Venturing Outdoors Just Got Easier With These Summer-Proof Handheld Fans

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The Best Handheld Fans For On-the-Go Cooling

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When temperatures shoot up during the summer, you may be tempted to hide inside with your air conditioner blasting. But there are ways to enjoy the great outdoors without uncomfortably sweating. Enter: handheld fans. You can take them anywhere for on-the-go cooling, whether you’re standing in a long line, at a concert, hiking, traveling, camping, or enjoying a baseball game—or, with a foldable, proppable feature, even while grilling on the patio.

They’re generally affordable, so if you’re going on vacation, you can splurge for several for the entire family. Even better, most are rechargeable, so you won’t need to replace batteries constantly.

The Best Handheld Fans

What to Consider

Most of these fans aren’t pricey, but if you’re spending money on one, there are a few things to consider. At the top of that list is weight. Depending on your activity, you might not want to carry something heavy, even if it is keeping you cool. In that case, you might forego the bells and whistles larger fans tend to offer.

Next up is battery life. While most of the options on our list are rechargeable, you’ll want to check how long your fan will last before it needs to be plugged in. If you’re planning to be out at an amusement park, hiking, or camping—without outlets at your disposal—you’ll need a handheld fan with a long battery life. While some fans can even act as an emergency charger for your phone in a pinch, that will affect the time left to use it as a fan.

Unless you’re looking for the most basic handheld fan, consider the extra features on your wish list. There are misting fans, but if you won’t have access to water on the go, this add-on might be unnecessary. (Misting fans also tend to be bulkier than standard handheld fans.) Do you want a kid-friendly fan with hidden blades or one that folds and fits in your pocket? You might want one with five-plus speeds. Added features increase the cost—but since all of our picks are $30 and under, you won’t be breaking the bank either way.

How We Selected

We included both handheld fans we’ve tested and ones with excellent reviews. We looked for key features, like whether they were rechargeable, portable, foldable, misting, and more, and we included handheld fans of various sizes, weights, and styles to accommodate different needs and lifestyles. We also kept price points in mind, with all our picks landing at $30 and under.

Handheld Portable Turbo Fan

If you’re worried about fan blades and little fingers, these small blades are kept tucked away. The shell also helps keep the noise down if you’re looking for something super quiet, and it uses air jet expansion technology to double cool air output.

With over 2,300 five-star reviews, use this top pick as a handheld, wear it as a lanyard, or prop it up on a table (it has an anti-slip bottom).

You can even bundle this item with a baby stroller fan that attaches to the handle to keep your little ones cool.

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Portable Mini Fan

If you don’t want the hassle of carrying a bulky fan and a portable charger in your bag, this one works double duty. The top half is a powerful mini fan and the bottom half not only powers your cooling breeze but can also give your phone a power boost.

It folds in multiple ways, including one configuration that supports your phone. This is a great option if you want to put it on a nightstand or desk while you watch a movie.

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$21.96

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Handheld Mini Fan

We tested this one during a heat wave, and it’s small but mighty. Since it can fit easily in almost any bag, it’s perfect for standing in hot lines at amusement parks or staying cool at a baseball game. As a bonus, it has a built-in flashlight and can work as an emergency phone charger.

The blades are soft but they pop open and spin, so this one might not be ideal for little kids.

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Handheld Mini Fan

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$19.99

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Portable Handheld Turbo Fan

Nope, this isn’t a digital thermometer. Boasting nearly three times the power of a basic model, this handheld fan can reach up to 13550 RPM, with a wind speed of 10m/s. That’s a lot of power—it might even replace your normal desk fan.

Reviewers love the LED screen, which allows you to see the wind speed and battery level at a glance.

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Handheld Fan

If you don’t like messing around with a lot of charging cords in your bag, this fan has a docking station where it can run and charge at the same time, so you can use it overnight if you’d like.

At under $10, it’s a solid option for frequent travelers to use on the go and in hotels. It’s slim, so it won’t take up a ton of space in a carry-on, but if you need more power, you might want a different model.

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Deluxe Misting Fan

If air blowing on your face isn’t enough relief on oppressively hot days, opt for a misting fan. This one only has one speed, but the misting packs a cool punch. You can also use this like a standard spray bottle for kids.

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Deluxe Misting Fan

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Pocket Small Portable Fan

Not much bigger than your phone, this compact fan lays totally flat and can easily fit in a pocket. Plus, it has a kickstand that you can use to keep it propped for stationary use.

Add a bit of water, and you’ll basically have your own mini air conditioner. Some reviewers note that the water may leak, especially on the older model, but they do like the fan overall.

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Clip-On Fan

You can hold this one, use the legs like a tripod, or clip it onto anything from a stroller to a rear-facing car seat to keep the littlest ones cool on a hot day.

It has a secure cover that even tiny fingers can’t access, and there are LED lights with three settings if you want to use it while camping or as a night light.

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Portable Handheld Fan

If you like having options, this one offers them. You can wear it around your neck, hold it in your hand, or prop it up on a desk or picnic table.

Most reviewers rave about this fan and say they’ve ordered multiples for family and friends. On the flip side, a few users note that it takes a while to charge fully.

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