something more bearable once you’ve set up camp.
I would pop it on in my tent while I enjoyed a cold drink and some me time! (As much as I love my family, I do need some space to recharge, too!) Then I’d feel ready to face the world again.
This personal fan has 36 outlets for cold air. You wear it around your neck, and there is also a cooling plate where it touches your skin. It isn’t the cheapest of options, but it’s worth it if you really suffer in the heat.
I love that it lasts for eight solid hours, so you can put it on for a few hours a day on shorter camping trips whenever you need a pick me up (or wear it for longer and charge it up every day!).
This is nice and light, and it’s much less annoying than walking around with a handheld fan, as you can keep your hands free for other things (like opening cold beers and eating snacks!).
- Super compact
- Cools down only the wearer (sorry, everyone else!)
Geek Aire Rechargeable Floor Fan
The Geek Aire Rechargeable Floor Fan is your best overall choice. It can run for up to 18 hours on the lower settings, but the battery won’t last nearly that long if you have it on full blast.
A lot of workers use this fan onsite, but it’d be great for car camping, too. Users say that it lasts all night on 75% power, but you’d then have to charge it the next day to get it ready for the evening (or, if you have access to power, you can run it while it’s charging).
I love this fan because it’s big enough to make a noticeable difference inside a larger tent. The 16-inch fan blades will be considerably more effective than the mini camping fans you hang up like lanterns.
It is nice and quiet, so it won’t keep you up at night. You can tilt the fan head by 120° to get air exactly where it’s needed. I wouldn’t worry about breaking the fan while I’m camping because it’s water-resistant and sturdy.
This fan would be even better if you could change out the battery when one of them ran out of power. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible.
- Good battery life
- Large fan blades
- Quite big and bulky
- Can’t change out batteries
BLBS Travel Fan
Going back to something more portable, the BLBS Travel Fan is a much better option for people with limited packing space. It weighs less than a pound, so it won’t weigh you down.
You can make the battery last longer by putting it on the lowest speed setting, but you’ll have to keep it ridiculously close to you to feel the benefit. Considering this fan lasts for 12-65 hours per charge, you’ll be okay with it on a higher setting!
I love that this fan takes only four to five hours to charge up, so you can quickly charge it in the cooler mornings and then use it in the hot afternoons and evenings.
The clip makes it easy to set up, and you can rotate the fan head to ensure you get the full benefit.
The only annoying thing about this fan is that the LED light that tells you how the battery is doing is really bright. This could keep you awake at night, so I’d pop a bit of masking tape over that in the evenings if I were you.
- Long battery life
- Fully rotating head
- Built-in clip
- Bright battery light
Geek Aire Battery-Operated Misting Fan
This fan comes from the same company that makes my top choice floor fan, but it has a built-in mister, which is such a relief on a scorching day.
I didn’t include this as my best choice because it isn’t suitable for everyone. It’ll take up a considerable amount of space in your trunk, so you might not be able to fit it in along with the rest of your luggage.
If you do have space, this is one of the only battery-powered fans that will be any good outdoors. The mist can spray 11.5 feet, so you can place it near your camping table to get a refreshing spritz as you eat.
This fan weighs 23 pounds, but it comes on wheels. So as long as the ground is dry, you can wheel up the fan to your tent with no problem (and you’re hardly going to be using a mister in the rainy months!).
If you want this thing to work even more effectively, just pop some ice in the water container.
I like that you can remove the battery to charge it, so you don’t have to keep lugging the big fan back and forth. That also means you can prepare extra batteries in advance and charge one while the other is in use.
This fan isn’t cheap, but it comes highly recommended by its users. The only drawback is that the water tank isn’t sealed, so it could spill if you knock over the fan while it’s in use.
So long as you’re careful and don’t stick it in the middle of a volleyball game, you should be fine!
- Cooling mist
- Wheels for transport
- Detachable batteries
- Powerful fan head
- Big and heavy
- Water compartment isn’t sealed
Battery-Powered Tripod Fan
What I love most about this battery-powered tripod fan is that it’s so easy to set up. Those flexible tripod legs can be wound around pretty much anything, or you can use them to stand the fan on the ground near your sleeping pad.
You could easily attach this to your camping chair when you’re outside, too, so you’ll get a refreshing breeze when you’re eating your camp meals.
Some people even attach this fan to their baby strollers. If you have a little one whom you’re worried about keeping cool, this could be a handy piece of kit. Make sure it’s out of reach of little fingers, though. (As if you needed me to tell you that!)
This fan has three speed settings. Depending on which one you select, your battery should last between 6 and 20 hours before it needs a recharge.
It is virtually silent on the lowest setting, but on full blast, it’s a bit louder than some of the other fans I’ve recommended. I’d probably leave it on medium power during the night, but there’s no reason why you can’t crank up the energy during the day if you need relief from the heat.
The user reviews are all positive, but I was surprised by one sentence in the product description. It says (and I quote), “IF THE FAN'S LEG FALL OFF, please feel free to contact us and we will RESEND YOU A NEW TRIPOD!!!” All those capitals make me wonder if that happens a lot!
