That is my Vacmaster Cardio54 fan.
It blows air at my face. Typically at my torso. Hardly ever on my groinal area.
I exploit it when I’m driving on my Wahoo KICKR indoor coach (a V5 KICKR when you’re ).
And that is my evaluate.
Spoiler alert: this dispatch from the veloblogging entrance line would possibly have a tendency in direction of the effusive. It’s not a paid endorsement although. I purchased the Vacmaster myself.
Really, that’s not fairly true, I acquired it for Christmas from my spouse. That’s proper, I’ve given my permission for her to take paid employment.
So when you do detect any bias, it’s the profound emotional response to my beloved shopping for me a present… which was on no account exactly the factor I specified she purchase as a result of she’d run out of concepts.
The Advantages of a Fan Whence Indoor Biking
I purchased (requested the shopping for of) the Vacmaster some 9 months into my indoor biking journey. Till that time, I’d been utilizing an inexpensive (I assume) desktop fan that makes extra noise than air motion.
It was stunning (at the very least it was to me) how a lot the shortage of an honest fan had been holding me again.
The impression of the Vacmaster was speedy. It seems (who knew?) that not overheating dramatically will increase the work you are able to do in a coaching session, and radically reduces your propensity to really feel sick nearly instantly after the primary intense interval.
It’s seemingly any first rate fan would have led to this epiphany. However for me it was the Cardio54 wot delivered it. So it occupies a particular place in my loins.
Utilizing The Vacmaster Cardio54
Wrangling the Cardio54 is so easy, it hardly warrants a bit. However certain, I’ll throw just a few phrases at it.
You plug it it. You progress it to a place to blow air at no matter appendage wants cooling. You click on the on change and set the dial to no matter wind waff-factor you need.
The fan solely blows in a single course however you possibly can place the unit itself in one in all three orientations so the air comes out both horizontally at flooring stage, vertically, er, upwards, or at a forty five diploma angle.
I solely use the 45 diploma setting. I can’t see how the vertical angle might offer you any blow with out fouling the pedals. The flat to the ground setting is nice… if you would like actually cool pedal cleats (I suppose you may put it on a shelf or another help).
I’ve acquired a coach desk (the LifeLine Professional Coach Desk), which will get in the best way of the airflow if the Vacmaster is positioned instantly in entrance of my bike. I are inclined to place the fan out to the facet, at a form of quarter angle. Which works excellently.
Take (Distant) Management Of Your Cooling
The Cardio54 has three settings (or 4 when you depend ‘Off’). In keeping with the web site, the three ranges correspond to shifting 349, 433, or 518 cubic toes of air per minute.
The numbers imply completely nothing to me (congrats in the event that they do to you). However my expertise is that the Vacmaster is robust.
I’ve hardly ever gone past the bottom setting, which is lots highly effective sufficient for many of my body-cooling wants. The excessive setting almost blows me of the bike.
It’s pleasing to know that, if wanted, the Cardio54 can push ample air to RIP MY FACE OFF. Ahem.
And excellent news – you possibly can change between the blow settings from the discomfort of your saddle.
The Cardio54 has a distant management, which you’ll be able to both wander round with (it’s like a automobile key fob) or repair within the rubbery strap that mounts it to your handlebars.
The distant management works nicely (it simply works) and it definitely beats having to get down off the bike every time you have to transfer up the Beaufort scale.
Energy Utilization… Or How A lot Does The Cardio54 Value To Use?
This part offers not with the incontinent trickle of energy that dribbles out of my leg-bazookas.
As a substitute, we have a look at the wattage, and the price of wattage, required to run the Vacmaster. And I’ve to make it sound fascinating.
And truly it is fascinating as a result of it’s so much cheaper than I used to be anticipating. Even on the current spike in electrical energy costs within the UK, an hour of Cardio54 utilization value simply over 6p (lower than a dime, Ameri-fans).
So value is a non-event. Very like the output from my aforementioned quad-cannons.
Vacmaster Cardio54 vs Vacmaster Air Mover
The Cardio54 is a fitness-specific model of the Vacmaster air mover fan. The latter is aimed toward a extra basic fan-base (I thenk yew, I’m right here all week).
Each use the identical 124W fan motor and the general kind issue may be very related.
The usual Vacmaster fan has a light-weight gray and yellow bits (technical time period) color scheme. The Cardio54 goes with a black with gray accents ‘color means’, which is certainly smarter.
The primary variations, other than the color, is that the all-purpose Vacmaster fan has a further mains energy socket on the entrance of the unit, for… plugging issues into (and the Cardio54 doesn’t), and it doesn’t have a distant management (the place the Cardio54 does).
From the Vacmaster web site, the extra energy sphincter is for daisy-chaining a number of followers collectively off a single mains energy socket. I suppose this could possibly be helpful when you prepare in a blast furnace (with one plug socket). For many velo-folk, I’d recommend paying the soupçon further for the Cardio54 and its helpful handlebar distant.
So Is The Vacmaster Cardio54 Value The Cash?
The Cardio54 prices £100 within the UK. Which as I kind it, isn’t that low cost. In any respect.
Versus the Wahoo Headwind, in fact, it’s a discount. The Wahoo unit, for which fan pace will be managed actively by your pace, coronary heart fee or an app, prices about 2.3x extra.
However when you anchor your costs off basic use followers, even the jumbo ones, it’s a good chunkachange.
That mentioned, the Vacmaster appears to offer glorious air blowing efficiency (primarily based on my restricted expertise).
I like the flexibility to modify between wind-tensity settings with the handlebar distant. The gray color scheme, and design general, appears good in my damage cabin. It’s compact, nearly boxy (in a cylindrical type of means) form makes it simple to pack out of the best way when not in use.
General I’m very proud of the Vacmaster Cardio54 and would advocate it to any enthusiastic indoorcyclista.