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Author: Jani 'Japala' Pönkkö
Published: 12.01.2003
Manufacturer: BitsModding
Product group: Modding
Index:
 Led Fan
 Clear Fan
 Color Tinted Fans
 UV reactive fans
 Cold Cathodes
 Conclusion

Bitsmodding's New Fans and CCFLs

This time I'll introduce some really cool new products from BitsModding. Seven different fans and five cold cathodes. Both these product groups are really important in case modding and it is interesting to see what kind of innovations they have came up this time.

 

The Fans

 


Seven different fans

Here we have the fans lined up. Two basic clear fans with color tint and temperature monitoring, one clear fan with adjustable speed, LedFan with four blue leds and temperature monitoring and finally three UV-reactive fans that look really great in UV-light. Seems to me that there is something for everyone. Some have sleeve bearing and some have one or two ball bearings but they all have one thing in common; Modders will love'em! No more basic black fans inside your case and that is what we are after.

 

Led Fan

Specifications:
Size:80 x 80 x 25 mm
Rotation speed:2000 - 2500 rpm
Bearing Type:One Ball and One Sleeve
Input current:0.11 Amp (Max.: 0.132)
Input voltage:DC 12V
Rated power:1.32 W
Air flow:21.37 - 26.97 CFM
Acoustical Noise:21.34 - 27.39 dB(A)
Special:Thermal sensing and RPM signal

 


Led fan with thermal control

Led fans are getting more and more popular and that is not a bad thing. If you don't want to cut your case and install window to side panel you can always replace the fan on the front bezel or at the back of the computer. Really simple mod that will not void the warranty but it will spice up the case a bit. If you have installed the window you can use these kind of fans to replace for example CPU cooler's fan.

 


Splitter cable

Fan uses three pin header for power but Bitsmodding has bundled a splitter cable for Molex connectors if you don't want to take the power from the motherboard. Also bundled are four screws for mounting.

 


Thermal sensor

Thermal sensor will adjust the fan speed by sensing the changes in surrounding temperature. It doesn't have any mounting options and you are forced to leave it hanging by its wires. Because the wire itself isn't that long this isn't a major issue though.

 


Tape on the side

You can notice a tape running around the fan casing. Under this tape is a flexible wireband that will distribute current to the leds. Using this kind of mounting for the leds can bring those manufacturing costs down but it will block the light to be visible from the sides. You see what I mean on the next picture.

Leds are connected parallel to the fan itself so if you use this fan with baybus or rheobuses the leds will get dimmer when the fan is slowing down.

 


Four leds shining

Four leds bring an even shine around the fan but that tape is blocking the light from the sides. Maybe something that Bitsmodding should look into. This fan will bring some new life to those old fans when replaced. With thermal sensor this fan can be a great replacement for example for those fans inside older PSUs that doesn't have thermal sensing.

 

Clear Fan

Specifications:
Size:80 x 80 x 25 mm
Rotation speed:1500 - 4200 rpm
Bearing Type:Two ball bearings
Input voltage:DC 12V
Air flow:max. 50.15 CFM
Acoustical Noise:max. 42.96 dB(A)
Special:Manual speed adjustment and RPM signal

 


Clear fan with manual adjustment

This water clear fan comes with two sets of screws because the finger guard (fan grill) isn't preinstalled. Same kind of splitter cable is bundled with this fan as came with the led fan. What makes this fan interesting is that manual speed adjustment which allows you to adjust the speed of the fan by rotating the trimmer. While this is a great feature there is still something missing. Because there isn't any mounting for the trimmer, you have to hold it in your hand make the adjustment and after that you just have to leave it hanging by the wires. Again something that could use bit more thinking.

A great fan to be installed to a blowhole on transparent case window or acrylic case. This is the reason why the fan grill isn't preinstalled. Bitsmodding wants to offer you totally clear fan without any screw threads etc.

 

Color tinted fans

Specifications:
Size:80 x 80 x 25 mm
Rotation speed:2000 rpm
Bearing Type:Sleeve bearing
Input voltage:DC 12V
Air flow:21.37 CFM
Acoustical Noise:21.84 dB(A)
Special:RPM signal

 


Fans with color. Red from the front side and blue from back.

Bundles are completed with set of screws and splitter cables similar to that which came with the Led fan.