- Flexible tripod legs
- Quiet on lower settings
- Good battery life
- Portable and lightweight (340 grams)
- Loud on the highest setting
O2COOL Treva Portable 5-Inch Fan
If you’re camping with a friend or family member, you might want to be kind and lend them a fan, too. If so, you could grab this two-pack of O2COOL 5-inch fans. (But by all means, use them both for yourself if you prefer!)
These fans weigh 350 grams and are nice and flat, so they’ll be easy to slide into your bag along with the rest of your kit. They are quiet and have a long battery life, but they run on D batteries, which you will have to buy separately.
You could always get rechargeable batteries if you want to cut down on extra costs in the long run, and the fans themselves are not expensive at all.
The nice thing about battery fans for camping is that you can just change out the batteries straight away and keep your fan going. You don’t have to wait for a few hours while the batteries are charging, and extra batteries won’t take up much room in your luggage.
All in all, these are highly recommended, but they aren’t the most powerful option. You’ll need to keep them close to your sleeping pad to feel anything, so treat them as personal fans instead of using them for the whole tent.
- Lightweight and compact
- Long battery life
- Not the quietest
- Not the most powerful
O2COOL Treva Fan (10-Inch Blade)
The last camping fan that I’m going to recommend comes from the same company as the last one. This version has a 10-inch blade, so it’s considerably more powerful. I love this fan because it works on multiple power sources, so your back is always covered.
You can plug it straight into the power, or it can run on a rechargeable battery or even the emergency D batteries that you can install.
This fan moves a lot of air, so it’d be an excellent choice for popping outside to keep the mosquitoes at bay. I like the slim design, which makes it lighter and easier to pack.
It’s on the loud side at higher settings, though, and I’m pretty sensitive to noise, so I probably wouldn’t use this inside my tent.
However, considering the flexibility on the power front, I thought it was worth a mention.
- Flexible power options
- Slim build
- Can be on the loud side
Camping Fans Buying Guide
I feel pretty confident that one of the fans that I’ve mentioned will be perfect for your camping trip.
But if you don’t feel that you’ve found what you’re looking for, I hope this buying guide will help you shop further afield.
If you’re thru-hiking, you’ll probably leave your fan at home altogether. I know it’s tempting to prepare for every possibility, but you won’t be able to lift your bag onto your back if you bring absolutely everything you’d like to be comfortable.
Overnight backpackers might be able to get away with a small fan. I’d go for one of the wearable fans or a slim-build model that you can easily slide into a side pocket.
There’s no magic weight number to follow; just remember that your overall pack shouldn’t weigh more than 20% of your body weight.
For car camping, the fan just needs to be light enough to unpack from your trunk to your tent. Some large fans come with wheels that will help with this.
If you are using your fan to stay cool in the evenings, you’ll be OK with a five-inch blade so long as you keep the fan close to your sleeping pad.
But if you're using your fan to keep mosquitoes at bay while you’re eating outside, a 10-inch blade is the absolute minimum you need.
It can be more effective to bring a small fan for each camper to set up by their bed rather than to bring a massive fan to keep the whole tent cool. This will depend a bit on the size of your tent and how many people are in your group.
If you’re a family of six in a large cabin tent, I would go for a more powerful fan instead of buying six mini ones!
It’s hard to know how durable fans really are, especially considering that most people review their kit the first time they use it. (So, you don’t know how it did after, say, three months.)
I would look out for warranties if I were investing serious money in a new fan. If a company gives you a two-year guarantee, it shows that they are confident that their equipment will last.
You might also want to check out user reviews to see how the company responds to faulty equipment.
Some kit will inevitably come out of the factory slightly damaged, but the most important thing is whether or not the company replaces it.
Just because a company claims that its fan is quiet doesn’t necessarily mean that this is true. No product description will state: “This fan is really noisy, and it will keep you up all night.”
Check out the user reviews to determine if a fan is as quiet as the description claims. And when possible, choose a fan with multiple speed settings.
This way, you can always turn down the power a little if you find the noise overwhelming.
I have to say, misting fans are fantastic. I’ve used them when I lived in the scorching South of Spain, and they kept me alive during the summer months!
Misting fans are usually pretty big, though, so they might not be your best bet for camping. If you have access to plenty of water and are driving up to your campsite, they are worth considering.
Some fans have built-in USB chargers for phones, but I don’t think that’s the best idea because I’d rather conserve all the power for the fan itself.
An LED light can be a good addition to a fan as an emergency backup, but it isn’t essential.
Fans are a great way to keep down your body temperature and keep biting insects at bay.
Personally, I would go for a small wearable fan like the Coolify Portable Air Conditioner because I prefer to pack light for my outdoor adventures. It’s not the cheapest option, but I prefer to buy the best quality kit once rather than cheaper options many times as they keep breaking.
The Odoland LED Camping Lantern and Ceiling Fan will be a great choice if you’re on a budget.
If you have a bit more money to play with, the Geek Aire Floor Fan would be your best overall choice. This fan is considerably bigger than the others I’ve mentioned, so it would be great for a larger cabin tent, but useless for backpacking!
I hope you found this article helpful, and I wish you many happy camping adventures!
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Rachel is a freelance adventure writer and founder of Highly Sensitive Nomad. When she isn’t writing, she can be found wild camping in the mountains and swimming in the lakes of Europe.