Like all the fans in this review these come with regular metallic fan grilles. A nice little move from Bitsmodding that shouldn't cost that much to do in the first place. Blades and fan casing are clear but they have been lightly coloured. If you have tinted case window and want to have a fan with the similar shade, these are your choices. If you just want to replace your old regular fans inside the computer, these are your choices aswell. Even if they are coloured, doesn't mean that they can't be used as regular fans. Something that we sometimes forget. ;)

 

UV fans

Specifications:
Size:80 x 80 x 25 mm
Rotation speed:2000 - 2500 rpm
Bearing Type:Sleeve Bearing
Input current:0.11 Amp (Max.: 0.132)
Input voltage:DC 12V
Rated power:1.32 W
Air flow:21.37 - 26.97 CFM
Acoustical Noise:21.34 - 27.39 dB(A)
Special:Thermal sensing and RPM signal

 


UV reactive fans.

Three different colors and their bundles that contain a set of screws and a splitter cable. All fans are equipped with thermal sensors so they are very quiet. I took this picture with a flash and as you can see the fans look really great in regular light too. Bright colors are really refreshing.

 


Close up from the orange fan.

Every plastic part is made from the same stuff so the whole fan will be UV reactive, even the motor casing.

 


Without UV light.


UV light on the back.


UV lighted from the front side.

As you can see from these images, it doesn't matter on which side of the fans you have that UV ccfl. Because the fans are semitransparent the UV light will travel through the fan and light it up evenly. Really cool looking effect and when mounted for example to a case window blowhole this will really make your case stand out from the masses.

The UV CCFL that I used to demonstrate these UV reactive fans is one of the new Cold Cathodes that Bitsmodding offers. It is the brightest UV CCFL that I've seen and it really makes those fans glow. Imagine what it would do to your water cooling system with some UV dye. Sweet! :)

 

Cold Cathodes

I have reviewed Bitsmodding's Cold Cathodes before and you can find these reviews here and here. If you take a quick look from those reviews, you will notice the things that have changed to this new product line.

 


New kind of tube on the left and old on the right.

Bitsmoddig used to use round ends on their CCFLs for a long time but now they have changed to use these cubed ends. This makes the installation somewhat easier and if you look inside that protective outter tube you'll notice another difference that makes this new design possible. Other manufacturers have used these cubed ends for a long time now but there are some problems with them. Because there is a relatively thick white wire running alongside with the Cold Cathode Lamp, you need to rotate the tube so that it doesn't block the light. As you can notice, there isn't such a wire in these new cathodes. This is why you don't have to rotate the tube to get the best angle but just mount it straight away. You will get 360 degree light without anything blocking the light. Great innovation from Bitsmodding!

 


New mounting system and no white wire inside the tube.

New mounting system uses self adhesive velcro pads. This way you can uninstall the lamps without cutting any cable tiers that you had to do with those old type of lamps.

If you look carefully to the upper left part of the image and inside that protective tubing you will see why you will get that 360 degree light. Inside the tube that thick white wire has been replaced with thin metal wire without the insulation. Because of this the wire will not block the light. This is also something that will make things bit different for some modders. You can't take that protective cover off that lamp because the wire isn't insulated. You have to leave that cover on if you don't want to get shocked or short circuit the inverter against the computer's metallic casing. This is not an issue for majority of users because there isn't any real need to remove that cover in the first place.

 


Few color choices on new cathodes.

The lamps itself are more or less as bright as the old ones and color purity is close to same. For the full selection of colors you should visit Bitsmodding's page on these new Cold Cathode Tubes.

 

Conclusion

Once again a nice product lineup from Bitsmodding including some basic fans equipped with thermal sensing and manual adjustment, UV reactive fans with bright colors and great new design for their CCFLs.

I will be giving two Editor's choice awards this time. One for those really cool looking UV reactive fans that are innovative and something that we have been waiting for a long time. Other award goes to these CCFLs because of their new design that improves their usability in any angle by removing that white wire. Congratulations Bitsmodding!

UV Reactive fans

Pros and Cons

+ Bright colors
+ Semitransparent casing
+ Equipped with thermal sensors


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MetkuMods Editor's Choice

CCFLs

Pros and Cons

+ Bright
+ Protective tubing
+ Velcro pad installation
+ No white wire inside


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MetkuMods Editor's Choice

 

Additional information

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